Saturday, 31 August 2013

Iris

 Happy weekend!  I hope the weather is playing nice wherever you may be.  It's a bit funny, but sometimes the cards I make bring me back a little when I look at them.  I remember this one was the very first card sample that I made for my June shows.  I just loved these Iris and couldn't wait to see them coloured up (I have always had a thing for Iris!)  Plus, I had just been given our new soft custard card and it just spoke to me for this card.  I used a combination of soft lead pencils with some marker highlights for my Iris which were stamped in Black Archival ink.  I actually stamped them three times in fact and die cut just the centre sections for the top two with the ovals in the Vintage Labels Four die set so that I could layer them up a bit.  I used the Enchanted Labels 28  to create my background.  Now, this is a rather large die, but I found that it can easily be cut down and re-sized to fit the Vintage Labels Four from Justrite.  You do really have to look, but I cut it down the centre then slide the excess under the other half until it was the size that I needed.  It is mostly hidden by the top die cut which is why it works so easily with this set.  I matted it with a piece of white card to bring out the design before adding my double pierced mats in custard card.  I tied a messy bow from Royal Blue seam binding (which is a very purplish blue) and topped it with a small flower that I had in my stash.  I used a light touch of Mustard seed distress ink to the top of the flower.  I stamped a small sentiment and cut it out with the Charmed I'm sure tag set.  I lightly inked it with Mustard seed as well while it was still in the die and tucked the end under my flower.  A few flatback pearls to the die cuts were the finishing touches for my first Iris card sample.  Finished dimensions are 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" in size (a mere baby by my standards, huh?!) LOL  All for now, Sue x










127 comments:

Pam said...

Beautiful card and the Iris flowers are always popular.

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
A stunning card using a wonderful flower, love this idea.
Have a great weekend
Hugs

Patricia xxx

kitty davies said...

Morning Sue lovely card it would also be nice with a yellow iris on the custard card. Have a good weekend Kitty

Lisa said...

Morning Sue
What a lovely card. The stamp is beautiful - and timeless. This card could be used for so many occasions.
Lisa x

CraftyAnn said...

Such a lovely, striking card. The colours make the flower stamp pop out from the card. I love this idea.
Take care

Heather Rogers said...

Great card Sue! I love Iris too!

You have coloured them beautifully. The card is a gorgeous colour blue and i think works well with the custard.

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

Rosie said...

Lovely colouring, lovely card. I like the idea of cutting the label
and re-assembling it. You have done it so well that it is difficult to see the join, even close up.

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
Stunning card with the Blue and Custard Card. This card can e used for many o0ccasions. Have a good weekend
Hugs
Carol x

tracy w said...

Hi sue
Stunning card love the colour como have a great weekend Tracy w x

Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
What a challenge for us today!!
A truly truly beautiful gift - I too adore the Iris and have many in the garden both sides of the Channel. The colour scheme is fantastic and the format - well stamping, matching and cutting and making all fit together - is fantastic - will let you know whether or not I get mine to match never mind looking somewhat like your beautiful sample.
Unfortunately no crafting today - it's packing up to return to the UK tomorrow/Monday.
Janet x

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Great colours.

carol edwards said...

Hi Sue lovely card, rather serene and peaceful feel about it.

Anonymous said...

Heavens, Sue, is that decoupaged layers I see? Never known you to do that before, and it is to great effect - a lovely card with beautiful colouring. Am in awe of your talents!!

'P' in Wales

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, great card, love the colours and I love the Iris!
Love Jean xxxx

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - such clever use of Enhanted Labels 28 by cutting it down vertically - I cant see the join. Love the blue colours. Still dry and sunny here although a tad cooler this weekend circa 20C I think so autumn is defintely on its way.
Rgs
Clare W

Anne Crawford said...

Elegantly beautiful card! Love the iris stamp and the colours so very effective and suitable for so many occasions.

Jean Deane said...

Hi Sue, beautiful card , love the way you've coloured it along with the custard card , I have these stamps but haven't used them yet , will have a try with them now.
Hugs
Jean D

Sue Dunn said...

Good morning Sue. Lovely card and I love the colours together. Yes thus one s sall for you, but a good size for us to have a go at. Xx

baconbits said...

Morning Sue
A wonderful card, love the Iris the idea of layering them is brilliant.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

Bosquie said...

How fab is this card? Love the colours and all the wonderful textures. Stunning. Xx

Jane said...

Very Pretty, I never thought I would say this as yellow tones are not my thing, but I love the custard card. Hope you will be having some Wedgewood blue card coming into your stock as I love that shade as well can't find it anywhere.

Jane xx

Gail said...

Hi Sue,
I love Iris, and you have made a beautiful job of his card. A bit on the fussy side for my taste.
Gail C x

Christine Harrop said...

