Monday, 30 April 2012

Ferns & Flowers Thank You Card

My sweet friend Lesley gave me the beautiful Hero Arts 'Fern' stamp and Framelits dies combo set for my birthday.  I was chuffed to bits and, of course, I had to use it to make Lesley a thank you card.  I started off by making a Not Quite Navy A6 card base.  I stamped some ferns and a sentiment on a Very Vanilla panel and matted onto Pear Pizzazz and Marina Mist layers.  I inked the flowers with Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy and Old Olive markers, die cut them and adhered them to the card front - I popped 3 of the flowers up.  I added the Marina Mist ribbon and glued the panel to the card front.  I stamped 2 dragonflies, one in Marina Mist and one in Not Quite Navy, die cut them and glued them to the card making sure to pop the wings up.  Oh my word, how adorable are those little dragonflies?!  I then placed the card in my 'colour catcher' shoe box and liberally spritzed with Perfect Pearl mist.  Hmmm, it was at night so I was doing it under artificial lighting and I may have been a tad too liberal - this card has some serious shimmer! 

 I then stamped the envelope flap and a panel for the inside of the card.  What a gorgeous set to work with!  I'm pleased to say Lesley was very happy with the card!

Stamps: Hero Arts 'Fern' stamp & die combo set, SU! Sweet Little Sentiments set
CS: SU! Night of Navy, Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist & Very Vanilla

Ink: SU! Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Pear Pizzazz & Old Olive
Tools: dies from Hero Arts 'Fern' stamp & die combo set
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Marina Mist grosgrain ribbon, Perfect Pearls 'Perfect Pearl' Mist, 3d foam pads


Saturday, 28 April 2012

Flower & Butterfly Duo Happy Birthday Card - Simply Stampin' Challenge #57

My second post for today to show you the other card I made for the Simply Stampin' 'Perfect Pairs' challenge.  It was while making this card that I had the idea for the split negative cards and I immediately  stopped working on this one and made my split negative cards.  I've had a good tidy up in my craft room today and I finished off this card - I knew if I didn't finish it today it would sit on my shelf for weeks waiting for me to get back to it!

I started off with a Perfect Plum A6 card base.  I brayered the inside of the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder with Old Olive ink and embossed a panel of white CS.  I love how the embossed areas show so crisply against the inked CS!  I then stamped the sentiment and stamped and punched my two flowers - I used Marina Mist and Perfect Plum inks and stamped off once and applied ink around the edges with a sponge dauber.  I've put flower brads in the centres, added a rhinestone to each brad and popped the flowers up.  I punched two Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border strips and overlapped the Marina Mist one with the Perfect Plum strip.  Two butterflies with rhinestones finished off the card front.

Inside the card are two more flowers and a sentiment and the envelope flap has another flower.  Hope you'll get inky and join in with our Perfect Pairs challenge this week!

Stamps: SU! Posy Punch, Curly Cute & Happiest Birthday Wishes sets
CS: SU! Perfect Plum, Marina Mist & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Old Olive, Perfect Plum & Marina Mist
Tools: SU! Fancy Flower & 3/4" Circle punches, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslits die,  Elegant Bouquet embossing folder, brayer, sponge daubers
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Subtles Flower Brads, Rhinestone Jewels & Dimensionals


Split Negative Just For You Cards - Simply Stampin' Challenge #57

This week it's a theme challenge at Simply Stampin' and it's 'Perfect Pairs'.  For some reason I was a little stumped by this challenge at first but I started putting a card together and while I was making it a light bulb went on and I remembered the split negative technique.  I came across it a long time ago but have never tried it and it occurred to me it would be ideal to use for the 'Perfect Pairs' challenge as you end up with pieces to make a pair of cards!

I've used black and white but the technique can be used with any colour ink.  You stamp the same image, one in a dark colour and another in a light colour, cut the images in half and put the opposite colours together.  There is a split negative tutorial here on Splitcoast Stampers.  I cut pieces of black and white CS to the same size (the size of the Medallion wood block), stamped the Medallion in black ink, cleaned the stamp, inked it with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I made sure to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig handle when stamping so that the images would be in the same place on both pieces of CS and the black and white pieces would line up nicely.  I then trimmed the pieces into 5" squares and cut them in half diagonally, cutting both pieces together in my trimmer.

