Monday, June 24, 2019

Camping Commission

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a special birthday card I crafted for a colleague's mother.


The card base is a white Bazzill.  The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up Real Red and Old Olive.  The sentiment is Microsoft Word layered on more Real Red and Old Olive.  The embellishments are American Crafts mini earth tones glitter brads.

I'd never been asked to craft a camping themed card for a woman's milestone birthday but I aim to please.  I was actually a little worried about the theme until I found this great piece of camping paper in my scrap bin.  I had hoped to add some twine (either a bow or knot) but I really didn't want to cover up any more of this camping paper than necessary.  I really hope this card will work!

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

Gisèle

Sunday, June 23, 2019

A Single Stem

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another pretty feminine birthday card.


The card base is The Paper Studio.  The image is Stampin' Up Thanks For Caring stamped in Tombow 228, 623  and 676 on Recollections White and layered on Stampin' Up Sage Shadow and Blackberry Bliss.  The sentiment is Gina K Labeled With Love stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on a white of unknown origin and layered on Close To My Heart Pansy. 

This image was another experiment with some of the new Tombow markers I recently acquired.  It's a great image for colouring because it's very simple.  With such a small image, I added multiple layers to have it work effectively on this card base.  The card is actually much more purple than the blue in this photo.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, June 22, 2019

A Pretty Trio

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a pretty feminine birthday card.


The card base is Recollections White.  The images are Inkadinkado stamped in Altenew Aqualicious, Teal Cave and Galactic Stream stamped on Recollections White and layered on Close To My Heart Peacock.  The sentiment is Creative Expressions More Scribbled Sentiments stamped in Altenew Aqualicious.  The embellishments are Darice self-stick clear gems.

I don't have a particular commission at the moment so I'm experimenting with stamps and colours.  I've always loved a trio layout and this doesn't disappoint.  The stamp is a great scale to punch three squares.  I used both the darker and lighter shade of the Peacock paper and love the contrast.  The flower is perfect for adding a simple gem.

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

Gisèle

Friday, June 21, 2019

Shimmer For You

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a simple all purpose card.


The card base is Recollections Vanilla.  The image is Stampin' Up Dandelion Wishes stamped in Tsukineko Brilliance Lightening Black on more Recollections Vanilla.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Itty Bitty Greeting also stamped in Lightening Black.  The image/sentiment panel is layered on a shimmery gold of unknown origin, Recollections Vanilla and My Mind's Eye Cowboy.  The card is highlighted with Mercury Glass Stickles.

I didn't have any particular purpose in mind for this card, I was just experimenting with the image which I'd borrowed from a girlfriend and my stash of Tuskineko cat's eye inks.  The photo doesn't do the card justice as there is a hint of shimmer throughout.  For a very neutral colour palette, it's a card with a lot of depth and interest.  I'm very pleased with the result.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Eye Thanks

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a card commissioned by a girlfriend for her eye doctor who is retiring.


The card base is Recollections Vanilla.  The printed paper is BasicGrey Oxford layered on Close To My Heart Desert Sand and a brushed gold of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Everyday Sayings stamped in Stampin' Up Early Espresso.  The embellishments are Stampin' Up Metallic Pearls.

My girlfriend had requested an eye glasses theme and I was hesitant to say the least.  That was until I remembered this BasicGrey Oxford collection.  I didn't find anything in the paper pad but I found this one scrap in the envelop of leftovers.  It's all that was left of the piece and I didn't even have to trim to craft this great card.  The eye doctor is not one for glitter so this paper was even more perfect.  Layering it on the Desert Sand and adding a bit of shimmery gold brought everything together beautifully.  It's a great result.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Just For You

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another general purpose card.


The card base is The Paper Studio.  The sentiment and images are Stampin' Up Botanicals For You stamped in Tsukineko Brilliance Pearlescent Crimson, Orchid, Rust and Thyme, and Starlite Black on Recollections White.  The image/sentiment panel is layered on Close To My Heart Grey Wool and Stampin' Up Bravo Burgundy.  The embellishments are Recollections adhesive faux pearls.

When I've no particular commission or holiday cards to craft, I take advantage to play with supplies in my stash.  It should be no surprise that supplies from one card lead to the creation of another.  In this particular case, I had the Tsukineko inks on my desk and wanted to see what I could come up with.  I also thought it would be interesting to use some of the smaller images that I wouldn't normally be drawn to from a set that I chose for the sentiment.  It's a big, bold and wonderful sentiment!  The Starlite Black in which it was stamped adds a bit of shimmer that is particularly appealing and off-setting it to the left of the panel adds more interest.  These little flowers were perfect for adding tiny pearls and I think, brings all elements together.  It was a bit of a challenge to find suitable papers for layering, especially against the bright green card base.  It's a great result that took me out of my comfort zone.

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

Gisèle 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Another Simple Hello

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another 'hello' card.


The card base is The Paper Studio.  The image is Memory Box First Flight stamped in Tsukineko Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate, Crimson and Rust on Recollections Vanilla.  The image is layered on a shimmery chocolate and a shimmery copper of unknown origin, and more Recollections Vanilla.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Everyday Sayings stamped in Stampin' Up Early Espresso.

 In the first stamping attempt I used some of my new Tombow markers and it was horrible.  The rubber just didn't take the marker all that well and it looked like a muddy mess.  Still in a playful mood, I pulled out some of the Tsukineko Cat's Eye ink pads in my stash and got the result I was hoping for.  This is a really beautiful card that isn't done justice by this photo.

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

Gisèle