Friday 11 July 2014

'Greetings from the Wise'

I love this stamp and was ashamed to realise it's only had one serious outing before now - so I made two cards the same:
I used:

- 7" x 5" card blank, tent style

- layer of the same white card, embossed using Crafts-Too's 'Lattice' folder

- Penny Black 'Greetings from the Wise' stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and coloured with Pro Markers and die cut using a Spellbinders circle.When the card was finished I added a generous amount of Glossy Accents to his eyes which suddenly almost brought him to life even though it doesn't really show in the photo :)

- snippet of red satin mirri card behind the image, hand cut into a slightly larger circle in the usual way

- snippet of red satin mirri card, die cut using a 'Stitched Rectangle' die by Lil'inker Designs (sadly can only be ordered directly from the USA even though some of their products are available over here) and topped with a snippet of designer paper from LOTV's 'Classic Christmas' paper pad

- the sentiment was stamped in Brilliance 'Pearlescent Ivy' using a stamp from the Personal Impressions 'Many Greetings' set then die cut using a Spellbinders 'Nested Pennants' die, which I ran a ball ended tool round before removing it from the die to create the bevelled edge

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

and a challenge that's new to me, I found it on KathyK's brilliant blog. It's called Stamplorations and they run a few challenges. I've gone for the bi-weekly sketch one:

That's me for today! TGIF - the weekend beckons!



  1. Good for you on using this NBUS so beautifully well. Am loving this Wise Bird, and great shading on his feathers. Love that green paper on the embossed background. Makes Mr. Wise stand out just gorgeous in his red hat & feathers. Get ready for the wkend. Hope it's going to be exciting (or relaxing...whichever floats yer boat). TFS & Hugs

  2. Gorgeous card it is...I am guilty too of not using my stamps, turned out super cool.x

  3. Oh my gosh...this is just the cutest image! Love this great owl and I will take your word that the eyes gleam from that treatment!

    Your take on the sketch looks great...the papers and Miri card looks brilliant.

    I think the stitched dies from Lil Inker are fab and yours is no exception.

  4. Great take on sketch
    so cute card
    love the owl image
    Di I want to let you know I will be away now for a week or more
    hugs Tamara

  5. So cute is your image Di and your card is stunning l love the embossed folder and the gorgeous christmas backing papers another one of your great makes Di and you make them look so effective enjoy your weekend x

  6. I love the combination of whimsical and elegant on this card! The background embossing looks so pretty with that great paper! Beautifully colored, crafted and designed!!

  7. So cute. Great image, and you're right that the Glossy Accents add that special touch. In the last month, I have really come to see how adding a little Glossy Accent can make all the difference on some cards.

  8. Gorgeous card Di and huge congratulations on your beautiful recycled blue flower on you card at LIM - I love that card so much! Have a lovely weekend Karen x

  9. Gorgeous card Di just been catching up on all your other fab makes too:) seems like these days are flying by and I'm always behind LOL lots of huggles Sue xxx

  10. Great layout and fab owl image.
    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  11. Beautiful,beautiful,beautiful! Image is very fanny, a card simple but snappy ( I hope the word is right!).
    I love white background embossing with the other paper colored!
    Thanks for your always welcome comments on my blog and this time thanks also for visit Sabrina's blog!
    Big crafty hugs, Ileanaxx

  12. Sorry, Di for bogging you down with commenting on my blog ;)...but if you wouldn't i would not be upset - we are all busy! That owl makes me smile from ear to ear! (German expression) - just wonderful!

  13. A fabby cute owl and he looks great on that gorgeous LOTV paper.
    Jean x

  14. Gorgeous card, love the papers and I do love the image as I have this my self and it comes out once a blue moon, beautifully coloured Di.

    Kath x

  15. Such a cute little Christmas owl, Di (definitely deserved the outing to make the two cards). Thanks for entering both of my CHNC challenges with your lovely card - hope to see you again soon. x

  16. Oops - you are on my official comment rota for STAMPlorations - here comes the official thank you - great that you linked up with us - come back next time, too! Hugs, Cornelia

  17. Fabulous Christmas card Di, super colouring of the cute image, love it!

    Warm hugs

  18. Cute owl - certainly deserves more outings

  19. Gorgeous card Di your colouring us brilliant


  20. Glad to have led you (further) astray with the link to the Stamplorations blog ... wait till you start to acquire their images too!

    Your little owl is adorable too


  21. This is boooo-tiful Miss. A Hoot in fact! Great take on the layout tooooo!

  22. Such a darling card, Di--love it!

  23. Such a cute owl and great x-mas card! I love the detail: the paper, the embossed bg... Great job. Thanks for joining us at STAMPlorations!

  24. Ah this is super, that owl is so cute. Thank you for playing along on Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Extra Challenge this month, Good Luck, Love Hazel (Didos) Guest Designer xx

  25. Hi Diane, I love that cute Owl and his eyes and lovely DP and nice faux stitching too..great color combo and I looovee that BG (I wish I have Die Cut Machine but I have not...also I always happy to see ladies who made cards using that DIE CUT Machine).really lovely Christmas card I LOVE IT..

    Thanks for joining us at STAMPlorations sketch challenge,

    Monika (GDT)

  26. This is such a cute owl and beautifully coloured too. Love the embossed background. Thanks for joining us at STAMPlorations. Good Luck! Monika

  27. GREAT coloring on that fun owl, Di! Love that white embossed layer too!


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