Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Thanks, Christmas, Friendship

Couldn't let the left over pieces get messed up or lost from the first card I made with the SSS Bright Flowers die.  Fun to see such a different look using the watercolored outline with the silver glitter pieces inlaid.  
I got 2 panels of watercolor paper when I originally did the smooshing with Distress Inks salty ocean, mermaid lagoon, lucky clover & cracked pistachio.  Glad I had that second piece to use for the matching frame. Everything is layered on the SSS Fog card front after I added some splatters.  I'm entering SSS Flickr Challenge #69, SSS Monday (sprayed inks with water for smooshing) & The Playground.
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Next is my one layer card for the challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9. My other cards are the result of one try, but I stamped this one layer card 3 times & went with version 2!  
Some day I have to figure out how to use the rest of the C&9 Flourish stamp set, but for now I'm sticking to the large 3 layer flower & the sentiment words.  I pulled out some of my very old & still loved Brilliance ink pads: Graphite Black, Pearlescent Coral (totally a pink ink), Pearlescent Purple & Pearlescent Crimson.  The flowers have a beautiful soft shimmer.  Thought about adding some scoring or embossing & sequins, but in the end I just used splatters.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday since pink & white are in the mood board.

Final card is one I've had in my mind since I saw Shay's card for W&W Rerun #18.  I loved the grouping of flowers & leaves under a die cut word.  The design is so versatile I'll use it for lots of occasions, but I wanted to start with a Christmas card.  
I usually make them frequently all year & it's been awhile.  You know I love the hello die (my introduction to W&W) & I feel the same about the noel die.  The images from In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals were stamped on watercolor paper using Distress Inks victorian velvet, milled lavender & bundled sage.  I blended with water, but the colors were too light, so I stamped them all again & blended some more.  I inked the card front & a scrap with bundled sage, so the noel would match.  It has a very small black shadow to help it pop just a bit.  I added Star Dust Stickles to the flower centers & the word along with a few dots in the background. I'm also entering Christmas Card Challenges.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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23 comments:

Charlene said...

Greta, you have been a busy girl and I'm jealous for your time to craft! I LOVE all three cards and the glitter on the 1st one is so beautiful!!!! have a great week my friend!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Three beautiful cards, Greta! Especially love the noel card - the sparkly word, with the flowers and pines surrounding, looks amazing!!

Maria said...

All three cards are lovely, Greta!! I must admit that I always love seeing the sparkle and shine on your cards, so pretty! And, the layered pink flowers on your second card is CAS perfection!!

Lisa Elton said...

A trio of fabulousness! Love the sparkle on the first , the CAS design on the second and all of the prettiness on the third!!

Helen Wallace said...

All three cards offer something special Greta. Lovely to see the outline used on the Thanks card. The simplicity of the Hello Friend card is appealing and the Noel card really stole my heart with the soft watercolour look. Inspirational. TFS

Kim Heggins said...

What a wonderful trio of beautiful cards Miss Greta...love your Noel card and those soft sweet colors.

brenda said...

A beautiful trio of cards Greta and I especially love the third Christmas creation.

B x

Mac Mable said...

The colour combination of the smooshing on the first card is so pretty. The outline of the die cut flower is also very pretty and along with the bling is a gorgeous and ever so pretty card. CAS perfection on the second card and great how you've lined them up...I too get stuck with layering my stamps and do tend not to use all the layers as well x What a lovely effect on the third card....very wispy background and so gentle even though the colours are strong ones, love that look. That Noel die cut is fabulous! Thank you for sharing these three gorgeous cards x

Brenda in IN said...

Oh Greta, these three are some of my favorites of your cards. All three are so different and so great. I love the first one with the sparkle and great die. The second design is very cool and I love the colors. That Christmas card is simply beautiful. I thought there was a vellum overlay at first, because of the softness of the watercolor. Great cards!

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous cards Greta, all of them are absolutely fabulous!! 😍❤️❤️❤️

Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Luv
Lols x x x

Dawn Turley said...

Three stunning cards Greta. The Christmas one is beautiful ~ love the Noel die

Rosemary said...

once, again, you have created three amazing cards, greta!! love how you used the floral image on the second one!! you are making me think I need that C9 set!!

Team Clark said...

Hi Greta! These are such fabulous cards - wow my friend! I love the gorgeous blue border and glittery center for your top flower card. The softness of the elements behind your Noel card really make me smile. That color palette could possibly encourage me to make Christmas cards this time of year. :) Hugs, Autumn

Di said...

I love all three of these cards Greta! Each one is lovely and of course your snippets one with the inlaying is a beauty!

Hugs

Di xx

SARN said...

Couldn't say it any better than Di has! Lovely selection of cards.
Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A gorgeous collection of cards.

Sue xx

Barb Ghig said...

I feel so guilty that I haven't stopped by in such a long time...I've missed you, my friend!
What a beautiful collection of cards, Greta! Your watercoloring is gorgeous on the first one and I have to say one layer cards are really difficult, but you nailed it with your gorgeous blooms on the 2nd card! I also love your 'Noel' card!

Virginia Lu said...

These are fabulous renditions, Greta! Love the glitter on your first and the stamping on the one layer is superb!! So glad that you join the fun over Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Spring Color Inspiration” Challenge! Awesome details and design. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leave me some love. It has been challenging to say the least. But your words truly warm my heart!

Mrs A. said...

I really, really like the Noel card. The colours are so pretty. A beautiful eye catcher. Hugs Mrs A.

Karen B. said...

An amazing array of cards! I love your arrangement on your second card, what a clever and beautiful use of the Flourish stamp set! Thanks for playing along with us at the Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge

Macarena said...

Bsolutely pretty watercolor frame on the first card. Love the soft colors. Thank you for Splashing It On with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

Betty Keefe said...

congrats on your win for your christmas card - such a gorgeous card in those soft colors.

Cat Craig said...

WTG Greta! lovely cards and in my book they are all winners!