Friday, May 30, 2014

Sunny Smiles for You!

Hi everyone.  Have been busy for a few days working on some cards / projects that will be upcoming - more on that later.  Finally had a little time to make a card - yay!!  I saw that Linda's beautiful card was one of the winners from last week's Less is More challenge.  WOW!  I love everything about her card ... colors, layout and design, techniques - I mean everything.  So today I CASE'd her card, just changing up the colors slightly and adding a different die-cut flower.  Had lots of fun making this and thanks to Linda for the inspiration!! :)

I recently bought 28 distress inks from Tim Holtz ... yes 28!! :)  I have now ordered a few more and they will be headed my way soon.  I didn't have any of the inks before, so this is new for me (I've always used SU! inks).  I really enjoyed working with the inks for the background of this card ... they blended beautifully and I love the colors.  I used a stencil I made with my Silhouette Cameo - still having fun making lots of stencils to play with. :)

I made a sunflower from yellow gingham and polka-dots paper - so cute.  I added a little shading on the leaves to bring out the color.

Stamps:  Sweet Summer Sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  110 lb. white (Neenah); Yellow Gingham (Making Memories); Yellow polka-dot (unknown); Pear Pizzazz (SU!)
Ink:  Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon (TH Distress Inks)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Sunflower die (C.C. Designs); Tender leaves die (Memory Box), sponges, Silhouette Cameo for cutting stencil, plastic sheet (Grafix), Stamp-a-ma-jig, stylus and mat, paint brush for splattering

SCS - CAS274 - May Flowers


I'm sharing more Design Team cards from my time on the Dirty Dozen.  The cards I'll be sharing over the next few weeks are from last November so there are several fall themed cards.  The theme for the Fan Club Challenge last November was "Grateful".

The leaves are cut from watercolor paper.  I sponged them randomly with yellow and orange ...  and then the edges with red ink and then spritzed with water.  Once dry, I splattered them with watered down brown ink.  This is such an easy technique and worth trying! :)

Stamps:  Truly Grateful (SU!)
Paper:  110 lb. White (Neenah); watercolor paper
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Soft Suede, Early Espresso (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Large Leaves #2 dies (Cheery Lynn), Twigs & Berries die (Memory Box), Woodgrain embossing folder (Sizzix), sponges, water mister, toothbrush


  1. Beautiful cards Loll, love your sunflower and that fab background:)
    Val x

  2. both your cards are wonderful - the gingham flower is a perfect accent and your watercolored leaves with the wood background is great - pinned them both!

  3. I am in love with the fab BG on ur first card, amazing!! sunflower looks great on that BG

  4. Wow, Loll ... your first card is gorgeous ... such rich colours and the most perfect blending ... looking forward to seeing more of your newly acquired distress inks! Wonderful leaves against the woodgrain background ... they're so striking! Anita :)

  5. Beautiful cards Loll, the colours look amazing. Distress inks are so much fun! I have all of the colours and just love them. I popped over to see Linda's blog too, TFS the link, her cards are fantastic. Cathy x

  6. I just love the depth of vivid color you achieve! So stunning against the white~

  7. I also Loved Linda's card and now yours my friend. Love how you added the splatters on your new and old card. I think maybe you got my creative juices flowing again.

    After having such a FUN birthday luncheon for 8 friends including me and our Birthday Girl Daisy, who turned 85 on Wednesday I have been winding down. But then I got all my digital pictures cropped, etc and had 28 really cute pictures so......Now I am working on a Shutterfly Photo Book for Daisy.

    She was teary and or smiling the entire time. I got some great pics inside and outside. WE all worked together at the same clinic for years and have remained friends getting together for Daisy's B-day every 5 years, since she turned 60 :-) Daisy said, " This was the BEST Birthday EVER!" I think we would all agree.

    Now you know why I have been MIA too :-) I do have a card honoring Queen Peggy to post soon.

    Hugs and TFS your beauties Loll.

  8. You are so talented, Lolly!! Especially with that color family. You rocked Linda's card to the max and you know I always drool over your fall cards!! Hugs, Dolly

  9. Those colours are spectacular!!!! xx

  10. Two gorgeous cards Loll. Absolutely love those sunshiney colours in your first card......makes me happy!

    Karen x

  11. Beautiful summery flower, Loll, with a lovely sponged background. And I really love your Dirty Dozen grateful leaves card - perfect with the brown splatter!

  12. Wow! I am loving your card and Linda's card! You did a great job CASE'ing Linda's card and I have to say your is every bit as beautiful as Linda's. I love your cute little sunflower. I have a lot of TH inks, and must try using them this way. Now about that beautiful leaf card-Wow again!! Love it and must give that technique a try. As always you have made some fabulous card Loll! Hugs, Brenda

  13. WOW Loll - two such gorgeous and stunning cards! I just love the way that you make your leaves...they look so real:) hugs xx

  14. Both of these cards are absolutely stunning, Loll!!!! Beautiful!!

  15. Hi Loll, thanks for the mention hun ...... I love your version of my card, that cute little sunflower is so pretty and cheery. Great job on the background too .... glad you're liking the Distress inks, if you read my blog you'll see I use them all the time ..... you'll have to have the full range, they are addictive :)
    Your second card is simply beautiful, I love the colours of the leaves perfect for Autumn. Off now to have a good old look around your blog and become your latest follower. Thanks again for the mention ..... I'll be back here again soon ....... hugs Linda xx

  16. What a great CASE on the sunflower card, love the colours and the matching sentiment. You will soon be hooked on the DIs, they are invaluable. I was going to get the sets of small ones but had at least one out of each set so will have to get the big ones instead!

  17. Oh that CASE is beautiful, Loll! Love the colors and that amazing sunflower! And your DD card is so those leaves!

  18. Two stunning cards Loll! Your ining is superb as ever. The Ripe Persimmon is a lovely rich colour x

  19. Beautiful cards!!!. I especially want to case the flower one! TFS

  20. I wish I knew how to use distress ink. Do you have any easy tips. I am new to this. Nancy


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