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Pretty Potted Florals and a Hop

Hi friends! Instead of our usual mid-month Blog Hop at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, this month we're putting on our first Instagram Hop! Be sure to head on over to Instagram and leave some comments for the designers for a chance to win a $25 gift code to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps online shop. The beginning of the hop and all the details can be found here:  https://www.instagram.com/sweetnsassystamps/

Along the hop, we're playing with a something old, something new theme. I am sharing this card which features one of my very first Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps purchases, Thoughtful Words, and my newest purchase... Pretty Potted Florals.  Both of these sets are illustrated by NinaB Designs and all of her sets are on sale this week! This sales graphic has a few of my favorite cards featuring her stamps.

I started by stamping one of the potted flowers in Versafine Clair ink and then coloring with Zig Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a blender pen. I then stamped just the flower portion again and colored just the inner flower and fussy cut to pop up for some dimension on the stamped image.

The sentiment is from the Thoughtful Words set, and I stamped onto a circle that I stenciled with the Delightfully Delicate Stencil and salvaged patina distress ink.  Some patterned papers from my stash finished things off.

While I was at it, I decided to make another card with Pretty Potted Florals.  This time I attempted  watercoloring with watercolor pans.  I'm a little out of practice and was way too heavy with my paints, so ended up blending out with watercolor markers, then adding some Copic highlights to add some depth.  I fussy cut the image and placed onto a panel I had used to wipe up some salvaged patina ink, then finished off with a sentiment from one of my all-time favorite sentiment sets... My Thoughts of You.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you'll join us over on Instagram for the hop!

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Reverse Confetti 8th Birthday Release Hop

Hey friends! It's time to celebrate with Reverse Confetti! I'm so excited to be joining the celebration for their 8th birthday release. It's a spectacular release, filled with six new stamp sets, 9 new confetti cuts, and even a limited time FREE set with a qualifying purchase! Woohoo! Join us along the hop for some awesome inspiration with all the new goodies. If you've been hopping along, you just saw an amazing creation from Ali Farmer. After this stop, you'll be heading over to be wowed by Jeanne Jachna. The full hop list is at the bottom of this post. I have a couple of projects to share today, so grab a cuppa something awesome and hop along.

I absolutely love balloons, so my little crafty heart perked up when I saw the new Beautiful Balloons set. Such a beautiful set with separate pieces for the balloons, strings, and flowers. And with coordinating confetti cuts, it's a breeze to cut them all out and assemble a balloon bouquet. Here I colored the balloon with flowers image with Copic markers and die cut along with one of the string images.  The background for the card was so easy with the new Oval Window Cover Panel Confetti Cuts. I cut the cover panel from polar white, grape soda, and iced aqua card stock, nesting the three pieces together and blending a little iced aqua in the center oval. I then stamped the birthday wishes sentiment, hand trimmed, and embellished with a few enamel dots.


I mentioned a FREE set before, and this one is super fabulous. Love these puffy letters and long sentiments! Be sure to head to the shop for all the details on how to get the Hooray set FREE for a limited time with your order.

For my card, I stamped the Hooray and So Happy For You sentiments from Hooray on white cardstock, then masked off the bottom of the O in hooray and stamped the balloon string from Beautiful Balloons.  I then colored the hooray with Copic markers, as well as the plain balloon image. I added a little texture with glimmer paste and a confetti stencil, then layered the die cut balloon a few times and added it to the panel.  This is matted with RC aqua cardstock, then a couple of strips of patterned paper down the side finish things off.

I continued with the same color scheme for the next card, coloring the flower image from Beautiful Balloons a couple times and then die cutting.  I stamped the let's celebrate you sentiment from the same set in the center of a card panel, then added a few die cut layers of the oval frame from the Oval Window Cover Panel Confetti Cuts.  I placed the two flower images in opposite corners, then added some nuvo drops around the frame for accent.

For my final card, I went for a folk art look.  I cut the Oval Window Cover Panel from mist cardstock, then stamped the flower image from Beautiful Balloons in opposite corners with baby blue ink.  I then 
stamped the plain balloon three times on mist cardstock, stamping the flowers in navy in the center.  I then cut out by hand and inked with navy and baby blue inks, adding white gel pen accents to make the images stand out.

I layered these balloons over the window opening on different dimensional heights, then added the strings and popped the panel up on a white card base with foam tape.  I finished with the Oh, happy day! sentiment from the Hooray set.

Thanks so much for hanging out with me! Be sure to check out what everyone else on the hop is sharing today. And if I inspired you to shop, I'd love it if you'd use my affiliate links, for which I receive a small commission when you place an order, at no additional cost to you.
Your next stop on the hop is Jeanne Jachna.

Julee Tilman (that's ME!)

Compensated affiliate links are used where possible. When you place an order after clicking one of my links, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I so appreciate your support! 💙

May 2021 Reverse Confetti Release