Thursday, December 27, 2018

Thank you!

Hi everyone.  Hope you all had a wonderful holiday.  Now is the time to relax after the busy lead-up to the big day.

I was fortunate to have two celebrations, one with both sons, spouses, grandsons, and grand-doggie.  Had a wonderful afternoon being together a couple of days before Christmas.  Christmas day was spent with Jer, Alex, and Violeta, with my mom joining us for dinner.  It was a wonderful, relaxing day.  Dinner was made by all of us working together and it was DELICIOUS! :)

This will be my last post for 2018. It means so much to me to share my hobby and I appreciate each and every one of you that comes by to visit and view my cards, and a special thanks to those that take the time to leave comments.  It makes me happy to create and I hope you've enjoyed my cards this year.

I thought it would be good to finish the year with a big THANK YOU to all of you.  Using a NBUS die (never-before-used-schtuff, a la Darnell), I watercoloured the leaves and flowers with distress inks, shaped the flowers with my stylus and popped the branch up on top of the oval, which in turn is popped up from the card base.  A white heat embossed sentiment on black banner follows the curve of the oval.

Here's a close-up ...
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year.  See you on January 1st!






Stamps:  Banner Sentiments (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Floral Oval (Spellbinders), water brush, stylus & mat, white embossing powder, heat tool

35 comments:

scrappymo! said...

Very pretty, Loll.

Brenda said...

Such a beautiful card Loll! I love your NBUS and the way you watercolored it. I am also loving that oval die. Glad to hear you had a bless holiday! We had a blessed one as well. Hugs, Brenda

Jan said...

Lovely card Loll!!! Thank you for sharing your talent with us all year...looking forward to seeing what you design in 2019!!!
Paper Hugs,
Jan

Viv's Visuals said...

So.
You have ended the year as you started it with me coveting items that you have used!
Die added to (next year's) wish list!
Lovely job as ever. xxx

Susan said...

Sounds like you had two great Christmas celebrations!

A beautiful card to end the year - such lovely soft pink flowers, and I love the way they follow the oval.

Jeanne H said...

Beautiful card and THANK YOU for all your inspiration.

Maria said...

Oh, such a gorgeous card, Loll! Happy to hear you had a wonderful Christmas! Looking forward to seeing more awesome inspiration from you in 2019!

Nancy Stislow said...

How soft and beautiful your flowers are, Loll. Those are so perfectly blended! I do always love seeing how you form them too. The open work die cut is just fabulous on this. Beautiful card!

Darnell said...

Your Christmas sounds like it was huge fun, Lolly, and I'm so glad! Your thank you card is spectacular, both in color and design. I just love the way the K on that sediment mirrors the curlicue flourish of the stems on your flowers and I'm coveting that grid oval!! Happy New Year hugs, Darnell

Bonnie said...

Ooh, this is so fresh and pretty, Loll! Those flowers are watercolored beautifully and I love the way the open work oval is raised with the flowers curving around it! Thank you, my friend, for sharing your awesome talent with us!

Christine Alexander said...

Sounds like the perfect Christmas. Beautiful Card with amazing soft colouring.
I'm looking forward to a wonderfully crafty New Year :)

Charlene said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous - and Happy New Year!

HJ said...

I love this beautiful card, Loll. I want to say thank you to you for bringing so much joy to my cardmaking. You are in a class all your own, but one to which I aspire in my wildest dreams. Card making is my passion and therapy!! LOL! May the new year bring the best of everything to you and your family. Thanks for sharing your creative talent with all of us.

Maxine D said...

Another piece of gorgeous eye candy Loll, love it!
May 2019 bring you good health and much joy
Blessings
Maxine

Trina P. said...

Sounds like a fab Christmas, Loll!
And this is one stunning card! Gorgeous watercolouring and amazing dimension by shaping the flower. Spellbinders normally does not catch my attention, but you made me love this floral oval! Would have never guessed it was from Spellbinders.
Great finish to a the year! See you next year! xx

Linda said...

Sounds like you had a great Christmas with the family.
Your final card for 2018 is a stunner .... love the oval die, and those flowers are so pretty.
Enjoy the New Year celebrations ..... here's to a very happy and healthy 2019!! xx

Sue - said...

This is really pretty, and so nice to see cards that are other than Christmas!

Jeanne said...

