Saturday, April 29, 2017

Golden Goodness

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the last Christmas card from my recent carding blitz.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a glittered gold also of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Stampavie Tina Wenke Holiday Wishes stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with Close To My Heart gold embossing powder.  The embellishments, from glittered gold, were die cut from Lea'bilities Border/Corner Holly.

As soon as I saw this piece of paper, I knew I'd have use it on a card.  This end up an even more formal and traditional card than I'd planned.  It was a bit of a challenge placing the sentiment because I didn't want to cover either the holly or the poinsettia.  I thought this was the perfect opportunity to try this new die cut that I'd picked up a while back.  I love how these corners hug the sentiment.  This card is as wonderful as I'd hoped.

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

Gisèle

Friday, April 28, 2017

Shiny Celebration

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a more contemporary Christmas card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a mirrored gold also of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Stamp Barn stamped in Altenew Jet Black on Stampin' Up Whisper White and layered on more mirrored gold.  The banners are punched from a mirrored red of unknown origin.  The embellishments are Mark Richards 3mm gold metal.

This is truly a card made from scraps.  The gold snowflakes on this printed paper, which was donated by Crop A While, are embossed in gold so it only seemed logical to use mirrored paper for the layers.  I couldn't resist using a few banner during this card crafting blitz and I really love how the mirrored red pieces work with the red snowflakes.  This ended up a much more modern card than the ones crafted so far.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Quilted Wishes

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another Christmas card crafted during my recent blitz.


The printed paper is Echo Park "Christmas Cheer" Cozy Quilt layered on Stampin' Up Basic Black.  The sentiment is Cornish Heritage Farms Vintage Christmas Expressions stamped in Altenew Jet Black on Whisper White and layered on more Basic Black.  The card is highlighted with Candy Cane Stickles.

This Christmas card is yet another quick and easy card.  The paper is so wonderful, I kept the layout really straight forward so as to not cover up any more of the paper than necessary.  I choose to use black again because I've been so pleased with the other cards in which I've used black.  The black also works particularly well with the black hexagons that are visible.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ornaments In A Row

Hello everyone,

Today's post uses another strip of Christmas paper that I just couldn't resist.


The printed paper is Echo Park "I Love Christmas" Border Strips layered on a red and green Bazzill.  The sentiment is Cornish Heritage Farm Vintage Christmas Expressions stamped in Altenew Jet Black on Stampin' Up Whisper White.  The cording is of unknown origin.

This was another really easy card to craft because of this great paper.  I often find that using striped paper from a 12 X 12 sheet can be challenging because the scale of the images are not always right for cards, especially these smaller ones.  The options can be pretty limited.  This isn't the case with this card.  These ornaments are just perfect!  The row or ornaments inspired me to use the cording as if they were hanging.  I so love this card!

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Poinsettia Strip

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas card use another beautiful strip of printed paper.


The printed paper is Echo Park "I Love Christmas" Border Strips layered on a red and green Bazzill.  The sentiment is Kaisercraft Christmas Sentiments stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Stampin' Up Whisper White and layered on more red Bazzill.  The embellishments are Recollections Rhinestones.

I had such success with the truck strips paper that when I saw more great Christmas strips I decided to try my luck again.  I must have used all my bad carding karma on yesterday's card because this is all good!  I chose this particular sentiment because the font style speaks to the pine boughs on the printed paper.  I had originally stamped the sentiment directly on the printed paper (hoping for quick and easy) but the impression was really bad and I didn't want to risk flubbing it further by trying again with my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.  A cover-up was the solution and even though it hides some of the printed paper, I think this card turned out just fine.

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

Gisèle

Monday, April 24, 2017

Flakes In Blue And Grey

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the second non-traditional card crafted with the same image/sentiment as yesterday's card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Recollections grey and a shimmery blue Bazzill.  The grey layer was embossed with Darice Snowflakes embossing folder.  The image/sentiment is Stampin' Up Nature's Secret stamped in Altenew Desert Night on Very Vanilla.  The card is highlighted with Disco Ball Stickles.

Of all the cards I crafted, this was the one which gave me the most challenges.  I thought about it too much in choosing the layering papers.  I even spent time considering using the printed paper as a layer for the image.  Once I finally settle on these papers, things came together rather well.  I love the grey, and embossed with the snowflakes, it's really lovely.  I think my bottle of Disco Ball Stickles is getting old because it doesn't flow like the others.  It's very dry and I have to carefully manipulate it into a dot.  I think it was inevitable given the issues I had with this card.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Purple Peace

Hello everyone,

A few weeks ago I stamped a ream of images from a set I borrowed from a neighbor.  The next couple of posts shows what I did with the Christmas images.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a shimmery ivory of unknown origin and Close To My Heart Thistle.  The image is Stampin' Up Nature's Secret stamped in Altenew Cosmic Berry on Very Vanilla.  The ribbon is of unknown origin.

