Monday, August 31, 2020

Color Throwdown: Just Because

 I love the colors this week at the Color Throwdown. I've been using various combinations of these colors over the summer while creating cheerful cards of encouragement. I haven't added a peachy color so when I saw the color combo, I wanted to give it a try. I like it - the peach softens the look.

Color Throwdown Just Because


I love their graphic too - I want those in my yard!  I wasn't sure what kind of center to add to my die cut flowers. I was looking at the graphic and at the die set and decided to use these itty-bitty flowers to add texture to the center.  I have no idea if that's what they are meant for but I like the result.

I used black in the sentiment and I have a real problem using black just in the sentiment.  Often a black splatter ties it out for me, but I didn't want to mess with the clean design. So I added a strip of paper with diagonal stripes. I'm kind of wishing I had made it a bit thinner, but it is what it is!

Thanks to Color Throwdown for the inspiration!

SUPPLY LIST
Stamps: Concord & 9th Just Because
Dies: Concord & 9th Just Because



Sunday, August 30, 2020

Memory Box: Delicate Pine

I was looking through challenges yesterday and realized I had totally meant to play along with the Memory Box Happy Holidays challenge that closes today. I put this card together in record-breaking time.  Sometimes I like when that happens.  Don't get me wrong, I love the process - trying different and layouts and sentiments until I love the result.  But it's amazing how often I like the quick and easy cards - the cards I don't overthink!!  Of course, it helps to have lovely stamps, dies and paper!!

Memory Box Peace new

This started out with the idea of a shaker card but my eyes fell on that glitter paper.  The glitter has such a variety of colors yet all so soft; it probably has more sparkle than a shaker would have. Then I just found some darker cardstock that coordinated.  Finally I pulled out the star die and some foil (which made this photo hard to get as I was reflected in the foil when I leaned over to take the photo!) This photo doesn't begin to do it all justice.

Thank you to Memory Box for the challenge that inspired me to pull out these lovely products.

SUPPLY LIST

Stamps: Memory Box Bold Christmas Greetings and coordinating dies

Dies: Memory Box Delicate Pine Frame, Star of Wonder

Paper: Memory Box Delicate Pastel Glitter Paper and Polished Foil Pad, Stampin' Up Pretty Peacock

Other: Trinity Stamps Silver Stones

Friday, August 28, 2020

Fusion: Dragonfly

 I ordered a beautiful dragonfly die a few months back and the poor thing hasn't been used yet.  I was thrilled when I saw the dragonfly challenge at Fusion that included a lovely graphic.

Fusion Dragonfly


The dragonfly and the holographic paper was released from Simon Says a few releases ago.  I used it to justify buying a big leaf die that I'd had on my wishlist forever thinking he could sit on it (funny how that works!!.  But the lovely graphic from Fusion sent me in a different direction so that leaf die will just have to wait. I don't have any dies with that specific look but I found some flowers with the general shape and I used Distress Oxides to give them the colors.  I had that fun attached label in my not-yet-used collection specifically for bouquets of those flowers.

Everything has a bit of dimension. Often when a card seems a bit blah - after I add dimension, it is just right!

Fusion Dragonfly CLOSE

Thank you to the Fusion challenge for the inspiration.

SUPPLY LIST

Stamps: Verve Amazing Wishes

Paper: Simon Says Stamp Assorted Holographic, Stampin' Up Highland Heather

Dies: Pinkfresh Dainty Blossoms and Noteworthy Frames, Simon Says Stamp Etched Dragonfly

Inks: Distress Oxides Twisted Citron, Pine Needles, Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, Tumbled Glass

Other: Trinity Stamps Rainbow Reflection Rhinestone Mix

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Christmas Kickstart: Ornamental Birds

I will always be a player of challenges.  I need some piece of the card-making equation to be defined for me.  When I have to pick a theme and colors and a layout and the stamps or dies and a sentiment and...and...and - I kind of freeze. My husband would tell you that I have too much stuff to pick from - he'd be right.  When yet another new addition to my stash arrive in my mailbox and the Christmas Birds challenge at Christmas Kickstart happened at the same time - I didn't freeze at all!!
 
Kickstart Bird

This die set is just charming.  I had so much fun putting this together!  He's an odd looking little bird but it just adds to the retro look.  I did give him a branch to sit on and I decorated the ornament with a bow both from a different Sizzix set - Funky Festive.

