Spring is in the air …..

I love Spring! Lovely sunny days, plants and flowers coming to life after the Winter, the beautiful scent of my orchids, blossoms on the fruit trees, new life everywhere. One of my favourite flowers, and I have many favourites, is the Camellia. Layers of soft delicate petals against glossy foliage. Today’s card was inspired by this most beautiful flower.


I wanted that delicate soft look so I used the Stampin’ Up! Creped filter paper. Using the Big Shot and the Floral Frames Collection (the second smallest flower) I cut out 12 flowers. I then lightly spritzed each flower using daffodil delight, melon mambo and calypso coral. This gave each petal a slightly different look. Some parts of the petals were left white. I then layered each piece and held them together with a small brad. You won’t see the brad so you can use any colour. Each layer was then scrunched tight and very gently pulled back out to get the desired look. I then spritzed the whole flower with champagne mist (retired) to give it a shimmery finish.

P1010392To make the card I layered The Framed tulips embossing folder over a couple of pieces of pear pizzazz card I’d embossed with the lacy brocade folder (retired). Cut out a frame using the Labels collection framelits  glued this on top. I then cut out a set of leaves from the Little leaves sizzlits. I distressed the leaves and embossed veins using my tweezers and sponged the top with old olive. I then put a couple of drops of Crystal effects to form dew drops and left it to dry. I also put a couple of drops on the flower.


The sentiment is from the pursuit of happiness (retired) set and has been punched out with the Decorative label punch. I also punched out a second label, cut it in half and attached it behind the sentiment to add a little bit of colour. Once the leaves were dry I attached them to the card, placed the flower on top and stuck down the sentiment. A little Rhinestone finishes off the sentiment.

This last photo shows the colours in the flower. I have it sitting on some real leaves (all credit to our wonderful God for His creation).


Technical note: to make up spritzing colours I fill a Stampin’ Spritzer bottle with rubbing alcohol (available at supermarkets or chemists) and a about 10 drops of the desired Classic Stampin’ Ink refill. You can adjust the colour as needed but I find that you can always do more spritzes to get a stronger colour. The rubbing alcohol dries quickly so you can get on with your project.

I would love to hear what inspires you. Feel free to leave a comment. If you would like any information or have any questions about anything in the post please email me or comment.

Inspiration can come from many places. So why not go out in the sunshine, take a deep breath and see what inspires you.

Happy creating!


Vintage “Hello, Doily”!

I recently spent an afternoon creating with a friend. One of my favourite things to do. I had just purchased the Stampin’ Up! Hello, Doily stamp and wanted to give it a test run. Well what fun did we have?!! We created three cards using different techniques. All have a lovely vintage feel. Click on the photos to zoom in on the detail.


P1010306The above Oval Framelits card – we stamped the doily image onto vellum using the white craft ink. Using the back of the image facing out (what you see) we lined the vellum with Pacific Point card stock and used a beautiful brad for the centre of the doily. This is such a soft pretty card.

P1010301For the above card we stamped the doily image with VersaMark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder. Then using the emboss resist technique we sponged in Crumb Cake to make the image look 3D. I absolutely love this effect. Finished off the doily with the smallest Floral Frames framelits and an Antique brad. The sentiment is from the Loving Thoughts stamp set. A wee bit of embossed Old Olive card and a few pearls.

P1010303And finally probably my favourite for the day. Again we did the emboss resists as above. Stamped the En Francais background in Crumb Cake and sponged the edges of the card. Stamped the doily in Cherry Cobbler on Crumb Cake card and used the Dress Up framelits to cut out the dress. Then cut the top of the same dress out to make the jacket with matching  pocket. We then added some Flower trim, pearls, tulle ribbon, seam binding ribbon and love tag to the card. The sentiment is again from the Loving Thoughts stamp set.

I hope you find inspiration from these cards. They were lots of fun and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me or leave a comment. I love to hear from you.

Happy Creating!