Floating Inlaid Embossed Watercolor Flower

Good evening, and welcome. We are back from our little adventure, and I'll tell you all about it, after this card:

Recently saw this video done by Catherine Pooler on doing what she called  Floating embossed inlay. Thought I'd give it a try and this is my version.
- Believe this was a Hero Arts wooden stamp, inked with versamark, stamped on watercolor paper. Heat embossed with White EP.  Used Tim Holtz w/c markers to color the petals, because the recipient is someone who excels at watercolor. She was the inspiration for this effort (and she will know who she is). Stamped the same image on DP, hand cut the image out of the dp to create the aperture. Very carefully fitted the watercolor image behind the aperture.
- Avery Elle die to create the sentiment. The base card is pink - saved the 'bits' from the die cut to add back into the h, e, l,l & o, as it looks quite odd with those parts missing. This was a little out of my comfort zone, as I'm rather rubbish with watercolors, also had never done the die cutting effect this way.
Now - to share our little adventure with you. We found out that Our Darnell was making a family visit to a small North Carolina town that is a few hours north of us.  It was an opportunity to meet this fabulous lady who is renowned in Blogland, and was  one of my very first encouragers when I started blogging. Another surprise visitor who showed up was Bonnie K,  another quite well known card-making blogger, who also has been so kind, friendly & supportive of my efforts. It was something that I didn't want to miss, but with the DH's health situation, it was chancy until the last moment, hoping nothing happened to ruin the plans. Because we had never traveled in this part of North Carolina, we decided to leave on Monday afternoon, drive up leisurely and find our meeting place. DH suggested we have lunch at Scrapbook Creations which is on the route we take to NC. Of course I had to have a browse around in the store, and visit with some of the staff.
We got to meet Darnell's lovely sister Diana, and had a brief visit on Monday afternoon. Said our goodbye, as D&D had some commitments, & we headed to another nearby little town to find lodgings for the night. On Tuesday Bonnie & her sweet DH drove down to join in the fun. After visiting a bit at Diana & Darnell's pad, we all went to lunch at a lovely restaurant. Here's a few pictures Darnell emailed this evening, and hopefully I will share some more in a later post. Can you tell we are having such fun getting to meet face-to-face?

Bonnie & Darnell

Mary & Bonnie

Bonnie, Bruce, Diana, Joe, Mary (Darnell took the photo)
Joe H. & Bruce K., our sweet hubs
Diana is a photography whiz, and she took most of the pictures. They will be joined by 2 other sisters tomorrow for a Sisters' Retreat. Doesn't that sound just wonderful?
Let me just say that it was such a delight to meet these ladies who have been my inspiration on so many occasions - with the beautiful work that they both do - and find out that they are just as lovely & kind as I knew them via Blogland. This is one of the most unexpected Blessings of this Blogging business. It's always rewarding to get to know each of you via Blogland, email, etc, but then when the chance to meet face-to-face  happens, it's just so unbelieveably incredible.
Thanks for joining me this evening. I'll do my best to get round to visit all those of you who left comments on the Penny Black birthday card, and hopefully can make a start on that tomorrow.
Have a great evening, God Bless.


  1. Beautiful card, Mary! You did an excellent job with Catherine's technique!

    Thank you for all your kind words and the lovely write-up of our adventure! I feel the same way about meeting you and Bonnie!! This is such a warm and supportive community in Blogland and it's very sweet and wonderful when the two worlds come together like ours did today! Mwah! Hugs, Darnell

  2. Mary, your card is just beautiful! I've never heard of that technique but it really gives your card a unique and pretty look. Love the flower
    How much FUN was that meeting Darnell and her sister!! Wish I'd been with you. Great photos and looks like a great time too.

  3. I am so pleased you shared the details of your trip Mary and sounds and looks like you had a great time, it's always nice to meet fellow bloggers face to face.

    Interesting technique on today's card and loving the pretty summery colours.

    B x

  4. Oh what a gorgeous, gorgeous card! That flower is simply stunning, and definitely a technique I'm going to have to try!

    I'm not at all surprised you had such a fab time. In such company it would have been impossible not to!

  5. Great card Mary and fab pics. x

  6. Beautiful card.

    What a lovely get together you ladies had.

    Through my blog I have met other Greyhound owners and it's a joy to put a face to the name.

    Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

  7. Oh,How exciting for you guys to meet up!looks like you all had a fabulous time together:)
    Your card is beautiful Mary-a lovely technique that produced a gorgeous effect!
    Have a happy day :)
    Nessa xxx

  8. What a pretty watercoloured flower Mary and love that background dp and this is a great inlay technique. I have to confess that I have already seen a photo of your meet up with Darnell and Bonnie over at Darnell's blog, but it is lovely to see the extra photos showing Darnell's sister and your DH's too and now we know what your adventure was all about! How wonderful to meet up like that and you obviously had a great time! x

  9. Mary, you did a fantastic job on the card. It is vintage beautiful. You know I love vintage.

    We are both happy for you and, if I am being honest, Jealous as can be. Not one but two of our favorite crafters and you got to me them face to face. Can't think of anyone I could wish that for more than you.

    Love, Hugs and Blessings

  10. Great card Mary! Love what you did here! Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures of you, Darnell, Bonnie & hubs! What a terrific opportunity to meet people who you feel you know so well and yet have never met! You know what they say, "strangers are friends you haven't met yet" . . . have a great week! hazel xx

  11. Never heard of that technique before Mary, but you sure did a great job with yours. Love the effect. What fun you had with those lovely folks. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Oh, Mary, it sounds as if you guys really had a lovely trip meeting each other IRL!!!! Thanks for sharing you lovely pics!!!
    Your card is beautiful - love that stunning, floating flower and the pinks and greens are so lovely!!!
    Have a great day!!!!

