A Cactus Flower Layout | Video Collab

Our Creative Design Team has another video collab for you featuring the Operation Smile Stamp Set and Bright Paper Stack. We are entitling it Creative Ways to Help Kids Smile Bright-ly.  Our goal is to teach you ways to use both of these products as you learn how to support Operation Smile. 

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Not only did I show you a few ways to use the Every Bit of Wonderful Stamp Set, I also gave you a few tips and tricks for using your watercolor pencils to shade those beautiful floral images.  When I first saw this stamp set, I immediately pictured cactus flowers. 

I knew that I had the perfect photo for this and I started designing a layout with Cricut cut cactus and stamped watercolor flowers. 

The cactus on this layout were created from images in the You Are Here collection and cut from Toffee cardstock and the Bright Paper Stack.  That lovely little six-inch stack of paper is another product our Creative Design Team is featuring in this collab.  

I chose to use the pattern papers as backgrounds for my cactus.  These papers are bright, so I chose to distress them a bit with a sanding block to dull the color a little. 

The flower images were shaded using watercolor pencils. These are such sweet, simple little flowers are so much fun to color.  This stamp set is our current Operation Smile stamp and with every purchase of this stamp set, $7 USD are donated to the life saving mission of Operation Smile.

To match the cactus theme, I chose to use our Woodgrain and Mix-In Papers in the background.  I just adore those new wood-grains and I can’t wait to use them again. 

I hope that these projects inspire you and encourage you to take another look at that Every Bit of Wonderful Stamp Set, and I hope that you take the time to visit each of the Creative Design Team members’ channels. 

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

A Mountain Wildflower Card

In summers past, I was able to spend my days in the mountains fishing or hiking, but this year, I have not been given a chance to go. Between home projects and a wonderful virus, lives have been spent at home dreaming of a day away. This week, I decided to revisit my memories of mountain walks by creating a simple wildflower card for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge. 


I kept the design simple, following the sketch, adding some embossing to each of my papers.  The bottom half was embossed with a striped embossing folder (like shown in the sketch). To create the look of the mountains, I embossed vellum with a tree embossing folder. If you don’t have this one, the mountains would look just as amazing. 

The embossed vellum is really striking in person with white outlines where the folder created the design.  It looks simply stunning next to the pure white stripes. 

Across the centers of the two papers is a piece of burlap ribbon stitched onto the card with an uncomplicated zigzag stitch. I also used the burlap ribbon to create some “leaves” on the flower.

The flower was created using the Budding Friendship stamp set with Lemonade & Saffron inks. I added some shading to the image using watercolor pencils and a shimmer brush. 

After adding the ribbon and flower, I realized that I didn’t have a sentiment like the sketch. I dug through my stamps and banner dies to try to find something that would work. Instead, I settled on a sticker from the Timber collection. I think it fits perfectly with this design. 

This card was very simple to create and fun to make. I hope it inspired you to try something new and join the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. 

 

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A Mosaic Tile Card for the Color Dare Challenge

Forgive me for the lack of creations this week. It has been quite an emotional one for me. As I was attempted to create for the Color Dare blog, I honestly struggled. I don’t know about you, but emotions really affect my creative process. Before I tell you about the card I created, let me first show you the beautiful spring colors we have for you to use this week at the Color My Heart Color Dare challenge blog.

These colors come from our current Mix-Ins paper collection and they are simply delightful and some of my favorites in the new catalog.  Peacock and Peach are one of my favorite combinations, but instead of using just those two, I chose to use all the colors on a simple watercolor mosaic card. 

If you are a member of my VIP group, you were able to watch me as I created this card.  I decided to start sharing a little of my creative brain with my VIPs a few times a month as they get a little look at my crafting space and the projects I am working on. This week, they saw how I made this card unedited and unscripted. Yep, that was frightening

The flower image for this card came from our A Million Little Things stamp set which was stamped onto watercolor paper using Intense Black Ink. 

After the ink had set a few minutes, I started shading the background and the image with Watercolor Pencils.  With watercolors, nothing is ever perfect. Remember how I said my emotions have been affecting my creative brain – well, this card reflects every bit of that. 

I used shades of Linen, Peacock, and Mint for the background and shades of Peach for the flowers.  To add a little sparkle, I brushed the flowers with our Peach Shimmer Brush which is much darker than I anticipated it to be.  After creating the mosaic tile pattern, I added a sentiment stamped onto vellum and backed the design with Peacock cardstock. 

Simple and easy to make and something to get my creative neurons firing again.  

I hope this card inspired you and that you will consider joining us for another Color Dare challenge.  All you need to do is link your photo to the blog before June 11th. 

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