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Spellbinders: Susan’s Garden Party Geranium Basket

Spellbinders Geranium and Antique Wooden Bucket from Susan's Garden Club

Hello friends…happy Monday! I spent part of my weekend creating with this lovely geranium and antique bucket die set designed by Susan Tierney-Cockburn. I’ve always loved geraniums so this was an especially fun project for me.

Card Details

I wanted a lot of color variation in my geraniums so I started by “ink smooshing” four panels of watercolor paper.

  • I liberally inked a 6×6″ acrylic block with Distress Inks.  I wanted an ombre gradient look so went in rows across the block.
  • I very liberally sprayed the inked block with water then “smooshed” the block onto a piece of watercolor paper.
  • I weighted the ink/block with a book for 5 minutes.
  • Next, I uncovered the panel and If the ink pooled, I dabbed the excess ink with a paper towel.

For the geranium buds, I used two shades of red on the top half of the panel and two shades of pink on the bottom. The colors mixed and mingled and gave me the color variation I was looking for. Panel #2 for the basket was done with a light tan and brown. Panel #3 for the leaves mixed three shades of green. And the background panel was created with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.

Die cut with Ink Smooshing panels

Once my panels were dry, I started die-cutting with the dies from Spellbinders Geranium and Antique Wooden Bucket from Susan’s Garden Club. I used brown, pink and green watercolor markers to go around the edges of the bucket, blossoms and leaves. I then gently shaped the leaves and buds. To finish the blooms I added a dot of pink glimmer lacquer to the centers.

For the background, I used longtime favorite Spellbinders Essential Rectangles Etched Die on my blue background panel for a little subtle interest. I then mounted my bucket with foam tape and then glued on my leaves, blooms and sentiment,

Die Cut Geranium card with hand crafted papers.

This geranium die set is beautiful, artistic and very versatile. I can see using it for birthdays, Mother’s Day, Sympathy cards, Thank You Notes etc.

Thank you for visiting today!

Karen

cardmaking · papercrafting

Spellbinders: Holiday Flora Collection

Spellbinders Holiday Flora Collection

Flowers + Die-Cutting….one of my favorite combos! Susan Tierney-Cockburn created the most delicious collections of holiday dies and I had so much fun playing with them!

I used three of her new kits on my cards:

Die Cut Papercraft Amaryllis

Spellbinders Amaryllis

Amaryllis are always a favorite of mine, so I was excited to create a project. For my card, I made all my own papers using a gel press. I made six monoprints for my die-cuts: dark blue, medium blue, light blue (background), green and yellow-green (stamins) and tan.

Once the panels were completed, my card came together very quickly! The buds were very easy to shape for a lovely 3D effect. Both of my cards are 5 x 7″.

Mixed Media card using Gel Press Die Cut Prints

Susan’s collection is for the holidays, but I think the flowers are so versatile! I made the Amaryllis into a lovely birthday card by heat embossing my sentiment on the basket.

Die Cut Christmas Cactus Holiday Card

Die Cut 3D Christmas Cactus Card

I have a Chistmas Cactus that is 25 years old so I really wanted to create a paper twin using Susan’s kit.! I have no idea how old cacti can live my mine is still hanging in there.

I again made my own gel press prints for this Christmas card. I made a blue panel for the background + two green prints, a pink coral and used the other other half of the tan monoprint for my basket. I added some pink glimmer lacquer to some of the tips for my buds.

Die Cut Christmas Cactus Card.

I love both of these cards and can’t decide which is my favorite! Thanks for popping in to take a look at my post.

Karen

cardmaking · papercrafting

Altenew 8”x11” Majestic Bouquet Stamp Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($200 in Total Prizes)

Hello friends!  Today we’re celebrating Altenew’s Majestic Bouquet Layering Stamp release and I have three cards to share.  This is a beautiful layering stamp set with 41 stamps (all made in the USA!) and lots of gorgeous detail.

If you arrived from Terri Koszler lovely blog, you’re right on track and you made it to the final post. If you want to start from the beginning, please visit the Altenew Card Blog. Be sure to scroll to the bottom for details about the hop and give away.    

I love the vibrant blues in my first card!  I used the darkest three colors in the  Glacier Caves Mini Ink Cubes set and ink blended the accent panel with the darkest two colors.  All of my sentiments are from  the Birthday Greeting Stamp Set and the enamel dots are   Glacier Caves Enamel Dots, which coordinate beautifully with the ink cubes.  I kept this card simple because I wanted to empasize the bold colors and lovely floral stamp.

Altenew Glacier Caves Mini Ink Cubes + Enamel Dots

For the pink card, I combined the Majestic Bouquet Layering Stamp  with the beautiful Majestic Blooms 3D Embossing Folder.  I chose three pinks (Blush, Cotton Candy and Coral Berry) from Altenew’s 48 Crisp Die Ink Collection for my stamping and then used Coral Berry to ink blend the circle background.  I think this is such a lovely feminine card.

