I hope you have all had a lovely day for Mother’s Day, doing whatever is special to you 🙂 My mother-in-law and brother-in-law came around for breakfast this morning and the men cooked up a wonderful brunch, all the better because I was not in the kitchen! I’m really excited to start reading my present too … Twilight!! There’s been so much interest in this book and the movie was spellbinding, I’m really curious to see the writing that has inspired so many … and as a closet fantasy writer, I’m sure to learn a lot!
Anyway, back to card making!! This is the card I made for my mother-in-law, using the stamp sets A Rose is a Rose, Friends 24-7 and Wonderful Favourites. I really love the way A Rose is a Rose and Friends 24-7 goes together in this card. They could be from the same stamp set!! The roses are two-step stamped in Real Red and Bravo Burgundy and the petals are in Old Olive and Always Artichoke. I wanted a really soft effect for my Damask image from the Friends 24-7 stamp set, so it has been stamped off in Old Olive.
The papers I’ve used are Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive, Whisper White and Whisper White textured (for the large background). The ribbon across the middle of the card is Bravo Burgundy wide grosgrain and I’ve used the Eyelet border punch for the detail along the bottom of the card. There are three of the big white half pearls from the Pretties Kit in the top right hand corner. The sentiment ‘Wonderful Mother’ has been stamped in Bravo Burgundy using the stamp set Wonderful Favourites – what a great set this is, so versatile!
And most exciting of all to me … like a card maker’s mother’s day present … was the chance to use the Build-a-Brad on this card, for the first time!! I’ve punched out a rose bud from the Bella Rose DSP (part of the scrapbooker’s special this month!!) and the adhered it to the brad, stuck on the so-cool acrylic bubble and then attached it to the centre of the Damask image.
And a card wouldn’t be a card without Dazzling Diamonds, would it?! I’ve added DD using Crystal Effects on the roses.
Do you find you are sometimes stuck for an idea? I often will look for something to inspire me to create a card and then I make it my own. But this card from pages 7 and 157 from the Idea Book & Catalogue was too elegant to alter … I had to recreate it!
Except, I made one obvious alteration. If you can tell me what I have changed, then post a comment on this page letting me know. I’ll post this card to either the person who is correct or, if there is more than one correct answer, I’ll draw your name out of a hat. Anyone is welcome to participate, including my clever team! You have until Friday 9.00pm!
This is the other card I’ve made for the upcoming wedding …
I’ve embossed the ‘Mr & Mrs’ in silver on Whisper White. I adore the ampersand from Together Forever!!! Don’t you? Next I embossed En Francais in white onto vellum. The colours are Whisper White and Very Vanilla … with the Pretties Kit hat pin and some 5/8″ wide grosgrain ribbon … and white brads (now retired).
Do you ever make a card and wonder, I’m not really sure if I like it? Well, this is that card for me. I really love the Groovy Guava textured cardstock, my Priceless stamp set and the Pretties kit pearls and flower I’ve added (and touched the flower up with the coordinating colours with my blender pens and ink pads). But I just am not sure I like the end product. What do you think?
Wow! I have just completed my first ever Kristina Werner colour challenge! Every week Kristina puts up a colour challenge and this week’s challenge was based upon the picture above. I love Kristina’s blog, she does the best videos! You really must visit Kristina here.
The colours we had to use for our colour challenge were real red, pumpkin pie, so saffron, old olive and tempting turquoise (have you ever noticed how Stampin’ Up! Colours always begin their colour name with the same letter?!!?)
This is the card I came up with … and it was a challenge! Although it was great to have a driving challenge behind a birthday card for a special friend living in London … now I have to get this card in the mail!
This is a close up of my Boho Backgrounds stamp … it is layered with dimensionals and looks lovely with the square red rhinestone centre. I really love the colour combo I’ve used on this part of my card – real red, pumpkin pie and old olive – they look great together, don’t you think?
I also used our our So Saffron DSP that you can only purchase until 31 May 2008 (in Australia, from me in Parklea!) with Stampin’ Up!’s Palette o’ Prints promotion. I love the spots!