Friday, 6 February 2015

February 2015 Card Group Projects

Yesterday we had our February card group get together and a fun time was had by all!  Crafting, chatting and laughing with a bunch of lovely ladies - plus a cuppa and some biccies - what's not to enjoy?!

I saw one of my card group ladies, Monica, in the Glitter Pot a couple of weeks ago and she showed me a card on display that she really liked and I said we could make something similar at card group.  I die cut the solid butterfly shape from the patterned paper using the Sizzix Dimensional Cutting Pad which left the centre of the butterfly shape attached to the paper.  I glued the patterned paper panel to a black CS mat layer, glued the layer to the front of a 5 1/4" square white card and folded up the wings.  I die cut the outline butterfly and antenna and glued them over the top - only applying glue at the body portion so that the outline wings have dimension too.  I stamped and punched the sentiment and popped that up over a strip of black CS.  

Here's the inside and envelope.

This card involves just simple stamping and punching and has a colour combo of  Pool Party, Smoky Slate and Basic Gray - inspired by the packaging of Laura Ashley Imperial Bloom toiletries that I received as a Christmas gift.  I stamped the floral image twice in Smoky Slate ink along the side of the A6 sized card base.  I stamped the image again onto a piece of white CS, trimmed it to size and used an inverted corner rounder punch on three corners.  I inked the edges of the panel with Pool Party ink, glued it to a Basic Gray CS mat layer and popped up the stamped and punched sentiment circle.  To finish the front I added aqua metallic nailheads.

Here's the inside and envelope.

This next card features lots of die cutting using some new dies I acquired recently - I couldn't wait to use them!  I got the Memory Box 'Stitched Square Layers' and 'Surely Stitched Square' dies plus the MFT Die-namics 'Flower Medley' die.  I love the subtle stitching detail on the square dies!  The flowers of the Flower Medley die are connected but can be separated, I'm hoping to keep them connected as I love being able to cut out a number of flowers without having to fiddle with individual dies!

The card base measures 5 3/4" square and I used a colour combo of Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Old Olive and white.  I glued a Lorelai Leaf die cut to the white square after I'd embossed the square with the Cuttlebug 'Birds & Swirls' folder.  I shaped the flowers and adhered them - popping up the large flower.  I glued the Calypso Coral 'Surely Stitched Square' die cut shapes on the right hand side and added a die cut and shaped flower.  The sentiment was stamped, die cut and popped up.  I placed pearls in the centres of the flowers and added punched Calypso Coral 1/8" circles to the sentiment label.

Here's a closer look at the stitch detail on the die cuts - love it!

Here's the inside and envelope.

As I'd cut each 5 3/4" square card base from 1 A4 sheet of Crisp Cantaloupe CS I had strips left over.  I also had extra flowers plus the negative shape left over from cutting the Old Olive Lorelai Leaf piece.  It seemed a shame not to use them so the ladies got to make a bonus scrapling card.  All that was needed was a stamped sentiment and a piece of contrasting CS to go behind the negative die cut leaf panel.  I used a piece of Pistachio Pudding CS which I embossed with a lattice embossing folder before gluing it behind the Old Olive piece.  This scrapling card fits inside a C6 envelope.

My good friend Lesley went further with her scrapling card by adding some black accents to her card which looked fabulous!   So this morning I added some black to my own scrapling card - thank you Lesley for the inspiration, mwah!  I drew the black lines around the Old Olive panel with a black marker and added a black Lorelai Leaf Outline die cut shape.  I replaced the pearl in the centre of the flower with a black gem and added black punched circles to the Coral flower petals - an idea shamelessly stolen from Lesley's card!  I then added two more flowers with black gem centres.

Naturally, I had to decorate the inside and envelope!

Supplies for Just for You card:Stamps: Personal Impressions 'Medium Everyday Messages' set
CS: PaperMania white square card blank, SU! Basic Black & Whisper White
Patterned paper: First Edition 'Floral Pavilion' pack
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, SU! Basic Black marker
Tools: Memory Box 'Oriel' & 'Lunette' butterfly dies, Sizzix Dimensional Cutting Pad, SU! plain & scalloped oval punches,  Martha Stewart butterfly punch, 1 1/2" circle punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals

Supplies for Best Wishes card:
Stamps: SU! 'Elements of Style' set, Personal Impressions 'Medium Everyday Messages' set
CS: SU! Pool Party, Basic Gray & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Pool Party & Smoky Slate
Tools: SU! plain & scalloped circle punches, Woodware Inverted Corner Rounder punch
Embellishments & accessories: aqua metallic nailheads, SU! Dimensionals

Supplies for Birthday Wishes and Hello scrapling cards:
Stamps: Hero Arts 'Sending You Love' clear set, flourish from SU! 'Elements of Style' set, Hobby Art 'Sentiments' clear set, Personal Impressions 'Medium Everyday Messages' set
CS: SU! Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Old Olive & Whisper White, Basic Black, Pistachio Pudding
Ink: SU! Old Olive & Calypso Coral
Tools: Memory Box 'Stitched Square Layers' & 'Surely Stitched Square' dies, MFT Die-namics 'Flower Medley' die, Poppystamps 'Lorelai Leaf' & 'Lorelai Leaf Outline' dies, Hero Arts 'Small Tag Frame' Framelits die, Cuttlebug 'Birds & Swirls' embossing folder, SU! 'Lattice' embossing folder, 1/8" circle punch
Embellishments & accessories: pearls, SU! Dimensionals, black gems

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Dora B. said...

I love what you did with the butterfly die. I have one of those big dies and a glad to learn a new technique to use it. The bright colors on the birthday card are so joyful to see on this gloomy winter day.

Sharon said...

Great cards Ruth xsharonx