Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Birthday card - using Just Believe

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you'll know how I like to design and make speedy little cards but sometimes, when I have the time, it is nice to spend just little bit longer. I made today's card for a lady with a special birthday.

This stamp set is, in my opinion, the best stamp set in the current catalogue! It's seems quite pricey at £32.95 but the set contains nine fabulous stamps which work out at £3.66 each, so it's actually a complete bargain!

What do you think of this colour scheme - Always Artichoke, Marina Mist and Concord Crush? Yum! I stamped the large plant directly onto the designer paper, which gives a softer look than stamping onto card stock, and then cut the smaller flowers out and layered them over the top. And yes, it WAS fiddly to cut out those flowers but didn't they teach you at school that just because something is hard doesn't mean you shouldn't do it?!!

How to make this card:
(I made it to fit a 14.5cm square envelope)
  • Cut an 8.5cm x 9cm piece of the Patterns designer paper in Marina Mist. Scallop the 9cm length with the scallop trim border punch so that you end up with an 8.5cm square.
  • Colour the large plant image with markers and stamp directly onto the DP.
  • Mount the DP onto a 9cm square of Always Artichoke card stock and decorate with Concord Crush ribbon tied into a flat knot.
  • Colour the small flowers image with markers and stamp onto a scrap of Whisper White. Cut this out with sharp paper snips and layer over the other stamped image.
  • Stamp the sentiment and cut out with the word window punch.
  • Decorate with an self-adhesive pearl.
  • Cut a 13cm x 26cm piece of Whisper White card stock. Score and fold in half to make a card base. Attach the focal panel to the card front. 

Stamps: Just Believe, Happy Moments (retired Sale-a-bration 2010 set)
Ink: Always Artichoke
Card stock: Whisper White, Always Artichoke
Other: Patterns designer paper stack in Subtles, Poly-stitched ribbon in Concord Crush, scallop trim border, word window punch, Basic pearls, markers

The sentiment I used in this card was in one of last year's free Sale-a-bration sets and has been SO useful.  A girl can never have too many sentiment stamps (not to mention diamonds, shoes, chocolates etc)! This year, there's another Sale-a-bration sentiment stamp set as well as three other gorgeous sets. Click here to see them and find out how you can get hold of them FREE! If you love the Just Believe set, why not order it from me today? You could buy the unmounted set (£25.95) with the border trim punch (£14.25) and a packet of self adhesive pearls (£4.50), which will come to £44.70, and you'd be able to add one of the free sets to your shopping bag! I am always happy to help with your orders - just click here to email me.  

Can you believe that it's Thursday tomorrow?! I can't imagine how that happened so quickly but I do hope you'll join me for Three Minute Thursday when I'll be showcasing a speedy valentine.
Until then, happy crafting!


  1. Lovely and elegant card. I love the stamping and the colours! So pretty :D

  2. Another really beautiful card - I like how you've stamped the flowers on the text background. It's fab!

  3. Such a lovely card Vicky. I love this set and I bought the clear mount set - not quite so pricey but just as good. Your colours work so well together too. - Jacqueline xx.

  4. Such a beautifully executed card and the palette of blues is so soothing and calming.

  5. I love the card idea, really refreshing colours. Loving your blog

  6. I'm sure "fiddly" doesn't even begin to describe cutting out those flowers, but the effect is stunning, as usual. Quite an unusual color combo, but it all looks fabulous!

  7. gorgeous card Vicky another one I'll have to try with my own slant - best wishes Lesley x

  8. I like the look of the silhouette image over the word background. Nice color combo.

  9. Gorgeous! I love all the blues and purples on this card!

  10. This is beautiful Vicky, the colours just work so well together and your stamping as always is gorgeous. I like the ribbon detail on the side too, it's a really nice effect...hugs Shelly x

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  12. Gorgeous card Vicky. Lovely to meet you at Michelle's training event last weekend. Love the cards on your blog. Nicole

  13. Love this card, Vicky. I rarely think to stamp on patterned paper -- I should really try it more often as it's so effective. And, I love the way you break down a pricey set into an amount per stamp... it certainly makes it seem much more reasonable. Brilliant sales tactic! :)


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