Thursday, April 27, 2017

So Excited!

Finally, after 3 or 4 years, the lilac that began as a start from a coworker is blooming for the first time!  Never crossed my mind that it needed to be fed, but finally after no blooms again last year I asked the experts advice.
Yesterday a couple opened enough to see the 2 tone--it's going to be spectacular I think!  No fragrance yet, but I'm hoping it will be lovely.  My mom always sent me back to college after Spring Break with a big bouquet of lilacs--she would have loved this one.
I have a couple cards to share today.  First is my entry for PTI MIM Stenciled Watercolor backgrounds.  
I used MFT's Fishnet stencil designed by my blogging friend, Mona, with PTI's The Sweet Life.  The inks are Lovely Lady, Scarlet Jewel, New Leaf & Green Parakeet.  Not sure they're still in, but I like the silver thread nest.  
The stenciled panel was die cut with Mat Stack 3 & the sentiment is from the matching stamp set.  The rose was heavily spritzed with Perfect Pearls--just can't get enough of that shimmer!  I'm also entering HLS Anything Goes with Dies, SSS Wednesday, SSS Work it Wednesday & Word Art Wednesday.
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Next is a Christmas card--my favorite cards to make!  Even turned out to be 1 layer & think I'll make a couple more to send overseas.  I used the Penny Black holly tree stamp which was given to me quite awhile ago.  
To be honest, the picture on the cling stamp is not very appealing--too busy, I think until the leaves are somehow defined.  As most of you know, I'm not much of a colorer, so that's why I never opened the stamp. However, it was the size & type of image I wanted to use for CCCB Birthday Case #4: Marina.  I love how she stamped the cake off the side of the card & used a color combo of brown, white & gold.  I white embossed the tree, colored the stem with a brown marker & the leaves with my white Prismacolor pencil.  Seldom use the gold Pico Embellisher I "had" to have--worked perfect for the berries.  PB has the best sentiment stamps--love this one from 2012 which I stamped in Versafine Vintage Sepia. Decided to add "snow" by splattering some white ink which dries quite muted--just the look I wanted.  Fun to have discovered a way to use one of my stamps to get a card I really love.  I'm also entering Merry Monday, Christmas Card Challenges, Rudolph DaysSSS Wednesday & Word Art Wednesday. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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33 comments:

  1. two lovely cards, Greta - love your holly tree on the kraft backgound and of course the Sweet Life roses are always a winner - especially with the stenciled background. my lilac is almost done blooming and i've never fed it - it's always gorgeous - wonder what it would be like if i fed it!!!

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  2. Wow, these are lovely, Greta! The shimmer on the rose is gorgeous. Love the bg too. Very pretty colors together. And your lilac is amazing! Nothing like a blooming bush!

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  3. Both of your cards are so pretty Greta! Love the stenciled background and your beautiful rose on the 1st card and your Christmas card on kraft is just lovely...CAS and just perfect! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Merry Monday!! :0)

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  4. Pretty cards Greta and I like the thread on the MIM card. Your lilac bush is a gorgeous color!

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  5. fantastic cards Greta. The kraft is my favorite - its the simplicity I think. Bet you thought I would go for the rose which I also love! Thanks to for the lilac picture. Reminds me my Dad has a small bush in the backyard and I can't remember if it was blooming in March when I visited or not. Might have to feed it on my next trip west.

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  6. Beautiful cards! I love shimmer too and the white embossing on the kraft background is gorgeous :)

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  7. Beautiful cards Greta! Love your pretty stenciled background and blossom! The Christmas card is so elegant! Yeah! so happy your lilac blossomed! I love their sweet scent!

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  8. Lovely kraft card with the white embossing and coloring. Thanks for joining us this week at Merry Monday, Greta. And you MIM card is so pretty, too.

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  9. Both cards are amazing Greta. Love the holly tree

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  10. Your Lilac is a beautiful coluor Greta, we have one much the same shade and it seems to be a good season for them here in the UK. As always super cards, love the floral and the Christmas one is very stylish.

    B x

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  11. My lilac has bloomed too but not many flowers this year... I do love it though. Your cards are beautiful and I love your off the edge CASE of Marina's card ... So effective! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB... enjoy your day!