I've used 5 3/4" square black card bases and Brushed Silver mats to layer my split negative squares onto.  I wanted to use the same split negative technique for my element in the centre of the Medallion and I used scalloped circles as they're easy to cut in half.  I punched the two Button Buddies flowers out, cut them in half and placed the black and white halves together - attaching the pieces to a smaller punched circle behind.  I stamped the sentiments and then went looking for something suitable to put in the flower centres.  I wanted to use a gorgeous Antique brad but I found that I don't have 2 of the same design and I really wanted the cards to be identical to tie in with the Perfect Pairs theme.  I don't have SU! buttons in the Neutrals family either.  I could have used coloured buttons but I wanted to keep the design monochrome with some silver.  I did find some large SU! silver brads in my stash which came from the retired Hodgepodge Hardware kit so I used two of those.  The flowers are popped up with Dimensionals.

Here's a photo showing just one card.

This photo shows the inside and envelope - I decorated both cards the same way.  The flourish is from the Everything Eleanor set, the sentiment is from the Happiest Birthday Wishes set and I used the fab Triple Treat flower for the envelope flaps.  I love how that looks stamped in black on white!  What a fun technique and you can make two cards at the same time!

I hope you will join in 'two' with our Perfect Pairs challenge!  I'd love to come and see your fab creations!

Stamps: SU! Medallion stamp, Button Buddies, Precious Butterflies, Everything Eleanor, Happiest Birthday Wishes sets, Triple Treat Flower À la Carte stamp
CS: SU! Basic Black, Whisper White & Brushed Silver
Ink: SU! Basic Black, VersaMark
Tools: 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, 5 Petal Flower punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Embellishments & accessories: SU! white embossing powder, silver Hodgepodge Hardware brads, Dimensionals


Friday, 27 April 2012

Another Roy G. Biv Rainbow Card - Butterflies Thank You

This is another card to say thank you for more fabulous birthday goodies.  This card went to the lovely Kelly who sent me some gorgeous embossing folders.  Naturally, I've had to use one of the new folders Kelly sent me on this card!  I decided on another Roy G. Biv rainbow card but instead of flowers this time I opted for blinged butterflies.  Butterflies and bling - a perfect partnership LOL!

The card measures approx. 5 3/4" square and was made with Basic Black CS.  I embossed Whisper White CS with the luscious Craft Concept 'Cottage Floral' embossing folder and cut out 3 panels.  I then got busy die cutting butterflies with the Beautiful Wings Embosslits die.  The butterfly colours are Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Old Olive, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Elegant Eggplant & Wisteria Wonder.  I've popped small 3d foam pads under some of the wings to keep them popped up.  The sentiment circle is also popped up.

Inside the card I added a rainbow of teeny tiny butterflies under the sentiment and added bling to them of course!

For the envelope, in a moment of madness, I decided I'd have a rainbow of butterfly strips on the front!  I die cut the strips using the Memory Box Butterfly Chain die - my 'Easter Egg' gift I received from my sweet friend Jan.  So this turned into an over the top butterfly extravaganza LOL!  All I can say is this was a complete and utter joy to make and I just hope Kelly enjoyed getting this happy mail as much as I enjoyed making it for her!  

Stamps: 'Thank You' from SU! 'Wow Flowers' set, inside sentiment from Hero Arts 'Sending You Love' clear set, SU! Four Frames set
CS: SU! Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Old Olive, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Basic Black & Whisper White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: SU! Beautiful Wings Embosslits die, Craft Concept 'Cottage Floral' embossing folder, 1 1/4" & 1 1/2" circle punches, Hero Arts 'Small Tag Frame' Frame Cuts die, Martha Stewart 3 in 1 Classic Butterfly punch, SU! Decorative Label punch, Memory Box 'Butterfly Chain' die
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Rhinestone Jewels, 3d foam pads


Thursday, 26 April 2012

Snowflake Square Swing Card - 52 CCT Theme Challenge #4

This week's challenge at the 52 CCT blog is right up my alley as the theme is snowflakes - and I LOVE snowflakes! 

 I bought a new die with some birthday money - a Sizzix Flip-its die which cuts and scores a swing card.  It took me ages to decide which shape to get but I reckoned the square would be the most sensible and versatile option.  I'd watched a couple of Sizzix videos showing the dies and I liked the look of using double sided patterned papers so I went looking for some to use with my new die.  After choosing a few I wondered if there would be any snowflake papers available but as it was April I didn't hold out much hope.  Imagine my delight when I spotted the absolutely delicious Bo Bunny 'Snowfall' papers - an unusual colour combo for Christmas which is always a winner with me - plus they are glittered!   I die cut the swing card, die cut a Baja Breeze snowflake and mounted that onto Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip square mats with a rhinestone brad. I popped up the Choc Chip mat layer.

