I have used a sheet from one of the prettiest papers from the new catalogue on this card. They’re all pretty – I know! The Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper has hand painted impressionistic images and I love the artsy look about it.
My card has been inspired by a couple of challenges. Firstly, this sketch from Sunday Stamps. Having a sketch to work with gives you a great starting point to create projects.
To tie in with the Inspire Create Challenge Theme of Embossing I chose to stamp and emboss the Shimmery White cardstock panel in the centre in Black Embossing powder.
I used the floral spray from the Botanical Bliss stamp set for the embossing.This is a lovely sprig which can be used in a variety of ways. I added colour over this with sponge daubers to create an Emboss Resist Technique and I love the blend of colours this has created over the embossing. This was then mounted onto Silver Foil which made the embossed panel pop. Underneath this I added a piece of the new 12’x12′ Perennial Essence Vellum cardstock which comes in So Saffron, Petal Pink and Old Olive. The vellum is a lovely thicker texture and very easy to use on projects as it’s not flimsy.
I used one of the sentiments from the Floral Essence stamp and pleated the organdy ribbon underneath using Tear & Tape to secure it. This created a lovely soft texture on the card.
Check out all the other designs for these challenges by visiting Sunday Stamps and Inspire Create Challenges.
I’ve got a note card set for you today using a lovely set of Scalloped Note Cards and Envelopes from the new cataloue.
Both the envelopes and note cards have a dainty scalloped edging and there are 5 each of Balmy Blue, Old Olive, Light Pink and Terracotta Tile. This gives you 20 note cards and envelopes for $14.00 which makes it .70 cents a set.
Decorating these were easy with the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper. The colours were just perfect for these note cards. I used the same simple layout on all the cards.
The other day I spent a bit of time fussy cutting several images from these papers. I mixed and matched the birds with my cards today.
I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits to die cut my frames. For the bottom layer I first tried Basic Black but felt that was too harsh so opted for Basic Gray and liked this much better as it was a softer look.
First card is Old Olive and I’ve added the lovely floral paper on the base.
This is the Light Pink card and for my die cut square I used Petal Pink which coordinated with the paper I had used for the background. Are you loving the designs on the paper as much as I am?
Terracotta Tile card base but I did my die cut square in Calypso Coral. Can you tell? Someone didn’t read the back of the pack very well!
A Balmy Blue card with a pretty blue bird to match.
The Gingham Gala sequins came in just the right colours to embellish these 4 cards. Stampin’ Up! are spot on for coordination. I used the Itty Bitty Birthdays and Detailed with Love (retired but I had missed moving it out of my currents) stamp sets for the sentiments to cover a variety of occasions.
All products used to create these quick cards are listed below, where you can shop at my online store or contact me to place an order.
For the month of May I have focused on a lovely stamp set called Beautiful You. Ever since it’s release a couple of years ago it has been extremely popular. This is a 2 set stamp set and is filled with motivational and uplifting sentiments. It features some beautiful images of women and with Mother’s day coming up next week what better stamp set to feature this month than this particular set.
I have teamed this up with elements from the Love What You do stamp set. This too has words of encouragement and some great floral images. Together these stamp sets come together to create some fabulous cards this month for the women in our lives. Get this kit and you will be making cards in no time because the design has been thought out, so all you need to do is sit down and get crafting. You can even make Mother’s Day cards using these stamp sets and layouts.
What is Class in the Mail?
- It is is a monthly class which I prepare completely for you at no cost.
- I plan and design 4 cards, create a document with full instructions which include meaasurements, instructions, colour photos and tips – it is like having me right there helping you.
- I provide you with the card bases, cardstock and envelopes required to complete the 4 cards and a handmade card from me which can be re-used. This is provided FREE to qualifying orders. (see details below)
- It is not a subscription and you can choose in which month you wish to participate
- The kits can be posted anywhere in Australia
- You will have the instructions with you to view at any time and you can craft when it suits you.
How do you participate?
Purchase the PDF which includes complete instructions to create 4 cards.
- Spend a minimum of $60 (prior to shipping) using this Month’s Host Code HJMSKYHV
- You can purchase whatever you like in your order. I have provided a list of products I have used to create the 4 cards at the bottom of this post. You can choose to order these products or substitute them with other products of your choice.