Kickstart Bird CLOSE

Thank you to Christmas Kickstart for the inspiration! (And I have just realized that I could have used their logo for color inspiration.  I love it when an entire post matches!)


SUPPLY LIST

Stamps: The Greetery Sentiment Suite: Christmas

Dies: Sizzix/Tim Holtz Ornamental Birds and Funky Festive, The Greetery Sentiment Suite Basic, Simon Says A2 Thin Frames

Paper: Stampin' Up Poppy Parade, Flirty Flamingo, Balmy Blue, Just Jade, Soft Suede

Other: Studio Katia Pearls in Rose Pink, Bora Bora and Bluebell

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches: A Hug and a Smile

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Karren and here’s what I did with it!

  Smiling with Fresh Cut Florals 


I had not yet put away a recent order - one of the new florals from Concord & 9th.  I saw them on my desk and thought I'd do three fun flowers for this card.  Then I got wild and crazy and put berries and leaves to the right instead of a third floral.  Hey - that's a big creative moment for me!  The biggest reason it even occurred to me was that it allowed me to add some more colors because I am loving this color combo!

Lately all of my sentiments have been about sending hugs and smiles - or just thinking of yous.  There are still so many people, particularly older people, who are essentially home-bound.  My MIL is on of them. She's a very active women, but is scared to be out and about, so is absolutely stir-crazy (but has mastered Zoom!!) So she's one of many that I am showering with cards. Not to mention retirement homes or memory care facilities.  These cheerful colors and fun flowers will be just perfect!

I hope to see you playing along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.

SUPPLY LIST

Stamps: Honey Bee Stamps Smile, Concord & 9th Background

Dies: Concord & 9th Freshly Cut Florals Edition 3

Cardstock: Stampin' Up Crumb Cake, Misty Moonlight, Bumblebee, Magenta Madness, Cinnamon Cider, Shaded Spruce, Just Jade

Ink: Stampin' Up Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Versamark

Other: Stampin' Up 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Cupcake Inspiration 500th Challenge

This is my second post today. 

The Cupcake Inspiration challenge is celebrating its 500th challenge. That is definitely something to celebrate and I celebrated big!!

Cupcake Big Bday Wishes

I got that "Big Birthday Wishes" die when I was first discovering the fun of slimline cards. (NOTE: the white panel is exactly 3 1/2 x 8 1/2 and the die just fits. When I got the card done, I decided it needed just a bit of a frame around the white so it's now slightly bigger. It won't fit in an A9 envelope, but it does fit in the bigger A10.)  

Of course, I had to use a cupcake.  This is the biggest cupcake I have, but sadly when I pulled out the set, the candle die that comes with is missing but I found a substitute.  The bow isn't in the cupcake set but it's one of my favorites and I loved the look with this cheerful card.  Some stripes of paper and a sprinkling of coordinating sequins and it's definitely a big and bright birthday card.

Congratulations to Cupcake Inspirations!!


SUPPLY LIST

Dies: Honey Bee Stamps Cupcake Builder (not the candle), My Favorite Thing Big Birthday Wishes, Taylored Expressions Little Bits - Bows

Cardstock: Stampin' Up Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, and Daffodil Delight (and old dsp); Taylored Expressions Cupcake and Pink Champagne

Other: Pretty Pink Posh Valentine Mix and Marigold gems, Little Things Tangerine Mix

Just Add Ink: Where the WiFi is Weak

 I have lived and played in Colorado for my entire adult life. I love our mountains and their many "moods".  Sometimes they look rugged and imposing.  Then there are times when the sun is setting that they turn black with indescribably brilliant colors behind them.  Sometimes they get a misty look - like artwork created with torn paper. And that mood is what I envisioned when I saw the colors at Just Add Ink.

Weak WiFi

I have loved that sentiment since I first saw it but have had no use for it.  I actually still don't have any use for it - I have no idea to whom I would send this card so I think I'll keep it.  I have photo ledges above my computer that I use to display my cards until they are sent.  I'll display this one up there as a daily reminder of the beauty surrounding me!

