Tuesday 25 October 2011

French Foliage gift set

Yesterday I was telling you about the card and gift bag I made for my friends birthday at the weekend. She has the most gorgeous colouring - blonde hair with green eyes - and looks fabulous in autumnal colours, so it was almost inevitable that I'd use my beloved French Foliage stamp set! Come and see what I've made:

First of all I've got to say that the frame is one of my favourite things in the whole catalogue! It's a set of two embossing folders and they appeared on the top of my wish list the moment I saw them! I trimmed this one with my sharp paper snips and filled the inset bit with a piece of black card stock and a scrap of Newsprint designer paper. That's retired now but you can get the same effect with the new First Edition Speciality paper.

Here's a close-up of the frame with the beautiful leaf from French Foliage popped up on dimensionals on top. To make the leaf, I rock 'n' rolled the stamp using Pumpkin Pie and Early Espresso inks and stamped it onto some autumn colours I'd sponged onto a piece of Very Vanilla card stock. The leaf is easy to cut out with my sharp paper snips and I think makes a great focal point.

I'd bought a beautiful wall hanging made out of driftwood for my friend and the shop gave it to me in a plain white carrier. I thought the bag would look great jazzed up with a leaf design. It's so easy to just stamp and go with French Foliage!

Here's a detail of the design - the leaves are quite randomly stamped as you can see.

I didn't know this when I made today's card, but it fits rather nicely with the challenge at Make My Monday this week - to make a card using the colours orange and black. What a month of fabulous challenges it's been over there!

Supplies needed for the card:
Stamps: French Foliage, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie
Card stock: Naturals Ivory, Very Vanilla, Basic Black
Other: Designer Frames embossing folder, Newsprint designer paper (retired), paper snips
I'd love to order any of these supplies for you and I can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I am committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to help and advise. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. 

I've had a busy old life just lately and regular readers of my blog will know all about the senior moments I've been having. At Milton Keynes market at the weekend, I noticed this notice in the booth window of one of the stallholders:

I think if I have any more of these lapses, I'm going to need to get myself kitted out with a memory card - and maybe a bluetooth charger would help in the mornings too! Anyway, in view of those senior moments, I've decided to take a few days off. I'll be back again on Saturday though - with a very exciting announcement! Whoopee!

Take care and enjoy your crafting - and I'll hope to see you on Saturday.



  1. Great use of the frame, Vicky. It's super cute!

  2. I need to sign up for one of those memory cards! I have embarassed myself a lot lately with my lapses. This is a beautiful card. That little bit of black mat with the DSP inside the frame adds drama and the leaf is beautiful.

  3. You're so funny!....and so clever!

  4. I am just always in awe at your amazing work! I love your CAS style--you are so talented!

  5. Beautiful card! Love those embossing folders too.

  6. Gorgeous card. I love all the cards you make with French Foliage. What a great idea to dress up a plain gift bag, too. :) Ann

  7. What a lovely gift set for your friend! I bet she was thrilled!! Love the decorated white bag, just perfect!!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  8. Sophisticated and understated as usual Vicky and the dressed up bag is brilliant, random stamped patterns always look so easy but I know they are hard to make them look random!
    Have a lovely few days grace from blogland :)
    Jenny x

  9. Hi Vicky, love your card, "quietly elegant". Always enjoy looking at your blog and look forward to seeing you back again soon. Helen (from down under)

  10. Superb set Vicky
    Sure your friend will be as thrilled with her makes as the present

    M x

  11. Hello Vicky,
    another triumph ! I love the frames too, they are so useful for a variety of projects. I never throw any bags away and you have given me some great inspiration for what to do with them!
    Jane x

  12. Super card Vicky and I love the bag. Fabulous colours. xx

  13. Gorgeous card and gift bag Vicky - it's one of my favourite sets too. Thanks for joining in again at Make My Monday - Jacqueline xx
    P.S - don't stay away too long we'll miss you xx

  14. Really gorgeous Vicky! I definitely need a new memory card - about 8gb would do me nicely!

  15. What a fantastic set Vicky, I'm sure your friend was thrilled. Think I need a trip to MK -soon!! Will miss you but look forward to seeing you back on Saturday - have a good week
    M x

  16. Fab FF card and matching gift bag.


  17. hi Vicky
    Fabulous the!!!!!!
    gorgeous .....
    Hugs sylvie

  18. What a lovely present, I particularly liked the stamping on the bag and I am sure your friend loved them.
    When I said 'a lie down sometimes helps' I only meant for a few hours not DAYS!!
    Looking forward to the announcement at the weekend.
    Linda xx

  19. Hello Vicky

    I'm home !!!!
    What a fabulous card and pressie bag, both are just stunning.


  20. Vicky another gorgeous card with this set and the bag is perfect. Enjoy your few days off and look forward to seeing you soon.


  21. Wow your friend must have been delighted with the fabulous card and bag Vicky, a present in themselves:)I'm so inspired by all the creations you have made with the French Foliage stamp set that I think I may have to invest in it! Your idea for coping with memory loss is genius, pity it's not as easy as that:) Intrigued to hear your news
    Val x

  22. A beautiful CAS card, with a special WOW! with the bag. Many thanks for your continued support of MMM. Caz

  23. Just brilliant please get me a memmory card !!!! your gift bag and card are just brilliant too i havent got that set but its on the wishlist along with the rest of the catolouge har har enjoy your few days off Luv Sue x

  24. Beautiful set, your friend is going to love these.

  25. Wow!. Vicky you've done it again, these are absolutely Fab.

    Have some great time off, and I cant wait for your return!


  26. Hi Vicky

    Wonderful makes. I bet your friend loved them as much as I do!!

    I think we could all do with some extra memory!! LOL!!!

    Have a good break.

    Love Jules xx

  27. Hi Vicky,
    Your friend must have been delighted with this wonderful card and gift bag. So beautifully stamped, as always. Enjoy your time off:)

  28. How beautifull! Love what you've done with the card and gift bag.

  29. An elegant card - I might need that frame folder now!! Lovely idea for the gift bag too

  30. Fab card - I love that frame, how gorgeous! Lovely bag too :o) Lisa x

  31. A simple and elegant way to show off that gorgeous leaf. And the bag makeover is terrific!

  32. Hey Vicky! Another great and elegant cas card. I love the bag, I really do! Have a great weekend. Janna

  33. Fab card and carrier bag Vicky, I could also do with a new memory card, must ask my son about it lol! :O) Viv xx

  34. Hi Vicky... these afe wonderful projects i esp like the gift bag.
    Thank you for joining Make My Monday.
    Suzi B x

  35. Just fabulous card and gift bag Vicky. Love the clean and simple classy look of the card and the stamping on the bag is fabulous.
    Thanks for joining in with the Make My Monday challenge this week and wishing you good luck.
    Fliss xx

  36. this card is beautiful, it looks like you've picked up e real leaf and attached it to your card.
    Kelly xx

  37. This card is gorgeous and that frame is going on to my wish list too! Fabulous inking on the leaf!


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