LE Designs Blog Monthly Events

LE Designs Blog Monthly Events
1st Thursday of the month - A review of a craft product
2nd Thursday of the month - Craft room inspiration
3rd Thursday of the month - Stamp set/die cutter review
4th Thursday of the month - A craft room storage idea
Any 5th Thursday in a month - *GIVEAWAY*

Saturday, 19 July 2014

A Birthday Card for a friend, Uniko Studio Challenge 12 and Runway Inspired Challenge 64


As you can see, I am on a roll with the blog posts tonight and I am also pretty impressed at doing a double whammy challenge!!

The Uniko Studio one this month is very handy as it's 'Anything Goes' and the Runway Inspired Challenge inspiration dress made me think of my Uniko Studio Pure Floral Chrysanthemum set straight away!! Sorted :-)

I have decided to do my blog post slightly differently this time, in that I have taken photos as I have gone along to let you see what I did. Please do let me know what you think of this.

The Runway Inspired Challenge gave this photo as inspiration

I knew straight away that I wanted to use vellum overlapping and I wanted to show my slightly neglected Spectrum Noir markers some loving!

I began by stamping an A5 sheet of white vellum with the large and small Chrysanthemum stamps with embossing ink and then heat set with silver EP. I repeated this with the leaves too. I did them in two steps like this in order to avoid double stamping or smudging.

I then began colouring the images on the back and front of the vellum - I found doing both gave a better depth of colour.

I then found a piece of lilac card….

which I adhered the vellum on to. I used some clear glue and ensured I used the back of the flowers as the glue sites in order to hide it somewhat.

I then cut the sheet using my paper cutter into 2cm wide strips

I decided that I wanted to make this a tag card and so I cut myself a 12cm x 7cm tag and used my xcut corner rounders on both it and the backing card 

I began randomly placing the strips over the tag, but my OCD couldn't cope with the non matching pattern this created and so I had to take them off and start by laying the strips in the correct order.

I then began attaching the strips to the tag, working bottom to top so they were overlapping downwards. I cut the bottom strip and rounded it's corners to ensure this was going to work.

I continued until all strips were added

These were then cut to the size of the tag and the top ones had the corners rounded.

At this point, I forgot to take update photos!! Bear with me as I explain the rest. I die cut and stamped/embossed in silver two small Chrysanthemums on to white card and then coloured one with the pink Spectrum Noir Pen and the other in the greyish/blue.

I added these to the bottom of the tag, overlapping the edge of the card. I added my Happy Birthday Sentiment on to a fussy cut out banner which was then adhered with foam pads over the flowers. A bit ribbon and a button were added to the top of the tag.

As far as I am concerned no card is complete without a bit of bling, so I added a few matching sequins.

Here is the end result.

I apologise for my lack of great photographs of late. I really need some during the day peace and quiet to get out to my summer house to do my 'proper' photos but with school holidays and two boys, this just isn't happening at the moment. Hopefully you can still get the gist of the cards anyway.

Thank you for looking, please let me know if the step by step (well, until I forgot) photographs are helpful and I promise to try and do this more often.

Laura xxx


Card - Smooth White - paper mill direct, Vellum - Anita's, lilac card from stash
Ink - Papermania Silver EP, Versafine Onxy Black, Spectrum Noir Markers
Stamps - Pure Florals:Chrysanthemums  - Uniko Studio, A Gift for You - Uniko Studio
Dies - Chrysanthemums - Uniko Studio
Embellishments - button & ribbon from stash, sequins - hobbycraft


  1. Such a clever interpretation of the inspiration photo (again!) - you have such a great outside of the box imagination. Love the step by steps too! Great to see you back, Cx

  2. This is fabulous!! I loved the dress layers and you've caught the idea perfectly with this. You might see me copying this idea (with proper credit given, of course) in the near future!!

  3. Stunning! Love how you've created the layered look & have provided step by step instructions :) Thank you for joining in on the Uniko Studio Challenge :) Hugs Bev x

  4. Wow!! That's some labor intensive detail work - the end result is gorgeous!! Love your taken on the challenge! Thanks so much for playing with us at the Runway Inspired Challenge! We're so glad that you did!

  5. Wow this is so beautiful Laura, love the detail of it. Thank you so much for joining in the Uniko Challenge this month.