Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Simplement père noël

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the french version of yesterday's card.


The printed paper is American Crafts Stockings layered on Bazzill red and green.  The sentiment is Bonnidee C'est Noël stamped in Stampin' Up Real Red on Recollections White.  The embellishment is Crafts Wooden Stickers.

I figured out simple for using these wooden stickers!  The only challenge for this Santa was to hid the weird yellow bell in his hand.  I'm quite familiar with the 'cover-up' which was perfect for this application. I did add a dimensional on the left side of the sentiment but just used glue on the right side.  I love this one!

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

Gisèle

Monday, July 24, 2017

Simply Santa

Hello everyone,

I'm back on track with the wooden Christmas stickers.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Bazzill red and green.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Very Merry Christmas stamped in Stampin' Up Real Red on a white of unknown origin.  The embellishments is Crafts Wooden Stickers.

Sometimes the best option is to just keep it simple.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, July 23, 2017

All Santas

Hello everyone,

Today's card is a blip in the wooden sticker series.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Bazzill white.  The sentiment is Technique Tuesday Jingle All The Way stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on more Bazzill white and layered on Bazzill Red Devil.  The card is highlighted with Diamond Stickles.

This card was suppose to use another sweet wooden sticker but once I got everything together, the wooden stickers just didn't work.  I thought, given how busy yesterday's background paper was, this Santa paper would work equally well.  I was wrong.  Every sticker I laid out either got lost or looked awful against the all these images.  Instead of getting frustrated by the issue, I just decided to add some Stickles and let it go.  Funnily, I really like this card!  It's as fun as yesterday's! Go figure!

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

Gisèle

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Christmas Reindeer

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas cards uses some wooden stickers I found at the local dollar store.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Bazzill white and green.  The sentiment is Annabelle Stamps Jeweled Tree stamped in Stampin' Up Real Red of more Bazzill white.  The embellishment is Crafts Wooden Stickers.

I fell in love with these wooden stickers at the dollar store, buying a few different packages.  The next few cards will use them in few different ways.  I didn't originally intend to add a sentiment as the printed paper more than covers it but as I was pulling it all together I felt the sticker needed an anchor and though I tried a ribbon, it just wasn't working.  I offset the sentiment a little to accommodate the rocking horse and I quite like the end result.  This is a really fun card!

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

Gisèle

Friday, July 21, 2017

Very Vintage Italian

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas card is the last one using the Italian paper that I found in my stash.


The printed paper is Grafiche Tassotti layered on a vanilla of unknown origin and Bazzill navy.  The sentiment is Rubbernecker stamped in Stampin' Up Midnight Muse on more vanilla of unknown origin.  The embellishment is Dress It Up.

This is another very beautiful piece of Christmas paper.  Unfortunately, it's not a great scale for cards, especially smaller card bases.  I had to be very careful cutting for this layout otherwise I would have cut off some of the images.  I know I will lose a lot of this sheet because of the images but they're so lovely, I'll live with it.  I left the rest of the card very simple, again, not wanting to cover up any more of the printed images than necessary.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, July 20, 2017

All Snowflakes

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another Christmas card crafted with some great Italian paper.


The printed paper is Grafiche Tassotti layered on Bazzill Bitter Chocolate.  The sentiment is Cornish Heritage Farms stamped in Stampin' Up Early Espresso on Recollections Vanilla.  The embellishments were punch from more Bitter Chocolate and highlighted with White Opal Liquid Pearls.

I really like this paper with it's beautiful snowflakes and vintage feel.  I'm not sure what I was thinking however with dark brown snowflakes.  I know the brown makes them visible against the paper and the sentiment but snowflakes shouldn't be brown.  In hindsight, I should have made a brown vertical strip, wider than the sentiment, affixed the sentiment then punched vanilla snowflakes.  This isn't a bad card, it's just a little weird.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Pine Cones And Ribbon

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas card uses another sheet of vintage Italian paper.


The printed paper is Rossi layered on Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow.  The images are Stampin' Up Watercolor Winter stamped in Mossy Meadow and Altenew Espresso and Mocha, on Recollections Vanilla.  The sentiment is Fiskars Vintage Christmas stamped in Mocha.

