Saturday, August 19, 2017

Patchwork Flower

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card is a great way to use up some smaller scraps.


The printed papers are BasicGrey.  The pink squares are of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Close To My Heart Joyful Birthday stamped in Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow and highlighted with Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen.  The embellishment is Marianne Design Flowers highlighted with Lime Green Stickles.

I don't think I've made one of these quilt flowers in eons.  I thought it would be particularly appropriate for this series of cards.  I actually remembered to keep it very simple otherwise the flower can easily get lost.  I actually quite like how the this big size flower really pops!  I'm particularly happy with the results.

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

Gisèle

Friday, August 18, 2017

More Vintage Roses

Hello everyone,

I found another beautiful piece of rose paper for today's card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a shimmery pink also of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Creative Expressions Amazing Sentiments stamped in Stampin' Up Early Espresso on Recollections Vanilla the embellishment is of unknown origin.

I love these roses.  This card came together very quickly with this really simple layout.  I offset the sentiment to the left so there would be room for the flower.  I had added the pearl center to the metal flower a long time ago and I've no idea where either the pearl or the flower are from.  Again, I'm using up some supplies that I've had for a long, long time so I don't always know the origin.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Glorious In Green

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card uses a beautiful piece of scrap paper.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow.  The sentiment is Close To My Heart Joyful Birthday stamped in Mossy Meadow on Recollections Vanilla.  The ribbon is Close To My Heart.

I love this green wrought iron fence.  I trimmed carefully to make sure that I didn't cut off to much of the beautiful flourishes.  I found this ribbon and believe it's from an old, old Close To My Heart kit.  I didn't feel the need to layer the sentiment as it doesn't get 'lost' against the background paper.  A great result.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Vintage Roses

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card uses some great die cuts.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Close To My Heart Canary.  The sentiment is die cut from more Canary with Crafter's Companion Die'sire Happy Birthday then highlighted with Wink of Stella Clear 999.  The butterfly is cut from a piece of watercolour paper spritzed with watered and smooshed with Stampin' Up watercolour crayons, using Joy Crafts Vintage Flourishes 6003/0023 die.  The butterfly is also highlighted with Wink of Stella Clear 999.  The embellishments are Crafts Rhinestone Stickers.

This series of birthday cards is for a Senior's residence so I'm going to be crafting a number of vintage styled cards.  This yellow rose paper is wonderfully vintage.  I especially like the bright yellow sentiment that works pretty decently with the flowers.  It was much more of a challenge to find a scrap of green that also worked for the butterfly.  I don't often craft cards without stamping but figure with 70 cards on order, this die cut will come in handy.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Autumn Birthday

Hello everyone,

Today's post is one of a series of 70 commissioned birthday cards that I'll be posting over the next few weeks/months.  I was going to post them all much later in order to take a bit of a blog holiday but I've nothing else to post at the moment.


The printed papers are of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Curly Cute stamped in Altenew Firebrick on Recollections Vanilla and layered on a dark glittering brown of unknown origin.  The butterfly, die cut from more dark glittering brown, is Joy Crafts Floral Flourishes 6003/0006.  The embellishments are Queen & Co Chocolate Delight Rox.

Seventy birthday cards is probably the maximum I could handle in one commission.  It's a lot of cards.  I'm going to take advantage to use some I've the multitude of scraps pieces that I've got in my paper stash.  These are the smaller sized card bases which I find are great for scraps.  This project also gave me the excuse to go through all the scraps of white and vanilla that I always set aside for sentiments but then never seem to get around to using.

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

Gisèle

Monday, August 14, 2017

Celebrating 70

Hello everyone,

Today's card was commissioned for a gentleman whose celebrating his 70th birthday.


The image is Gina K Follow Your Dreams stamped in StazOn Timber Brown and painted with Rebhan watercolor paints.  The image panel is layered on Core'dinations Jim Holtz Kraft-core.  The sentiment is Bonnidee French Wording #1 stamped in Stampin' Up Early Espresso on Recollections Vanilla and layered on Early Espresso.  The embellishment is My Mind's Eye Sleight Bells Ring Wooden Dots.

As those who follow I SPI know, I don't often craft cards with scenes let alone painted ones.  This was actually my first attempt and I was so pleasantly surprised with the results.  I do find watercolor painting a lot more forgiving than markers.  The gentlemen receiving this card loves the outdoors.  He has a boat and loves to fish.  This seemed the most appropriate of cards to craft for him.  I hope he likes it.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Fifty Years Celebrated

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a special anniversary card that was commissioned by a girlfriend for her parents 50th wedding anniversary.


