Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Blues & Vanilla Thanks Card

I came across this fab card on Pinterest and knew it was a card I wanted to CASE.  I loved the layout, colour combo and the layered stamping on the circle.  I decided to use the flowers from the Vintage Vogue set rather than a butterfly on my card.  That's always a tough choice for me - flowers or butterflies?  I suppose my ideal card would feature both LOL!

The card measures 13 cms (a tad over 5") square and was made with Night of Navy CS.  I stamped the French Script stamp in Marina Mist ink, die cut a circle and stamped the flourishes and sentiment.  I inked the flowers with Marina Mist ink, rock 'n rolled in Night of Navy ink, cut out the flowers, added some shaping and added blue iridescent gems to the flower centres.  I mounted the Very Vanilla plain circle onto a Marina Mist scalloped circle. I embossed a square vanilla panel with the Vintage Wallpaper folder and matted that onto Bashful Blue and vanilla layers.  I then wrapped some Night of Navy ribbon around and attached the panel to the card base.  I adhered the circle, made a bow and attached that to the card with a glue dot.  The large flower is popped up.

Here's the inside and envelope with some simple stamping and punching.  We've just come back from a few days away in the New Forest and Kath, our lovely neighbour, fed and looked after our two cats while we were gone.  This card will go to Kath along with some goodies we got for her.

Stamps: SU! French Script background stamp, SU! Vintage Vogue, Thank You Kindly & Best Blossoms sets
CS: SU! Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue & Very Vanilla
Ink: SU! Marina Mist & Night of Navy
Tools: Plain & scalloped circle Nestabilities dies, SU! Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, SU! Decorative Label punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Night of Navy grosgrain ribbon, blue iridescent gems,  Dimensionals, glue dot


Monday, 28 May 2012

Two Fanciful Flourish Cards

I saw this beautiful CAS card made with the Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish die and I just had to get the die.  As soon as I got the die I CASEd the card but I used some red along with the black and white.  The large solid flower is from a retired SU! set called Fabulous Flowers.  I inked the stamp in Riding Hood Red, stamped off and then added some Cherry Cobbler ink with a sponge dauber.

Stamped flowers and a sentiment finished off the inside of the card and the envelope.

When I die cut the flourish it came out of the die so easily,  it left a perfect negative shape stencil behind.  I decided to make another card by spritzing a coloured mist through the stencil.  I taped the stencil lightly to a piece of Whisper White CS and spritzed with Cosmic Shimmer 'Patina' mist.  Baja Breeze was a great match to the mist colour so I used that together with Rich Razzleberry and Island Indigo as my colour combo.  I've added a sentiment, a stamped butterfly and some punched flowers with jewel centres.  I've glued the butterfly just at the body and I've popped the wings up.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I die cut a Baja Breeze large flourish and glued part of it to a white panel inside the card.  On a recent trip to the Glitter Pot I came across a smaller version of the die - a Mini Fanciful Flourish - so of course that had to join my die collection!  The mini flourish was perfect to pop on the envelope flap.

Supplies for it's your day! card:
Stamps: SU! Fabulous Flowers & Happiest Birthday Wishes sets, Woodware Double Birthdays clear set
CS: PaperMania square white card blank, SU! Basic Black
Ink: SU! Riding Hood Red & Cherry Cobbler, Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish die, Perfect Layers, sponge dauber

Supplies for warm wishes card:
Stamps: SU! Strength & Hope & Cheer & Wishes sets
CS: SU! Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze, Island Indigo & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Rich Razzleberry & Island Indigo
Tools: Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish & Mini Fanciful Flourish dies, Woodware flower punch, Perfect Layers, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Embellishments & accessories: Cosmic Shimmer 'Patina' mist, SU! jewel rhinestones, 3d foam pads, low tack tape


Saturday, 26 May 2012

Mixed Bunch Birthday Card - Simply Stampin' Challenge #61

It's time for another great sketch at Simply Stampin' this week.