I stamped and punched a circle element to go on the back of the swing and I matted that on a Choc Chip square.  I didn't want to cover up too much of the paper - especially the glittered blue snowflake at the top! 

I will write my message on the back so I added a stamped and die cut sentiment panel there.  I punched out a circle of the patterned paper that had part of a glittered snowflake on and layered it to go on the envelope flap.  The die cut card measures a tad over 6 3/4" x 5" and the closed card measures 5" square so you can cut 2 from a piece of 12" x 12" paper and have some left over.  I know you could make a swing card by cutting and scoring but this die cuts and scores a swing card perfectly, quickly and easily - and I LOVE that!

Stamps: SU! So Many Scallops set, Penny Black 'A Merry Christmas'
CS: SU! Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake & Chocolate Chip
Patterned paper: Bo Bunny Snowfall 'Hot Chocolate'  glittered double sided paper
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip
Tools:  Sizzix 'Card, Square Flip-its' die, Sizzix Snowflake #23 Sizzlits die, square Nestabilities dies, circle punches
Embellishments & accessories: SU! clear rhinestone brad, 3d foam pads


Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Everything Eleanor Kind Thanks Card

This is the card I made for great friends Debbie and Mike to say thank you for my fab birthday gifts.  I've been perusing the SU! Summer Mini Catalogue and I've seen a few cards I'd like to CASE.  The card on page 27 caught my fancy as it has a few flagged banners on it.  I just happen to have received my set of MFT Fishtail Flags Stax dies recently and I thought that design would be a good one to follow in order to try my dies out!

I started off with a Lucky Limeade A6 card base and I added the matted layer of patterned paper.  I then used the Everything Eleanor set to stamp the main image panel - the flowers are popped up.  I die cut three different sized fishtail flags, added a brad and popped the Pool Party flag up.  Debs loves birds so I just had to stamp the birdie from the stamp set on the card!  I even used a sweet butterfly brad from my carefully hoarded contraband stash!

I stamped inside the card and added a cut out flower to the envelope flap.

Stamps: SU! Everything Eleanor & Thank You Kindly sets, Hero Arts 'Sending You Love' clear set
CS: SU! Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede, Ruby Red, Pool Party, Peach Parfait & Very Vanilla
Patterned paper: SU! Everyday Enchantment DSP
Ink: SU! Lucky Limeade & Early Espresso
Tools: MFT Fishtail Flags Stax dies, Perfect Layers, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Everyday Enchantment brad, SU! Dimensionals


Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Blue Butterfly Thank You Kickstand Card

Michelle sent me this gorgeous Penny Black butterfly stamp and some pretty pearls for my birthday.  What an absolute sweetheart!  I just had to use my new goodies to make her a thank you card!  I've made an A6 size kickstand card.  The back panel was made with Pacific Point CS, a mat layer of Very Vanilla CS and a layer of Blueberry Crisp patterned paper.  For the kickstand part I used Crumb Cake CS and added a vanilla punched lace border.  I stamped the butterfly in Soft Suede ink on a separate piece of Very Vanilla CS and applied colour by sponging Marina Mist, Pacific Point and Not Quite Navy inks over the image.  I cut the butterfly out and then spritzed it with Perfect Pearl mist so it has a beautiful shimmer.  I've mounted the butterfly onto a Very Vanilla panel so it shows up well - I applied glue just to the body, folded the wings up a tad and placed Dimensionals with the backing paper still on under the wings.  A sentiment and some pearls finished off the card front.

I cut a Very Vanilla panel for inside the card and stamped along one side with a stamp from the Razzle Dazzle set which matches the patterned paper.  I stamped in Pacific Point ink after stamping off and sponged the edges with Not Quite Navy ink.  I stamped the Razzle Dazzle stamp again on the envelope flap.

Stamps: Penny Black 'Soft Wings' Slapstick stamp, SU! Thank You Kindly & Razzle Dazzle sets
CS: SU! Pacific Point & Very Vanilla
Patterned paper: SU! Blueberry Crisp DSP
Ink: SU! Soft Suede, Marina Mist, Pacific Point & Not Quite Navy
Tools: SU! Lace Ribbon Border punch, Perfect Layers, Stamp-a-ma-jig, sponge daubers
Embellishments & accessories: Perfect Pearls 'Perfect Pearl' Mist, pearls, Dimensionals


Monday, 23 April 2012

Everything Eleanor Thanks Card

My good friend Jan gave me the Everything Eleanor set for my birthday, it's been on my wish list for a while and it's lovely to be able to use this gorgeous set now!  I thought it only fitting to use the set on a thank you card for Jan.  The card measures 5 3/4" square and I used Island Indigo, Baja Breeze and Rich Razzleberry for my colour combo - suggested by the SU! Colour Coach - and it's a winner as far as I'm concerned!

