Friday, September 22, 2017

Watercolour Bird

Hello everyone,

Today's post continues with the watercolour birthday cards I've been crafting over the past number of days.


The background image is Stampin' Up You've Got This stamped in Stampin' Up River Rock.  The image is Stampin' Up Simply Sketched which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections White and layered on River Rock and Bravo Burgundy.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up All Holidays stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite.

I have been having the most wonderful time stamping with watercolour crayons.  This is such an easy but effective stamping technique.  I really like this Simply Sketched stamp set for this technique.  They are quite easy to colour and I love the natural elements.  This card is a particular favourite.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Watercolour Butterfly

Hello everyone,

Today's watercolour card has a lovely stamped background.


The image is Impression Obsession Butterfly which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on a white of unknown origin.  The image is layered on a piece of shaving cream and re-inker paper and a rust Bazzill.  The background image is Impression Obsession Large Flourishes stamped in Stampin' Up Creamy Caramel and highlighted with Copper Pearl Liquid Pearls.  The sentiment is Gina K Framed Greetings stamped in Stampin' Up Early Espresso.

This is a background that works!  The lines of these flourishes work really well with the watercolour image.  I'm loving the warms colours of the stamped image and am thrilled that they work so great with this scrap of shaving creamed paper that I did almost a year ago.  This is a card I just love!

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Watercolour Dragonfly

Hello everyone,

Today's watercolour birthday card is also Asian inspired.


The image is Stampin' Up Asian Artistry which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections White and layered on Stampin' Up Sahara Sand.  The background image is Stampin' Up Watercolour Wash stamped in Altenew Limestone.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Warmest Regards stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite.

I really like using background stamps and thought I'd give it a try with a watercolour image.  I'm not sure if I like it or not.  It's still a somewhat clean and simple card and the ink colour in the background works well with the image panel.  I just think there is something 'off' but I can't quite figure out what it is.  I still like this card a lot, I just wish I could figure out what bothers me about it.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Watercolour Bamboo Birdie

Hello everyone,

Today's watercolour has the more Asian look and feel that I was hoping for with yesterday's card.


The image is Stampin' Up Asian Artistry which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections White and layered on a piece of Ranger alcohol inked glossy paper and a gold of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Rubbernecker Happy Birthday stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite on more Recollections White and layered on more gold.

This is a favourite!  It's quite clean and simple with the focus all on the image.  I stunned myself with how well the image stamped!  I found this scrap piece of alcohol inked paper in my stash and it worked perfectly with the colours in the image.  It's awesome when that happens!

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

Gisèle

Monday, September 18, 2017

Watercolour Blooms

Hello everyone,

Today's watercolour birthday card has a couple of beautiful blossoms.


The image is Stampin' Up Asian Artistry which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections White and layered on Stampin' Up Rich Razzleberry and Wild Wasabi, and Colorbök Energized Ombre.  The sentiment is Rubbernecker Happy Birthday stamped in Altenew Lava Rock and layered on more Rich Razzleberry.  The ribbon is Multicrafts.

This is a great stamp with which to use watercolour crayons.  It wasn't exactly the card I had in mind when I was stamping the image.  I intended the card to have a more Asian feel but I didn't have a coordinating oriental-styled printed paper that would work with the colours in the image.  The layout is a little staid but it's still a very lovely card.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Watercolour Tulips

Hello everyone,

The next dozen or so birthday cards use watercolour crayons instead of ink for stamping the images as well as a host of Stampin' Up stamps that I dusted off.


The image is Stampin' Up Blessed Easter which was coloured with a variety of Stampin' Up watercolour crayons and spritzed with water then stamped on Recollections White.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Short & Sweet stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite.  The focal panel was layered on Stampin' Up Rose Red and Garden Green.

This is one of my favourite stamping techniques.  I find it only really works with red rubber stamps.  It can be tricky, not enough water and the image won't stamp or, too much water and the image bleeds horribly.  I really have to dig out my not readily available supplies for this type of stamping so I tend to do a whole bunch of images at the same time.  With the seventy birthday cards in this series, I figured this was the perfect excuse to play.  I have a dozen or more images that I'll turn into some really great birthday cards.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, September 16, 2017

A Bit Of Bling

Hello everyone,

I've another really cheerful birthday card to post today.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a bright pink Bazzill.  The sentiment is Crafters Companion Die'sire die cut from Recollections White and layered on more bright pink Bazzill and Recollections White.  The ribbon is Multicrafts.  The embellishment is Forever In Time Ice.

I think this is another piece of scrap from the same collection as the paper from the cards of the past couple of days.  Although I love the multitude of bright colours in the last couple of cards, there is something so bright and crisp about this pink and white checked paper.  I love how the white die cut sentiment pops against the bright pink.  I also especially love the contrast between the simple checked pattern and the single bold bit of the bling.

