Friday, January 5, 2018


Hi, I am on the Cropstop blog today sharing a card.

A friend gave me this stamp and when I first saw it I thought of sunshine, and this time of year when there are more days of gray skies, why not add some sunshine to someone's day.

I decided to make my own background, so I started with my Distress inks Scattered StrawShabby Shutters and Tumbled glass, I applied them to my cardstock with a sponge applicator. Making sure to apply the scattered straw where I would be placing my flower.

I embossed the background with a Sizzix  embossing folder.

Next I stamped my stamp with Mustard seed ink using my Misti on the top flower portion of the stamp, then I took my Carved Pumpkin ink and added it to the flower using the corner of my ink pad to the area's that are striped. Using the Shabby Shutters and My Favorite things cactus ink I inked the bottom leaf portion of the stamp. Later I decided to add some Stickles in yellow to the flower to give it some sparkle.

Now here is a little tip for you, when using these inks if you aren't getting a total coverage or want to give it a bit more mottled look, leave any ink remaining on your stamp and spritz with a touch of water, this will give a neat look to your stamping.

Next I cut out the Poppystamps Climbing Vine and Picket fence dies.  I cut the fence first in kraft cardstock and then in brown for more dimension.

I cut a small piece of cardstock into a little square added my stamped Taylored Expression, many mini occasions stamped sentiment and using my ink sponge tool around the edges. Made a couple little holes in the top, threaded my jute from the back to the front and tied a couple small knots to the front and looped it over the fence.

I hope this gave you some inspiration to share some sunshine to someone who might need it.


Daniela said...

Dearest Connie,
thanks most sincerely for sharing another so bright card of yours, filled with joy and colors!

Trusting you had a most wonderful Christmas Time,
I'm sending blessings on the New Year just begun,
with utmost gratitude


Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi dear Connie,
Well, every blessing of the LORD upon you and your dear ones in 2018.
Love the picket fence on this one.... great card and colours.
Sorry it’s so cold over there, would love to send you some sunshine!

Re the embossing of EF... I find running folder though a number f times to get extrem embossing helps also type of folder matter, try one with not large open spaces.
Then keep it in folder and lightly rub the Versamark over it touching only rais ed areas. After adding powder check where it’s gone and wipe it off areas you don’t like it n with fine paintbrush then emboss and ink. (The snowflake one you have used on cards below would work well.)
I find this works well.

Thanks for sharing your inspiration!
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Debbie said...

so much work but a beautiful result, it emanates sunshine!!

it is wonderful that you give such a detailed tutorial, with great tips!!

Darlene said...

What a great idea ... BEAUTIFUL!

Louca por porcelana said...

What a wonderful and cheerful card,love it!Hugs,dear Connie!

Esther Asbury said...

So happy you could guest design for us on the Cropstop blog today! Thanks for sharing this bit of sunshine with all of us!

Donna Ellis said...

Happy New Year, Connie! I hope all has been well for you, despite all the nasty weather! What a fantastic appearance you created with the "shine" behind the pretty flower! Looks really pretty, and the effect is quite striking and rich! thanks for sharing how you did it! hugs, de

Beth Norman said...

Boy do I welcome your sunshine. What a terrific card, especially at this time of year. You did an awesome job putting it all together.

Birgit said...

What a sweet ray of sunshine to send to someone who needs a lift. Your card is darling Connie! Congrats on your guest design spot!

Janice said...
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Janice said...

Lovely to see a sunshine card this year of year, it is beautiful. Great tips as well, thank you ;-)

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Very sunshiney, indeed! I love the embossed background! Have a good Saturday, Connie!

Leslie Miller said...

So warm and sunshiny! Love the fence and the flower is very fun and whimsical. Just my type!

Lowcarb team member said...

We have had such a dull grey day today in my part of the UK so to see this wonderful sunshine card is a great treat! I do like the design.

All the best Jan

Donna Phelan said...

That's just beautiful! I love that gorgeous flower and that sweet picket fence!