For my card I've used the fab Mixed Bunch stamp set and the matching Blossom punch.  My good friend Jan has let me play with her stamp set and punch as I haven't got my own - yet! 

I pushed myself to use a colour I haven't used a great deal - Pacific Point - and I teamed it with Baja Breeze, Melon Mambo, a touch of Lucky Limeade and added Whisper White as my neutral.  I made a side opening A6 size card - I much prefer landscape oriented cards to have the fold at the side as I find they stand up better than when the fold is at the top.  I stamped several flowers direct to the white panel but then I stamped and punched one separately so I could pop it up.  When stamping the flowers I inked with Pacific Point ink, stamped off once and then applied Pacific Point ink around the edges with a sponge dauber.  I also stamped one flower in Lucky Limeade and cut out 3 petals to act as leaves.  I used a favourite birthday sentiment plus a favourite border punch and I popped up the Melon Mambo layer.  I added some bling to finish off the card front.

More stamping and punching for the inside and envelope.  So that's what I made, now it's your turn.  Go and make a project and share it with us at the Simply Stampin' blog - we'd love to see what you come up with!  No worries if you don't have a blog as email entries are very welcome too!

Stamps: SU! Mixed Bunch, Happiest Birthday Wishes & Sincere Salutations sets
CS: SU! Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Melon Mambo & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Pacific Point, Melon Mambo & Lucky Limeade
Tools: SU! Blossom, Eyelet Border, 1/2" Circle, 3/4" Circle, 1" Circle, Large Oval & Scallop Oval  punches, Stamp-a-ma-jig, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: SU! rhinestone jewels & Dimensionals


Friday, 25 May 2012

Blinged Butterflies Birthday Card For Michelle

It is sweet Michelle's birthday today and this is the card I made for her.  I CASEd this lovely card that Kelly made for my birthday - minus the stitching, that's never gonna happen LOL!  I took advantage of the fact that I have the Mixed Bunch stamp set and matching Blossom punch on loan from my crafty buddy Jan.  I'm going to have a hard time giving these back to her!

I made the card from Pool Party CS and added layers of Early Espresso CS and Jillibean Soup patterned paper.  I cut a panel of Early Espresso CS and punched out a part flower with the Blossom punch.  I then stamped the gorgeous ornate flower as a background.  I stamped the flowers with VersaMark ink, embossed them with clear powder and popped up the Espresso panel.  I stamped and die cut the sentiment, die cut Pool Party and Pretty in Pink butterflies and added bling.   I threaded a strip of Pool Party CS through the buttonholes of a brown button.  I then decided to liven that up with some bling too!

More of those gorgeous blooms inside the card with a sentiment.  I stamped and punched a flower for the front of the envelope and added some of the pretty floral paper to the envelope flap. 

Stamps: SU! Mixed Bunch & Curly Cute sets, Hero Arts Yummy Treats clear set
CS: SU! Pool Party, Early Espresso, Pretty in Pink & Whisper White
Patterned paper: Jillibean Soup Christmas Eve Chowder Dried Green Onion 

Ink: SU! Pool Party & Early Espresso, VersaMark
Tools: SU! Blossom & 3/4" circle punches, SU! Beautiful Wings Embosslits die
Embellishments & accessories: clear embossing powder, SU! Latte Designer button, SU! Rhinestone Jewels, Dimensionals


Thursday, 24 May 2012

Nativity Peace Love & Joy Card - 52 CCT Theme Challenge #5

This week's challenge at the 52 CCT blog is a Nativity theme.

I have nothing nativity related in my crafty stash but rather than not take part in the challenge this week I opted to go digital.  A web search resulted in me finding this 'Away in a Manger' collection at Raggedy Scrappin.  The artwork is so cute and the images are already coloured.  All I had to do was re-size the images, print, trim and punch.  Mind you, it took me ages faffing about on the computer, I definitely find stamping easier and quicker than working with digital downloads!

