Saturday, 24 January 2015

Valentine's Flowers


It seems like I haven't been crafting in ages. I made the cards I posted this week last weekend, so I really haven't crafted much at all this week. I think I'm suffering from a bit of the winter blues, I just don't have the energy for anything right now. I just want to bury myself under the duvet with a ton of chocolate and not surface until April.

But admittedly I'm not having as hard a time as my poor Grandma. She turned 90 years last week! But she had to move out of the flat she has lived in for probably the last 50 years or so, and into a small rental studio while there is some major work being done in her own place. She is so unhappy about it, so I thought I would make her a bright and colourful Valentine's day card to cheer her up.

This card is inspired by my latest new toy, the Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer. It's really fun to play with and creates cool air brushed effects. I used it on the Stampin' Up Irresistibly Yours DSP to create the cool background. I stamped the flowers from I Like You and coloured with Blendabilities and cut out using dies. I printed the sentiment (that says Happy Valentine's day in Finnish, although the literal translation is "Happy Friends Day" as Valentine's is called Friend's Day back home, which I like much more) and used the spritzer tool a bit over the sentiment banner. 

The layout for the card was inspired by My Favourite Things sketch challenge and the colours are from this week's Color Throwdown. I'm also linking up at Shopping Our Stash where the theme is "Not your normal paper" (I used the cool paper from Stampin' Up which comes with resist patterns and you can colour it yourself to match your project), at A Creative Need where the theme is "Something New" (my "new" is of course my new Spritzer tool and getting to use it on this card) and at STAMPlorations where the January challenge is stamps and inks.

Card: Leonardo Stationery 300 gsm white card, Coloured 240 gsm kraft card teal and baby pink, Hobbycraft 160 gsm white card
Stamps: Stampin' Up I Love You
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz distress markers Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Stampin' Up Blendabilities Old Olive, Melon Mambo and Coastal Cabana
Paper: Stampin' Up Irresistibly Yours
Other: Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritz tool, heart border punch, Stampin' Up Labels Collection Framelits

6 comments:

Vickie Z said...

Fun use of the sketch and colors!! Love your spritzing!! So glad you played at CTD!!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Beautiful card. Love the colorful background. I like my spritzer tool, although I've never done a whole background with it. The flowers are so pretty. Thank you for playing along with us at The Color Throwdown.

Susan R. Opel said...

I know just what you mean about the Winter blues! I sure could use some sun and warmth. Good thing we have our craft to immerse ourselves in.

Susan R. Opel, Creative Ambassador for My Favorite Things

Monika Skinner said...

Love the idea of 'Happy Friend's Day'. Great card, love the bg and colouring. Thanks for joining us at STAMPlorations this month. Good Luck! Monika

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