Thursday, August 17, 2017

Glorious In Green

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card uses a beautiful piece of scrap paper.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow.  The sentiment is Close To My Heart Joyful Birthday stamped in Mossy Meadow on Recollections Vanilla.  The ribbon is Close To My Heart.

I love this green wrought iron fence.  I trimmed carefully to make sure that I didn't cut off to much of the beautiful flourishes.  I found this ribbon and believe it's from an old, old Close To My Heart kit.  I didn't feel the need to layer the sentiment as it doesn't get 'lost' against the background paper.  A great result.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Vintage Roses

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card uses some great die cuts.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Close To My Heart Canary.  The sentiment is die cut from more Canary with Crafter's Companion Die'sire Happy Birthday then highlighted with Wink of Stella Clear 999.  The butterfly is cut from a piece of watercolour paper spritzed with watered and smooshed with Stampin' Up watercolour crayons, using Joy Crafts Vintage Flourishes 6003/0023 die.  The butterfly is also highlighted with Wink of Stella Clear 999.  The embellishments are Crafts Rhinestone Stickers.

This series of birthday cards is for a Senior's residence so I'm going to be crafting a number of vintage styled cards.  This yellow rose paper is wonderfully vintage.  I especially like the bright yellow sentiment that works pretty decently with the flowers.  It was much more of a challenge to find a scrap of green that also worked for the butterfly.  I don't often craft cards without stamping but figure with 70 cards on order, this die cut will come in handy.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Autumn Birthday

Hello everyone,

Today's post is one of a series of 70 commissioned birthday cards that I'll be posting over the next few weeks/months.  I was going to post them all much later in order to take a bit of a blog holiday but I've nothing else to post at the moment.


The printed papers are of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Curly Cute stamped in Altenew Firebrick on Recollections Vanilla and layered on a dark glittering brown of unknown origin.  The butterfly, die cut from more dark glittering brown, is Joy Crafts Floral Flourishes 6003/0006.  The embellishments are Queen & Co Chocolate Delight Rox.

Seventy birthday cards is probably the maximum I could handle in one commission.  It's a lot of cards.  I'm going to take advantage to use some I've the multitude of scraps pieces that I've got in my paper stash.  These are the smaller sized card bases which I find are great for scraps.  This project also gave me the excuse to go through all the scraps of white and vanilla that I always set aside for sentiments but then never seem to get around to using.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Monday, August 14, 2017

Celebrating 70

Hello everyone,

Today's card was commissioned for a gentleman whose celebrating his 70th birthday.


The image is Gina K Follow Your Dreams stamped in StazOn Timber Brown and painted with Rebhan watercolor paints.  The image panel is layered on Core'dinations Jim Holtz Kraft-core.  The sentiment is Bonnidee French Wording #1 stamped in Stampin' Up Early Espresso on Recollections Vanilla and layered on Early Espresso.  The embellishment is My Mind's Eye Sleight Bells Ring Wooden Dots.

As those who follow I SPI know, I don't often craft cards with scenes let alone painted ones.  This was actually my first attempt and I was so pleasantly surprised with the results.  I do find watercolor painting a lot more forgiving than markers.  The gentlemen receiving this card loves the outdoors.  He has a boat and loves to fish.  This seemed the most appropriate of cards to craft for him.  I hope he likes it.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Fifty Years Celebrated

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a special anniversary card that was commissioned by a girlfriend for her parents 50th wedding anniversary.


The printed paper is Anna Griffin Georgette Christmas Collection layered on a shimmery ivory of unknown origin and Chrome Gold Foil.  The sentiment is Just Rite Large Fancy Sentiments stamped in Tsukineko Brilliance Lightning Black on Recollections White and layered on more Chrome Gold Foil.  The die cuts are Sizzix Scribbler Swirls cut from more Chrome Gold Foil.  The embellishments are Mark Richards 3mm gold metals.

I really like crafting 50th anniversary cards.  It's the perfect excuse to get out the gold and just flourish it up big.  The printed paper is actually Christmas paper but I think it works just wonderfully for this card.  I do love the glitter of this print.  My girlfriend was extremely pleased with the card.  I hope her parents have a wonderful celebration!

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Birthday Bears

Hello everyone,

My sister's birthday was earlier this week and I made her this special birthday card.


The background image is Stampin' Up Watercolor Wash stamped in Altenew Frayed Leaf.   The images is Serendipity Stamps stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and coloured with Tombow markers.  The bamboo die cut is Joy Crafts Orientals 6002/0230 in Bazzill green, sponged with Altenew Moss and highlighted with Wink of Stella Clear 999.  The sentiment is Gina Marie All Seasons stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.

Both my daughter and my sister have a special love of panda bears so over the years I've acquired more than a few panda stamps.  This pair are particularly sweet and quite easy to stamp.  Give the stash of stamps, when I came across this bamboo die, I thought it would be a good addition.  I quite like the added dimension it gives to this card.  I think my sister will be pleased.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Friday, August 11, 2017

A Special 80th Birthday

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a special birthday card for a friend of my Mom's.


The printed paper is Close To My Heart Brushed layered on Hollyhock and Canary.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Perfectly Penned stamped in Hollyhock of Recollections Vanilla and layered on more Hollyhock.  The ribbon is Sheer Creations.  The embellishment is K&Company DI Rough & Tumble Vehicles.  The card is highlighted with Fruit Punch Stickles.

When my mother asked for this card, she requested an airplane be included as she met her friend on a flight.  It's a little strange but they met on a plane and it is a memorable occasion that my mother wanted to acknowledge.  I hadn't intended to use the same paper as yesterday's card but it worked so well with this pink and red airplane, I didn't end up considering any others.  I will admit, I didn't have a lot of time to get creative so I decided to just keep it very simple.  I suspect, given the time constraints, I would have just ended up frustrated if I'd tried anything too complicated and that is not the point of either crafting cards nor for celebrating a friend's 80th birthday.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle