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Another birthday card...

First things first, I've made a birthday card for my friend. Now I had no idea what I was going to do here, so I winged it. I started off by cutting some purple paper with a baroque thinlits die, and backing it with black card. I then sponged some red chalk ink through the shatter stencil (will be doing this again with the next card but in a different way) and put it in a baroque frame. The frame was painted first with distress paint, then with perfect pearls. One flower is made with a die cut, the others were in my stash. All were sprayed with distress sprays. I took a photobooth picture of some friends, cut them out and put it in the corner. The heart is grungeboard, painted red and coated with holographic embossing powder. The skull was painted white. The sentiment is stamped, inked and cut out, then backed with black card. Finally the cat was painted black and coated with black soot distress stickles. Something different here though, cos I immediately heated it with a heat gun, which causes this cool cracking bubbling effect on it.

Here is a close up of the cat. This is what happens when you heat stickles! Cool huh?
Here is an update of the cross stitch so far.
Some progress but it's going slowly at the moment. It could be because I'm afraid of doing the characters!
Finally, here are the latest decluttering items.
A pair of nail clippers. Used them the other day and by the time they got to the final toe nail they went blunt. In the bin!

A pair of boots. Believe it or not I had two pairs, almost identical, both rarely worn. So this pair has gone to somebody else.

A Jane Norman jumper. Worn it a few times over the years but it's a little shapeless now, not to mention bobbly. In the bin.

A pair of glasses. My old prescription. Why did I keep these? All I can see when I put them on is slightly defined blurs. In the bin.

A pair of keys for a door that doesn't exist anymore. (sounds like a tagline that!) In the bin.
So there you have it, papercraft, stitch and declutter in one!


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