Monday, September 30, 2013

Warm Wishes...

Happy Monday, everyone! Today's card carries a sentiment that works for a few different occasions - birthday, friendship...maybe even a get-well-soon message. I mixed what might be considered "spring" colors with dark bronze glitter and shades of cream and tan to turn this into a card for any season.

There's quite a variety of Lili of the Valley stamps used here, along with one of the beautiful aqua and lavender patterned papers from LOTV's Antebellum paper pad. This particular paper has a water-colored look, and I love that the subtle shades of aqua and lavender have some pale green mixed in, with just a touch of old newsprint pattern in the corner. I was able to find a scrap of newsprint paper in my stash that coordinated perfectly for the larger background piece. The small music sheet in the corner, with the distressed and bronze-glittered edges, is from LOTV's Set 46, Background Bits/Notes ...

The large rose is made with Spellbinders' Rose Creations dies, using a light lavender cardstock that's inked around all the edges with a darker lavender. The "Paris" tag is from LOTV's Set 50, Tags/Madame, and the "fleurs coupees" tag is from LOTV's Set 66, Grunge Elements. They all sit atop a die cut paper doily and a tea-dyed cotton lace gathered layer...

The butterfly, from the same Grunge Elements set as the "fleurs" tag,  was stamped onto cold-pressed watercolor paper, colored with a water brush and Distress Ink refill inks, and accented with some Stickles and bronze glitter.  The fun part about watercolor paper is that it can hold shapes that some other cardstocks won't. After the glitters were dry, I spritzed the *back* side of the butterfly with water, and gently formed the wings around my pinky finger, and set it aside again to dry. The wings now have a permanent arched shape that adds a bit of interest and fun up in the corner...

Between all the larger pieces, I added some aqua and lavender mini roses and pearls to create a long floral cluster diagonally across the page...

Once again, I used a few different sentiments from LOTV's Set 35, Christmas Handwritten Phrases  to customize my sentiment. :)  "Sending" is from "sending you festive cheer,"  "warm wishes" is from the "warm winter wishes" stamp, and "across the miles," used just as it comes in the set...

Patterned paper:   Lili of the Valley Antebellum collection
Stamps:   Lili of the Valley  Set 46 Background Bits/Notes,   Set 50 Tags/Madame;    Set 66 Grunge Elements;    
Set 35 Christmas Handwritten Phrases
Dies   Spellbinders Rose Creations;    My Favorite Things Royal Leaves;    
Memory Box Quinn Flourish and Elegant Scrollwork
Punch:   Martha Stewart Medium Branch        Small Paper Roses:    Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearls:   Recollections          Miscellaneous:  glitter, Stickles, tea dyed cotton lace

Thanks for stopping in for a visit...I hope your week is starting with a smile!


  1. Just gorgeous Kathy, wonderful design and colours, Kate X

  2. Wow this is fabulous, I love the colors on this as well.

  3. Oh wow this is stunning, that butterfly looks wonderful.. love your rose too.. a really gorgeous card!!

  4. Wow Kathy, this card is a stunner! How very gorgeous!! The colors are wonderful and I love how you used the tags!
    Hugs, Dena

  5. Kathy!!! This has hands down got to be the most beautiful card I have EVER seen!!! OMG! LOVE IT!!! I just went and bought a few stamp sets!!!


  6. A gorgeous card Kathy!! Beautiful colours, papers and a fantastic design with all the pretty flowers, tags and the rest of the lovely embellies! Marlies

  7. This is gorgeous, I saw this card on Pinterest and am in love, great style....Over at Crafting with Dragonflies, we are having a DT call, I would love to encourage you to enter...blessings Hilde

  8. A gorgeous project Kathy! Love these colors too~ ((hugs)) Rebecca

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