The printed paper is Anna Griffin Georgette Christmas Collection layered on a shimmery ivory of unknown origin and Chrome Gold Foil.  The sentiment is Just Rite Large Fancy Sentiments stamped in Tsukineko Brilliance Lightning Black on Recollections White and layered on more Chrome Gold Foil.  The die cuts are Sizzix Scribbler Swirls cut from more Chrome Gold Foil.  The embellishments are Mark Richards 3mm gold metals.

I really like crafting 50th anniversary cards.  It's the perfect excuse to get out the gold and just flourish it up big.  The printed paper is actually Christmas paper but I think it works just wonderfully for this card.  I do love the glitter of this print.  My girlfriend was extremely pleased with the card.  I hope her parents have a wonderful celebration!

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

Gisèle

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Birthday Bears

Hello everyone,

My sister's birthday was earlier this week and I made her this special birthday card.


The background image is Stampin' Up Watercolor Wash stamped in Altenew Frayed Leaf.   The images is Serendipity Stamps stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and coloured with Tombow markers.  The bamboo die cut is Joy Crafts Orientals 6002/0230 in Bazzill green, sponged with Altenew Moss and highlighted with Wink of Stella Clear 999.  The sentiment is Gina Marie All Seasons stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.

Both my daughter and my sister have a special love of panda bears so over the years I've acquired more than a few panda stamps.  This pair are particularly sweet and quite easy to stamp.  Give the stash of stamps, when I came across this bamboo die, I thought it would be a good addition.  I quite like the added dimension it gives to this card.  I think my sister will be pleased.

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

Gisèle

Friday, August 11, 2017

A Special 80th Birthday

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a special birthday card for a friend of my Mom's.


The printed paper is Close To My Heart Brushed layered on Hollyhock and Canary.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Perfectly Penned stamped in Hollyhock of Recollections Vanilla and layered on more Hollyhock.  The ribbon is Sheer Creations.  The embellishment is K&Company DI Rough & Tumble Vehicles.  The card is highlighted with Fruit Punch Stickles.

When my mother asked for this card, she requested an airplane be included as she met her friend on a flight.  It's a little strange but they met on a plane and it is a memorable occasion that my mother wanted to acknowledge.  I hadn't intended to use the same paper as yesterday's card but it worked so well with this pink and red airplane, I didn't end up considering any others.  I will admit, I didn't have a lot of time to get creative so I decided to just keep it very simple.  I suspect, given the time constraints, I would have just ended up frustrated if I'd tried anything too complicated and that is not the point of either crafting cards nor for celebrating a friend's 80th birthday.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Flowering Retirement

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a retirement card that was commissioned by a colleague.


The printed paper is Close To My Heart Brushed layered on Close To My Heart Black and Pear.  The sentiment is Bonnidee French Wording #1 stamped in Altenew Jet Black on Recollections White and layered on more Black and Pear.  The images are Altenew Painted Butterflies stamped in Altenew Jet Black, Rose Quartz, Puffy Heart, Purple Wine and Cosmic Berry.  The embellishments are Kaisercraft Light Pink Rhinestones.

This is such a pretty card.  I love the flowery paper and it's cheery colours.  The butterflies were one of those irresistible additions.  Any chance I can find to use Altenew multi-step stamps, I will.  I thought adding the layers of black would make both the paper and sentiment pop just that little bit more.  I also think it grounds things somewhat.  I really like the result so expect to see a little more of this type of layering.  This was a custom card and of the parameters I was given, garden and butterflies were on the list so it came together quite easily.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Swallowtail Sympathy

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the last of the cards I had crafted before 'Christmas In July'.


The printed papers are Momenta Denise Urban.  The image is Stampin' Up Swallowtail stamped in Close To My Heart Desert Sand on a vanilla of unknown origin and layered on more Momenta.  The sentiment is Gina K Framed Greeting stamped in Stampin' Up Early Espresso.

I didn't something new with this card by slightly distressing the edges with a sanding block.  I didn't want too much distress but just enough so the printed papers would pop a bit against the kraft card base.  It actually worked better than I intended.  I'm sure I've mentioned this previously but I can't say enough how much I love this image.  The size and fine detail are striking every single time I use it.  I thought it was particularly effective for a sympathy card.  There was something about the vintage feeling of this paper that lead me to craft a sympathy card and I'm really happy with the results.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A Pop Of Red

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another card that I had crafted in June.


