Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Picture Perferct Flowers

Hello, Crafters.

We had our second day of summer yesterday and it was superb! Looks like today s going to be day three. Long may this continue!  

Yesterday was a very successful day in my studio. As well as making Wednesday's video, I also made today's card. The video was requested by one of my YouTube subscribers and it shows how to make a shaker card using the Painter's Palette Stamp Set. I've uploaded it to YouTube but haven't had a chance to check it yet but will do when I get back from work today. 

Unfortunately I had a migraine shortly before I recorded my video, so I need to check it to see if my speech is slurred. I have "aura" migraines which means I get dancing lights in front of my eyes and can't focus properly. I'm very fortunate in as much as they only last for half an hour I but my speech is slurred for some time after! 

To make today's card I started with a Soft Sky Cardstock base, with a layer of Whisper White Cardstock, followed by a top layer of Soft Sky. I adhered them together uysing Tombow.

I used the Layering Squares Framelits Dies and die cut three squares that were three and five eights square. I'd spent quite some time experimenting with various colours for the flower. I finally decided on stamp no. 1 Soft Sky Ink, stamp no 2 Pool Party Ink and stamp no 3 Dapper Denim, gently stamp off first.

I stamped the three flowers in various positions on the squares and also stamped a fourth flower on a Post-It note which I then fussy cut. Using Shara Sand Ink, I used this to cover the three flowers in turn so I could stamp the long patterned stamp from the Touches of Texture Stamp Set on each square horizontally, once at the top and once at the bottom. Then I used one of the scalloped Layering Square Framelits Dies to die cut three squares in Sahara Sand Cardstock to layer the flower images on - really love these new layering dies!

I used my Crumb Cake and Dapper Denim Marker Pens to paint the sentiment stamp, which is from the Mixed Borders Stamp Set. I stamped it on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock and die cut it using a straight-cut die from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies. Then, using some Sahara Sand Cardstock, I die cut a scalloped oval from the same set and adhered it to the sentiment using Tombow. 

Then I adhered the three flower images to the card front, also using Tombow, but I staggered them rather than putting them in a straight line. This left a great space for the sentiment to go. The top layer looked rather bland, so I used the leaf design stamp from the Mixed Borders Stamp Set and stamped, tone on tone, using Soft Sky Ink in five strategic positions! The final step was painting over the three flowers using my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen.

Today I'm off to work, which will be the last day for this month and by the time I arrive home, I should find that my Stampin' Up! order has arrived! More new goodies including the limited edition Thoughtful Branches which will be available during August only!

Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. Beautiful card Jan! I love how those 3 blues blend together, have to try this one! I'm so sorry about your headache and certainly hope that you feel better and that, at the very least, they don't come too often! Crafty Hugs, Sue

    1. Many thanks, Sue. I'm really not a painter so these two- and three- step stamps really suit me! Many thanks for your kind thoughts, too. ☺ ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  2. Beautiful card. I just love these shades of blue. I think I have all 3 and may case this card.
    I enjoy reading your blog daily. Love to hear what is going on in your part of the world.

    Bethlehem, PA

    1. Many thanks, Kathy. I'm really pleased you enjoy reading my blog and having a peep into life on this side of the pond ☺ ☺ I'm also really pleased that you're going to have a go at this card. Have fun. ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.