Tuesday, January 16, 2018

For A Baseballer

Hello everyone,

I've another really fun sports-themed birthday card post today.


The printed paper is Close To My Heart layered on Indian Corn Blue.  The sentiment is Altenew Halftone Happy die cut from Recollections White and coloured/stamped in Close To My Heart Outdoor Denim.  The images are Paper House 3D Stickers.

I've never crafted a baseball card before and I had so much fun!  The result was so much better than I had hoped.  This card is for a fifteen year old who loves baseball.  I wouldn't normally choose a plaid for a teenagers card but the colours in this plaid coordinated with the stickers perfectly.  I was inspired by the diagonal lines for all the placement of all the elements.  Using the darkest of blue inks, allowed for stamping the second part of the sentiment right on the printed paper.  This is one of my favourite cards ever!

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

Gisèle


Monday, January 15, 2018

For A Golfer

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a golfer's card.


The background image is Stampin’ Up Watercolor Wash stamped in Pear Pizzazz.  The images are K&Company Life’s Little Occasions Golf Sticker Medley.  The sentiment is Stampin’ Up Happy Celebrations stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and Altenew Olive.

I love this golf card!  It's just so much fun!  Like yesterday's card, it was made purposely for either my girlfriend's brother or father, both of whom are golfers.  I think the background image couldn't be more perfect for a golf card.  I used a more subtle green ink for the background stamp to ensure that this two-step sentiment would stamp well and it certainly worked out as I'd hoped.  

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

Gisèle

Sunday, January 14, 2018

For A Curler

Hello everyone,

This birthday card was a lot of fun to craft.


The background layer are stripes of black, grey, blue and red Bazzill.  The images are Karen Foster Design Curling stickers.  The sentiment is Stampin’ Up It’s Your Birthday stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Recollections White.

I knew that one of these card recipients is a 17-year-old male curler so I had a lot of fun crafting something really custom for him.  I suspect he'll get a kick out of this card but he certainly won't admit it!  I don't have any curling stamps so I dug into my daughter's sticker stash to find this set of curling stickers.  Using the colours in the stickers for the background layers ensured it all worked really well together.  No extra muss or fuss, this is a teenage boy's card after all.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Fairy Wishes

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a fun, feminine birthday card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Close To My Heart Sorbet and Desert Sand,  Stampin’ Up Early Espresso, and Multicrafts gold.  The sentiment is Crafters Companion Die’sire Happy Birthday die cut from more Multicrafts gold.  The card is highlighted with Gold Pearl Liquid Pearls.

I've no idea where this paper came from but I'm glad I found it in my stash.  I'm not usually fussy on this type of image but those colours really appealed.  I like the different layers as well as the different reveals as it adds a lot of interest and helps bring it all together.  The Liquid Pearls were a bit of an afterthought but it needed just that little something more.

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

Gisèle

Friday, January 12, 2018

Argyle Goodness

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card post uses a colour combination that I just love!


The printed paper is Jillibean Soup “Alphabet Soup” Beef Bouillon layered on Close To My Heart Slate and Stampin’ Up Night of Navy.  The sentiment is Stampin’ Up Tin of Cards stamped on Recollections White in Altenew Olive and layered on more Night of Navy and Recollections White.  The embellishments are Eyelet Outlet Enamel Dots.

I've always loved this piece of argyle paper.  The colours work together so perfectly and offer a lot of options for coordinating.  I love the font of the sentiment and it really pops when stamped in the Olive ink.  I debated using a coloured paper for the banner let but actually quite like the extra layer of white.  This is a great masculine birthday card!

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

Gisèle

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Happy Stars

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the first in a series of birthday and thinking of you cards that I crafted for a girlfriend's mother.


The printed paper is Close To My Heart You Rock layered on Outdoor Denim.  The sentiment is Avery Elle Sentimental Too cut from Recollections White with the coordinating die and layered on more Outdoor Denim.  The rest of the sentiment is stamped in Outdoor Denim on Recollections White and layered on Close To My Heart Goldrush.  The embellishments are Multicrafts.

I attempted to stamp the 'happy' then cut it and even used my MISTI but I just couldn't get it to align properly so I finally decided to just use the die cut and layer it on a horizontal strip.  It's just lovely and a lot less frustrating.  I wanted the 'birthday' to pop and using the Goldrush layer certainly accomplished what I'd hoped for.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bottom's Up One More Time

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the second of two commissioned non-holiday wine bottle tags.


The printed paper is Magenta "Nature" Cold Harmony layered on Recollections White and Close To My Heart Indian Corn Blue. The medallion was punched from more Close To My Heart Indian Corn Blue as well as Garden Green using Martha Stewart's Quilted Edge Punch Around The Page set.  The sentiment is Microsoft Word.  The embellishments are of unknown origin.

I am really loving crafting wine bottle tags!  As they don't need envelops or go in the mail, they offer the chance to add some fantastic dimension that I wouldn't otherwise include.  I just love making the medallions and find the results really spectacular.  I also like being able to include elements which go off the edge of the base, like this banner.  Expect more bottle tags in the future as they're just too much fun to make!

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

Gisèle