The background image is Hero Arts Old Letter Writing stamped in Altenew Sand Dunes on a vanilla of unknown origin and layered on Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow.  The image is Penny Black Inclinations stamped in Altenew Moss.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Thank You Messages stamped in Stampin' Up Early Espresso.  The butterfly is Altenew Painted Butterflies stamped in Early Espresso and Altenew Crimson and Velvet.  It was cut with the coordinating die.

I really love layered stamping!  I think this card is all the more interesting because of the layers of inked images.  I'm loving the pop of red with this butterfly.  The kraft card base is rather unusual (at least for me) too.  This card base is from Recollections and I'm not all that happy with them because it doesn't have a lot of weight and is somewhat flimsy.  You certainly couldn't use anything especially heavy or the card wouldn't stand.

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

Gisèle

Monday, August 7, 2017

Wonderfully Watercoloured

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a card I crafted at the end of June.


The printed paper is Ken Oliver Watercolored Memories layered on Stampin' Up Whisper White and Lovely Lavender.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Another Thank You stamped in Altenew Desert Night on Whisper White and layered on more Ken Oliver and Whisper White.  The ribbon is Sheer Creations.  The embellishment is of unknown origin.

This is the greatest printed paper.  Both sides have the same beautiful watercoloured images but one side is pale while the other is bold.  I used both sides on this card.  It took me forever to get a clean impression with this stamp.  I kept getting little splash marks which  meant the ink pad I was using (originally Close To My Heart Outdoor Denim) was too wet and/or I was pressing too hard.  It was frustrating but I'm glad I persevered because the final result is wonderful!

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

Gisèle

Sunday, August 6, 2017

In Lavender

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the last Christmas card of the extended 'Christmas In July' series.


The printed paper is of unknown origin.  The background text panel is a stamp of unknown origin stamped in an ink of unknown origin on a white of unknown origin and layered on Close To My Heart Gypsy.  The image is Rubber Stampede Santa Collage stamped in Altenew Deep Iris on a Bazzill white and layered on more Gypsy.  The image is highlighted with Lavender Stickles.

I know Santa should not be purple but this snowflake paper just cried out for purple!  All the elements in this card stem from the donated printed paper which I thought worked particularly well with the donated light blue card base.  Given the busy background paper, the busy text panel and the very detailed image, I chose to layer with a solid paper to break up all the patterns.  I don't think these three patterns would work so well together if  they weren't separated by the Gypsy.

I have really enjoyed crafting all of the cards in this year's Christmas In July series.  There will be more Christmas cards to come as I've a few holiday orders and a swap still to craft.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, August 5, 2017

In Black

Hello everyone,

For today's Christmas card I decided to stamp the image is black.


The printed paper is Echo Park The Story of Christmas.  The background text panel is a stamp of unknown origin stamped in an ink of unknown origin on a white of unknown origin.  The image is Rubber Stampede Santa Collage stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on a Bazzill white and layered on a Bazzill green.  The image is highlighted with Black Soot Stickles.

Sometimes it's just right to stamped an image in black.  Versafine is the perfect ink for stamping this image and this is a great impression.  This card traditional all the way around.  

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

Gisèle

Friday, August 4, 2017

In Red And White

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a pretty traditional Christmas card using all those same elements I've been experimenting with for the past few days.


The printed paper is of unknown origin.  The background text panel is a stamp of unknown origin stamped in an ink of unknown origin on a white of unknown origin.  The image is Rubber Stampede Santa Collage stamped in Altenew Velvet a on Bazzill white and layered on more printed paper.  The image is highlighted with Silver Stickles.

This is another sheet of donated paper that I found very appealing.  I don't often gravitate to stripes but after loving this Christmas In July card I wanted to give it another try.  It actually turned out better than expected.  It's rather like a piece of candy.  I didn't use any solid papers for layering because I really like the look of the strips and didn't want to break them up any more than necessary.  

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

Gisèle

Thursday, August 3, 2017

In Red

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another Christmas card is the 'same elements different look' series I've been crafting.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a Bazzill red.  The background text panel is a stamp of unknown origin stamped in an ink of unknown origin on a white of unknown origin and layered on more Bazzill red.  The image is Rubber Stampede Santa Collage stamped in Stampin' Up Cherry Cobber of a Bazzill white and layered on more Bazzill red.   The image is highlighted with Xmas Red Stickles.

This scrap of paper, along with the text panel, was part of the donations from Crop A While, that I just couldn't resist using for this series.  The minty green is not a colour I really associate with Christmas but along with the line drawn snowflakes, I think it's a great piece of paper.  It was also the perfect excuse to go red with all the other elements.  A great Christmas card!

