We're not having a card group get together in June so we've had two in May, one at the beginning of May and a second get together this afternoon. We had a guest with us today, my friend Wendy came along as she's on holiday from work this week. It was so lovely to have her there!
Card one is an easel card - pre folded and scored which makes it super easy! I recently got some Inkylicious ink duster brushes after seeing them demoed and I thought I'd give my card group ladies a chance to try them out. I think they're easier to use than the ink applicator tools in as much that you don't get the hard lines you can get sometimes with the oblong shaped sponges. Inking with the brushes does take longer because you need to spend time laying the ink down to build up the colour. I think I'll be using both ink applicators and dusting brushes in the future rather than selecting just the one tool. For this card I did stick with just the ink duster brush, starting by applying Broken China Distress Ink and following that with Faded Jeans Distress Ink, on one piece of CS for the circle image and again on another piece for the strip of CS acting as the easel stop. I stamped over both pieces with images inked with SU! Midnight Muse ink. I used circle dies to cut out the 'Going to Seed' image plus the mat layer circles and circle punches were used for the sentiment element. I popped up the strip and added a border die cut. I glued on two stamped and punched butterflies to finish the card.
The 'Going to Seed' image is so lovely, definitely one of my faves, so I couldn't resist stamping it onto the front of the envelope!
Wendy and Jan come to my home on a Saturday once a month for a card making morning and after lunch we usually pay a visit to the Glitter Pot and spend a very happy afternoon browsing and shopping. Wendy saw a card on display at the shop that she loved and she drew my attention to it. I loved the card too and in fact I'd taken a picture of it a couple of weeks back and filed the idea away for future use. As Wendy was coming to card group this time I decided to make the card as a card group project. I've used PaperMania Eau de Nil Capsule Collection paper and I've added SU! Chocolate Chip and Bermuda Bay CS along with the white.
Here's the inside and the envelope. I loved the card on display when I saw it, I love the layout, the mix of embossed patterns, the delicate patterned paper and the bold pops of colour I added - and it's always good to have a butterfly! I did NOT love making the kits up for this card, there seemed to be SO many bits to place in each kit!
The final card uses an old stash item together with a newly acquired embossing folder. The folder is called 'Leafy Swirl' - it has swirls and leaves, what's not to love?! - so naturally I had to have it! Because of a cabinet malfunction I've just reorganised everything in my craft room and I've rediscovered some long neglected stash items like my Sizzix Scallop Card die. The die is a tad too large to cut out using A4 sized CS but I've recently got some SU! 12" x 12" Old Olive CS so my neglected die got some use again. I embossed a piece of Peeled Paint Core'dinations CS, scuffed it with sandpaper and layered it onto a Raspberry Ripple CS mat. I stamped and die cut the sentiment banner, gluing one end flat to the card and popping the flagged end up with 3D foam pads. I stamped two flowers, punched them out, snipped between the petals, stacked them and added a stamped and punched centre circle. The flower centre was just crying out for a tiny gem so I added one.
Simple stamping and more tiny gems completed the inside and the envelope.
Supplies for easel card:
Stamps: Woodware 'Going to Seed' clear set, SU! 'Papillon Potpourri' set, SU! 'Very Vintage' wheel stamp (unmounted), Personal Impressions 'Medium Everyday Wishes' clear set
CS: Craftwork Cards easel card blank, SU! Marina Mist, Midnight Muse & Whisper White
Ink: Tim Holtz Broken China & Faded Jeans Distress Inks, SU! Marina Mist & Midnight Muse
Tools: circle Nestabilities dies, circle punches, SU! 'Elegant Butterfly' & 'Bitty Butterfly' punches, MFT Delicate Lace Border die, Inkylicious ink duster brush, sponge daubers
Embellishments & accessories: 3D foam tape
Supplies for butterfly 'Just for You' card:
Stamps: Personal Impressions 'Medium Everyday Wishes' clear set
CS: PaperMania white square card blank, SU! Bermuda Bay & Chocolate Chip, IndigoBlu thick white CS
Patterned paper: PaperMania Eau de Nil Capsule Collection
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip
Tools: Memory Box 'Oriel' & 'Lunette' butterfly dies, Crafts Too 'Lattice' embossing folder, Cuttlebug 'D'vine Swirl' & 'Birds & Swirls' embossing folders, circle punches, Craft Tonic butterfly punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals
Supplies for Happy Birthday card:
Stamps: SU! 'Mixed Bunch' & 'Happiest Birthday Wishes' sets, Stampendous 'Sending Wishes' cling stamp
CS: SU! Old Olive, Raspberry Ripple, Pink Pirouette & Whisper White, Ranger Peeled Paint Core'dinations CS
Ink: SU! Raspberry Ripple & Old Olive
Tools: Sizzix Scallop Card Bigz XL die, Crafts Too 'Leafy Swirl' embossing folder, MFT 'Fishtail Flag Stax' Die-namics die, SU! 'Blossom' punch, SU! 3/4" circle punch
Embellishments & accessories: sandpaper, PaperMania tiny gems, SU! Dimensionals