I love mixing things up every now and again to craft a really non-traditional Christmas card.  This card is really, really purple in the photo but quite a bit more pink in reality.  I bemoan my picture-taking skills.  Regardless, the ink colours were choose specifically to work with the printed chevron paper upon which the image is layered.  It has some beautiful and rich non-traditional winter colours.  I love this type of image/sentiment because the focal point is all in a single panel.  These images are little large in scale for the card size but I rather like the boldness.

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

Gisèle  

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Holly On Black

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas card uses another beautiful scrap of holly paper.


The printed paper is Anna Griffin layered on Stampin' Up Basic Black and Bazzill green.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Embellished Ornaments stamped in Altenew Jet Black on an unknown ivory and layered on more Basic Black.  The ribbon is Offray.

I have a number of sheets of this paper and always planned to craft a one sheet wonder but just haven't gotten around to it.  After today's card however, I'm itching to give it a go.  I so liked the black that I used on this past Wednesday's card I thought I try it again here.  The black really makes this lime green colour pop and there is enough black in the print, that it doesn't look off.  I really wanted to use some ribbon (I have tons) and decided on this black and white plaid even though the base of the paper is more of an ivory as opposed to white.  Unless you look really closely and critically, I don't think it matters over much.  I really love this card so expect a one sheet wonder soon.

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

Gisèle

Friday, April 21, 2017

Simple Holly Sprigs

Hello everyone,

There was no way a craft Christmas cards without using some holly paper.


The printed paper is Echo Park "The Story of Christmas" Holly layered on Bazzill Red Devil.  The sentiment is Rubber Soul Wordsworth Merry Christmas stamped in Altenew Evergreen on Recollections Vanilla and layered on more Red Devil.  The embellishments are BoBunny Elf Magic Jewels.

Given I was determined to do this card crafting blitz, I knew the cards had to be relatively simple and extremely straightforward.  That said, I still wanted them to be beautiful.  This is a perfect example.  I thought the font in this simple sentiment had the same look and feel as the images in the printed paper.  It's a bit of a larger sentiment but it isn't heavy because of the simple lines.  A few small Christmas pearls were all the extra embellishment needed.  I love the results.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sweet Santa

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another really quick and easy Christmas card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Recollections Grey and green Jim Holtz Ranger Core'dinations.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Clear Stamps Set stamped in Altenew Jet Black on Recollections Vanilla and layered on a glittered platinum/brown of unknown origin.

This is a truly amazing card that came together in minutes.  I carefully trimmed this image from a 12 X 12 sheet of paper to fit the dimensions of the card base.  I chose a straight forward sentiment that fit in this oval punch.  I wanted a bit of sparkles so I punched the layer from a great piece of glittered paper.  The platinum/brown colour works perfectly with the vintage style of the image.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Another Christmas Delivery

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another card crafted during an afternoon blitz.


The printed papers are of unknown origin layered on Bazzill Red Devil.  The sentiment is Stampendous Script Greetings stamped in Altenew Jet Black on Stampin’ Up Very Vanilla.  The embellishment is American Crafts.

I didn't originally plan to craft two cards with this single 12X12 strip but these trucks were too irresistible.  I debated using the red and green layers again but when I saw this snowflake paper in the pile, I thought it would work perfectly.  I don't usually think of using black in Christmas cards but in this case, with the black elements in the trucks it really works.  The Altenew black ink doesn't stamp as crisp as the Versafine Onyx Black but I found it worked really well with these more vintage style papers.

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

Gisèle


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Christmas Delivery

Hello everyone,

With a little extra time over this past holiday weekend I decided to try a carding blitz.  I know my mojo is truly back because I managed to craft a dozen charity Christmas cards in an afternoon!  Without thinking too much, I just went for it and it was awesome!


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Bazzill Red Devil and Stampin’ Up Mossy Meadow.  The Bazzill layer was embossed with Sizzix Merry Christmas Phrases embossing folder.  The ribbon is of unknown origin.

All the printed papers and some of the solid papers for this series of Christmas cards was donated by one of our local scrapbooking stores, Crop A While.  This store is incredibly generous and I found some very wonderful pieces to use on these charity Christmas cards.  This particular strip of paper had these great trucks that I thought would make for a couple of great masculine Christmas cards.  I didn’t even use a sentiment because the embossed red layer provides all the words needed.  This is a really great result that took only minutes to come together.

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


Gisèle

Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy Houses

Hello everyone,

I just couldn't resist crafting another card with this fabulous house paper.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a Bazzill Mustard.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Designer Tee stamped in Nick Bantock Chartreuse Leaf on Whisper White.  The ribbon is of unknown origin (likely American Crafts).

