Saturday, 18 January 2014

Very Vanilla meets basic black!

hi all

Well today found  me with a particular challenge - that of making a card for my partner's son - and we aren't talking  little boy here - he is...err - well he is getting on a bit!

and really not having very much in the way of something suitable by way of stamp sets - decided I need to make the best of what I did have - so majored on ideas to do with Stampin Up's Clockworks.

Have to admit, devoid of any ideas of my own,  I have unashamedly used this lovely card  as the basis for mine - thanks so much Michelle for the inspiration.

I teamed Very vanilla card stock and Basic black ink as my colour ways - and ended up with this.

I matted a layer of Very Vanilla, shaped with my corner rounder on just 2 sides and opted to sponge the edges for a bit of interest.

I also used the '
En Français' stamp for my custom background and think I used all but the very large stamp from the Clockworks set for the stamping in the 'interest' corner.  With the addition of a basic black candy dot for the middle of the pocket watch!

Parts of the elements I punched out with matching sized circle punches, propped up on dimensionals and mounted them on black card stock just to give some areas a little more depth and definition.

My sentiment is from the Occasions Alphabet. I just love how this perfectly teams up with the Ticket Duo Builder Punch. I punched 2 more in black just to act as a frame, and all finished off matted on top of some toning ribbon.

I used some candy dots in place of my usual 'bling' - thinking these suited the overall effect better, considering the recipient!

...and of course no greeting card is complete without a matching envelope - which my dearly beloved promptly  proceeded to ruin as he got the post code incorrect when addressing it.!


to say the air was a little colourful was putting it mildly.!

However, thanks to my Envelope board punch making a replacement did not take long and peace was soon restored.

Things I used to make this card:
Stamp sets: En Français, Clockworks, Occasions Alphabets
Inks: Basic Black 
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Basic Black
Other Essentials : Toning ribbon, Ticket Duo Builder Punch, candy dots, circle punches, Stampin' up dimensionals, corner rounder punch, sponge daubers, Envelope board punch

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Last night we were out at a 70th birthday party for an ex-works colleague - and now that I have handed it over,  hopefully back tomorrow,  with a few photos of the card I made for her.

happy Saturday all - or at least what is left of it.!
very best wishes



  1. Oooh I love this Jan! I have a couple of 'man' birthday cards to make this week and I rather like yours...I may be CASEing it! (if you don't mind?) :)
    Lizy xx

  2. hi lizy- thanks for the lovely comment and honest, please do.. mine was cased from somewhere that was cased from somewhere else.. and am sure it probably went furhter back than that..!
    Jan x

  3. What a stunner JAn - I'm not surprised it's CASE Central! Vicky x

    1. thanks Vicky - am thinking this design has definitely a 'few miles on the clock' as they say!



Thanks very much, everyone. I so much appreciate them all.

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