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Liberty and Poppies

Hi friends! There's a new inspiration challenge at The Card Concept this morning.  I loved those ampersands in the inspiration graphic, which inspired my paper selection.  The gold and pink with a lot of neutral pulled me in, and pretty soon I had this fun little freestyle collage card.

I loved the text on this paper and the day I made this card I had made a little donation outside a store to VFW and received a sweet little Buddy Poppy. The liberty on the paper brought that poppy to mind and so I set out to make a fun birthday card with the Poppy Birthday set. I cut the flowers with the Build a Poppy Die Set , making several of each size, then used my MISTI to line up the stamping on each flower.  I layered them together, then cut some leaves from some rose gold cardstock. I added a bit of accent with a blushing bride marker on the poppies, then added a bit of gold foil to the centers.

Next I used a glue pen to color the & symbol and also to highlight some of the brick cracks in the background paper and foiled them as well.  I stamped the happy birthday sentiment directly on this paper, then embossed in gold.  I finished off with some loops of twine and a bunch of scattered sparkly gold enamel dots.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope I've inspired and you're ready to go join in the fun over at The Card Concept.  Hop on over there to see what the other designers are sharing today with this inspiration.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Poppy Birthday (Verve Stamps)
Paper: C'est La Vie (Pink Paislee), rose gold crackle (Recollections), white (Neenah)
Ink: blushing bride (SU!), onyx black (Versafine)
Accessories: Build a Poppy Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), natural linen thread, gold foil (Ranger), gold enamel dots, paper distresser, glue pen, MISTI

Every One of My Thoughts

Hi friends! It's Monday again, and time for a brand new Mojo Monday sketch.  This week, I went with a simple sketch that leaves lots of room for interpretation. Hope you like it!

 Handmade card by Julee Tilman. www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com

I've been swatching out my watercolor palettes as a way to relax after some very crazy days at our house. Two five year olds at once is A LOT of 5 year olds. {grin} Since I loved how my clean-up paper worked on my Life Is But A Dream card, I decided to do the same thing as I finally swatched out The Classics Prima Watercolor Confections palette I got for Christmas. I did a bit more working across each color than on my previous card, so I could have some solid color blocks, then sprinkled some water on the whole panel.  Interestingly enough, the only color that lifted any with the sprinkles was the aqua, but I just loved how it turned out.  Isn't this rainbow palette just lovely?  It also includes, pink, white, brown, grey, and black, which are saved for other projects.

I just love the you're in every one of my thoughts today sentiment from the Always On My Mind set. It seems to speak my heart and is a favorite to send to friends just because or who are going through something. I'm also thinking of making some little lunch notes up with it to tuck in the boys lunches. I stamped it directly on the card base, then added three strips of washi tape towards the bottom of the card.  To this I added a resist chipboard butterfly that I quickly watercolored with a rainbow look.  I finished off by accenting the body with black pearls.

 Handmade card by Julee Tilman. www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you were inspired. To see some more takes on this week's sketch, head on over to the Mojo Monday blog and check out what the design team is sharing today.

If you like measurements, here's what I used to draw up the sketch.

Mojo Monday 498 Card Sketch by Julee Tilman www.mojomonday.blogspot.com
Mojo Monday 498 Card Sketch
Card base: 4.25" x 5.5"
Layer 1: 2.5" x 5.25"
Layer 2: 3 strips of washi or 0.5" strips at lengths of 2.5", 3" and 2.25"
Layer 3: large die cut, embellishment or  1.75" circle

Enabler's List
Stamps: Always on My Mind (Verve Stamps)
Paper: kids watercolor paper (Michaels)
Ink: onyx black (Versafine), The Classics Watercolor Confections (Prima)
Accessories: resist chipboard butterfly (Teresa Collins), black flatback pearls (Pizzazz Aplenty)

Life is But a Dream

Hi friends! I'm popping in today with a quick card I made the other day.  Thanks to Lydia, I recently got a palette of Daniel Smith watercolors. After initially swatching them out, I felt compelled to rearrange them in rainbow order and re-swatch.  As I was doing this, I couldn't bear to waste any of the beautiful color, so cleaned my brush on a piece of watercolor paper in between each color.  I loved the way my clean-up page turned out, so decided to use it as is for the background for my card.

The butterflies are from the Butterfly Grace set, and I embossed them in white onto sections of the purples and blues from my clean-up paper, then cut out with the coordinating Graceful Butterflies Die Set.  I accented each butterfly with a bit more of the purple and teal watercolors, then added a simple, yet fitting sentiment from the Learning to Sail stamp set.  Easy peasy!

Well, that's all from me today.  I've been playing a lot with my new watercolors and also a bit of experimenting with my gelli plate this week, but they haven't made it onto any projects yet.  How about you, what have you been working on?

Enabler's List
Stamps: Butterfly Grace, Learning to Sail (Verve Stamps)
Paper: kids watercolor paper (Michaels)
Ink: watercolors (Daniel Smith), Versamark, onxy black (Versafine)
Accessories: Graceful Butterflies Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), white detail embossing powder (Judikins), paper distresser
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