As I crafted this card I was thinking it would be one to give as a housewarming.  I deliberately used a thinner ribbon (it was in the scrap drawer) and a very simple and smallish sentiment.  I really wanted these houses to be the focus.  They're so much fun, they shouldn't be covered up.  I really love the pop of the green ribbon.  Both cards turned out so well.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Bowtiful Hello

Hello everyone,

It's a very corny title!


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Bazzill red.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Four You stamped in Crushed Curry on Very Vanilla and layer on more red.  The ribbon is Stampin' Up 1/2" polka dot.  The embellishment is of unknown origin and is highlighted with Xmas Red Stickles.

I love this house paper so much!  It is so fun it's no wonder I came up with such a corny title for this blog post.  Like yesterday's printed paper, there are so many different colours that it is really easy to find colours with which to coordinate.  I thought this bright bold 'hello' was perfect for such a fun card.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Iridescent Wings

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a birthday card which was crafted for the charity card sale at the office this Fall.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a Bazzill mustard.  The sentiment is Hero Arts stamped in Stampin' Up Midnight Muse on Whisper White.  The butterfly was punched (or possibly die cut) from an iridescent paper of unknown origin.  The embellishment is of unknown origin.

This card was totally inspired by this wonderful printed paper.  Will all the different colours, it works with absolutely everything.  I chose a simple sentiment and a single large butterfly because I didn't want to cover any more of the paper than necessary.  I didn't event  layer the sentiment!

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

Gisèle

Friday, April 14, 2017

Her Birthday

Hello everyone,

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


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up Melon Mambo.  The vertical strip is a Bazzill green textured with Cuttlebug's Happy Birthday embossing folder.  The sentiment is Impression Obsession Vertical Greetings stamped in Melon Mambo on Whisper White.  The ribbon is Stampin' Up 1/2" Melon Mambo polka dot ribbon.  The card is highlighted with Fruit Punch Stickles.

I think this is a really great girl card.  I love the colours which work so very well with the printed paper.  It amazes me how changes a few colours and embellishments makes for such an entirely different card.  As masculine as yesterday's card was, today's is especially girly.  These pink elements are just great.  Both cards turned out wonderfully!

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

Gisèle

Thursday, April 13, 2017

His Birthday

Hello everyone,

After finishing the series of plaid cards I decided to use some of the other great paper scraps that I had put aside as I was especially drawn to them.


The printed papers are of unknown origin.  The vertical strip is a Bazzill green textured with Cuttlebug's Happy Birthday embossing folder.  The sentiment is Impression Obsession Vertical Greetings stamped in Altenew Persian Blue on Recollections White.  The embellishments are of unknown origin.

I can't say why I found this particular paper so appealing but I think it's because it could be used for either a boy or a girl card.  I also loved the cartoon style lines of the images.  I figured it would be interesting to make both a boy and a girl card with similar elements.  As I was going through the stash of embossing folders, I found this 'happy birthday' folder and thought it would be as fun as the printed paper.  This vertical sentiment is also a lot of fun as are these cute little dinosaurs.  A great kid card.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Perfect Plaid III

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the last card I crafted using some of the scrap plaid paper that was donated by our local scrapbook store, Crop A While.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow and Basic Black.  The Mossy Meadow layer was textured with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots embossing folder.  The image is Gina K Tree Silhouettes stamped in Mossy Meadow on an ivory of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Gina K Labeled With Love stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on more ivory of unknown origin.

These masculine plaid cards have been really fun to craft.  I wish I had more pieces of this great paper because I really could have crafted more.  These set of tree silhouette stamps is really wonderful and I don't know why I don't use it more often.  I'm not certain why I chose to stamp the image on the right side of the panel but I quite like it, especially with the branches just a titch off the edge of the page.  A great card and a great series.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Perfect Plaid II

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another masculine plaid card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow and Basic Black.  The Mossy Meadow layer was textured with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots embossing folder.  The sentiment is Gina K Labeled With Love stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on an ivory of unknown origin.  The embellishment is Jolee's Boutique Metallic Ornaments Stickers.

In addition to crafting some great masculine plaid cards with this paper, I decided to only use sentiments from this particular Gina K set.  It is a great stamp set with a variety of sentiments that all work well for masculine cards.  I came across this sticker when I was looking for a cardinal for Sunday's card and thought it would be perfect for this masculine Christmas card.  I love the result.

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

Gisèle

Monday, April 10, 2017

Perfect Plaid

Hello everyone,

In the donated material from Crop A While, I came across three small scraps of a great plaid that I thought would be perfect for masculine cards.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow and Basic Black.  The Mossy Meadow layer was textured with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots embossing folder.  The sentiment is Gina K Labeled With Love stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on an ivory of unknown origin.  The banners were punched from Basic Black.  The embellishments are EK Success Shimmering Silver Dots.