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Another In Green

Hello everyone,

Though July has just flown by, Christmas is being extended so I can post the remainder of the Santa/text background card series that I've been working on for the past few weeks.


The printed paper is of unknown origin.  The background text element is a stamp of unknown origin stamped in an ink of unknown origin on a white of unknown origin.  The image is Rubber Stampede Santa Collage stamped in Close To My Heart Topiary on Bazzill White and layered on Bazzill green.  The image is highlighted with Diamond Stickles.

All the background text elements had to be trimmed down because some were too crooked to use as is.  This trimming resulted in some panels being smaller than others.  This particular panel was quite a bit smaller so I decided not to layer it in order to allow a larger reveal of the printed paper.  This card is very similar to the two cards posted on Sunday especially given the colour of the card bases somewhat limit the printed papers with which I could coordinate.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

In Dark Teal

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas card uses more non-traditional colours.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Bazzill white.  The background text layer is a stamp of unknown origin stamped in an ink of unknown origin on a white of unknown origin.  The image is Rubber Stampede Santa Collage stamped in VersaMark on Bazzill Mysterious Teal and heat embossed with Stampin' Up White embossing powder.  The image is highlighted with Star Dust Stickles.

I thought I would give embossing this Santa image another try.  I'm still not happy with the results.  It's too fine and detailed an image for embossing.  I love the idea of a white image on a dark background to work with the dark blue in the printed paper.  It's not a truly terrible card but not a seller either.

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

Gisèle

Monday, July 31, 2017

In Mirrored Teal

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another version of yesterday's cards.


The image is Rubber Stampede Santa Collage stamped in Altenew Dusk on Bazzill White and layered on a mirrored Teal of unknown origin.  The background text panel is a stamp of unknown origin stamped in an ink of unknown origin on a white of unknown origin and layered on Bazzill Metallic Silver Foil.  The image is highlighted with Silver Stickles.

Not only did Crop A While donate the wonderful text backgrounds but also a huge number of card bases including this gorgeous one in metallic teal.  I ended up crafting three of these exact cards.  I love the silver, white and teal combination.  I think the contrast between the very traditional images in the non-traditional colours are especially appealing.  It is always amazing to me that using similar elements in different colours leads to such different, but still beautiful, results.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, July 30, 2017

In Red And Green

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a two-carder!



The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Bazzill red and green.  The background text panel is a stamp of unknown origin stamped in an ink of unknown origin on a white of unknown origin.  The image is Rubber Stampede Santa Collage stamped in Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler and Close To My Heart Topiary on Bazzill White.  The images are highlighted with Holly Stickles.

In the latest boxes of donated supplies from Crop A While, I found a whole bunch of these fantastic Christmas words stamped background panels and figured they'd be perfect for a series of cards which show how the same elements can be used to create very different cards.  These two cards are exactly the same just switching out the red and green in the card bases and layers.  I didn't add any sentiments because the background provides enough text.  This is, by far, my favourite Santa stamp.  Whenever I use to craft cards for the charity sale we can be guaranteed that they won't stick around long.

I hope you enjoy these cards and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Saturday, July 29, 2017

A Simple Snowflake

Hello everyone,

Today's French Christmas card post is as simple as yesterday's tree card.


The printed paper is Marianne Design Country Christmas layered on a brushed silver of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Bonnidee C'est Noel stamped in Altenew Desert Night on Recollections White and layered on more brushed silver.  The snowflake and brad are of unknown origin.

The 'flocon de neige' sentiment is what got me started on the snowflake theme for this card.  I do love a blue Christmas card!  The snowflake embellishment was gifted to me by a friend a few years back.  I can't believe it took me so long to figure out that a small brad would fit in the center.  Duh!  This card was intended to be as neutral as possible and I think it succeeds.

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

Gisèle


Friday, July 28, 2017

Glittered Tree

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas card post is another French card for the fall charity sale at work.


The printed paper is Joy! Crafts Happy Holidays.  The image is Frog's Whiskers Ink Christmas Tree stamped in Ranger Glacier White and heat embossed with Stampin' Up White embossing powder.  The tree is highlighted with Stampendous Crystal Snow Glitter.  The sentiment is Bonnidee C'es Noel.

I don't have a huge variety of French sentiment stamps so I use them often when crafting French cards.  I wanted to make a more masculine French card and I had yet to try this great tree stamp.  A tree stamp which begs for glitter.  I do wish it had been just a little more opaque so it would really look likely sparkly snow.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Rocking Santa

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the last card using a wooden Christmas sticker.


