Saturday, March 12, 2022

Snow Drops for Easter

 Time to make my Easter Cards!

I water colored a panel of white with strokes of Bronze paint to make it look more like the uneven coloring on an egg shell, and die cut a Nestability egg out of the panel. I cut the top off the die cut egg using the bottom edge of the egg die.

I die cut and water colored Snow Drops and stems out of white and adhered them to the back of the egg with tape.

 I embossed the background with the Tufted Embossing Folder from SU and then stenciled over it with the Pebbles stencil from Lavinia using Antique Linen Distress ink and a blending brush - just lightly stenciling over the center of the panel.

I adhered the egg and snowdrops to the panel with thick foam dots, curving the outside edges of the egg down. I added Glossy White Nuvo Crystal drops over the snow drop blossoms to add a little dimension.  I stamped the sentiment and punched it with the Word Window punch from SU.

 I'm linking my card to:

Just Us Girls

As you See It Challenge

Festive Friday Challenge

I used flowers, green, stencil



Stamps: A Beary Good Year - The Cats Pajamas
Paper: white - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Antique Linen Ranger Distress, Obsidian - Altenew
Accessories: Bronze water color paint - Ruby Mountain Paint Co, green water color paint - Winsor Newton, paint brush, water, Egg Die Nestability, Snow Drop Die - Alexandra Renke, Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Emb Folder - SU, Pebble Stencil - Lavinia, blending brush.

Monday, March 7, 2022

The Promised Spring

 Looking ahead to the promised spring and working on my Easter/Spring cards! 

I've had this lovely Magnolium Die from Aexandra Renke for over a year and felt it was time to finally get it out and use it. 
 I also added a bow from Fit to be Tied from the Greetery. I layered it over an oval die cut that I embossed with a Spring Leaves A2 Pierced Cover Plate from Honey Bee. (the piercing doesn't show up too well in the photo , you can see it mostly in the center).  
I layered the oval to a panel I embossed with the Weathered Embossing Folder from Taylored Expressions. 
 I die cut that panel with Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames from MFT. The sentiment is from an older Papertrey Ink set - Mega Mixed Messages.  
I went over the die cut stems with gray and pink watercolor pencils just a bit to add a little depth.

I'm linking my card to:

Stamps: Mega Mixed Messages - Papertrey Ink
Paper: White, Soft Stone, Lovely Lady - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Obsidian - Altenew
Accessories: Magnolium Die - Alexandra Renke, Fit to be Tied Dies - The Greetery, Pierced Feature Ovals - PTI, Spring Leaves A2 Pierced Cover Plate - Honey Bee Stamps, Weathered Embossing Folder - Taylored Expressions, foam dots.

Saturday, March 5, 2022


 Time to get the St. Patrick's Day cards made!

I created a pinwheel quilt on the center of my card.  It was a Technique Lovers challenge over at Split Coast Stampers and they linked to this instruction YouTube video.  (I really should have used a plain paper and a patterned paper rather than two patterns so the pinwheel design showed up better) 

 I cut two squares of metallic gold 2 5/8" x 2 5/8" and eight 1" squares (4 of one pattern and 4 of another pattern).

 I adhered the two gold pieces together, one on an angle, and then added the squares over each other in the pattern shown on the video.

 I used the 3D Impresslets Embossing Folder Lucky Love by Tim Holtz/Sizzix for the 4 leaf clover in the center.

Both the quilt panel and shamrock are up on foam dots.

I stamped the LUCKY in the corner.   My card is 4 1/2" square.

I'm linking my card to:

Tic Tac Toe Challenge 

Good Luck Symbol/Dimensional/Metallic

Krafty Chicks Challenge
Week #1 Use Stamps

Stamps: Irish Blessings - Waltzingmouse (retired)
Ink: Obsidian - Altenew
Paper: white, DP Simply Chartreuse Pattern Pack - Papertrey Ink, Metallic Gold - Parklane/Joann.
Accessories: 3D Impresslit Lucy Love - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, foam dots

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Sunflowers In Solidarity

 In support of the Ukraine and it's people - I made this card in the colors of their flag and with sunflowers, one of their major exports.

I used the lovely Botanicuts Sunflower die from The Greetery for my blooms.  I took a large panel of watercolor paper and smooshed it onto my craft mat that was inked with Ranger Distress Dried Marigold, Wild Honey and Squeezed Lemonade inks and spritzed with water.   When the panel was dry, I die cut enough layers of petals to create 3 sunflowers.   

The color wasn't as bright as I wanted it so I tapped some Lemon Brushos on the petal pieces and Rustic Brown Brushos on the center pieces and spritzed them with water.  After this was dry, I layered the petals on top of each other and adhered the center pieces.

 The sentiments are from an old retired set called Army from The Greeting Farm.


I'm linking my card to the following challenges:

Cupcake Inspirations.  

Addicted to Stamps and More

Creatalicious Challenges

Anything Goes


Inspired by the 3 blooms photo but made them yellow with a blue background.

Color Hues


 My thoughts and prayers are with the Ukrainian people during this terrible time.

Stamps: Army - The Greeting Farm (retired)
Ink: Ranger Distress Dried Marigold, Wild Honey, Squeezed Lemonade, Obsidian - Altenew
Paper: Watercolor paper - Canson Cold Press, Harvest Gold - PTI, DP Rainbow Bright 6x6 Paperpad - Sunny Studio.
Accessories: Botanicuts Sunflower Die - The Greetery, Lemon and Rustic Brown Brushos, water mister