This is such an perfect plaid for some masculine cards.  When I was first putting these elements together, I felt the Mossy Meadow layer needed texture.  I thought I had a plaid embossing folder but couldn't find it so I ended up using this Swiss Dot folder.  It was a good choice, maybe better than a plaid, because of the subtle contrast with the lines of the plaid.  Of course, I've been loving this little banner punch so couldn't resist adding them to this card.  Banners and plaid are a great combination.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Season Of Beauty

Hello everyone,

The next few posts will be charity cards that are crafted with some spectacular material donated by a very generous local scrapbooking shop - Crop A While.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Bazzill white and Close To My Heart Twilight.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Clear Stamp Set stamped in Twilight on Recollections white and layered on Stampin' Up Whisper White.  The embellishment is Doodlebug Frosty Flakes Braddies.

I know it's Spring and today's temperatures are quite warm but when I cam across this beautiful piece of paper, I just had to craft a winter card.  I was thinking it would be a perfect masculine or neutral holiday card.  It's so soft and simple.  These are the types of cards I just love to craft.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, April 8, 2017

For The Kiddies VI

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the final kiddie card in this series.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a Bazzill green.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Sassy Salutations stamped in Nick Bantock Chartreuse Leaf on Stampin' Up Whisper White and layered on a Bazzill red.  The stickers are Twin Seven.

Still inspired by the primary stripes of the earlier boy cards, I found this great chevron paper in my scrap bin.  It was perfect for these funky animal stickers.  The colours coordinate so perfectly you'd think they were from the same company.  I couldn't craft a kid's card without using the Sassy Salutations sentiment as it is one of my all time favourites for these types of cards.  I could easily repeat the quick and simple card over and over.

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

Gisèle

Friday, April 7, 2017

For The Kiddies V

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another great girl card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a Bazzill pink textured with Crafts-Too Butterflies embossing folder and Pion Design Palette Pion Blue I.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Four You stamped in Melon Mambo on Whisper White and layered on more Pion Blue I.  The stickers are Twin Seven.  The sentiment and pink Bazzill are highlighted with Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen.

It was a no brainer that a set of Twin Seven butterfly stickers would end up in my stash.  While I love all the stickers, the butterflies are really sweet and perfect for a little girl card.  I didn't worry overmuch about coordinating the background papers perfectly with the stickers as I really wanted the butterflies to pop and as long as the colours were not totally out of whack, I figured it would work just fine.  This card ended up being really great.

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

Gisèle


Thursday, April 6, 2017

For The Kiddies IV

Hello everyone,

After a couple of boy cards, today's post is for the girls.


The printed paper is Studio Calico Hashtagged layered on a textured yellow Bazzill.  The sentiment is Rubbernecker Happy Birthday stamped in Altenew Coral Berry on Stampin' Up Whisper White and layered on more yellow.  The stickers are Twin Seven.

I had the worst time situation this cool cat stickers.  I knew I was going to use three but it was hard to work it so the heads and tails were placed the right way.  I had hoped to coordinate the cats with the colour rows of the background paper but again, there was that heads and tails issues.  The filler stickers I used are really great.  I especially love the little paw print.

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

Gisèle


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

For The Kiddies III

Hello everyone,

Today's kiddie card is another great sticker and paper combination.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up Whisper White and Bazzill green.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Tin of Cards stamped in Nick Bantock Chartreuse Leaf on Whisper White.  The stickers are Twin Seven.

I so liked the bright colours and bold stripes of yesterday's robot card I decided to case it for this space card.  These particular primary colours work so very well with the stickers.  I debated making this a vertical card but placing the rocket on an angle just seemed right.  There are a lot of smaller filler stickers in these sets so this sun was perfect to fill the leftover space.  A wonderful result.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

For The Kiddies II

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another kiddie card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Bazzill mustard.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Designer Tee stamped in Altenew Desert Night on Whisper White.  The image is a Twin Seven sticker.

This is another super easy card made great by one of the fantastic Twin Seven stickers my neighbor turned me onto.  I love this robot sticker and against this striking stripped paper, it is a fabulous card.  This card couldn't have been any easier to craft and I just love the result.

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

Gisèle

Monday, April 3, 2017

For The Kiddies

Hello everyone,

I thought I'd try a series of kid cards which are always a lot of fun to craft.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a pink, white and green Bazzill.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Tin of Cards stamped in Close To My Heart Sunset on Whisper White and layered on Bazzill blue.  The embellishments are Twin Seven stickers.

My girlfriend turned me on to these stickers from the dollar store and I thought they'd be perfect for some kid cards.  I ended up buying a number of different packages because it was so hard to choose.  These cards are quite simple but really sweet.  I ended up crafting an entire series of cards in a single afternoon and had a great time.

