Friday, September 24, 2010

Basket of roses for an 80th birthday!

Hello and thanks for visiting :-)

I've been a bit quiet on the cardmaking-front this week: it's school holidays plus I haven't been well - but I did manage to make this card which is for a lady's 80th birthday which was quick and easy.  I didn't want the card to 'SHOUT' 80 years old because I know this person wouldn't like it - so I just merely tried to make something elegant and pretty for the occasion.  This basket of roses is an old PSX (Personal Stamp Exchange) stamp which I have had forever.  PSX are no longer in business but I believe Inkadinkado bought alot of their beautiful designs.  I did actually find this PSX stamp on EBay USA for about US$8 - and then found another one for US$52!!  Eeek - it pays to check your prices!!  Some of the rarer PSX stamps sell for heaps on EBay - I am sitting on a goldmine - pity I love them so much that I don't want to sell them!!  Anyway, enough waffling, and onto the card itself.......

I stamped the image with Versafine Vintage Sepia, heat-set it, then coloured it with OMS and a mix Prismacolor and Derwent Colorsoft pencils.  I added some pink I-Kan-dee Pearlescent chalk around the image which adds a soft, subtle sparkle - alas not really captured by the camera :-(

The tiny pink hearts are the leftover punchies from my EK Success Arrows border punch; I added some pink AI glitter to them.

The BEAUTIFUL white embossed background was done with a new embossing folder by an Australian company called Craft Concepts which only arrived in my mailbox this week.  I had it on Pre-order for months and so glad it's finally here.  Not sure if you can get it outside Australia.  It uses the same sandwich in your Cuttlebug as other folders, ie: A plate, B plate, folder w/cardstock, B plate.  

Please note that the pink cardstock deckled oval was hand-cut so I could have a small border to the main image panel.  The ribbon was made in 2 separate elements, and the bow itself was made with my Bow Easy.

The sentiment is from a set by Elzybells who are closing on the 30th September :-(   Just checked on their website, and it's sold out.

Challenges:  I am entering this card into Bizzy Becs Creatalicious Challenge #14 of pink, brown and green.  See this link for the deets.

I am also popping this card into the Splitcoaststampers 'Free for All' Challenge F4A24 of "It's garden pickin' time" where the main image is from your garden - either fruit or flowers.  As it is Spring here where I live and my garden is alive with daffodils, anemones, freesias and carpet roses after a long, cold Winter, I HAD to pick flowers for the main image.

Thanks again for stopping by - hope to see you again soon!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  PSX G-2548 (retired), Sentiment: from Elzybells Spring Cubes 20-015-CC clear stamp set (no longer available)

Ink:  Versafine Vintage Sepia

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Spellbinder Large Deckled Oval Nestabilities, Craft Concepts Budding Vine embossing folder, I-Kan-Dee pearlescent chalk, OMS, Prismacolor pencils, Derwent Coloursoft pencils, paper stumps, Art Institute pink glitter, Bow Easy, pink sheer ribbon, heat-gun, Cardstock: KW Doggett Knight white, Bazzill pink, Basic Grey pink rhinestones

Punches:  EK Success Arrows border, Stampin' Up corner


Sam said...

Love this pretty card Jo! Sorry to read you have been sick, hope you feel better soon. I have a monster head cold ATM, so not feeling the best either.

I really like the embossing folder you've used too. I just picked up my first Craft Concepts folder the other week from Bizzy Bec! Very nice :-).

Best wishes,

snailzpace said...

hope you feel better soon. this is sooo pretty! the embossing is gorgeous; will see if they're in canada.

Merry said...

Oh wow...this is so stunning. Such wonderful colours and coluring....and that embossing.

Cheryl said...

WOW......gorgeous,elegant and so beautifully coloured!!! I don't think I would part with this image either!! Thanks for joining us at Creatalicious!!

Jean McKenzie said...

This card is just beautiful! Perfect for an 80 year old. I will think of something like this to make for my Mum for her 86th coming up! Gorgeous image - pity no longer available.

Anonymous said...

This card is so delicate and pretty. Your colouring is wonderful. I just love the oval shapes, will have to try and get them now... tee hee

I too have got a lot off the ebay USA site (I live in the UK) and whilst we can get quite a bit here, it is always so much more expensive. Oh well, never mind, crafting must go on!!

Kind regards

Anita said...

Your card is gorgeous. You've colored your image beautifully and I love the embossing. It's such a shame the PSX stamps are no longer made as they had so many beautiful images.

Bec said...

This is so pretty. thanks for joining us at Creatalicious Challenges.. Bec xx

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