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Altenew Garden Grow Birthday Card

Hello and thank you for stopping by!  I was asked to be a \”Guest Designer\” for the CAS on Friday \”Butterfly\” Challenge.

Altenew\’s Garden Grow stamp set is a longtime favorite so I thought it would be fun to have a gardening vignette with pink and yellow butterflies landing on the watering can and potted plant.

I started by making a simple blue watercolor background.  Next, I stamped and used Copics to color my gardening trio.  I wanted a spotlight circle so I used a stitched circle die.  I assembled the card and added a birthday sentiment.

This card is for my mother-in-law who loves butterflies and gardening.

I am entering this card in:
Altenew\’s April Inspiration Challenge.  I used the pink, yellow, blue color scheme for my background and butterflies and used the rainbow colors for the flowers in my pot.  I just adore this Altenew Garden Grow stamp and die set.  Every spring I seem to pull it out and make loads of cards.

Allsorts Blossoms, Butterflies and Bugs Challenge.  I chose to focus on the blossoms and butterflies for my spring gardening card.
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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  I love the spring mood board this week and thought my garden vignette worked well.

Karen

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Seaside Village Watercolor Card

I had the idea of creating a 3D seaside village for my aunt\’s birthday.  She loves watercoloring so that is the technique I chose.    I love this beautiful Art Impressions Shoppes stamp set.

Art Impressions Shoppes Stamp set.
Village Shoppes

I started by stamping the two shoppes with grey ink on Ranger Watercolor paper.  Then I used my new watercolors to bring my scene to life. Next, I took another panel of watercolor paper and created my background.   After the shop images were dry, I fussy-cut and used foam tape to adhere to the background panel.    Last, I stamped the sentiment (WPlus9 – Doodle Buds) in the sky area.

I am happy with the card and hope Aunt Nancy will like it.

I am entering this card in:

Art Impressions Cutting Edge Challenge.  Fussy cutting was my \”cutting
edge\”.
  
Day of the Month Inaugural Card Challenge  What fun to participate in Challenge #1!
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Allsorts \”Favorite\” Challenge.  Two favorites on this card:  the idyllic shoppes stamps and the sentiment stamp.

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Sisterhood of Crafters \”Ladies\” Challenge.  I think this scene is one most ladies would appreciate.
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Time out 5th Birthday Challenge  Happy Birthday to Time Out Challenges!  Love the theme \”Hugs, Kisses and a lot of Birthday Wishes\”.  This is a birthday card I made for my aunt.

Thanks for stopping by,
Karen

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Experimenting with New Techniques

Lots of experimentation on this card.  I was interested in entering the Muse Challenge #268 so I spent a day thinking about what direction my card should take.  I knew I would use the floral theme, but the rest came to me in bits and pieces.

Embossed Get Well Card

Ultimately, I chose to focus on the following:

  • Pink and Green Color Scheme
  • Embossing
  • Black Sentiment Band
  • Floral Theme
What I changed:

  • I\’ve never done pink embossing but had been thinking about trying it for a while. The pink flowers seemed to be the perfect time.  I wasn\’t sure if my method would work, but I used Color Box Pink Pigment Ink and clear embossed on top.  I think it turned out bright and cheery, which is a plus for a Get Well card.
  • The flower and  leaf looked bland on a white card base so I made a custom background.  Again, I\’ve never done this before, but I used my Green Apple Inktense watercolor pencil and made a lightly striated background to complement the Copic greens.   
I used my new favorite stamp set:  Botanical Love By Create a Smile.
Thanks for stopping by!
Karen