this feels like the longest winter and it seems to be taking forever for spring blossoms to appear, so i decided to colour my own flowers while i’m waiting.

card with pink magnolias, green leaves and pink and green paper with two lacy punched borders
i coloured the flourishes magnolia image with twinkling H2Os in my favourite pink/green combo; i also punched some eyelet borders with my favourite ek success punch and added a 1/8″ green ribbon next to it. i’m playing along with the moxie fab world tuesday trigger, which provided an inspiration photo of magnolias. i’m also submitting this to the pretty little ribbon challenge – spring is in the air and the papercraft star challenge to use a stamp.

ETA: i’m also submitting this to the moxie fab world wonder of watercolor challenge. thanks for popping by.

It’s Santa!

green christmas card with santa image and happy holidays sentiment
sometimes i struggle when i want to play along with a challenge and i have nothing that fits the theme, but not this time. the jingle belles want to see santa or anything else you’d find at the north pole; i had no santa stamps until i luckily won this flourishes santa image last year from one of their challenges. i’m also playing along with the flourishes timeless tuesday christmas in july and this is my second entry to sandra’s rudolph day challenge. the image is stamped in sepia archival ink and i used coloured pencils on the holly and berries with distress ink sponged onto santa’s face. thanks for popping by.

Flourishes Triple Play

card with cherries and happy day sentiment flourishes
with my RA flaring, all i could do this week is rest; you’d think by now that i would accept the fact that i have limitations, but i’m too stubborn for my own good. anyway, now that i’m feeling a bit better and ready to play again, i made this CAS card for the flourishes noon time challenge – triple play! i coloured the tiny cherries from the flourishes ‘tiny flowers and tags’ set with distress inks and a very tiny brush; the images are matted three times, with three strings of floss and three gems and the sentiment is from the same set. this is a smaller card at 3.25 by 4.5 inches. thanks for popping by.

Autumn Thank You

thank you card in fall colours with maple leaf pattern
i won a package of studio calico autumn papers from the scrapbooker’s paradise challenge on june 8 and i couldn’t have been more lucky; every fall i donate thank you cards for workshop speakers so i followed a sketch by DT member Allison, which is this week’s challenge. i resisted adding ribbon and a bow because they will be for both men and women; now i only have to make 9 more. thanks for popping by.

Popped For Flourishes

card with flourishes strawberry and you're so sweet sentiment
the first flourishes noon time challenge in anticipation of their june release is to pop it! i stamped the berry image on watercolour paper twice to cut and pop the leaves on a foam square; everything is coloured with distress inks and the frame is also popped on foam tape. thanks for popping by.

My Garden Favourite

card with flourishes hydrangea stamp in blue
this month’s flourishes bring back beautiful challenge is to pick your favorite flower (or fruit or vegetable) and make it the centerpiece of your card or creation. it’s so hard to choose a favourite, but i love the hydrangeas for their big showy pom poms, especially the blue ones, and all the texture. i coloured with distress ink pads and used the out of the box technique to die cut it and of course i had to add blue stickles to the flower centres. the background is tim holtz ranger distress core’dinations paper that i embossed and sanded and i found this clear four petal button in my stash. thanks for popping by.