Posts tagged ‘French foliage’

April 27, 2013

French foliage poinsettias …

It has been so cold here over the past few days anyone would think it was winter, not spring!  The sun has at least been shining today, but that wind is still so chilly – brrrrrr!

So I decided to cheer myself up a bit and got out my scrap box to make a card.  Inspired by a card I saw on Maria’s blog – this is what I came up with …

 Christmas poinsettia

Lucky limeade is a beautiful shade of green and one of my favourites – I love how it looks with real red for a fresh, Christmassy look.

I stamped the leaf, from the french foliage stamp set, in cherry cobbler and old olive inks onto scraps of real red cardstock and then cut out each one using my paper snips.

Christmas poinsettia close up

Once I made the first flower it was hard to stop making them, and so I just kept going until I was out of scraps!

I found a strip of punched cardstock amongst my scraps too.  The punch is now retired but I loved how it looked on the edge of the dsp …

Christmas poinsettias

To achieve the two tone effect on the label, I first inked up the large label from the layered labels set using certainly celery ink, and then added some darker ink here and there using an old olive stampin writer marker pen, before stamping the image onto naturals ivory cardstock and cutting out with the matching apothecary accents framelits.

Here’s what I used to make today’s card – all supplies from Stampin’ Up!:

cardstock: lucky limeade, real red, naturals ivory, shimmery white; stamp sets: french foliage, more merry messages, layered labels; inks: cherry cobbler, old olive, basic grey, certainly celery; punches: large oval, border (retired); accessories: adhesive pearls, stampin’ dimensionals, apothecary accents framelits, big shot, parker’s patterns designer series paper, old olive stampin’ write marker pen.

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April 6, 2013

A vintage wedding collage …

Whilst still designing my daughter’s wedding invitations, I took some time out to make some for a friend.  I was a little out of my comfort zone with this style of card, but the bride knew exactly what she wanted … a vintage-distressed look with a large mix of colours, from soft pinks, lilacs and beige, to darker colours such as grey and navy.  The bride also had a long list of images she wanted which would tie in with her wedding theme … bird cages, flowers, postage stamps, flourishes and, of course, the Eiffel Tower – as this is where her fiancé had proposed.  You may remember the engagement card I made for them here.

So, here are my bespoke vintage wedding invitations for Sarah…

A vintage wedding invitation

I used several different stamp sets to create the collage to be able to include all the images the bride had asked for, including the hydrangea from a retired hostess set, which I love and cannot bear to part with.  The bride loved the finished effect with its tiny, fork-tied bows …

A vintage wedding bows

I also stamped the envelopes, front and back, to match …

A vintage wedding envelopes

The cards were lovingly hand-stamped and distressed –

and took many hours to complete…

A vintage wedding group

Each card was unique in its own way and made a pretty keepsake for each of the invited guests…

A vintage wedding

So, there’s a vintage style wedding ahead – a wedding unique in design and with the intricacy of the collage, and the high quality Stampin’ Up! materials I used, the invitation has given a little glimpse of what’s to come.


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