Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pretty Pink Poppy

Hello everyone,

Today's card is another chalked beauty.  Why I didn't post with the other a couple of days ago, I've no idea.


The image is Stampin' Up Oh, So Lovely stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Whisper White and coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up chalks.  The image panel is layered on a printed paper of unknown origin and Close To My Heart Blush.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Bloom With Hope stamped in Altenew Dark Chocolate and layered on more Blush.

Is there ever a plaid that isn't truly lovely?  I couldn't resist this particular piece.  I love all the colours!  I really love the femininity!  The plaid also works really well with the simple lines of the image.  I actually coloured the image before I chose the plaid paper.  It didn't even take me long to coordinate with the Blush solid.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sweetly Simple

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card post is another simple beauty.


The image is Hero Arts Native Grass coloured with Tombow 228, 565 and 725, then stamped on Recollections vanilla.  The image panel is layered on a pink Bazzill and watercolour paper painted with LuminArte Blushing Rose and Evening Primrose Twinkling H20s.  The watercolour panel was spritzed with Tattered Angels Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Mist.  The sentiment is Sweet & Sassy Birthday Greetings stamped in Altenew Evergreen.

As soft as yesterday's card was, today's is beautifully bright.  The same image with different colours and layers leads to such a different card.  I love this aspect of stamping and cardmaking!  This is a very pretty card with the bold purple and pink but it's still very simple.  I used the Evergreen for the sentiment to coordinate with the colour of the stems but wish I'd used black instead.  Such a rather nitpicky detail as the card is lovely regardless.

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

Gisèle

Monday, October 16, 2017

Bold Sentiment

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another commissioned birthday card that has a marker coloured image.


The image is Hero Arts Native Grass coloured with Tombow 076, 373 and 452 and stamped on Recollections vanilla.  The image is layered on Quickutz Tropical Quick Strips.  The sentiment is Inkadinkado Calligraphy Celebration stamped in Altenew Olive.  The embellishments are Doodlebug Spring and Boy mini pearls.

This is an image on which I often apply marker.  It's a very simple image that is easy to stamp.  I love the contrast between the small image and the big, bold sentiment. I think I did pretty well with the embellishment placement. I wish I wonder if it's as random as it seems or if there is a method to the placement that I just don't get.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bouquet Of Blue

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card is another coloured bouquet of roses.


The image is Hero Arts Delicate Rose Stems stamped in StazOn Olive Green on Recollections white and coloured with Chameleon BL3 and BG4 markers.  The image is layered on a shimmery aqua and light blue of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Gina K Tag Line stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite.  The embellishments are Doodlebug Spring mini pears.

This colouring is probably as close to perfection as I'll ever achieve.  The colour gradients couldn't have worked better.  There are virtually no visible shading lines as the ink moves from light to dark.  I wish I could figure out how to do this with the other markers I've collected over the years...

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

Gisèle

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Purple Roses

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card post is another colouring experiment.


The image is Hero Arts Delicate Rose Stems stamped in StazOn Olive Green and coloured with Chameleon PR4 and BG4 markers.  The image is layered on a purple of unknown origin and a piece of Ranger alcohol inked glossy paper.  The sentiment is Rubbernecker Happy Birthday stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite.  The embellishments are Close To My Heart purple glitter gems.

These Chameleon markers were gifted to me and just might help my issues around colouring with markers.  I so enjoyed using them that I'm actually considering a purchase!  I really loved how the colour density changes as you colour.  It makes the shading aspect, which is so beautiful, a lot easier to achieve.  This isn't the most perfect example as some of the lines are a little harsh but overall, it's not that bad.  I love the coloured image against the alcohol inked paper.  A really beautiful result.

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

Gisèle

Friday, October 13, 2017

Beautiful Berries

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another lovely spring-inspired birthday card.


The image is Stampin' Up Oh, So Lovely stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite on Recollections Vanilla, coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up chalks, and layered on a yellow and green Bazzill.  The die cut sentiment is of unknown origin.

While I was looking for some inspiration at this stage of the birthday card commission, I came across the box of chalks and realized I hadn't used them in quite some time.  This is a favourite image for applying chalks.  They work really beautifully without having to be perfectly coloured which is ideal for me.  I choose this pop of yellow because it's so fresh.  The die cut sentiment was in my stash.  The font is beautiful and I love how it works with the simple lines of the flowers.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Blossoms In Pink

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card post is much different from yesterday's card and much more in my usual style.


