Sunday, March 25, 2018

Hugs and Smiles

Happy Sunday All!
WOW!  Just one week away from Easter Sunday!
Where is the time going???

Today I have a card to share that I created yesterday to satisfy two challenges I spotted over at Paper Playful. 

 First is the sketch I followed a Feeling Sketchy Challenge #189
Sketch #189

and next, is the color combination which caught my eye at the Calling All Sistahs Challenge

I love finding challenges such as these that inspire me to put them together and get creative.  I always end up with something that I would have never come up with myself.

(Ooops .. I think I made a mistake ... the Calling All Sistahs Challenge MIGHT be CAS (clean & simple) which my card is not!  Sorry ... oh well ... sharing it anyways.  Still was a fun color combo to create with.  Bright & happy!!

I created a couple of background panels using my Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks but then wasn't happy with how they blended together.  Of course you mix yellow & green, you get blue and that's what wasn't going to work for the color challenge.  SO, I used the one panel to stamp & fussy cut my flowers, and I will save the other panel for another time.  By switching over to the Tim Holtz Distress inks, I sponged & blended the same color inks to create this background.  That's better!  LOL

My flowers are from a stamp set I just purchased from Simon Says Stamps called 'Even More Spring Flowers' #sss101814.  I stamped them on my oxide inked panel using Versafine Onyx ink then embossed with clear embossing powder, then fussy cut with scissors.  I popped up the upper flower with Scotch dimensional tape and adhered the lower flower directly to the background.  Nuvo dandelion yellow crystal drops was used for the flower centers.

Challenges to share in:
A Bit More Time to Craft  Challenge #64 - ATG

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I hope you're having a fabulous weekend!

As Always . . .

Papers:  White cs
Stamps:  Verve 'Kind Words', Simon Says Stamp 'Even More Spring Flowers'
Dies:  Tutti Designs 'Scalloped Stitched Nesting Rectangles,  Poppystamps 'Stitched Main Street tags',  Sue Wilson 'Finishing Touches - Trailing Ivy'
Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Inks -  'Peeled Paint, Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw' ... TH Distress Oxide Inks -   'Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Lucky Clover, Versafine Onyx
Accessories:  Scotch dimensional tape, Wrights lace, Nuvo crystal drops, Prima flower, large sponge daubers, Clear Embossing Powder


Angelnorth said...

Absolutely gorgeous Darlene! You certainly made the most of the vibrant colour scheme and great use of the sketch, those flowers are just bursting with joi de vivre! Hope you are keeping well and Ohio is enjoying some signs of spring. Thanks for stopping by on my blog, we really mustn’t leave it so long between visits!

scrAPpamondo said...

It's so lovely and such beautiful summer feel!

!neke said...

This is a real beauty Darlene !
Love this bright colors !

Ineke X

Ellibelle said...

Fabulous card Darlene. Loving the colors and what a great sketch too! The ivy leaves die cut is gorgeous, and of course so are the flowers!

Leslie Miller said...

WOW! The colors, the shading, the composition... I love it all! I looked at the Sistahs challenge and the rules say "any style" so your card should fit just fine. I like the idea of that challenge. So gorgeous, Darlene!

Vicki robertson said...

This is spectacular, Dar! I am in love with this color combo and the stamp is amazing.

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love it...such fabulous colors and a great layout. What pretty blossoms too on your card. I am so glad you got it up on the blog to show us even if it isn't CAS. It is magnificent!

Judy Woodland said...

My dear, I CANNOT keep up with you. Do you just make cards all day?? This one is spectacular. Your blends are amazing, great use of those Oxides. Love what you did with the flowers too, simply fabulous!!!!

Donna Phelan said...

Fabulous colors, love that ombre background! Your flowers are so bold and beautiful too!

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful, I just love these colors and the ivy vine is just wonderful with the flowers, lovely inspiration! Lovely layering of the framing.

sandie said...

Our challenge at Calling All Sistahs isn’t a CAS challenge so your card is perfect! I love the richness of your colours and the gorgeous changing colours of your background. We are so pleased you joined us at Calling All Sistahs x

CornishKat said...

Beautiful card, I love the vibrant colours. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Calendar Challenge and good luck,
Katrina x

Isobel said...

Great project thank you for joining the challenge at

Diane said...

Gorgeous!!! I love the bright and happy happy colors (we need happy colors right now), so beautifully put together, you sure have some new fabulous stamps!!

Andreja L. said...

Beautiful card you made. I like the way have you used our sketch :-)) The flowers are gorgeus!
Thanks for playing with us at Feeling Sketchy.

Granmargaret said...

Lovely work Thank you for joining the challenge at Feeling Sketchy and A Bit More Time to Craft. Hope to see you again next time.

MA-MI said...

What a great card! I love your interpretation of our sketch! Thanks for sharing your work with Feeling Sketchy. I hope you'll be inspired by our next sketch too!
Maja DT at Feeling Sketchy You can visit my blog: Rilcek in Kljuncek

Heather North said...

Darlene, I love all the dimension and texture on your pretty card. Thanks for playing along with the Calling All Sistahs challenge!