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Yellow rose

Who does not love roses?  We have a few knock out rose bushes in our front yard and they seem to bloom forever here in Florida.  Did you know that the color of roses each have their own meaning?  You may have guessed that red roses symbolize love, and white roses are for weddings – reflecting young love and pink represents gratitude.  Yellow roses signify friendship and I thought I would make a card with a yellow rose.

yellow rose

The image is from Creative Vision called single stem rose shown here.  It was colored with copic markers and sponged with grey ink.  The patterned paper is from DCWV which has a yellow, green and grey pallet with bits of glitter throughout.

watercolored tulips

Hello friends!  I’ve been working with my watercolors lately and trying different brushes to create simple shapes.   I like the clean and simple look and am learning to just let the brushes and paints do their thing!

Here is my simple watercolored tulip card.

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I used Arches watercolor paper along with Sakura Koi watercolor paints.  A round brush was used to make the petals while a dagger brush used to make the leaves.  The sentiment is from Papertrey and was stamped with memento ink.

I also did this same card using shades of purple, but it did not come out as nice as the one above, but I will show it to you anyway!!  Here is the purple version.

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Christmas ornament

Trim your tree this year with some handcrafted ornaments.  I made this one yesterday using the tutorial from Becca Feeken found here.  Becca did a wonderful job in explaining and demonstrating how to create the ornament.

 

In Becca’s video she suggests using text weight or lightweight paper -cardstock is too heavy and will not work.  I used double sided scrapbook paper from K & Company.  The paper was heavier than text weight, but not as heavy as cardstock and  is from a 12″ paper pad called Travel that contains  beach/ocean themed patterns. I found  two sheets that had a pretty red and gold pattern on one side and illustrations of coral on the other side.   So….don’t limit yourself to holiday themed paper for this – you may have paper in your stash that will work  perfectly!

All in all, it took me just over an hour to put this together.  That includes cutting and folding the shapes, gluing everything together and adding the ribbon.

A few things I would do  little different the next time I make one of these.

First – I would go with Becca suggestion on textweight or lighter paper.  While the scrapbook paper was not heavy, the glue dots came apart in areas.

Second – Becca’s tutorial calls for cutting 18 shapes – I am thinking 20 or 22 would be a little better as it allows a bit more “give” in the overall shape and may not put as much stress on the glue.

Third – instead of glue dots I would use much stronger adhesive  – like red line tape.  It would take a little longer to apply, but I think it is worth it in the long run.  For this ornament I ended up replacing the glue dots that did not hold up with the red line  tape and it seems to have helped.

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Christmas? Oh no….

Yes, a Christmas card!!  Don’t hate me!!  I know it is so very early to even be thinking about Christmas but this card was so quick and easy to do and I thought I would share it now.

 

The base card is Cranes Lettra letterpress paper – love this paper because of its wonderful feel and look when either letterpressed, or as shown here, embossed. I used my all time fav cuttlebug embossing folder.

The ornament was made using Spellbinders 2011 Ornament set.  I used the next to smallest die and cut 3 shapes from the Midnight Frost collection from Bo Bunny.  Note:  if the paper you are using is patterned only on one side you will need to cut 4 shapes and combine two to make the middle layer since the back of the paper shows.  The sentiment is from Papertrey.

Here are the three easy steps to make this:

Place the first layer down flat.

Take the second layer and fold it in half.   (Since the back side of the paper will show this is where you will have to combine two pieces if your paper has a pattern on one side only.)  Run a thin line of glue on the fold and attach it to the first layer.

 

 

Take the third layer, fold it in half and glue it together.  Run a thin line of glue on the fold and attach it to the second layer.

 

 

 

Then attach the entire piece to the front of your card.

For this card I wanted a little more “sparkle” so before I attached it to the card I lightly sprayed it with adhesive and sprinkled some glitter on the ornament.  Here is a closer look.

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sentiment stamps

Today’s card uses a sentiment stamp as the focal point.

 

I made the front cover using patterned paper from the K & Company Tim Coffey Travel line.    This pack has some great travel, beachy, map type paper and living in Florida I know I will make great use of it!

Once I made the front I cut a circle off center using nestabilities dies and stamped the sentiment – from Impression Obsession.   A few small shells were glued onto the lower right corner.

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