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

Gisèle

Friday, September 15, 2017

Bright Zig Zag Wishes

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another birthday card uses more of the same paper collection as yesterday's card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a purple Bazzill.  The image is Stampin' Up Work of Art stamped in Altenew Midnight Violet on Recollections White.  The sentiment is Creative Expressions Amazing Sentiments also stamped in Midnight Violet on Recollections White and layered on more purple Bazzill.  The embellishments are Paper House 3D puffy stickers.

I think this bright zig zag printed paper is really wonderful.  It is clearly part of the same collection as yesterday's card because the colours are exactly the same.  I love them for these cheerful birthday cards.  I was also happily surprised at how well the puffy stickers coordinated with the paper.  I think these bright, beautiful cards will be great for winter birthdays.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Bright Daisy Wishes

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a bright and cheerful daisy birthday card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a bright pink Bazzill.  The sentiment is Creative Expressions Petite Scribbled Sentiments stamped in Stampin' Up Melon Mambo on Recollections White.  The daisy flower embellishment is a Paper House 3D puffy sticker.

This is such bright pretty paper.  It absolutely cried out for this large daisy sticker!  Both the paper and this set of puffy stickers are Crop A While donations.  With an embellishment this large, I found it best to keep everything pretty straightforward.  I really wanted the daisy to be the focal point.  I wasn't sure about the sticker as it's a very much a 'photo' image and I thought it might look weird against this background paper.  Once I got it on the card however I thought it actually looked quite pretty.  I think this is a wonderfully cheerful birthday card that would be great to receive in the depths of a cold Ottawa winter.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Neutral Paisleys

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card features a really lovely neutral paisley.


The printed paper is K&Company Studio 112 layered on a black Bazzill and Recollections Kraft.  The images are Impression Obsession Paisleys stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Recollections White.  The sentiment is Annabelle Stamps All Things Grow also stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and layered on more black and Kraft.  The sentiment panel is highlighted with Onyx Pearl Liquid Pearls.

When I came across this paper pad in the box of Crop A While donations I found it extremely appealing.  The pad contains a variety of prints that I thought would work great for masculine cards, especially in this colour palette.  Like butterflies and holly, I have a real soft spot for paisleys so when I came across this piece of paper I knew I'd use it for a card.  I don't think it's all that masculine but the neutral colours are still great for a more feminine card.  I was really impressed with the stamped paisleys.  These are really detailed stamps and the Versafine worked beautifully.  I like how well the font of the sentiment works with the lines in the paisleys.  It's always wonderful when the results are so pleasing.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Glorious Golden Wishes

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another birthday card featuring a butterfly.


The printed paper is Kaisercraft Elegance Collection layered on a gold of unknown origin and Close To My Heart Juniper.  The sentiment is Gina Marie All Seasons stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite on Stampin' Up Whisper White and layered on more Juniper.  The sentiment is highlighted with Gold Pearl Liquid Pearls.

I had to trim this piece of scrap so as not to cut away the butterflies that I really wanted to highlight.  I attempted to emboss the gold layer but by the time it went through my Big Shot, I lost the crispness of the images.  I decided to just leave the layer solid and I'm rather happy with the result.  The printed paper really pops and the butterflies are as prominent as I'd hoped.

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

Gisèle

Monday, September 11, 2017

Balloon Cake Topper

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card uses another awesome donated sticker.


The printed paper is of unknown origin.  The sticker is also of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Teeny Tiny Wishes stamped in Altenew Sapphire.

My biggest concern with this card is that it's so top heavy, I'm worried that it may not stay upright.  I really love this sticker as it's big, bold and beautiful.  I think it was previously enjoyed because the backing was off and one of the wires was missing it's topper.  I decide however to persevere and just run with it because it's actually such an awesome sticker, I couldn't resist.  I love the small sentiment in contrast to the big sticker.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bold Senitment

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card is ridiculously straightforward.


The background layers are Colorbök Watercolor Rainbow cardstock and Colorbök Energized Ombre cardstock.  The embellishment is of unknown origin highlighted with an embellishment of unknown origin and Turquoise Stickles.

This amazing sentiment sticker was found in the box of Crop A While donations.  It couldn't have been more perfect for a card in this birthday card series.  I originally thought I'd layer it on some printed paper but I really wanted this big, bold sticker to pop!  I found some great paper with which to coordinate.  I had actually forgotten that I'd had this great watercolor paper in my stash.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Butterflies In Blue

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another beautiful butterfly birthday card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a black Bazzill.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Happy Birthday stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.  The embellishments are TPC Studio So Delish mini jewels.