This paper has such traditional images, I couldn't resist adding it my cart.  I intended to use it for more masculine cards, and it will still work, but the ribbons are a lot more feminine than I thought they'd be.  I love this Stampin' Up stamp set.  Not only are the images wonderful but it's a two-step set that I really enjoy using.  This sentiment is also one of my favourites for vintage-style cards.  In the hopes of a masculine card, I didn't add any extra embellishments or glitter.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

More Traditional Holly

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas card uses another piece of vintage Italian holly paper.


The printed paper is Rossi layered on a shimmery gold and red of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Very Merry Christmas stamped in Altenew Jet Black on Recollections Vanilla and layered on more red.  The banners are punched from more shimmery gold.  The red gems are of unknown origin.

The images on this sheet of paper has a much better scale.  This is a very traditional sentiment, in keeping with the vintage aspect of the paper.  I think the font also works really well with the holly.  The red isn't a perfect match with the berries but it's the best I had available.  I used the shimmery gold because the images also have a hint of gold - hard to tell in this photo.  I love this card.

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

Gisèle

Monday, July 17, 2017

Traditional Holly

Hello everyone,

The next few posts are Christmas cards that use some beautiful Italian paper that I bought years ago but only recently 'found' in my stash.


The printed paper is Rossi layered on Stampin' Up Soft Suede.  The sentiment is Inkadinkado stamped in Soft Suede on Recollections Vanilla and layered on more Soft Suede.  The ribbon is Multicrafts.

This paper was purchased years ago at the online store 32° North when I was looking for vintage Christmas papers.  It is actually decoupage paper so the scale of the images is not great but with careful trimming, I can make it work.  It also come is pretty large sizes - 19.5" x 13.5", which is challenging because it doesn't fit into my paper cutter.  All that said, I love the final result and I certainly won't shy away from using this great paper.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Bold Christmas

Hello everyone,

Today's card uses another holiday die cut that I recently acquired.


The printed paper is Stampin' Up This Christmas layered on Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.  The sentiment is Joy! Crafts die 6002/2027 cut from Stampin' Up Basic Black and layered on Very Vanilla.  The embellishment is a Recollections brad.

This is the last card using the Stampin' Up This Christmas designer series paper that was gifted to me by a girlfriend.  It also uses the second Joy! Crafts sentiment die that I bought recently.  Again I chose to use black in order to make the sentiment pop even more.  This die is quite a bit longer than yesterday's so unless I used the same layout, this had to be a horizontal card.  I figured it would be a great masculine Christmas card so I added only a brad, no sparkle or glitter.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Bold Holidays

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas card uses a new die cut that I picked up during Ecstasy Crafts 150th sale.


The printed paper is Stampin' Up This Christmas layered on Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.  The sentiment is Joy! Crafts die 6002/2028 cut from Stampin' Up Basic Black and layered on Recollections Vanilla and more Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.  The card is highlighted with Diamond Stickles.

It's not often that I craft a card without stamping.  This past year I began using a few die cut sentiments that were donated (by Crop A While) and really liked the results.  I decided to look for a few Christmas dies and was quite pleased to find today's (and tomorrow's) on sale.  I chose to use black paper because I thought it would back this bold font even more bold.  I think it works great because the rest of the card is so simple.

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

Gisèle

Friday, July 14, 2017

More Stampin' Up Christmas

Hello everyone,

Today's post demonstrates that when something is working, run with it!


The printed papers are Stampin' Up This Christmas.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Seasonal Sayings - Christams stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Very Vanilla and layered on Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.  The embellishment is Martha Stewart Woodland Felt Icon Die-cuts.

This printed paper was gifted to me by a girlfriend.  I just love the delicate but somewhat retro images.  I just love the hints of black which I think works especially well against the vanilla.  It was what prompted me to use this sentiment, stamped in black.  I really love this sentiment and could really use it for every card.  This great poinsettia embellishment isn't the perfect shade of red but it's so perfectly Christmas I couldn't resist adding it.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wonderfully Winter

Hello everyone,

I so liked yesterday's card, I decided to craft another with some more of the Stampin' Up Christmas stash.


The printed paper is Stampin' Up Home For Christmas layered on Mint Macaroon and Mossy Meadow.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Wondrous Wreath stamped in Real Red on Very Vanilla and layered on more Real Red.  The pearl embellishments are of unknown origin.

This is one of my favourite papers in this series of papers.  Once again, the scale is just perfect for cards.  I used my recently acquired triple banner punch which I'm absolutely loving!  I just love the pop of Real Red.  It is wonderful with the hints of red in the printed paper and just pops against the mint macaroon.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Stampin' Up Greetings

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas card is pretty much a Stampin' Up card.