I really like the colours used in the collection, they're earthy and rustic which gives a warm and cosy feel I think.  I started off with a Crumb Cake card base and I've added More Mustard and Bravo Burgundy as accent colours.  I stamped the Peace Love & Joy sentiment in a dark brown ink and added yellow Stickles glitter to the star which is part of the digital image.

I stamped a sentiment on a white panel for inside the card and added a printed punched circle element.  I chose the lovely sheep image for the envelope flap - it's so sweet, it really appealed to me!

Stamps: Hero Arts Very Merry Christmas clear set
CS: SU! Crumb Cake, More Mustard & Bravo Burgundy, Craftwork Cards Digital white CS
Ink: Adirondack Espresso
Tools: Circle punches
Embellishments & accessories: Raggedy Scrappin 'Away in a Manger' collection digital download, yellow Stickles 


Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Flower & Bee Happy Day Card

I love the Hero Arts stamp and die combo sets and my friend Lesley made me such a lovely birthday card using the Garden Flowers set - which I didn't have.  On my last trip to the Glitter Pot I saw some very nice cards made with the set and now I do have that set in my collection!  The card I made is CASEd from one on display at the Glitter Pot.

I cut a panel of Pretty in Pink textured CS and attached it to the front of an A6 white card base.  I stamped the images on watercolour paper and coloured with inks and a water brush.  I die cut the flower and the bee - oh, that bee is just SO sweet, I love it!  I then cut 3 square panels from the watercolour paper and matted them onto Barely Banana textured CS squares.  I stamped the sentiment, added Dazzling Details glitter glue to the bee's wings, popped the flower and bee up and added a bow to the flower stem.

I stamped inside the card and on the envelope - I added sparkle to the wings on the envelope too, I just couldn't leave them unglittered!

Stamps: Hero Arts Garden Flowers stamp & die combo set, SU! Happiest Birthday Wishes set, Hero Arts 'Happy Day' Sparkle Clear set
CS: PaperMania A6 white card blank, SU! Pretty in Pink & Barely Banana textured CS, watercolour paper
Ink: SU! Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Summer Sun, Pool Party & Old Olive, VersaFine Onyx Black
Tools: Hero Arts Garden Flowers dies from stamp & die combo set, water brush
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dazzling Details glitter glue, white grosgrain ribbon, 3d foam pads


Monday, 21 May 2012

Golf Birthday Card For Brett

This is the birthday card I made for our golf loving friend Brett.  I've CASED this card made by Sandy J.  I thought it was such a novel way to use the Pennant Parade set!  The card base was made with Marina Mist CS and I cut a panel of Bashful Blue CS for the front of the card.  I sponged blue inks at the top and I've added die cut clouds.  For the bottom part of the card I've used a grassy patterned paper and torn Pear Pizzazz CS.    I used a pennant stamp for the trees and cut pieces of Early Espresso CS for trunks - the front tree is popped up.  I punched the oval in the grassy paper and placed Early Espresso CS behind.  I used Creamy Caramel CS for the flag post and I attached it behind the punched oval before gluing the patterned paper to the card.  I embossed some Whisper White CS with a dotty embossing folder, punched out a circle, sponged the edges with ink and popped the circle up with the debossed side uppermost to make the golf ball. For the flag I used Real Red CS for a pop of colour.  The Happy Birthday sentiment from the Vintage Frames set JUST fitted inside the flag - I popped the flag up.  

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I don't enjoy making masculine cards as much as I like making cards with flowers and butterflies - but I have to say this card was a lot of fun to put together!  One of the best things about making cards is being able to make something meaningful for someone, I loved being able to make a card that reflected Brett's hobby!