An update on our fires.  I-70 is re-open, not because that fire is out but because it's moved away from the interstate although I'm not sure I'd drive through this. (Photo from 9News)

The biggest fire is now the second biggest in Colorado history.  It is 44% contained so there is progress. Another big fire is in the mountains above where my son goes to school and is 0% contained and has burned 18,000 acres. We get regular updates from the church camp that we have spent lots of time at for over 20 years and it's quite bleak. Yesterday they said that while the fire is still far away, the wind is blowing it towards them and there is nothing to stop it, in fact, there are forests of beetle-kill trees for it to burn through. Fire crews took a few staff members up to pick buildings that they will try to save. The camp sits right on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park so there's nothing to stop the fire after it blows through our beloved camp.  (My heart goes out to all in California impacted by fires.  Colorado has had around 200,000 acres burn - California is at 1.4 million. What a year it has been.)

Thank you to Just Add Ink for the inspiration to create a tribute to my Colorado mountains.

SUPPLY LIST

Stamps: Pinkfresh Studios Through the Trees

Dies: Altenew Mountain Die Set

Paper: Stampin' Up Purple Posy, Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray

Ink: Stampin' Up Misty Moonlight, Versamark (with fine detail embossing powder)


Monday, August 24, 2020

CtS and Inspired by: Turtley Awesome

 I have collected a large number of Poppystamps' Whittle collection, both dies and stamps.  I love them for their quirky look and punny sentiments.  They are fun for my college-aged sons because they are cute but not necessarily cutesy.  So when Inspired By challenge announced their "punny" challenge, of course I had to play along.  Then when I got the sentiment out that I wanted and started planning the card, I was helped along by the sketch CAS(E) this Sketch. It gave me a chance to do some fun stripes and give my little turtle some ground.

Turtle

As soon as I added the glittery water and the gems, this card is no longer for either of my sons.  They take great offense at "bling" on their cards. If you've seen many of my cards, you know I don't use a lot of bling, but I love three little sequins/gems to highlight the sentiment.  When I try to do a masculine card for my boys without any bling at all, the sentiment just seems empty. So after I changed from plain blue cardstock to sparkly blue water, I figured I might as well throw caution to the wind and add my gems around the sentiment. 

Thank you to CAS(E) this Sketch and the Inspired By Challenge for inspiring me to get out this cute little turtle.


SUPPLY LIST

Stamps: Poppystamps Whittle Everyday

Dies: Poppystamps Whittle Turtle, Whittle Mounds and Orchard Leaves

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches: Keep It Simple

 It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by C├ęcile and I think she created the sketch just for this Colorado gal!

FMS 448 ST


The Colorado mountains have always been a place of peace and refuge for me and my family - hiking, biking, snow-shoeing, skiing, just breathing the air - it's a wonderful place to be.  Just getting out of the car after a drive to the mountains and taking a deep breath of air can change a bad attitude.  Worries disappear, energy appears, stress and anger drift away.  (Assuming you can handle the altitude!!!)  But right now, our mountains are in trouble.  There are four major forest fires - one of which is already the fourth biggest in Colorado history (already 138 square miles) and only 7% contained so will grow.  Another has shut down the major/east west interstate across Colorado (and the country). A third is in the mountains just above where my oldest goes to school.  There's no danger to him, but the skies are smoke-filled and orange.


And from a local news station (KDVR.com) - here are the heroes who are fighting this.

National news is annoying - it's 90% politics, 9% coronavirus and then 1% fires in California (not Colorado).  Also did you know a town of 125,000 people in Iowa has been destroyed by a derecho?  Look up Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Wow. But it was a week before I saw it on the news and only because Trump went (thus it's politics!)  

OK - I'm done being depressing and this isn't why you are here.  Here's one last look at my take on the peaceful mountains of Colorado.  I hope to see you playing along with us this week - it's a wonderful break from the real world!

FMS 449

 SUPPLY LIST

Stamps: Pinkfresh Studio My Favorite Things to Say

Dies: Concord & 9th Geometrics dies

Cardstock: Taylored Expressions Salt Water Taffy, Stampin' Up Shaded Spruce

Ink: Distress Oxides in Evergreen Bough, Pumice Stone, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans

Other: Pretty Pink Posh Sea Glass

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Christmas Kickstart and Color Throwdown: Snowflakes

 I knew I was going to play with snowflakes this weekend as I was inspired by the current challenge at Christmas Kickstart.  I didn't know that I was going to create a beach card with those snowflakes using inspiration from the Color Throwdown

Peace on the Beach

It's a unique combination but it totally works for a friend.  She moved from Colorado to South Carolina and she lives on a lake.  We have early morning phone calls while she is sitting on a dock with a cup of coffee.  These soft colors are what I imagine she's seeing.  And if it's not - she does adore the beach so I'm covered!