The printed paper is Stampin' Up Home For Christmas layered on Mint Macaroon and Delightful Dijon.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Curly Cute stamped in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla.  The embellishments are Crafts Rhinestone Stickers.

I don't understand why I balk at all Stampin' Up cards.  Maybe because I can spot them a mile away or maybe because I've got so many different products that I love to mix and match.  The most wonderful thing about Stampin' Up products is how perfectly they work together.  The colours are true so it's really easy to combine prints and solids.  Why wouldn't you?  I wouldn't normally choose mint for a Christmas card but it, as well as the dijon, just make the colours of the printed paper pop!

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Christmas In Purple

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a fantastic non-traditional coloured card with a traditional sentiment.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up Blackberry Bliss.  The sentiment is Altenew Halftone Holiday stamped in Blackberry Bliss on a vanilla of unknown origin and cut with the coordinating die.  The card is highlighted with Diamond Stickles.

I think this is one of my favourite cards so far this month.  I love the pattern and the colours.  This was another Crop A While donation.  As there was a fair bit of it, I anticipate crafting multiple similar cards using different colours.  What a lovely set that would be.

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

Gisèle

Monday, July 10, 2017

Sprigs Of Holly

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas card is full of holly.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Bazzill green.  The sentiment is Bonnidee C'est Noel stamped in Altenew Olive on Stampin' Up Very Vanilla.  The ribbon is Crafts.  The embellishment is Jolee's Boutique Holly Repeats.

It's inevitable that when I'm in Christmas card mode, I'll craft some holly cards.  I found a pretty decent size scrap of this holly paper from the Crop A While donations.  I decided to use the sole vertical French Christmas sentiment is my stash because I didn't want to cover up any more of this great paper than necessary.  This sentiment is not too wide and it is the perfect scale for this size card.  The ribbon and stickers add just that extra bit of sparkle that make this a really great, if somewhat simple, Christmas card.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, July 9, 2017

A Little Vintage Christmas

Hello everyone,

Today’s post is another charity card for this month’s ‘Christmas In July’ series.


The patterned paper is of unknown origin layered on Bazzill red and black.  The sentiment is Bonnidee Christmas Wording #3 stamped in Altenew Jet Black on Stampin’ Up Very Vanilla.  The embellishments are Want 2 Scrap Red Baby Bling.

This vintage-feeling card is pretty simple.  I found the paper among the great donations from Crop A While.  I really love Santa’s image.  I ended up doing a cover-up with the sentiment which hides a partial ‘Merry Christmas’.  It looked really strange when I trimmed the paper to fit the card base so this seemed a pretty obvious solution.  Overall, this card was quick and easy with a really great result.

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


Gisèle

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Wreaths And Ribbon

Hello everyone,

Today's post is an extraordinarily simple French card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a Bazzill red and dark green.  The sentiment is Bonnidee C'est Noel stamped in Stampin' Up Soft Suede on a vanilla of unknown origin and layered on more dark green Bazzill.  The ribbon is Ribbon Bowtique.

This is another charity sale card.  Some French cards are needed but I've only a couple of French sentiment sets as well as a couple borrowed from a girlfriend.  I can get bored re-using the same sentiments but once I retire, the number of French cards I needed will be limited.  I love this printed paper, the wreaths are so beautiful.  I debated using an image but this is a smaller card base so it would have covered too much of the paper.  I thought a lovely ribbon was a nice way to complement the images.

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

Gisèle

Friday, July 7, 2017

Vintage Poinsettia

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a pretty vintage poinsettia card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a gold also of unknown origin.  The image is Deep Red stamped in Stampin' Up Soft Suede on a vanilla of unknown origin.  The poinsettia is painted with LuminArte Mango Mamba, Olive Vine and Poppy Red Twinkling H2Os.  The sentiment is Rubbernecker also stamped in Soft Suede on an unknown vanilla and layered on more gold.

I was in the mood for some painting and thought a little shimmer wouldn't hurt.  This is a pretty flimsy card base and it's also quite a dark red so I added a panel on the inside.  I figured with the extra panel and the top layers, it would be a little more stable.  I love this poinsettia paper and chose the image carefully because I knew I'd cut it out and didn't want anything too intricate.  I'm especially pleased with out the green leave pop!

