Sunday, January 8, 2017

Two Floral Cards

No winter last year, but it's making up for it this year!  Woke up yesterday to freezing rain which turned into several hours of fluffy snowflakes.  
We ended up with 2 inches of snow making a Winter Wonderland.  Today we're finally above freezing & it's back to good old Oregon rain.
One of hubby's cousins just had surgery, so I pulled out this Altenew flower stamp my friend, Cat recently gave me.  I used the colors for the Altenew January Challenge.  
The fussy cut flower was colored with a dark red Zig & a gold gel pen.  I'm on a roll adding Diamond Glaze with a fine tipped applicator--love it!  The sentiment is from an Inkadinkado set I've had for ages, but never opened until now. Years ago I fell in love with Spellbinder dies because you can emboss the edge, as I did here. The edges of the ivory label were sponged with Distress Inks wild honey & vintage photo. Glad to say, hubby says it's perfect to send to Cuz R.  I'm also entering Dies R Us.

No excuse not to enter the monthly challenges at a2z, as I have a huge collection of Hero Arts stamps!  
Decided not to put off making a card & noticed my un-inked Flower Swirl Vine stamp.  Clearly I have too much stuff, as this is a beauty I've never used!  I love the look of adding color to a masked area a bit smaller than the embossed image. I sponged with Distress Inks shaded lilac, tumbled glass & cracked pistachio. Then I brushed on Perfect Pearls which gives such a gorgeous shimmer.
The panel was die cut with AJVD Polka Dot Rectangle which I also used to cut out the center of the dark gray panel.  Debated about adding some bling, but honestly, I don't think it's needed. I'm also entering HLS Anything Goes with Dies, PB & More & A Blog Named Hero.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.

31 comments:

Lisa Elton said...

Another pair of fabulous cards Greta! The first one will warm hubby's cousins's heart. The second is so fancy and elegant. Fritz looks cute in his winter gear. Max would have been on cloud nine with the snow, sweet little guy ;)

rcwidow (Linda) said...

Beautiful cards! Enjoy the snow.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Ahhh... I haven't seen snow for a while, and we already complaining we had a cold winter this year in Vegas, LOL!
Your card is fantastic!
Thanks for the card I received in the mail too, it is so pretty! I do hope that I can make it to Oregon this year!

Suchi said...

Happy New Year Greta!! Two beautiful cards by you! These are wonderful!!
Suchi xx

Dawn T said...

Gorgeous Greta. Boy it looks cold at your place! Glad you have joined it us at A2Z this month. Gorgeous background and love the embossing

Ros Crawford said...

You are such a thoughtful and kind person and your lovely Get well card is sure to be appreciated. I love your sponged and stamped card ... that is a gorgeous stamp and the colours are adorable. Stay warm and stay safe...

Mrs A. said...

I see Fritz had his lovely warm overcoat on when he ventured out in the snow. The bad weather is set to be coming our way by the end of the week. Not a good time to be having a major renovation work undertaken. I like your get well card. Such striking colours that youv'e used. Hugs Mrs A.

Rosemary said...

what a beautiful set of cards, greta!! love the way you only inked up a portion of the second card... so beautiful!! fritz looks so warm and cozy in his coat!

Barb said...

Fritz doesn't seem to mind the cold weather. Very smart in his winter coat. Two lovely cards Greta. I love the shape and colours of the Get Well card and the way you've stamped outside the panel looks really good. Barbxx

Cat Craig said...

Greta, you have made that Altenew flower shine. I have that HA stamp too, and love what you did with it. Fritz looks like he might be enjoying the weather. Stay warm and dry.

Darlene said...

Oh Greta your cards are just beautiful! Stay warm! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Anything Goes with Dies’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG
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laurie said...

Awesome cards Greta!The perfect pearls is gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Happy little Stampers! stay warm!

Cindy C. said...

It's gorgeous, so nice to see this pretty stamp in action. Thanks for linking up to our January Challenge at a2z.

Nancy said...

Two beautiful cards, Greta! Poor little Fritz looks so cold. My dog, Molly, would rather hibernate until spring!

creative lady said...

Beautiful cards! Love the background and your embossing. Thanks for playing along with ABNH.

Arlene said...

This looks like a painting. Love the background and image. Beautifully stamped and designed. A beauty.

So glad you joined us at A2Z Scrapbooking.

Helen Wallace said...

It's hard to imagine what walking in that snow would feel like; we are sweltering here in Summer with 40C and more on the way. I'm a big Spellbinders fan too and the sponging looks great on the embossed edges. I love the background to the flourish. Have not seen that technique before and I'm keen to give it a try.

Brenda in IN said...

I hope hubby's cousin is on the mend and your sweet card will help with that for sure. I love the look of the sponged center and the embossed image over it. It really makes it pop. Your state seems to be in the news now because of the snow and ice. I see Fritz is warm and cozy and hope you are all safe and warm during this extreme weather.

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Gorgeous cards Greta, I hope your hubby's cousin gets a swift recovery.

Stay warm and safe in the winter cold!

Love and hugs
Maarit

Barbara said...

Stunning cards! Thank you for playing along with us in the DIES R US challenge!
Barbara
Dies R Us Challenge Blog DT
http://carterie-creative.blogspot.fr

Macimbalo said...

So pretty, that floral vine stamp is one of my favs and I love how you used it!!! Thanks for joining us at a2z!

Helen Gullett said...

Beautiful and lovely cards, Greta. I know, I am dreaming to see all the flowers when the Winter is passed :)
Thank you for sharing with us at a2z Scrapbooking January Challenge!

Marina said...

Two beautiful cards - I especially love the get well card - the shape and the shiny bits. Yes we are all getting very excited in the London/SE England area - we've had a bit of snow and sleet this afternoon - but pathetic compared to yours!

Shirley said...

Gorgeous inked background and beautiful card.
Thank you for entering our challenge at Penny Black and More this month.

Shirley

Bonnie said...

Love the shape and deep red of the first card! Wonderful detail with the embossing and sponging. And I love the whole design of the second card! I know that technique makes such a shimmery panel and the design is so perfect on it!

cm said...

Such a sweet, lovely card for your husband's cousin, who will be ever so touched by your thoughtfulness! You're such a gem! The background of the second is perfect for your 'new' stamp and the addition of the perfect pearls adds a wonderful shimmer! Lovely! Freezing rain and snow...not my idea of fun! Glad your weather is 'back to normal' (sort of....).
Hugs~c

Melissa said...

Your Hero Arts card is absolutely gorgeous! I'm loving the shimmer!!! Such a delicate main image too!
Thank you for playing along with us over at A Blog Named Hero! :)

Whimsey said...

Beautiful cards!

Thank you for joining us at a2z Scrapbooking!

~Michele, DT

Julie B said...

Love the silver embossed stamping against the soft background.
Thanks for joining us at HLS. :)

foleysfriend said...

I love the look of the embossed image being slightly larger than the masked area; beautiful; thanks for joining us at a2z

sue n.
a2z DT

susiestacey said...

Lovely card.
Thank you for sharing at Penny Black & More 'Anything Goes' challenge and good luck x Susan x