  13. Beautiful card! I love the softness of the watercoloring. Happy Wednesday!

  14. What a wonderful time you have had and a lovely card too! x

  15. Oh my Momma Mary, this card is just beautiful!! I will have to watch that video. But I am loving how you colored your beautiful flower and I love your hello sentiment. The background paper is so pretty too. Hugs, Brenda

  16. Forgot to say, I am loving the pictures of you all you ladies and the men too! Looks like you all had tons of fun. It is so nice to be able to meet up with people whom you admire and love in blogland. I'm just a tiny bit jealous I couldn't be there too. lol But love that you all got the chance to do this meet up as you are all wonderful ladies!! Hugs, Brenda

  17. This is so pretty Mary, the DP is lovely and so is your flower. What fun to be able to meet up with blog buddies. I'm glad you had a good time.
    Jean x

  18. A beautiful card! I love the colours.

    Thanks for sharing your adventure to meet Darnell and Bonnie. How exciting for you all! xx

  19. Hi Mary. LOVE your floating inlaid card ... great job with this wonderful technique.

    LOVE seeing the photos of your meet-up with Darnell and Bonnie. Looks like you all had a fun time (including the hubs!). What a special time for all of you to meet in person! xx

  20. How wonderful for you to have the opportunity to meet up and thank you for sharing your lovely pictures!! What a gorgeous card Mary, such pretty colours and that watercolouring looks fab xx

  21. A beautiful card Mary, looks incredibly pretty.

    You are very lucky to have met some blogging friends, so nice, it sounds as though you had a great time.

    Hugs Jacee

    Simply Paper Card Design

  22. What a gorgeous card!! I love the technique you used!! The colors and background are amazing!!

    What fun meeting up with bloggy friends! It sounds like a great time!! The pictures are fabulous!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  23. I love your design on that card. You made a great card using the video as a guide. I am so jealous that you got to meet Darnell in person! Thanks for sharing the pictures. It was nice to see the husbands too. How nice of Joe to offer to stop at Scrapbook Creations. He is so cool. I'm off to visit Bonnie's blog. It looks like you gals had a great time.

  24. Hi Mary, how wonderful for you to meet up with Darnell and her sister, lots of crafty talk maybe?
    Your card is beautiful, haven't heard of this technique, but looks like you've got the hang of it. Gprgeus shades of pink, hugs Kate x

  25. a great card Mary and looks like a really fun trip - fantastic xx

  26. Beautiful card design Mary.
    Thank you for sharing your photos, looks like you had a wonderful time.
    Hugs Pam x

  27. Wow Mary, what a fabulous time you must have had to meet two fabulous bloggers.

    A great card and love how you are embracing so many new techniques, gorgeous colours and a lovely flower.

    Kath x

  28. Love the card and beautiful flower and paper -great photos looks like you all enjoyed meeting
    carol x

  29. As always....what a fabulous card. And I am so jealous that Darnell met you and Bonnie, it is so much fun to meet blogging friends and how nice to have lunch with both Darnell and Bonnie too, a very nice bonus!

  30. What a gorgeous card Mary - love it!! :-) Well done on mastering a new to you technique.
    What a wonderful meeting that must hav been!

  31. Lovely colour combo here and gorgeous result in your lovely creation. Thanks for sharing your lovely{aNNie My Personal Blog}

  32. You really are VERY good at trying new things Mary, and whether you believe it or not they all turn out very well, including this very pretty card. I love the background and that super flower, such pretty colours.

    How lovely to meet up, 3 successful bloggers together, how wonderful.

  33. Love your card Mary...a great technique which I haven't seen before. What a fabulous trip for you too...great photos of the three of you. Carol x

  34. Your card is absolutely beautiful and inspiring! And what a fun get together, so glad you shared the pictures with us!

  35. excellent job with Catherine's technique! And I love Darnell! She is so kind and funny and since I live in Ca, I'll meet up with her on day too! How fun Mary!

  36. Hi Mary just popping back to say thank you for your comments on my blog-the willies is actually wellies lol what we call our wellington boots for short lol and I never have time to make three cards in one day -but they were all DT cards and had to be posted all on the same day :(-makes me look very efficient don't you think lol
    Carol x

  37. What a special day and I can honestly say that this card is even prettier IRL! I'm so glad we got to meet and look forward to getting together again soon.

  38. I wish I had been there too!
    This creation is so beautifully soft and feminine!

  39. How fun you were able to meet up! Nothing like kindred spirit stampers! I would've liked to be there for show and tell! :D TFS mary!

  40. So lovely, Mary ... those soft pinks and greens on the DP are gorgeous with the inset bloom! Fabulous photo's ... you all look as though you had such a wonderful time ... isn't it just brilliant to meet up IRL! Hugs, Anita :)

  41. Your card is wonderful but I must say...your photos and your meeting "the girls" take the spotlight!
    You lucky, lucky girl!
    Looks and sounds like you all had fun!

  42. Hi Mary, I'm back to let you know I tried this technique, thanks for the inspiration, was so much fun! I did give you kudo's on my blog and link back to your blog and Catherine's video. Thanks again, Donna

  43. Hello again, Mary, I had to search out this post to see the photos after you responded to my comment! I totally missed this! So glad I found it! What a beautiful card! I just watched this video last night! What a great technique! I enjoyed seeing the photos of your get-together and reading all about it! How fun to meet this other crafty bloggers! Sounds like a good time was had by all!