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

Gisèle

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Snowflake Celebration

Hello everyone,

Today's post has no red or green in sight.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Recollections White.  The sentiment is Stamp Barn stamped in Altenew Dusk on Recollections White.  The banner was punched from a mirrored silver of unknown origin.  The snowflake brad is of unknown origin.

I never craft Christmas cards without doing a few that are non-traditional.  This paper couldn't work any better with this silver/grey card base.  Though the sentiment may be a little on the formal side for the paper, it was the perfect size and scale for what I had in mind.  Finding a perfect ink colour was pretty easy now that I have the Altenew inks.  I recently ordered the triple banner punch from Stampin' Up and wanted an excuse to use it.  It did not disappoint!

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A Christmas Tag

Hello everyone,

Today's post uses more of the surplus card bases from my stash.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up Bravo Burgundy.  The sentiment is Stampabilities Merry Christmas 06 stamped in Bravo Burgundy.  The embellishment is K & Company Susan Winget Glad Tidings Word Adhesive Chipboard.

I have a bunch of coloured card bases that have coordinating tags but this vanilla one is the only one suitable for Christmas cards.  I've no idea where they came from.  It's a pretty yellow vanilla so I chose this somewhat vintage paper (donated from Crop A While) and think it works wonderfully.  I went outside my box by placing the tag on an angle.  It all works really well and was very quick and easy.  The hardest part was finding a suitable embellishment.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Santa's Window II

Hello everyone,

Yesterday's card turned out so well (notwithstanding the smooshed ink on the inside) that I decided to try again with a red card base.


The image is Rubber Stamped Santa Collage stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with Stampin' Up white embossing powder.  The sentiment is Technique Tuesday Jingle All The Way also stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with Stampin' Up white embossing powder.  The embellishments are Recollections enamel dots.

I knew that using this red card base would require embossing for any image/sentiment to work.  Unfortunately, this image is so detailed, it wasn't the best choice for heat embossing.  I did everything right, I used my embossing buddy, I tried not to press the stamp to hard, I wasn't overly generous with the embossing powder, but the image still isn't as sharp as I would have liked.  The sentiment is perfect!  I'll likely keep this card for myself too just because the quality of the image isn't what I'd want to put forward for the sale.

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

Gisèle

Monday, July 3, 2017

Santa's Window

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas card has the most wonderful window panel.


The image is Rubber Stampede Santa Collage stamped in Altenew Desert Night ink.  The sentiment is Technique Tuesday Jingle All The Way also stamped in Desert Night.  The embellishments are TPC Studio Heartfelt Travel mini jewels.

I've had this card base for years but never had the nerve to try a card.  It was a little finicky trying to get the image properly centered.  I'm grateful for Post-It Notes.  This card, as beautifully clean and simple as it is, won't be going in the charity sale because I managed to smoosh some blue ink from my fingers onto the inside.  I tried my best to cover them up but it's really hard to hide dark blue ink. Thankfully it was on the inside, not the front. I'm going to use it for myself as I know a few people who won't mind a few blotches.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Poinsettia Row

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a traditional green and red.


The printed paper is Echo Park I Love Christmas layered on Close To My Heart Clover Meadow.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Merry Christmas Writing stamped in Close To My Heart Cranberry on Recollections White and layered on more Cranberry.  The card is highlighted with Diamond Stickles.

I have a collection of random card bases in my stash, as well as a ton which have been donated, so this Christmas in July I'm challenging myself to use them up.  The majority of these cards will be donated to the office charity card sale this fall and we always sell a lot of Christmas cards.  This is the perfect red card base for a Christmas card and it worked perfectly with this last little piece of poinsettia strip that I had on hand.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Christmas In July Eh!

Hello everyone,

Happy Canada Day!

Today marks I SPI's Christmas In July series.


The printed paper is of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Magenta stamped in Stampin' Up Real Red on Recollections White and layered on more Real Red.  The card is highlighted with Diamond Stickles.

Today Canada celebrates it's 150th so this card is all about red and white.  It's simple and cheerful and Canadian, eh!

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

Gisèle

Friday, June 30, 2017

Bold Blue Thanks

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the last thank you card that I crafted for my daughter.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up Cameo Coral.  The die cut sentiment is of unknown origin.  The butterfly is punched from more Cameo Coral and painted with LuminArte Ice Twinkling H2Os.  The flower embellishment is of unknown origin.