The iris is lovely and the colours of this card are gorgeous. Christine x

Anonymous said...

Clever Card...Clever Sue. Thanks Mabex

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. Beautiful card, love the iris and the ribbon. Your colouring in is stunning! The iris look fabulous. HAve a good weekend. Take care.

englishrose897 said...

Great card Sue. Love the way you have coloured the iris and layered it. Very clever. Have a great weekend. Sally x

Fieldsend said...

Morning Sue, great card and love the colour combination. Really must treat myself to some custard card.

Have a great weekend.

Love June
xxx

Tres said...

Hi Sue. What a gorgeous card today !! I love the colouring in of the flowers, just beautiful. I am thinking about maybe getting this stamp. I have the vintage labels four dies and have slowly been collecting the matching stamp sets. I love the idea of cutting down the labels die to frame the stamp. You cannot see the cutting lines. I have the custard card and I love it. I recently made my Dad a birthday card using custard, sky blue and soft gold card. (Blue and Yellow are his favourite colours.) They looked great together. I used the vintage labels four birthday stamp set. The three layers of flowers using the stamps looks great. I love your bow and sentiment to. Happy crafting every one love Tres x x x

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
A very clever card and very well done but just not for me - sorry Sue.

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, Wow !! I had to enlarge the pic to see where the join was, it is brilliant, and thank you for the tip. The Iris flower is so pretty and decoupaged, it is gorgeous.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Nanny Jo said...

exquisite, Sue :) Jo xx

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Beautiful card as usual, I think a DVD on colouring images is needed,you colour so brilliantly I would love for you to show us how to do it correctly. Mine always looks as if a child has done it lol. There isn't a flower that I don't like so I am happy which ever flower you use. The colours of the card are so pretty and the ribbon matches it brilliantly.
Hugs x
Heather T

Susan Elwood said...

Very pretty Sue.

beachie said...

Hi Sue
Gorgeous, I love iris too,its a great stamp. Your colouring is super
Audrey x

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
It's another clever idea - to use the SB labels with JR vintage!
Love it!
Have a great weekend.
Hugs, Rose

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue today's card is gorgeous I love everything about it and small is good. Have a great weekend. Love Jackie

snowqueen62 said...

Love the irises. A very pretty card today thanks for sharing.
Hugs Sue x

Debs A said...

Morning sue what a beautiful card you have for us today. I love the new colours of the card. I have tge iris dies but never been able to get the stamps sobive never used my dies. But they do make beautiful cards so now im on a mission to jet the stamps. I would never thought of cutting the dies down but it does work. Take care Sue xx

Debs A

kimberley said...

What a beautiful card and I adore irises,take care,x.

lydia jordan said...

Hi Sue,
Love the iris card, colours are perfect, you know I'm not a fan of big bows but this one is just right. Love the smaller format too. Wonderful creation thank you for the inspiration.
Lydia
X

Marleine said...


Morning Sue,

Beautiful, striking card, x

cuilliesocks said...

Beautiful card sue, love the flower image and your design, great colouring, Kate x

Norah McPhee said...

Good morning Sue,
I love Irises too as i always think they are so bonnie with their two tone colour, and always stand upright, no slouching around for them. But this stamp and the other Iris Justrite stamp i have fallen in love with. They are so beautiful and offer a great canvas to colour.
Your custard card is a lovely mellow soft colour and would be a need it colour, not a want just for the sake of it.
It's a beautiful day up here in Central Scotland today and i hope that it is spreading its happiness around, enjoy everyone.
Love and crafty hugs
Norah

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful card.
Lovely colors.
Gr Elly

PS MY CANDY ends today

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, beautiful card, I love Iris' too, they are such lovely flowers, and the variety of colours is stunning. Have a great weekend. Bx

Sandybee said...

A great card Sue, love the iris and the colouring is perfect

xx Sandra

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Beautiful, love that gorgeous iris and the blue is gorgeous

Marion said...

Hi Sue really like the irises and the colours but the bow takes over for me.
Marion H

Anonymous said...

Another great card Sue - and I'm looking for ideas for my friend Iris who has a birthday shortly - your card is perfect timing! Have a great weekend.
YvonneMayxx

Jacquie said...

Morning Sue,

Such a beautiful card, I love how you have stamped the layers with the Iris stamp, the colours match really well together. Stunning card.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Sonia Jones said...

Lovely card today. Hugs Sonia x

karenlotty said...

Well I can' see the join! Great colours I may have left the bow off too Would be easier to post without it as well my kind of colours

Donna Jones said...

Hi Sue,
Beautiful card, loving the colours and your colouring is fantastic too.
Donna Jones

Janice K said...

A beautiful stamp showcased in a gorgeous card. x

hazel young said...

Stunning card Sue I too love irises. Love the colours and cardstock used xx hazel

hazel young said...

