Our sweet friend, Bev, from Happy Dance fame, is the featured designer over at The Challenge #55,
dazzling us with this pretty shimmery scribbled flower delight:
How could I *not* play along? So I did, using my new, very-much-smitten-with Lovely Spring stamp and die set:
I'm not skilled when it comes to 'side' panels of any sort (my edges are always askew, unless I have dies to help me out. I need some 'strip' ones...any suggestions?) and for some reason, a few challenges this past week have asked for those very things. Stretched my boundaries, they did! For this card, rather than cut a strip, I went with random-ish stamping on the panel. Added a wreath, a couple of sentiments, some popped up die-cut flowers and ta dahhhh!
Actually, this wound up being the fifth card I made using Lovely Spring, because...well, I also haven't dabbled very much with creating 'random' backgrounds. Before designing this card, I went in search of some 'practice' material, and found precisely what I needed over at incredibly talented Yoosun Hur's site, Rejoicing Crafts. She created stunning cards, which I basically translated here. Hers are much prettier, with the extra details she added (twine, sequins...), but mine do make me smile. Hope they have the same impact on the people I'll be sending them to....
I'll be back soon...
Wishing you a wonderful Sunday; thank you for spending part of it with me!
Wow, Carol. These are all so beautiful. Such a wonderful card set.
Oh my these are both so so gorgeous and delicate looking!! I just love the happy colors of flowers and I think you've done an absolutely amazing job my friend!! :) Thanks for warming me up this afternoon while it is so so cold here! HUGS
I'll trade a few cut strips for some hand stamped ones, Carol. I don't do those backgrounds well and your turned out beautifully. Don't know of a strip die but I'd leave it long enough on each end and then cut them off along the card edge after they're glued down. Just a thought.
Beautiful card, Carol, nice and springy with those flowers and colors. Glad you played The Challenge! Love your background stamping on your other cards too!
You worked your special magic on this set, Carol ... all your cards are just lovely ... full of delicious bright spring colours and wonderful prettiness! I have this set ... and now, plenty of inspiration ... thank you! Hugs, Anita :)
Beautiful cards, Carol! You might as well leave this stamp set on your desk :)
I love how you created your side panel on the first one, and your wreath is fabulous! Every one of the cards you created are lovely!
Your cards are so pretty. Thanks for playing along with us at The Challenge. Hope to see you next week!
Wow, what beautiful cards Carol! I love your first one, you did a great job of stamping a panel on this card, love it! I also love the backgrounds you made for the other cards. So gorgeous and I know these will put a giant smile on the faces of who you sent them to! Love the stamp set too, flowers are always a winner in my book. Hugs, Brenda
Where do you find the time. So many beautiful creations Carol!!
Spring has come to your blog :) Loving all those beautiful flowers/cards.
Oh Carol, I come over here and get a happy Spring garden! How lovely! I'm not sure if I am understanding what kind of strip thing you are asking about. On your first card, the one side looks amazing to me! Random stamping on a background...well it looks like you've got that covered as well! :) It looks amazing. And your final card makes me just about swoon, it's so pretty! I'm not sure where to get this set, but I might have to do some research, I adore what you have created with it. You have some very lucky recipients to send them to!! Hugs!!
So many pretty flower cards! Just what we need to see in January! A feast for the winter weary eyes!
Wow Carol. I can see why you love that set....look what you can do with it! Loving the colors and beautiful floweres!
Those are just wonderful - I love your bright, sunny colors, especially since I am back at work now and don't see the sun anymore...
wait, what? exactly what did you have trouble with? all these cards are nothing but lovely!
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