Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Whimsical Wishes

Hello everyone,

Today's a very feminine birthday card for the newbie carders.


The printed papers are Stampin' Up Cottage Wall.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Beautiful Birthday stamped in Rich Razzleberry on Whisper White and layered on more Cottage Wall.  The butterfly embellishment is Joy Crafts Vintage Flourishes 6003/0023 die cut from Rich Razzleberry that was painted with LuminArte Black Cherry Twinkling H2Os.  The embellishments are Crafts Rhinestone Strips.

One of the girls loves burgundy and, thinking of her, I decided to use some of this beautiful Cottage Wall paper.  It is long gone from the Stampin' Up catalog but is one of my all time favourites.  I actually hoard the pages I've got left.  I thought this butterfly die worked really well with the flourishes on the printed paper.  I decided to paint it, not only to add some interest, but because it was totally lost against the background paper.  I do love the slightly darker tone of the Rich Razzleberry once it was painted.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Awesome In Blue

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card is one of my all time favourites.


The background images are Stampin' Up Crosshatch stamped in Smoky Slate on Whisper White, Stampin' Up You've Got This stamped in Taken With Teal, and Close To My Heart Ink Blot also stamped in Taken With Teal.  The image panel was layered on Bazzill Blue Calypso.  The sentiment is Joy Crafts Saying 6410/0308 stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.  The card is highlighted with Silver Pearl Liquid Pearls.

I love, love, love this card.  I'm actually going to keep it for myself and I can't wait to send it to someone.  I borrowed the Crosshatch background stamp from a friend but already know I'm going to try and find one for myself.  I used a second and third impression with the Taken With Teal inked images which had added amazing depth to the background.  I do wish I'd managed to stamp the Crosshatch stamp more straight but it's not a deal breaker.  I think adding the Liquid Pearls was inspired as they kind of look like silver studs.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Monday, December 5, 2016

Wishes In Wood

Hello everyone,

Another card making party card today.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up Very Vanilla and Close To My Heart Desert Sand.  The images are Close To My Heart Fallen Leaves stamped in Creamy Caramel on Very Vanilla.  The sentiment is Close To My Heart Joyful Birthday stamped in Early Espresso.  The twine is from Target.

I didn't quite have enough of this printed paper to prep all the cards I needed so I improvised with another 'bark' paper.  As it stands, this sample has the image going horizontal (a little weird) but I managed to cut the others so they are vertical.  I'm hoping the girls wont mind.  I don't often use twine on cards but it really works in this case.  My fingers are crossed that it won't be a pain for the girls.  I just used a simple knot, as opposed to a bow, because it's more manly and works with the wood knots in the printed papers.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Manly Wishes

Hello everyone,

Today's post is one of the adult masculine cards I designed for an upcoming card making party.


The printed paper is Little Yellow Bicycle Multi Geometric layered on Stampin' Up More Mustard.  The image is Stampin' Up Serene Silhouettes stamped in More Mustard on Very Vanilla.  The sentiment is Gina K Tag Lines stamped in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla and layered on More Mustard.  The embellishments are Fabricland.

I've used this paper for many masculine cards,  There is just something about the colours and pattern that really work well for a masculine card.  This image is also a 'go to' for masculine cards.  It's not frou frou or fussy.  I could have chosen any number of colours for the image but I really liked the somewhat monochromatic look of this ink colour with the layered paper.  I used a pretty straightforward layout because it will be beginners who are crafting and I don't want them frustrated by anything too complicated.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Itty Bitty Dinos

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another little boy birthday card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on DCWV All About Girls and a royal blue of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Wacky Wishes stamped in Nick Bantock Prussian Blue on Recollections White.  The dinosaur embellishment are of unknown origin.

This is the cutest darn dinosaur card!  I chose this printed paper because it coordinated so well with the colours of dinosaur embellishments I had on hand.  Like yesterday's card, this is an extremely flexible card layout.  The sentiment and embellishments could be placed anywhere on the card and will look great.  For this sample, I placed the sentiment is the bottom right 'sweet spot' and anchored it with two embellishments.  The other three dinosaurs were place randomly though I was tempted to put them in a straight line.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Friday, December 2, 2016

Take The Train

Hello everyone,

The next few cards were crafted for a card making party that I donate to a charity auction.


The printed paper is Momenta Textured Cardstock layered on Recollections White and Black.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Delightful Dozen stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Recollections White and layered on Recollections Black.  The embellishment is Dress It Up Train Embellishments.

I've donated this card making party to our workplace charity for the past few years and it's always been a lot of fun.  The auction winners and a few friends get together to make up cards that I've designed especially for them.  This years it's a mix of birthday and Christmas cards.

One of the winners has two young boys who like trains and dinosaurs.  Good thing I've got appropriate embellishments.  Given the successful bidders have little to no card making experience, I keep the cards extremely straightforward with a lot of flexibility.  I really want to make sure that the ladies go home pleased with their cards.  This sample is yellow but as the train embellishments I had on hand don't come in multiple of the same colours so I've prepped to provide a choice of either green or blue,

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Red And Gold II

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the second Spanish themed Christmas card commissioned by a colleague.


The card base is Artoz Klondike.  The layers are three gold papers and a shimmery red paper of unknown origin.  The top mirror gold layer is embossed with Couture Creations Baubles And Baubles embossing folder.  The sentiment is Verve Glad Tidings stamped in Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler on a shimmery vanilla of unknown origin.  The embellishments are TPC Studio Rustic Garden mini jewels.

Once I got started with the Spanish theme and had great success with yesterday's card, I couldn't help but to make a second attempt.  This mirror gold paper embosses beautifully and the impact is incredible.  The layers of gold against this rich, shimmery red is stunning!  This was actually a very simple card because I was intent on having as much mirror gold visible for embossing as possible.  I don't know if I'll have a chance to craft more Christmas cards in this style but I'll certainly keep them in mind for next year's cards.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle