Thursday, October 17, 2013

Happy Little Accident

I call this card a happy little accident, because thats exactly what it is.  I was asked to design a Bridal Shower card, and I began to create this card.  I used the colours that the customer had asked for and everything.  This card is a perfect example of a happy accident and a reminder that maybe I shouldn't start designing a card when I am tired.  

I am so happy with how this WEDDING card turned out, however I was wanting/ needing to design a Bridal Shower card for this customer.  I am glad though that not all is lost.

I used Stamping Bella's Uptown Couple, which is quickly becoming one of my favourite images for a wedding card for a couple.  I coloured the image using Letraset Promarkers and filled in the dress, flowers and hairpiece with diamond stickles.  I finished off the card with some silky silver ribbon, and a couple brads through paper flowers.  Tied it all together with the MR & MRS stamp from Stampin' Up!

Would love to know what you think of this happy little accident!

This is the front of the card...

Side view of the card...

Close up of the coloured image...

Honestly I am so happy with the way that it turned out and will continue to welcome happy accidents if they result in cards such as this one!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Little Boys Birthday

So very similarly to my my princess birthday post I don't/ haven't had the chance to make cards for many children for many different reasons. 
1. I never used to have stamps appropriate to complete a card.
2. Didnt have to many children in my life who would require a children's card
3.  It was just something that a customer hadn't ordered before.

So when a customer ordered both the princess card and this card, I was more than thrilled to challenge myself and see what I could come up with.  I had bought this Stamping Bella Mo Manning stamp of a little boy which I thought would be great to use for little boys birthdays, as well as a fathers day card.

I stumbled across these patterned papers which I had in my GIGANTiC collection of paper.  I am a little bit of a paper hoarder as I love all of the really cool designs, and the colours of so many of the pattern papers.  I must say I have been getting better about using the papers that I own instead of buying more.  Anyways....I coloured this image using Letraset Promarkers and paired the image with 3 different colours of blue buttons.  I also added a teal sheer ribbon to pull out a colour from the pattern paper that i used.  I used a couple birthday wordings, and added a tiny bit of glitter to the keys, and the car paint.

I hope that the little boy getting this card will love it...I think it turned out really good!

Front of the card

Side View of the card.  This allows you to see the different textures and dimensions that are on this card.  

What do you think?


First of all here in Canada this weekend was thanksgiving.  I hope that all of you spent time with family and friends and reflected on the many things that you have to be greatful for.  I am reminded again and again how special my fans, and those who support Amanda Fluri Designs are!
I just wanted to take time to let you all know that I am truly thankful for you!

With that...this card was made for my boyfriends parents.  

I used my new Hero Arts leaf cling stamps and used Distress Inks to stamp them in.  I used a kraft paper base for the card, and pair it up with some lined paper which use fall colours.  I finished it off with a kraft boarder which I inked up green, and used the words "Thank You".  I finished it off by using my stardust pen and adding some glitter to the vanes of the leaves, and the outside of the boarder. This is very different from what I am used to as I tend to lean towards designing using some really vibrant colours...change is good, it was a nice challenge and fun!

Front view

Side View

Love this stamp set, and wish I had gotten it sooner, because I would have loved to have played with it more!  I have some other card ideas in mind using these stamps, so you may see a couple more cards with the stamps on them, just depends if time allows.
Again THANKS SO MUCH for all of your support!

Princess Birthday

So the most common card that I make is birthday cards, as many of you do as well I'm sure.  While I generally am creating cards for my friends or family members, I am rarely creating cards for kids birthdays.  However...knowing that I will in the future be making children's cards, I purchased a CC Designs Princesses stamp set and this was my first time using 1 of the 4 princesses.  I believe the princesses are based off of the 4 Disney Princesses.  The stamps are so cute, and I cannot wait to play with the other 3 princesses, but here's a card with one of them.

The princesses name is Williamina.  She reminds me of Cinderella even though I didnt colour her to look like Cinderella.  The customer who ordered this card asked for me to do the princess and card in pinks and purples, and for the princess to have blonde hair and blue eyes just like her little niece.  
I am so happy about how this card turned out!

