Hello. Welcome to Valley Inspirations with Andrea and the Social Stamping Blog Hop for another week. This is our 13th week of blog hopping together with huge Thanks to Kelly Kent - our amazing coordinator. Our theme this week is "Thinking of You".
I hope you have been enjoying all the projects that have been inspired by the "Thinking of You" theme. Even though we are gradually moving out of intense COVID-19 restrictions, there are still many limitations, including crossing State borders (that is in a number of states) requiring quarantining. We are still limited in visiting family and friends who live over state borders or overseas. Sending a "Thinking of you" message across the miles/kilometres is so important so special folk know that you care. Here's my card that will be travelling across borders, as its not easy for me to cross Australia:
This was one of those cards that didn't fall into place easily. Initially, I had a different type of leaf spray in mind but when it didn't balance well, I changed plans, removed some elements and added flowers. Even though I love the Forever Greenery colour palette, I thought I would use a different colour scheme. I am very partial to the combination of Very Vanilla, Petal Pink and Gold and have also added a hint of Crumb Cake.
The card base was cut from Thick Very Vanilla card-stock. The card front was created with a central panel of Very Vanilla card-stock that was mounted on Petal Pink card-stock and thin strips were cut from Gold Foil card-stock. The central piece of Very Vanilla was embossed using one of the Greenery embossing folders. Both embossing folders are gorgeous; and this one has leaf sprays from both the top and bottom.
One of the card's design feature is the gorgeous fine Gold Hoop embellishment. Just love it. It appears to be hung in place with the soft ribbon and gold thread from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack. Another beautiful element is a gold spray of leaves from the Forever Gold Laser-cut Speciality Paper. The tiny gold leaves pop out from behind the flowers. Other sprays of leaves were cut in Vellum card-stock using the lovely Forever Flourishing dies. The camera hasn't picked up the vellum leaves very well to show their subtle effect. I had stamped and cut a range of different leaves from the delightful Forever Fern stamp set (a distinktive designed set). While these leaves will be used on another project, the splatter stamp from the set was used to add some light Petal Pink & Crumb Cake splatters. The sentiment came from the new Lovely You stamp set and was stamped in Flirty Flamingo ink to enable the sentiment to stand out more than if I had used Petal Pink. The colour is similar, just a little brighter. I quite often like to use a strong colour that compliments the card's colour scheme as a change from the sentiment being in black.
The flowers were die cut from Petal Pink card-stock using the Ornate Borders dies. To add extra interest and softness, the flower edges were sponged using a Sponge Dauber with Petal Pink ink and some White Craft Pigment ink was sponged lightly on the centre of the flowers. Each flower was squished into firm foam to give shape before being adhered to the card front. Basic Pearls were added to the centre of each flower and 3 small pearls were also scattered nearby.
The card inner was created with a centralised panel of Very Vanilla card-stock with 2 thin strips of Petal Pink card-stock adhered on either side. This lessened the bulk of another layer of card-stock. The Forever Fern splatters were stamped in Petal Pink ink with small Crumb Cake and vellum leaf sprays that were tied with the Gold Trim. A 'Thinking of You' sentiment from the Beautiful Moments stamp set was stamped in Flirty Flamingo ink and fussy cut in 2 pieces.
Thank you for visiting the Valley Inspirations blog. I do appreciate you spending time with me. Please contact me if you would like any further information about the card; or if you live in Australia and would like a new Annual Catalogue posted to you; or if I can help in any other way.
I hope you are enjoying this week's Social Stamping Blog Hop that has focused on the theme - Thinking of You. If you started at the beginning with our amazing Social Stamping Host, Kelly Kent, then you have hopped through to the last blog for this week. If you started 'hopping' part way through, or have jumped around, then either click here to be transferred to Kelly Kent at My Papercraft Journey to see her gorgeous creation or click on the 'Next' graphic below; or if you would prefer to go to the full list of participants click on this link to be taken to Kelly Kent's Host blog post where you will find individual links that can take you to each person's blog.
Do look after yourself and your loved ones in these strange times.
Hope to see you again next week when the Social Stamping Blog Hop theme is "Out of the Box".