Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Penny Black - Thriving

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing one of the four images from the new stamp Thriving (30-811).

I love lilacs and this is such a beautiful image. 
I placed the stamp in my Misti and inked with distress inks (Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn), both markers and ink pads.  I misted lightly with water and stamped onto mixed media paper.  A small paint brush was used to move some of the colour around, and more ink was added to intensify the colours. Added a Square Frame (51-517)  and stamped a sentiment (Happy Snippets 30-358) in purple ink.

Sendng this card over to The Flower Challenge #56 - Use your Favourite Flower.  I love so many flowers, it's been hard to choose just one, so I keep making cards. :)

I wanted to make a second card using this same image.  I used the same layout but changed up the medium and colours. 

This time I started with Navy card stock (sorry, it looks black in the photo).  Stamped the image and heat embossed in silver.  Coloured the image with Mica Powders that I received as a gift from a sweet friend.  I mixed the Mica Powders with Gum Arabic (4:1 ratio), which adds binding to the medium so that it won't rub off the card stock.  Used a paint brush to added two shades of blue to the flower head (Sky Blue, French Blue) and Lettuce Green to the leaves.  Cut the image to size to fit inside the Simple Stacker frame (51-613).  The Mica Powders are so shimmery and beautiful but hard to capture in a photo.  Added a simple sentiment (Happy Snippets) and heat embossed in silver to finish the card.

Sending the second card over to NBUS #26 Challenge.  First time using this stamp today!
I'll be back with more cards using the other beautiful images from this set!

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It was Jessie's 2nd birthday on Saturday.
Time flies!
She was looking very fluffy when Alex
took this series of photos.

Card #1:  Just For You
Stamps:  Thriving, Happy Snippets (both Penny Black)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Paint brush, Square Frame (Penny Black)

Card #2:  Hugs
Stamps:  Thriving, Happy Snippets (both Penny Black)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:   Versamark; Mica Powders:  Sky Blue, French Blue, Lettuce Green (Arteza)
Accessories:  Silver embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, paint brush, Simple Stackers frame (Penny Black)



Marcia Hill said...

Two beautiful cards Loll! I love how CAS the first card is with the soft coloring and awesome frame, and the 2nd card is so dramatic and I can just imagine the shimmer with the mica flakes! Love the frame on that card too! And oh sweet Jessie...how can she be two already?!! She is still just as ADORABLE as the day you brought her home!! Hugs. :0)

Christine Alexander said...

two gorgeous cards Loll, love the direct to stamp colouring and the one on black really pops.
Jessie looks so cute with her fluffy do :) I can't believe she is 2 yrs old. Darn COVID and lock down :(

Robyn Oliver said...

Two wonderful cards Loll....yes like you I just love flowers and lilacs remind me of my nan, mum had a bush too, haven't ever seen them in the tropics, like Daphne...lovely fragrances. Robyn

Linda said...

Two gorgeous cards, each one beautifully coloured. I love the fancy frames too xx

kiwimeskreations said...

Jessie looks adorable - and so well behaved...
Loving your cards Loll - especially the second one with the mica powders, that is spectacular
Stay safe

Bonnie said...

Your watery lilacs look so pretty, Lolly! I love lilacs and they don't grow well here. The second card is so striking with the brilliant, shiny blue on the dark background! Such elegance, my friend! Jessie is looking so pretty! Happy Birthday, Jessie!

Pat said...

Absolutely beautiful lilac flowers Loll and love the ornate frame which shows them off so well. I can't believe that sweet Jessie is two years old and a beautiful series of photos taken by Alex. x

Leslie Miller said...

Happy birthday, Jessie! I was thinking she looked very fluffy in the pictures... like she's made of cotton balls. Adorable! Such a pretty flower for our viewing pleasure today, Loll! Two ways, equally gorgeous. Soft and sweet on the white, and dramatic against the navy. Love both!

Aileen said...

Such a beautiful card Loll, love the sot colouring of this wonderful flower. xx Aileen

Mac Mable said...

What a pretty Lilac image and both cards are beautiful Loll x. Fabulous water colour effect on the first and a shimmery and WOW effect on the second x.
Jessie is fluffy and adorable and yes time sure does fly Loll x.

Trina P. said...

Both cards are beautiful, yet look so different. Another creative showcase of the versatility of one stamp. Love the frame and your colouring is fantabulous.

Trina P. said...

I’m back again to wish Jessie a happy belated 2nd birthday! πŸŽ‰πŸ›πŸŽπŸŽ‚πŸŽˆ Time is whizzing by. She’s adorable as ever. 😊

nancy littrell said...

Two Gorgeous lilac cards, Lolly...I especially Love the Stunning 2nd card using navy blue background, which really made your heat embossed and watercolored lilacs pop! TFS Alex's sweet photos of fluffy, Jessie. I can't believe she is already 2...time does fly. Love and Hugs...Nancy

Susan said...

What a difference the change of colours makes to the look of the card! Both are lovely. Beautiful shades of mauve and purple in the first one, and wonderful vibrancy in the second one. Lovely photos of Jessie - my goodness, those two years have gone by quickly!

Viv said...

Two gorgeous cards here Loll, I love them both equally! Thanks for sharing with us over at 'The Flower Challenge' ;) hugs Viv xx

conil said...

Beautiful hydrangeas, one of my favorite flowers, too. Love the clean elegance of the first card and the second cards embossing. The image looks so gorgeous on the navy cardstock. How can resist all of Jessie's cuteness...Happy Birthday, sweet one.

HilaryJane said...

They are both beautiful, can't decide which I like best. Hope Jessie enjoyed her birthday xx

Papercraft Boutique said...

Both lilac cards are lovely and elegant, Loll! Love the color of the flowers and the watercolor-look of the first one. I can imagine the pretty shimmer of the second card! I’ve never used Mica Powder, but the flowers and the leaves look gorgeous especially against the dark navy background.
Happy belated birthday to Jessie! She’s so sweet and I want to touch her fluffy hair!
Hideko xx

BoΕΌenA said...

Such a nice color scheme, I love the purple-blue version of the hydrangea. Just like your flower on the card. A great openwork frame, beautifully exposes the picture. The second version of the card is even more striking.

Anita in France said...

A beautiful duo, Loll ... even though the design is the same, you made them look so different from one another! The first is soft, fresh and dreamy ... the second is dramatic and striking with the shimmer against the navy background ... both are lovely! Hugs, Anita :)