The image is Stampin' Up Too Kind stamped in Altenew Crimson, Moss and Rouge on Recollections White and layered on Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow.  The sentiment is from an unknown Stampin' Up set stamped in StazOn Olive on Whisper White and layered on a pink of unknown origin.  The embellishments are Doodlebug Baby Boy mini pearls.

I absolutely love this simple card.  These flowers are another two-step stamp set that I really enjoy using.  It's very straightforward so making the impressions are not too difficult.  I found using the Altenew ink sets worked especially well.  I've previously placed the sentiment on an angle in earlier cards and liked it so much I decided to do it again for this card.  I'm just as happy with the result this time around.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fabulously Fun

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card post is just bright and fun!


The images are Stampin' Up Time Well Spent stamped on Recollections White in StazOn Jet Black and painted with LuminArte Evening Primrose, Mango Mamba, Poppy Red, Rich Cobalt, Rose Gold and Twilight Twinkling H20s.  The images are layered on a blue Bazzill.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up It's Your Birthday stamped in Altenew Sapphire.  The embellishments are Crafts Rhinestone Stickers.

This large commission of birthday cards allowed me to really play with a variety of different styles.  I quite enjoyed crafting this fun and playful card.  It's not quite my usual style.  I wanted something especially bright and cheerful.  I also wanted to use some stamps that haven't seen the light of day in quite a while.  I really like the trio of images which were quite easy to paint.  It's made for a great result.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tulip Trio

Hello everyone,

Another tulip birthday card post today.


The image is Stampin' Up Terrific Tulip stamped in Altenew Deep Iris, Forest Glades, Frayed Leaf and Lavender Fields on Recollections White and layered on a lavender Bazzill.  The sentiment is Rubbernecker Happy Birthday stamped in Deep Iris.  The ribbon is Multicrafts.

I just can't get enough of tulips!  This is a set that my brother gifted to me last Christmas. It is a beautiful two-step set that is just a lot of fun to use.  I could repeat this card over and over using every colour of ink I own.  This particular layout allowed me to use a vertical sentiment.  Though the sentiment is a little on the small scale, I think the placement and lack of embellishments makes it work just fine.

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

Gisèle

Monday, October 9, 2017

Ink Blown

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card is an experiment that I wanted to try after watching a YouTube video.


The background paper is a piece of Gina K White splattered with ink which was then blown around with a straw.  The sentiment was cut with Memory Box Happy Birthday Friendship Script die from a shimmery navy of unknown origin.  The embellishments are EK Success Bright Dots.

I was utterly intrigued by this technique when I watched the video and couldn't resist giving it a try.  It requires a pretty heavy base paper because it gets quite wet.  I also think the selection of inks must be carefully considered because the results could be iffy if the colours don't work when blended.  Blue and yellow seemed a safe bet to me.  I quite like the effect of the blown ink and I think the result is pretty interesting.  I'd like to experiment with different colours and base paper because I suspect you could get some really beautiful results.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, October 8, 2017

A Taste Of Asia

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card uses a wonderful piece of origami paper.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Worldwin Chrome Gold Foil paper and Close To My Heart Outdoor Denim.  The sentiment is Serendipity stamped in Outdoor Denim on Recollections Vanilla and layered on more Worldwin gold.  The embellishments are ZVA Creative adhesive pearls.

This is a really beautiful card.  The blues, cream and gold are such a wonderful combination.  I love how the swirling embellishments mimic the swirls and dots in the printed paper.  Using gold for layering adds a bit of elegance and sophistication that I find particularly appealing.  I was also really pleased to be able to include a card that has such a great Asian feel in this commission.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Superbly Swirled

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card post uses a piece of paper that I crafted last fall.


The background paper was crafted using shaving cream and a variety of Stampin' Up re-inkers.  The paper is layered on Stampin' Up Night of Navy and Whisper White.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Perfectly penned stamped in Night of Navy on Whisper White and layered on more Night of Navy.  The embellishments are Crafts Gem Chic.

This shaving cream technique is so amazing but so messy!  I absolutely love every piece that I crafted.  I kept the layout very straightforward so as not to cover up any more of the marbled paper than necessary.  I love the sentiment as the font works beautifully and it's a great scale for this card.  It took me a while to find the right shade of blue embellishments and I love that they are square.  This is a great card that could be used for either a man or a woman.

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

Gisèle

Friday, October 6, 2017

Magnificent Medallion

Hello everyone,

Another card today using a stamped image found in my stash of leftovers.


