Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Owl Thanks

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another thank you card crafted for my daughter.


The printed paper is Joy Crafts Owl's World layered on Stampin' Up Early Espresso.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Small Greeting stamped in Early Espresso on Recollections White.  The ribbon is Crafts.  The embellishment is of unknown origin.

My daughter belongs to a sorority at her university and one of their symbols is an owl so I figured this paper would be perfect for a thank you card.  I took my time cutting so I wouldn't lose too many of the hearts and the owls would still be the focus.  I've had this set of sentiments for eons but don't know why they don't get used all that often as they're really wonderful and easy.  They fit the Stampin' Up tag punch perfectly.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sweetly Simple

Hello everyone,

The next few posts are thank you card that my daughter asked me to craft.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up Soft Sky.  The sentiment is also of unknown origin stamped in Stampin' Up Rich Razzleberry on Recollections White and highlighted with Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen.  The embellishments are Crafts Rhinestone Strips.

I've always loved this whimsical paper and thought it would be perfect for one of my daughter's thank you cards.  It's a very simple card/layout with just minimal elements.  The rhinestones add just enough bling to make it special.

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

Gisèle

Monday, June 26, 2017

Bee Botanical

Hello everyone,

Today’s post is the last of the charity cards that I’ve crafted to feed the I SPI blog while I’m on holidays.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a Bazzill Green and Mustard.  The sentiment is Stampin’ Up Painted Petals stamped in Altenew Paper Bag on an ivory of unknown origin and layered on more Bazzill Green.  The bee brad is of unknown origin.

For some reason botanical papers really appealed to me for this series.  As I was trying to choose a sentiment I thought it was time to craft a card with a non-standard sentiment.  I have plenty of these types of sentiments but rarely use them.  This sentiment needed to be quite bold as it has to compete with all the text on the printed paper.  I played with a number of different inks before settling on this dark orange because I didn't find black or brown was enough of a contrast.  I've had this bee brad for ages and I think it may have come from the Dollar Store.  The yellow on the bee was really pale so I brightened it up with a Sharpie and actually surprised myself with the result.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Quick Botanical Wishes

Hello everyone,

Today’s post was another quick and easy birthday card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin (likely Graphic 45) layered on a dark brown Bazzill.  The sentiment is Creative Vision Simply Said stamped in Stampin’ Up Early Espresso on an ivory of unknown origin.  The embellishments are Pebbles Brown Pearl Candy Dots. 

This is a really wonderful piece of botanical paper.  The colours and details are just beautiful.  This is a super quick and easy card with four straight forward elements and a simple layout.  I was inspired to place the sentiment off the paper because I didn't want to cover up too much of the berries or the moth.  I didn't really need to add the brown pearls but I thought it worked with the vintage aspect of the paper.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, June 24, 2017

All Autumn

Hello everyone,

Today’s post is an unequivocal autumn birthday card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Bazzill Rust and Bazzill Mustard.  The sentiment is a Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Happy Birthday die cut from a dark brown Bazzill.  The ribbon is Michael’s Special Value.  The leaf brad is of unknown origin.

I think this is one of the most wonderful autumn papers I've ever come across.  The scale of the images is just perfect for cards.  I debated making this a thank you card but felt that would be rather predictable.  A lot of people have fall birthdays.  I decided to use ribbon because I was so happy with yesterday's card.  This brown sheer ribbon couldn't work better.  I had a bunch of different colour leaf brads that I tried but I liked how this red worked with the overall colour scheme.

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

Gisèle

Friday, June 23, 2017

Vintage Get Well

Hello everyone,

Today’s charity card uses another wonderful piece of printed paper.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on DCWV Luxury Stack.  The image is Stampin’ Up Faith In Nature stamped in Early Espresso on Recollections Vanilla and layered on more DCWV Luxury Stack.  The sentiment is Close To My Heart Sincere Expressions stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite.  The ribbon is Michael’s Special Value.  The pear embellishment is Marianne Design Flowers.

The most difficult part of this card was getting the image stamped.  I have to say, I'm not a fan of the 'new' Stampin' Up ink pads.  They either leave too much ink on the stamp or dry out more quickly than they should.  This was especially frustrating with this delicate image.  I must have made four attempts before I decided to try it with a 'second' impression which is what actually worked.  I added the delicate pearl flower embellishment because I didn't get the ribbon placed well and ended up with too much space at the bottom of the card.  I really love this card and will have a hard time putting it in the sale box.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Dots, Dots And More Dots

Hello everyone,

Today’s post is a more masculine card.


The printed paper is Chatter Box Dark Tie Circles layered on Stampin’ Up Night of Navy.  The sentiment is Creative Expressions Petite Scribbled Sentiments ‘Occasions’ stamped in Close To My Heart Outdoor Denim on a vanilla of unknown origin.  The brads are also of unknown origin.

I've never been particularly happy with this paper.  While I love all the elements and the colours, I just couldn't ever get it to work well with cards.  No matter how carefully cut or the size of the card, it just never works all that well.  I thought adding the brads would help disguise the issue but I think it just accentuated the problem.  I'm actually glad this is the last bit of this sheet. I don't hate this card but it's not my best work either.  I'm going to blame my 'quick and easy' challenge that I'm under to get this series crafted.

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


Gisèle