What I said yesterday about everything butterfly in my stash is ditto today.  This particular piece of donated scrap was especially appealing because the butterflies are blue, one of my favourite colours. This paper pops so spectacularly against the white and black.  The butterflies are a little large in scale for a card but that turned out to be a non-issue because of the layout, simple sentiment and minimal embellishments.  A fabulous result!

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

Gisèle

Friday, September 8, 2017

Bevy Of Butterflies

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card is all butterflies.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a Bazzill burgundy and a Bazzill green.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Curly Cute stamped in Bravo Burgundy on Recollections Vanilla and layered on more burgundy.  The butterfly embellishment was paper punched from more green that was coloured with Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen.  The butterfly and card are highlighted with Petal Pink Liquid Pearls.

Ever since I started cardmaking, I've had a real affinity for anything with butterflies - stamps, punches, dies, paper - it generally makes it into my stash.  I'm working hard to resist as the stash is ridiculous.  When I came across this paper in a box of donations from Crop A While, I didn't even think twice.  There were dozens of scraps and while I usually only keep one or two, I kept at least half a dozen of these pieces.  I love the colours and the scale of the butterflies is just perfect for cards.  I can't wait to craft more of these sweet butterfly cards.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Neutral And Serene

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card is the complete opposite of yesterday's card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up River Rock.  The images are Close To My Heart Brushstrokes stamped in River Rock and Stampin' Up Summer Silhouettes stamped in Altenew Evening Grey.  The sentiment is Impression Obsession Die 74-W Greeting Set die cut in Soft Suede.  The embellishments are My Mind's Eye Unforgettable "Firsts" enamel dots.

I love this card!  It's so wonderfully neutral and utterly serene.  It still uses the layered stamping technique that I love doing so very much.  I picked out this piece of paper in the box of donations expressly because it was perfect for stamping.  I added this this birthday die cut to my stash because I wanted some variety and this set offered some great options.  I had to play with the layout quite a bit to make it pleasing to the eye but the final results are awesome!

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A Total Mishmash

Hello everyone,

I think I was completely undecided when I was crafting today's birthday card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin.  The background images are Gina K Timeless Textures stamped in Close To My Heart Juniper and Twilight inks.  The sentiment is Gina K Block Greetings stamped in Altenew Jet Black on Stampin' Up Very Vanilla.  The sentiment panel is layered on more Very Vanilla that was stamped with Hero Arts La Letter stamped in more Twilight.  The embellishments are BasicGrey Metal Studs.

I'd like to say I didn't know what I was thinking when I went all angles and grunge with this card but I was so happy with the layered stamping on Sunday's card that I was looking to craft another card using the same technique.  Maybe I should have stopped while I was ahead.  This is a real mishmash of angles and textures that is totally outside of my comfort zone.  This isn't a bad card, it's just different.  I'm still going to include it in this commission as there could be a senior in residence who's a rebel!

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

Gisèle


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Spectacularly Striped

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card uses some great paper donated by Crop A While.


The printed paper is of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Penny Black Happy, Happy stamped in Stampin' Up Night of Navy on Very Vanilla.  The branch is cut from a piece of Ranger alcohol inked glossy paper with a Docrafts X Cut Leaves die.

I found this scrap of donated paper with a border already punched.  I don't know if it was punched separately or if the paper was manufactured with the border.  I was able to trim it perfectly even which makes me grateful that I used these smaller card bases.  It took me quite a while to figure out an embellishment so when I found this piece of alcohol inked paper in my stash, I was ecstatic!  The colours of the paper coordinate perfectly with the colours of the stripes.  I seriously doubt I could have replicated this happy accident on purpose.  It sent me to a very, very happy place!

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

Gisèle

Monday, September 4, 2017

Surefire Simple

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card was ridiculously simple.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up Soft Suede.  The sentiment is Stampabilities Happy Birthday 01 stamped in Close To My Heart Outdoor Denim on Recollections Vanilla.  The embellishment is Close To My Heart Round Durables.

I love everything about this amazing printed paper!  The colours and pattern were so appealing that I just added a solid layer, stamped a sentiment with a strong font in a coordinating colour and added a solid embellishment.  It probably took me more time to find an embellishment than to actually craft this super easy card.  Again, while I was originally thinking masculine, this card is pretty neutral overall.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Flip Side

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card uses the flip side of the paper used in yesterday's card.


The printed paper are of unknown origin.  The images are Stampin' Up Timeless Textures and BoBunny Falling Leaves stamped in Close To My Heart Whisper and Slate inks on Stampin' Up Very Vanilla.  The sentiment is Gina K Labeled With Love stamped in Altenew Jet Black.  The image/sentiment panel is layered on more printed paper.

