Saturday, August 18, 2018

From The Islands

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a pretty tropical birthday card.


The printed paper is DCWV "Tahiti Beach" Surfer Flowers layered on a metallic brown of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Inkadinkado Happy Days stamped in Altenew Fire Brick.  The card is highlighted with Diamond, Mercury Glass and Turquoise Stickles.

One of the great things about this commission is that I've been able to 'play' with so many different papers. I've no idea from where this scrap originated but I thought it would make a really fun birthday card.  I've no idea why it and the metallic brown works with this mirrored blue card base but it does so very well.  I had maybe a little too much fun with the Stickles but I couldn't decided on just one colour so used three.  It's one sparkly and shiny birthday card!

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

Gisèle

Friday, August 17, 2018

Butterflied Birthday

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a wonderful butterfly birthday card.


The printed paper is My Mind's Eye "Miss Caroline" Dolled Up Day Butterflies layered on a red and a grey Bazzill.  The sentiment is Flonz Happy Birthday stamped in Close To My Heart Tulip on Recollections White and layered on more grey Bazzill.  The embellishment is a butterfly punched glittered and Ranger alcohol inked piece of glossy paper.

I've had this printed paper in my stash for a long time.  It's not my favourite butterfly paper as the rows of images make it a challenge to use on cards.  That said, I love all the colours and patterns.  It's relatively easy to choose coordinating colours and it works with just about anything.  I particularly love it with this kraft paper card base.

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

Gisèle


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Timeless Wishes

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a great masculine/neutral birthday card.


The textured paper is of unknown origin layered on Recollections Kraft and Stampin' Up Basic Black.  The sentiment, cut from more Recollections Kraft, is Sizzix Stampin' Up Happy Birthday Thinlits.

This is one of the most awesome 'happy birthday' die cuts I've found.  It's big and bold with a font that works against any background!  I probably could have used this on every card in this commission!  The textured paper doesn't evoke 'birthday' but the distressed texture works really wonderfully with the kraft elements.  No extra embellishments required.  I love the result!

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Simply Striped

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card is a simple autumn neutral.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a dark orange Bazzill.  The sentiment is Impression Obsession Die 166-F cut from a vanilla Bazzill.  The copper embellishments are of unknown origin.

I couldn't resist these autumn stripes.  As I look at the image, I easily could have added a few leaf die cuts resulting in an even more autumnal card.  Regardless, I love the bold font of this sentiment and it pops wonderfully against these stripes.  This is a very simple card but still boldly beautiful.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Metallic Zig Zag

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card is beautifully funky!


All layers are of unknown origin.  The sentiment is an Avery Elle Sentimental Too die cut and stamp using Recollections Vanilla and Altenew Paper Bag ink.

I knew this would make an awesome card when I found the scrap in the bin.  I was thrilled to also find copper and brown metallic card stock that was large enough for layering.  It was really fun to combine all the elements on a kraft card base and I just love the fun and funky result!

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

Gisèle

Monday, August 13, 2018

Botanical Birthday

Hello everyone,

Today's post is an all natural birthday card.


The printed papers are Momenta Denise Urban.  The sentiment is Joy Crafts! stamped in StazOn Jet Black.  The ribbon is of unknown origin.  The pearl embellishments are also of unknown origin.

This was another quick and easy card once I'd selected the papers.  I love this botanical against the kraft card base!  It probably took me more time to find the right shade of pink ribbon than it did to put the card together.  I've had a few sheets of pearl embellishments in my stash for ages but have no idea where they came from.  As they're a little on the larger size, they're not ideal for cards being mailed but perfect for the seniors residence cards.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Paisley Sophistication

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another wonderful birthday card.


The printed paper is Déja Views "Family" Homespun Paisley layered on Close To My Heart Sweet Leaf and Pacifica.  The images are Impression Obsession Paisley stamped in Stampin' Up Pacific Point on Recollections White and layered on more Sweet Leaf.  The sentiment is Sweet & Sassy Script Birthdays stamped in Close To My Heart Sweet Leaf.  The card is highlighted with Diamond Stickles.

There isn't a paisley that I can resist!  This isn't the most pretty of paisley patterns but using the larger focal layer makes it a little better.  I wish I'd used a darker green ink for the sentiment as it's somewhat lost in the overall look.  The same goes for the Stickles, as a stronger/larger embellishments would pop just a little bit more.  Not a bad result but not a favourite in this series.

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

Gisèle