Friday, 15 August 2014

A Special Card for a Special Post

Its been another gorgeous day today - sunshine and 18 degrees! So pleasant for the middle of Winter and it feels as though there may even be a touch of Spring in the air! Today is my 150th blog post and whilst still a very small number compared to those who have been blogging for years, it still surprises me how much I have grown as a Card Maker since it was first suggested that I should start to enter some Challenges. During the last 150 posts I have entered many challenges and even won a few :-) And am honoured to now be a Design Team member for the Paper Craft Crew and also a Guest Designer for a challenge recently with the Team at Just Add Ink too. So thank you for your support of me and for all the wonderful encouragement from friends without which I never would've had the confidence to begin ( You know who you are :-) )

And so i have a special card for you today - it is one I made for Carolyn, from the Paper Craft Crew for her birthday last week and I know she likes it :-) So now I can share it with you too!

And funnily enough it is based on a Sketch Challenge too :-) This time from Freshly Made Sketches

I didn't enter it into the Challenge though as I didn't want to Post about it before the card arrived in Queensland (or it wouldn't be a surprise!) and of course the challenge finished some days ago now but here is the sketch anyway so you can see where the inspiration came from :

Yes, the card base is White and the striking DSP is from the Moonlight DSP Stack - such a handy little pack, so perfectly sized for card fronts! Next I cut some more White card using the On Film Framelits and added some dimensionals underneath before stamping the flower. It is one of the images from the Flower Patch set - photopolymer so is really good to have a stamp mat or I use a large Mouse Pad underneath (thanks Katerina!) so that you can get a clean image as the stamps are harder than rubber and need a soft mat to help transfer the ink - especially to solid images. I actually stamped the same stamp several times and hand cut out the layers - yes there are framelits, but not for all the layers of this particular image and I wanted to create a layered flower. For the leaves I stamped the larger image first and then the detail using the same ink - and it is so easy to line them up as being completely clear you can see right through them!
And next came a butterfly - this one from Kinda Ecelctic - as I know Carolyn loves butterflies it  seemed an essential element :-) and a little bling to finish.

Card stock: Whisper White, Pear Pizaz
Designer Series Paper: Moonlight Stack
Inks: Strawberry Slush, Pear Pizzaz, Blackberry Bliss
Stamps: Flower Patch, Kinda Eclectic
Accesssories: Big Shot, On Film Framelits, Flower Fair Framelits, Elegant Butterfly punch, Basic Rhinestones, Lucky Limeaid Bakers Twine (Retired)

I was so glad to hear that Carolyn loved her card - it is so lovely to be able to make a card for a friend and fellow card maker and tailor it to what you hope they will like :-)
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today. I hope that you too continue to enjoy making cards and other projects if you haven't already started entering Challenges then I encourage you to give it a go!  You never know how much it might help you grow  - and what lovely friends you may meet along the way!

Happy stamping until next time



  1. CONGRATULATIONS! Well done. I kinda guessed that card might have been for Carolyn given not only the butterfly but the choice of color (purple/Blackberry Bliss) but did not want to say so on . You are very patient fussy cutting all those flowers! The result is amazing. Here's to many more blogposts! Cheers!

    1. Thank you so much Louise !! Yes, the butterfly and colours are a bit of a give away aren't they :-) I did think about layering using the dies....but wanted to give this a go :-) such fun to do really ! Thanks again :-)

  2. Lovely & elegant card, Jan!! The layered flower looks so luscious!!! -Katerina

    1. Thank you so much Katerina! As you know, I wouldn't have got this blog off the ground without your encouragement and always generous feedback :-) I can't thank you enough, my friend!