Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mushrooms and Flowers

I was a busy, busy stamper yesterday.  The kids went back to school after a long Spring Break, and I was able to crank out 5 cards.  That's a lot for me!  It was extremely therapeutic, and so satisfying.

I played in two challenges over at Splitcoaststampers:  Clean and Simple 116 - Artist's Rule of 3s, and Ways To Use It 319 - OVAL-icious.

First up, the fun mushrooms....

Aren't these toadstools adorable?  I never used this stamp before, or the sentiment.  It is from Mark's Finest Papers Garden Fairies set.

The patterned papers are retired Stampin' Up! stuff, from one of those fun $1.00 scrap bags I get from my SU demo.  The jagged edges on the blue polka dot paper were already there!

The next card is more serious, with a floral theme. 

This time I used MFP's In My Mother's Garden.  There is an image in that set of a gateway, surrounded by flowers and cats.  I stamped it repeatedly in Antique Linen Distress Ink to create my own subtle patterned paper.  The gorgeous trim is from a cheap, cheap fabric warehouse in Philadelphia.  I can't remember what I paid for this, but it was waaaaay less than you'd get at a traditional craft or fabric store.

The sentiment was stamped with Timber Brown Stazon Ink (a new purchase this past weekend).  I used Antique Linen to sponge around it. 

The closest cardstock color I had to that ink color is River Rock, and matted the sentiment oval with it.

The flower is a layering of Prima plain white flowers, and a 5-Petal Flower punch from a page in a book.  Like that pearl brad?  I found it in the wedding aisle at Michael's.  BRIDE'S magazine has a line of goodies for the DIY bride, and these were too beautiful to pass up!  Inexpensive, too.  There were either 30 or 40 of them on a card for $3.99.

I'll be back tomorrow with a new Play Date Cafe card.  Hope you like it!


Mushroom card:
Stamps:  Garden Fairies by Mark's Finest Papers
Paper:  assorted scraps from SU, white by Papertrey Ink
Ink:  Riding Hood Red, Wild Wasabi
Punch:  Modern Label
Other;  red pearls by Queen & Co., dimensionals

Floral Card: 
Stamps:  In My Mother's Garden by MFP
Paper:  white by Papertrey Ink, River Rock
Ink:  Timber Brown Stazon, Antique Linen Distress Ink
Punch:  5 Petal Punch
Other:  Big Shot, oval and scalloped oval Spellbinders nesties, pearls by Queen & Co. and Recollections, trim from fabric store (no name), Prima Flowers, pearl brad from BRIDE'S, dimensionals


Bonnie said...

I love those bright, happy mushrooms! And the second card is so elegant! I love the oval with the pearls! It reminds me of an antique brooch! Beautiful background too! Glad you could stamp to your heart's content!

Bev J. said...

Love those so cute mushrooms with that dp-really goes together. Love the background on the second card-very pretty.

Glad you had some 'good therapy'.

Emily Keaton said...

How wonderful that you were able to have a fun and therapeutic day of stamping, Colleen! I love both of these cards. Aren't those mushrooms fun? And I just love the way you arched your pearls around the oval sentiment panel on the second card. Thanks for the tip about the pearl brads--what a great find!!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Couple of delish cards! I love the way you used the stamp for the bg on that 2nd card -- excellent idea!

Ann Schach said...

Adorable mushroom card! Your second card is so elegant! I love them both!

Linda Callahan said...

You are on a roll for sure! Those mushrooms are so adorable! And I love the subtle beautiful background on the second card!

Eve said...

how cheerful this first card is, with mushrooms and red circle glitter! And your 2nd card is beautiful! Luv the background paper you created with beautiful image & the color you chose! Luv the pearls above & below the sentiment! :-)

Marisa said...

Those mushrooms are too cute! Love the fun polka dotted DP you used to go with them. Gorgeous second card - that cording is lovely! Beautiful soft feel to the card and the touch of pearls is perfect. Glad you got some stamping time in were able to enjoy some "mommy time" (((hugs)))!!!

Stella said...

I never get tired of your creations. And it;s good to read you hade a lot of time for crafting. Both cards are gorgeous but the second one is my favorite. I just LOVE that sentiment; wow!

Carol Hurlock said...

It's great to see you cranking these beauties out and to know that you had some time to yourself. I love how the blue softens the red on the mushroom card and, of course, The flower card is elegant beyond belief. Awesome work!

Stacy Morgan said...

Very elegant! I like the white on white and the pearls are always a favorite of mine.

Andrea Ewen said...

Both incredibly beautiful cards, but I especially like the bottom one, full of gorgeous elegance! Way to show the fabulous range of styles you possess!

Pauline said...

Wow Colleen, you have been busy this week! I have been away and not had as much chance to catch up with my favourite blogs, so glad I stopped here this morning ! Love both these cards.

Benzi said...

So glad you're getting to stamp more now. I love those adorable toadstools and the pretty, dotted paper. The other card is so elegant and you got a great buy on the braid and the pearls. Good for you!

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