So Friday I did a big bold snowflake card and today it's the beach! I think I need to pull out some traditional snowy colors in my crafting today - they might help me cool off!  Thanks for the inspiration from these challenges.


SUPPLY LIST

Dies: Sizzix (Tim Holtz) Mini Paper Snowflakes, Holiday Greens, Papertrey Ink Wet Paint Holiday ("peace")

Cardstock: Taylored Expressions Toffee, Peaches n Cream, Salt Water Taffy

Ink: ditto

Other: Studio Katia Arctic Breeze Pearls (colored with Copics)

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Say Cheese and Sending Big Hugs

 This week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches includes a big diagonal stripe.  I already posted this card for it but I had actually started in a different direction with angled speech bubbles.  Then I realized the little critters needed to be on a narrower panel - then I didn't want to angle the speech bubbles very much so I didn't hide any little critters - then I added layers of colored bubbles two of which were fairly straight.  When I got to the picture, I just didn't really see the big diagonal stripe anymore but I like the card so here it is! 

Big Hugs

Aren't they just darling? I don't use many cute stamps any more. My sons are college-aged and my nieces are tween/teens going on 30!  But I think I have a small window with the tween that I can mix a few cute cards in so I am taking full advantage of it!

Here's the sketch for this week.  I hope to see you play along!



SUPPLY LIST
Stamps: Picket Fence Studios Say Cheese, sentiment is from two Papertrey Ink sets
Dies: Impression Obsession Stitched Speech Border
Paper: Stampin' Up Mango Melody and Flirty Flamingo CS, Flirty Flamingo DSP
Other: Pretty Pink Posh Marigold Gems

Friday, August 14, 2020

Christmas Kickstart and The Paper Players: Fab Flakes

This is my second post today.

With inspiration from the Christmas Kickstart Snow is Falling Challenge, I had planned on playing with snowflakes this weekend.  I hadn't planned on playing along with the bold colors at The Paper Players mainly because it ends in an hour.  But I was looking through a Stampin' Up order I just got yesterday  I realized the Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems which includes Night of Navy gems (one of the colors at The Paper Players) flash so many colors - I'm seeing pinks and aquas and oranges.  So if you followed the odd way my mind works, this convinced me that I needed to do bright and cheerful snowflakes with the bold colors and flashing gems.  

Fab Flakes

These snowflakes are new-to-me but actually fairly old.  They are a Papertrey Ink set that I've always liked because of the unique shapes and solid stamps so when they ended up on their Blow-Out sale, I picked them up.


Thank you to both challenges for the inspiration!

SUPPLY LIST

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Fab Flakes

Dies: Papertrey Ink Fab Flakes

Ink: Stampin' Up Mango Melody, Melon Mambo, Pool Party and Night of Navy

Other: SU Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems

Inspire. Create. Poppy Moments

 My Stampin' Up demonstrator's birthday is coming up next week.  (Or my "dealer" as my husband calls her!)  I pulled out the wonderful flowers from Poppy Moments with some bright and cheerful colors; and I used the sketch from the Inspire. Create. Challenge to create this card.

 Inspire Poppy Moments

I layered everything tone-on-tone just for the dimension.  I love the bright combo of Granny Apple Green and the retired Lemon Lime Twist. (FYI - I have kept every single Stampin' Up color since the beginning of time! It's amazing how often colors come back around or at least coordinate with something new.  My color revelation in yesterday's post was how well More Mustard and Cinnamon Cider work together!)  

I used the retired Gingham Gala sequins because they included Lemon Lime, but it turns out the iridescence in the Grapefruit sequins kind of coordinates with Flamingo and Mango.  

(Whew! That's a lot of color names.)