The printed paper is Recollections Sugar Plums layered on a Bazzill green.  The sentiment is Bonnidee C'est Noel stamped in Stampin' Up Real Red on Recollections White.  The ribbon is Multicrafts.  The embellishment is Crafts Wooden Stickers.  The card is highlighted with Xmas Red Stickles.

I don't know how such a large scrap of holly paper ended up in the leftovers envelop!  I love the different green of this card.  This background paper doesn't really evoke Christmas but I like how it coordinated with the green of the holly and the green of Santa's saddle.  The red ribbon was a bit of an after thought, as I didn't want to CASE yesterday's cards too closely.  The Stickles add just that little bit extra without being over the top.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Starring Reindeer

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas card post uses another cute wooden reindeer.


The printed paper is Recollections Merry & Bright layered on Bazzill green and Red Devil.  The sentiment is Bonnidee C'est Noël stamped in Stampin' Up Real Red on Recollections White.  The embellishment is Crafts Wooden Stickers.

I really love this cheerful diamond patterned paper.  When I found this piece in the scrap envelop, I knew I'd find a way to use it.  I thought the vertical element would foil the diamond shapes nicely.  I thought that by placing the sentiment right next to the printed paper would be more interesting than leaving a gap.  This is a really great card!

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Simplement père noël

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the french version of yesterday's card.


The printed paper is American Crafts Stockings layered on Bazzill red and green.  The sentiment is Bonnidee C'est Noël stamped in Stampin' Up Real Red on Recollections White.  The embellishment is Crafts Wooden Stickers.

I figured out simple for using these wooden stickers!  The only challenge for this Santa was to hid the weird yellow bell in his hand.  I'm quite familiar with the 'cover-up' which was perfect for this application. I did add a dimensional on the left side of the sentiment but just used glue on the right side.  I love this one!

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

Gisèle

Monday, July 24, 2017

Simply Santa

Hello everyone,

I'm back on track with the wooden Christmas stickers.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Bazzill red and green.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Very Merry Christmas stamped in Stampin' Up Real Red on a white of unknown origin.  The embellishments is Crafts Wooden Stickers.

Sometimes the best option is to just keep it simple.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, July 23, 2017

All Santas

Hello everyone,

Today's card is a blip in the wooden sticker series.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Bazzill white.  The sentiment is Technique Tuesday Jingle All The Way stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on more Bazzill white and layered on Bazzill Red Devil.  The card is highlighted with Diamond Stickles.

This card was suppose to use another sweet wooden sticker but once I got everything together, the wooden stickers just didn't work.  I thought, given how busy yesterday's background paper was, this Santa paper would work equally well.  I was wrong.  Every sticker I laid out either got lost or looked awful against the all these images.  Instead of getting frustrated by the issue, I just decided to add some Stickles and let it go.  Funnily, I really like this card!  It's as fun as yesterday's! Go figure!

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

Gisèle

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Christmas Reindeer

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas cards uses some wooden stickers I found at the local dollar store.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Bazzill white and green.  The sentiment is Annabelle Stamps Jeweled Tree stamped in Stampin' Up Real Red of more Bazzill white.  The embellishment is Crafts Wooden Stickers.

I fell in love with these wooden stickers at the dollar store, buying a few different packages.  The next few cards will use them in few different ways.  I didn't originally intend to add a sentiment as the printed paper more than covers it but as I was pulling it all together I felt the sticker needed an anchor and though I tried a ribbon, it just wasn't working.  I offset the sentiment a little to accommodate the rocking horse and I quite like the end result.  This is a really fun card!

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

Gisèle

Friday, July 21, 2017

Very Vintage Italian

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas card is the last one using the Italian paper that I found in my stash.


The printed paper is Grafiche Tassotti layered on a vanilla of unknown origin and Bazzill navy.  The sentiment is Rubbernecker stamped in Stampin' Up Midnight Muse on more vanilla of unknown origin.  The embellishment is Dress It Up.

This is another very beautiful piece of Christmas paper.  Unfortunately, it's not a great scale for cards, especially smaller card bases.  I had to be very careful cutting for this layout otherwise I would have cut off some of the images.  I know I will lose a lot of this sheet because of the images but they're so lovely, I'll live with it.  I left the rest of the card very simple, again, not wanting to cover up any more of the printed images than necessary.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, July 20, 2017

All Snowflakes

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another Christmas card crafted with some great Italian paper.


