Spring and Easter

Springtime Pussywillows

Hello everyone!

Today I’m playing along with the ‘Choose Two’ challenge at Just Add Ink.

The choices were stencilling, heat embossing and/or texture paste. Well I haven’t used texture paste for ages so I knew I definitely wanted to use that and chose stencilling as my second option.

I started off by lightly stencilling a My Favorite Things brick stencil onto my card base with Pumice Stone distress ink. Then I mixed a little Speckled Egg distress ink into some texture paste and applied it through the stencil.

I decided to add The Greetery’s Pussy Willow Botanicuts dies as my focal point – all coloured with distress oxide ink and Prismacolor pencil. The sentiment is by Memory Box.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Busy Bees

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Today I’m playing along with theme challenge at The Paper Players.

When I saw the theme, I immediately thought of my Hero Arts Bees and Flowers Fancy Die set that I got last year, used once or twice and promptly forgot about!! Time for them to shine again!

I watched Nichol Spohr’s colouring tutorial for this set and decided to colour my bees using my Nuvo alcohol markers. I’m not very skilled with alcohol markers but I particularly like how Nichol coloured the wings and I was delighted when mine looked ok! I didn’t feel my yellow markers were bright enough so I used my beloved Twinkling H2O paints for that part of the bees. I also used a mixture of markers and Twinklings on the flowers.

I very lightly stamped my card base with a honeycomb stamp and added some splatters before arranging my flowers and bees.

I added a Tim Holtz sentiment and a few sequins to finish off my card.

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LucieG.

Curio Spring Greetings

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Today I’m playing along in the spring Time Out challenge.

I’ve been wanting to use the full Curio Spring Findings die set from The Greetery for a while and this challenge was the perfect excuse, especially as the challenge graphic reminds me of the Crocus Mother’s Day card I made with The Greetery dies!

This card was quite the labour of love – it took me so much longer than expected to colour all those little die cuts with distress ink. But I got there in the end! I adhered all the dies onto a base I’d created by lightly blending some Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink onto Simon Says Stamp fog cardstock. I like how that turned out so will definitely be doing that again!

To complete my card, I added a sentiment from Pretty Pink Posh.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Springtime be bold blooms

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Today I’m playing along with sketch challenge at The Paper Players.

My Spellbinders Be Bold Blooms die set was still on my table when I saw the challenge so of course I HAD to use that again this time – using flowers in place of the squares in the sketch. I applied distress ink to the flowers before adding a die cut flower centre. While the three flowers would have been enough, I just couldn’t help myself… I had to add a few sprigs from the set as well.

I added a Clearly Besotted sentiment and a few sequins to finish off my card.

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LucieG.

Heart of Tulips

Hi there!

I’m back again today with the card I made for The Flower Challenge where the theme is ‘add a heart’.

I’ve been wanting to use the tulip heart stamp from the Simon Says Stamp Easter Wishes set for a while – it’s a beautiful image but as it’s on an Easter set, it usually gets put away and forgotten about! This year, I made sure to keep it on my table when I put away the rest of my Easter supplies!

I stamped the image with my Frayed Burlap distress Archival ink – and I just have to say that this really has become my go-to ink for almost all my stamping! I’m so glad I made my own large ink pad!

Anyway, back to the card – I coloured the image with my twinkling H2Os and then fussy cut it. I die cut the Poppystamps’ Sylvan Sprig from vellum and adhered it to my card base. I added the heart on top and then a Memory Box sentiment.

I was just about to photograph my card when I decided it needed something else so I added a few gems to complete it!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Layered Chick and Speckled Egg

Happy Saturday everyone!

Today I’m playing along with the sketch challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches.

To start, I created a stencil from a Memory Box egg die and blended some Speckled Egg distress ink before adding some brown speckles. Next, I finally got round to using my Tim Holtz/Sizzix chick dies! I was a little apprehensive at first as some layering die sets can be quite fiddly but as soon as I started cutting the pieces, I realise how super easy this set is! I really liked Jenn Shurkus’s inspiration card where I think she used some smooshed panels to create her chicks so I decided to use some of my smooshed backgrounds. I when through my Big Background Box and was quite surprised that I have created quite a few yellow panels! Nice to actually use some of them today!

After adhering the chick, I added a sentiment by Simon Says Stamp to complete my card.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.