A Secret Garden Thanks to the Best

Flower Shop Thanks

Polka dots just make me happy!  So do flowers.  I hadn’t used my Secret Garden set in a while, so I pulled it out and paired it with this fun polka dot pattern from the I Am Me dsp pack.  After cutting out the flowers with the coordinating framelits, I used some Dazzling Details to add sparkle to the centers.  I also used some of the fun new Candy Dots around the leaves.

Enjoy your Saturday!  I need to spend some time designing swaps for convention this weekend.  Time is slipping away — it’s less than three weeks away!  Yikes!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Secret Garden; Hello, Lovely
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Calypso Coral
Paper:  Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, I am Me dsp
Embellishments:  Secret Garden framelits, Subtles Candy Dots, Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine, Dazzling Details

Pretty Blossoms in Red and Orange

Pretty Blooms in Red and Orange

I really love the flowers and stem of leaves in the Secret Garden stamp set.  And the coordinating framelits makes it so easy to layer them all.  This was a very simple card to make.  I embossed the Woodgrain stamp with clear embossing powder.  I love the subtle effect of that, plus it adds some fun texture.

Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Woodgrain, Secret Garden, Curly Cute
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Lucky Limeade, Versamark
Paper:  Pool Party, Whisper White
Embellishments:  Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Secret Garden framelits, Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Dazzling Details

A CAS Secret Garden Card

Simple Secret Garden

Here’s a quick Clean and Simple (CAS) card for you today, and a quick post, too.

I watercolored the flowers with an aquapainter and my ink pads.  For the flower centers , I colored them with Crumb Cake ink and then applied Dazzling Details over them.  Easy-peasy!

Have a great Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Secret Garden, From My Heart
Ink:  So Saffron, Riding Hood Red, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Whisper White
Embellishments:  Secret Garden framelits, Dazzling Details, Linen Thread

A Blossom Bouquet

Blossom Bouquet

I’m always drawn to floral sets.  This set, Secret Garden, has some great images with which to play.  And the matching framelits make it easy to layer on the pretty flowers.

I feel like I’ve barely used the pretty papers in the Print Poetry dsp stack, so that was my starting point with this card.  I added Dazzling Details for the flower centers.  I always forget about that stuff, but I love it!  I need to keep it sitting out on my desk so I can see it.

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Secret Garden, Bloomin’ Marvelous
Ink:  Basic Black, Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit
Paper:  Whisper White, Gumball Green, Basic Black, Print Poetry dsp stack
Embellishments:  Labels Collection framelits, Secret Garden framelits, Dazzling Details, 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon

A Purple Flower — FabFri12

Are you ready for a color challenge today?  Well, Mindy has a doozy for us this week at the Fab Friday Challenge blog!

When I saw the colors for this one, my little stamping heart received quite a shock — there’s a purple in there!  Oh, no!  Purple and I are not stamping friends. 🙂  I even had to unwrap the packaging on my Perfect Plum ink pad to do this challenge, which tells you how often I use this color.  But it is called a challenge after all, so I gathered up my courage and ventured on.

purple flower

I applied some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the flower and it did not want to photograph well.  It looks like there is only glitter on the bottom half of the flower, but it’s really over the whole flower — I guess it was just the way the sun was hitting the card when I took the picture.  Here’s another look:

purple flower - angle

I was inspired by all of the Polaroid/Instagram looks I’ve been seeing everywhere these days, and decided to make a frame based on the look.  I just cut a rectangle of the dsp and drew a square on the back, and then cut out the square with my paper snips.  I then popped it up with dimensionals.

Enjoy your Friday!  I hope you can find some time to join us at Fab Friday for the color challenge.  Remember, you get two weeks.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Secret Garden, Beautiful Birthday
Ink:  Basic Black, Perfect Plum
Paper:  Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Subtles dsp stack
Embellishments:  Secret Garden framelits, Wisteria Wonder Baker’s Twine, Pearl Basic Jewels

Happy Day Flower

Happy Day Flower

Oh, I love these colors together — Pool Party, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, and a touch of Basic Gray and Lucky Limeade.  I stamped the flower with Versamark ink on Real Red card stock and embossed it with white Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Then I easily cut it out with the Secret Garden framelits.  Love how easy they make it to cut out these flowers!

Well, I hope you have a good Monday!  I have been spending LOTS of time stamping lately — preparing swaps for a Stampin’ Up Dallas regional event this coming weekend, Valentines for my 2nd grader’s classmates, challenge cards, Valentine treats for my kids, and some cards for my next class.  Whew!  Busy, but it’s all fun stuff and it’s stuff I love.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Secret Garden, Friendly Phrases
Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Versamark, Basic Black
Paper:  Pool Party, Basic Gray, Real Red, Whisper White, Polka Dot Parade dsp
Embellishments:  Chevron embossing folder, Secret Garden framelits, Pumpkin Pie 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Modern Label punch, 3/16″ Corner punch, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder

A Garden CASE

One of the things I love about the stamping world, is how there are so many ideas shared online.  When I was perusing Pinterest the other day, I came across this card by Laurie Wilson.  I love her style and I loved this card in particular, so I thought I would CASE (copy and share everything — stampers’ vernacular) it using Stampin’ Up products.

Cased Garden

I changed up the color scheme and stamps, using the Secret Garden set with its coordinating framelits dies, which made this card a snap to create.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Secret Garden, Friendly Phrases
Ink:  Midnight Muse, Calypso Coral, Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze
Paper:  Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Naturals White
Embellishments:  Secret Garden framelits, Linen Thread, Bitty Buttons, Pear Basic Jewels

A Bright Secret Garden

A Bright Secret GardenIt is fun using bright colors in the middle of winter.  I’ve used a lot of yellow on this card, and I don’t usually use this color very much, so it seems really bright to me.

I’ve been wanting to watercolor lately, so  I thought this would be a fun stamp set with which to play.  This is a great stamp set, not only because it has matching framelits, but because you can watercolor with many of the stamps or you can just stamp on colored or patterned paper.  Very versatile!

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Secret Garden, Vintage Verses (available Jan. 22)
Ink:  Staz-on Black, So Saffron, Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, Regal Rose
Paper:  So Saffron, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Tea for Two dsp
Embellishments:  Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Secret Garden Framelits, 3/8″ Designer Printed Brads, Curly Label punch

A Secret Garden Sneak Peek

Secret Garden

I am always a sucker for floral stamps.  When I saw the new floral set, Secret Garden, in the Spring catalog, and that it had matching framelits, I knew I had to have the bundle.  The coordinating framelits dies are such time savers — I love them!

Have a great Monday!  Do you have big plans for New Years Eve?  We’ll be hanging out here at home with three children who will all be asleep well before midnight rolls around.  Sounds like a fun night to me!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Secret Garden (available Jan. 3), Friendly Phrases
Ink:  Versamark, Basic Black
Paper:  Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade, In Color dsp stack
Embellishments:  Secret Garden Framelits (available Jan. 3), Pearl Basic Jewels, 3/16″ Corner punch