The printed paper is Grafiche Tassotti layered on Bazzill Bitter Chocolate.  The sentiment is Cornish Heritage Farms stamped in Stampin' Up Early Espresso on Recollections Vanilla.  The embellishments were punch from more Bitter Chocolate and highlighted with White Opal Liquid Pearls.

I really like this paper with it's beautiful snowflakes and vintage feel.  I'm not sure what I was thinking however with dark brown snowflakes.  I know the brown makes them visible against the paper and the sentiment but snowflakes shouldn't be brown.  In hindsight, I should have made a brown vertical strip, wider than the sentiment, affixed the sentiment then punched vanilla snowflakes.  This isn't a bad card, it's just a little weird.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Pine Cones And Ribbon

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas card uses another sheet of vintage Italian paper.


The printed paper is Rossi layered on Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow.  The images are Stampin' Up Watercolor Winter stamped in Mossy Meadow and Altenew Espresso and Mocha, on Recollections Vanilla.  The sentiment is Fiskars Vintage Christmas stamped in Mocha.

This paper has such traditional images, I couldn't resist adding it my cart.  I intended to use it for more masculine cards, and it will still work, but the ribbons are a lot more feminine than I thought they'd be.  I love this Stampin' Up stamp set.  Not only are the images wonderful but it's a two-step set that I really enjoy using.  This sentiment is also one of my favourites for vintage-style cards.  In the hopes of a masculine card, I didn't add any extra embellishments or glitter.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

More Traditional Holly

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas card uses another piece of vintage Italian holly paper.


The printed paper is Rossi layered on a shimmery gold and red of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Very Merry Christmas stamped in Altenew Jet Black on Recollections Vanilla and layered on more red.  The banners are punched from more shimmery gold.  The red gems are of unknown origin.

The images on this sheet of paper has a much better scale.  This is a very traditional sentiment, in keeping with the vintage aspect of the paper.  I think the font also works really well with the holly.  The red isn't a perfect match with the berries but it's the best I had available.  I used the shimmery gold because the images also have a hint of gold - hard to tell in this photo.  I love this card.

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

Gisèle

Monday, July 17, 2017

Traditional Holly

Hello everyone,

The next few posts are Christmas cards that use some beautiful Italian paper that I bought years ago but only recently 'found' in my stash.


The printed paper is Rossi layered on Stampin' Up Soft Suede.  The sentiment is Inkadinkado stamped in Soft Suede on Recollections Vanilla and layered on more Soft Suede.  The ribbon is Multicrafts.

This paper was purchased years ago at the online store 32° North when I was looking for vintage Christmas papers.  It is actually decoupage paper so the scale of the images is not great but with careful trimming, I can make it work.  It also come is pretty large sizes - 19.5" x 13.5", which is challenging because it doesn't fit into my paper cutter.  All that said, I love the final result and I certainly won't shy away from using this great paper.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Bold Christmas

Hello everyone,

Today's card uses another holiday die cut that I recently acquired.


The printed paper is Stampin' Up This Christmas layered on Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.  The sentiment is Joy! Crafts die 6002/2027 cut from Stampin' Up Basic Black and layered on Very Vanilla.  The embellishment is a Recollections brad.

This is the last card using the Stampin' Up This Christmas designer series paper that was gifted to me by a girlfriend.  It also uses the second Joy! Crafts sentiment die that I bought recently.  Again I chose to use black in order to make the sentiment pop even more.  This die is quite a bit longer than yesterday's so unless I used the same layout, this had to be a horizontal card.  I figured it would be a great masculine Christmas card so I added only a brad, no sparkle or glitter.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Bold Holidays

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas card uses a new die cut that I picked up during Ecstasy Crafts 150th sale.


The printed paper is Stampin' Up This Christmas layered on Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.  The sentiment is Joy! Crafts die 6002/2028 cut from Stampin' Up Basic Black and layered on Recollections Vanilla and more Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.  The card is highlighted with Diamond Stickles.

It's not often that I craft a card without stamping.  This past year I began using a few die cut sentiments that were donated (by Crop A While) and really liked the results.  I decided to look for a few Christmas dies and was quite pleased to find today's (and tomorrow's) on sale.  I chose to use black paper because I thought it would back this bold font even more bold.  I think it works great because the rest of the card is so simple.

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

Gisèle

Friday, July 14, 2017

More Stampin' Up Christmas

Hello everyone,

Today's post demonstrates that when something is working, run with it!


The printed papers are Stampin' Up This Christmas.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Seasonal Sayings - Christams stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Very Vanilla and layered on Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.  The embellishment is Martha Stewart Woodland Felt Icon Die-cuts.