I hope you enjoy these cards and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Calling Spring

Hello everyone,

Today's card certainly came together easily so I'm hoping my grove is coming back.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Stampin' Up Whisper White and Bazzill mustard.  The image is Stampin' Up Nature's Secret stamped in Altenew Warm Sunshine on Whisper White and layered on more Bazzill mustard.  The vertical element is punched with EK Success Bangle Chain Trim from a Bazzill green.  The butterflies are glittered, watercoloured smooshed paper.  The embellishments are Peacock Liquid Pearls.

I love this printed paper.  It reminds me of my daughter's favourite baby blanket - from 20 years ago.  This is another of the stamped image/sentiments I borrowed from a girlfriend.  I wish I'd cleaned it a little better from the previous impression because it turned out a little muddy.  That said, I decided to work with it as is and think I succeeded.  The butterflies were done years ago, when I first discovered this glitter technique.  They couldn't work better with the image and the printed paper.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, April 1, 2017

A Little Shimmer

Hello everyone,

I know it's Spring but I thought I'd try a Christmas card to see if I can't keep the crafting mojo moving forward.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a shimmery grey and ivory also of unknown origin and Close To My Heart Outdoor Denim.  The image is Stampin' Up Nature's Secret stamped in Outdoor Denim on Whisper White and layered on more Outdoor Denim.  The ribbon is Offray.  The embellishment is Crafts.

It didn't seem all that bizarre to craft this non-traditional Christmas card.  I love the ikat chevron pattern and the colours are really wonderful.  The ikat pattern also worked really well with the vintage style of the stamp.  I didn't originally intend to add ribbon but this particular layout works especially well for a great piece of knotted ribbon.  This ribbon is has an iridescent shimmer that worked perfectly with the purple, navy and teal.  A pretty good final result that didn't require hours of agonizing decisions.

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

Gisèle

Friday, March 31, 2017

Lots Of Roses

Hello everyone,

Today's card uses up some pieces that I found on my desk.  It was maybe a bit too ambitious.


The images are Altenew Remember This stamped in Altenew Coral Berry, Cosmic Berry, Grapevine, Evergreen, Forest Glades, Frayed Leaf, Puffy Heart, Purple Wine, Rose Quartz, and Ruby Red, on Stampin' Up Whisper White.  The background is Stampin' Up Watercolor Wash and Timeless Textures stamped in Rose Quartz and Puffy Heart.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Well Scripted stamped in Altenew Evergreen.  The embellishments are Recollections.

Sometimes you should stop when you're ahead.  I had already stamped the three red buds but when I started laying them out, I just couldn't get it to work.  I figured by adding some extra leaves and more roses, I could work a layout of a row.  I managed the row but it is much messier than I intended.  I don't know if I'll keep this card as is but just may have to live with it for a while before I really like it.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Starting Somewhere

Hello everyone,

I finally made a card.  Probably not my best card ever but not a bad effort after such a long hiatus.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Close To My Heart Smoky Plum.  The image is Stampin' Up Nature's Secret stamped in Smoky Plum on Very Vanilla and layered on more Smoky Plum.  The embellishments are of unknown origin.

I borrowed this stamp set from a girlfriend and stamped a number of the images in different inks in the hopes they would be a kick-starter for my creativity.  These images are easy to use as they combine an image and sentiment.  As easy as this card was, it still took me a while.  I was full of indecision.  It's a good thing I didn't go for something more complex.  Baby steps.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Patterns And Textures

Hello everyone,

I finally sat down in my studio space to see if I could get my mojo flowing.  We shall see if it actually worked.  I had the pieces of today's card pieced out but not put together.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Bazzill brown.  The sentiment is Avery Elle Happy Day stamped in Altenew Dark Chocolate on Stampin' Up Very Vanilla.  The sentiment is layered on a piece of Ranger alcohol inked glossy paper textured with Cuttlebug Houndstooth embossing folder and layered on more Very Vanilla.  The embellishments are Copper Pearl Liquid Pearls.

This is one of the more masculine cards I've been working on since February.  I quite like the houndstooth pattern and the colour combination of red, brown and vanilla is great.  I thought it was only natural to add some texture with a houndstooth embossing folder.  The copper colour of the embossed layer prompted me to use the copper Liquid Pearls.  I like that they appear as little studs and work really well with the vintage feel of the printed paper.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Perfect Plaid

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another masculine/neutral birthday card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a navy and green Bazzill.  The sentiment is Stampendous Graceful Birthday stamped in Close To My Heart Outdoor Denim on Recollections White and layered on more Bazzill navy.  The banners are punched from Classic Red Bazzill.  The embellishments are Mark Richards 3mm Silver Metal.

As with yesterday's card, this is a very straightforward layout that focuses on the great printed paper.  Though it doesn't show all that well in this photo.  The card base is a tan cardstock that matches perfectly with the beige stripe in the plan.  I debated adding the small silver embellishments but given the size, and the simplicity of the card overall, the don't appear too frou frou.  A great result!

