Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Lamb's Wish

Hello everyone,

Today's card was commissioned by a colleague for her daughter's 2nd birthday!


The printed paper is Recollections All Seasons layered on Stampin' Up Pink Pirouette and Barely Banana and highlighted with Fruit Punch Stickles.  The lamb was punched from a flocked white of unknown origin and layered on more Pink Pirouette and Barely Banana die cut from Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Ovals.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Itty Bitty Banners stamped in Altenew Forest Glades on Recollections White and cut with the coordinating die.

Isn't this the absolute cutest card ever!  The lamb was inspired by 'the stuffie' and was recognized as such.  The little girl loves her 'Lamby'.  I had only a little bit of this scrap flocked paper so I did a mock up lamb with scrap paper first.  It was a good thing as it took me a bit to figure out the ears.  I had so much fun crafting this special card and I'm thrilled it was so well received.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Lovely In Lavender

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the last of the three cards I craft using Altenew's Tulip stamp set.


The images are Altenew Tulip stamped in Green Fields and Shades of Purple in on Recollections White.  The images are layered on a Bazzill purple, Stampin' Up Orchid Opulence and an unknown purple.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Happy Birthday stamped in Evergreen on Whisper White.  The ribbon is Multicrafts and the embellishment is of unknown origin.

My camera skills really are not at all optimal because this card looks really blue when it's actually very purple.  This card was born from trying out the Altenew inks and playing with the stamps and dies.  I've always love a trio and this set offers four different stems and three different flowers so the options are really wonderful.  I did much better on the actual stamping and aligning the dies is also getting better.  Overall, a great result.

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

Gisèle

Monday, January 16, 2017

Cheerful Tulip Trio

Hello everyone,

Today's tulip card is just something bright and cheerful for mid-January.


The images are Altenew Tulip stamped in Altenew Mango Smoothie, Warm Sunshine and Green Fields on Recollections White.  The images were cut with the coordinating Altenew Tulip die. The images were layered on a textured Bazzill green.  The sentiment is Stampabilities Happy Birthday 01 stamped in Evergreen on Recollections white and layered on a Bazzill yellow.  The ribbon is Multicrafts.  The embellishment is Keepsakes Memories.

This card just puts me in a very, very happy place.  There is nothing like sunny flowers during the middle of a cold and dreary winter.  The masking exercise used on yesterday's card gave me the idea to cut out part of the leaf on the right side tulip so it would overhang the green layer.  I thought it added interest as did the combination of glued and raised, and stamped and die cut pieces.  Overall, for just a second attempt, this card turned out beautifully.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Tulips Masked

Hello everyone,

The next few posts are cards using the Altenew Tulip stamp and die sets.


The image is Altenew Tulip stamped in Green Fields and Red Sunset ink sets on a vanilla of unknown origin.  The image is layered on a shimmery white of unknown origin and a Bazzill red.  The sentiment is Gina Marie All Seasons stamped in Altenew Evergreen on more vanilla of unknown origin.

This is the first card I've crafted using this Tulip stamp set and while I didn't get it aligned perfectly, it still turned out well enough.  I did do a little touching up with markers.  I decided I'd get ambitious and try masking after watching this Jennifer McGuire You Tube video.  I hadn't done any masking since a long ago card class.  It wasn't especially difficult just a little on the fiddly side.  I used some Post It notes because that's what I had on hand but I'm sure there are better options available.  Thought I'm more than satisfied with the results, I don't think I positioned the flowers as well as I could have as they're a little too close together.  More practice!

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

Gisèle

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Bird Luck Refined

Hello everyone,

I couldn't live with the original Bird Luck card.


I managed to salvage the previous card base and I'm determined to put it to much better and certainly more appealing use! 

I hope you enjoy the new and much improved card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle



Bird Luck

Hello everyone,

Today's card uses some of the leftover pieces from yesterday's Wild Hibiscus card.


The images are Altenew Wild Hibiscus stamped on watercolour paper in VersaMark, heat embossed with Close To My Heart black embossing powder and painted with LuminArte Blue Zircon, Buttercup, Mediterranean Blue, Mystic Blue, Olive Vine and Pale Porcelain Twinkling H2Os.  The background images are Stampin' Up Gorgeous Grunge and Close To My Heart Ink Blot stamped in Altenew Sea Shore inks and highlighted with Wink of Stella Clear 999.  The sentiment is Creative Expressions More Scribbled Sentiments stamped in Altenew Emerald on Whisper White and layered on Bazzill Green.

OK so maybe I went a little over board on the background splatter.  I've been really intent on focusing on stamping instead of layering with printed paper.  I had this idea to stamp a background that picks up on the tones of the teal in the flower.  I think if I'd left it at the lines and smaller speckles, it would be exactly what I'd intended.  At the moment, it looks like the bird ate something really bad!  I think the idea was great, the execution just bad, so very bad.  This may require a re-do.  I'll keep you posted.

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

Gisèle

Friday, January 13, 2017

Painted Wishes

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another Wild Hibiscus watercoloured card.


The images are Altenew Wild Hibiscus stamped on watercolour paper in VersaMark, heat embossed with Close To My Heart black embossing powder and painted with LuminArte Blue Zircon, Buttercup, Coral Berry, Mango Mamba, Mediterranean Blue, Mocha, Mystic Blue, Natural Linen and Olive Vine Twinkling H2Os.  The background image is Stampin' Up You've Got This stamped in Altenew Mountain Mist.  The sentiment is Sweet & Sassy Script Birthdays stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.

I hardly know what to say about this card.  I'm over the moon happy about every element that I'm somewhat shocked it's something I actually created.  The scale, colours and layout just worked!  I did have to stamp the background twice as the placement the first time around was too centered for this layout.  I feel I could watercolour anything since watching this You Tube video.

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

Gisèle