Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Dandelions, Catcus and Sunflowers

 Hello and welcome.  Today I'd like to share a few cards I've made in the last week using stamps that have never been used before (NBUS).  With all that's still going on in the world, and my health, I'm finding my coloring and crafting is giving me some peace of mind.  I'm still not happy with all that's going on in Ukraine.  Somebody needs to stop that madman before he bombs all of Europe.  Hopefully, something will come out of the NATO talks this week but I'm not going to hold my breath.  However, I digress.

My first card is made using all scraps and turned out to be a cute little note card using Lawn Fawn's set Dandy Day Flip Flop along with the matching dies.  Now where I live, the calendar says it's officially spring, however, someone forgot to tell Mother Nature.  We are jumping from the 60's to almost the 90's this week then dropping 20+ degrees next week.  I've got dandelions growing all over the place in my front yard and this card reminds me of them.  I started out by stamping everything twice on scrap Neenah white card stock before coloring using Castle Arts colored pencils before die cutting the second set of images.  Once everything was colored, and die cut, I layered the main image panel onto black scrap card stock then onto a small turquoise piece for the card.  I then popped up the die cut images (even those little itty bitty pieces) before adding a small scrap of bakers twine.  As an afterthought, I took a black artist pen and added some hand drawn birds (don't laugh), faux brads and faux stitching around the edges.

Challenges entered:

My second card uses a set from Newton's Nook that I've been dying to use called Cuppa Cactus and the matching dies.  I started out stamping my images twice onto some scrap Neenah white card stock to make into a one layer card before coloring using the Castle Arts pencils.  Once my coloring was finished, I die cut the images before popping them up using dimensionals and stippling some Tim Holtz distress inks around them using my Picket Fence blending brushes.  As an afterthought, I'm good for those, I took my one layer card and adhered it onto scrap green card stock before adding the faux stitching/faux brads using a black artist pen.  I kind of like how it turned out doing that.

Challenges entered:
Splitcoaststampers F4A630 - Hello Spring (I went with Spring in the desert)
Inspiration Station #26 - Rainbow (inspired by colors of inspiration pic)
Newton's Nook Inky Paws #169 - Think Spring (I went with Spring in the desert)
Inspiration Station
Newton's Nook Inky Paws Challenge

My third card uses the Sunflower Power digital image from Power Poppy as part of their Sunflowers For Ukraine images.  I started out by combining the sunflower, and saying, in a watermark program before printing onto Hammermill white card stock.  I then colored the image using Castle Arts colored pencils before softly blending Tim Holtz stormy sky distress ink around the edges using Picket Fence blending brushes.  I then layered my colored image before adding some vintage brads then adding to a summer sun card.  I wanted to keep my sunflower card as simple as possible so the image and saying stood out on their own.

Challenges entered:
Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great week.

Dandelion Card
Stamps: Lawn Fawn
Ink: Memento Black; Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress
Card Stock: Scraps
Accessories: Twine, Micro Pop Dots, Castle Art Pencils, Black Artist Pen, PFS Blending Brushes

Coffee Cactus Card
Stamps: Newton's Nook
Ink: Memento Black; Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass, Tea Dye; Adirondack Caramel
Card Stock: Scraps
Accessories: Castle Arts Pencils, Dimensionals, PFS Blending Brushes

Sunflower Card
Stamps: Power Poppy
Ink: Tim Holtz Stormy Sky
Card Stock: Hammermill White; Stampin Up; Scraps
Accessories: Computer, Printer, Castle Arts Pencils, Brads, Glue Dots


  1. Fabulously colored sunflower Bonnie! Thank you for sharing your terrific supportive creation with us at Jan's Digi Blog Challenge. I hope you will join us each month for a new challenge. Good Luck and Hapy Crafting!
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  2. Your cards are all just fabulous Bonnie! Love the Springtime in the Dessert idea! Looks awesome! Thanks so much for playing in our challenge at Inspiration Station!

  3. Three great entries in one post! My favourite is the second one - I love the sentiment!
    CD Sunday Plus DT.

  4. Three lovely cards. I really like your sunflower for Ukraine - beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  5. I, too, have been trying to create something pretty at least daily as it relieves my stress and the worry about the current world situation. All of your cards are precious and I thank you for sharing your Cactus card with us at The Inspiration Station!
    The Inspiration Station Challenge
    The Paper Funday Challenge

  6. Very nice work thanks for sharing!!!

  7. A lovely trio of cards.

    Thanks for submitting the first card as your Snippets homework! Come find me up in the Treehouse later for lots of fun and a few of Darnell's tiplings! LOL! xxx

  8. The Cuppa Cactus stamp set is one of my favorites! Perfect for the spring challenge! Thanks for joining the Inky Paws Challenge!

  9. What a pretty cacti card! So glad you shared with us at Inky Paws!

  10. Three lovely cards, your sunflower card is beautiful with the sunflower image for Ukraine
    Thank you for joining us
    CD Sunday plus DT

  11. Gorgeous selection of cards here and your sweet little snippets mouse is adorable! Love your card for the Ukraine - and really, in all of this, it isn't just Europe if the Russian crazy guy decides to reach for the red button! It's a bit like 'waiting for the other shoe to drop'.

    Apologies for being late hopping over to comment.


    Di xx

  12. Fantastic card. Thanks for playing with us ar Colour Crazy.

  13. Such a darling card. Love it. Thanks so much for playing along with the Stay Crafty with A Blog Named Hero Challenge.

  14. Great card! So glad you joined our hugs challenge at Stay Crafty With a Blog Named Hero!