Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Birthday Card for my Crafting Buddy.

I'm well and truly hooked on the Heidi Swapp Mega Masks at the moment and I used one of the smaller circles on the sheet to create a card for my lovely friend Jo.



We met on the internet just over a year ago through our mutual love of Elusive Images stamps and our admiration of the company's owner/designer Glenda Waterworth, whose blog Artylicious, we both visited and commented on frequently. After emailing each other several times and talking over all things crafty we met irl at a Graphicus workshop and really got on well together. Since then we email each other on a very regular basis, supporting and encouraging each other in our 'crafty' endeavours. It's great to be able to discuss anything to do with craft and know that you're not boring the other person to death (as happens sometimes with my OH).
As well as emailing we do try to have craft related outings every so often and again, it's really good to be able to share the excitement of going to a workshop or a craft show with a good friend and I look forward to many more of these outings with Jo.

I know she's going to be feeling embarrased but I just have to say how much her emails lift my mood if I'm feeling a bit down in the dumps. She always manages to put something in that makes me smile and I know that she has at least one other crafty friend who thinks the same. So thank you Jo and a very Happy Birthday to you for last Sunday.

Now on to the details of the card and I'll try to be brief. I used DIs to blend a fairly light background to the circle and did position a small bird and branch mask (again Heidi Swapp) but I ended up almost obliterating it with stamping

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All the various stamps I used are from Elusive Images (available from Graphicus) and I stamped the little bird on the branch twice so that I could make it nice and bright and then cut it out and layered it onto the card. I then used Glossy Accents to give it shine. I stamped and embossed the bird with the curly tail and then coloured it with H20s, cut it out and positioned a feather behind the tail before adding it to the card on foam pads.


I blended chalk ink on the pretty block circle stamp and cut it out with my Nestabilities and then stamped the sentiment and inked the edges. Finally, I arranged the little flowers and added a bit of bling.
I think just about everything I used on this card I bought from Graphicus except for the basic card stock and the feather and self adhesive diamante stones which were in my stash.
List of EI stamps used : Damask Blocks
Design-a-Tree
Live out Loud
Curly Birds
Sentiment is from a Graphicus Guild exclusive stamp plate.

9 comments:

Val said...

Lesley - this is lovely - the colours just sing out.
Love Valx

judith@poppy cottage said...

This is lovely Lesley, so pretty! I love the crackle effect in the background, awesome work. Having seen some of your cards IRL, I'm sure Jo was blown away by this. You're right about being lifted by her funny emails- she brings a smile to my face too! Judith x

veronica said...

such a lovely cheerful card Lesley - bet Jo loved it!

Sally H said...

This is really lovely, Lesley. Such summery colours x

Jules said...

Hi Lesley

Jo sounds like a very special friend and someone who deserves to receive such a special card.

You have made such a wonderful job of it - I can see it is full of love.

It is so nice to have someone you can share all your crafty excitement with (and share the stash I bet!!).

Love Jules xx

Maya said...

Ohhh this is so pretty!!
Love the bright warm colours,and all the details!
Hugs from Maya:)

Suzy B said...

Lovely card so bright & cheery
Love Sue B x

Shirley said...

How very lovely, Lesley! I think the colors are so bright, cheerful, feminine, and Fall too! I love it!

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful! Lovely colors and a wonderful card for your crafting buddy!