Silver on silver wedding

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At Christmas time I used the silver on silver embossing technique to make a card very similar to this one, just using a tree instead of a heart.  I love the look of silver on silver so made a wedding card for a friend to use.  There really isn’t much to the card.  I stamped the Baroque Motifs flourish and the Ever After heart in versamark and then embossed with silver e.p.  I attached a piece of pirouette pink cardstock inside the card and stamped the sentiment from Ever After in the centre in silver.  The picture isn’t the best, I’m sorry, I find it hard to photograph the silver well.

Thanks for dropping in.  I hope to have something new to share soon.  I have not done any creating in a week and I am itching to stamp again.  I have eight scrapbook layouts on my craft table which need to be stuck together.  They are the final pages in a scrapbook chronicling the 2007-2008 season of Stellae Boreales , the violin ensemble my girls belong to.  I need to finish that scrapbook and get started on this year’s before the current season is over!

Supplies:

Stamps: Ever After, Baroque Motifs
Inks: Versamark
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Brushed Silver
Also: Light pink grosgrain ribbon, silver cord, silver e.p.


Beautiful Blue

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I finally managed to make another of the CPS Sketches, something I intend to do every week but some how don’t often manage.  When I decided to do sketch #104 I realized straight away that it would take me out of my comfort zone.  It is very asymmetrical, with images coming in from the side not placed in the centre where I usually put them.

Anyway,  I decided that a piece of lovely paper I picked up on sale at Michaels would be just the inspiration I needed to get started.  The paper has very large floral images on it but the bit I wanted to feature on the card was the white flourishes at the top of the card.  The flourishes prompted me to do my stamping in white only and the blue in the paper blended in well with Baja Breeze cardstock.  My stamped images were very simple so I deviated from the sketch ever so slightly with the divided panels and yes, the orientation of the card itself. The darker blue behind my patterned panels is the reverse side  of the designer paper.

Supplies:

Inks:  Versamark
Cardstock: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Bohemia Paper (My Mind’s Eye)
Stamps:  Ever After, Eastern Influences
Also:  White e.p.


Peacock Inspiration

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Flourishes released three new sets this week and held a challenge to celebrate.  As one of the sets is a Peacock set, the challenge was to use the colours of a peacock feather in your card.  I love the blues and greens of peacock feathers, but the picture on the Flourishes blog had a very definite gold in it also so I decide to go with those three colours.

I stamped the heart first on watercolour paper and embossed with gold glory e.p.  Then I brushed water across the sheet of paper and squeezed droplets of Garden Green ink and Not quite Navy ink onto the wet paper.  It bled across the paper and the colours blurred into each other.  I think I will try this technique again but wait for the ink to dry and emboss afterwards; it was hard to get ink into all the little spaces in the centre of the heart.

I used the same technique to do the “From the Heart” greeting on the inside of the card.   The greeting was meant to be on the front but no matter how I arranged things I wasn’t happy with it on the front so it got put inside and I added the embossied  gold background on the front.

Hope you had a happy Valentines Day, but don’t forget let your loved ones know you love them everyday!

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Supplies:

Inks:  Versamark, Garden Green, Not quite Navy
Cardstock: Watercolour paper, Not quite Navy, Brushed Gold
Stamps:  Ever After, All Year Cheer
Also:  Gold Glory e.p.


Valentine Bag Topper

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I held a new catalog party last night and this was the make and take, only just in time for Valentine’s Day.  As you can probably see it was very simple to make.   The red piece of card is 5½”x4¼” scored at 3″ and the white 5¼”x4″ scored at 2 7/8″.  I stamped one red heart in the centre of the larger side of the white card,  then without re- inking stamped the hearts either side and the “for you” from One of a Kind.   I sliced off the open flap end of the translucent envelopes and popped in ten hearts.  To seal the packet I stapled the red piece over the envelope and then stuck the decorated white piece on with adhesive.  Last of all I punched a hole through the top and tied a red bow.

Supplies:
Inks:  Real Red
Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red
Stamps:  Ever After, One of a Kind
Also:  Red grosgrain ribbon


Ever After

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This card happened a little by accident, but I am very happy with the accident.  After I had had all sorts of issues with my previous heart card, which had meant that I had stamped the heart, cleaned the stamp, botched it and then stamped the heart, cleaned the stamp, botched it… the stamping scrub was tinged with red ink, so even when I cleaned the stamp I didn’t do a good enough job.  I inked up the heart withTsukineko Wheat Versamagic chalk ink, which I had never used before, and stamped it on vanilla cardstock.  The colour of the heart was the pale salmon colour in the card above, not wheat.  It just happened to match beautifully with Blush Blossom so a few layers and a cuttlebug embossed matte were all that was needed to make this wedding card.

As the card is 5¼” square the cuttlebug matte needed to be wider than the embossing folder. I put it through once and then moved the folder over to the unembossed strip down the side of the square and carefully fitted the folder partially over the already embossed part of the square but also over the rest of the square.  Sharon actually explains how to do it with pictures here.

Thanks for dropping in.

Supplies:
Inks: Tsukineko Versamagic chalk ink- Wheat
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Blush Blossom
Stamps:  Ever After
Also:  Textile cuttlebug folder


Cuttlebug Valentine

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This heart is  the first  stamp I have  from the new catalog.  I didn’t have a heart stamp so I decided to get this beautiful one.   Simple though this card is, it took me forever!  I had hoped to post it a few days ago but I just couldn’t work out what was missing.  I changed orientation, added words, removed the ribbon, etc, etc.   As it turned out all it needed was the embossed background;  I had been working with a blank vanilla piece which was just too plain.  The embossed background filled in the space without making it too busy.

I stamped the heart in red, cut it out and cut a matte out of real red.  The heart is raised slightly over the ribbon by stampin’ dimensionals.  Thanks for dropping in, I have another heart card which I am almost finished which should be up soon.

Supplies:
Inks:  Real Red
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Real Red
Stamps:  Ever After
Also:  Red grosgrain ribbon,  Birds and Swirls cuttlebug folder