Tuesday 27 September 2011

French Foliage goes feminine

After yesterday's very masculine post I thought I'd show you a feminine gift set that I made for a lovely friend of mine:

I'd bought her the gorgeous white and green hydrangea you can see on the left of the photo and I thought the delicate colouring was so pretty I made it the theme for the set. Come and see the card:

I used the waste from my Little Leaves die to sponge this leaf image onto the card front using Wild wasabi ink. The frame was then measured out and drawn in with a Basic Grey marker. I masked the inside area off and sponged a border with Pear Pizzazz ink, overstamping it with the lovely leaf from French Foliage.

If I zoom in a bit here, you can see that I added a little detail to the leaves with a green watercolour pencil and used a grey one to outline the frame. I find this gives a lot of dimension to what is essentially a one layer card. I love the Stampin' Up watercolour pencils and use them a lot. Have you noticed the flowers? They're made with the four-petal flower from the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack - my favourite flower punch in the whole world!

The sentiment is stamped in Basic Grey ink and is brand spanking new! This is a sneaky peek from the new catalogue (which goes live on Saturday!) but I can tell you that it's from the most useful set I've ever seen in my life!

My friend has a very slim build and I've always admired her tiny, elegant wrists. I found the perfect bracelet for her and popped it in this little box made with the last of my Springtime Vintage papers and tied up with the softly draping Rose Red seam binding ribbon.

You know how I like everything to coordinate - well here's the matching tag! I used the inside part of the Little Leaves die this time, gluing it to a Vanilla circle matted onto a Wild Wasabi one, and adding more of those gorgeous little flowers.

Supplies needed for the card:
Stamps: French Foliage, sentiment not yet released!
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Grey
Card stock: Naturals Ivory, Whisper White (for the flowers)
Other: Little Leaves die, markers, watercolour pencils, stamp-a-majig.
You can buy any of these supplies from me and I can have them delivered to your address in the UK. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. Click here to view the Last Chance List - full of stamps and accessories, some at up to 40% off! These items are available only while stocks last - and some have sold out already!

To celebrate my friend's birthday, a group of us went out to a local restaurant. All was well until the proprietor, retrieving the menus after taking our order, asked us whether we were there for any special occasion. Oh yes, we told him happily, indicating our friend, we were celebrating a birthday! We were then quite startled - and the birthday girl completely horrified! - when he delivered a dramatic rendition of 'Happy Birthday' in a powerful baritone!

I'm so pleased you came to see me today! Thank you for all the comments and emails you send me and for following my blog - it means a great deal to me. I shall be back tomorrow with a card using a set I've been dying to ink up for ages - so do come and have a look if you have a minute.

Hope to see you then,


  1. Wow Vicky!! Such a beautiful gift set, so soft, feminine and pretty. I bet your friend was thrilled with it!!!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  2. Its SO pretty Vicki- you have a way of making me want everything in the catalogue!!

  3. Vicky, this card is just spectacular (and the box is pretty too). I am sure that your friend would have loved it, together with the green and white hydrangeas. This is definitely going into my CASE file. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

  4. WOW, this has to be the most gorgeous gift set I've seen in a long time.
    I'd never thought to use the wasste as a stencil, thanks for the inspiration. Kathy xxx.

  5. Very pretty set Vicky, I love the soft colours and your spray of flowers. x

  6. Hi Vicky

    These are simply gorgeous .. .. I love both very much.

    You always work with the most beautiful colours!

    Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog. Very much appreciated.

    Love Jules xx

  7. Great idea with the stencil and those little flowers are just so useful aren't they?

  8. Such a lovely card and gift wrap and the little blossoms are gorgeous.
    Please can I be your friend? I wouldn't need the plant and the bracelet just the box and card would make me happy!!
    Linda xx

  9. Beautiful gift set. Sounds like you all had a good time celebrating the birthday.

  10. i love any color!
    And I love your card, what a great idea with the background! Its time for me to use the french foliage set for the first time ;)

  11. Beautiful work, Vicky. Very soft and pretty. Your flower sprays are amazing. Your work always looks clean and perfect:)

  12. Simply gorgeous and elegant -thanks for sharing Vicki. I love your work.

  13. Absolutely gorgeous. I love the little bit of gray you added for depth.

  14. WOW! Vicky, another stunning make, the green tones you've used are lovely. Using the waste as a stencil is a great idea and I may have to pinch it sometime.

    Thanks for your kind comments I do appreciate your time in leaving them.


  15. Absolutely beautiful Vicky, I'm sure your friend will be over the moon with it. Surely you're not complaining about being serenaded (well I know it wasn't you but.....) :0)
    M x

  16. Absolutely stunning - I do hope you've entered the Convention Wall competition as I want to see some of your creations up close and personal!

  17. I would be thrilled to receive this Vicky in fact I wouldn't want to open it in case I spoilt it!
    Love the little flowers you've added to the leafy branch, very sweet:)
    Jenny x

  18. What a lovely gift set - all so very pretty. The party out sounds like lots of fun!

  19. Hi Vicky, You are so talented my dear, fabulous, pretty gifts! Like Jenny I think I'd hate to open it for fear of spoiling the wonderful wrappings. The card is so delicate :0) Gay xxx

  20. So pretty! I love the way you used that leaf die. I have it and haven't pulled it out in awhile. Have to rectify that for sure. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Cheers, Karen

  21. Hello Vicky

    Wow and wow again, just stunning. I love every single detail.


  22. What a beautiful gift set I bet your friend was super pleased.I thought the box was the gift that would be more than enough for me.

  23. What a beautiful gift set! I love the sponging with the foliage overstamped and that branch of tiny flowers is so delicate and beautiful!

  24. Oh how beautiful Vicky, what a gorgeous set :O) Viv xx


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