I stamped the flourish a few times on a panel of Island Indigo text patterned paper, mounted that on a Razzleberry layer and added the taffeta ribbon.  I stamped the label and added the 'thanks', stamped the flowers, cut them out, added some gems and popped the flowers up.  I matted onto a Baja Breeze layer and glued that to the Island Indigo card base.   

Here's the inside and the envelope flap.

I also decorated the front of the envelope.  What a beautiful stamp set to work with! 

Stamps: SU! Everything Eleanor, Thank You Kindly, Sincere Salutations & Four Frames sets
CS: SU! Island Indigo, Baja Breeze, Rich Razzleberry & Very Vanilla
Patterned paper: Island Indigo text paper from In Color DSP stack
Ink: SU! Island Indigo, Baja Breeze & Rich Razzleberry
Tools: SU! Decorative Label & circle punches, Perfect Layers
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Rich Razzleberry taffeta ribbon, rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals


Sunday, 22 April 2012

Kite & Clouds Thanks Card

I was such a spoiled birthday girl and so I have been making lots of thank you cards.  I've got a pile waiting for me to write and pop in the post, I really don't know why I am so bad about actually getting cards out of the door!  This card is for my hubby so it didn't need posting.  It uses a new stamp - yep another one - it's all Michelle's fault, she posted this Paper Smooches haul video!   I just loved this image as soon as I saw it and reckoned it would make very happy cards and be perfect for paper piecing.  Also, it's great for feminine or masculine cards.  Not only that, it's a good size (2 3/4" x 3 3/4") and at £3.50 it doesn't break the bank!

I stamped the clouds on Pool Party text paper and sponged the edges with Pool Party ink before piecing them.  I used two papers from the Everyday Enchantment pack to paper piece the kite.  I sponged the edges with Soft Suede ink and popped the kite up.  I took the opportunity of practising  with my Perfect Layers to cut the mats and I ended up with rather a large panel so I mounted it on a 5" x 7" white card base.  The 'thanks' is a die cut word from a Cuttlebug alphabet die.  I punched the heart from Ruby Red CS and added a layer of Crystal Effects to make it raised and shiny.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I used the SU! Full Heart punch, cut out two patterned paper hearts and sponged the edges with Soft Suede ink.  The 'thanks from the bottom of my heart' is from a Hero Arts set - I just have to use it with a heart!

Stamps: Paper Smooches 'Cut Loose' clear stamp, Hero Arts Hugs & Hearts clear set
CS: PaperMania 5" x 7" white card blank, SU! Pool Party, Ruby Red, Basic Black & Whisper White
Patterned paper: SU! Pool Party text paper from In Color DSP stack, SU! Everyday Enchantment DSP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Pool Party & Soft Suede
Tools: Cuttlebug 'Olivia' alphabet die set, SU! Full Heart punch,  X Cut heart punch, Perfect Layers, sponge daubers
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Crystal Effects & Dimensionals


Saturday, 21 April 2012

Greenhouse Garden Happy Birthday Card - Simply Stampin' Challenge #56

Simply Stampin' have a fab colour combo challenge this week - it's yummy!

I gave my Stamp-a-ma-jig a bit of a workout with the 2 step Greenhouse Garden set.  I stamped the large solid flower in Marina Mist ink direct to the Very Vanilla panel and I stamped the smaller Pink Pirouette and Marina Mist flowers on a separate piece of card.  I stamped the detail stamps over the top of the solid flowers with Soft Suede ink, cut the smaller flowers out, added Dazzling Diamonds to the centres and I popped them up.  I stamped the sentiment and sponged the edges of the vanilla panel with Pink Pirouette ink.  I matted onto Marina Mist and Soft Suede panels and added a Marina Mist strip I punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch - I've attached it so only half the border shows.  Some Marina Mist ribbon finished off the front.

I stamped a border on a vanilla panel for inside the card with an outline stamp and Soft Suede ink, stamping twice before re-inking.  I edged the panel with Pink Pirouette ink and stamped the sentiment.  I used circle punches with the round sentiment from the Happiest Birthday Wishes set for an element for the envelope flap. 