This sentiment was originally linked with two horizontal strips but I cut them off because I thought just the simple lettering would be more interesting against this beautiful butterfly paper.  I'm grateful there are some blue butterflies to go with the letters.  I played with a number of butterfly options but in the end decided a simple punched butterfly with a bit of shimmer would do the trick.  I think it turned out rather well in the end.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Bright And Bold

Hello everyone,

Today's thank you card is so bright and pretty.


The printed paper is BasicGrey Euphoria layered on Stampin' Up Gable Green and Whisper White.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up So Very Much stamped in Melon Mambo and Altenew Parrot on Whisper White and highlighted with Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen.  The banners are punched from more Gable Green.  The embellishments are Recollections Glitter Adhesive Dots.

This is a piece of very bright and busy paper.  It is lovely but can be really hard to use in terms of colour coordination.  I've got enough of the Gable Green left to use up the sheet as it's really the only green that works well.  Melon Mambo also works well so that is the ink colour I usually turn to.  I love this set of sentiments.  There is something about the clean lines of this large 'thank you' that does it for me.

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

Gisèle


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Owl Thanks

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another thank you card crafted for my daughter.


The printed paper is Joy Crafts Owl's World layered on Stampin' Up Early Espresso.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Small Greeting stamped in Early Espresso on Recollections White.  The ribbon is Crafts.  The embellishment is of unknown origin.

My daughter belongs to a sorority at her university and one of their symbols is an owl so I figured this paper would be perfect for a thank you card.  I took my time cutting so I wouldn't lose too many of the hearts and the owls would still be the focus.  I've had this set of sentiments for eons but don't know why they don't get used all that often as they're really wonderful and easy.  They fit the Stampin' Up tag punch perfectly.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sweetly Simple

Hello everyone,

The next few posts are thank you card that my daughter asked me to craft.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up Soft Sky.  The sentiment is also of unknown origin stamped in Stampin' Up Rich Razzleberry on Recollections White and highlighted with Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen.  The embellishments are Crafts Rhinestone Strips.

I've always loved this whimsical paper and thought it would be perfect for one of my daughter's thank you cards.  It's a very simple card/layout with just minimal elements.  The rhinestones add just enough bling to make it special.

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

Gisèle

Monday, June 26, 2017

Bee Botanical

Hello everyone,

Today’s post is the last of the charity cards that I’ve crafted to feed the I SPI blog while I’m on holidays.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a Bazzill Green and Mustard.  The sentiment is Stampin’ Up Painted Petals stamped in Altenew Paper Bag on an ivory of unknown origin and layered on more Bazzill Green.  The bee brad is of unknown origin.

For some reason botanical papers really appealed to me for this series.  As I was trying to choose a sentiment I thought it was time to craft a card with a non-standard sentiment.  I have plenty of these types of sentiments but rarely use them.  This sentiment needed to be quite bold as it has to compete with all the text on the printed paper.  I played with a number of different inks before settling on this dark orange because I didn't find black or brown was enough of a contrast.  I've had this bee brad for ages and I think it may have come from the Dollar Store.  The yellow on the bee was really pale so I brightened it up with a Sharpie and actually surprised myself with the result.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Quick Botanical Wishes

Hello everyone,

Today’s post was another quick and easy birthday card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin (likely Graphic 45) layered on a dark brown Bazzill.  The sentiment is Creative Vision Simply Said stamped in Stampin’ Up Early Espresso on an ivory of unknown origin.  The embellishments are Pebbles Brown Pearl Candy Dots. 

This is a really wonderful piece of botanical paper.  The colours and details are just beautiful.  This is a super quick and easy card with four straight forward elements and a simple layout.  I was inspired to place the sentiment off the paper because I didn't want to cover up too much of the berries or the moth.  I didn't really need to add the brown pearls but I thought it worked with the vintage aspect of the paper.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, June 24, 2017

All Autumn

Hello everyone,

Today’s post is an unequivocal autumn birthday card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Bazzill Rust and Bazzill Mustard.  The sentiment is a Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Happy Birthday die cut from a dark brown Bazzill.  The ribbon is Michael’s Special Value.  The leaf brad is of unknown origin.

I think this is one of the most wonderful autumn papers I've ever come across.  The scale of the images is just perfect for cards.  I debated making this a thank you card but felt that would be rather predictable.  A lot of people have fall birthdays.  I decided to use ribbon because I was so happy with yesterday's card.  This brown sheer ribbon couldn't work better.  I had a bunch of different colour leaf brads that I tried but I liked how this red worked with the overall colour scheme.

