I've had some very industrious mornings in my stamp room. While organizing my card stash I came across two cards I made quite a while ago, but never mailed because I was put off by their lumpiness. I like dimension and texture, but I also like to avoid the lumps that can cause a card to get damaged in the mail. Save that for square cards which are always hand cancelled here in the US. Anyway... I decided to go ahead and remake them right then and there.
First up is a card with so much sparkle it's almost blinding. The original had a big, unattractive butterfly with a row of large pearls for the body. Trust me, a butterfly can be unattractive. Nature would not make an unattractive butterfly, but I did. I replaced the lumpy-bodied, unattractive butterfly with flowers and foliage.
(Poppy Stamps Sending Scribbles, Verve Amazing Adjectives, oval lattice die (I think Marianne... it was a friend share), Die-namites Leafy Flourish. Glitter paper for the leaves and punched flowers. Diamond Stickles on the stamped flowers. Iridescent embossing powder on the die cut word. Stardust Stickles elsewhere. Small pearls.)
I'll keep my eyes and ears open for an opportunity to mail it. It's very occasion-specific. I had a need for it at the time, but I sent a whole different card instead. See inside sentiment below:
The next card is a thank you. The original had a length of 3/4" black organdy ribbon wrapped around its middle and tied in a bulky bow at the side. This was an easy fix; I replaced the bow with glitter hearts.
(Spellbinders Elegant Ovals, Verve Amazing Adjectives, SU punched hearts, old heart stamp which I believe I put in the purge pile after this)
None of the above was very time consuming, so I made some "use it ups", too. I felt it was time to use up the last of my Prima Fairy Flora paper which I bought when it was brand new in 2010. I've loved it well and still do. I prepared 11 card fronts for future use with enough scraps left over for decorating the insides or die cutting small things. I could have gotten more cards out of those scraps, but 11 is enough.
It's been beautiful weather this week and I've been out in the garden a lot, but I'm so far ahead with my stamping I'll probably be back again before you notice I was gone. Have a happy day!