Stamps: SU! Pennant Parade, Vintage Frames & Happiest Birthday Wishes sets
CS: SU! Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Real Red & Whisper White

Patterned paper: Doodlebug Back Yard
Ink: SU! Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Lucky Limeade & Early Espresso
Tools: SU! Petite Pennants Builder, Large Oval, 1" circle & Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punches, Memory Box Puffy Clouds dies, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, Spellbinder's Labels Trio die, Stamp-a-ma-jig, sponge daubers
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals


Saturday, 19 May 2012

Monochrome With A Splash Card - Simply Stampin' Challenge #60

This week's challenge at Simply Stampin' is a real goodie - Monochrome with a Splash - the splash being the addition of one colour of your choice.  In the past when I've made cards like this I've used black and white and then added a bright colour - typically red or bright pink.  I decided to do something different this time and I've paired black with vanilla and used Calypso Coral as my splash.

I stamped the large silhouette from the Just Believe set twice onto a piece of First Edition DSP, lightly sponged the panel with Calypso Coral ink and layered it onto a black mat.  I punched a Calypso Coral Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border and glued it to the black mat so only one half of the border shows.  I cut a Very Vanilla panel to go on the card front, stamped the small silhouette repeatedly along the right hand side as a border and sponged the edges.  I cut a strip of black CS, ran it through my crimper to add just a touch of texture and glued that to the Vanilla panel.  I die cut two butterflies, one from CS and one from patterned paper and I stamped the small silhouette onto the patterned paper shape.  I then applied Crystal Effects to the butterfly and to the flower parts on the main image.  Once those pieces were dry I attached the two butterfly shapes together with an Antique brad and assembled the card front.  The main panel and the butterfly wings are popped up.

Here's a close up showing some glossy bits.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I haven't added a sentiment to this card, I may add one later or keep the card as it is and use it as a note card.  I hope you'll take the opportunity to play along with this fab challenge, I reckon monochrome with a splash is a real winner and I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Stamps: SU! Just Believe & Precious Butterfly sets
CS: SU! Basic Black, Very Vanilla & Calypso Coral
Patterned paper: Calypso Coral dotty paper from SU! In Color DSP stack
Ink: SU! Calypso Coral, Black StazOn
Tools: SU! Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die, SU! Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, crimper
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Crystal Effects, Antique brad, Dimensionals


Friday, 18 May 2012

Embossed Tree Christmas Card - 52 CCT Colour Challenge #5

It's colour combo week at the 52 CCT blog and it's a great non traditional combo.  I really like non traditional colours for Christmas cards.  Initially I thought of using Elegant Eggplant with Old Olive as that's a fave but then I decided to push myself to try a new combo.  I used Rich Razzleberry and Wild Wasabi with a touch of Brushed Silver and some white. Hmmm, I quite like the combo, I think it gives a contemporary feel but I'm not sure it would become a fave like my beloved Olive and Eggplant!

For my A6 size card I've used a layout based on the Sweet Sunday Sketch #157 - I rotated the sketch. This is a great layout to use my Fishtail Flags dies with!  I've embossed the Razzleberry panel with a Texturz plate.  I stamped the tree in VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Wild Wasabi embossing powder.  I have an ornament stamp that has the same pattern as the tree and I stamped the ornament in Razzleberry ink and punched out a circle.  The circle element is popped up.  I threaded silver lurex thread through the holes of a Razzleberry button and attached that to the card with a glue dot.

I'd tried various options for the circle element on the card front so I had a few circles left over and I decided to use them inside the card.  I simply stamped the ornament on the envelope flap to finish off.

Stamps: Hero Arts Branch & Flourish Tree & Decorative Ornament, sentiment from Stampendous
CS: SU! Rich Razzleberry, Wild Wasabi, Brushed Silver & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Rich Razzleberry & Wild Wasabi, VersaMark
Tools: Sizzix Ivy Flourishes Texturz plate, MFT Fishtail Flags Stax die, 1", 1 1/4", 1 1/2" & 1 3/4" circle punches
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Wild Wasabi embossing powder, SU! Rich Razzleberry button, silver lurex thread, 3d foam pads, glue dot