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

Gisèle

Friday, June 23, 2017

Vintage Get Well

Hello everyone,

Today’s charity card uses another wonderful piece of printed paper.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on DCWV Luxury Stack.  The image is Stampin’ Up Faith In Nature stamped in Early Espresso on Recollections Vanilla and layered on more DCWV Luxury Stack.  The sentiment is Close To My Heart Sincere Expressions stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite.  The ribbon is Michael’s Special Value.  The pear embellishment is Marianne Design Flowers.

The most difficult part of this card was getting the image stamped.  I have to say, I'm not a fan of the 'new' Stampin' Up ink pads.  They either leave too much ink on the stamp or dry out more quickly than they should.  This was especially frustrating with this delicate image.  I must have made four attempts before I decided to try it with a 'second' impression which is what actually worked.  I added the delicate pearl flower embellishment because I didn't get the ribbon placed well and ended up with too much space at the bottom of the card.  I really love this card and will have a hard time putting it in the sale box.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Dots, Dots And More Dots

Hello everyone,

Today’s post is a more masculine card.


The printed paper is Chatter Box Dark Tie Circles layered on Stampin’ Up Night of Navy.  The sentiment is Creative Expressions Petite Scribbled Sentiments ‘Occasions’ stamped in Close To My Heart Outdoor Denim on a vanilla of unknown origin.  The brads are also of unknown origin.

I've never been particularly happy with this paper.  While I love all the elements and the colours, I just couldn't ever get it to work well with cards.  No matter how carefully cut or the size of the card, it just never works all that well.  I thought adding the brads would help disguise the issue but I think it just accentuated the problem.  I'm actually glad this is the last bit of this sheet. I don't hate this card but it's not my best work either.  I'm going to blame my 'quick and easy' challenge that I'm under to get this series crafted.

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


Gisèle

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Yellow Butterfly

Hello everyone,

Today’s post is one of those cards that should have been quicker and easier than I made it. 


The printed paper is of unknown origin highlighted with Star Dust Stickles.  The sentiment is Rubbernecker Happy Birthday stamped in Stampin’ Up Early Espresso.  The butterfly was die cut from So Saffron with Joy Crafts Floral Flourishes 6003/0006 die and highlighted with Wink of Stella Clear 999.

This is actually ‘take two’ as the first attempt had such a badly placed sentiment, I couldn't fit the butterfly without it looking terribly awkward.  There is something about the combined graph and circle elements that I find particularly appealing on this paper.  I used a more smallish vertical sentiment because I thought it was interesting on the squares which certainly made alignment a breeze.  I got the idea for this butterfly from last Tuesday's Italian card.  In this case, I found the So Saffron rather bland so I gave it a bit of shine with the Wink of Stella.  A pretty good result notwithstanding the frustration.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Soft Botanical Wishes

Hello everyone,

Like all the cards in this series, today’s quick and easy charity card is all based on a beautiful piece of paper.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on DCWV Luxury Stack.  The sentiment is Avery Elle So Happy stamped in Altenew Jet Black on Recollections White and layered on more DCWV.  The pearl embellishments are of unknown origin.

I love this paper!  I wish I had multiple sheets.  I find the botanical element quite compelling and it certainly helped me craft this super quick and easy card.  The hardest part was punching the 'banner' on the right of the sentiment.  I hadn't planned to layer the sentiment but it felt really floaty without it.  I'm taking the opportunity to use up some of the older papers that I've had in my stash for eons.  This DCWV stack is one which I often forget I have.  It's a mat stack so it's just the right size for cards.  It also has a hint of shimmer which is probably why I got it in the first place.

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

Gisèle

Monday, June 19, 2017

Quick Thanks

Hello everyone,

This next series of cards are extremely quick and easy as I feel the need to keep the I SPI blog fed while I’m on holidays.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin’ Up Mossy Meadow.  The sentiment is Stampin’ Up Four Square stamped in Mossy Meadow on Recollections White and layered on more Mossy Meadow.

All the cards in this series will be donated to the charity card sale at the office this fall.  Most of the paper has been generously donated by favourite local scrapbooking store - Crop A While.  I realized the weekend before my vacation that I didn't have enough cards to pre-post while I'm away which was the perfect excuse to craft some very quick and easy cards.  This paper was perfect for quick and easy.  I could have even stamped the sentiment on the paper but felt it would pop just that little more if I stamped and layered it separately.  A great card!  

