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2/19/2015

Cheers Flowers

Welcome on a frosty afternoon. We have some Artic air today; don't think our temp will even reach 30F. But the sun is shining & we can stay cozy inside, so that's ok. There will be a new card added to the Cards by Friends page, so if you have time, check it out.

Here's the card shared today...had some fun techniques on it (Yippee, the Brushos worked a bit better for me, thanks to Shirley for taking the time to email with the procedures she uses to achieve some stunning backgrounds.) My 2nd play with the Brusho-s worked better than my first attempt. Also thanks to another sweet cardmaker (Loll) who inspires me with all the techniques she shares, I used some Golden's glass bead paste. (Loll has a fantastic card shared today with this product..fun, fun) You'll be seeing some more of my experimental play in the near future.



- Stamp Doctor images (2) purchased at the recent stamp show, inked with 2 peachy colors of Fluid Chalk Inks (product pictures below), then 2 green colors for the foliage, stamped onto Bristol smooth watercolor paper. This is a 2 step stamp, using the solid piece on the 2nd stamping. One must be aware of the ink shades used for each stamping, and it was fun experimenting to see the different results. Thought about doing some further copic shading, decided not to. The stamps do the shading.

- Lil Inker Stitched Rectangle die; used a Judikins shaving brush tool to lightly add color to the edges.

- Brusho background created on same Bristol paper. Wet paper very well, sprinkled  Lemon Yellow Brusho crystals; watched those spread for couple seconds, spritzed more water; then used 2 different Brusho greens (think it was sea green and leaf green), spritzing between each color as the crystals were dropped. Also made sure to keep the paper quite wet. First attempt with this product on this card, I wet the w/c paper, but didn't keep spritzing to keep the surface wet enough. Lesson learned, and thanks Shirley!  Die cut this with larger Stitched Rectangle from the same set (center portion is removed).

- Golden Glass Bead gel applied through MB Mesh stencil, let it dry. Not sure if the photo shows the iridescent sparkle on some of the gel paste when it dried. First attempt with this product. The image & mat were adhered to this piece (which was a snippet as it happens - had messed up a card, and this was the back piece that didn't get trashed).

 
 
- Elizabeth Craft sentiment die, 3 layers from same Brusho piece used for the background. (a snippet!) Glue the layers together, add to the card.
 
- Scor-pal for top & bottom lines on card base, just to add a bit of definition. I had loads of fun with this card. Oh yes, the ribbon was a seafoam green, but used copics to darken it to a more compatible shade with the foliage.
 
Since it's been some while that I had a chance to pop over to the Snippets Playground and give my little buddy Parsnip a big hug, I'm headed over that way. Don't you have some snippets to add to a card, and c'mon over to join in the fun for Week 164? I'm sure you do - Let's Go!
 
Thanks for joining me this afternoon. Hope you're staying warm where you are this afternoon, and big cyber hugs to all those who've been ill or maybe just need a hug. Come again when you can.
 
Edit: Just discovered this card will (I hope!) fit the bill of fare over at Happy Little Stampers for the February challenge...I've been wanting to play along, so I hope this will qualify!
 
Edit 2: a sweet blogger (Anita) gave a heads up that this card works over at Color Throwdown #330 & Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, Add a Little Texture. I've never submitted anything at either of these places, but hey, I'll try! Thanks so much Anita!

50 comments:

Jacee said...

Such a pretty card Mary, love the flower, a really lovely design.
Sounds like it's getting colder at your end Mary, we have lovely spring bulbs coming up here and it's been a nice sunny day for me today, quite a contrast with your neck of the woods. Keep yourself nice and warm Mary.
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Pippa said...

Love the colours on this Mary, and the background fits so well. x

Cathy said...

Beautiful card Mary, love the peek of the brushos bg (and I had a look at your other card too, the brushos on that look fantastic). The stencilling adds a lovely sparkle, Cathy x

Sarah said...

What a wonderful card Mary. A beautiful colour and your handmade background is amazing! Stay warm xx

Hazel said...

Gorgeous Mary. Love that stamp and the colours. I have just bought a Stamping up Stamp very much like this one, Finding time to use it is the problem. Stay cozy. Hazel x

Donna Hanley said...

I love the color of this flower. Your paper and backdrop are both very nice and help to bring life to your lovely image. I guess the cold air is hitting everywhere for the next few days. Enjoy your cozy, comfy craft room.

Redanne said...

A truly beautiful card Mary, I do love that gorgeous Iris flower. We have similar temperatures to you at the moment but with lots of rain too.... Hugs, Anne xx

Loll said...

So gorgeous Mary!! Love the orange and green codlours ... and the beautiful flower --- spring has arrived in your craft room! :) Love the addition of the glass bead gel ... isn't it the coolest stuff?? Looks great overtop of sponging too. Your brushos frame is gorgeous, but I love the look of your first attempt with it too. Different look depending on how much water is added ... both are awesome! Loll xx

Loll said...

Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers!! xx

pam said...

Hi Mary, love this beautiful Iris flower, with coordinating background colours, your bow and text is all that is needed to finish..
Hugs Pam x

Carol said...

This is so pretty Mary, love the bright cheery colours and fabulous design. Love the bead embossing too. Carol x

Jean said...

Wow Mary, I love the cheerful colours you used here. The flower is beautiful and so is the Brusho background.
We have had a fair amount of frost this week, but today was a bit warmer and it has rained all afternoon and most of this evening .
Jean x

Liz said...

Fabulous card, the colours are gorgeous. I love the background. xx

McCrafty's Cards said...

What a beautiful card Mary, I love the colours
Kevin xx

jimlynn said...

Mary, I'm going to say this is an iris but don't know that for a fact....however, it's gorgeous!!!! Love the colors and I can see the sparkle in the background too. I never have a bit of luck with the two step stamping - the eyes don't want to ever line anything up like it's suppose to. Love your card!
Lynn

Pat said...

I love the colours on this pretty card and the iris stamp is beautiful. Your brusho background has a lovely mix of colours and the bead gel medium has lots of lovely shine. Sorry you are having it so cold at the moment Mary. It is not so cold here but has been very wet today. x

Carol L said...

What a pretty card, and so perfect for all of us longing for spring in this brutally cold month of February! The delicate flower is colored perfectly and I love the embossing! I learn more about new products from your blog than from any store, I swear! I'd never heard of golden glass bead gel until coming here today! lol

Lisa said...

This is so gorgeous, Mary!! The flower is beautiful!! I love the colors!! It looks amazing!! It's arctic cold here, too...wind chills well below zero. Yuck. Have a great evening :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Shona Erlenborn said...

Thanks for sharing a piece of spring with us. A lovely piece, full of promises of warmer days ahead. Love the image and the background and the Golden Glass beads are fantastic! Loving those stitched frames too! Great job Mary.

Kylie said...

I really must use my glass bead gel more often! I just never know when to get it out, lol. Your card is super pretty and I love your watercolouring and the background with the beads is stunning! Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers xx

Wanda Cullen said...

Gorgeous card and love your textured details! Fabulous use of the throwdown colors!

Maxine D said...

Mary this is stunning - love the colours and the beautiful texture! All the best with the challenges.
Blessings
Maxine

Patricia said...

Beautiful, absolutely stunning, really makes me feel "spring" is coming.
Stay safe and warm in your cold weather.
Hugs

Patricia x

aussie aNNie said...

Fabulous and gorgeous image used on this beautiful card. Colours are vibrant..and so pretty....Have a lovely weekend.xx


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Sue said...

I really like this beautiful card. The colours cheer me up. Love the Iris stamp.

Hope you have a fab Friday. Sue

SARN said...

Well I just LOVE this card Mary. It's so fresh and reminds me of Spring.

I adore Brusho crystals and enjoy seeing what others make with them. Thanks for sharing the tips on keeping the watercolour paper wet. Will have to try it out as I tend to keep it a bit dryer.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Petra Swart said...

