Cards to inspire

Hi there all
Hope you are well and the weather is not too bad for you – all our snow from last week has pretty much gone now, just a bit left in the garden and car rooftops but getting in to work isn’t a bother ;)

Anyway, I thought I’d stop by to share a couple of cards I made last night and this morning-
I was so excited when I read the fun news from a bloggy pal about a new challenge she’s starting that I couldn’t wait to get in my crafty den and make a couple of ideas. And the challenge hasn’t even started yet! But I guess it got my craftive juices a-flowing and I couldn’t resist, haha ;)

Yes, Meredith at A Delightful Waste of Time will be running a new challenge (and a great DT on board so we can be sure of some fabby inspiration!): Festive Friday.
Make sure you take a look!

So I picked up the chance to make a Christmas card to start building the stash… And I made sure to use some of my delish new patterned paper (as inspired by Nat’s latest
52 Card Challenge – use a paper pad) Check it out:

Christmas card Waltzing Mouse Stamps Seasonal Remedies

I used some stripy paper from Authentique ‘Wonder’ 6×6 and the spotty is (non-festive) Simple Stories ‘Sn@p Color Vibe!’. Just love the super versatile colours and patterns in this one so was so excited when I got this 6x6pad for Christmas (thanks to my brother and SIL!)

Christmas card Waltzing Mouse Stamps Seasonal Remedies

I stamped the WMS ‘Seasonal Remedies’ twice in Scarlet and fussy-cut a section of the motif to layer up for dimension, and finished it all off with a polka dotty ribbon and gems. Love it!

In fact I was so excited about the whole thing I went back to my new Christmas goodies stash, and picked out another paper pad to make a non-festive card this time:

shabby chic hydrangea card Taylor Expressions Forever in Bloom

I have been itching for a hydrangea stamp for yonks – I love hydrangeas and had them in my wedding bouquet. I think there is a lovely Hero Arts wood mounted one (sadly discontinued ages ago), so I’m still trying to find a stockist who has one, but meantime…
I did lots of hunting around and finally chose this set by Taylored Expressions ‘Forever in Bloom’ (TEFS121).

It has the best range of hydrangea images and sentiments that will suit my card making, so it had to go on the ‘wish list’! I am so pleased to have it – the red rubber cling stamps give a nice impression, and stamping it made me very happy!

shabby chic hydrangea card Taylor Expressions Forever in Bloom

sorry the light is bad, and this pic doesn't look too in focus :(


I used Versacolor ‘Hyacinth’, offstamped 2nd-generation for the ‘solid’ blooms and then overstamped in crisp 1st-generation for the outline accent. It’s so pretty fussy-cut and layered up with the leaves and stem from the set, I could go on for ages about how much I love it. Better not bore you completely to tears though, haha!

shabby chic hydrangea card Stampendous Timeless Tags

The paper is from Crate Papaer ‘Pretty Party’ 6×6 – yummy, and the tag was stamped – this set ‘Timeless Tags’ (by Stampendous) was one of the very first clear sets I ever bought and to be honest I’ve hardly used it. (Maybe they look a bit too grungy for me when in the set?? don’t know… they’re good when stamped in the right ink though.)
Anyway – perfectly shabby here in chalk ink, and I added the greeting from Flourishes ‘Spring is Sprung’. All very pretty.

Heading back into the crafty zone for more inky fun after lunch – another pal Jackie has some fun challenge inspiration going on right now with Muse, here and CAS(E) this Sketch, here, so I’m off to play…
See you later alligators, Rx

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  • Natty

    Goodness me Ruth, you have been a busy bee. These cards are just lovely. And nice to see some more festive cheer in blog land all year through.

    I love hydrangeas too – I have a lovely one in the garden where the flowers look like a bunch of grapes, all viney – gorgeous. Makes me wish I had more space for a whole row of them! My cousin and his wife had blue hydrangeas as their flowers and colour theme at their wedding and they were just beautiful.

  • Meredith MacRitchie

    Ruth!! This is so awesome! I am so excited that you wanted to get started so quickly, and thank you SO much for the shout out.

    I LOVE the WMS card… how you fussy cut the label (it really adds so much!), and the combo of papers and colours. It’s gorgeous! And the hydrangea stamp IS beautiful – they’re one of my favourite flowers too. I have beautiful crisp white ones in my garden that I love to cut year after year – I never get tired of them!