Wednesday, May 4, 2016

there are so many BEAUTIFUL reasons to be happy

** 5/15/16 Winner at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog! **

Hey everybody! Happy Cinco de Mayo tomorrow! Where the heck has this year gone?! I'm stoked to be co-hosting over at the Mod Squad Challenge Blog with the lovely Barbara Campbell this week! Our theme is April Showers Bring May Flowers and we want to see flowers on your project! We're being sponsored by Gina K Designs and One Happy Cut so come play with us!

I created a pretty Spring-themed card featuring the Piestro Tile die which is one of many dies you'll find at One Happy Cut. I started by embossing the floral image in white embossing powder on distress watercolor cardstock, then inked the piece with three colors of distress ink. I flicked water droplets all over the piece and blotted them with a paper towel.

I colored the image with my Zig Clean Color markers and a Niji water brush (also blotted with paper towel) to get the washed watercolor look and then colored the flowers with clear Wink of Stella. I cut the Piestro Tile on the left side and added the ribbon and bow along with three gems. I put a scrap of plain watercolor paper behind the die cut portion and layered the piece on tangerine cardstock.

I embellished the inside rather simply with a leftover strip of the inked distress watercolor cardstock from the front and layered the panel on more of the tangerine cardstock. I stamped the sentiment in the two darkest distress inks used on the front which gave it a neat marbled look.

I'd love to enter this Spring themed card into the following challenges:

  • Cardstock/Paper: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock, Stampin' Up! Tangerine Tango
  • Stamps: Unity Big Summertime Bouquet and Blossom by Blossom stamp sets
  • Ink: Ranger distress ink- Fired Brick Rusty Hinge, Fossilized Amber and Peeled Paint
  • Dies/Punches: Memory Box Piestra Tile die
  • Accessories: Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, MISTI, Niji Water Brush, Studios Blackbird Ribbon, Queen & Co. Orange Twinkle Goosebumps

I hope you've enjoyed this project and are inspired to create a project with flowers for our challenge this time! Be sure to check out all the fun goodies at  Gina K Designs and One Happy Cut! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Scrappy hugs,


  1. This is beautiful Leslie! I love the colors and your embossed stamp is so pretty! Hugs, Robin

  2. This is gorgeous! Love the background and the die cut is so pretty! I really like how you added the strip of watercolor cs on the inside. I look forward to participating the in fun challenge.

  3. Absolutely gorgeous Leslie. Love the beautiful autumn hues and the bow.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  4. Beautiful! The warm colors are cheerful and stunning. Fabulous :o)

  5. So the colors so warm and cheery!

  6. What beautiful colours and design Leslie. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Creative Card Crew.
    Cathy DT Member

  7. Fab warm and sunny card Leslie. Thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations
    Viv (DT).

  8. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Eclectic Ellapu, good luck!!! Amy DT

  9. Beautiful piece of card. Love the color combination on your card
    Thanks for sharing in The Crafter's Cafe. Hope to see you again.
    Rebecca, DT

  10. This is gorgeous! Thanks for joining our ‘CAS’ challenge over at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog!
    Karen C

  11. A fabulous creation, Leslie! beautiful colours! Thanks for joining us at Stamping sensations this month and good Luck!

  12. Very pretty card Leslie. lovely Spring colours and design..
    Thank you so much for sharing your project with us at Classic Design Team Open Challenge..
    Luv CHRISSYxx
    [Chrissy DT for Classic Design Team Challenge]

  13. Love the tile die technique and also the embossing is gorgeous. Nice work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at Classic Design Team Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    [Annette Registered Owner/Admin for Classic Design Team Challenge]

  14. Lovely! Thank you for joining us at Card Mania Challenge, good luck:)

  15. Beautiful creation!
    Thanks for playing at Card Mania Challenge.

  16. Lovely vibrant colours. Thanks for joining in with the Sisters of Craft challenge. Best wishes, Anne (DT) x


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