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Happy Shamrock Day and Little Bunny Hello

Making a card and then stepping it up for a similar card can be a great way to get those creative juices flowing when you're lacking inspiration. Today I'm sharing a couple of cards that I did just that with using the February Paper Pad Club, Stamp/Die of the Month, and the Little Bunny Ephemera Add On.

I love St. Patrick's Day. Probably because if they hadn't decided to come a week early, my twins were scheduled for delivery on St. Patrick's Day. The NICU nurses decorated their cribs with shamrocks, so I smile each time I see one. 💚

So when I saw the Happy Shamrock Day sentiment in the Happy Spring Stamp of the Month set, I just knew I would have to make a card. I watercolored the watering can and some extra shamrocks with Zig Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush markers.  For a little backdrop, I lightly did a wash with green and splattered some brown onto a circle die cut, then die cut my stamped images and laid them out.  The sentiment is die cut with the coordinating Happy Spring shabby snip dies.

The papers are from the Sweet Little Bunny paper pad from the February Paper Pad Club. I just love this earthy color palette and the fun mix of geometrics and spring imagery.  I matted with some brown cardstock, keeping the layout simple to let my stamped image shine.  I finished off with a few sparkle enamel dots.

For my stepped up card, I wanted a similar look and feel, so chose one of the watering can ephemera pieces from the Little Bunny Ephemera. I had a smaller scrap of the brown geometric paper, so kept the vertical panel, but shortened it.  I then created a collage with several ephemera pieces and a mini doily.  The hello sentiment is from the Happy Spring set.  For a little bit more pizazz, I wrapped some embroidery thread around the card panel and tied with a bow.  A bit of stickles and some sparkle enamel dots finish things off.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a fantastically creative day!

Butterfly Hello

Hi friends! It's my day to share a little bit of Jaded Blossom inspiration, and I'm pulling out some oldies but goodies and bringing the spring vibes with this one. 

This month, the Jaded Blossom challenge is to use stencils, so I pulled out the Vine Stencil for the background on this one. For my focal images, I chose the multi step stamping set, Butterflies. I inked up the top half of the solid butterfly with yellow and the bottom half with orange for a nice two tone look I stamped the frame and antennae in black, then added some white gel pen accents to the tips of the butterfly wings. Next I cut the butterflies with my Scan 'n Cut machine.  They're adhered with liquid glue in the centers, then each wing is popped up with a foam dot for that flying off the page look.

The stenciled panel was cut with the Rectangle 1 Dies and I chose a black mat for it using the Scallop Rectangles 1 Dies. The hello is from Basic Word Dies, and I cut it 3 times from black and layered for some extra dimension. I finished off with an A2 card base and a few sparkle enamel dots for accent.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a fabulous day! PS. There's still time to play along in this month's Jaded Blossom challenge for a chance to win a stamp set of your choice. Plus there's a sale on stencils at Jaded Blossom this month you might want to check out!