Saturday, May 26, 2018

Prettily Patterned

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card post is quite fancy.


The printed paper is TaDa Moscow layered on Recollections White and Stampin' Up Bermuda Bay.  The sentiment is Penny Black Special Time stamped in Avery Elle New Moon on Recollections White.  The embellishments are of unknown origin.

It's the paper and the font that make this card fancy.  I've always loved this piece of TaDa paper and use it judiciously.  I'm particularly drawn to the colours and really love the pattern.  I have the coordinating stamp but haven't really done any experimenting.  I didn't really need to add the blue pearls but I do like how they fill up some of the really blank space in the corners.  I suspect if I'd layered the sentiment panel instead of just using dimensionals it may have achieved the same thing.

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

Gisèle

Friday, May 25, 2018

Winged Whimsy

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another lovely feminine birthday card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up Pale Plum.  The sentiment is Avery Elle Sentimental Too stamped in Stampin' Up Pale Plum and Altenew Lavender Fields on Recollections White and layered on more Pale Plum.  The embellishments are pearls of unknown origin.

I've been crafting cards with this lovely butterfly paper for quite a few years and this is the last usable piece.  I left a somewhat larger reveal with the layers but I think the thicker border works pretty well.  I used a sentiment stripe the entire width of the card because the 'tails' of the font would go over the edge.  I was inspired by the font in the pearl placement but while I don't dislike it, it's not my favourite .

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

Gisèle

Thursday, May 24, 2018

A Birthday Garden

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another example of a super quick and easy birthday card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Recollections White and a dark pink Bazzill.  The sentiment is Serendipity stamped in Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow.  The card is highlighted with White Opal Liquid Pearl.

This card is actually very similar to one that I did for the last commission.  I love the cheerful garden and with careful trimming, the card couldn't come together more easily.  I obviously finished this card before I read this Simplicity blog post about placing embellishments in irregular visual triangles.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Argyle & Grunge

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card post is a more masculine card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Bazzill Blue Calypso.  The sentiment is Close To My Heart Happy Birthday stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite.  The sentiment panel was stamped with Close To My Heart Fabulous You and Stampin' Up Gorgeous Grunge on Recollections White with Altenew Lagoon, Volcano Lake and Mountain Mist, and was layered on more Blue Calypso.  The embellishments are from Fabricland.

I thought this argyle was perfect for a masculine birthday card.  The colours were also perfect for this type of card.  I thought using the 'grunge' images under the sentiment contrasted nicely with the formality of the printed paper.  The silver stud embellishments bring it all together.

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

Gisèle


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Spring Plaid

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another example of simple yet lovely birthday card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a pink Bazzill and Close To My Heart Sweet Leaf.  The sentiment is Joy Crafts Sayings 6410/0308 stamped in Stampin' Up Early Espresso on Recollections White and layered on more pink Bazzill.  The embellishments are rhinestones of unknown origin.

As I crafted these cards I tried to keep in mind that larger and darker sentiments would be much easier for the residents to read.  This Joy Crafts sentiment served the purpose especially well.  I was especially pleased at how well the font worked with the brown lines in the plaid paper.  I used very tiny rhinestone where the brown lines in the plaid intersected and it added just the right amount of sparkle.  I really love the results.

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

Gisèle

Monday, May 21, 2018

Cheerful Spring Wishes

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a lovely spring birthday card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on an orange Bazzill.  The sentiment is Gina Marie All Seasons stamped in Altenew Olive on Recollections White.  The butterfly embellishment is from Multicrafts.

With a commission of over 100 cards, I realized quite quickly that I was going to have to keep the cards quite simple.  This is a great example of really quick and easy card.  The background paper is striking!  A simple punched sentiment and a sweet embellishment bring it all together.  A great result!

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

Gisèle

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Wall of Happy

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a really great monochromatic masculine birthday card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a blue Bazzill.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Happy Celebrations stamped in Altenew Desert Night, Dusk and Ocean waves on a light grey of unknown origin.

This is the simplest of cards which focuses on the printed paper.  There is something about the blue wall that I thought would work well for a card.  The scale is great and I'm always drawn to blues.  I think part of the reason why this works so well is actually the sentiment. It's a bold font and the layering adds interest.  Keeping the layout simple, without extra embellishments, also make for a great result.

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

Gisèle