The image is Stampin' Up Medallion stamped in Stampin' Up Smoky Slate on Whisper White, highlighted with Silver Stickles, and layered on a brushed silver of unknown origin.  The background image is Stampin' Up Timeless Textures also stamped in Smoky Slate.  The sentiment is Gina K Block Greetings stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.

This is one image I absolutely remember stamping because it's crooked.  I didn't want to through it away though because the impression is actually very good.  I was playing with the slate ink pad which I'd just received.  I do love the colour and especially like this ink colour.  It's perfect for crafting a striking neutral yet sophisticated card.  This card is particularly elegant and I really hope there is a resident for which this will be the perfect card.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Beautiful In Blue

Hello everyone,

Today's card uses another image panel that I found when I was going through my stash of leftover bits.


The image is Stampin' Up Embrace Life stamped on Crumbcake in VersaMark and heat embossed in white.  The images are coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up chalks and highlighted with Sakura yellow Gelly Roll pen.  The focal panel is layered on a navy of unknown origin.  The sentiment, Stampin' Up Warmest Regards, is stamped in Close To My Heart Outdoor Denim.

I'm pretty sure this image panel is a few years old as I suspect I crafted it when I was experimenting with white embossing on kraft and black backgrounds.  Why I didn't use it back the, I've no idea.  It's a perfectly suitable image and while the colouring isn't perfect, it's not terrible either.  I couldn't decide which way was up so decided having the leaves as a border on the bottom would be a nice anchor for the sentiment.  I'm quite happy with the result.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Goose Wish

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card post uses an image that I found in my stash.


The printed paper is Kaisercraft Coat Rack.  The image is Stampin' Up Wetlands stamped in a variety of Stampin' Up inks on Very Vanilla and layered on a Bazzill rust.  The sentiment is a Stampin' Up image of unknown origin stamped in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla.  The embellishments are Recollections cork dots.

I can't believe I forgot about this image.  It is just perfect for this masculine and nature inspired card.  This background paper couldn't work any better with the image. The squares and layers make me so happy, right in my creative comfort zone. It's a really great result.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Birthday Elegance

Hello everyone,

An truly elegant birthday card post today.


The image is Stampin' Up (no idea which set) stamped in Elegant Eggplant on Very Vanilla, highlighted with Wink of Stella Clear 999, and layered on more Elegant Eggplant.  The sentiment is Denami Design Upright Happy Birthday also stamped in Elegant Eggplant.  The embellishments are Crafts Rhinestone Strips.

I found this image in my stash of leftover bits.  I had stamped it years and years ago so have no idea in which set in belongs.  I just love this silhouette and deep purple, it's very striking.  Given it is quite a large image, it works best with a simple layout as anything complicated would detract from the overall impact.  It was the perfect image to pair with this equally bold vertical sentiment.

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

Gisèle

Monday, October 2, 2017

Watercolour Tulip III

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the last of the watercolour birthday cards I've been working on for the past few weeks.



The background image is Hero Arts French Writing With Butterfly stamped in Altenew Frayed Leaf.  The focal image is Magenta Tulip which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections Vanilla and layered on Stampin' Up Rose Red.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Avant Garden stamped in Early Espresso on more Recollections Vanilla.

A helpful tip to all, make certain your stamps are clean before using them!  I used three card bases before I finally managed to get a 'clean' impression.  For whatever reason, it doesn't appear that this background image was properly cleaned before it was put away and though I cleaned it once I realized the problem, it took a number of cleanings before the previous ink colour was finally gone.  What frustration!  All that said, this is a lovely card.  I love the pink in this tulip.  I also love the punched sentiment adhered on an angle.  A great result!

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

Gisèle

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Watercolour Tulip II

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card is the second of three watercolour tulips.


The image is Magenta Tulip which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Stampin' Up Very Vanilla.  The image is layered on Ranger alcohol inked glossy paper and a green Bazzill.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Thoughtful Messages stamped in Stampin' Up Early Espresso.  The embellishments are Close To My Heart Mocha Opaques.

I just loved yesterday's card so I decided to play with the crayon colours.  This tulip is much more burgundy than either red or pink so I chose this darker piece of alcohol inked paper on which to layer.  I love these Hero Arts sentiments.  The font is really lovely and it was the perfect size for being stamped on the vertical.  I love the final result.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Watercolour Tulip

Hello everyone,

Today's post is one of three watercolour tulip birthday cards.


The image is Magenta Tulip which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Stampin' Up Very Vanilla.  The image is layered on Colorbök Watercolor Rainbow paper and Close To My Heart New England Ivy.  The sentiment is Sweet & Sassy Birthday Greetings stamped in Altenew Lava Rock.

This is a really lovely tulip stamp and like the previous Magenta stamps used in this watercolour series, it's perfect for this technique.  It's a not a very intricate stamp and the lines provide ample surface for the crayon.  I love this cheerful yellow tulip and the simple layout is great for highlighting the bloom.

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

Gisèle

Friday, September 29, 2017

Watercolour Bird In Burgundy

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the second watercolour bird birthday card.


The image is Magenta which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections White.  The image was layered on Close To My Heart Vineyard Berry, a piece of Ranger alcohol inked glossy paper and a gold of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Gina K Garden Silhouettes stamped in Stampin' Up Bravo Burgundy.

I love this bird card as much as I did yesterday's card.  This is such a different card from yesterday's even though the image and stamping technique is the same.  This image is just as spectacular in burgundy as it is in blue.  I love how well the image looks against the alcohol inked layer.  It's almost as though the bird is flapping the colour around.  It was really hard to give these cards away.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Watercolour Bird In Blue

Hello everyone,

Today's watercolour birthday card is one of two sweet bird cards.


The image is Magenta which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections White and layered on a Bazzill grey and Momenta cardstock.  The sentiment is Joy Crafts Sayings 6410/0308 stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.

I have always loved this stamp and don't use it nearly enough.  I wanted to craft a more masculine card and thought a bluebird would work nicely.  I found the final impression was so striking, I ended up stamping a second image.  I ended up have to redo the Momenta layer because I really goofed when I stamped the sentiment and couldn't fix it.  It happens!

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Watercolour Blooms III

Hello everyone,

Another set of watercolour birthday blooms today.


The image is Magenta Bachelor's Button which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Stampin' Up Very Vanilla and layered on Close To My Heart Hollyhock and Fern.  The sentiment is Avery Elle So Happy stamped in Altenew Moss.  The embellishment is Close To My Heart Bitty Sparkles.

This is another favourite stamp for using the watercolour crayon technique.  I especially like the size of this stamp because it has a lot of surface for the crayon.  It can be difficult though if too much water is applied.  This ended up being such a pretty result.

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

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Watercolour Blooms II

Hello everyone,

Today's watercolour birthday card is all about the vertical.


The image is Magenta Peaceful Blooms which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections White.  The sentiment is Close To My Heart Happy Birthday stamped in Stampin' Up Soft Suede.  The focal panel was layered on Stampin' Up Soft Suede and Pale Plum.  The embellishments are Petal Pink Liquid Pearls.

This is the perfect stamp for this watercolour technique as the elements are very simple, making it easy to apply the crayon.  It is also the perfect scale for using a vertical sentiment.  I've always loved brown and pink together.  These are the same colours I used on the stamp so the the flow is really nice.

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

Gisèle

Monday, September 25, 2017

Watercolour For Him

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card post is the masculine version of yesterday's card.


The image is Stampin' Up Simply Sketched which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections White and layered on Stampin' Up Always Artichoke and Night of Navy.  The sentiment is Gina K Pleasant Plurals stamped in Night of Navy ink.  The punched banners are Always Artichoke.  The embellishments are Eyelet Outlet Enamel Dots.

I love this card as much as yesterday's feminine version.  I added layers that were just a bit wider than the feminine card to give it a bit more umph.  The banners are a favourite inclusion on many of the more masculine cards that I craft.  The sentiment has a no nonsense and simple font.  I uses the darkest of blue enamel dots that I could find in my stash and though they don't match the navy layer perfectly, they work very well with the berries in the image.  I'm rather hoping that there may be a couple at the seniors residence that can be the recipients of these two beautiful cards.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Watercolour For Her

Hello everyone,

I decided to craft a pair of cards using the same images, layers and layout for a feminine version and a masculine version.


The image is Stampin' Up Simply Sketched which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections White and layered on Stampin' Up Always Artichoke and Night of Navy.  The sentiment is Gina K Fanciful Tags stamped in Night of Navy.  The embellishment is a Martha Stewart Lace Butterfly sticker.

This is a lovely image which is just perfect for the watercolouring technique I've been doing for the past number of days.  It's wonderfully delicate and a great scale for these smaller card bases I've been using.  For this feminine version, I uses a sentiment with a more delicate and swirly font and added an equally delicate embellishment.  I'm really loving all these clean and simple cards not only because this technique is awesome but because I've used some great stamps that haven't seen the light of day in a while.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Watercolour Poppy

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another watercolor birthday card.