Thursday, 17 May 2012

Medallion & Butterfly Best Wishes Card

Pinterest is such a mine of ideas, I love it!  It's great when I find a fab card or idea and have those supplies in my stash.  Of course, Pinterest browsing has led to a few new purchases, last week a card meant a new Cheery Lynn die came to live with me!  The SU! Medallion stamp is a firm favourite of mine and I'm always happy to find great examples using it.  I really loved the design of this card when I came across it but definitely NOT the colour combo.  I know it's popular and trendy but I'm yet to feel the love for the combo of grey and yellow, I'm afraid it's really yucky as far as I'm concerned.  Each to his own though, it really wouldn't be half as much fun or as interesting if we all liked the same things!  So I turned to a fave, tried and tested combo of Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant and Very Vanilla.

When I CASE a card I often like to put my own spin on things.  When I first saw the card I thought I'd use the circle stamp from the Everything Eleanor set instead of the smaller circle from the old Vintage Frames set.  I did try that but in the end I preferred the look of the smaller circle for this particular card.  Kari's card is a beautiful minimalist CAS design but I decided to add layers to my square CASEd version.  I think the addition of a butterfly is never a bad thing either!  The card measures 5 3/4" square and the Old Olive strip is popped up.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  The Everything Eleanor set got a look in by way of that fabulous swirl!  The Vintage Frames scalloped circle on the envelope flap got a sweet stamped butterfly from the Precious Butterflies hostess set.

Stamps: SU! Medallion stamp, SU! Vintage Frames, Everything Eleanor & Precious Butterflies sets, Best Wishes from Hobby Art
CS: SU! Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive & Very Vanilla
Ink: SU! Elegant Eggplant & Old Olive
Tools: SU! Beautiful Wings Embosslits die, SU! 1 3/4" scallop circle punch, MFT Fishtail Flags Stax die, paper piercing tool, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Vintage brads, 3d foam tape


Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Stained Glass Flower Spray Best Wishes Card

I recently saw this lovely card Diane Vander Galien  made with the Bordering on Romance set using the Stained Glass technique.  The technique means you stamp and heat emboss on vellum and colour the image from the back of the vellum. There is a tutorial here on Splitcoast Stampers.  I hadn't tried that before so I was eager to give it a try.  I've used white embossing like Diane did but I'd love to try with black embossing.  I prefer to emboss with black powder rather than to stamp with black ink and emboss with clear powder but I can't find my black embossing powder anywhere.  I now have some on order so I'll be trying it soon!

The card measures 13 cms square (just a tad over 5") and I've used a fave colour combo of mine - Old Olive, Rose Red and Pretty in Pink.  I used ink and a blender pen to colour the image from the back of the vellum.  I cut two squares with a Nestie die, the vellum piece plus a piece of Whisper White CS.  I attached the vellum to the Whisper White square with mini silver brads.  Having the white square underneath the vellum really makes the coloured image pop.  I've used 3d foam tape to pop up the white layer.  I used my new scalloped Edgelits die - it's lovely!  The ribbon is some Pretty in Pink striped grosgrain I've had for a while.  I stamped and heat embossed the frame and sentiment and added some jewels to the Old Olive scallops to finish off the front.

More stamping for the inside and the envelope.  I stamped in Old Oive ink and used ink and a blender pen to colour the flowers.  The Bordering on Romance set is just SO pretty, I love it!

Stamps: SU! Bordering on Romance set, Hero Arts Luscious Frames clear set
CS: SU! Old Olive, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink & Whisper White, SU! White CS vellum
Ink: SU! Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Rose Red & Old Olive, VersaMark, blender pen
Tools: Square Nestabilities dies, SU! scalloped Edgelits die, circle punches

Embellishments & accessories: white embossing powder, SU! Pretty in Pink striped grosgrain ribbon, rhinestone jewels, mini silver brads, 3d foam tape


Monday, 14 May 2012

Another Colour Combo Card

This is the 3rd card I made with this week's Simply Stampin' combo challenge colours of Regal Rose, Real Red, Island Indigo and Whisper White. When I sat down to make my first card for the challenge I couldn't decide whether to use the Triple Treat Flower stamp or the Posy Punch set so I stamped with both.  On that day the Posy Punch set won but I set this flower panel aside to make into a card later.  I used a layout from last week's 52 {Christmas}Card Throwdown sketch challenge and that combined with the prepared panel meant this card came together in a jiffy!  The Indigo flower layer and the main image panel are popped up.

