Sunday, May 31, 2020

12 Kits of Occasions: May '20 - April Showers Bring May Flowers

Hi and welcome to 12 Kits of Occasions, May post! 
How could it possibly be June 1st tomorrow???
This year is flying by... maybe that's good, as far as what's going on?

Clovis, CA is officially open, and things are almost normal.  
Meanwhile, card making never slows down!
May's 12 Kits is being brought to us by my dear friend, Marcia Hill, 
and is called April Showers Bring May Flowers.
Marcia sent us floral images, sweet little ladies, and lovely designer papers.
I had a ball putting all my 7 cards together!  Take a look...

Leading off with Stampingbella, and a Thinking of You card. This sweet Townie Tiny
Garden Girl is colored with Copics. The Greetery: Thinking of You.

Mandy's Flowers (Simon Says Stamps) colored with watercolor pencils, 
and Pierced Oval Frame from PTI.

Marcia made this card come together in a snap. The PTI tulips came already 
stamped in red, and the dp included in kit. I triple embossed the frame with
silver powder, and added a few drops. 

Oh how I love this sweet Snowdrop girl! I double girlie framed her, and added 
it to a stamped card I had in my stash (the Greetery).

Marcia included the bokeh dp, and I stamped on the sentiment and dandelions, adding
one fussy cut bloom that was white embossed onto vellum.
You just simply cannot have enough birthday cards handy, especially ones that can 
double as masculine. Don't you agree?

OK, I just love how this card turned out. The die cut (Pinkfresh Studios) was copic
colored before adding to a strip of dp. A bit of blacksplattering and novo drops and

Last  card  was a silver embossed image from Penny Black, I watercolored with
Azteca pens. Double frame from Penny Black.

Thanks for coming by and hopefully adding a comment. 
And thanks to Marcia, for simply sunny florals to brighten my 
sheltered spring!

Love to all of you trying to stay safe and  well!

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Card Concept Challenge: Bright Florals

Hi there! There's a new challenge at the Card Concept: Bright Florals

Such a gorgeous inspiration photo! So many textural elements, beautiful rich
colors, and big bold blooms!

Never have I wanted to duplicate an inspiration photo more!

Colors, textures, and Big Bold Blooms... 

What a powerful statement of a photo.

 Love the Altenew vases, flowers and sentiments! Says it all.

Lots of layer building for my Clean & Layered card.


Yellow base: the Greetery: Cozy Cup Coaster Die
Altenew: Garden Treasure (fussy cut),  Versatile Vases
Inks: Altenew
Poppystamps: PP1006 Springtime Bouquet, PP1003 Cottage Meadow
Cuddle bug Embossing folder

Monday, May 25, 2020

Keeping Christmas ~ May

4 Happy Reindeer tags, and a card too ~ It's time for Keeping Christmas,
group of friends that are helping to inspire all of us to Keep Christmas in our 
hearts. Making a few cards for our Christmas stash helps to make the season
brighter too!

My card has a family of deer by Stamplorations set against a forest of glittery trees.

Here's a closer look at the glitter paper I used that cuts so beautifully. The snowy background
is a super wide Washi from Poppystamps over a PTI Hawaiian Shores card stock.

4 coordinating tags began their life as Luggage tags from Stamplorations. Lindy's 
Magicals on the tag, and once dry, I copic colored
the reindeer (Christmas Reindeer) and added stickles to the antlers and red Nuvo 
drops to the nose. 

Once upon a Christmas, I purchased the white snowflake sequins from Target,
and gave them love with glitter. 

The sentiments are also from the Christmas Reindeer stamp set.

I made a promise to myself to make matching envelopes for each Christmas card
created. So far so good. This one with Magicals dusting powder.

The other designers have some wonderful creations for you. Be sure to
visit them all!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Hugs Birthday Wish

Good Morning Poppy friends!
I'm up on the Poppystamps blog today with an Easel Card.

Check out how I made this card. You're going to love the ease of  making
an Easel Card with Poppystamps dies!

A peek at the inside reveals a birthday wish!

Have a lovely crafty day!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Thank You Altenew

A wonderful surprise came in the mail the other day... a stamp set, personalized for me,
from Altenew. A celebration of their 6th anniversary, and we get the gift!

I was really moved by the generous gesture, and set about creating a couple of cards.
It seemed to me a perfect stamp for watercolors.

The stamp has 2 blooms, which I masked on the bottom so I could add a few more
details. My watercolor is done with pencils, Derwent Watercolor pencils, that I darkened a 
bit with added color once the bloom dried.

And of course I had to use my new personalized stamp on the back too!

Background stamp is from Altenew's Dot Art Stamp Set
Sentiment: Majestic Bloom (stamped on vellum and fussy cut)

Thank You, Altenew! 

Hip, Hip, Hooray!

It's not time for July 4th celebrations, but it is time for The Card Concept's 
new inspiration and challenge.

All the symbols and colors of Independence Day. 
Red White and Blue, starts and stripes and our flag inspired
my layered shaker card.

I had the flag paper in my stash. All the rest is PapertreyInk. Even those
sweet little stars in the star shaker. 

Hope you can play along... our challenge lasts 2 weeks, plenty of time for
a card, or 2! 
Have fun! 

Friday, May 8, 2020

The Flower Challenge: Monochrome

Hi! How are you faring with being sheltered? Confession time... I actually made a trip
to my local nursery and almost went bizerk in their floral wonderland! I really needed 
that outing!

Surrounding myself with flowering plants is as essential as breathing.
My house's front and back, each patio, inside and outside are plants.
I love them all! 
I also love flower stamps and dies. And oh, how I love any challenge
that is flower related! The Flower Challenge is at the top of my list.
Their latest challenge is to use one color... a monochrome card.

The Greetery's Fresh Floral Background stamp was my starting point.
Together with Blueprint Sketch Distress ink, (Ranger), and a few more
of the Greetery's stamps and dies, I created my monochrome floral card.

I clear embossed my background panel, before inking it, lighter on top,
progressively darker on the bottom.

The light was just perfect outside... couldn't resist shooting the card in the fairy garden.

I used the background stamp again for 2 more cards, not monochrome.
For this one, the background is inked first, blending the Sunray to Snapdragon
(Altenew), with the panel in my Misti. Stamped again over the inking with
embossing ink, and clear powder. That seals the color while I Inked over the
stamped flowers.

the sentiment medallion is PTI's Tagsale 12. Alphabuds Slim and 
Sentiment Starters, with a fussy cut flower from Print Shop: Fresh Floral.
(The Greetery) I didn't have the matching die set at the time. But it came
the other day, in time to make my monochrome card.

My last card was my first made, a simple stamped background, with gradient inking.

Nordic Frames and Budding Beauties Spring (the Greetery).

I'm not ready to put the Fresh Floral Background stamp away just yet...
I have a few more ideas for colors...

Take care my friends, and keep creating! It's a great way to stay safe... and sane!

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Thinking of You...

Greetings! I'm up on the Poppystamps blog today, with a stenciled card. 
Come check it out: