Saturday, May 10, 2014

MIM #163: Envelope Wraps + CTS#75 + MFW Hip on Handwriting + The Card Concept #9 Monochromatic Purple

With crafting time at a premium right now, I was happy to see a few challenges come together on one card. We have a wedding to attend next month and I thought the Make It Monday 163: Envelope Wraps from Danille Flanders was a great idea to add a little extra design to our card & gift. You can check out her tutorial here.

The wedding colors are lavender and grey, which makes this card perfect for The Card Concept #9: Monochromatic Purple Clean & Simple category. The card design is based on the CAS(E) This Sketch #75 and I am also entering this card in the Moxie Fab World Hip on Handwriting Challenge.

The wedding invitation has the bride and groom's initials intertwined, so I took that idea as a starting point for my design. I masked a couple of Wet Paint stamps to isolate the "l" and "j" before clear embossing them on a piece of watercolor paper cut with a Half & Half die.

I created a heart stencil and used a watercolor technique with Plum Pudding ink. After the panel dried, the embossing was ironed off and a touch of Wink of Stella added.

The envelope wrap was made by cutting both ends of the panel with the Half & Half die and using stamps from the Grand Ampersand stamp set. The ampersands were stamped first and left to dry for a few minutes, then lightly painted with a wet brush, pulling the ink off the image.

The sentiements were added before the panel was completely dry, allowing the ink to bleed slightly.

Happy Mother's Day to those celebrating this Sunday! I'm feeling a little sad this year, as it is the first one that I know for sure my mom doesn't know her children or grandchildren (or husband for that matter). It is a strange thing to miss someone who is sitting beside you, with a smile on her face and ready to give a hug anytime. Alzheimer's is a sad & challenging disease.

This photo was taken on a family vacation to Scotland in 1966, the first time my maternal grandparents met the five of us kids! I love all the tartan and distinctly remember carrying my uncle's transistor radio everywhere we went.

Thanks for stopping by,



  1. Beautiful card Jacquie - such lovely colours for a wedding:) I hope you have a happy mothers day - hugs xx

  2. Very pretty watercolor effects Jacquie, gorgeous for a wedding, Cathy x

  3. Jacquie, this is beautiful! Great watercolouring! I love the family photo. I have a similar photo (with the tartan, but in Australia) with my grandparents and my cousins from 1974. Thanks for joining us at CAS(E) This Sketch!

  4. Love your watercolored envelope wrap and card ( great idea to get the initials) fabulous photo too x

  5. Wow what a great idea - and how handy you had both initials!! :-) I love the watercolour effect you've made too, so pretty!

    Beth xx

  6. Jacquie,your work always amazes me. This is stunning ,I love the watercolor. How fun to have it work for so many challenges.
    I am so sorry about your mom. My husbands mom was the same. I know how hard it is. I am sorry.
    Love the photo ,the plaid and the radio. Fun memories. Happy Mother's Day to you.

  7. Jacquie...gorgeous card and envelope wrap! So sorry to hear about your is very difficult I know. My mother-in-law suffers from that as well. You are in my prayers. I love your family photo, so sweet!

  8. Wonderful envie wrap! I love your choice of stamps and ink colors.

  9. What a marvelous idea - and that envelope wrap is creative genius!! Love what you made!! Taunya Butler at

  10. Oh, I love how you stamped the initials using Wet Paint! Fabulous job & wonderful take on the sketch!

  11. Love your technique used in creating this CAS, yet elegant card. Thanks so much for sharing with us at The Card Concept!

  12. What a great idea for a wedding card. You did a wonderful job on this, Jacquie.

  13. Wow, I think this is just stunning. So elegant and just right for a wedding with the soft colour.


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