The image is Stampin' Up Asian Artistry which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections White. The image panel was layered on a black Bazzill, and red and gold Black Ink Decorative Paper.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up It's Your Birthday stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.

I've purposely kept these watercolour cards simple in terms of layouts and embellishments because I want the focus to be on the striking images.  In this case, I decided to use some fancy papers for layering.  While these papers are beautiful, I find them a little tricky to use.  Cutting requires a fresh new blade otherwise, it just tears.  Applying adhesive can also be a challenge because the paper is rather delicate and will buckle and shift.  That said, in this particular case the card turned out exactly as I'd hoped.

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

Gisèle

Friday, September 22, 2017

Watercolour Bird

Hello everyone,

Today's post continues with the watercolour birthday cards I've been crafting over the past number of days.


The background image is Stampin' Up You've Got This stamped in Stampin' Up River Rock.  The image is Stampin' Up Simply Sketched which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections White and layered on River Rock and Bravo Burgundy.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up All Holidays stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite.

I have been having the most wonderful time stamping with watercolour crayons.  This is such an easy but effective stamping technique.  I really like this Simply Sketched stamp set for this technique.  They are quite easy to colour and I love the natural elements.  This card is a particular favourite.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Watercolour Butterfly

Hello everyone,

Today's watercolour card has a lovely stamped background.


The image is Impression Obsession Butterfly which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on a white of unknown origin.  The image is layered on a piece of shaving cream and re-inker paper and a rust Bazzill.  The background image is Impression Obsession Large Flourishes stamped in Stampin' Up Creamy Caramel and highlighted with Copper Pearl Liquid Pearls.  The sentiment is Gina K Framed Greetings stamped in Stampin' Up Early Espresso.

This is a background that works!  The lines of these flourishes work really well with the watercolour image.  I'm loving the warms colours of the stamped image and am thrilled that they work so great with this scrap of shaving creamed paper that I did almost a year ago.  This is a card I just love!

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Watercolour Dragonfly

Hello everyone,

Today's watercolour birthday card is also Asian inspired.


The image is Stampin' Up Asian Artistry which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections White and layered on Stampin' Up Sahara Sand.  The background image is Stampin' Up Watercolour Wash stamped in Altenew Limestone.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Warmest Regards stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite.

I really like using background stamps and thought I'd give it a try with a watercolour image.  I'm not sure if I like it or not.  It's still a somewhat clean and simple card and the ink colour in the background works well with the image panel.  I just think there is something 'off' but I can't quite figure out what it is.  I still like this card a lot, I just wish I could figure out what bothers me about it.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Watercolour Bamboo Birdie

Hello everyone,

Today's watercolour has the more Asian look and feel that I was hoping for with yesterday's card.


The image is Stampin' Up Asian Artistry which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections White and layered on a piece of Ranger alcohol inked glossy paper and a gold of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Rubbernecker Happy Birthday stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite on more Recollections White and layered on more gold.

This is a favourite!  It's quite clean and simple with the focus all on the image.  I stunned myself with how well the image stamped!  I found this scrap piece of alcohol inked paper in my stash and it worked perfectly with the colours in the image.  It's awesome when that happens!

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

Gisèle

Monday, September 18, 2017

Watercolour Blooms

Hello everyone,

Today's watercolour birthday card has a couple of beautiful blossoms.


The image is Stampin' Up Asian Artistry which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections White and layered on Stampin' Up Rich Razzleberry and Wild Wasabi, and Colorbök Energized Ombre.  The sentiment is Rubbernecker Happy Birthday stamped in Altenew Lava Rock and layered on more Rich Razzleberry.  The ribbon is Multicrafts.

This is a great stamp with which to use watercolour crayons.  It wasn't exactly the card I had in mind when I was stamping the image.  I intended the card to have a more Asian feel but I didn't have a coordinating oriental-styled printed paper that would work with the colours in the image.  The layout is a little staid but it's still a very lovely card.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Watercolour Tulips

Hello everyone,

The next dozen or so birthday cards use watercolour crayons instead of ink for stamping the images as well as a host of Stampin' Up stamps that I dusted off.


The image is Stampin' Up Blessed Easter which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections White.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Short & Sweet stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite.  The focal panel was layered on Stampin' Up Rose Red and Garden Green.