Stunning card Sue I too love irises. Love the colours and cardstock used xx hazel

hollyberry said...

A real splash of colour with this beautiful card.

marg said...

Hello Sue!
I too love the Iris and the lovely colours!
Beautiful card Sue!
LoveMarg

Margaret said...

Good morning Sue
A stunning and beautiful card, I love iris they are such a delicate flower.
Have a great weekend, up here in the North it is decidedly chilly so winter is coming!
Margaret corgi owner

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone
A lovely cheerful card with a beautiful iris. Wish the ones I tried to grow looked as good lol!
Have a great day. x

Pauline A said...

Good morning Sue, Another stunning card and I love the way you have used decoupage for the iris. I often decoupage flower stamps particularly when my first stamping attempt is poor because I can hide my mistakes;so nothing is wasted. I haven't got this stamp but will have to try get it once again as it was out of stock last time I enquired about it. The colours used are graat. Have a good weekend. Hugs Pauline A x

Ann said...



Hi Sue

Gorgeous card I really like Iris they remind me of my Dear Grandad he used to grow them in his garden.
The weather is playing nice just now hope Mr Sunshine stays for the weekend.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Jean Z said...

Very beautiful card Sue love Jean Z xx

TOB said...

simply beautiful. hugs x

Jackie Durrant said...

Wonderful colouring Sue and the colours work so well together. Love from Jackie D

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue, A beautiful card today, love the colours.

Love Rosemarie Fishlock xx

Cee Bee said...

Morning Sue, I think everyone loves Iris they are such a stately flower. Gorgeous card again.
Hugs n stuff
Carol B

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
This might be a small baby sized card for you but it just goes to show that cards don't have to be big to be stunning. This is the size I like to work with so I love, love, love this card.
Beverley W

Shirley Terretta said...

Hi Sue,

Really, really lovely - love it.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxx

SHARICA said...

lovely Colours .. Lovely Card .. xx Very classy .. xx

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Sue, my fav flower so I love this card, and love how you have layered up the middle part. Emma

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, lovely card, the iris is beautiful. Have a great day. Take care, Jess xx

val jones said...

Good Morning Sue. I love this size card. The iris are beautiful as is the custard card.
Love Val x

Beryl Treble said...

Hi Sue,a lovely card. Love the stamps.

yorkielass said...

Hello Sue, An exquisite card, love the iris, your colouring is amazing. The weather is playing nice here, the sun has got his hat on and he's coming out to play.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June xxx

Crafty Nanna said...

Morning Sue, this card is just so beautiful and I love the way you have layered the iris, which itself is a beautiful stamp.

Have a great weekend
hugs Lynn

Mac Mable said...

What a stunning card, just love it, thanks for sharing x Beverley

Lorraines Crafts said...

Good morning Sue
I love the colours you have used on this card & the Iris is just lovely. I can't believe this is the last day of August already and we will just see flowers on our cards for the next couple of seasons x

Debbie Tinks said...

Nice card Sue x have a nice weekend.

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, another gorgeous card. I love the way you have created the layers.

Kate's Cards said...

I love the decoupage type placement of the flowers!

Wendy L said...

Just beautiful. xxx

Laura O said...

nice card, beautiful flower .Laura O

weefortune said...

Great Colouring and love the stamping but not sure I really like this card.

Have a gereat Day Elaine x

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, another beautiful card, the iris and the colours used are just stunning. Love Sam xxx

3362 Jan said...

Morning Sue. Wow. This is a stunning combination. Love the Iris.such a lovely colour. Enjoy your week end. Hugs. Jan. x

TDQ Karen said...

Pretty oolour combination, perfect for the iris stamps xx

hotpotato said...

gorgeous card Sue.

nancyd said...

Hi Sue, a beautiful card and the Blue
is lovely. Our weather good so far today
hope it keeps up and you have a nice
weekend.
Nancyd xx

Sheila - Ginger said...

Morning Sue,
Well I've been away on a five day break and the one thing I missed was seeing your stunning creations every day. Have now just caught up and loved them all especially Tuesday's...today's is a beauty too and love the dark blue.
Have a good weekend.

Love Sheila xx

Trish said...

Hi Sue,
Truly gorgeous card, fab colour combination. TFS
Hugs,
Trish x (Hillside)

Sandy G said...

Hi Sue

Gorgeous colours on this card. I mostly make 6x6 cards so this is perfect for me. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

Elizabeth S said...

Hi Sue, I am with you on Iris's. There is just something about them. I also have a thing for blue flowers too so a double whammy or what for me!!!
Love the card and the way you have cut out the layers with the oval dies.
It is cooler here today and a bit breezy but still nice.
Elizabeth S
P.S. I love gladioli also from the iris family - how about you?