This printed paper was gifted to me by a girlfriend.  I just love the delicate but somewhat retro images.  I just love the hints of black which I think works especially well against the vanilla.  It was what prompted me to use this sentiment, stamped in black.  I really love this sentiment and could really use it for every card.  This great poinsettia embellishment isn't the perfect shade of red but it's so perfectly Christmas I couldn't resist adding it.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wonderfully Winter

Hello everyone,

I so liked yesterday's card, I decided to craft another with some more of the Stampin' Up Christmas stash.


The printed paper is Stampin' Up Home For Christmas layered on Mint Macaroon and Mossy Meadow.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Wondrous Wreath stamped in Real Red on Very Vanilla and layered on more Real Red.  The pearl embellishments are of unknown origin.

This is one of my favourite papers in this series of papers.  Once again, the scale is just perfect for cards.  I used my recently acquired triple banner punch which I'm absolutely loving!  I just love the pop of Real Red.  It is wonderful with the hints of red in the printed paper and just pops against the mint macaroon.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Stampin' Up Greetings

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas card is pretty much a Stampin' Up card.


The printed paper is Stampin' Up Home For Christmas layered on Mint Macaroon and Delightful Dijon.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Curly Cute stamped in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla.  The embellishments are Crafts Rhinestone Stickers.

I don't understand why I balk at all Stampin' Up cards.  Maybe because I can spot them a mile away or maybe because I've got so many different products that I love to mix and match.  The most wonderful thing about Stampin' Up products is how perfectly they work together.  The colours are true so it's really easy to combine prints and solids.  Why wouldn't you?  I wouldn't normally choose mint for a Christmas card but it, as well as the dijon, just make the colours of the printed paper pop!

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Christmas In Purple

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a fantastic non-traditional coloured card with a traditional sentiment.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up Blackberry Bliss.  The sentiment is Altenew Halftone Holiday stamped in Blackberry Bliss on a vanilla of unknown origin and cut with the coordinating die.  The card is highlighted with Diamond Stickles.

I think this is one of my favourite cards so far this month.  I love the pattern and the colours.  This was another Crop A While donation.  As there was a fair bit of it, I anticipate crafting multiple similar cards using different colours.  What a lovely set that would be.

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

Gisèle

Monday, July 10, 2017

Sprigs Of Holly

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas card is full of holly.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Bazzill green.  The sentiment is Bonnidee C'est Noel stamped in Altenew Olive on Stampin' Up Very Vanilla.  The ribbon is Crafts.  The embellishment is Jolee's Boutique Holly Repeats.

It's inevitable that when I'm in Christmas card mode, I'll craft some holly cards.  I found a pretty decent size scrap of this holly paper from the Crop A While donations.  I decided to use the sole vertical French Christmas sentiment is my stash because I didn't want to cover up any more of this great paper than necessary.  This sentiment is not too wide and it is the perfect scale for this size card.  The ribbon and stickers add just that extra bit of sparkle that make this a really great, if somewhat simple, Christmas card.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, July 9, 2017

A Little Vintage Christmas

Hello everyone,

Today’s post is another charity card for this month’s ‘Christmas In July’ series.


The patterned paper is of unknown origin layered on Bazzill red and black.  The sentiment is Bonnidee Christmas Wording #3 stamped in Altenew Jet Black on Stampin’ Up Very Vanilla.  The embellishments are Want 2 Scrap Red Baby Bling.

This vintage-feeling card is pretty simple.  I found the paper among the great donations from Crop A While.  I really love Santa’s image.  I ended up doing a cover-up with the sentiment which hides a partial ‘Merry Christmas’.  It looked really strange when I trimmed the paper to fit the card base so this seemed a pretty obvious solution.  Overall, this card was quick and easy with a really great result.

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


Gisèle

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Wreaths And Ribbon

Hello everyone,

Today's post is an extraordinarily simple French card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a Bazzill red and dark green.  The sentiment is Bonnidee C'est Noel stamped in Stampin' Up Soft Suede on a vanilla of unknown origin and layered on more dark green Bazzill.  The ribbon is Ribbon Bowtique.

This is another charity sale card.  Some French cards are needed but I've only a couple of French sentiment sets as well as a couple borrowed from a girlfriend.  I can get bored re-using the same sentiments but once I retire, the number of French cards I needed will be limited.  I love this printed paper, the wreaths are so beautiful.  I debated using an image but this is a smaller card base so it would have covered too much of the paper.  I thought a lovely ribbon was a nice way to complement the images.