This is one of my favourite stamping techniques.  I find it only really works with red rubber stamps.  It can be tricky, not enough water and the image won't stamp or, too much water and the image bleeds horribly.  I really have to dig out my not readily available supplies for this type of stamping so I tend to do a whole bunch of images at the same time.  With the seventy birthday cards in this series, I figured this was the perfect excuse to play.  I have a dozen or more images that I'll turn into some really great birthday cards.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, September 16, 2017

A Bit Of Bling

Hello everyone,

I've another really cheerful birthday card to post today.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a bright pink Bazzill.  The sentiment is Crafters Companion Die'sire die cut from Recollections White and layered on more bright pink Bazzill and Recollections White.  The ribbon is Multicrafts.  The embellishment is Forever In Time Ice.

I think this is another piece of scrap from the same collection as the paper from the cards of the past couple of days.  Although I love the multitude of bright colours in the last couple of cards, there is something so bright and crisp about this pink and white checked paper.  I love how the white die cut sentiment pops against the bright pink.  I also especially love the contrast between the simple checked pattern and the single bold bit of the bling.

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

Gisèle

Friday, September 15, 2017

Bright Zig Zag Wishes

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another birthday card uses more of the same paper collection as yesterday's card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a purple Bazzill.  The image is Stampin' Up Work of Art stamped in Altenew Midnight Violet on Recollections White.  The sentiment is Creative Expressions Amazing Sentiments also stamped in Midnight Violet on Recollections White and layered on more purple Bazzill.  The embellishments are Paper House 3D puffy stickers.

I think this bright zig zag printed paper is really wonderful.  It is clearly part of the same collection as yesterday's card because the colours are exactly the same.  I love them for these cheerful birthday cards.  I was also happily surprised at how well the puffy stickers coordinated with the paper.  I think these bright, beautiful cards will be great for winter birthdays.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Bright Daisy Wishes

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a bright and cheerful daisy birthday card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a bright pink Bazzill.  The sentiment is Creative Expressions Petite Scribbled Sentiments stamped in Stampin' Up Melon Mambo on Recollections White.  The daisy flower embellishment is a Paper House 3D puffy sticker.

This is such bright pretty paper.  It absolutely cried out for this large daisy sticker!  Both the paper and this set of puffy stickers are Crop A While donations.  With an embellishment this large, I found it best to keep everything pretty straightforward.  I really wanted the daisy to be the focal point.  I wasn't sure about the sticker as it's a very much a 'photo' image and I thought it might look weird against this background paper.  Once I got it on the card however I thought it actually looked quite pretty.  I think this is a wonderfully cheerful birthday card that would be great to receive in the depths of a cold Ottawa winter.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Neutral Paisleys

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card features a really lovely neutral paisley.


The printed paper is K&Company Studio 112 layered on a black Bazzill and Recollections Kraft.  The images are Impression Obsession Paisleys stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Recollections White.  The sentiment is Annabelle Stamps All Things Grow also stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and layered on more black and Kraft.  The sentiment panel is highlighted with Onyx Pearl Liquid Pearls.

When I came across this paper pad in the box of Crop A While donations I found it extremely appealing.  The pad contains a variety of prints that I thought would work great for masculine cards, especially in this colour palette.  Like butterflies and holly, I have a real soft spot for paisleys so when I came across this piece of paper I knew I'd use it for a card.  I don't think it's all that masculine but the neutral colours are still great for a more feminine card.  I was really impressed with the stamped paisleys.  These are really detailed stamps and the Versafine worked beautifully.  I like how well the font of the sentiment works with the lines in the paisleys.  It's always wonderful when the results are so pleasing.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Glorious Golden Wishes

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another birthday card featuring a butterfly.


The printed paper is Kaisercraft Elegance Collection layered on a gold of unknown origin and Close To My Heart Juniper.  The sentiment is Gina Marie All Seasons stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite on Stampin' Up Whisper White and layered on more Juniper.  The sentiment is highlighted with Gold Pearl Liquid Pearls.

I had to trim this piece of scrap so as not to cut away the butterflies that I really wanted to highlight.  I attempted to emboss the gold layer but by the time it went through my Big Shot, I lost the crispness of the images.  I decided to just leave the layer solid and I'm rather happy with the result.  The printed paper really pops and the butterflies are as prominent as I'd hoped.

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

Gisèle

Monday, September 11, 2017

Balloon Cake Topper

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card uses another awesome donated sticker.


The printed paper is of unknown origin.  The sticker is also of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Teeny Tiny Wishes stamped in Altenew Sapphire.