Altenew Pink Die Inks:  Blush, Cotton Candy and Coral Berry

For my final card, I used the three lightest colors in the Seashore Mini Ink Cube Set.  I then die cut my panel using the largest die from the  Rounded Rectangles Set. The background panel was ink blended with Lagoon ink.  To add a bit more texture, I used the Modern Squares 3D Embossing Folder  for my background panel.

Altenew Seashore Mini Ink Cube Set

Are You Ready For Some Prizes?

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 5/16/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 5/19/2021

Join Us As We Hop!

Altenew Card Blog
Jaycee Gaspar
LauraJane
Erum Tasneem
Michelle Short
Tenia Nelson
Jenny Colacicco
Norine Borys
Anna Mahtani
Agnieszka Małyszek
Victoria Calvin
Linda Westfall
Emily Midgett
Sandhya Iyer
Laurie Willison
Preeti Chandran
Seeka
Mindy Eggen
Verity Biddlecombe
Carol Hintermeier
Erin Thompson
Helen Kalb
Joylita Dsouza
Keren Baker
Teresa Litchfield
Bridget Casey
Kelly Griglione
Nandini Karmarkar
Terri Koszler
Karen Brown      Yay, made it to the end!

 

I am honored that you stopped by my blog…thank you!  If you have another moment, I would love to hear which card you like best.

Karen 

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Dare 2B Artzy 3D Shaped Scene Card

I went to a card convention in Irving, Texas and bought this fun stamp  and die set (Flowers for Mom) by Dare 2B Artzy.  They had the cutest booth  full of inspiration.
Handmade 3D shaped scene card.
   When I saw their current challenge I thought it would be fun to do a 3D shaped scene card. I stamped, colored with Zigs and then die cut three floral images.  Next I made made my card base by cutting a 5 1/2\” x 5 3/4\” panel and scoring at 3/4\” and 1 1/2\” on each end.  I then used brushes and Dare 2 B Artzy \”Blue Sky\” dye ink to create a sky background.  I wanted to layer the flowers so I created two panels of  \”grass\”. The back \”hill\” is 1/4\” above the sky panel so the card actually has three levels.

Recipe:
Dare 2B Arzy Flowers for Mom stamps
Dare 2B Artzy Joyful Flowers dies
Dare 2B Artzy Blue Sky die ink
Bristol card stock
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

I am entering this card in:
Dare 2B Artzy Shaped Card Challenge – I created a 3D shaped card for my flowers.

Lil Red Wagon Repeat Challenge – I repeated the layers of flowers for a full dimensional look.

AAA Birthday \”For the Girls\” Challenge  I just discovered the AAA Birthday Challenge. I love their sister challenge AAA Cards. 
Thanks for stopping by!
Karen



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WWC228 – Marsha\’s Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Welcome and hello!  Today it\’s the popular Feminine Anything Goes Challenge at Watercooler Wednesday and Marsha is our hostess.
I love pattern stamping and wanted to make a bright summery feminine birthday card so I got all my favorite individual floral stamps out and black heat embossed a random background pattern.  I love texture with heat embossing.  Next, add bright colors, heat emboss a sentiment and use an A2 stitching die.

I am entering this card in:
SSS Make a Background Monday Challenge

Thanks for stopping by!


Karen
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Watercolor Anemones

I\’ve been off for a bit because we hosted my daughter\’s wedding in our backyard and then we went on a lovely extended vacation to The Outer Banks.  We are back home now and I\’ve been working on several projects.  I especially like this card.
I was in a watercolor mood and wanted to play with a three color palette.  I love how pink, yellow and orange combine.   I started by gold embossing Jane\’s Doodles Anemone on watercolor paper.  I wanted each flower to be slightly different and selected Daniel Smith\’s Quinacridone Pink, Cad. Yellow Deep Hue and Cad Red Scarlet Hue.  I love how vibrant the colors are!
gold embossing and watercoloring

I finished the card with pink, orange and yellow paint spatters.  I always love that look on other people\’s cards but don\’t often use it on my own.

I included this second picture because I love the gold shimmery glow the heat embossing creates.

I\’ve entered this card in:
  The Watercooler Wednesday \”Anything Goes\” Challenge.  I love their prompts and frequently submit a card.

Addicted to Stamps Anything Goes Challenge  I love their broad prompts which make it easy to play along.

Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge  I go through a lot of Get Well cards so this Challenge is great for me.

Update:  I was so pleased to see that I was selected as a Watercolour Challenge Favourite at Happy Little Stampers!

Thanks for stopping by!
Karen