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petunias times two

Good morning crafty friends!  Are you enjoying your spring?  Everything is bursting with color here in north Florida.  The azaleas are blooming all around with shades of pink, purple and white.  We’ve been busy over the past month – planting a vegetable garden (tomatoes, peppers, lettuce and onions). We’ve also added a new weeping plum tree and two hydrangea bushes.  I am looking forward to watching everything grow.

Here are two springtime cards using a lovely Petunia stamp from Creative Visions (found here) – this red rubber image comes in two different sizes.

On this first card I embossed the image in white and sprayed colorwash inks to get a bright watercolor effect.  The butterfly punch is from Martha Stewart.  The stitching on the white panel was done on my silhouette machine.

embpssed petunia

On the second card I take the same image and color it with prisma pencils and sponged with memento ink for the background.  The background paper is basic grey and the ribbon is from May Arts.


purple petunia

clean and simple sentiment

For cardmakers, often we focus our work on putting an image on a front of a card and let the sentiment be somewhat of an afterthought.  Today I wanted to make the sentiment center stage on this card.


The design itself is clean and simple but has enough detail to make it interesting.   On the main panel the background was stamped with the dogwood branch from Mark’s Finest Papers Dogwood Blossoms set in versamark.   Using images to make background paper is such a great way to get the maximum use of all your images!  The sentiment, from the same set, was stamped Memento Rich Cocoa ink.   The leaf die is my latest purchase – it is just a portion of a die from Cheery Lynn Dies and the detail on the leaves is very nice.   The butterfly punch is from Martha Stewart.

All the paper is from Mark’s Finest Papers – Florida Peach, Sage Green and White Linen.

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sunny monday

What a beautiful day it is today here in sunny Florida!   We are having our usual wonderful warm weather  and I have a bright sunny card for today!

The images are from the newly released You Are Cherished set from Mark’s Finest Papers.   I love this black-eyed susan image and have several already colored in different shades.  This one is the more traditional yellow and orange shades – it was colored with various YR copic markers.

The green and patterned paper are from Basic Grey’s Kioshi line.  The gorgeous yellow paper and ribbon are from Mark’s Finest Papers – called Morning Sun  and it is a rich and vibrant yellow!

I also used an SU corner punch, a Martha Stewart border punch and a button and brad from my stash.

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inspired by Belleek pottery

I’m playing along with today’s Technique Challenge at SCS  – inspired by Belleek pottery.  The techniques called for inking the inside of an  embossing folder with a light colored ink, then embossing the paper to get a dimensional bisque look.

So…..after several tries with light inks (the lightest I could find – which was not very light) I ended up using a grey ink and created this:

The background is done with Memento London Fog ink and a cuttlebug embossing folder.  I used Crane’s Lettra Letterpress paper because it dry  embossed so well.

  I stayed with the grey theme and stamped the image and sentiment, from Mark’s Finest Papers Love Remains set in the same ink and mounted it on grey cardstock.

The floral spray uses all Martha Stewart punches. 

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a happy holiday card

hello friends! 

Well the cool weather we had a few days ago has been replaced with warm, humid weather we usually have down here.  It’s probably close to 80 – and feels warmer.  So, let’s cool down with a clean and simple wintery card!

The main image is from KT Designs and is one I pull out each year.  It’s simple design works well for coloring – either with copics or with pencils.  For this card it was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and  I used only pencils – no solvent to blend the colors together,  just a colorless blending pencil.  You can’t tell from the photo but a stardust gel pen was used to add sparkly accents.

The floral spray in the lower corner was created  using three different Martha Stewart punches.  I punched 3 oak leaves (I think that is what they are) in blue, 2 evergreen branches in green and used the small hydrangea punch in white with a blue rhinestone in the middle. 

A cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder was used for the embossed background.   The sentiment, from Flourishes, was stamped using Memento Danube Blue ink.

Thanks so much for taking time to visit today!