Tuesday 31 May 2011

Silhouette Sentiments thank you card

I've been rather intrigued by the sketch at the new Make It Monday challenge site and it's been on my mind for the last few days. I've just realised too that it's the last day to enter so, instead of the dotty project I promised you today, here's my interpretation of Jacqueline's sketch:

I've taken a few liberties with the placement of the sentiment and the group of three embellishments but otherwise I've been pretty faithful to the sketch. I used lots of separate elements to make this card. The front of the Very Vanilla card base is stamped half-way up with the leaf from Growing Green and the edge defined with one of the stitch stamps that I made from the In Stitches wheel (click here to see how!) I cut a topper out of Confetti Cream card stock with the decorative label punch. Let's zoom in and see that:

I think this flower, from the Silhouette Sentiments hostess set, is heart-stoppingly beautiful and I particularly like colouring it with Pacific Point ink. This is a level 1 set - which means that you can get it free with an order of £150. Now, that's easier than you might think: some ladies save their wish lists for a big spend; some gather orders from crafting friends or family; some host a party and gather orders that way; some join my Stampers 6 clubs and get their free set at the end of six months. Whichever way you choose, there are lots of sets to choose from and you get other free goodies too! Silhouette Sentiments remains one of my all-time favourites though.  But I digress!

This picture shows what I've known for some time, that I cannot stop using the sentiments from Plane and Simple! They are so perfect! Do you like my faux brads? I didn't want brads to show on the other side of the card front and it's easy to make these with the template in the mat pack: you just colour three of the circles in with a marker and add Crystal Effects.

Here's how I made this card:

  • Cut a 19cm x 9.5cm piece of Very Vanilla card stock. Score and fold in half to make a card base.
  • Masking off the top of the card with some scrap paper, stamp a design on the bottom half with the leaf from Growing Green and Old Olive ink. Smudge the ink a little with an aqua painter.
  • Take the mask away and stamp a double row of running stitch above the leaf design using Old Olive and Pacific Point inks.
  • Stamp a sentiment in Not Quite Navy ink using a Stamp-a-majig to keep it straight.
  • Use the mat pack to make faux brads, lined up with the beginning of the sentiment. Finish these with a small drop each of Crystal Effects.
  • Cut a shape from Confetti Cream card stock using the decorative label punch.
  • Stamp the label with the Growing Green leaf and Old Olive ink. Colour the flower image from Silhouette Sentiments with Old Olive and Pacific Point markers and stamp it on top of the leaf. Repeat this until you're satisfied with your design.
  • Decorate the large flower centres with self-adhesive rhinestones and mount the label onto a 4.5cm x 6.5cm piece of Not Quite Navy card stock using dimensionals. Glue this topper to the card front.

Stamps: Growing Green, Silhouette Sentiments, In Stitches wheel, Plane and Simple (sentiment)
Ink: Old Olive, Pacific Point, Not Quite Navy
Card stock: Very Vanilla, Confetti Cream, Not Quite Navy
Other: Crystal Effects, Basic rhinestones, decorative label punch, markers

If you live in Britain, did you enjoy watching the garden get a good watering on dear old bank holiday monday? It was pure comedy wasn't it?!! And talking of comedy, my daughter was telling me things that remind her of me yesterday - birds (yes well, I collect wooden birds), crafting (hmm, might do a LITTLE bit of that!), wellies (WELLIES?!!!) I felt I had to protest at that: "Wellies!" I said. "I've never worn wellies in my life!" (Of course that's a lie!) "You have too!" she cried. And then we looked at each other and collapsed. It probably isn't normal to snort with laughter over a tiny pun but perhaps the rain had got to us!

If you were celebrating bank holiday Monday yesterday I hope you had a fabulous day. And if you live somewhere bright and warm and lovely, I hope you really appreciate it!

Thank you so much for dropping in today. I'll be back with the dotty project tomorrow and I'll hope to see you then.


  1. Awesome stamping and colour combo.. beautiful .. you inspire me to stamp more :).. my pp is totally neglected now :p

  2. This is really beautiful and cas, Vicky.

  3. Oh what a lovely card Vicky and I love your idea of faux brads. Glad you had a laugh about the railn, it just depressed me!!! :0)
    M x x

  4. Gorgeous Vicky. Think I might have to have a go at separating out that wheel as it looks so effective. S xx

  5. Uhooi,,
    Waw, this card is good, beautiful and creative,,

  6. Beautiful card Vicky. I especailly love the background. A xx

  7. Beautiful card, the colours are gorgeous.

  8. A very fine interpretation of my sketch - thank you so much for taking part - Jacqueline xx.

  9. Vicky I love the Growing green set too,its so simple yet so lovely,and the way you've used it shows it off perfectly.Awesome card.Bev.x

  10. Once more a lovely card. I like the 'pretend' brad.

  11. Beautiful Vicky, Love the hand-stamped bottom panel. Yes we enjoyed seeing the garden get wet too :)
    Jenny x

  12. Wonderfull card Vicky re the rain we was out with the caravan !!!! but the rain did not stop play was nice to be cosy inside Luv Sue x

  13. Terrific use of those stitches again. Love your take on the sketch! Sorry your holiday was ruined by rain... ours was steamy hot. I think I prefer the rain, actually... :)


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