My first card uses the Pinwheel die with a Hero Arts+Basic Grey sentiment from Happy Holidays and papers from Echo Park's For the Record Collection. For the pinwheel, I chose a double-sided paper that had the traditional Christmas colours since both sides will always show when using the Pinwheel die. I folded the flaps down in the reverse direction from THIS CARD I made using the same die. Then I used a scoring tool to neatly flatten each blade or, in this case, petal to create a poinsettia. I stitched along the outer edge of each petal and adhered them to each other.
After I finished die cutting the blades, I was left with the negative from the curves of the Pinwheel die and the pattern looked so beautiful to me. Normally, I throw away all my scraps. I know, some of you are gasping in horror. ;) This time I couldn't bear to dispose of it. That's when the lightbulb went on inside my head. I could use it as an overlay! But how? I looked through some of my new stamps and I thought it would be perfect to use it as a Swiss cheese house for this little mouse from the Paper Smooches set called Santa Paws. Don't you love how it looks like he's watching the snow fall through the windows?
As soon as I saw the sentiment, I knew it would look great with the Sentiment Flags die and stamp set. The post that comes with the stamp set is awesome and goes with pretty much everything. I just wished that I had stamped it a little better on this card.
I hope you enjoyed today's installment of Lil' Inker Designs inspiration! Do you own any of the die and stamp sets? I'd love to see what you've made. Just leave a comment with your link and I'll drop by to have a look.
We started packing this weekend! Every day, my son thinks it's moving day tomorrow. He even packed up some of his toys in a mock moving box and taped it shut. Poor little guy. Not yet, honey, not yet. We still have 12 days to go. All I can do is blame the Berenstain Bears who apparently packed in one day. :Þ I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Sources for Happy Holidays: Gina K Designs pure luxury black cardstock; Echo Park For the Record Collection; Hero Arts+Basic Grey Happy Holidays; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Lil' Inker Designs Pinwheel die; QuicKutz Epic Six; Gutermann ivory thread; sewing machine; Basic Grey button; The Twinery baker's twine in Charcoal
Sources for Happy Christmouse: Gina K Designs 120lb pure luxury white cardstock; Echo Park For the Record Collection; Paper Smooches Santa Paws; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Lil' Inker Designs Pinwheel die & Sentiment Flags die and stamp set; QuicKutz Epic Six; Stampin' Dimensionals