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

Gisèle

Monday, March 13, 2017

Dots And Banners

Hello everyone,

Today's card uses more fantastic Crop A While donated paper.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a green and brown Bazzill.  The sentiment is Rubbernecker Happy Birthday stamped in Stampin' Up Early Espresso on a Bazzill White and layered on more green and brown.  The sentiment panel was die cut with Stampin' Up / Sizzix Banners Framelits.  The embellishments are Fabricland.

I think this is a great masculine card.  I love the colours as well as the combination of dots and banners.  The layered banners add interest and I think look really cool against the dotted background.  I also love the gold dot embellishments as they work so very well with the printed paper.  I'm very pleased with this results.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Splattered Wishes

Hello everyone,

I know it's been a while since my last post but my cardmaking mojo has taken a dive the last few weeks and I've had no gumption whatsoever to sit down at my desk.  Sometimes, you just have to take a break.

I've had these next few cards crafted for weeks but just haven't sat down to post them.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Bazzill yellow and light blue.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Happy Celebrations stamped in Not Quite Navy and Baja Breeze on a Bazzill white and layered on more Bazzill yellow.

Before my mojo disappeared, I was working on a series of masculine/neutral cards with paper that was generously donated by a local scrapbooking store Crop A While.  I particularly loved the brightly coloured splatter.  This card also gave me the perfect excuse to experiment with some of the new Stampin' Up stamps I recently acquired.  This stamp set is not in my usual style but it struck me as really versatile for both masculine, feminine, neutral and kid cards.  As if I really needed another stamp set!

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

Gisèle

Friday, February 10, 2017

All Vertical

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another masculine inspired card.


The printed papers are of unknown origin layered on Bazzill grey.  The images are Stampin' Up Gorgeous Grunge, Work of Art and Timeless Textures stamped in Stampin' Up Brocade Blue, Bordering Blue and Smoky Slate, and Altenew Caribbean Sky on a white of unknown origin.  The sentiment is Rubbernecker Happy Birthday stamped in Close To My Heart Outdoor Denim on more white of unknown origin.  The silver strip on the image panel is Close To My Heart Silver Foil Tape.  The image panel also includes five dots of Silver Pearl Liquid Pearls.

This donated printed paper was particularly inspiring as I loved the colours and the pattern.  It seemed obvious to me that it was perfect for a masculine birthday card.  The elements all went vertical (although they could easily have been horizontal) because I chose this simple vertical Rubbernecker sentiment.  A great result.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Patterned Thanks

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another card crafted for our annual charity card sale.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Bazzill Bitter Chocolate.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up So Very Much stamped in Early Espresso and Close To My Heart Sunset on a vanilla of unknown origin.  The embellishments are Michael's Yellow Pop Metal Studs.

This is a super simple card with three layers, a fabulous sentiment and a few embellishments.  My girlfriends and I make a lot of cards (I mean dozens upon dozens) for this sale so keeping them quick and easy to craft is key.  I love using a strong sentiment such as this because it packs a lot of punch.  Any time I go through the donated supplies I am so inspired by many of the gems I find.  This particular printed paper is certainly not one which I would have purchased but it worked perfectly for this rather masculine card.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Vintage Anniversary

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a card crafted for an annual charity card sale at work.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a vanilla also of unknown origin and a Bazzill green.  The image is Stampin' Up Creative Elements stamped in Close To My Heart Slate on more vanilla of unknown origin and highlighted with Diamond Stickles.  The sentiment is Verve Love Story stamped in Altenew Grapevine.

One of our fantastic local scrapbooking stores, Crop A While, puts aside boxes of leftover supplies which I sort through for bits and pieces that I can use for these cards.  Anything I can't make use of, I donate to a number of local charities and children's groups.  These donated supplies make a huge difference and their generosity leaves me speechless.  All the paper elements of this card were found among the treasures they passed along.  I thought the vintage elegance of this printed paper would make a lovely, if pretty simple, anniversary card.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Much Love

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the valentine I crafted for my daughter.


The printed papers are BoBunny Crush layered on Recollections Black and Bazzill red.  The image is Inkadinkado Stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Recollections White.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Well Scripted stamped in Close To My Heart Tulip on Recollections White.  The embellishment is Kaisercraft Heart Sparkles.

There is something about this little panda that I can't resist.  My daughter is a huge panda fan and it was a lot of fun to incorporate this little guy into her valentine.  I thought it was particularly inspiring to affix the sparkly heart embellishment in just the perfect spot.  I really love the mix of patterned paper.  It's busy and fun!  I think though, without the solid paper reveals, it just wouldn't work very well.

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

Gisèle

Monday, February 6, 2017

True Love

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the valentine I crafted for my own wonderful husband.


The printed paper is BoBunny Crush layered on Recollections Black.  The image/sentiments are TPC Studio Hugs & Kisses stamped in Close To My Heart Tulip on Recollections White.  The embellishments are Multicrafts.

