Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Send a friend flowers.

When I made the Mother's Day card last week, I loved those little flowers and I decided I would do something similar, only more, on today's card.

I started with some papers from American Crafts Hello Sunshine collection - perfect for spring - and die cut two sizes of circles from my nestabilites set.  I also cut some circles out of plain white cardstock and sponged all of the circles with coordinating shades of ink.  I assembled the flowers with some cute little button shaped brads.  The brads were actually all white, but I wished that they were in colour, so I coloured them with my Bic markers.  Once the flowers were assembled I sprayed them with some Shimmerz spray so that they would sparkle a bit.

Once the flowers were finished I chose a green shade for the card base, but I decided that the background should be more neutral, so I chose some brown and kraft sheets from the same Hello Sunshine collection.  I put the darker shade in the background and drew a vase on the lighter shade.  Once I cut out the vase I attached some ribbon, and the cute sentiment, which I of course added some Sakura glitter pen to (what card would be complete without it these days, lol). 

My card was almost finished but I felt it needed something else, so I added some faux stitching with a white gel pen.  I thought it tied in nicely with the pattern on the darker brown background.

I decorated the inside with a space for a note and some tiny flower stamps in coordinating colours, Sakura glitter pen, and more faux stitching.

Its funny, but I think every new card I make is my new favourite, lol.  :)

I'm entering my card in the following challenges:

  1. Catered Crop - Quickfire in stitches
  2. Creative Stamp Friends - Spring
  3. Everybody Art - Friendship
  4. Simon Says Challenge - Bingo (Flowers, Glitter, Brads)
  5. Ribbon Carousel - Anything Goes
  6. Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes

I used the following supplies:

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up!  Certainly Celery, Whisper White.  American Crafts Hello Sunshine Collection - Fluttery, Dainty, Frolic, Gossamer

Stamps:  American Crafts Laughter, Fun.

Ink:  Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink  Chestnut Roan, Lime Pastel, Dark Peony, Creamy Brown, Rouge, Yellow Citrus, French Blue, Alabaster.

Markers:  Bic Mark It Summer Melon, Margarita, Green, Blue Skies Blue, Fandango Pink.  Sakura Gelly Roll Clear Star.  Uniball Signo White Gel Pen.

Sprays:  Shimmerz Paints Baby's Breath, Goldie Lox.

Embellishments:  Recollections brads, American Crafts satin ribbon.

Adhesives:  Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive runner, Glue Dots.

Tools:  Paper Trimmer, Scissors, Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large, Craft Pick, sponge, We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012


Remember the St. Patrick's day card I made a couple of weeks ago?  If not you can see the post here, but at the time I mentioned I had several additional ideas for the technique I used.  When I saw the this sketch:

 at Freshly Made Sketches, I thought it was perfect because it was similar to one of the ideas that I had.  This is what I came up with:

Unfortunately I didn't finish my card in time to enter the challenge, but I still really like how this card turned out.

I started out with the cute bunny stamp that I got from one of the $1.50 bins at Michaels, and figured out which of my circle dies would fit it.  I chose to make the circles on the side the next size circle down, and I chose to use Jillibean Soup's Blossom soup collection for the lower layer. I used some SU Certainly Celery for the card base.

 I love the pink sheet with the type on it, so when I placed the die in order to cut I made sure that the bolded statement showing was one that I liked.  I then chose several other springy sheets and coloured the bunny to coordinate.   I added the top layer with some foam tape so the cirles look like windows.

Me being me I couldn't leave things alone, so I added some Sakura glitter pen, and as an afterthought I cut out a couple of butterflies from one of the sheets and added it with foam squares so the butterflies looked like they had just landed on the card.  Once I added some bakers twine the card was finished!

Since I didn't have an Easter sentiment stamp I decided to write "Happy Easter" on the inside, and I added some circles die cut from the papers used on the front.  I like how it turned out, but I'm not completely happy with my writing so I really think I need to practice on some calligraphy. :)

Although I missed the Freshly Made Sketches challenge, I was still able to join in on the following challenges:

  1. Creative Stamp Friends - Spring
  2. Stampin' For the Weekend - Anything Goes
  3. Papertake Weekly - BINGO:  Die Cuts, Free (Twine), Glitter
  4. Moving Along With the Times - Easter Wishes
  5. The Pink Elephant - Butterflies
  6. The Pretty Little Ribbon - Spring Colours

Here are the supplies I used this time:

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up Certainly Celery, Whisper White.  Jillibean Soup Blossom Soup 6x6 pad.

Stamp:  Craft Smart from Micheals (no name).

Ink:   Memories Black.

Markers:  Bic Mark It Oceanview Blue, Yellow Blaze, Margarita Green, Pink Flamingo, Tuxedo Black.  Sakura Gelly Roll Clear Stardust. Copic W3.  Prismacolour Colourless Blender.

Twine:  We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy Bakers Twine Primary Lemonade.

Adhesives:  Tombow Mono Adhesive Runner Permanent, Scotch Quick Dry, foam squares.

