Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Happy Spring!

Hello everyone,

Since moving I have found {and am STILL finding!} a bunch of craft and card making items that I'd forgotten all about.  Some of it needs new homes and some of it needs to be used! I found this package of white flowers I had gotten from the Dollar Tree ages ago and that is how this card started!

What I Used to Make my Card:
5" x 7" white card base
DCWV 180 Floral Fair Cardstock Stack {available but not on the DCWV site}
Tutti Rose Frame Die, #TUTTI-178
Tutti Birdies Trio, #TUTTI-102
Distress Oxide Inks in Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass, Tattered Rose and Brushed Corduroy
Lawn Fawn Tree Before 'n Afters Stamp Set, #LF2018
Picket Fence Studio Blending Brushes, 6 pack
White Flowers from Dollar Tree {any small white flowers will work}
Die-Namics Stitched Fishtail Banners

Product I Used

As I said, finding these flowers inspired me to actually USE them, so I started going through
my dies and found the two from Tutti Designs that sing "spring" to me.  Instead of deciding on which one to use, I decided to use both; I like how the Birdies Trio fits in the Rose Frame.  Next came the paper I was going to use; I had previously looked through my patterned paper {the cover of the exact stack I used is pictured} and pulled out a few sheets I liked.  Luckily, in the same paper pad, there was a yellow shade of paper that matched my chosen design wonderfully.  I started the card by cutting the frame out of my previously picked paper, then the birds out of the matching yellow.  One thing to remember when using dies from across the pond, they may not
The Dies

fit our standard card sizes, so I moved to a 5" x 7" card base and centered the frame and birds and glued them to the base.  I colored the flowers with the Distress Oxide Inks {I love the fact that you can make these inks as dark or as light as you want to; I inked the flowers with a small blending brush until the color matched the patterned paper!}, cleaned off the center gems so they'd sparkle. Lastly, I finished off the card with the sentiment that I had stamped onto white card, using the Brushed Corduroy ink,  and then cut with a stitched fishtail banner.  

Detail Close Up
These colors are outside of my comfort zone, I typically
struggle with pastel colors. This year I am trying to step out of my comfort zone and experiment with making projects that include colors, techniques, and subjects I am not comfortable with {I am actually going to USE the items I've purchased to make a light up card!} and I would love it if you'd join me on this journey!  Thanks SO much :)


Don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog. There's a new challenge
theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the 
Dies R Us Store.  

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I am entering my card in the following challenges:
Always Fun, #209 - Pastel Colors
Dreamvalley Challenges, #245 - Springtime
Use Your Stuff, #420 - Spring/Easter
Crafty Catz, #546 - Anything Goes
The Flower Challenge, #55 - Pretty Pastels
Moving Along with the Times, #129 - Animals/Birds {I used birds}
Inspiration Station, #3 - Photo Inspiration = Love the beautiful, soft flowers & that inspired me to use soft colors on my card.


  1. Those dies have cut beautifully, something I frequently struggle with. As for the flowers what a wonderful re-discovery it is great un-earthing buried treasure isn't it! Thank you for sharing this with us at Inspiration Station xoxo

  2. Christi, I struggle with color - pastel, or otherwise!! LOL But I think you've found your way through a play with pastels just beautifully today!
    Have fun with your finding! And thank you for playing along at TFC!

  3. Wonderful card. thanks for sharing over at Crafty Catz, Always Fun challenge.

  4. This is pretty! I love the pastel colors. Thanks for joining us at Use Your Stuff and hope to see you again soon.
    Tammy DT Co-ordinator

  5. Those dies are lovely - you've created a very pretty card!
    Thank you for joining us this week at Dream Valley Challenge
    Sharon – Dream Valley Challenge Designer - Stop by and see me!!!


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