I didn't realize how awesome the flip side of yesterday's striped paper was until I'd finished the card.  I decided to try an mimic the printed paper by doing some layered stamping.  I think it turned out rather well.  I thought this would be a very masculine card but it's actually quite neutral.I really enjoy layering images especially using subtly different ink colours.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, September 2, 2017

An Acorn Wish

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a more masculine birthday card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a Bazzill orange.  The sentiment is Rubbernecker Happy Birthday stamped in Stampin' Up Early Espresso on Recollections Vanilla and highlighted with Avocado Liquid Pearls.  The wooden embellishment is of unknown origin sponged with Altenew Autumn Blaze, Bamboo, Espresso, Firebrick, Mocha and Orange Cream.

I found a number of these wooden embellishments in the Crop A While box of donations.  I didn't quite know what I was going to do with them but I found them very appealing.  I decided this striped paper would make a perfect backdrop for this wooden oak leaf and acorn.  I'm not sure a busier background paper would have worked as well.  I also like the fall colours in the strips and figured if I echoed them when I sponged the embellishment, it would probably work out all right.  It's actually even better than I imagined.  This would be the perfect card for a nature lover!

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

Gisèle

Friday, September 1, 2017

Twinkling Wishes

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card is an example of productive play time.


The images are Stampin' Up Bordering on Romance stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with Close To My Heart gold embossing powder.  The images are painted with LuminArte Deep Coral, Forest Green and Mango Mambo Twinkling H20s.  The sentiment is Rubbernecker Best Wishes also stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed in Close To My Heart gold embossing powder.

I will never claim to be a painter but I get this yen every once in a while to try my skills.  In this particular case I'm more than happy to claim this card.  The painting  turned out way better than I ever expected!  Whenever I decide to try to paint, this is one of my go to images.  It's pretty easy to paint but still allows for some shading practice.  I like painting embossed images because it's a little easier to stay within the lines which allows me to focus more on shading.  I don't know why that is my biggest challenge.  Regardless, this is a great card and I'm thrilled with the painting.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, August 31, 2017

More Vintage Style

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card post is another sweet vintage card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up Basic Grey and Recollections Vanilla.  The image and sentiment are Stampin' Up Vintage Labels stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite and Stampin' Up Baja Breeze.  The ribbon is Multicrafts.  The embellishment is TPC Studio Wedding Silhouettes Pearlized Brads.

This is another favourite card!  I love all the vintage images on this printed paper.  It's so wonderfully feminine.  I don't often think of using grey as a layer but there are hints of it in some of the images so it rather made sense.  I love the colour combination. I used a very similar ribbon/embellishment combination on this earlier card because it added just that little bit of sparkle and interest without covering up all that much.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Summertime Wishes

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card is lovely and colorful!


The printed paper is of unknown origin (likely Graphic 45) layered on a Bazzill navy.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Tin of Cards stamped in Midnight Muse on Recollections Vanilla.  The embellishment is EK Success Mini Red Poppies.

I love this card!  The colours are really wonderful and the images are so happy!  I probably didn't need to add another poppy but it's got a great sparkly center.  This card couldn't have been easier thanks to the paper.  As with most of the 'Graphic 45' cards, I kept the layout very simple and the sentiment panel pretty small so that as much of the printed paper was as visible as possible.  I didn't even add a layer to the sentiment panel because the font was bold enough to have it pop without the extra layer.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Bitty Roses

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card is back to a more vintage style.


The printed papers are of unknown origin.  The images are Altenew Watercolor Wonders stamped on Recollections Vanilla with Altenew Coral Berry, Frosty Pink, Olive and Warm Sunshine, and Stampin' Up Pear Pizzazz, and highlighted with Wink of Stella Clear 999.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Its Your Birthday stamped in Altenew Jet Black.  The focal element is layered on more Recollections Vanilla and Stampin' Up Pool Party.

I just love this printed paper.  It reminds me of an old house dress or apron - thus the vintage.  I wanted to play with more of the Altenew stamps so turned to this great flower.  It's a very loose image, which probably would have worked better with yesterday's card.  In hindsight, yesterday's flowers probably would have worked better with today's card.  Oh well, both are still great birthday cards.

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

Gisèle

Monday, August 28, 2017

Vertical Wishes

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card post is the vertical of yesterday's card.


The printed paper is Heidi Grace Mini Flower Buds layered on a blue and a yellow of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Rubbernecker stamped in Altenew Persian Blue on Stampin' Up Very Vanilla.  The butterfly was punched from more blue paper that was covered with Crystal Glitter Ritz Warm Highlight Microfine glitter.  The embellishment is from Recollections.