Beautiful send off card for the year. It's been delightful popping in and seeing the beautiful creations you share. The fun techniques you use and delight us with and your gentle encouragement for us to try and to always have fun exploring and experimenting. Thank you so much! I hope you have a happy new year and I look forward to what you'll share with us next. Hugs!

Brenda in IN said...

How great to have two celebrations with your family. This card is so beautiful. Soft, pretty flowers and the vine is lovely twining around the oval. I want to thank you, Loll, for redoing my blog and making it so nice and for sharing all the techniques you do. I've learned so much and you really have made me think and try new things. Enjoy this relaxing time before we start the New Year. I wish you a wonderful, crafty, happy, healthy 2019.

Karen in California said...

This card is beautiful! I am fairly new to card making and found you this year. You have inspired me with new ideas and techniques. I appreciate all that you share. Thanks and have a Happy New Year!!!!

Maura R said...

Just gorgeous Loll! I love, love that oval die!!!

Liz said...

Absolutely stunning, Loll. I love the CAS design and the colours are so pretty. xx

Robyn Oliver said...

This card is really really beautiful Loll, pretty colours, soft, feminine, the lattice oval gives texture and depth, I love it. Have to agree I too love making cards and sharing them and it's special to know others appreciate your work - you are admired and I want to thank you for your inspiration and encouragement and wish you and your family all the very best for the new year.

Pat said...

What a gorgeous card Loll and love that lattice type oval background with the flowers framing it so prettily, and all beautifully coloured in those really fresh pinks and greens, and the white on black sentiment stands out beautifully. Glad you have had a great Christmas celebrating with the family and I'm looking forward to seeing lots more of your wonderful creations throughout 2019. x

Anita in France said...

A beautiful finale to the year, Loll ... those soft, delicate blooms are just gorgeous against the fine trellis! Looking forward to more loveliness in 2019! Hugs, Anita :)

Barb Ghig said...

Your Floral Oval is absolutely gorgeous, Loll! I love the pastel pink flowers and beautiful leaves and flourishes...so perfectly feminine! I also love how you added dimension with your 'trusty stylus'!
I want to thank 'You' for all the beautiful inspiration and encouragement you provide to us all year long! I'm so glad that you had a relaxing Christmas holiday with your family, and I wish you all the best in the new year...you certainly deserve it! Hugs, Barb xx

TK said...

Stunning! The lattice oval is beautiful only to be topped by your beautifully colored flowers! Happy New Years - enjoy yourself and your time away for a bit!

Papercraft Boutique said...

I'm so glad that you had wonderful and fun celebrations with your family, Loll!
This card is so beautiful and elegant! I love how you watercolored the flowers and leaves (the shades are so pretty!) and you shaped them with your mighty stylus. The white trellis makes a perfect backdrop. The black sentiment strip is an effective accent.
Thank *YOU* so much for all you do. Looking forward to more of your inspiration next year! :-)
Hideko

Marcia HIll said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL Loll!! Love the soft colors and the die cut background...it really is nice to see something other than Christmas now! Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and wonderful 2019 my friend! :0)

My Paper Epiphany said...

Wow Loll! This is so stunning! Happy New Year - I hope 2019 brings you many happy moments. x

BożenA said...

I love this floral wreath around an interesting background in the center. Beautiful energizing colors.
I also want to thank you for everything, and most of all for the fact that you are.
hugs,
BozenA xx

Jo Manna said...

This is a precious card. The softness and delicacy of every detailed die cut is truly beautifully displayed. I believe this will go in a frame from the recipient. xxx

Mac Mable said...

The most prettiest of cards to end 2018 with. Gorgeous design and lovely water colouring. The colours are beautiful and the pop of black is perfect. CAS perfection, my friend. I am so glad you enjoyed the Christmas festivities and shared it with family and the grand-doggie x. Thank you so much for the fabulous inspiration in 2018 and always such a huge pleasure to leave comments and enjoy your creations x
Thank you for your blog friendship and here's to a Happy, Healthy and Crafty 2019 x Hugs x

Susanne Vargas said...

This is super pretty and delicate, Loll! Love all the dimension!
Glad to hear your holidays were fun!
Happy New Year!

Karen D. said...

stunning, gorgeous, beautifully done.
You always inspire us with your wonderful creations mf.
xx Karen