Friday, August 12, 2022

Concord & 9th Feature Friday

Surprise!  Surprise!  I'm delighted to share that I am guest designing for Concord and 9th this month.  It's a true joy to work with them.  August's release is packed full of the things that I love.  It's going to be a good month! :)  For today's Feature Friday we are featuring the darling new Friendly Florals Bundle.  When I first heard the name I knew I was going to love this set, and I most definitely do!

These stamps and dies were so much fun to create with, and I have three projects to share today, so let's get started!  First up, the birthday card.  
I started by die cutting the two flower layers in Honeysuckle and Poppy and the centers in Buttercup cardstock.  Next, I used Concord and 9th's new small blending brushes (they are fabulous by the way) to add some shading.  I used the coordinating Honeysuckle, Poppy, and Buttercup inks on each piece plus a little Marmalade ink on the bottom edges of the flower cones. Finally, I die cut the two flowers stems in Clover cardstock.  
One thing worth noting is that the stems bend in opposite directions, which is awesome and allows you to orient the flowers in whatever direction you would like.  After adhering the layers, I fluffed up the petals, and the dimension is so pretty!
I wanted to frame out these beautiful flowers, so I die cut the scalloped panel from the Triple Step Floral Frame Dies, and then used the oval in Friendly Florals Dies to cut out the center. I stamped the wavy stripes from the Pick a Pattern Stamp Set onto the oval and adhered it directly to my card base.  I added some Lawn Fawn chunky glitter and used dimensional foam to pop up my frame.
I cut the large "friend" sentiment from the Friendly Florals Dies in black and layered it atop the white shadow.  Then I placed it on the large dimensional banner also included in the set.  I added a second sentiment (happy birthday from the Delicate Blossoms Stamp Set) that I embossed on Honeysuckle cardstock.  And then I just sat back and smiled from ear to ear because I love these flowers so much!
Next up is a little tag I pieced together with some leftover bits and pieces. While creating my last card, I wasn't sure which colors I wanted where, so I ended up with extra flowers, sentiments, and banners. 
I used a leftover Honeysuckle flower and added a few of the tiny blossoms in the Friendly Florals Dies.  
The Friendly Florals Stamp Set has several sentiments that curve beautifully along the oval die in the set, so I stamped one and then added the friend banner at the bottom.  
I kind of love the symbolism of this big, beautiful flower standing out above the rest when paired with this sentiment.  I feel like it emphasizes just how special this friend is.  
My final project is extra special because it reminds me of my mom.  I love coneflowers.  LOVE them!  One of the reasons for that is because my mom has had purple coneflowers and Black Eyed Susans growing in her yard for years and years.  I have some growing in my yard now, too, and I smile every time I see them.  
To create this card I cut and blended ink on more flowers in HoneysucklePoppy, and Buttercup.  I was going for a more playful and natural arrangement on this one...like they would grow in your garden. :) A slimline seemed the way to go, so I could fit as many flowers as possible.
For a bit of added interest, I arranged the flowers (leaving a space for the sentiment) on top of a card base embossed with the new Honeycomb Quilt Top Dies.  I did a little partial die cutting and embossed twice in order to have the cover plate fit the entire length of the card. 
I thought this sentiment was a perfect pairing with this bunch of flowers.  It is from the new Apple Orchard Turnabout Stamp Set, and I think it brings an instant smile.  I did a little fussy cutting on this one to trim it out.  
The final addition was a few of the bees from Friendly Florals.  This bundle has lots of fun extras.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!   It's fun to be able to share something that brings me so much joy with others.  

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY!

Good Morning!  Welcome to Day 2 of the Pretty Pink Posh August Release Blog Hop!  You should be arriving from the very talented Rebecca Keppel's blog.

This release has so many fun Fall and Halloween goodies, and they are available right now in the Pretty Pink Posh shop.  I was really excited to see the Spider Web Die.  It's a great size for a single focal point, or you can use it in multiples like I did on my card. 

This card comes together in a snap!  I simply flicked black paint onto my card base and adhered a trio of spider webs.  I happy discovery that I made along the way is that the smallest stripe in the Simple Strips Dies is the perfect size string for the spider.  
After placing the dangling spider on my card, I added a layered sentiment using the Trick or Treat Script Die in black, white, and kraft cardstock.
Every now and again you just need a no-fuss card that comes together quickly.  These dies are perfect for that and so much more!  Now, you are in for a treat because there are so many amazing projects being shared today as part of the hop.  Your next stop is the incredible Wanda Guess.  Make sure you comment along the way for your chance to win (details below).  Happy hopping, friends! 

BLOG HOP DAY 2 
Your next stop>>Wanda Guess

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

There are three $30 gift certificates up for grabs!  One winner will be picked randomly along the blog hop each day.  Comments must be left by 11:59 PM PST on 8/17/2022.  Winners will be announced on the PPP blog. 

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Bright Birthday

Good morning!  I have a bright, bold birthday card to share with you today.  Every time I think of this particular friend of mine, I'm filled with happiness and these bright colors seemed to convey the happy feeling inside my heart.  

I started by cutting several of the largest strip in the Simple Strips Dies and creating my background pattern.  Next, I stamped lots and lots of Spring Flowers in a rainbow of colors and cut them out using the Coordinating Dies,
I arranged the flowers around a sentiment from my scrap pile.  Long ago I cut the Happy Birthday Script Dies, mounted them on white, and fussy cut it out.  I'm glad all the cutting didn't go to waste. :) 
The final touch was to add Cherry Red Pearls to the centers of a few flowers to tie all that red in.
I sure hope this card brings a smile to your face today.  I know I can't help but smile every time I see it.  I just love making cards for people!

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Just a Note

Hello, again and happy Saturday!  I have another card made from my scrap pile to share.  

Months and months ago I stenciled this background using Pretty Pink Posh’s Peonies Stencil. (I really do love these flowers.) I liked the white on navy and tried many times to complete the card, but nothing seemed to work.  
Now that so much time has gone by, new products have been released and the larger scale of the new-this-year Just A Note Script Die was just what I needed.  I decided simple was the way to go.
The very first time I attempted to make this card I tried a navy and gold combo.  I’m glad I stuck with it here. 
That's it for me today. :) Believe it or not, I'll be back soon with another card.  Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Friday, July 29, 2022

Happy Thoughts

Good morning!  It’s been a while since I shared a card, but I’ve actually made several this month.  This card came from cleaning out a pile of scraps.  It feels a bit more eclectic than my typical, but I kind of like it. 

I started with a sheet of negative cuts from the Spring Foliage Die  and backed it with navy paper.  Then I framed it with a yellow frame in my scrap pile from the Nature Essentials Die.

Since my background was a bit busy, I wanted a big, bold focal point.  Pretty Pink Posh’s Peonies Stencil worked like a charm. I blended several pinks and corals for the flowers and greens and teals on the leaves, and then cut them out.

I finished off my card with a sentiment from the Thoughtful Greetings Stamp Set and got an immense sense of satisfaction for using up some of those bits and pieces that I can’t quite seem to part with (but at the same time drive me crazy because they sometimes sit in a pile for years…not kidding.) I hope you are headed into a wonderful weekend.  Thanks for visiting, friends!