Hubby isn't a muss or fuss type of guy at the best of times and I usually try to keep this in mind whenever I craft him a card.  In this case, I fussed it up a little more than usual.  I had hoped the silver heart studs would manly up this card but the pink and love birds couldn't really be offset.  He'll still love and appreciate his valentine but he'll be thinking, 'what the heck'?  He won't say it, but he'll think it. Ah true love!

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

Gisèle

Sunday, February 5, 2017

An Asian Flair

Hello everyone,

Today's card was specially crafted for a colleague who is retiring.


The printed paper is an origami paper of unknown origin layered on Multicrafts gold, Recollections Black and Bazzill red.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Wild About Flowers stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Recollections White and layered on Bazzill red and Recollections Black.  The embellishments are Kaisercraft Black Pearls.

Crafting retirement cards always sets off mixed emotions.  Sometimes, it's really hard because you're saying goodbye but it can also be a real pleasure when you know you're crafting a card that is so utterly suited to the recipient that it will speak volumes of the esteem by which the he or she is regarded.  This is one of those cards.  This colleague will be missed, terribly missed.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Classic Hearts

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the last commissioned valentine crafted for a colleague.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Recollections White and Black.  The image is Inkadinkado Hearts stamped in Close To My Heart Tulip on Recollections White and cut with Stampin' Up's Heart punch.  The sentiment is Gina Marie All Seasons stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Recollections White.  The brad is Keepsakes Memories.

Sometimes, simple and straightforward can say so much more than one would think.  That's how I approached this particular card.  I don't know this colleague particularly well and I certainly am not aware of the type of relationship she has with her husband.  By choosing some great but subtly patterned paper in a red/white/black colour combination, I thought this card was neither too feminine or masculine.  It struck me as a classic valentine.

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

Gisèle

Friday, February 3, 2017

Sweet Hearts

Hello everyone,

Today's post is a valentine commissioned by a colleague for her daughter.


The printed paper is Kaisercraft Brenda Walton Sweet Talk Pattern Hearts layered on Recollections White and a pink Bazzill Basics.  The sentiment is TPC Studio Hugs & Kisses stamped in Close To My Heart Tulip on Recollections White and layered on more pink Bazzill Basics.  The ribbon is American Crafts.

A teenage girl's valentine just screams for glitter and sparkle, and this Kaisercraft paper is all that and more.  I kept the layout simple because I didn't want to cover any of these great heart images.  I spent some time finding the right sentiment, not because of the saying, but because of the font.  I thought this one worked particularly well because the hearts have a little bit of a wonky shape.  The ribbon, well I had it in my stash and it seemed ridiculous not to use it.

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

Gisèle

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Grunge Love

Hello everyone,

Today's post is one of three valentines commissioned by a colleague for her family.


The images are Stampin' Up Tie Dyed stamped in Smoky Slate and Close To My Heart Cranberry and Ruby and Stampin' Up Gorgeous Grunge stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and Close To My Heart Cranberry.  The images are stamped on Recollections White and layered on Recollections Black and Close To My Heart Cranberry.  The sentiment is Avery Elle Oh Happy Day stamped in Cranberry on Recollections White and layered on Recollections Black and more Cranberry.  The embellishments are American Crafts Elements.

This card was crafted for my colleague's teenage son.  I figured he wouldn't want mushy or sweet so I went with grunge and tie dye.  It was the perfect excuse to try out the newly acquire Tie Dyed stamp set which I've decided to love.  There are a ton of possibilities that I just can't wait to try.  I decided not to use a traditional valentine sentiment on the card front, keeping in mind this card is for a teenage boy, but I did stamp a small and simple 'Happy Valentines Day' on the inside.

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

Gisèle

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

All Watercoloured

Hello everyone,

Today's card uses the last of the purple Altenew Watercolor Wonders elements that I've crafted over the past few weeks.


The images are Altenew Watercolor Wonders stamped in Deep Iris, Forest Glades, Frayed Leaf, Lavender Fields, Mango Smoothie, Soft Lilac, and Close To My Heart Topiary on Recollections White, cut with the coordinating die, and highlighted with Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen.  The images are layered on LuminArte Twinkling H2Os painted watercolour paper, a mirrored silver of unknown origin and purple Bazzill.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Thoughtful Messages stamped in Altenew Deep Iris.

This is my least favourite of these purple Watercolor Wonders cards.  The sentiment used is too small in scale for the size of the flowers and it's too far down on the card.  I would have been better off using a sentiment with a stronger font in black ink.  I debated covering it up with a new sentiment on a separate panel but I didn't like how it worked with the die cut images.  This still isn't a bad card and sometimes, you just have to live with things.

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

Gisèle

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Wishes In Purple

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another card using some of the elements I've been playing with over the past few weeks.