I hope you'll join us this week at Simply Stampin' and make projects using this lovely colour combo.  Don't forget you can substitute similar colours if you don't have the exact ones given for the challenge. Go and get inky and upload your project to the blog, I'd love to come and see what you create!

Stamps: SU! Greenhouse Garden, Curly Cute & Happiest Birthday Wishes sets
CS: SU! Pink Pirouette, Marina Mist, Soft Suede & Very Vanilla
Ink: SU! Pink Pirouette, Marina Mist & Soft Suede
Tools: SU! Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" plain circle punches, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Marina Mist grosgrain ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds & Dimensionals


Friday, 20 April 2012

Mistletoe Merry Christmas Card - 52 CCT Colour Challenge #4

This week at the 52 CCT challenge blog the challenge was this lovely colour combo.

I thought my Sizzix 'Stripes and Frame' stamp and emboss set would be a good choice for this challenge.  I stamped with Old Olive onto SU! Shimmery White CS and then embossed with the folder.  This 'Merry Christmas' sentiment is one of my favourites - I love the retro font - and I love how it looks inside the frame.  I added a strip of Old Olive ribbon that I knotted.  I then dug out a real oldie but goodie from my Christmas stash - the Sizzix Mistletoe Sizzlits die that I've had for years but have neglected.  I die cut a couple of sprigs from Old Olive CS, snipped here and there and added them to the card with pearls as the berries.  I added some olive crystals to the frame for a touch of bling.  This card was a joint effort - my good friend Debs was at my house yesterday and she was the one who suggested the knot in the ribbon and she fiddled and faffed to get the mistletoe sprig placement - thanks Debs!

I added a panel inside the card cut from the luscious Shimmery White CS.  I used the lovely SU! Mistletoe wheel stamp for inside the card and the envelope.  The sentiment is from a Hero Arts Christmas set - but actually this one would be fabulous for birthday cards too, I'll have to remember that! 

Another Christmas card added to the box - huge thanks to Jacqueline and Mynnette at the 52 CCT blog for keeping me motivated and inspired to keep on with making my Christmas cards throughout the year!  I am really enjoying making Christmas cards this way and it's so satisfying seeing my box fill up!

Stamps: Hero Arts stamp from Sizzix Stripes & Frame stamp & emboss set, 'Merry Christmas' from SU! Four the Holidays set, SU! Mistletoe wheel, Hero Arts 'Very Merry Christmas'  clear set
CS: SU! Old Olive & Shimmery White
Ink: SU! Old Olive
Tools: Embossing folder from Sizzix Stripes & Frame stamp & emboss set, Sizzix Mistletoe Sizzlits die, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, pearls, olive crystals


Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Blossom Thanks So Much Card

One of my fave birthday gifts was the SU! Blossom Party die - I love it!  I've used it here to make a friend a thank you card.  I stamped a background and the sentiment and then got to work on my blossom.  I stamped onto the large flower with VersaMark ink, embossed the design with clear embossing powder, added some shaping and attached my stacked flower layers together with an Everyday Enchantment brad.

I tried out a new tool on this card - the Perfect Layers tool.  I've been aware of this tool for ages, Stampin' Up! used to sell it in the U.S.A. years ago.  I've always been intrigued by it and wondered how it worked.  Recently the Perfect Layers tool was the subject of a product focus review on Splitcoast Stampers and I checked it out and watched the videos on the Perfect Paper Crafting web site.  One of the things that frustrates me the most in my card making is when I don't get straight and even layers - and it happens all too often when it's not possible for me to use Nesties on a card - so this tool seemed a great idea to me!  At first I did think it was pricey for a few bits of plastic but I went ahead and ordered it anyway - and I am so glad I did!  After an initial trial on some CS scraps I was ready to try it out on a real project and away I went and made this 4 layer card.  I firmly believe a good tool can make a huge difference - the right tool used correctly can get you off to a great start towards a successful project.  Over the years I've made a few tool purchases that I've regretted but I think the Perfect Layers was a fab investment for me personally.  I seem to be getting along just fine with it and I am loving the results!

I usually start with my card base and work inwards but this time I started with my image panel and worked outwards.  I made a Lucky Limeade card base measuring 12 cm square but my panel didn't look right on a perfectly square card so I trimmed .5 cm off  the side so I could get a symmetrical border. 

Some stamping inside and on the envelope flap finished it all off.