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  12. I can almost smell lilacs now that I've seen your beautiful one. I hope the fragrance comes out soon. It is one of the most wonderful smells ever. The rose is lovely and the holly in white is gorgeous. As soon as I get a greeting on my kraft card I made the other day, I will get it posted. I love, love, love kraft and white and yours is great.

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  13. gorgeous lilac, greta and your cards... absolutely amazing, my friend!!

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  14. Love the photo with your lilac! I just bought a lilac bush yesterday. Just love the smell of lilacs! Your first card is so pretty with the rose and stencilling! And, second card is just as lovely with the holly tree!

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  15. Congrats on your success with your lilacs, Greta...they're gorgeous!
    Your Stenciled Watercolor background is so pretty and I love how you added shimmer to the rose! I also really love your one layer card! Beautiful coloring on the holly leaves and I really LOVE how you used your Pico for the berries...Gorgeous cards!!!

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  16. Good going, Greta on the reward of lilacs and two pretty cards. I'm glad Betsy reminded us to use our stencils more instead forgetting them in the pile. Happy spring weekend - I think we may have sunshine down here!!

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  17. TFS the photo of the lilac - beautiful!
    Two gorgeous cards. I love the design of the first one and such beautiful colours. The Christmas card is so elegant, love the design of the image going off the page.
    Visiting your blog today with my Rudolph Days Guest Designer's hat on. Thanks for joining in the challenge - good luck! xx

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  18. I love your case - the white holly looks really pretty. Thanks for joining in at City Crafter.

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  19. Well done on the lilac...and great cards!
    Thank you for sharing with Happy Little Stampers!
    Susan
    Calling All Crafters! – My personal Blog!

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  20. Love the white ink used as snow...it looks great as does your tree.
    Thanks for taking part in the April Rudolph Days Challenge

    Your lilac is such a great colour. Your rose card captures the colours of the lilac blossom and the leaves of your shrub.
    Bet those blossoms smell heavenly!

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  21. Well done getting the Lilac to bloom. My Mother had a superb bush too. The shimmery rose card is lovely and the Christmas card really appeals with it's clean lines on Kraft. Especially love the stamped sentiment on that one.

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  22. Greta I don't know where the days go...haven't had a lot of time to get inky or visit my friends. You really nailed this Christmas card with the kraft and that awesome holly tree stamp from PB! I love how you stamped it off too...great look! Thank you for joining us at Merry Monday...have a fabulous weekend!

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  23. Beautiful cards! Love the white on kraft especially! Thanks for linking up at Christmas Card Challenges! Karen (CCC DT)

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  24. My lilachasn't open up yet but there are so many flowers and I can hardly wait to snell that lovely scent! And your cards; you are on a roll!:) And you CASE-d Marina's card in a perfect way! Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB! Always good to see you!

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  25. What lovely memories for you with the lilac and well done on it blooming at last for you. Pretty first card and whether the silver nesting is in or not it finishes off your card beautifully x Your second card is the perfect take on Marina's card...so clever and creative. Yes the sentiment is lovey and the muted 'white' splats are perfect. Just love the kraft and the white and your holly tree is gorgeous x

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  26. two beautiful cards greta! the white holly looks fantastic on the kraft! and your lilac looks lovely; i've not grown any but i enjoy the smell of the neighbour's shrub. :) thank you so much for playing along with the rudolph days challenge!

    linda
    DT rudolph days challenge

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  27. So pretty how you stamped the image off to the left like that! Thanks for playing Merry Monday with us this week!

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  28. Oh, what pretty lilac blooms. They are my favorite flower and smell incredible!! Your cards are beautiful Greta, I like the holly tree!

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  29. Love the rich colors used for your stenciled background with Sweet Life, Greta! Your white embossed holly tree is gorgeous. Lucky you with that beautiful lilac- one of my all-time favorites!

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  30. WOW beautiful cards and the rose is especially stunning
    Thank you so much for joining us at the Rudolph Days Challenge!
    Rudolph Days Challenge DT
    Dr Sonia

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  31. Two beautiful cards, Greta, and I love your lilacs!!

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  32. Stunning cards! I love them both - very beautiful!!!

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  33. Both cards are so beautiful. I especially love the Kraft Christmas card. Thank you for blessing us with your artwork here at Word Art Wednesday. Please join us again soon. Leaving you with the inspiration of the Scripture in Jeremiah 17:7 which says, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord."

    JO ANN
    http://jatterburycreations.blogspot.com

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