Tools:  Paper trimmer, scissors, Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large, We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

A Cup of Tea for Mom

This latest card seemed to take forever to make because I didn't know where I was going with it, but I love it!

Since so many challenge blogs are having Mother's Day challenges due to the UK holiday, I thought it might be fun to get a Mother's Day card done early (Mother's Day is not until May in North America).  One thing that is pretty consistent in both my Mom's and my husband's Mom's kitchens is if there isn't already a pot of tea on the stove there will be one shortly.  For this reason I started with the Kitch collection of stamps from The Girls' Paperie and used the teapot as a focal point.

I wanted to make something soft and pretty so I thought a combination of cream, brown, and pink would be pretty.  I also decided to haul out some of Pink Paislee's Mistables paper since I haven't played with it since before Christmas and I was in an inky kind of mood.

I first cut the mistables to the size I wanted then used Ranger's Inksentials blending tool to add several colours of Colorbox chalk ink.  I love that stuff!  Once that was done I sprayed a variety of mists on it to add a bit of interest and sparkle.  I was using Shimmerz Paints brand, which is very translucent, so the effect of using them is very subtle, but it is very pretty.

I decided to use a strip of Basic Grey patterned paper along the middle, which I also embossed with a dots folder and inked the edges.  I stamped the teapot on a circle of cream cardstock which had been die cut and embossed with a Nestabilites circle, then inked with the pink and brown ink before the die was removed.  I really like the effect.  Once I whip stitched the strip of patterned paper at one end, and added some ribbon and twine, I added the circle with some foam squares.

I thought some butterflies would look pretty in the mix, but I don't have a small enough butterfly stamp, or punch.  I do have some small butterfly stencils however, so I used the Ranger tool to blend pink and brown ink over the stencil onto kraft cardstock.  I cut the butterflies out, and decided they needed something more, so I added some Sakura glitter pen.  After adhering them with glue dots, and popping their wings up on foam squares, I thought they still looked bare so I added some pink gems.

While at this point there was quite a bit going on on the card I still felt like it needed more so I decided to make some paper flowers.  I didn't come up with this on my own, I saw it somewhere but I can't recall where.  I wish I could so I could give credit!  Anyway, these were super easy.

I started by die cutting several circles (each flower has three) from the plain cream and the patterned kraft.  I inked the edges of each and pierced the middle with a piercing tool to use as a guide, and also to make adding the brad easier later.  I then just cut slits going from the outside edge almost to the middle pierced hole.

Once all circles were cut in this manner I assembled them with a brad and with the flower placed between my finger and the edge of my bone folder I curled the edges a bit. Once they were adhered in place I bent the top layers up and manipulated the petals until they looked like I wanted them too.  They turned out beautifully so I will definitely be using this technique again, I already have an idea - I just have to find the time to execute it!

I didn't have a sentiment stamp to use for the inside so I hand wrote a sentiment included in the back of Spring 2012 Stampers' Sampler Take Ten (one of my favourites).    I love this saying:

I've decided to enter this card in the following challenges:
  1. Allsorts Challenge Blog - Three in a row.
  2. Catered Crop - Recipie swap in stitches.
  3. Lets Ink It Up - Show us your flowers
  4. The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop - Spring colours.
  5. Pile it On - Up in the Air
  6. Moving Along With the Times - Special lady 
  7. Basic Grey Challenge - Mother's Day/ Girlie 
  8. The Ribbon Carousel - Baker's Twine 
  9. Deep Ocean Challenge - Butterflies 
  10. Creative Card Crew - Vintage 
  11. Papertake Weekly - For the girls or Mum
  12. The Pink Elephant - Get krafty
  13. Creative Stamp Friends - Spring
  14. Stampin' for the Weekend - Shabby chic photo Inspiration  

  15.  Cardabilities - Sketch #51 

 The Supplies I used are as follows:

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla.  Recollections Kraft.  Basic Grey Basics Kraft 6x6 Paper Pad.  Pink Paislee Mistables.

Stamps:  The Girls' Paperie Kitch clear stamps.

Ink:  Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink Chestnut Roan, Rouge, Lipstick Red, Creamy Brown, Alabaster.  Shimmerz Paints Baby's Breath, Cotton Candy, Heavy Metal, Plum Pudding.

Markers:  Stampin' Up! Stampin' Write Markers Chocolate Chip.  Sakura Gelly Roll pen Clear Stardust.

Adhesive:  Tombow Mono Adhesive Runner permanent, Scotch Quick Dry, Glue Dots, Skor Tape, foam squares.

Embellishments:  Creative Charm Vintage brads, We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy Fancy Floss Baker's Twine Cream Soda, American Crafts satin ribbon, pink gems from stash, cream thread from stash.

Tools:  Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large, Cuttlebug embossing folder Seeing Spots, paper trimmer, scissors, bone folder, paper piercer, sewing needle, Tim Holtz ruler (for piercing before sewing), Plaid Folk Art Peel & Stick painting stencils.