Here's the inside and the envelope - I just love that birdie from the Sweetheart set!  So 3 cards made with this colour combo - not bad considering I didn't like the sound of this colour combo at all when I first saw it!  Just goes to show, don't knock it 'til you try it, you might be pleasantly surprised!  

Stamps: SU! Triple Treat Flower à la Carte stamp, Sweetheart & Elementary Elegance sets
CS: SU! Regal Rose, Real Red, Island Indigo & Whisper White
Patterned paper: Island Indigo dotty paper from SU! In Color DSP stack
Ink: SU! Regal Rose, Real Red & Island Indigo
Tools: SU! Fancy Flower, 5 Petal Flower, Photo Corners & various circle punches, MFT Fishtail Flags Stax die
Embellishments & accessories: 3d foam tape


Sunday, 13 May 2012

Two Cupcake Birthday Cards

I'm really chuffed to be carrying on as a member of the Simply Stampin' challenge blog design team.  To apply we had to make a project inspired by this photograph.  I chose to make birthday cards using shades of pink, turquoise and chocolate brown.  I knew straight away that I wanted to use the Crazy for Cupcakes set but I couldn't decide whether to use the single cupcake or the stand of cupcakes so that's why I ended up making two cards!

  I first made a tent topper card.  I cut Tempting Turquoise CS measuring 7 1/2" x 4 1/4" and scored at 3 3/4".  I layered 2 Top Note die shapes cut from Pretty in Pink CS and Flirtatious patterned paper.  I stamped the cupcake stand on watercolour paper, coloured with inks and a water brush and sponged the edges.  I'd stamped and coloured the cupcakes separately, I cut them out, added some glitter to the icing and Crystal Effects to the cherries and popped them up.  I inked the 'happy birthday dear you!' stamp from the Happiest Birthday Wishes set with a marker and omitted the 'dear you!' so that I could punch out just the 'happy birthday' with the Word Window punch.  I matted the sentiment onto a Modern Label shape and added jewels.  Some patterned paper, a scalloped strip and some ribbon finished off the card front.

Here's a close up of the cupcakes.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I've performed surgery on the 'it's your birthday' cake stamp from the Happiest Birthday Wishes set, I've removed the tag shape outline so it's now perfect to punch out with a circle punch.  I know I'll use the stamp more this way!

My second card is an A6 sized Z fold card and the image panel tucks behind the sentiment circle.  I stamped on watercolour paper, coloured with inks and a water brush and I've popped up the icing and candle. I added glitter to the candle flame and Crystal Effects to the chocolate sprinkles.  Very pretty Flirtatious paper was glued to the back panel.  I inked the sentiment stamp with a marker so I could separate it into 2 elements.  The scalloped circle is popped up so the cupcake panel tucks behind the circle.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I love that you can split that birthday sentiment and get 2 different punched shapes!  I stamped the balloon on the envelope flap and coloured with ink and a water brush to finish off.  Very happy cards to make - and I'm very happy I made the design team again!

