Saturday, February 4, 2017

~ Carnation Love ~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog. I woke up to sunshine this morning. Even though it's very cold the sun seems to make it all ok. We don't see a lot of it in the winter months so a sunny day is such a welcoming sight.
I am off to a baby shower this afternoon. A good friend's daughter is expecting her first next month. And, she has chosen not to know the baby's sex. Her and her hubby want to be surprised. That's rare in this day. I love going to showers and seeing friends and enjoying the recipient open all her gifts.
Well, it's time to move onto my card for today. This one I made for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. There are some fabulous new stamp & die combo sets released. Today for your viewing pleasure I am featuring one of the new Birthday Flowers sets. This one is the January - Carnation Flower. Not only is it a stamp but it has a matching die. So let's get started on how I created my card.

Card Base: 5" x 4"
Stenciled Layer: 4 5/8" x 3/ 5/8"
Wide Rectangle Frame: 4 3/4" x 3 3/4"

I started my card this week by stenciling a background. I was going for a lattice type look for my flowers. The stencil was done with Tumbled Glass distress ink, a Clarity brush and a stencil from DCWV. I think stenciling creates a special touch on your card.
And, these Clarity brushes help you achieve such a smooth look. A friend of mine told me about these brushes. I highly recommend them if you can find them. They sell out quickly in most online stores.
Next step was to stamp and color my carnations. I used both Copic markers and Stampin'-Up Blendabilities. With the red flowers, you could go either Valentine's Day or even an anniversary card. Once the coloring was complete I used the matching die to cut the flowers out.
I was now ready to assemble my card. I decided to keep it on the clean and simple side because I wanted the flowers to be the focal point of the card. The pierced wide rectangle die set makes the perfect frame and adds another layer of interest.
I used the Love Bow & Arrow dies for my heart and love word. It added a nice corner embellishment and still allowed the flowers to be the center of interest.  Scattered a few sequins to complete my card.
Well, that's it for me for this post.  I hope I have given you an idea for the Birthday Flowers stamps & dies. So until next time God bless!
I am also entering:
1.  Challenge Up Your Life has a hearts challenge.
2.  Craft For The Craic has a something with 2challenge - Copic Markers & Distress ink
3.  Crafting with Friends has an anything goes challenge.


  1. Lovely card thanks for joining us at Crafting with friends Louise DT x

  2. Beautiful card. Love the striking colours. Thanks for joining our February challenge over at Craft for the Craic.



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