This is so beautiful, Mary!!!! Love the stunning flower and the lovely oranges and greens you have used!!! The bead gel embossing is lovely - the sparkle is beautiful!!! Such a lovely card, Mary!!! Love it!!!
Have a great Friday!!
Hugz

Di said...

Well Mary, this is a stunner indeed! Beautiful flower and you sure cracked those Brushos with the background you made. I know my problem is that I'm too heavy handed with the paint and to mean with the water now :)

Thanks for coming to play with Parsnip - he'd been asking where you were :)

Hugs

Di xx

Benzi said...

Ooh, Mary...what a gorgeous flower and you did a fab job coloring it. I love the color of the bloom. I know you are having fun with the Brushos and did such a pretty background.I didn't know about the Golden Glass Bead gel but it looks wonderful with that stencil. Fabulous card.

Have a good weekend. Our temps will be warmer...thankfully.

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful stamped image! I love how it shades itself! Pretty Brusho background too. I need to get mine out and give them a try. I'll remember to keep spritzing. Thanks for sharing that tip.

Viv's Visuals said...

A really pretty card Mary.

Brenda in IN said...

Those Brushos give a beautiful effect. Even your first try came out well. I love the flower and the shimmer does come through on the picture. That is a nice look and adds some sparkle.

Kim Heggins said...

Fabulous flower...just fabulous! LOVE the color and your background is just so perfect.

Pia S said...

What a beautiful spring card! I really like how that flower turned out and the colorful panel it sits on.

Mrs A. said...

Fantastic card Mary. I love your brusho colours. Card is lovely and spring like. Just hope the weather catches up soon. Hugs Mrs A.

Sarah Mabery said...

The background you created with the brusho is lovely. I checked out your first attempt too and I really liked it as well. And the golden glass bead gel looks really cool. Every time I check out your blog, my wish list gets longer and longer. :-)

cards said...

I see the cold is having the same effect on you as it is me! The warm colours and spring flowers are appearing on your cards too. I love the textured card base and your gorgeous frame; it adds even more elegance to your very pretty flower.
Heather T

Diane said...

Good Morning Mary, I see Spring is on your mind, what a lovely design. Stay warm, we in the Pacific Northwest are having the weird warm winter.

Hugs Diane

Brenda said...

Wow Momma Mary, this card is stunning!!! I love your brusho background, it really turned out beautiful-the tips worked and you followed them well!!! I love that flower too, so beautiful and the glass beads, your cards are looking so beautiful like Loll's! Love, love, love everything about this card! Hugs, Brenda

Faith A said...

Mary this is stunning, I love the colours and the texture and the sentiment matching in so well.

cheiron said...

Just a perfect color combo...makes me feel like spring! Thank you so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog this week :)

Cathy said...

Hi Mary, What a great Spring card! I love the flower and the color combination! I have never tried that technique but I think your end result is awesome!

Joan Ervin said...

What a beautiful background and I absolutely love your gorgeous flower...perfect use of the colors!!!!!!! Thanks for joining us for the Color Throwdown Challenge!!!!

Donna Ellis said...

wow! GORGEOUS 2-step stamp, Mary - you have such great taste when it comes to stamps - and lovely techniques, too! The shading in your image is incredible - so glad you enjoyed your Brushos - I almost purchased 6 colors at convention, and then put them back because I know how slow I am to getting to new purchases lately - you have done a magnificent job with them! xo

Vickie Z said...

Yes, it works perfectly for the CTD color challenge!! Love all the techniques you used... fabulous texture!! Thxs for joining us!!

Dortesjs said...

Beautiful card love the background to

Donna said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Mary :-) I love the orange tulip, so pretty and arty ! the colours and whole design of this is stunning ! Love the glass bead textured background too :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and I hope you will join us again now that you have found us ;-)
luv
Lols x x x

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Mary, I love this card, the image and your colouring is beautiful, hugs Kate x

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Mary, I love this card, the image and your colouring is beautiful, hugs Kate x