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

Gisèle

Friday, July 7, 2017

Vintage Poinsettia

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a pretty vintage poinsettia card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a gold also of unknown origin.  The image is Deep Red stamped in Stampin' Up Soft Suede on a vanilla of unknown origin.  The poinsettia is painted with LuminArte Mango Mamba, Olive Vine and Poppy Red Twinkling H2Os.  The sentiment is Rubbernecker also stamped in Soft Suede on an unknown vanilla and layered on more gold.

I was in the mood for some painting and thought a little shimmer wouldn't hurt.  This is a pretty flimsy card base and it's also quite a dark red so I added a panel on the inside.  I figured with the extra panel and the top layers, it would be a little more stable.  I love this poinsettia paper and chose the image carefully because I knew I'd cut it out and didn't want anything too intricate.  I'm especially pleased with out the green leave pop!

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

Gisèle

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Snowflake Celebration

Hello everyone,

Today's post has no red or green in sight.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Recollections White.  The sentiment is Stamp Barn stamped in Altenew Dusk on Recollections White.  The banner was punched from a mirrored silver of unknown origin.  The snowflake brad is of unknown origin.

I never craft Christmas cards without doing a few that are non-traditional.  This paper couldn't work any better with this silver/grey card base.  Though the sentiment may be a little on the formal side for the paper, it was the perfect size and scale for what I had in mind.  Finding a perfect ink colour was pretty easy now that I have the Altenew inks.  I recently ordered the triple banner punch from Stampin' Up and wanted an excuse to use it.  It did not disappoint!

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A Christmas Tag

Hello everyone,

Today's post uses more of the surplus card bases from my stash.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up Bravo Burgundy.  The sentiment is Stampabilities Merry Christmas 06 stamped in Bravo Burgundy.  The embellishment is K & Company Susan Winget Glad Tidings Word Adhesive Chipboard.

I have a bunch of coloured card bases that have coordinating tags but this vanilla one is the only one suitable for Christmas cards.  I've no idea where they came from.  It's a pretty yellow vanilla so I chose this somewhat vintage paper (donated from Crop A While) and think it works wonderfully.  I went outside my box by placing the tag on an angle.  It all works really well and was very quick and easy.  The hardest part was finding a suitable embellishment.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Santa's Window II

Hello everyone,

Yesterday's card turned out so well (notwithstanding the smooshed ink on the inside) that I decided to try again with a red card base.


The image is Rubber Stamped Santa Collage stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with Stampin' Up white embossing powder.  The sentiment is Technique Tuesday Jingle All The Way also stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with Stampin' Up white embossing powder.  The embellishments are Recollections enamel dots.

I knew that using this red card base would require embossing for any image/sentiment to work.  Unfortunately, this image is so detailed, it wasn't the best choice for heat embossing.  I did everything right, I used my embossing buddy, I tried not to press the stamp to hard, I wasn't overly generous with the embossing powder, but the image still isn't as sharp as I would have liked.  The sentiment is perfect!  I'll likely keep this card for myself too just because the quality of the image isn't what I'd want to put forward for the sale.

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

Gisèle

Monday, July 3, 2017

Santa's Window

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas card has the most wonderful window panel.


The image is Rubber Stampede Santa Collage stamped in Altenew Desert Night ink.  The sentiment is Technique Tuesday Jingle All The Way also stamped in Desert Night.  The embellishments are TPC Studio Heartfelt Travel mini jewels.

I've had this card base for years but never had the nerve to try a card.  It was a little finicky trying to get the image properly centered.  I'm grateful for Post-It Notes.  This card, as beautifully clean and simple as it is, won't be going in the charity sale because I managed to smoosh some blue ink from my fingers onto the inside.  I tried my best to cover them up but it's really hard to hide dark blue ink. Thankfully it was on the inside, not the front. I'm going to use it for myself as I know a few people who won't mind a few blotches.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Poinsettia Row

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a traditional green and red.


The printed paper is Echo Park I Love Christmas layered on Close To My Heart Clover Meadow.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Merry Christmas Writing stamped in Close To My Heart Cranberry on Recollections White and layered on more Cranberry.  The card is highlighted with Diamond Stickles.

I have a collection of random card bases in my stash, as well as a ton which have been donated, so this Christmas in July I'm challenging myself to use them up.  The majority of these cards will be donated to the office charity card sale this fall and we always sell a lot of Christmas cards.  This is the perfect red card base for a Christmas card and it worked perfectly with this last little piece of poinsettia strip that I had on hand.

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

Gisèle