Monday, June 11, 2012

Penny Black Garden Friends birthday card

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Long time no blog!   My loved one had another scheduled operation, was home for less than 24 hours and then became very sick with viral gastro so they were admitted to hospital and stayed for quite a while.  Thankfully, they were released yesterday and it is sooooo nice to be home:  there is nothing like your own food, bed and 'stuff'!  I guess it makes you appreciate those things even more when you are away!!  Anyway, it was nice to have a little bit of crafty time today..........

My daughter's 9th birthday isn't until July but the way the time is flying by and my general extra-busyness of running to and from medical appointments, I thought I had better make it whilst I had the opportunity.

I have seen a few cards around blogland that have the main image framed, and in particular, by a white frame so that is what inspired this card.  

I used 3 different Penny Black stamps to create my scene:  the bunny/bird are from the Garden Friends clear set, the butterfly is from the Critter Party clear set and the sentiment is from the Tiny Wishes clear set.  I did actually stamp the butterfly twice:  once on the cardstock base and again on a piece of scrap cardstock which I cut out and popped on top of the base image to give it a little dimension.  I drew in the dotted lines with a Zig Millenium .005 black pigment ink pen. 

All the images were coloured with Prismacolor + Derwent Coloursoft pencils plus Odourless Mineral Spirits using paper stumps.  I added Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue to the flowers and the butterfly's wings.

I lightly chalked around the image with blue chalk for the sky and green chalk for the grass.

I made my own pink glitter cardstock for the sparkly heart next to the sentiment by using the same colour pink cardstock layer and rubbing a small section of it with a Versamark pad then poured on some Polysparkle clear embossing powder then heat-set it.  Then all I had to do was punch 2 hearts (I have a double layer of hearts just to add a bit of extra-dimension) using a Martha Stewart Looped Hearts edge punch (they are the leftover punchies after using the punch).  To see my tutorial on making your own glitter cardstock, click HERE (just scroll down a little on the post).

Here is a wee close-up:

The white lacey frame was made using a Marianne Craftables die (I cut the inside square with a craft knife) and the large white square scallop frame was made using a Go Kreate Scallop Square die.

I ran the pink cardstock through my Big Shot using the Crafts Too Sweet Flowers embossing folder but by the time I cut it to just the size I wanted and corner-punched it, you could barely see the embossing!  Oh adds a teeny-tiny bit of texture I guess.......


I am entering my card in the following challenges - 

Penny Black and more at Allsorts - June Challenge - open theme of using your favourite things (mine is my favourite brand of stamps - Penny Black - diecutting, pencils and dry embossing).

Papertake Weekly ChallengeAnything goes - with optional extra of making card for Father's Day or for a boy/man (obviously I didn't do that option).

Well, I think I might go and have a nap.  I didn't get much sleep in hospital with all the noise and now that I am home and relaxing, I feel totally exhausted.  It is cold and foggy today (so much for the predicted sunny afternoon) and we have the open fire going so I won't feel a bit guilty curling up on the couch with our cat!

Thanks for stopping by!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black clear stamp sets - Garden Friends 30-021, Tiny Wishes 30-026, Critter Party 30-013

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black, Versamark Versamagic

Accessories:  Big Shot, Go Kreate Scallop Square die, Marianne Craftables die CR1203, Polysparkle embossing powder, heat-gun, Prismacolor + Derwent Coloursoft pencils, OMS, paper stumps, Zig Millenium .005 black pigment pen, Perfect Layers Tools, Kaisercolour chalks, Kindyglitz Crystalina, cardstock - KW Doggett 'Knight' white, rose pink

Punches:  Stampin' Up! corner, Martha Stewart Looped Hearts edge


debby4000 said...

Absolutely adorable.

Margaret said...

This is beautiful Jocelyn do love the way you have framed the image.
Margaret M

Jackie said...

Good morning Jocelyn, I am so pleased that all is well at the moment for you...hugs
A wonderful card with a delightful image, love the frame :o)
Jackie xx

Elizabeth Allan said...

Darling Jocelyn!

Anonymous said...

hi jocelyn! glad to hear things are ok and it's good to see you were able to spend some time creating. such sweet images, coloured beautifully and they really pop inside the lovely die cut frame. thank you for sharing your favourite things with us this month at penny black and more.

Brodders said...

Fab card- Thanks for playing along with Papertake Weekly and good luck - Jane x

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card Jocelyn! The image is so pretty and the frame sets it off perfectly.

Sorry to hear your loved one has had a bit of a setback but glad they're back home now. Sending lots of positive thoughts and a big cyber hug!

jenny said...

Gorgeous card! Love the framed image, great effect. Cute bunny too :)

Jenny xx

Merry said...

That is such a sweet image you have used and I agree that white frame really finishes the card. I hope all is well.

susiestacey said...

Such a pretty card. Thank you for sharing your favourite things over at Penny Black and More @ |Allsorts and good luck x Susanx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ah Jobear this is one awesome card - just love the attention to detail and long to be making this sort soon too love Shaz in Oz.x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Jobear cant remember if commented when was on here before tea bit bad that but do love this card so much and all the little its you have added to it great use of dies too hope and pray all is well and know your daughter will adore this card - who wouldn't?? praying for your loved one and you too, love Shaz in oz.x

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