Inspire Poppy Moments CL


I have a vacation day from work today - my family was going to spend some time in the Colorado mountains before my youngest heads back to Illinois for school (knock on wood).  The sad news is that Colorado is experiencing a heavy wildfire year. Yesterday morning we decided to spend time at Chambers Lake.  Yesterday afternoon, I started getting news flashes on my phone about a new fire at...you guessed it...Chambers Lake. It's not that there aren't a lot of mountain locations to visit but there's a heavy layer of smoke over much of it.  The fifth largest wildfire in Colorado history is burning right now and is only 7% contained so will grow.  Another wildfire has closed the E-W interstate through Colorado so it's not easy to get across the state, let alone the country. It's not contained at all and is only a mile from a major power plant. It is horrifying, but at the same time I understand that forests need to clean themselves out once in a while to be healthy. (And our Colorado forests are not healthy.) I just wish somehow it could happen without the destruction and potential death - prayers going up for these hero firefighters.

On a much more positive note, my dealer demonstrator dropped by yesterday with my new order.  Hmmm...vacation day...nothing planned...I'm thinking I'll have a fabulous day in my craft room!!

Thanks to the team at Inspire.Create for the inspiration for today's card.

SUPPLY LIST

Stamps: Stampin' Up Watercolor Wishes (sentiment)

Dies: Stampin' Up Poppy Moments, Stitched Rectangles

Paper: Stampin' Up Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Lemon Lime Twist, Granny Apple Green, Black, Gingham Gala 6x6 dsp

Other: Stampin' Up Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Fab Friday: Sunflowers

When my first order came from the main Stampin' Up catalog, my demonstrator brought it by and then we spent the afternoon playing with her new products and my new products.  She had ordered the sunflower set.  (I very much want this set but it is so hard to justify more sunflowers in my stash.  Of course, I'm writing this after I ordered from the holiday catalog from which I managed to justify more leaves. Go figure!)  She also brought me some retired papers.  I cut the background from the paper, then I cut a variety of the dies in various colors that I thought would coordinate well but I had not done anything with them until I saw the current sketch at Fab Friday  The sketch had the space to hold it all!

Fab Friday Sunflower

As I was matching up colors, I found that that the old More Mustard is a beautiful match with the new Cinnamon Cider.  I love the golden tones of each.  I also added the new Bumblebee and a bit of Misty Moonlight for contrast. I used the butterfly just to fill in some space on the sketch. I love the fonts on the sentiments from Arrange a Wreath and it fit perfectly in one of the Stitched Labels dies.  I did not adhere the edges of the leaves, butterfly and even the sunflower  to give it dimension.  This shows it a bit better. 

Fab Friday Sunflower CL

I am really happy with this card or maybe I'm just thrilled to be moving into the colors of fall!  And I definitely need to add this die set to my stash!  Thank you to Fab Friday for the inspiration that pulled this all together!

SUPPLY LIST

Stamps: Stampin' Up Arrange a Wreath

Dies: Stampin' Up Sunflowers, Stitched Labels, Butterfly Duet Punch

Paper: Stampin' Up Cinnamon Cider, More Mustard (retired), Bumblebee, Misty Moonlight, DSP is retired

Ink: Stampin' Up Cinnamon Cider

Other: Stampin' Up 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots, Subtles Embossing Folder

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches: Your Special Day

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Jen Brum and here’s what I did with it!

FMS Special Day


I am a huge fan of the cards many people are making with black and white images and color around it so that's what I did!  Using this particular image is kind of funny though.  I specifically bought this stamp set because it has solid images to color the flowers - so what do I do?  I leave it black and white!  It will be fun to add color and I will do that soon.  But the pop of pink, mango and lime green - particularly on kraft seemed like all the color this card needed.  

I hope to see you play along with us this week!

SUPPLY LIST
Stamps: Avery Elle Simple Sentiments, Pinkfresh Believe in Yourself
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Crumb Cake, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Lemon Lime Twist
Other: Stampin' Up Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder, Studio Katia Arctic Breeze Pearls (colored with Copics)

Monday, August 10, 2020

CAS Colours: Oh Happy Day

 I'm squeezing in a last minute entry to CAS Colours & Sketches. Their color combo includes Terracotta Tile and I immediately knew I wanted to play along. Terracotta had gotten no love from me yet and that's surprising - it really is my kind of color.  I pulled out a Memory Box die so that I could use the darker colors for the flowers and leaves - then I just brushed on some Blushing Bride and added a few pink pearls!