I used my promarkers to colour her, and used Diamond Stickles to glimmer up her dress and crown.  I used Spellbinders dies to cute a couple mats, and pink lemonade bakers twine.  I finished it off with "Happy Birthday" wording and 3 daisies which have glitter along the edges and the inside of the flower.  

Front view

Side View
Hopefully this gives you an idea of the different layers and levels of mounting thats on this card.

Here is also a picture of the image, and the colouring and shading that I did with my Promarkers.  Hope you are inspired.  

She is so stinken cute!  
Would love to know your thoughts!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Feminine Birthday

This card was designed based off of one of my earlier designs.  I was asked to make it very much the same as the original, however change the occasion to birthday and white heat emboss all parts of it.  The theme for the card was for a very special birthday, and the colour scheme was requested to be all purples.  So I used those things, and designed this card around it.  

I heat embossed the flowers, and the wording, and tied it all together with a really sheer shimmer white and silver ribbon and brought it together with 3 white (pearl type) gems.

The picture of the front of the card is perfectly representative of the actual colours of the card, while the 2nd photo of the side view had more of a redish tone to it.

Spider Man

Hey Everyone.  Thanks for your support as well as your patience as I get more familiar with this blogging and posting pictures of my designs on here.  I would love feedback from you if you feel so inclined.  It is always great to see what people are looking to see, or if someone needs inspiration on something I would love to be able to help out with that too.

I am working on figuring out how to link to all of the supplies I use in each of my designs so that if you like a certain stamp or patterned paper used you are able to easier access it.  As I get more comfortable I may do some videos of my creation of cards, and I might walk you through the steps, but that is very much down the line for now as editing takes more time that right now I just dont seem to have.

Without further delay I will tell you about a couple Spiderman Cards that I have made recently.  My sister had asked for a spiderman themed card for a birthday for a guy that she knows.  Initially when I was planning out this card I thought it would be cool to use spiderman colours (reds, blues, blacks) and design a card around it.  Then when I bought an embossing folder for my cuttle bug and it was a spiderweb I thought that it would also be cool to use on the card.  With Halloween just around the corner I have a die cut that cuts 4 different spiders, and I thought hey they will be great to use on the card as well.  Then when I was at Hobby Lobby a couple weeks ago I found black and white bakers twine, and spiderman embellishments and the cards basically made themselves.  

I have 2 cards that I have created so far, however have 3 more spiderman embellishments that I will eventually use for cards as well...

Card 1 - front

Side View of Card 1

Front of Card 2

Side view of Card 2

Which card do you like better Card 1 or Card 2 and why?

Musical Birthday

Here's another card that I put together last week for my sister-in-law.  I will give you some background as to where this card came from!  When my sister-in-law and I discussed a card for her father she had mentioned that he loves music and that he is in a singing group.  

I knew exactly the perfect stamps to use on this card.  The main image I had just purchased the week prior at Hobby Lobby in the US and was already anxious to use it.  The sheet music which I ended up using for the background was a gift a couple Christmas' ago.  Also the die cut is a spellbinder label cutter and I hadn't used it yet, so this was the perfect opportunity.  I added little gems to the base of the notes, and added some stardust gel pen to the stems of the notes, and tied it all together with some bakers twine.  

How did I do?

Front of the card

Side view of the card

She said that her father loved the card because it expressed his interests, and knowing that it was handmade made was icing on the cake. 

Monkey's Birthday

I know its been a while since I've posted, but things have been busy.  I have been designing like crazy and hope to get things posted over the next day or so.  I have been working with a couple family members who wanted to order some cards, so I designed cards around their must haves (colour schemes, occasion/themes, and sometimes even image choices).  

For this card...I designed it for my sister who wanted something fun for her fiance.  When my sister-in-law saw this card she fell in love with it... she wanted some slight changes made to the card so that she could give it to her 2 year old nephew.

Heres the original card

And the side view of the card which will show the different levels/layers

The card for my sister-in-laws nephew.  Notice the slight differences between the 2 cards.

Side View of the same card.

This card turned out exactly as I had hoped.  I coloured the little monkey with my promarkers, then i used some scrap papers that I had laying around, and tried to incorporate all of the bright and fun colours into the card.  Birthday cards are supposed to be bright and cheerful arent they?!