Today's vertical version of this card uses the same printed paper as yesterday's card.  The layout is also the same but is vertical.  I choose to use different colours for the background because of the variety of colours in the printed paper.  The yellow paper actually has some texture which isn't visible in this photo.  I thought it was inspired to use more the blue for the butterfly.  Even glittered, it brings everything together.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Horizontal Wishes

Hello everyone,

The next two of birthday cards use the same elements but one is horizontal, the other vertical.


The printed paper is Heidi Grace Mini Flower Buds layered on a purple and a green Bazzill.  The sentiment is Creative Vision Simply Said stamped in Altenew Lavender Fields on Stampin' Up Very Vanilla.  The embellishments are Crafts Rhinestone Stickers.

I only had one small strip of this pretty printed paper but it was long enough to craft two cards.  I really like all the different colours in this paper as it makes it much easier to find coordinating colours.  This small strip also spurred me to figure out a bit of a different layout.  I've used this (or a very similar) layout in the past.  When it works, run with it.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Delightfully Dotted

Hello everyone,

Another wonderful masculine birthday card post for you today.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Close To My Heart Autumn Terracotta and Juniper.  The image is Stampin' Up Playful Backgrounds stamped in Stampin' Up River Rock on Very Vanilla and layered on more Juniper.  The sentiment is Avery Elle So Happy stamped in Stampin' Up Early Espresso.  The embellishments are Multicrafts.

I believe this printed paper is from the same source as yesterday's card as it has the exact same colours.  I was as drawn to the dots as I was to the plaid.  While I first thought that I could have chosen a better colour for the image, as I didn't use River Rock elsewhere in the card, but except for the layer under the sentiment, I used a different coordinating colour each time.  Just goes to show you can over think it all.

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

Gisèle

Friday, August 25, 2017

Perfect In Plaid

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card was crafted with the male species in mind.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up Early Espresso and Close To My Heart Juniper.  The sentiment is Close To My Heart Happy To Be Friends stamped in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla layered on more Early Espresso.  The embellishment is Recollections Cork Dots.

I can't just craft feminine birthday cards for this commission so when I came across this plaid, I knew it make a great masculine card.  I think the colours in this plaid are fabulous.  This was also the perfect way to incorporate a big bold banner, though I don't really need an excuse to add a banner to a card.  The lines in the font of the 'Happy' also work especially well with the lines in the plaid.  I love it when a card just comes together.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, August 24, 2017

All Roses

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card is all about roses.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a green also of unknown origin.  The images are Altenew Remember This stamped in Altenew Forest Glades, Frayed Leaf, Jet Black, Puffy Heart and Purple Wine on Stampin' Up Very Vanilla.  The image are cut with the coordinating Altenew die.  The sentiment is Sweet and Sassy stamped in Altenew Puffy Heart.

I couldn't resist these pink roses!  I don't necessarily think the detailed Altenew flowers were necessarily the best choice for image against the line drawings of the printed paper but not the worst choice.  I had the idea that I wanted to frame the sentiment with flowers and I just couldn't let it go. I still have another piece of the rose paper so we'll see what I come up with the next time.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Celebrated Wishes

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card uses a truly beautiful piece of donated paper.


The printed paper is of unknown origin (likely Graphic 45) layered on a green also of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Avant-Garden stamped in Altenew Jet Black on Recollections Vanilla.  The embellishments are My Mind's Eye Remarkable "Handsome" Dots.

I love this piece of printed paper.  I don't know the exact brand but it has the style of Graphic 45. I think the corals and pinks are really lovely and just pop against the bright greens.  This layout couldn't be simpler - a couple of layers and a sentiment.  It was done purposely so as not to cover any more of the printed paper than needed.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

More Beautiful Vintage Wishes

Hello everyone,

I think today's post is another really beautiful card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Close To My Heart Juniper.  The sentiment is Close To My Heart Joyful Birthday stamped in Juniper on Recollections Vanilla and layered on more Juniper.  The pearl embellishments are of unknown origin.

Isn't this the prettiest vintage paper?  I have quite a large piece with many card options so I just this carefully so as not to lose any of the gramophone image.  I love the soft colours and the flourishes and especially the gramophone!  The layout on most of these cards is extremely simple not only because this is a pretty large series but much of the paper is really pretty and I don't want to cover up any more of it than I have to.

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

Gisèle

Monday, August 21, 2017

Paris Inspiration

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another very vintage birthday card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up Baja Breeze and Early Espresso.  The sentiment is Close To My Heart Happy Birthday stamped in Early Espresso on Recollections Vanilla and highlighted with Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen.  The edge of the sentiment panel was punched with Martha Stewart's Quilted Edge punch.  The embellishments are Close To My Heart Blue Enamel Dots.

