Monday, April 29, 2019

Joyful Birthday Wishes!

Hi's getting to be that time...the end of the month and I have two more cards to squeeze in to this month's Power Poppy Creative Confetti Challenges.  My card is for the "Think Spring Challenge." I needed a birthday sentiment to fit into this pretty gold frame and searched my stash high and low...and then came upon this little sentiment with the sweet and cheerful font by Power Poppy by Marcella...I had to use it! It fit just right and added a bit of whimsy to the somewhat serious and sophisticated Peonies. :)
This is from one of my favorite Power Poppy stamps, "Potted Primroses." The sentiment was gold embossed in rose gold powder on vellum and then attached to the back of the gold frame. The frame was then framed with a larger Spellbinders die. The peonies, from Altenew, were stamped and then gold embossed and added to each corner. The entire card was mounted on a linen white card stock from PaperTrey Ink. A few pearls and sequins added for a bit of sparkle!

Here is a little close up:

I made this card a little oversized for our daughter's 32nd birthday! I was so happy that it turned out so well...and that was in huge part to finding the perfect sentiment!
I always appreciate you popping in and wish you a creative day! Blessings!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Creative Confetti Challenge~Two in One!

Hi there! Today I am combining two of the Creative Confetti Challenges over on the Power Poppy Blog for the month of April: On the Grid, and Think Spring!

After making my previous Columbine Card into a grid by trimming the image into little squares...this time I was inspired by Julie's "Think Spring" challenge and so turned to the gorgeous Power Poppy set, "Azaleas." I have used a lot of these images...but the larger branch had not been colored up. I had just received this sweet ruffled ribbon from Stampin' Up and so I decided to use the ribbon as my grid markers (still had the grid on the brain so I combined those two challenges)...rather than white space. So I cut the image into three equal lengths and then used the ribbon in between each layer.  I have a lot of that ribbon...and it was fairly easy to match that pink with my Copic markers. The card was kept simple with just a few scattered small and tiny pearls. I also added a bit of shimmer with my Wink of Stella pen and a few white highlights on the flowers with my white Signo gel pen.
 I wish, I wish, I wish...we could grow those Azaleas here in Colorado. When we lived near Portland, Oregon many years ago...we had lots of these bushes and they added so much bright color in early Spring. we have the last of the snow melting and my tulips just beginning to emerge ...I feel like a Mama Chick waiting for her babies to hatch hovering over these bulbs...they are almost 2 weeks behind schedule. I just hope Summer doesn't make its entrance early as now I believe Spring is my favorite season. It just doesn't last nearly long enough here.
Blessings on your day and hope wherever you are...the promise of Spring has come!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Creative Confetti Challenge "On the Grid"

Hi friends. I am going to quickly share a card creation today for Power Poppy's Creative Confetti Challenge~"On the Grid."
I decided to use a copy of an original copic colored Columbines from the oh so cute "Cup of Columbine" by Power Poppy just in case I messed up the colored copy in the cutting process. (Because...yes, I do and I did.) Anyway, after I made a copy of my colored image...I then added highlights and shading to the copy and then used a sliver of paper as Julie explained in her excellent tutorial as spacers. I decided to back the image in blue because I had a lot of blue in the Columbines.
It was hard to capture this in the photo...but I made doubly sure to line up the bird's beak and top of his head so it wouldn't look too wonky and that helped the whole image. Since there was quite a bit of white space in both corners...I had the idea to add sentiment banners on both ends taken from the set, "Folk Heart." Oh my heart...I decided to color pearls to match the blue in the Columbines using a blue copic marker also and it is so cute in person! A twine bow along the side to add to the natural look and there you have it.
This was fun and I may try it again before this month's challenge is over!
And here is a picture I took while walking in our Botanical Gardens of some Columbines...I definitely need to try this image again in these lighter shades of  lavender blue.

Thanks for your visit and always enjoy reading your comments and what you're up to!  Blessings on your day, friends!