Hollyhocks….

…are my favorite flowers.  As well as Sweet Peas.  And Peonies.  Mostly Sweet Peas though.  But also Hollyhocks.

So I was delighted to see the Impression Obsession Hollyhock die set in the store when I last visited Winkler!   I’ll admit though, I had a moment of wondering what the point of dies alone was?  Like.  Where were the coordinating stamps??  Turns out, there isn’t any that match.  And there doesn’t need to be any either.  I cut these from watercolor paper and just watercolor painted them.  It was so easy!  If you can hold a paint brush, you can color these hollyhock dies!

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To make this card, I ran the two stalks of Hollyhock dies through my die cutting machine with some watercolor paper.  I made sure that the dies were positioned where I would want them to be on a finished card front.  But when I finished die cutting them, I left them in place in the card panel, securing them with some tape on the back, and just painted some loose circles on each bloom.  I let the flowers dry then added some pale (watered down paint) color to the background behind the inset blooms.  I mostly left those flowers alone after that because they’re in the background and any more detail or color would be distracting and unnecessary.

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Next, I cut more of the individual Hollyhock stems, also from watercolor paper, and painted them.  I let the first layer of color almost dry, then came back with more intense color and painted around the flower centers and most of the time the additional paint blended out into the first layer of color, but where it didn’t, I didn’t worry about it.  Hollyhocks are an imperfect flower, I think.  While the painted die-cuts were drying, I loaded my paint brush with more water and paint and flicked color onto the card background in splatters.

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I wanted the stalks to stand out from the background flowers so I layered the double stalk with two more die cut layers behind it, and the single stalk with a single additional layer of card stock behind it.  Before adhering those flowers to the card panel, I stamped the Thinking of You sentiment, from PhotoPlay.  Because I was stamping onto watercolor paper, which is textured, I used my MISTI so I could stamp multiple times and know that it would be perfectly positioned every single time!

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Finally, I glued the two stalks to the card front, and a few of the single blooms as well, to create another stalk in the background.  Once that was done, I decided to stop there before I over-did it, as I am sometimes wont to do. I glued the card panel to a folded A2 sized card and added it to my growing card stash!

Thanks for stopping by today.  If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments and I’ll get back to you!

Have a wonderful day!

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This post was written by Norine on March 28, 2018

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Thank You

Hello!

I hope you’ve all been having a great weekend!

For this week’s blog, I started working on some ‘thank you’ tags that will be given to local volunteers. Since last year, I’ve been on our local music festival board and one way I contributed, was in making cards for our volunteers. This year, a local florist, Bloom Petal and Gifts, is donating flowers and I’ll contribute my handmade ‘thank you’ tags.

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These tags, or little cards, will go on little plastic card holders, to “stick” in with the flowers.

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I decided to use only Becky Higgins, Project Life, cards and really liked the way they turned out. Not to mention how simple they are to decorate because they already have so many different, cute backgrounds. I began by going back to my Shimelle (Little by Little line), but soon couldn’t resist reaching for cute bits and pieces that I had in my crafting stash (all from Love is in the Details!) Seriously though, have you been in the store lately? It’s like a never ending treasure box of goodies).

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I should mention though, most of the embellishments I used for this project are definitely still from my Shimelle products. Crazy how far a few products can go!

These pieces show off the beautiful Shimelle flowers (stickers and die cuts) and adorable puffy stickers.

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Oh, one little idea to make your letter stickers go further, is writing words in different languages. Since the words are often made up of different letters than the English, you can use up a greater variety of letter stickers! For example, in the words “thank you” and “merci” no letters are repeated, but most people still know that both words have the same meaning.

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Can’t wait to see a ton of these tags with many, many flowers!

Flowers that I wish I could also send to each and every one of you for supporting me on this part of my creative journey. Unfortunately, I had to learn that I don’t scrapbook the best under the pressure of deadlines, and will need to step back to get my creative juices flowing again.

I can’t wait to stop in once in a while though to say hi! THANK YOU SO SO MUCH for all of your patience and encouragement, supporting me as I learn. A huge thank you to the amazing Lori, for giving me this opportunity. I have learned A TON.

Before I forget though, here is a photo of what an Easter tree looks like. I didn’t get around to making my own, so here’s a little pic from the web. I realized the trees are actually pretty common, so perhaps more people have them than I thought! So cool. Can’t wait til I have all the fun decorations for every season :)

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(This picture is from the blog, The House That Lars Built. How gorgeous is this Easter decor?!)

Thanks so so much for always stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful Easter and I can’t wait to see you all again.

Sending tons of hugs,

Natalja

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This post was written by Natalja on March 25, 2018


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