Alison's birthday

Alison’s birthday

This isn’t strictly a January card as I mailed it in December! This blog post is just showing a few recent ‘makes‘ though so I figured it would sit here nicely. It was actually made for a sketch challenge for stamping club and the letter panels are made with a stamp I’ve had for many years and really do not use enough – it’s very effective I think.

Flip Down Stack Card

I saw this tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers and fancied having a go. It’s really very easy to follow if you watch the video. I apologise for the photos – I needed to post some of these and my hubby wasn’t around to take the more professional shots but you can get the idea. 🙂 The flowers were stamped using Magenta-Cling Stamp Set-Floral Love which you can see here. The card base is from a pack of pre-decorated and folded cards and because the front is a little heavy I printed a sentiment on cardstock to line it and give it more ‘body‘.

Front view

Front view

Closed

Closed

Flip-down front card

Flip-down front card

Side view

Side view

Side view2

Side view2

Spellbinder showcase

I do love this expandable die – I cut it out of some pearlescent brown card and left a nice frame around it. The base card of 8×8 has a brown layer behind a taupe pearlescent layer which I ran through my Garden Lattice M-bossability.

I used co’re-dinations card to cut the Floral Burst die and then more of the taupe card to just emboss the die which I then cut out with scissors. I trimmed away the centre floral bits of the darker layer so that the taupe card showed through nicely. It was tucked behind some of the leaves just for a bit of interest. I made a shadow behind the greeting tag by cutting a second one in brown and cutting it in half so it peeps out both sides. It’s hard to see on the photos but that really is an elephant bead. 🙂 I added some lovely flat-back pearls from my stash for even more texture.

Front View

Front View

Verse

Verse

Cut, Fold & Tuck

Cut, Fold & Tuck

Elephant bead

Elephant bead

Different angle

Different angle

Fancy Nestie

That’s the name given to this card by ‘American Sue‘ in her tutorial – rather fiddly but very pretty. I used Marvelous Squares (Spellbinder’s spelling – not mine :)) for most of the decoration and some Diamond Strips and Accents for a bit more interest. I think it would have worked better if I’d used double-sided card. The stamping was done with a Joanna Sheen stamp which I think is discontinued now. It was very pretty in real life but the photos really don’t do it justice, sorry.

Fancy Nestie

Fancy Nestie

Front

Front

Inside

Inside

Diamond Strips

Diamond Strips

Marvelous Squares

Marvelous Squares

Laid flat

Laid flat

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