Monday 24 September 2012

Perfectly Preserved birthday

On Friday evening I went out with some of my girlfriends to celebrate a birthday. We haven't seen each other since before the summer holidays so it was lovely to catch up. I made a card of course:

I am totally obsessed with the Perfectly Preserved stamp set - I just love putting things in the jar! This time I've used the flower and stem in the set to make a little bouquet. Stampin' Up have thoughtfully provided framelit dies to make cutting out shapes in this set easy (and if you buy the stamp set and dies together you get 15% off - bargain!)

Do you like the little tag? It's from Mixed Medley, one of the gorgeous hostess sets in the new autumn/winter seasonal catalogue which contains no fewer than ten useful tags. I tied a little bakers twine to this one and popped it up on a dimensional at the neck of the jar.

I liked the simplicity of the jar containing the flowers but wanted something but wanted something a bit more, so I sponged around the jar with Baja Breeze ink and, using a post it note as a mask, sponged a ground for it to 'rest' on. The jar is highlighted with my white Watercolour Wonder crayon - I can't tell you how useful this is! - and I added a green die cut butterfly.

I had bought a pretty jug for my lovely friend, which I wrapped in pink tissue that coordinated with the Rich Razzleberry theme. The present fitted nicely in this plain kraft bag I had in my stash which I decorated with the flower from Perfectly Preserved. I added a simple tag stamped with the sentiment from Curly Cute and tied a piece of Rich Razzleberry grosgrain ribbon to the handles to finish.

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Perfectly Preserved, Mixed Medley
Ink: Gumball Green, Rich Razzleberry, Elegant Eggplant, Baja Breeze, Wisteria Wonder
Card stock: Very Vanilla, Naturals Ivory, Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade
Other: 3/4" circle punch, Beautiful Wings embosslits die, Lucky Limeade bakers twine, Watercolour Wonder crayons

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The weather has turned very autumnal here now, with rain and high winds. The boots are well and truly out now, along with the jumpers and cardies, and I even fished out a pair of gloves yesterday. In the evening we crumbled and turned the heating on while watching Downton Abbey. We've had to ban my husband as he keeps making pantomime noises, hissing at Thomas and talking over the Dowager Countess - shocking behaviour I'm sure you'll agree!

I'll be back tomorrow - maybe with something a bit woolly looking! See you then,


  1. it is really a sweet card :)

  2. Vickie - I love this! I just got the stamp set the other day and made a card with those same flowers on it. Love the color you used for these and the butterfly is perfect! Great gift bag too!

  3. Beautiful card Vicky, love the mass of purple flowers. I really like this jar stamp now, grrr, another item to add to my wish list!

    We also given in with the heating, it's on and staying on with this yucky rain and wind :(

    Hope you have a good day xx

  4. I can see you've been having lots of fun coming up with a myriad of different ideas for that jar, and I'm sure there will be more to come. Lovely colours too, including the little butterfly. Helen

  5. This is beautiful Vicky, I love the rich colours and the 3d effect you created on your jar.
    Oh, I love Downton Abbey! How great is Shirley MacLaine?

  6. Gorgeous card and matching gift bag - I'm sure your friend loved it.
    I have to admit that I have been known to hiss and boo at Thomas too!! - Jacqueline xx

  7. I just love this card and the jar set is one my wish list...great flowers too


  8. Gorgeous card Vicky - love the layered flowers. I've got my eye on the 'Bug' set in the new Annual catalogue for "caught a bug" get well cards.

  9. Beautiful card, love the whole colour coordination thing you've got going on here. That stamp is definitely a must have!

    Louise xx

  10. Another winning card with this lovely set Vicky.

  11. WOW - you've really gone for it and made a wonderful card here Vicky. Love the bag and tags too.

    Sarn xxx

  12. I can't believe all the different ideas you've come up with this stamp set Vicky, this vase of flowers is gorgeous:)
    Val x

  13. OH! Vicky you have done it again. this is beautiful. Love the effect of the jar and the stems.

    Thanks for the tip on the challenge, will go have a looky.

  14. What a great card and pressie, looks as if that stamp set is going to be really useful:0) I love the kraft bag, it makes a lovely gift bag!
    Hubby needs to keep his drama to himself (but I can't help agreeing with him) LOL LOL I do enjoy the programme, it is so much fun, Maggie Smith is simply fabulous in it, she makes me chuckle :0) Gay x

  15. Gorgeous card Vicky-and the matching gift bag is a lovely touch-what a pretty set ! :) x

  16. Truly lovely bouquet and the perfect colors for this cheerful card!

  17. Those popped-up flowers look gorgeous in the jar! I love the green butterfly accent too which adds just the right amount of color contrast!

  18. Gorgeous card! Love how you gave it dimension by popping out some of the flowers!

  19. Super card and gift bag, Vicky. I love how you decoupaged your pretty flowers...beautiful! x

  20. Lovely card - flowers look so pretty!

  21. I love the touches of highlights in your jar, it really brings it to life. Your chums must be so pleased to receive your gifts so beautifully packaged. x


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