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Flowers of Friendship

For it's perfect simplicity, Flowers of Friendship is one of my favourite bundles from the new annual catalogue.

If you are a new crafter it's a great set to go for as it is bundled with a punch rather than dies so no die cutting machine is required.

The cards you see here are all made with Flowers of Friendship and another favourite of mine - Days to Remember. The colours? Yep it's the new in colours, I just love them.

The cards are all 4 inches square, and all have a cardstock layer on the card base with the design element layered onto that.

We'll start with the simplest card of the four, very simply stamped in memento black, coloured using Polished Pink and Soft Succulent blends and three gorgeous little in colour jewels to finish off. Such a simple card but really pretty in that gorgeous new colour.

On the second card I've added some colour to the white layer using a blending brush. This really helps to make the flowers and leaves stand out. These have been stamped in Fresh Freesia and Soft Succulent and then punched out. Again I've used the in colour jewels, the sentiment for this one comes from Days to Remember.

Card three involved a little fussy cutting, but the flower petals are such simple shapes to cut out it took no time at all. I stamped with Pale Papaya ink on the same colour cardstock and also used the same colour blend to add some shading to the flower petals.

I did mask off the flower parts before I stamped the stems using Evening Evergreen.

The white layer has again been coloured with blending brushes, Pale Papaya behind the flowers, Soft Succulent behind the leaves and ribbon. Ribbon, a bow and some in colour jewels add texture to the card.

The last card in the set uses the really clever date stamps from Days to Remember. I've chosen to create this month and highlighted today's date. I would definitely recommend lining the stamps up using grid paper and then lowering your acrylic block onto them. It is by far the easiest way of making sure that your numbers etc. are straight. It is quite easy to ink up just the part of the stamp you intend using but you could mask off if you wanted to.

The larger flowers and leaves have been stamped directly onto the white layer and coloured using Soft Succulent, Fresh Freesia and Polished Pink. The smaller flower which becomes the top layer has been stamped and coloured separately, punched and then trimmed to sit on top. Of course I had to add the in colour jewels to the two mostly complete flowers at the top.

I have never considered myself to be a 'pink' person and I usually avoid 'peach' tones but there is something about these new colours together. Do you have a favourite?

If you are thinking about having a go at card making then the products listed below would be a great place to start. The links will take you to my online shop and all purchases made using the monthly host code (you'll find it at the top of my website home page) will receive a thank you card from me, spend £25 or more to receive a free gift too.

Thanks for reading, I'll be back soon,

Katie x


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