Monday, 7 June 2010

Chrysanthemum Just For You Birthday Card for Jan - WMSC1

Waltzingmouse Stamps launched a sketch challenge blog at the weekend and I decided to play along. It's a fabulous sketch!

Next Sunday is my friend Jan's birthday and her hubby Alan always asks me to make a card for him to give to her. I delivered this card to him today and I'm pleased to say he loved it!

The card measures just a tad under 5" square and was made with Old Olive CS. I embossed the Pale Plum layer with a Sizzix texture plate - those are great when a Cuttlebug folder is too small! I use a couple of pieces of CS as shims and spritz the CS with water before rolling the texture plate sandwich through my Big Shot and that gives me great depth of embossing. I used Nestie dies for the scalloped layer and the circle in square frame. I stamped the gorgeous circle frame from the Vintage Circles Small set in Rich Razzleberry ink. I paper pieced my chrysanthemum by stamping the medium and small chrysanths and two small leaves onto patterned papers and cutting them out. I've added an olive crystal to the flower centre. The olive circle in square frame is popped up with foam pads.

I chose the Just For You sentiment from the Say It With Style set for my Pale Plum banner. I've added a butterfly punched out of a piece of patterned paper. I placed the butterfly on a mouse mat and ran an embossing stylus down both sides of the body to pop the wings up and then I've added two olive crystals. To finish off, I added two Pale Plum decorative photo corners to the Olive frame.

This photo shows what I stamped inside the card. I stamped the flower after stamping off once to get a muted shade before adding the sentiment over the top.

This photo shows how I decorated the envelope:

Well, Alan likes the card, I just have to hope Jan likes it too! I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else creates with this great sketch and to more great WMS sketches to come!

Stamps: WMS Big Blooms Chrysanthemums, Vintage Circles Small and Say It With Style sets
CS: SU! Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Pale Plum & Whisper White
Patterned paper: SU! Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper pack
Ink: SU! Rich Razzleberry, VersaMagic Tea Leaves chalk ink
Tools: Square and circle Nestabilities dies, Sizzix Ivy Flourishes texture plate, Sizzix Photo Corners #2 die, Martha Stewart Classic Butterfly punch, EK Success Dotted Wave punch, embossing stylus & mouse mat
Embellishments & accessories: Olive crystals, glue dots & 3d foam pads



Sandra said...

Hi Ruth....gorgeous card,love the colour combo you have used and the butterfly's a lovely finishing touch.

Have a lovely evening
Take care
San x

Antje said...

Great card! Love (and have, hehe) that stamp too! and take your card as a great inspiration. I am completly impressed, that you also stamped the inside of your card AND the evelope!!! Well done!!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

I love that you did the envelope too! Thanks for encouraging my stamp purchasing addiction...

Lynn Mercurio said...

Oh Ruth, this is just lovely. Beautiful color combination and the touches of bling are just brilliant!

loryg said...

What wonderful work rich in detail! Very good! Brava ! Ciao Lory

Julia Aston said...

I love your colors on this - the lovely circle framing stamp - the leaves sticking outside of the frame - just a great design along with the inside and envelope stamping!! thanks so much for playing with the WMS challenge this week!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Beautiful card Ruth! Love your taste in stamps :)

Sharli said...

Wonderful card, love the special extras, too! Nice work!

Claire Brennan said...

Stunning Ruth, beautiful work! and the stamps you used together were just perfect!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at WMS!

Pauline said...

Super stunning card, fabulous colours, and a great mix of stamp sets. Pauline x