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