Love To My Friends

I made this simple card to tell all my friends that I love them.  I used a sketch from Reserve Confetti.  They have a different one each month and I’m just getting in under the wire.


It’s not necessary to stay perfectly true to the sketch and I didn’t.


I am happy with the final result though and isn’t that what creative license is all about?  I used the cute Heart Love Confetti Cut die twice, once with Delightful Daffodil cardstock and once with Blackberry Bliss cardstock.  I then inlaid the love word into the heart frame.  I also used the stamp set Love Blooms and matching dies to create the flower and leaves at the bottom of the card.  The beautiful sentiment is also part of the Love Blooms set.



I’m not sure where this saying originated from but it’s one that’s used a lot when talking about relationships.  It seemed very appropriate for this “lovely” card.


Much LOVE to all my friends!

Working in Pairs

I love to work in a clean space.  But I’m messy when I’m creating.  Shock, I know.  But it’s true.  I have drawers open, paper strewn everywhere, buttons, glue, ribbon, stamps and ink all over my desk.  Sometimes I can’t find my scissors.  It would be heaven if the craft fairy would come in when I leave my desk and do the dirty work but alas it’s not to be.

Sometimes when I get out all my supplies I decide it’s just as easy to make two cards as it is one.  That’s the case today in the cards I have to show you.



I used the same sketch for both and even the same cardstock for the base.  I chose complimentary papers and then got to work on all the flowers.  It’s been quite some time since I’ve used these flower dies and I must admit I need to get them out more.  It’s easy to layer them, which I did using vellum along with the 2 colors.



I added some pearls to the center and stamped a sentiment on the main panel.  I added a scallop border edge and some matching ribbon and bow.  So here’s to being messy to create something beautiful.  Now, any volunteers for clean up duty?

Vellum Challenge

The cards I made today I am going to enter in a challenge to use vellum.  A couple of posts back I featured some cards where I stamped and then colored on the back of the vellum.  These cards I used the vellum to soften the background.


Both of these black and white papers are pretty busy and the vellum is just the right amount of softness to set off the flowers and make them the focal point of the card.


On this card I cut the vellum larger than the white frame.


And on this card I made the frame bigger and cut the vellum to the exact size to fit behind.  I like both styles.  These flowers from Altenew called Lacy Scrolls look good no matter what color ink you use so this would make nice all occasion cards.  They also come with matching dies.  So easy to quickly put together.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Coloring Is Fun

Have you heard about what’s all the rage?  Adult coloring books!  Yes, it’s true.  Amazon cannot keep them in stock.  I found a couple at Books A Million and have been coloring up a storm.


 I have these fancy watercolor markers.  I wish you could see how the paint just flows out.  They have a real brush tip, not a marker tip, so it’s like real painting.  You can blend the colors with water to get a more muted look or use them full strength to get a vibrant color.  So, without further ado, here is the page I colored.


I love all the bright pretty colors I used.  It took a couple of days to complete the page.  I’m thinking of framing of it.



Here’s a page in the book that is waiting for color.


So if you don’t see a blog post for awhile, you’ll know I’m coloring.

Hello Sweet Friend


This is a special card for my special friend.  There’s a lot more to it than it seems on the surface.  The flowers were stamped on watercolor paper and then embossed with white powder.  I used some watercolor paints to get the variation of colors on each flower and leaf.


The paint runs smoothly over the embossed ink so the design remains true.  So pretty!  After drying, I used matching dies to cut out the flowers and leaves.  Because I used watercolor paper it resulted in a more sturdy embellishment.  I popped them up with foam dots in a pleasing arrangement.

Watercolor Flowers 3

I covered all the flowers and leaves with a clear Wink of Stella glitter pen for a subtle but surprising shimmer.  No one would ever know how much work went into making this card, but I know.  It’s the same thing with friends.  You have to put work into the relationship, but it is so totally worth the beauty of a special friend as a result.


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