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Poinsettia Keeping Christmas

It's the 25th of the month and time again to join some of my crafty friends for our monthly Keeping Christmas Inspiration Hop! The idea of the hop is to both to bring you a little dose of holiday inspiration throughout the year and also have some Christmas cards and projects in our stash all ready to go for December 2018. If you've already been hopping along, you should have arrived from Claire's blog. If you're just popping in, read on for all the details!

For my April installment, I started out with the Sugar Plum paper pad from My Mind's Eye. I bought this pad of paper a couple years ago and am not sure I've ever successfully made a card with it! I loved the soft pastel, non-traditional colors, but something almost always draws me back to red and green for my Christmas cards. I didn't really stray too far, though... a soft green and pink. 

I also had in my head some beautiful marbled looking pink poinsettias I saw at the grocery store last season and wanted to try to recreate them with stamps. So I pulled out the Pinecone Christmas stamp set and my trusty MISTIs and got to work inking up the outline image in archival black. Next came the solid poinsettia in rose quartz. Then I applied puffy heart to just the center of each solid poinsettia stamp and used a waterbrush to spread it out and stamped again.  I used the same technique with the green inks for the leaves.  This was my first real attempt at multi-step stamping with the MISTI, and oh my word does it make it easy to do multiples! I had both my original and mini MISTI out so I could keep the stamps in place and just turn the paper as needed. Such a time (and sanity) saver!

The poinsettias are cut with the coordinating Poinsettia Pinecones die set and then accented with some rhinestone stickers. The sentiment is from the Beyond Measure stamp set.  I cut it out with a stitched circle die and then used the die as a stencil to sponge some of the rose quartz inside to pull some more of the pink into the design of the card.  I matted this with a scallop circle die cut.  For the trim, I cut both of the dies from the new Lacey Trim Duo die set in white, then layered them together for an elegant accent.

Since I was having so much fun making poinsettias I decided to make a matching box to go with this card. The design is a 3.5" square soap box (click here for the tutorial I used) made from thin white cardstock using the envelope punch board. It seemed like the perfect size to tuck in a treat, gift card or other trinket for the boys' teachers next year. I used the same basic design as the card, with a slightly smaller circle and a different sentiment from the Beyond Measure set. I attached my stamped pieces directly to the belly band, which I also adorned with 3.5" lengths cut with the Lacey Trim Duo die set. That way in December I can just slip off the belly band, fill the box and I'm ready to rock and roll!

Okay, now it's time to hop along and check out all the other fabulous posts on the hop. I'm so excited to hop along and see everyone's creations! The hop is hosted on the fabulous Kelly Lunceford's blog, so head over there to start from the beginning. Or continue on to visit Kim Heggins if you've already been hopping along!

Lesley Croghan (taking a break this month)
Broni Holcombe (taking a break this month)
Julee Tilman {You are here}

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Pinecone Christmas, Beyond Measure (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Sugar Plum (MME), white (Neenah)
Ink: rose quartz, puffy heart, moss, frayed leaf (Altenew), black archival (Ranger)
Accessories: Poinsettia Pinecones and Lacey Trim Duo die sets (A Cut Above by VERVE), rhinestone stickers, MISTI, stitched circle die, scallop circle Nestabilities (spellbinders), Envelope Punch Board (WRMK)

Spring Boots

Hi friends! The weekend flew by and it's Monday again already. I can't believe how quickly this year is flying by.  Today I'm popping in to share a fun little spring card I made with some new Carta Bella papers.

I am not really much of a rain boots kind of girl, but the polka dot rain boots paper in the new Spring Market collection totally makes me wish I had a pair!)  I just new I needed to fussy cut one of the images for my card. And since the feature color for our Diva Inspirations challenge this month is yellow, I picked the yellow one. Next I stamped the wreath from Autumn Blessings in New Leaf archival ink and then watercolored with some Jane Davenport inks, adding in a few little berry accents.  The wreath is die cut with the coordinating Autumn Thanks die set.

Next I cut one of the tags from patterned paper, pierced a hole in it and added a linen thread bow.  The sentiment is from Hope Lifts and is stamped on a circle die cut and layered behind the wreath.  To finish the card, I just started layering papers from the collection, adding some antique linen sponging to everything and a little trim accent with the Lacey Trim Duo die set.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a fantastic start to your week!

Stamps: Hope Lifts, Autumn Blessings (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Spring Market (Carta Bella), white (Neenah)
Ink: jet black (Altenew), new leaf archival (Ranger), Limeade, Mermaid's Tail, Watermelon Inkredible Inks (Jane Davenport), antique linen distress (Ranger), white india ink (Dr. Ph Martin)
Accessories: Autumn Thanks Die Set, Lacey Trim Duo Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE),linen thread, paper distresser, rhinestone, circle die

Going to Be Okay

Hi friends! I'm back again with another shabby card using the Lavender collection from Prima.  And its another take on the April Viva la Verve sketch. Deadline for linking up is May 4, so there's still plenty of time for you to get inky and link up for a chance to win! I hope you'll play along!

Lately I've been loosely challenging myself to use as much up of my paper when I pull something out of a pad. So this card started with leftovers from yesterday's card and the other Lavender scraps in my stash.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment from Hope Lifts directly on a piece of patterned paper and cut with a stitched circle die.  I matted this with a lacey circle die cut from Spellbinders.  Next I arranged my layers to fulfill the sketch, cutting a Lacey Frames die cut for the second circle.  I then set to work on the butterfly from Hope Lifts.

I already had one butterfly embossed in white, watercolored, and then cut with the Butterfly Dreams set laying on my desk from a previous project. So I stamped the butterfly from Hope Lifts again on watercolor paper, embossed in white and cut with the coordinating Lifted Hope die set. Next I watercolored with pugnacious purple and plum tuckered out shimmerz products.  The white was a bit for my antiqued card. I recently picked up some vintage collage medium on clearance, so decided to give it a go over the embossed butterflies to age things a bit.  I finished off with lots of distressed edges and a little paper flower in the center of the butterfly.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Hope Lifts (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Lavender (Prima), crumb cake (SU!), cream (Neenah)
Ink: early espresso (SU!), antique lace distress (Ranger), Plum Tuckered Out Vibez, Pugnacious Purple Inklingz (Shimmerz)
Accessories: Lifted Hope, Lacey Frames and Butterfly Dreams die sets (A Cut Above by VERVE), white embossing powder, paper flower, circle dies (Spellbinders), corner rounder, paper distresser, Vintage collage medium (Ranger)

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