I don't quite know what it is about this printed paper but I just couldn't resist it for a card in this series.  It is very whimsical.  I love the variety of the colours.  The Early Espresso layer really makes this card pop.  This sentiment gave me considerable grief.  It was hard to get straight and the impression, obviously, wasn't as even as it should be.  I think the uneven ink application is actually a problem with my ink pad storage, which I'll try to fix by re-inking.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, August 20, 2017

All Teacups

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card is all teacups.


The printed paper is BoBunny Provence Porcelain layered on Close To My Heart Cocoa and Pacifica.  The sentiment is Creative Expressions Amazing Sentiments stamped in Stampin' Up Early Espresso on Recollections Vanilla and layered on more Pacifica.  The ribbon is Multicrafts.  The embellishment is TPC Studio Wedding Silhouettes Pearlized Brad.

I'm a big, big tea drinker so I find this paper quite appealing.  To be fair however it took me a little bit to figure out I was looking at teacups.  Great idea, not the best execution.  I chose this gold ribbon because I felt it was wonderful with the vintage aspect of the teacups.  The brad was more of a pain than I'd figured because it just didn't want to stick to the knot of the ribbon.  Once I used both glue and glue dots, it stuck and by golly it's stuck good!

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

Gisèle

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Patchwork Flower

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card is a great way to use up some smaller scraps.


The printed papers are BasicGrey.  The pink squares are of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Close To My Heart Joyful Birthday stamped in Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow and highlighted with Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen.  The embellishment is Marianne Design Flowers highlighted with Lime Green Stickles.

I don't think I've made one of these quilt flowers in eons.  I thought it would be particularly appropriate for this series of cards.  I actually remembered to keep it very simple otherwise the flower can easily get lost.  I actually quite like how the this big size flower really pops!  I'm particularly happy with the results.

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

Gisèle

Friday, August 18, 2017

More Vintage Roses

Hello everyone,

I found another beautiful piece of rose paper for today's card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a shimmery pink also of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Creative Expressions Amazing Sentiments stamped in Stampin' Up Early Espresso on Recollections Vanilla the embellishment is of unknown origin.

I love these roses.  This card came together very quickly with this really simple layout.  I offset the sentiment to the left so there would be room for the flower.  I had added the pearl center to the metal flower a long time ago and I've no idea where either the pearl or the flower are from.  Again, I'm using up some supplies that I've had for a long, long time so I don't always know the origin.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Glorious In Green

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card uses a beautiful piece of scrap paper.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow.  The sentiment is Close To My Heart Joyful Birthday stamped in Mossy Meadow on Recollections Vanilla.  The ribbon is Close To My Heart.

I love this green wrought iron fence.  I trimmed carefully to make sure that I didn't cut off to much of the beautiful flourishes.  I found this ribbon and believe it's from an old, old Close To My Heart kit.  I didn't feel the need to layer the sentiment as it doesn't get 'lost' against the background paper.  A great result.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Vintage Roses

Hello everyone,

Today's birthday card uses some great die cuts.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Close To My Heart Canary.  The sentiment is die cut from more Canary with Crafter's Companion Die'sire Happy Birthday then highlighted with Wink of Stella Clear 999.  The butterfly is cut from a piece of watercolour paper spritzed with watered and smooshed with Stampin' Up watercolour crayons, using Joy Crafts Vintage Flourishes 6003/0023 die.  The butterfly is also highlighted with Wink of Stella Clear 999.  The embellishments are Crafts Rhinestone Stickers.

This series of birthday cards is for a Senior's residence so I'm going to be crafting a number of vintage styled cards.  This yellow rose paper is wonderfully vintage.  I especially like the bright yellow sentiment that works pretty decently with the flowers.  It was much more of a challenge to find a scrap of green that also worked for the butterfly.  I don't often craft cards without stamping but figure with 70 cards on order, this die cut will come in handy.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Autumn Birthday

Hello everyone,

Today's post is one of a series of 70 commissioned birthday cards that I'll be posting over the next few weeks/months.  I was going to post them all much later in order to take a bit of a blog holiday but I've nothing else to post at the moment.


The printed papers are of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Curly Cute stamped in Altenew Firebrick on Recollections Vanilla and layered on a dark glittering brown of unknown origin.  The butterfly, die cut from more dark glittering brown, is Joy Crafts Floral Flourishes 6003/0006.  The embellishments are Queen & Co Chocolate Delight Rox.

Seventy birthday cards is probably the maximum I could handle in one commission.  It's a lot of cards.  I'm going to take advantage to use some I've the multitude of scraps pieces that I've got in my paper stash.  These are the smaller sized card bases which I find are great for scraps.  This project also gave me the excuse to go through all the scraps of white and vanilla that I always set aside for sentiments but then never seem to get around to using.