My biggest concern with this card is that it's so top heavy, I'm worried that it may not stay upright.  I really love this sticker as it's big, bold and beautiful.  I think it was previously enjoyed because the backing was off and one of the wires was missing it's topper.  I decide however to persevere and just run with it because it's actually such an awesome sticker, I couldn't resist.  I love the small sentiment in contrast to the big sticker.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bold Senitment

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card is ridiculously straightforward.


The background layers are Colorbök Watercolor Rainbow cardstock and Colorbök Energized Ombre cardstock.  The embellishment is of unknown origin highlighted with an embellishment of unknown origin and Turquoise Stickles.

This amazing sentiment sticker was found in the box of Crop A While donations.  It couldn't have been more perfect for a card in this birthday card series.  I originally thought I'd layer it on some printed paper but I really wanted this big, bold sticker to pop!  I found some great paper with which to coordinate.  I had actually forgotten that I'd had this great watercolor paper in my stash.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Butterflies In Blue

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another beautiful butterfly birthday card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a black Bazzill.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Happy Birthday stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.  The embellishments are TPC Studio So Delish mini jewels.

What I said yesterday about everything butterfly in my stash is ditto today.  This particular piece of donated scrap was especially appealing because the butterflies are blue, one of my favourite colours. This paper pops so spectacularly against the white and black.  The butterflies are a little large in scale for a card but that turned out to be a non-issue because of the layout, simple sentiment and minimal embellishments.  A fabulous result!

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

Gisèle

Friday, September 8, 2017

Bevy Of Butterflies

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card is all butterflies.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a Bazzill burgundy and a Bazzill green.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Curly Cute stamped in Bravo Burgundy on Recollections Vanilla and layered on more burgundy.  The butterfly embellishment was paper punched from more green that was coloured with Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen.  The butterfly and card are highlighted with Petal Pink Liquid Pearls.

Ever since I started cardmaking, I've had a real affinity for anything with butterflies - stamps, punches, dies, paper - it generally makes it into my stash.  I'm working hard to resist as the stash is ridiculous.  When I came across this paper in a box of donations from Crop A While, I didn't even think twice.  There were dozens of scraps and while I usually only keep one or two, I kept at least half a dozen of these pieces.  I love the colours and the scale of the butterflies is just perfect for cards.  I can't wait to craft more of these sweet butterfly cards.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Neutral And Serene

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card is the complete opposite of yesterday's card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up River Rock.  The images are Close To My Heart Brushstrokes stamped in River Rock and Stampin' Up Summer Silhouettes stamped in Altenew Evening Grey.  The sentiment is Impression Obsession Die 74-W Greeting Set die cut in Soft Suede.  The embellishments are My Mind's Eye Unforgettable "Firsts" enamel dots.

I love this card!  It's so wonderfully neutral and utterly serene.  It still uses the layered stamping technique that I love doing so very much.  I picked out this piece of paper in the box of donations expressly because it was perfect for stamping.  I added this this birthday die cut to my stash because I wanted some variety and this set offered some great options.  I had to play with the layout quite a bit to make it pleasing to the eye but the final results are awesome!

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A Total Mishmash

Hello everyone,

I think I was completely undecided when I was crafting today's birthday card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin.  The background images are Gina K Timeless Textures stamped in Close To My Heart Juniper and Twilight inks.  The sentiment is Gina K Block Greetings stamped in Altenew Jet Black on Stampin' Up Very Vanilla.  The sentiment panel is layered on more Very Vanilla that was stamped with Hero Arts La Letter stamped in more Twilight.  The embellishments are BasicGrey Metal Studs.

I'd like to say I didn't know what I was thinking when I went all angles and grunge with this card but I was so happy with the layered stamping on Sunday's card that I was looking to craft another card using the same technique.  Maybe I should have stopped while I was ahead.  This is a real mishmash of angles and textures that is totally outside of my comfort zone.  This isn't a bad card, it's just different.  I'm still going to include it in this commission as there could be a senior in residence who's a rebel!

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

Gisèle


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Spectacularly Striped

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card uses some great paper donated by Crop A While.


The printed paper is of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Penny Black Happy, Happy stamped in Stampin' Up Night of Navy on Very Vanilla.  The branch is cut from a piece of Ranger alcohol inked glossy paper with a Docrafts X Cut Leaves die.

I found this scrap of donated paper with a border already punched.  I don't know if it was punched separately or if the paper was manufactured with the border.  I was able to trim it perfectly even which makes me grateful that I used these smaller card bases.  It took me quite a while to figure out an embellishment so when I found this piece of alcohol inked paper in my stash, I was ecstatic!  The colours of the paper coordinate perfectly with the colours of the stripes.  I seriously doubt I could have replicated this happy accident on purpose.  It sent me to a very, very happy place!