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

Gisèle

Sunday, June 18, 2017

All Italian XII

Hello everyone,

Today I’m posting the last of the Italian card series I've been working on for the past week.


The background image is Stampin’ Up You’ve Got This stamped in Altenew Frayed Leaf.  The images are Altenew Painted Flowers stamped on Recollections White with Altenew Coral Berry, Forest Glades, Frayed Leaf, Frosty Pink, Jet Black, Moss and Ruby Red.  The images were cut with the coordinating Altenew die.  The sentiment is Microsoft Word printed font layered on Bazzill Black.  The embellishment is Marianne Design Butterflies.

A few weeks back I order the coordinating die cut for the Altenew Painted Flowers stamp set and I thought this was the perfect time to play.  I'm thrilled with this card.  I love the hints of black in the flowers and layering the sentiment with more black just adds more pop.  I really love these painted flowers.  They are multi-step but really don't have to be perfectly stamped to get a great result.  Having the ability to die cut just adds more layout options.  One of my favourite cards in this series.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, June 17, 2017

All Italian XI

Hello everyone,

Today’s post is as different from yesterday’s Italian card as I could possibly imagine.


The printed papers are Stampin’ Up Birds of a Feather.  The sentiment is Microsoft Word printed font layered on Stampin’ Up Crumbcake.  The banners are punched from Recollections White that was stamped with Close To My Heart Brushstrokes stamped in Altenew Dusk and Ruby Red, and Stampin’ Up Crushed Curry.  The card is highlighted with Diamond Stickles. 

I think one of the things that makes this card so very interesting is the layers of patterns.  It's subtle, but still visible enough to add interest.  I didn't originally intend to add banners but had planned a stamped background for the sentiment.  I just couldn't get it to work so punched the banner from the stamped background.  The colours of the banners are meant to replicate the colours of the birds.  It's a little strong for the subtle colours of the paper but I can live with it.  A pretty decent card given I was pretty much flying by the seat of my pants.

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


Gisèle

Friday, June 16, 2017

All Italian X

Hello everyone,

Today’s Italian card post is a little different that my usual.


The printed paper is Kaisercraft Elegance ‘Boho’ layered on Close To My Heart Juniper and Recollections White.  The images are Stampin’ Up Four Feathers, Close To My Heart gold heat embossed, and die cut with Sizzix Feathers Framelits.  The sentiment is Microsoft Word printed font layered on more Juniper.

I've always loved feather cards even though I resisted the stamps and dies for quite a while.  I really wanted to use this unusual feather paper and thought gold embossed feathers would be the perfect combination.  It's not exactly as I'd hoped.  I think it may be too much of a good thing.  The other issue I had was finding coordinating paper.  The Juniper works pretty good but I would have loved to have a dark teal as I think the entire card would have popped just that little bit more.  It's not a terrible card but I don't think it's necessarily my best either.

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


Gisèle

Thursday, June 15, 2017

All Italian IX

Hello everyone,

Today’s post is a beautiful Italian anniversary card.


The patterned paper is BasicGrey Cappella – Bellini layered on American Crafts and Recollections White.  The sentiment is Microsoft Word printed font layered on more American Crafts.  The ribbon is Michael’s Sheer Creations.  The pearl heart embellishment is of unknown origin.

I thought it was very ironic that I chose this very Italian BasicGrey paper for this anniversary card.  I didn't know it when I picked it out of my stash.  Obviously it was meant to be.  Given this is quite busy printed paper, I picked out a more subtle layering paper but something with a bit of shine.  The ribbon mimics the layered paper with it's own bit of shine.  The heart embellishment adhered to the knot, just seemed perfect.  I love this card.

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


Gisèle

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

All Italian VIII

Hello everyone,

I’ve another Italian card today.


The patterned papers are is Close To My Heart You Rock.  The sentiment is Microsoft Word printed font layered on Olive, Outdoor Denim and Goldrush.  The banners are Sizzix Banners Framelist.  The star embellishment is of unknown origin.

This is one of my favourite Close To My Heart papers.  I've used it sparingly over the years.  I wanted  to include a more masculine card in this hostess gift set and I thought this would be just right.  I felt the font of the sentiment also worked well with the printed paper.

