Sunday, 12 May 2013

May Challenge - Flowers and Ribbons

Hello everyone, Susan here...

As you know, this month's theme is "Flowers and Ribbons"!
 This theme really lends itself to card-making!

This month I particularly wanted to use the following items - some pretty papers, two beautiful floral stamps and some floral dies that are used with the 'Sizzix Big Shot'. I use my 'Big Shot' all the time!!

These are the cards that I have made to show you...

All four cards start with a pre-folded Hero Hues Card blank. These are available in a variety of colours and here I have used red, white, black and green. These produce a card with a 4.25 by 5.5 inch front.
 I matted each card with plain or patterned paper,
 cut from the paper pad,  to leave just a small edge around each card (4 by 5.25 in).

Each card was then embellished with a motif made using one of the two stamps
 and further embellished with ribbons and die-cuts.

Ribbons are really useful when it comes to card making -
 here is a selection from American Crafts which I have used in these cards.

In the first card the background stamp was used to emboss some white cardstock. Shapes were cut from it using the 'Framelits' dies. The various pieces were then coloured with distress inks - 
the 'emboss resist' technique.
 Some of the pieces were replaced, some of them were placed on dimensionals.
 Some of the holes were left for the paper to peep through.

Here the ribbon is in two pieces - a piece wrapped around the paper and a small piece tied on to it.

The second card is very similar but here the ribbon is threaded and knotted through
 holes punched through the green base paper.

Comparing these first two cards, they basically use the same techniques
 but different colour ways, layout and ribbon styles produce a quite different effect.

Moving on to two different cards using the second stamp 'Leafy Vines' - 

Firstly, a card where a piece of cardstock has been coloured with distress inks 
(Wrinkle free Distress Technique)
 and then overstamped in black to link up with the card blank.

The card has then been cut to an interesting shape using a die and the Big Shot.
 Flowers have been made using the floral dies, the pieces layered and
 buttons (tied with twine) added from my button box. 

The ribbon here is just a straight piece adhered around the card. 

For my final card, the stamp was coloured with markers, spritzed with a mister
 and then stamped onto water colour paper. It was cut to shape using one of the 'framelits' dies.
The edges were distressed, and to make it stand out even more,
  it was matted on a further piece of paper before adhering to the base.

  Two ribbons were tied together to make a double bow.

Happy Crafting!
Materials Used

Hero Hues Pre-folded Card blank - red

Hero Hues Pre-folded Card blank - green
Hero Hues Pre-folded Card blank - black
Hero Hues Pre-folded Card blank - white
Matching envelopes

Sweet Girl 6x6 paper pad
White cardstock
Water colour paper

Ribbons - American Crafts

Floral Background Stamp
Leafy Vines Stamp

Distress Inks Distress Inks Distress Inks
Distressing tool
Clear Embossing Powder
Hero Arts Shadow Ink - canteloupe

Sissix Big Shot
Topnote Die
Tim Holtz Magnetic Tray
Tim Holtz Magnetic floral dies.

A summary of what you have to do: 
Make a Scrapbook Page or a Card or an Altered Project with "Flowers and Ribbons"
Your work has to be new: made after this challenge went live
Be a member of our Facebook Group and share your project in our album May Challenge: Flowers and Ribbons
Projects that are not shared in the specified album will be disqualified
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You can participate in this challenge only once
Deadline: May 31, 2013
Prize: A prize pack put together by PPS


  1. Wow you have been busy, all such gorgeous cards the colour palette you have used is beautiful....Bright & very pretty xxxx

  2. Pretty cards, Susan! :) Loved how you've tied the double bow on the last one..

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