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

Gisèle

Monday, September 4, 2017

Surefire Simple

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card was ridiculously simple.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up Soft Suede.  The sentiment is Stampabilities Happy Birthday 01 stamped in Close To My Heart Outdoor Denim on Recollections Vanilla.  The embellishment is Close To My Heart Round Durables.

I love everything about this amazing printed paper!  The colours and pattern were so appealing that I just added a solid layer, stamped a sentiment with a strong font in a coordinating colour and added a solid embellishment.  It probably took me more time to find an embellishment than to actually craft this super easy card.  Again, while I was originally thinking masculine, this card is pretty neutral overall.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Flip Side

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card uses the flip side of the paper used in yesterday's card.


The printed paper are of unknown origin.  The images are Stampin' Up Timeless Textures and BoBunny Falling Leaves stamped in Close To My Heart Whisper and Slate inks on Stampin' Up Very Vanilla.  The sentiment is Gina K Labeled With Love stamped in Altenew Jet Black.  The image/sentiment panel is layered on more printed paper.

I didn't realize how awesome the flip side of yesterday's striped paper was until I'd finished the card.  I decided to try an mimic the printed paper by doing some layered stamping.  I think it turned out rather well.  I thought this would be a very masculine card but it's actually quite neutral.I really enjoy layering images especially using subtly different ink colours.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, September 2, 2017

An Acorn Wish

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a more masculine birthday card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a Bazzill orange.  The sentiment is Rubbernecker Happy Birthday stamped in Stampin' Up Early Espresso on Recollections Vanilla and highlighted with Avocado Liquid Pearls.  The wooden embellishment is of unknown origin sponged with Altenew Autumn Blaze, Bamboo, Espresso, Firebrick, Mocha and Orange Cream.

I found a number of these wooden embellishments in the Crop A While box of donations.  I didn't quite know what I was going to do with them but I found them very appealing.  I decided this striped paper would make a perfect backdrop for this wooden oak leaf and acorn.  I'm not sure a busier background paper would have worked as well.  I also like the fall colours in the strips and figured if I echoed them when I sponged the embellishment, it would probably work out all right.  It's actually even better than I imagined.  This would be the perfect card for a nature lover!

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

Gisèle

Friday, September 1, 2017

Twinkling Wishes

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card is an example of productive play time.


The images are Stampin' Up Bordering on Romance stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with Close To My Heart gold embossing powder.  The images are painted with LuminArte Deep Coral, Forest Green and Mango Mambo Twinkling H20s.  The sentiment is Rubbernecker Best Wishes also stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed in Close To My Heart gold embossing powder.

I will never claim to be a painter but I get this yen every once in a while to try my skills.  In this particular case I'm more than happy to claim this card.  The painting  turned out way better than I ever expected!  Whenever I decide to try to paint, this is one of my go to images.  It's pretty easy to paint but still allows for some shading practice.  I like painting embossed images because it's a little easier to stay within the lines which allows me to focus more on shading.  I don't know why that is my biggest challenge.  Regardless, this is a great card and I'm thrilled with the painting.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, August 31, 2017

More Vintage Style

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card post is another sweet vintage card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up Basic Grey and Recollections Vanilla.  The image and sentiment are Stampin' Up Vintage Labels stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite and Stampin' Up Baja Breeze.  The ribbon is Multicrafts.  The embellishment is TPC Studio Wedding Silhouettes Pearlized Brads.

This is another favourite card!  I love all the vintage images on this printed paper.  It's so wonderfully feminine.  I don't often think of using grey as a layer but there are hints of it in some of the images so it rather made sense.  I love the colour combination. I used a very similar ribbon/embellishment combination on this earlier card because it added just that little bit of sparkle and interest without covering up all that much.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Summertime Wishes

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card is lovely and colorful!


The printed paper is of unknown origin (likely Graphic 45) layered on a Bazzill navy.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Tin of Cards stamped in Midnight Muse on Recollections Vanilla.  The embellishment is EK Success Mini Red Poppies.

I love this card!  The colours are really wonderful and the images are so happy!  I probably didn't need to add another poppy but it's got a great sparkly center.  This card couldn't have been easier thanks to the paper.  As with most of the 'Graphic 45' cards, I kept the layout very simple and the sentiment panel pretty small so that as much of the printed paper was as visible as possible.  I didn't even add a layer to the sentiment panel because the font was bold enough to have it pop without the extra layer.

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

Gisèle