Stamps: SU! Fresh Vintage & Sincere Salutations sets
CS: SU! Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede, Pool Party, Ruby Red & Very Vanilla
 Ink: SU! Pool Party & Ruby Red, VersaMark
Tools: Perfect Layers, paper piercer, DEET & moulding mat, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Embellishments & accessories: clear embossing powder, SU! Everyday Enchantment brad, glue dots


Monday, 16 April 2012

Cherry Blossoms Birthday Wishes Card

I fancied trying something a little different so on a trip to the Glitter Pot a while ago I picked up a couple of masks and some Cosmic Shimmer Mist sprays.  I also bought the Memory Box Cherry Blossom die - I'd seen it used on a card online and was intrigued by the dimension of it.  The die cut shape has a tab that you glue onto a petal so it makes a really dimensional flower.

I got out my non stick craft mat to work on as I could rinse off any excess spray mist from the mat.  I positioned my leafy mask and kept it attached to my CS with some pieces of low tack masking tape.  Then I spritzed with Blue Lime Cosmic Shimmer Mist - oh my word, what a lovely colour and a really gorgeous effect! You see different colours depending on the angle you tilt the card at. After trimming the panel to size and matting onto a Chocolate Chip layer I added some lush Choc Chip satin ribbon.  I die cut the Cherry Blossom flowers using Pink Pirouette CS, I sponged the edges with Rose Red ink and then spritzed the flowers with Raspberry Cosmic Shimmer Mist.  The centres were cut from Rose Red CS and the stamens from Chocolate Chip CS.  I used glue dots to attach the blossoms to the card - that seemed the best option as you don't have a flat piece at the back 'cos the flowers are dimensional.  I added the sentiment and mounted the panel to a 12 cms square Pear Pizzazz card base.

For the envelope and inside the card I've used a retired SU! 'Leaf Prints' wheel stamp.  I used Rose Red and Choc Chip markers to ink the sentiment stamp. I was pleased that the card fitted inside an envelope even with the dimensional flowers!

Stamps: SU! Hero Arts 'Sending You Love' clear set, SU! Leaf Prints wheel stamp, Hero Arts 'Fabulous Birthday'
CS: SU! Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Chocolate Chip & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Rose Red, Chocolate Chip & Pear Pizzazz
Tools: Imagination Crafts 'Leaf Swirl' stencil template, Memory Box Cherry Blossom die, Hero Arts
'Small Tag Frame' Frame Cuts die, sponge dauber, non stick craft mat
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Chocolate Chip satin ribbon, 'Blue Lime' & 'Raspberry' Cosmic Shimmer Mist sprays, SU! Rose Red brads, glue dots


Saturday, 14 April 2012

Roy G. Biv Flowers Birthday Wishes Card - Simply Stampin' Challenge #55

This week at the Simply Stampin' challenge blog we have this fabby sketch to work with.  I hope you'll play along with us, I'd love to pop by your blogs to see what you've made!

I've seen quite a few Roy G. Biv cards on Pinterest and wanted to make one of my own.  When I said Roy G. Biv to my hubby and my card group ladies they didn't have a clue what I was on about!  Some might say no change there then LOL!  Anyway, Roy G. Biv stands for  the colours of the rainbow - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.  I'm always struck by these cards and thought it would be a really fun one to make.  As I was going to be using bright colours for my flowers I opted for a neutral black and white background.  For the three panels I embossed Whisper White CS with the Vintage Wallpaper folder.  I've used my new Blossom Party die plus the Boho Blossoms punch to make my rainbow of flowers and I added jewels to the flower centres.  My flower colours are Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Lucky Limeade, Wild Wasabi, Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Concord Crush and Wisteria Wonder.  It didn't take too long to die cut the flowers as I cut two colours at a time.  The 'Birthday Wishes' wording is from a stamp in the Happiest Birthday Wishes set - I've performed surgery on the stamp and lopped off the 'a little bit late' wording.

I used markers to colour the sentiment stamp for inside the card.  I kept the envelope black and white as I thought it would be nice for the recipient to have the bright surprise of the rainbow when they open the card.  I really like how this turned out, I think these rainbow cards make for happy little numbers!  Wouldn't butterflies work brilliantly for this as well?!

Stamps: SU! Happiest Birthday Wishes set
CS: SU! Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Lucky Limeade, Wild Wasabi, Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder, Basic Black & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Old Olive, Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum & Basic Black markers
Tools: SU! Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, SU! Blossom Party die, SU! Boho Blossoms punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! rhinestone jewels, glue dots

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