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue, What a gorgeous card love the way you have layered and coloured the Iris It looks so realistic, I just love all of it.
Have a great weekend
Love Brenda Lel xxx

Ita O'Byrne O'Keeffe said...

Hi Sue Wow this card sings to me I also love the Iris,and when I saw today's ,it was the first thing I learned to do at Art Class a long time ago .The color of the ribbon is fantastic.
Smiles
Ita

lorraine (classylady) said...

Hi Sue another gorgeous feminine card. Love Iris and these colours go so well together.

thank you for even more inspiration
regards
Lorraine - Scotland
xxx

lynda said...

Stunning Sue love the colours the iris flower is so pretty it pops out beautifully from the card gorgeous.
Hugs Lynda Brock xx

Ali B said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely card, the colours work well together. The Iris flowers is stunning,
Alison B. x

camelot67 said...

Good Afternoon Sue,

A truly wonderful card today - I just LOVE it! Thanks for sharing and hope you enjoy the rest of your day
Margaret A.

Sandy H said...

Lovely colours - lovely card.

Vie Carter said...

Great card Sue

Vie
x

nzillingworth said...

HI SUE
WOW HOW PRETTY. AMAZED AT HOW FAST IT IS TO COLOUR THESE IN. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR INSPIRATION AND KEEP IT COMING.
WILL YOU SOON BE AT THE ALLI PALLI?
BORN AGIAN SPELLBINDER
NAIDNE HUG XXX

Jan Ltc said...

Hi Sue this is so pretty love it xx Jan

Lacelady said...

It's stunning! I love Irises too.

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

What a stunning card, love iris.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

Helen Barker said...

Gorgeous card,love Irises.Could be done in lots of colour ways.
Helen Bx

Jill Liddle said...

Beautiful card today.

Jan.moogie said...

Gorgeous card Sue, just love this die. x

Jackie Meechan said...

Beautiful card Sue. Hope you have a great weekend, weather sunny here in Scotland today :)

Hugs
CraftyJacq
xx

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, Love this gorgeous card. so very pretty. Hugs, Carol S.xx

magpie said...

Oh wow Sue stunning card. The Iris is a beautiful flower and such a lovely sentiment that goes with it. The beautiful colours just compliment each other. Lovely! xx Love Karen xx ps the best things sometimes come in small packages! xx

loftylass said...

So pretty Sue..... now this one I will have to make. tfs
Hugs
Heather W
x

Carole Z said...

A lovely card Sue, very pretty and gorgeous colours! Carole Z X

Lindsay Martin said...

Beautiful card as always, xxx

Meg said...

Stunning.

Margaret O
xxx

jeffrey bubbles said...

This is a beautiful stamp that I will adding to my wish list. The background colours really shows it off well Kathy

CaronP said...

Another great card Sue. Simply stunning.
Xx

Katie Lamb said...

beautiful card

Katielouise said...

Dear Sue
What a beautiful card! Love the way you have matched the custard and lilac card to the iris stamped image.
The iris is coloured to perfection and is so pretty.
You must have so much patience to stamp and decoupage the iris stamped image as well as colouring all of them, though I guess it could be relaxing too.

Gorgeous card today.

Hugs x

Best wishes from Katie-Louise sweetlove

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue

The last 3 days I have been looking at your blog and the stunning cards you have made, but have not felt able to reply because of two sad family issues. I have to say thankyou because I know when turn my computer on in the morning there is someone out there to converse with if you want to.

Today's card is beautiful, love everything about it, your colouring is fantastic. :-)

Look forward to tomorrows card.

Kind regards

Tina X

Jackie Calvert said...

hi Sue.
Pretty card, very colourful.
Take care now Jackie C XXX

minx said...

Hi Sue such a beautiful and detailed card today your colouring is fantastic xx

CraftyJo said...

I have a big soft-spot for anything iris - it was my mother's name :) Gorgeous card.

Kim Matthews said...

Such beautiful colours, Sue. Lovely detail.
Hugs
Kim M
x

Paper Junkie said...

I love Irises and not just because Iris was my mother's name - I grow lots in my garden too. Currently using the custard card (which looks lovely in the flesh) to make flowers from the aster dies to go on to the soft antique gold card for a commissioned golden wedding card. ( Both cards came from Sam Poole's shop) All looking good so far....X

Diane Mortimer said...

This is a stunner! I love the vibrant blue on the creamy custard, it really works, I guess it's really about messing around and trying some exciting combinations, the layers irises are amazing, so beautiful, I really like this card Sue, great work as always.

Diane from Glasgow xx

paul ford said...

Another lovely card,very well thought out beautiful colours and well thought out layout as always but once again it just shows the genius of this lady,and the thing is,she just keeps surprising us,fab card brilliantly executed with all the rightsmall eccentricities that make this lady very special