The images are Altenew Watercolor Wonders stamped in Deep Iris, Forest Glades, Frayed Leaf, Lavender Fields, Mango Smoothie, Soft Lilac, and Close To My Heart Topiary on Recollections White and cut with the coordinating die.  The images are layered on two Bazzill purples.  The sentiment is Magenta stamped in Deep Iris on Recollections White.  The embellishments are Pebbles white candy dots.

After stamping and cutting the largest of the watercolour flowers in this Altenew set, I've come to discover it is exceptionally large, especially with leaves, and it will take some creativity to ensure it doesn't overwhelm other elements on the card.  I think part of that creativity will also include balancing the elements.  In this case, I used a 'Z' pattern for the layout and placed the small, dark stem of flowers in the bottom right 'sweet spot' to provide balance out the large flower element in the upper left.

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

Gisèle

Monday, January 30, 2017

Wonderfully Wished

Hello everyone,

The next few posts are more cards using Altenew elements that I've been playing with recently - not butterflies - those have all been used.


The background image is Stampin' Up You've Got This stamped in Altenew Lavender Fields and sprayed with Vanilla Smooch Spritz.  The images are Altenew Watercolor Wonders stamped in Deep Iris, Forest Glades, Frayed Leaf, Lavender Fields, Mango Smoothie, Soft Lilac, and Close To My Heart Topiary.  The sentiment is Penny Black Happy, Happy stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.

I've only recently received this Watercolor Wonders set and wanted to play with the coordinating dies (and of course Altenew inks).  I ended up with a lot of pieces to use and I've tried to use them in different ways each time.  I really love the result of using a background stamp with layered die cut images. Some of the images were adhered with glue, others with dimensionals, which adds even more interest.  I pulled out some wooden sentiment stamps, with this one being a particular favourite.  I love the different fonts incorporated into one stamp and the size was the perfect scale for this card.

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

Gisèle

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Purple Wings

Hello everyone,

As I continue posting butterfly cards, I realize that I really crafted a lot of Painted Butterflies!


The images are Altenew Painted Butterflies stamped in Altenew Shades of Purple and Espresso on a vanilla of unknown origin and highlighted with Wink of Stella Clear 999 and Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen.  The sentiment is Avery Elle Brushed stamped in Altenew Espresso on Recollections Vanilla and layered on green Bazzill and Silverthorne Design Woodbury Salterton - Devon.

This is such pretty printed paper.  I found it in a local specialty paper shop and I think it's actually wrapping paper.  Regardless, it makes for really beautiful cards and it could have been made for these butterflies.  Something I've learnt about the Altenew inks is that the colours mute somewhat after they dry and if they're still too harsh once dry, applying Wink of Stella or Sakura softens them even further,  The tone of the large purple butterfly was much stronger than I wanted but after adding the Wink of Stella, it became much softer and more what I had in mind.

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

Gisèle

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Warmly Aged

Hello everyone,

Today's butterfly card had a more aged feel that is very different from the last few cards I've posted.


The printed paper is Kaisercraft Peachy Keen layered on an orange of unknown origin.  The images are Altenew Painted Butterflies stamped in Espresso, Dusk and Ocean Waves on a vanilla of unknown origin and highlighted with Wink of Stella Clear 999.  The sentiment is Close To My Heart Happy Birthday stamped in Mocha on Recollections Vanilla.  The background of the sentiment panel was stamped with Stampin' Up Timeless Textures in Altenew Rocky Shore and layered on more Kaisercraft Peachy Keen (the flip side).  The card is highlighted with Copper Pearl Liquid Pearls.

It always amazing me how you can take similar elements but create an entirely different card.  If I'd used more of a yellow paper, this card would have had the same Provence feeling that the earlier cards have had.  This printed paper isn't all that pretty but there was something about these flowers that really struck a cord and I love how it makes the butterflies pop!

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

Gisèle

Friday, January 27, 2017

Butterflies Three

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another card which uses some of the Altenew elements that I've been working on the past few weeks.


The images are Altenew Painted Butterflies and Watercolor Wonders stamped in Altenew Caramel, Espresso, Frayed Leaf, Mango Smoothie, Peach Parfait, Rouge, Toffee, Velvet, Warm Sunshine, and Stampin' Up Pear Pizzazz on Recollections White and a vanilla of unknown origin.  The layers are a printed paper and a vanilla of unknown origin, Bazzill, and Close To My Heart Crème Brule.  The sentiment is Sweet & Sassy Script Birthdays stamped in Altenew Espresso.  The butterflies are highlighted with Wink of Stella Clear 999.

As I was looking over the Altenew cards I'd recently crafted, I realized I hadn't really used much printed paper.  I decided this muted, sunny floral worked really well with these beautiful butterflies.  I also love the watercolor flowers on the sentiment panel.  The overall effect is a cheerful and warm card.  Perfect for the dull, grey, cold wintery days of January.

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

Gisèle