Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Flowers? Yes, Please!! :)

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I can't believe that Spring has... Sprung already!  I love this time of year (even though it's a pre-cursor to the scorching summers we get here in Texas -ugh!) when everything starts to come alive again (my roses are already blooming!!!) and we can celebrate the sweet colors of the season.

Today I wanted to share an everyday card I created which highlights some of the things I love most -- flowers and "shabby" pastels!  I love it!!

This card has a lot going on, I know, but I think it works...  I have 'fessed up before -- though I love simplicity (and admire it in others' work), it just hasn't ever been my thing! :)  

I created the flower using a technique I described in this post.  It's such a fun technique (warning: can produce really sore fingers! :) and packs a punch.  The flourishes I die-cut on kraft cardstock and then applied a couple of layers of gesso for texture.  Just before the final layer dried completely, I added some Rock Candy Stickles for sparkle (add just before the gesso dries so that you can mix them together for extra texture!).

Hope you like it -- please let me know what you think!  I appreciate you stopping by and would love to hear from you!  :)

  • Hero Arts stamp - "Everyday Sayings"
  • Patterned papers, colored cardstocks, kraft cardstock
  • Claudine Hellmuth white gesso
  • Rock Candy Stickles
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks- Vintage Photo
  • Brads, adhesives


  1. Love the composition, Jen! The flow of the design is superb! Gorgeous card all around!

    1. Thank you, Virginia! That means a lot to me coming from you! I have been admiring your work both on your blog and on Flickr lately -- just fantastic work! Thanks for visiting my blog!!! :)

  2. Jen - thank you so much for the lovely comment on my blog! You are too nice! I'm actually challenging myself to do the CAS thing, as it's not my "go-to" style either - although my go-to isn't super embellished either. I guess I'm kinda in between. Anyway, that's why I started my blog segment "Simple Card Saturday", to force myself to do CAS, and now I kinda' like it! I love that you think I "nail" every detail! YAY! Thanks again! Ok, I gotta go check out the tutorial on how to make this beautiful flower. Awesome!


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