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


Gisèle

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

All Italian VII

Hello everyone,

Today’s post is another Italian card in the hostess gift series I’ve been crafting.


The patterned paper is Stampin’ Up Shades of Spring layered on So Saffron and Pretty In Pink.  The sentiment is Microsoft Word printed font.  The butterfly is Joy Crafts Vintage Flourishes die 6003/0023 cut from So Saffron.  The embellishments are Crafts Rhinestone Strips.

I really love pink and yellow together which is probably what drew me to this paper in the first place.  Unfortunately the scale of these flowers is quite large for cards.  I had to try a few different butterfly dies to find one which I liked.  This flourished one is maybe a little over the top but it's not too bad overall.  I'm happy with the final result.

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


Gisèle

Monday, June 12, 2017

All Italian VI

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the first of a bunch of Italian birthday cards I'm crafting for this hostess gift.


The printed paper is Bella Blvd Classic Calendars layered on Close To My Heart Lagoon.  The image is Stampin' Up Thanks For Caring stamped on Whisper White in Altenew Forest Glades, and coloured with Faber-Castel Watercolour Pencils.  The sentiment is Microsoft Word printed font layered on more Lagoon.  The image and sentiment panel are layered on Recollections Black.

This is one of my favourite printed papers.  I love all the flourishes and the colours are just wonderful.  You can coordinate this paper with absolutely any colour combination.  I used the black on the image layer to ensure it didn't disappear against the strong background.  I often lament about my colouring abilities but I don't think I did too back with this one.  I had hoped that the watercolour aspect of these pencil crayons would help this endeavor.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, June 11, 2017

All Italian V

Hello everyone,

This hostess gift set is going to be a variety of cards.  Today's post is a congratulations card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on  Bazzill green and Recollections Black.  The sentiment is Microsoft Word printed font layered on more Recollections Black, Bazzill Green and Stampin' Up Whisper White.  The embellishments are Crystal Stickers White Glitter Dome Stickers.

I chose this particular printed paper because I thought the colour combination would work well with the more formal font of the sentiment.  I also thought the berries were 'olive-like' which fits with the Italian theme of this series.  I love how the layering is rather modern against the more vintage style of the floral paper.  Those types of juxtapositions always appeal to me.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, June 10, 2017

All Italian IV

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the final Italian Christmas card that I'm crafting as part of the hostess gift.


The printed paper is Echo Park Reflections Christmas layered on Bazzill red and green.  The image is Delta Rubber Stampede Santa Collage stamped in Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow on Whisper White and covered with Crystal Glitter Ritz.  The sentiment is Microsoft Word printed font layered on more Bazzill green.  The embellishment is Ruby Rocket Glittered Layered Accents.

I needed to craft a somewhat more formal card to work with this more formal sentiment.  I decided to use this Santa image, which I had glittered, because it is a wonderful image and works great with either formal or informal Christmas cards.  I spent quite a bit of time going through the ridiculous amount of Christmas embellishments to find one that worked and this is the best of the lot.  It's from the dollar store but I really liked the candy canes and holly.

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

Gisèle

Friday, June 9, 2017

All Italian III

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another Italian Christmas card that is part of the series of cards I'm crafting for a hostess gift.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up Orchid Opulence and Close To My Heart Lagoon.  The sentiment is Microsoft Word printed font layered on more Lagoon.  The card is highlighted with Diamond Stickles.

Just as I couldn't help but craft a 'holly' card, I also wanted to include a non-traditional card. I love all the trees and all the dots were perfect for adding a little bit of sparkle.  I also thought this font type worked particularly well with the paper.  The blues, purples and greens are a favourite colour combination as well.  This is a great non-traditional Christmas card.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, June 8, 2017

All Italian II

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another Italian Christmas card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Bazzill red and green.  The sentiment is Microsoft Word printed font layered on more Bazzill red and green and Stampin' Up Whisper White.  The embellishment is Sizzix Embosslits Holly & Berries die.

I can never craft Christmas cards without doing something with holly.  I particularly like this printed holly paper with it's bright green leaves and red berries.  It took me a bit to find just the right embellishment.  I didn't want something too small or delicate because there is quite a bit of space above the sentiment and given the busy background, it needed to have some size so it wouldn't blend in to the printed paper.  I have a lot of die from which to choose.  This is a great result.

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

Gisèle