Monday, April 23, 2018

Spring Thoughts

Hello everyone,

Today's card was crafted for my grandparents because they've been on my mind quite a lot recently.


The card base is Stampin' Up Perfect Plum.  The printed papers are Stamperia Lilac Flowers.  The image is Memory Box Tissue Flower stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Recollections grey and painted with LuminArte Sage and Wisteria Twinkling H2Os.  The image is layered on Perfect Plum.  The sentiment is a no name stamp stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Recollections Vanilla and layered on more Stamperia Lilac Flowers.  The card is highlighted with Platinum Liquid Pearls.

For the past couple of weeks, every time I turn around, I'm getting subtle reminders/memories of my grandparents in Nova Scotia.  I decided it was my mind's way of telling me to send a card.  I decided to use this beautiful lilac paper with lovely written images and this delicate flower because yesterday was such a beautiful spring day.  I really love the font of this stamp but it's no name for a reason - it's crooked on the block.  Thank goodness for the stamp positioner.  I highlighted with Liquid Pearls because it add great embellishment without any bulk.  The card goes in the mail today!

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

Gisèle

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Delicate Sympathies

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another sympathy card.


The card base is Stampin' Up Marina Mist.  The images are Gina K Botanicals stamped in Altenew Sea Glass on Recollections White and Penny Black Delicate Florals stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and Altenew Ocean Waves.  The image panel is layered on Recollections Black.  The sentiment is also Gina K Botanicals stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Recollections White and layered on more Recollections Black.

This is my favourite in this series of the sympathy cards.  I just love the blue/black/white colour combination.  I thought it was inspired to stamp the card base with the floral even though you don't see all that much of it.  I used a sponge to colour the 'flowers', using the next darker colour of this set of Altenew inks than was used for the background image.  I didn't add any embellishments because I didn't really think the card needed anything more.  It's a really striking card but still absolutely appropriate for a sympathy card.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Iris Times Three

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another very spring-inspired sympathy card.


The card base is Stampin' Up Orchid Opulence.  The image is Gina K Garden Silhouettes stamped in Tombow 158 and 623 on Recollections White and layered on more Orchid Opulence and Recollections White.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Teeny Tiny Wishes stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Recollections White.  The embellishments are Recollections Faux Pearls.

Obviously my Gina K stamps were close at hand for the past few days.  These are the perfect images for colouring with markers because they are simple and don't have an outline.  If I'm not mistaken, I've used this layout for Gina K images in the past.  What can I say, it works so very well!  I love the tiny sentiment.  It almost seems like an after thought except that it's been placed in the design sweet spot.

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

Gisèle

Friday, April 20, 2018

Brightly Green

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a bright 'thinking of you' card.


The card base is Close To My Heart Emerald.  The image and sentiment are Gina K Framed Greetings stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Recollections White and layered on Stampin' Up Orchid Opulence.  The image panel is cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Sixteen.  The image is painted with LuminArte Buttercup, English Lavender, Icy Iris, Moss Agate and Nutmeg Twinkling H2Os.  The card is highlighted with Peacock Liquid Pearls.

I came across this image when I found the sentiment from yesterday's card and didn't think I'd ever used it before.  I was probably scared of colouring the image.  I originally planned to place it on a rectangular Orchid Opulence card (see tomorrow's card) but this image really does need a square card base.  I do love the purple and green colour combination.  I used a few too many Liquid Pearls dots on this one - oops.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Spring Fresh

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the first of a few sympathy cards that I've crafted for the card box at the office.


The card base is Stampin' Up Pistachio Pudding.  The images are Stampin' Up Lots of Lavender stamped in Altenew Dark Chocolate, Deep Iris, Frayed Leaf, Lavender Fields and Rocky Shore on Recollections White.  The image panel is layered on Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip.  The sentiment is Gina K Framed Greeting stamped in Dark Chocolate.  The card is highlighted with Platinum Liquid Pearls.

As I was going through my stash recently, I realized that I have way too much Stampin' Up coloured card stock that is going to take a concentrated effort to use.  The best way is to start using it for card bases and I've already got a ton of envelops that need custom sized cards.  Kind of a 'duh' moment!  I got this stamp set when I placed my last order.  It's a multi-step stamp that is very easy to use.  I really love that it's got separate stamps for even the smallest elements.  I wanted to add some interest on the card base so I decided to stamps the leaves from the set.  I love the final result!

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Blooming Beautiful II

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the last of the goodbye/good luck cards that I've been working on for the past week.


The image is Altenew Watercolor Wonders stamped in Altenew Citrus Burst, Forest Glades, Frayed Leaf, Maple Yellow, Sea Breeze, Starlight, Sunkissed, Tide Blue, Turquoise, Warm Sunshine, and Stampin' Up Wild Wasabi on Recollections White.  The images are cut with the coordinating die.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Wild About Flowers stamped in Altenew Forest Glades.  The card is highlighted with White Opal Liquid Pearls.

This is the English version of yesterday's card.  While I love using the Altenew stamp and die sets, it's too much work to do elements for a single card so I often craft multiples when I've got everything already at hand.  Not only is this a very forgiving multi-step stamp but it also has a variety of flowers and leaves that are all very versatile.  I love the blue and yellow colour combination.  Twice in a row now I've managed to put on the right number of highlighting dots!

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Blooming Beautiful

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another French good luck card.


The image is Altenew Watercolor Wonders stamped in Altenew Citrus Burst, Forest Glades, Frayed Leaf, Maple Yellow, Sea Breeze, Starlight, Sunkissed, Tide Blue, Turquoise, Warm Sunshine, and Stampin' Up Wild Wasabi on Recollections White.  The images are cut with the coordinating die.  The sentiment is Microsoft Word font layered on a piece of white inked with Turquoise.  The card is highlighted with White Opal Liquid Pearls.

I'm so ready for a spring that seems to being taking a long time arriving so I'm invoking it with some warm and cheerful cards.  I wanted to do something a little different than the last few cards so I put away the paper and pulled out the Altenew sets.  This particular set is really quite fun.  It's a multi-step stamp that is extremely forgiving.  I used dimensionals on the large flower, which already pack a great visual punch, to make it stand out even more.  I think this is the perfect amount, placement and size of Liquid Pearl dots - finally!

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

Gisèle