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I am glad I thought about making the card when I did. Where did the month go? But at least I have made one before the big day. I do hope you like it.Laugh, Giggle, turning #1 I went for using Maja Designs – Vintage Baby: New Arrival & Cherish for my pattern papers. Stamps: Whipper Snapper Designs – Rockin’ Teddy & Hero Arts – Anytime Message. Dies: Cheery Lynn Designs – Pair of Ferns, Spellbinders – Labels 3, Die-Namics Stax – Fishtail Flags. The base card, ferns & tags are Bazzill – white canvas, whilst the flower is by Kaisercraft. Adhesive: Helmar – SuperTac

The teddy on the rocking horse just brought smiles to my face everytime I looked at it alone with the thought of my niece with her smiley face. Colouring with my water-pencils was a joy. And although I used the stamp packaging as a starting point for the colouring I did some test-runs with my pencils to colour match with the pattern papers tones. Along the edges where I have distressed and inked them I have actually used two inks to achieve a similar outline colour as the pattern paper. VersaMagic: Midnight Black and Jumbo Java. The result is more of a deep charcoal brown, which also matches in with the teddy. Double inking on the words Laugh & Giggle was also done.

My flower has been bedazzled with Stickles – Diamond; though I thought StarDust also went well. (That test is hidden under my die-cut) The pink tinge is a bit of water-pencil applied first, lightly.

I couldn’t find my chipboard alphabet & numbers. (I know they are somewhere safe after an emergency “i need it now for tonight” rush to a friends place) So instead I covered a button and stamped “1” on it with a clear stamp out of the Hero Art set. If you haven’t covered buttons before I have put together a quick to follow chart for you.Vintage Baby - covering button

Also, Maja Designs paper is lovely and thick for doing off-the-page projects, cut-outs etc, but for covering buttons it is a bit thick. So apply a bit of water to where the sides of the button are going to be and give a few moments before folding up the sides. If when you are doing the final press down and the edges won’t stay down because of the paper (or cardstock) is stiff; then use a bit extra of Super-Tac. If you use water it will take to long to dry.

Hope this gives you some inspiration to try for your own cards.