Supplies for tent topper card:
Stamps: SU! Crazy for Cupcakes & Happiest Birthday Wishes sets

CS: SU! Tempting Turquoise, Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette & Chocolate Chip CS, watercolour paper
Patterned paper: SU! Flirtatious DSP
Ink: Black StazOn, SU! Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise & Chocolate Chip
Tools: SU! Top Note die, Scallop Edge Border, Word Window, Modern Label, Large Oval, Scallop Oval, 1 3/8" Circle & 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punches, water brush
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Tempting Turquoise grosgrain ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, Crystal Effects, rhinestone jewels & Dimensionals

Supplies for Z fold card:
Stamps: SU! Crazy for Cupcakes & Happiest Birthday Wishes sets
CS: SU! Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise , Chocolate Chip & Very Vanilla
Patterned paper: SU! Flirtatious DSP
Ink: Black StazOn, SU! Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight & Chocolate Chip
1 3/8" Circle & 1 3/4" Scallop Circle, Large Oval & Scallop Oval punches, water brush
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Tempting Turquoise grosgrain ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, Crystal Effects, Dimensionals


Saturday, 12 May 2012

Two Cards For Simply Stampin' Challenge # 59

OK, so I made a card for this week's Simply Stampin' colour challenge.


Not long after I'd finished the card my SU demo Joanne delivered my new goodies.  I knew I had to make a second card for the challenge using my brand spanking new stamps and dies!  I'd started making a Bakewell cake before Joanne arrived and hubby insisted I wasn't to open my bag of goodies until I'd baked the cake!  Alas, he knows only too well how easily distracted I am LOL!

I'll be honest, I wasn't too keen when I read the colour combo, I thought it was odd and that I wouldn't like it - well, I was wrong, I really, really like this combo!  I thought making a shaped card with my new Labels Framelits dies would be perfect for using the different colours.  I die cut two of the largest labels from Island Indigo CS to use as my card base - I scored a line down the label at the back, glued the two shapes together and cut a tad off the bottom of the labels so that the card would stand up for display.  I die cut Real Red, Regal Rose and Whisper White labels and stamped the sentiment on the white label.  I stamped the flowers on watercolour paper using Basic Gray ink as that's waterproof, coloured the images with inks and a water brush and then got fussy cutting.  I stamped the large flower spray twice and cut out the three flowers separately and popped them up.  I fell in love with the Bordering on Romance set when I saw it appearing on various blogs and I was so happy to see it in the UK Summer Mini catty, it is such a pretty set!

I stamped the line of flowers border stamp inside the card and stamped and coloured the sprig on the envelope flap.  The largest Labels Framelits die shape is a tad too big to fit in a regular rectangular C6 size envelope but this card fits nicely in a 14cms square envelope.

So here is the first card I made for the challenge, it measures 13cms square.  I've inked up two of my favourite sets - Sweetheart and Posy Punch, I love how they work so well together.  I attached the smaller punched circles to the flower centres with rhinestone brads and popped the flowers up.  I couldn't resist adding rhinestones to the dots around the flowers!  The sentiment is from the Precious Butterflies set and I added a Regal Rose punched border and some Real Red ribbon.

I may add a sentiment inside the card at a later date but for now I've stamped and punched 3 flowers.  I also added a flower to the envelope flap.  This colour combo did strike me as strange initially but it really grew on me - I've since made a third card using it and surprise, surprise, it also has a flower on it! 

Go on, give this striking colour combo a try, join in our Simply Stampin' challenge this week!  You can substitute colours if you don't have the exact SU! colours we've asked for, the important thing is to enter and have fun!

Supplies for Best Wishes card:
Stamps: SU! Bordering on Romance & Sincere Salutations sets
CS: SU! Island Indigo, Regal Rose, Real Red & Whisper White, watercolour paper
 Ink: SU! Island Indigo, Regal Rose, Real Red & Basic Gray
Tools: SU! Labels Framelits dies
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals

Supplies for Just for You card:
Stamps: SU! Sweetheart, Posy Punch & Precious Butterflies sets
CS: SU! Island Indigo, Pretty in Pink, Real Red & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Island Indigo, Regal Rose & Real Red
Tools: SU! Fancy Flower, 3/4" circle & Eyelet Border punches
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Real Red grosgrain ribbon, rhinestone brads, rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals

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