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

Gisèle

Monday, August 14, 2017

Celebrating 70

Hello everyone,

Today's card was commissioned for a gentleman whose celebrating his 70th birthday.


The image is Gina K Follow Your Dreams stamped in StazOn Timber Brown and painted with Rebhan watercolor paints.  The image panel is layered on Core'dinations Jim Holtz Kraft-core.  The sentiment is Bonnidee French Wording #1 stamped in Stampin' Up Early Espresso on Recollections Vanilla and layered on Early Espresso.  The embellishment is My Mind's Eye Sleight Bells Ring Wooden Dots.

As those who follow I SPI know, I don't often craft cards with scenes let alone painted ones.  This was actually my first attempt and I was so pleasantly surprised with the results.  I do find watercolor painting a lot more forgiving than markers.  The gentlemen receiving this card loves the outdoors.  He has a boat and loves to fish.  This seemed the most appropriate of cards to craft for him.  I hope he likes it.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Fifty Years Celebrated

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a special anniversary card that was commissioned by a girlfriend for her parents 50th wedding anniversary.


The printed paper is Anna Griffin Georgette Christmas Collection layered on a shimmery ivory of unknown origin and Chrome Gold Foil.  The sentiment is Just Rite Large Fancy Sentiments stamped in Tsukineko Brilliance Lightning Black on Recollections White and layered on more Chrome Gold Foil.  The die cuts are Sizzix Scribbler Swirls cut from more Chrome Gold Foil.  The embellishments are Mark Richards 3mm gold metals.

I really like crafting 50th anniversary cards.  It's the perfect excuse to get out the gold and just flourish it up big.  The printed paper is actually Christmas paper but I think it works just wonderfully for this card.  I do love the glitter of this print.  My girlfriend was extremely pleased with the card.  I hope her parents have a wonderful celebration!

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

Gisèle

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Birthday Bears

Hello everyone,

My sister's birthday was earlier this week and I made her this special birthday card.


The background image is Stampin' Up Watercolor Wash stamped in Altenew Frayed Leaf.   The images is Serendipity Stamps stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and coloured with Tombow markers.  The bamboo die cut is Joy Crafts Orientals 6002/0230 in Bazzill green, sponged with Altenew Moss and highlighted with Wink of Stella Clear 999.  The sentiment is Gina Marie All Seasons stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.

Both my daughter and my sister have a special love of panda bears so over the years I've acquired more than a few panda stamps.  This pair are particularly sweet and quite easy to stamp.  Give the stash of stamps, when I came across this bamboo die, I thought it would be a good addition.  I quite like the added dimension it gives to this card.  I think my sister will be pleased.

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

Gisèle

Friday, August 11, 2017

A Special 80th Birthday

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a special birthday card for a friend of my Mom's.


The printed paper is Close To My Heart Brushed layered on Hollyhock and Canary.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Perfectly Penned stamped in Hollyhock of Recollections Vanilla and layered on more Hollyhock.  The ribbon is Sheer Creations.  The embellishment is K&Company DI Rough & Tumble Vehicles.  The card is highlighted with Fruit Punch Stickles.

When my mother asked for this card, she requested an airplane be included as she met her friend on a flight.  It's a little strange but they met on a plane and it is a memorable occasion that my mother wanted to acknowledge.  I hadn't intended to use the same paper as yesterday's card but it worked so well with this pink and red airplane, I didn't end up considering any others.  I will admit, I didn't have a lot of time to get creative so I decided to just keep it very simple.  I suspect, given the time constraints, I would have just ended up frustrated if I'd tried anything too complicated and that is not the point of either crafting cards nor for celebrating a friend's 80th birthday.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Flowering Retirement

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a retirement card that was commissioned by a colleague.


The printed paper is Close To My Heart Brushed layered on Close To My Heart Black and Pear.  The sentiment is Bonnidee French Wording #1 stamped in Altenew Jet Black on Recollections White and layered on more Black and Pear.  The images are Altenew Painted Butterflies stamped in Altenew Jet Black, Rose Quartz, Puffy Heart, Purple Wine and Cosmic Berry.  The embellishments are Kaisercraft Light Pink Rhinestones.

This is such a pretty card.  I love the flowery paper and it's cheery colours.  The butterflies were one of those irresistible additions.  Any chance I can find to use Altenew multi-step stamps, I will.  I thought adding the layers of black would make both the paper and sentiment pop just that little bit more.  I also think it grounds things somewhat.  I really like the result so expect to see a little more of this type of layering.  This was a custom card and of the parameters I was given, garden and butterflies were on the list so it came together quite easily.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Swallowtail Sympathy

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the last of the cards I had crafted before 'Christmas In July'.


