Sunday, January 22, 2017

Everything Painted

Hello everyone,

Today's post is indicative of my longing for summer weather.


The images are Altenew Painted Flowers and Painted Butterflies stamped in Altenew Espresso, Ocean Waves, Dusk, Dark Chocolate, Warm Sunshine, Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades, and Stampin' Up Daffodil Delight.  The images are highlighted with Wink of Stella Clear 999.  The background was stamped with Stampin' Up Crosshatch in Ocean.  The sentiment is Avery Elle So Happy stamped in Dark Chocolate.

The more I play with these stamps, the more I love them!  All the practice is so worth it because the results are just astounding me.  I never thought I could make cards like these.  I added one of the painted butterflies that I stamped and cut a few weeks ago.  I love the blue and yellow colour combination (more of that to come).  It is so refreshing and happy!

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

Gisèle

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Stopping For Poppies

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another cheerful card to dispel the winter doldrums.


The images are Altenew Painted Butterflies stamped in Altenew Espresso, Rouge and Velvet, and Rubbernecker Watercolor Poppies stamped and painted in Altenew Forest Glades, Evergreen, Dark Chocolate, Crimson and Warm Sunshine, on a vanilla of unknown origin and highlighted with Wink of Stella Clear 999.  The sentiment is Creative Expressions Scribbled Sentiments stamped in Altenew Dark Chocolate.  The image and sentiment elements are layered on Marianne Design Basic Paper Bloc Watercolor and Stampin' Up Regal Rose.

A butterfly this size needed another decent sized image to provide some eye pleasing balance.  This Rubbernecker stamp was perfect.  It is also a two-step stamp but I wanted to try watercolouring with the Altenew ink so I didn't use the 'filler' stamp.  While the leaves turned out great, the flowers are not as shaded as I'd intended.  Also, believe it or not, the colours in the poppies are the same as those in the butterfly.  The ink colour really changed when I watered it down for painting which is something I'll have to keep in mind for next time.

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

Gisèle

Friday, January 20, 2017

Two-Step Sunshine

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another sunshine card.


The images are Stampin' Up Mixed Bouquet stamped in Altenew Forest Glades, Frayed Leaf, Puffy Heart, Cotton Candy and Warm Sunshine on a vanilla of unknown origin and highlighted with Wink of Stella Clear 999.  The butterfly is Altenew Wild Hibiscus stamped in Close To My Heart Sunset.  The image panel is layered on Momenta and Close To My Heart Crème Brulee.  The sentiment is Gina K Framed Greetings stamped in more Puffy Heart.  The embellishments are Recollections.

I'd originally planned to use an Altenew Painted Butterfly on this card but the style didn't work with the simple line drawing of this Mixed Bouquet set.  I'm not sure that the Mixed Bouquet was intended to be two-step but I decided to just do it!  I don't think it turned out too bad.  I used a second impression on the butterfly because the first impression of Sunset was just much too dark.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Solitary Flight

Hello everyone,

We're in the midst of a cold and snowy January so I just had to craft a sweet and sunny card.


The images are Altenew Painted Butterflies stamped on a vanilla of unknown origin in Altenew Espresso and Shades of Purple, and Golden Garden stamped in Altenew Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades and Warm Sunshine, and highlighted with Wink of Stella Clear 999.  The image panel is layered on Close To My Heart Honey and Topiary.  The sentiment is Creative Expressions Petite Scribbled Sentiments 'Occasions' stamped in Forest Glades.  The embellishments are Crafts.

I've had such a wonderful time playing with the Altenew stamps.  This Golden Garden has actually been the most challenging.  It's a two step stamp but no where near as straight forward as some of the other sets.  I love this purple butterfly (many more to come) as it really pops against the yellow in the flowers.  I've seen so many seemingly randomly placed embellishments so I thought I'd give it a try.  I thought it would be easy but it took me forever to find a way that was pleasing to the eye.  I don't think I'm quite there yet.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Lamb's Wish

Hello everyone,

Today's card was commissioned by a colleague for her daughter's 2nd birthday!


The printed paper is Recollections All Seasons layered on Stampin' Up Pink Pirouette and Barely Banana and highlighted with Fruit Punch Stickles.  The lamb was punched from a flocked white of unknown origin and layered on more Pink Pirouette and Barely Banana die cut from Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Ovals.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Itty Bitty Banners stamped in Altenew Forest Glades on Recollections White and cut with the coordinating die.

Isn't this the absolute cutest card ever!  The lamb was inspired by 'the stuffie' and was recognized as such.  The little girl loves her 'Lamby'.  I had only a little bit of this scrap flocked paper so I did a mock up lamb with scrap paper first.  It was a good thing as it took me a bit to figure out the ears.  I had so much fun crafting this special card and I'm thrilled it was so well received.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Lovely In Lavender

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the last of the three cards I craft using Altenew's Tulip stamp set.


The images are Altenew Tulip stamped in Green Fields and Shades of Purple in on Recollections White.  The images are layered on a Bazzill purple, Stampin' Up Orchid Opulence and an unknown purple.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Happy Birthday stamped in Evergreen on Whisper White.  The ribbon is Multicrafts and the embellishment is of unknown origin.

My camera skills really are not at all optimal because this card looks really blue when it's actually very purple.  This card was born from trying out the Altenew inks and playing with the stamps and dies.  I've always love a trio and this set offers four different stems and three different flowers so the options are really wonderful.  I did much better on the actual stamping and aligning the dies is also getting better.  Overall, a great result.

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

Gisèle

Monday, January 16, 2017

Cheerful Tulip Trio

Hello everyone,

Today's tulip card is just something bright and cheerful for mid-January.


The images are Altenew Tulip stamped in Altenew Mango Smoothie, Warm Sunshine and Green Fields on Recollections White.  The images were cut with the coordinating Altenew Tulip die. The images were layered on a textured Bazzill green.  The sentiment is Stampabilities Happy Birthday 01 stamped in Evergreen on Recollections white and layered on a Bazzill yellow.  The ribbon is Multicrafts.  The embellishment is Keepsakes Memories.

This card just puts me in a very, very happy place.  There is nothing like sunny flowers during the middle of a cold and dreary winter.  The masking exercise used on yesterday's card gave me the idea to cut out part of the leaf on the right side tulip so it would overhang the green layer.  I thought it added interest as did the combination of glued and raised, and stamped and die cut pieces.  Overall, for just a second attempt, this card turned out beautifully.

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

Gisèle