CASColours Oh Happy Day



Thank you to the CAS Colours and Sketches design team for the inspiration to use this lovely color.

SUPPLY LIST

Stamps: Memory Box Springtime Typewriter Sentiments

Dies: Memory Box Antique Corner Rose Label

Cardstock: Stampin' Up Terracotta Tile, Garden Green

Ink: Stampin' Up Blushing Bride

Other: Studio Katia Arctic Breeze Pearls (colored with Copics), Fun Stampers Journey Black Licorice Silk (for splatters)

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Freshly Made Sketches: Can't Wait to See You

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by me! I hope you like it!!
 
FMS 447

As is so often the case with me, I start out with one idea and end up going in an entirely different direction.  This sketch was put together for the rainbow of paper stripes that I'm seeing everywhere and am loving! But my card ended up with soft ink-blended stripes.


 After I put the sketch together, this lovely leafy border die just showed up in my stash.  Not a big change - I figured I'd do a green/blue rainbow of paper stripes but it just seemed too heavy for the delicate leaves.  I had seen a card by Jill Hawkins using a striped stencil that overlapped.  That are 3/4" stripes but there's less than 3/4" between the stripes.  So after brushing on the first rainbow of color, just shift the stencil and apply the second rainbow.  Then I didn't want to cover any of it, so a simple "hello", a splash of gems and it's done!

FMS 447 CLOSE

The hardest part was keeping the inks straight.  I pulled out 9 colors in a rainbow of blues to yellows.  I then alternated them so that I first applied every other color of the rainbow, then I shifted the stencil and went to the other stack. Whew!

I hope you play along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches. I'd love to see what you create with the sketch.

SUPPLY LIST
Dies: Altenew Fancy Hello and Leafy Border
Stencil: Taylored Expressions 3/4" Stripes

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Christmas Card Throwdown: Bring on the Merry

This is my second post today.

This week's challenge at the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown is a unique little sketch.  When I saw it, I immediately thought I'd do a row of Christmas ornaments, kind of tumbled together.  As I was flipping through my Christmas dies, I saw these snowman and they were stored right next to the hat dies - so I had a wonderful morning dressing up my snowpeople!

Bring on the Merry


The paper I found is actually a fall pad, but it brought in the orange for their noses.  I was thrilled to find some glitter paper in my stash that coordinated with the paper - then a whole bunch of red and white gems.  They are definitely "merry"!!  I was originally going to skip the banner in the sketch because I obviously couldn't put it over top of the snowman, but I ended up tucking it behind and I like the pop of color that it gives.

Thanks you to 52 Christmas Card Throwdown for the inspiration!!

SUPPLY LIST
Stamps: Hello Bluebird Typed Christmas
Dies: Paper Smooches Snowman, Hats and Bows

Slimine: Sending Prayers

In my new passion for slimline cards, I recently purchased some basics from Pinkfresh - the stitched rectangles and the slim edgers.  And what do you know - while I was shopping, the beautiful flower just jumped right into my cart!

Sending Prayers CL

There are so many gorgeous flowers out there and I have too many already, but this one just had to be in my stash.  It's so easy to use with so much detail - yet still so fresh and clean!  It's actually a collaboration between Pinkfresh and Altenew. Then when the flowers and the slimline dies were in my cart, I threw caution (and my bank balance) to the wind and splurged on the Pinkfresh Phrase Builder which has been on my wishlist forever.  Must...stop...shopping!  Having said that, every item on this card will be heavily used.  Good sentiments never go to waste.  An easy flower looks great on a quick card. And as long as I'm enjoying slimlines, the stitched rectangle and edgers are must-haves!

Sending Prayers

SUPPLY LIST

Stamps: Altenew/Pinkfresh collaboration: Celebrate Us
Dies: Pinkfresh Phrase Builder: Sending, Slim Stitched Rectangles, Slim Edgers
Cardstock: My Favorite Things Pineapple, Stampin' Up Old Olive
Ink: My Favorite Things Pineapple, Stampin' Up So Saffron, Pear Pizazz, Cinnamon Cider, and the old Subtles dsp
Other: Pretty Pink Posh Buttercream Gems