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parrot tulip

It look like much of the country is feeling the bitter cold weather today and here in Florida we have not escaped it.  I woke up to 25 degree temperatures and it looks like we won’t get out of the 30’s today.  I’ve lived here for thirteen years and we’ve never had a day where it stayed in the 30’s.  Thankfully it won’t last long  – it looks like by Wednesday we’ll hit 70 degrees.  Until then I am staying inside and bundling up!

So, let me bring a little warmth to your day by sharing a card I made with the beautiful Tulip image from Power Poppy.

The image was printed on copic x-press it paper and colored with copics.  I took my color inspiration for the photo below, although my dark color is more of a magenta than red/orange.

 

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Feminine and Masculine cards

Happy New Year my crafty friends!  I hope your holiday season went well and that the new year holds wonderful things for you.  Here in Northwest Florida the holiday season is still in mid stream because we are just about to start Mardi Gras season.  When I lived in Connecticut and California I thought of Mardi Gras only on the actual Fat Tuesday when the news showed all the celebration in New Orleans.  Little did I know that the party is all along the northern gulf coast and begins on January 6 and ends on Fat Tuesday, which is February 28th this year. This area will be filled with parties, balls and parades until then.

So. onto cardmaking.  Have you ever taken a favorite card of yours and made different version of it?  I frequently use the same overall design or sketch and mix it up with a variety of colors and patterns and stamps.  Take a look at the cards below.

I created the pink version back in 2010.  I love the overall design and the simplicity of the image.  The rhinestones, ribbon and hat pin with beads, along with the pink and black color scheme all come together for a very feminine card.  I wanted to take this card and make a masculine version of it so I took another image and colored it with blue and black copic markers (I used the B00 – B05 and N1 – N8 colors). I chose a different embossing folder and used just the bare minimum of embellishments  – a metal brad.

I really like how the masculine version came out and will most likely use this overall design again.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tropical Christmas

It’s the eve of Christmas Eve – and I hope all my crafty friends are doing well.  I was able to finish and mail all my holiday cards out in time this year – something that did not happen last year!  I hope I can start the new year by doing Christmas cards each month to avoid the rush at year end.

Here is my tropical Christmas card – I love this image!

The image is a digital stamp that I got from From The Heart Digital Stamps and is perfect for this Floridian!  I printed it on Copic X-Press it paper and colored it with copics. An embossed background and minimal embellishments are all that was needed.  I know I will use this stamp again – maybe make a nighttime scene.

So – Merry Christmas to all of you!  I hope you have a wonderful and peaceful holiday!

Bottle Brush Tree

Hello again crafty friends!   I hope things are going well for you as we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving Day here in the USA.  It’s still pleasantly warm here in Florida (although the mornings have been chilly) …it looks like it will be in the 70’s for today and tomorrow.

Today my Christmas cards are taking a more traditional route.  How do you like bottle brush trees for decorations?  I love the nostalgic look of them.  I don’t think they’ve ever gone out of  style.  I have two cards using the same stamp – just different color schemes.  This first is done in wintery whites and cool blues with some pops of red.  I love these colors for Christmas.

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The tag was cut with a silhouette – which made it easy to do both the main piece the blue mat.  The cardstock and patterned paper were purchased as a pack at Michaels so everything coordinates!  The snowflake is a Martha Stewart punch.  THe image is from a Power Poppy set and was colored with copics.

There pops of sparkle on the ornaments and snowflake.  I used a sakura starburst gel pen for this.  Here are some close ups of the sparkle.

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The second card uses papers from another holiday pack from Michaels and has a warm flannel/lodge feel.  Colored with traditional reds and greens with pops of gold sparkle – it will make you want to light that yule log!

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I have more cards to show but will probably not get to them until after the Thanksgiving holiday.  I wish all of you well!

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Christmas by the beach

Hello again crafty friends!  Today I have another tropical type Christmas card to show you.

blue-beach-wreath

The wreath can be used for any occasion and since I live in Florida it is perfect for me to use for Christmas.  I made two versions of the same card.  The one above used tradition blues, pale pinks and neutral browns along with some pops of red to bring a little Christmas color into it.  You can’t tell from the photo, but some of the shells have little pops of glitter on them.  The image was colored with copics.

The second version has more red to tie into the holiday season and uses kraft cardstock to add a balance against the red.  The image is from Flourishes.

red-beach-wreath

Thanks for stopping by – there are more holiday cards to show – hopefully I can get them posted before the Thanksgiving  activities take hold!