Darlene had teased me with this Cheery Lynn die set, the Build-a-flower #2 and Embellishments #2 die plates. These are large plates with lots of individual pedal and leaf shapes to choose from. The Build-a-flower #2 plate is a solid plate, but the Embellishments #2 can be cut apart, which I did. Otherwise it would be hard to position smaller pieces of paper under the individual flower shapes. Just don't lose any of the small pieces once the die is cut apart. I store mine on a magnetic sheet which is actually a floor duct cover I found at Home Depot. A LOT cheaper than the craft magnetic sheets, stronger, and the sheets come in packs of three measuring 8 x 15". I cut each sheet in half and use Scor-tape to adhere the white (non-magnetic) side to a piece of card board measuring 8 1/2 x 11". Then I stick the dies on the black surface and write the die's name and number with either a white or a gold Sharpie pen. Then the finished sheet goes into a clear page protector in a ring binder. This is an effective and very inexpensive way to store your valuable dies!
But back to the release!
Darlene started off with the Heart Wall Hanging I had made as a Valentine's greeting for my fellow Dutchpapercrafts DT "sisters". I bought a wooden heart shaped plaque at Michaels and liberally spread Modge Podge over the front,
When the heart had dried I finished the glitter job with a spray sealer so it won't glitter all over the place. Then I placed my rose center piece and baby's breath from the Embellishments #2 die, added all the hearts with names which I cut out with foam as well to give them dimension in alphabetical order, and lastly I added the flower bouquet on the top and the heart ribbon to hang the plaque.
I'm not the biggest glitter fan because the stuff usually ends up everywhere in the house, but in this case I had a lot of fun AND got the glitter cleaned up before it had time to grow legs and run and hide everywhere!
Next I got to work with the Build-a-flower #2 die. Once I started to run the die through with different color card stock and took a closer look at the shapes I realized that I could either make extremely dimensional or extremely flat and probably boring cards with these flowers or build a shadow box instead. The size of the flowers almost cried out for that treatment, so I went to work.
As for the flower shapes and colors, that is totally up to individual preference. I chose to go with more realistic flowers and colors, but only your imagination limits what you do with this die.
Darlene mentioned in her video that I will build shadow boxes if you would like to order one, from smaller to larger, and I will hopefully soon find time to upload pictures of the few shadow boxes I have here for sale right now, each a one-of-a-kind box, which I created over the winter.
Proceeds from my crafts help offset the extremely high cost of wildlife rehabilitation. Right now, as all my little ones are eating fresh produce in addition to formula, my grocery bill is 80% wildlife. I go through two apples, one banana, half a bunch of Kale, 25 black grapes, 5 organic carrots, 1 sweet potato, and two ears of fresh corn for my charges per day, and I know that I am forgetting something. That is in addition to picking gobs of dandelion greens, Plantain greens, fresh clover, and grass. I go through 20 ounces of formula right now that the squirrels are in the weaning stage, whereas the two wood chucks drink down 55cc each per feeding. This is special formula for wildlife, and often we have to mix several formulas together to meet a particular animal's needs. My cost for just formula runs around $500, and that is not counting the feeding tubes, nipples, feeding syringes, Probiotics, amino acids, vitamins, and boosts that are also needed, especially for cottontails. A feeding tube costs $2 plus shipping and gets chewed up either on the first feeding or, if I am lucky, lasts two days before it gets stiff and becomes unusable. The average is one tube per day, and that gets expensive. As for nipples, I've gone through as many as five per day when a squirrel bites through the nipple every time I feed. The cheap silicone nipples still cost around 50 cents per nipple, so that little stinker alone cost me $2.50 for just nipples per day. Then I have to buy laboratory quality rodent block for the squirrels and high quality rabbit food, timothy hay, and alfalfa hay, for the cottontails. The opossum eats dry food plus gets thawed whole mice and whole sardines in addition to the fresh fruit and vegetables each night. A small bag of whole sardines at Market Basket is $6.
I hope you enjoyed this latest release. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will try my best to help you out. I check my emails at least once a day.
Have a great rest of the week, and happy crafting!