- Upon receipt of your order, I will send an email to the email address provided in your order with the PDF of the month’s Class in the Mail
- The cardstock and envelopes will be mailed out to you
- If your order exceeds $250 retail value, don’t use the Host Code as you will receive your own Host Rewards. I will still send you the Class in the Mail.
- Remember to use the Host Code
- The PDF is available to purchase separately for $10 for anyone else who wishes to have this handy reference.
There are some basic supplies you will need each month. Click on Class in the Mail to view complete details of this great feature where you get to craft with me in the comfort of your home.
These 2 stamp sets are carrying over into the new Annual Catalogue. If you live in Australia and would like a copy of the full colour catalogue which is filled with ideas and inspiration to get you crafting, please contact me.
Look forward to crafting with you.
Products Used to Create These Cards
The Classic Garage suite – something for every classic car lover, mechanic, motor head in the family. It’s ideal to create those great masculine cards. I’ve created many projects using this suite and find it has some great sentiments as well. However, when I get a stamp set, I try to picture it in a completely different setting or colour scheme to what is mainly being promoted. This makes me think more creatively and work in different colour schemes, giving me more options with stamp sets.
This classic car spoke ‘pink’ to me. Ok, I know it’s my favourite colour but I also chose it because it was so different to the strong colours which I had been previously working with for this set. I thought I really should create this card especially for the ladies.
I have used the Classic Garage Designer Series Paper as my background. The great part of double sided paper is that it has exactly that – 2 sides. The colour palette of this Designer Series Paper is Basic Black, Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Tranquil Tide, Very Vanilla, Whisper White. This Basic Gray muted background would work well with many colours and I loved how it looked with my Flirty Flamingo car.
I layered 2 ribbons together to create an accent on this card. The Glittered Organdy Black ribbon has just that enough sparkle for this card for the lady who loves her cars. The many dies make it easy to create the background with metallic foil.
The sentiment was stamped and punched with the pretty label punch. I created this look by using a shorter piece of cardstock so it squared the top and bottom. Just like us ladies who love our accessories, the metal key is the perfect accessory to complete the look.
A running stream, a shady tree, ferns, hills just make me think of relaxing. I tend to get drawn to any stamps which have images of scenery in them. Peaceful Place was no different.I just love the tranquility that this image evokes. It makes me think of sitting under that tree and enjoying a picnic. Wouldn’t you just love to sit a while and relax there?
For this card I did a lot of water colouring – sitting watching tv and crafting, adding layers of colour until I achieved the colours that I wanted. I enjoy colouring in so this was quite relaxing for me. I’ve been using Stampin’ Blends a lot and it was nice to change it up with Water Colours.
Make sure you use Stazon ink (because it stays on)
when water colouring to ensure colours don’t run.
I mixed Bermuda Bay and Pacific Point for the stream and the hills were coloured in Old Olive with touches of Bermuda Bay added for shading. The sentiment was heat embossed in White and mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Scenic stamps are a great way to bring out the artist in you. I am in no way good at drawing but I love colouring in and stamps like Peaceful Place work for me.
Butterfly Elements are some really cute embellishments which are on offer during Sale-A-Bration. As expected there are butterflies but there are also various flowers and different sized leaves which can be used for your projects. The natural look of these really appeal to me but you will see on the second card that there are ways to alter this.
This card uses the beautiful Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper – 3 different patterns of it. The black checks adds a nice contrast against the butterflies. I have attached the butterfly element with glue dots. You do need to be careful when removing these off the backing board as they can chip if you put too much pressure on it. Just work your way around it and it just pops out. I’ve layered some ribbons together and added the butterfly on top. The only stamped element is the sentiment. This is a great layout for using up your patterned paper.
This card too shows off the beauty of that butterfly paper. How pretty is it? I had some leftover embossed Lemon Lime Twist cardstock so I cut it down and used it under the sentiment. I’ve also made use of the free Organdy Ribbon from Sale-A-Bration. This pack comes in 5 colours so it’s a great item to get as a freebie. I also used the die from the Beautiful Layers set to coordinate the inside of the envelope with the card.
The butterfly is from the Butterfly Elements. I used Black Embossing Powder to achieve this effect. I love the glossy look it gives to it. Using a pair of tweezers to hold onto the edge helps you when using the heat gun. I applied the embossing powder twice to make sure I got every section. That butterfly really stands out against the background and ties in with the paper with the black dots. The black and white options in this paper makes it versatile.