Floral Boutique Birthday Card

by Joanne James19. September 2016 07:00

Happy Monday everyone! Apologies if you struggled to see my blog yesterday; my web hosting company was undertaking some account migration activity that was supposed to be 'behind the scenes', but resulted in some outages along the way. My website still isn't fully functioning but my blog is at least now back online - let's hope it stays that way!

I am starting the week off bright and early with a card for this week's challenge over at TGIF Challenges where the theme is to use the negative space left after making a die cut in a positive way:

This is a technique I love to use and can be very effective. Here's the card I made for my lovely Mother-In-Law's birthday last week that demonstrates it beautifully:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

Large Letters Framelits - I used my Large Letter Framelits to create the negative die cut space on my card. I've said it before, but in case you were sleeping/skipped a bit/not paying attention or all of the above, these framelits, whilst pricey, are an investment item - they will see you through so many projects they are well worth the spend.

Floral Boutique - My negative space not only makes light work of some important personalisation here, but it also serves to showcase this gorgeous navy and white Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper. The hand-painted blooms are gorgeous and the negative space does a great job of focusing in on the paper, which would not stand out as much if the positive die cut letters had been used.

Finishing Touches - The 'happy birthday' from Birthday Basics completes my sentiment, along with a couple of rhinestones and some Night of Navy solid baker's twine tied in a bow. I used the Floral Phrases stamp set to decorate the envelope and inside of my card too.

This type of card is quite straightforward to make; the most important consideration is to ensure your letter dies are perfectly aligned. I am happy to report that my Mother-in-Law loved her birthday card, which co-ordinated with some Floral Boutique goodies as a birthday gift. Me - I loved this card so much, I created a masculine version for my Dad, who celebrates his birthday tomorrow; hopefully I'll share this one later this week. 

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any.   

Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!


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Floral Phrases Congratulations Card

by Joanne James30. June 2016 08:05

Today it's time for a new challenge over at Create With Connie and Mary and this week we have a sketch for you:


For my card today I decided to go with a classically elegant wedding/anniversary card using the new Floral Phrases stamp set that is part of the Floral Boutique suite:

Here's the low-down on today's card:

Hand Painted Florals - The stamps in the Floral Phrases set, just like the co-ordinating Floral Boutique designer papers, have the appearance of hand painted images when stamped, with gradations in colour for artistic effect. They also include a beautiful script and some heartfelt sentiments - I included the one in my card in the thumbnail above.

Not Quite Mirrored - I stamped the floral image then rotated it through 180 degrees and stamped it again to give me my focal point. The images are not a mirror image of each other, yet combining the two images in this way does create a seamless focal point, with the join covered by my sentiment banner. 

A Classic Colour Combination - Navy and white is a classic colour combination that features throughout the Floral Boutique suite. I wound some Night of Navy solid baker's twine around my card behind my banner and added a strip of gold sequins to add a little extra sparkle to my otherwise monochromatic card.

Today's card is a nice easy one to re-create and perfect for a summer wedding - why not have a go yourself?

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Do visit the other Design Team members to see what they did with this week's sketch; there's lots of inspiration over on their blogs too!

We have a big day today: it's finally time for The Wizard of Oz and Rebecca's performance of the Dorothy. She has four performances today, so I'm wishing her well - I'll report back in full tomorrow! Enjoy your day and I'll be back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

  • Floral Phrases Clear-Mount Stamp Set
  • Night Of Navy Solid Baker's Twine
  • Night Of Navy A4 Cardstock
  • Night Of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Whisper White A4 Thick Cardstock
  • Gold Sequin Trim

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