Friday, May 24, 2013

Chicken Soup for the Soul

Happy Friday!

I'm going to probably sound like a broken record here, but my family has been struck yet again by the cold/flu bug.  Seems like at least every month in a half or so someone is afflicted with something - it begins to get more than tiring!  The only good thing that comes with a cold though is the guarantee that Homemade Chicken Soup will appear.  Nothing brings you out of a funk the way the smell of soup simmering on the stove does.  And as it just so happens, a pot is simmering away as I type this.

All this brought me to the idea of a Get Well card (at 2 am in the morning, of course!).  I knew in my brand new pack of Designer Series Paper from the NEW CATALOG titled Gingham Garden, that there was a cute Gingham check (ha, did the title give this one away??) so I used that as my inspiration for my place setting.  The rest is simple punch art and the chance to use the stamp set Bordering on Romance before it retires in one week.  Here's how I did it, if you'd like to re-create it yourself;


Stamp set: Bordering on Romance, Delightful Dozen
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Basic Gray, Gingham Garden
Ink: Basic Gray, Island Indigo, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo
Punches: 2 1/2" circle, 1 3/4" circle, 1 1/4" circle, 3/4" circle, 1/2" circle, Small Oval
Accessories: Markers, White gel pen, Tombow glue, dimensionals, sponges

Cut a card base from Melon Mambo cardstock measuring 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"; fold in half.  Cut a piece of Gingham Garden DSP measuring 3 3/4" x 5".  Sponge the edges with Melon Mambo ink and add faux stitching with the same color marker around the outside edge.  Center and adhere to card base.

Punch one of each of the following from Whisper White cardstock: 2 1/2" circle, 1 3/4" circle, 1 1/4" circle. With the border stamp found in the Bordering on Romance set stamp the flower image around the outer edge of the 2 1/2" circle using Island Indigo ink.  Sponge the edges with Basic Gray ink.  For the 1 3/4" circle, sponge the edges with Basic Gray ink then add small dots around the outside edge with an Island Indigo marker. Sponge the 1 1/4" circle with So Saffron ink, add flecks with markers. Layer the three circles together with Tombow liquid adhesive.

To create the glass of orange juice, punch one 3/4" circle and one 1/2" circle from Whisper White cardstock.  Sponge the 1/2" circle with Pumpkin Pie ink and the 3/4" circle edges with Basic Gray ink.  Glue together and add highlights with a white gel pen.

To create the spoon punch one small oval and one 1/2" circle from Basic Gray cardstock.  Flatten one edge of the small oval.  Trim the 1/2" circle to resemble a smaller oval.  Cut a piece of Basic Gray cardstock into a thin strip, approximately 1/4" wide x 1 1/2" long; tapered upwards to create the handle.  Stamp a small flower onto the handle and all edges of all three pieces with Basic Gray cardstock.  Assemble pieces together using Tombow glue and add highlights with a white gel pen.  "Set" your table by gluing the pieces down with dimensionals.  Add the sentiment from the Delightful Dozen set in the bottom right hand corner with Basic Gray ink.

To all my American readers, have a safe long weekend!  I'll see you all back here next week; healthy and with lots to share!!

Until then, I'm off to eat soup!
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