Saturday, September 11, 2021

Lifetime Celebrations

 Hello my friends! I am finally able to take part in another blog hop. I wasn't able to take part for July and August because we were at the lake on both of the days of the blog hop. We don't have internet out there so I didn't want to take the chance in case something went wrong with my post and I wasn't able to correct it. That would not have been fair to the others. 

This is the Stamping Inkspirations Blog Hop hosted by my friend Angie. The theme for this month is Lifetime Celebrations. There are 17 of us taking part this month so I hope you will be able enjoy all of the posts from this month. 

This is a perfect theme for me this month. My card is a first anniversary card for my daughter and son-in-law. They got married last September 12th. Their original date was supposed to be May 23rd which was the 10 year anniversary of their first date. Unfortunately due to Covid everything was shut down at that time and they had to pick a new date. It was not easy to plan a wedding at that time. There were many changes along the way which led to a lot of stress for everyone but they got married and it was absolutely beautiful. Now they are expecting their first baby. In fact as this blog is posting, I will be at the gender reveal party discovering whether this little bean is a he or a she. Such an exciting time!

I decided to make a Balcony Card since this is such a special celebration. I started with a card base of Basic White Thick that was 6 X 6 inches and scored at 3 inches. I used Basic White Thick cardstock to make the balcony levels as well.

Here is a picture of the card standing up to give you a better idea of how it looks.

I used the DSP  from the Expressions in Ink Specialty DSP pack. I love the varied colours of green with the swirls of gold. I matted the DSP onto Gold Foil Sheets before attaching it to my card.

I stamped various leaf images from the Forever Fern stamp set and cut them out using the corresponding dies from the Forever Flourishing Dies set. The colours I used for my leaves are Pear Pizzazz, Just Jade, Mint Macaron, Evening Evergreen and Pale Papaya. I also cut out a couple leaf images from vellum. They are kind of hard to see in the picture but they add a little bit of texture to the group. I attached the leaves to their balcony levels using adhesive and then added a strip of scotch tape to make sure they were well adhered. 

Here is a close up picture of the leaves showing the vellum images.

At the top part of the card, I added a couple of gold leaf images from the Expressions in Ink Ephemera pack. I also cut out some butterflies from the Gold Foil using the Brilliant Wings Dies set. I cut out 2 larger filligree butterflies and then one smaller butterfly to represent the new baby.

I used the Always in my Heart stamp set to stamp my sentiment. The sentiment is on one stamp and since I didn't want to cut up my stamp, I had to ink it separately to get the words on two different pieces of cardstock. I stamped the sentiment using Versamark ink on Basic White cardstock. I added gold embossing powder from the Metallics set and heated it to melt it using my heat tool. I used the Banners Pick a Punch to cut a banner cut into both ends of my sentiment pieces. I added these to the lower balcony panels using dimensionals.

This card is a little bigger than our regular A2 size so I used the retired envelope punch board to make an envelope. I used the same piece of DSP that I used on the card from the Expressions in Ink pack. I am really pleased with the way the colours ended up on the finished envelope.

What I used for today's card:

Forever Fern Stamp

Forever Flourishing Dies

Always in my Heart Stamp

Basic White Thick Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Gold Foil Sheets

Expressions in Ink DSP

Vellum Cardstock

Pale Papaya Classic Stampin' Pad

Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad

Just Jade Classic Stampin' Pad

Mint Macaron Classic Stampin' Pad

Evening Evergreen Classic Stampin' Pad

Versamark Pad

Metallics Embossing Powders

Heat Tool

Banners Pick a Punch

Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack

Brilliant Wings Dies

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. I think my daughter will really like it. She loves things that are a little more glitzy than the norm. Have you tried this style of card yet? Apparently it is one of the new styles going around on all of the sites.

Click on the "Next Blog" button to head to Rochelle's post. I am sure you will love what she is going to share.



Angie McKenzie  ●  Libby Fens  ●  Karen Henderson

Cheryl Hamilton  ●  Mo Rootes  ●  Tricia Butts

Jan Musselman  ●  Danielle Kassing  ●  Anne Krucek

 Shel Anderson  ●  Elaine de Montmorency

Jill Chapman  ●  Gez Carpenter  ●  Terry Hamilton

Rochelle Laird-Smith  ●  Annette Ball  ●  Leonie Stuart

Stay well and keep creating!