The printed papers are Momenta Denise Urban.  The image is Stampin' Up Swallowtail stamped in Close To My Heart Desert Sand on a vanilla of unknown origin and layered on more Momenta.  The sentiment is Gina K Framed Greeting stamped in Stampin' Up Early Espresso.

I didn't something new with this card by slightly distressing the edges with a sanding block.  I didn't want too much distress but just enough so the printed papers would pop a bit against the kraft card base.  It actually worked better than I intended.  I'm sure I've mentioned this previously but I can't say enough how much I love this image.  The size and fine detail are striking every single time I use it.  I thought it was particularly effective for a sympathy card.  There was something about the vintage feeling of this paper that lead me to craft a sympathy card and I'm really happy with the results.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A Pop Of Red

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another card that I had crafted in June.


The background image is Hero Arts Old Letter Writing stamped in Altenew Sand Dunes on a vanilla of unknown origin and layered on Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow.  The image is Penny Black Inclinations stamped in Altenew Moss.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Thank You Messages stamped in Stampin' Up Early Espresso.  The butterfly is Altenew Painted Butterflies stamped in Early Espresso and Altenew Crimson and Velvet.  It was cut with the coordinating die.

I really love layered stamping!  I think this card is all the more interesting because of the layers of inked images.  I'm loving the pop of red with this butterfly.  The kraft card base is rather unusual (at least for me) too.  This card base is from Recollections and I'm not all that happy with them because it doesn't have a lot of weight and is somewhat flimsy.  You certainly couldn't use anything especially heavy or the card wouldn't stand.

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

Gisèle

Monday, August 7, 2017

Wonderfully Watercoloured

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a card I crafted at the end of June.


The printed paper is Ken Oliver Watercolored Memories layered on Stampin' Up Whisper White and Lovely Lavender.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Another Thank You stamped in Altenew Desert Night on Whisper White and layered on more Ken Oliver and Whisper White.  The ribbon is Sheer Creations.  The embellishment is of unknown origin.

This is the greatest printed paper.  Both sides have the same beautiful watercoloured images but one side is pale while the other is bold.  I used both sides on this card.  It took me forever to get a clean impression with this stamp.  I kept getting little splash marks which  meant the ink pad I was using (originally Close To My Heart Outdoor Denim) was too wet and/or I was pressing too hard.  It was frustrating but I'm glad I persevered because the final result is wonderful!

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

Gisèle

Sunday, August 6, 2017

In Lavender

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the last Christmas card of the extended 'Christmas In July' series.


The printed paper is of unknown origin.  The background text panel is a stamp of unknown origin stamped in an ink of unknown origin on a white of unknown origin and layered on Close To My Heart Gypsy.  The image is Rubber Stampede Santa Collage stamped in Altenew Deep Iris on a Bazzill white and layered on more Gypsy.  The image is highlighted with Lavender Stickles.

I know Santa should not be purple but this snowflake paper just cried out for purple!  All the elements in this card stem from the donated printed paper which I thought worked particularly well with the donated light blue card base.  Given the busy background paper, the busy text panel and the very detailed image, I chose to layer with a solid paper to break up all the patterns.  I don't think these three patterns would work so well together if  they weren't separated by the Gypsy.

I have really enjoyed crafting all of the cards in this year's Christmas In July series.  There will be more Christmas cards to come as I've a few holiday orders and a swap still to craft.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, August 5, 2017

In Black

Hello everyone,

For today's Christmas card I decided to stamp the image is black.


The printed paper is Echo Park The Story of Christmas.  The background text panel is a stamp of unknown origin stamped in an ink of unknown origin on a white of unknown origin.  The image is Rubber Stampede Santa Collage stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on a Bazzill white and layered on a Bazzill green.  The image is highlighted with Black Soot Stickles.

Sometimes it's just right to stamped an image in black.  Versafine is the perfect ink for stamping this image and this is a great impression.  This card traditional all the way around.  

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

Gisèle

Friday, August 4, 2017

In Red And White

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a pretty traditional Christmas card using all those same elements I've been experimenting with for the past few days.


The printed paper is of unknown origin.  The background text panel is a stamp of unknown origin stamped in an ink of unknown origin on a white of unknown origin.  The image is Rubber Stampede Santa Collage stamped in Altenew Velvet a on Bazzill white and layered on more printed paper.  The image is highlighted with Silver Stickles.

This is another sheet of donated paper that I found very appealing.  I don't often gravitate to stripes but after loving this Christmas In July card I wanted to give it another try.  It actually turned out better than expected.  It's rather like a piece of candy.  I didn't use any solid papers for layering because I really like the look of the strips and didn't want to break them up any more than necessary.  

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

Gisèle