Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Lily of the Valley






 "A meow massages the heart."
-------Stuart McMillan
 
Hi, Friends....

I am back with a simple little card I made for the MFP Color Challenge - Peach, Yellow and Green.  I used one of what I call my "card starters".  I have a stack of partially made cards that have one or two scraps of patterned paper or cardstock already on them.  These are all ready for the fast addition of an image and/or sentiment and small embellishment.  

I just happened to have one with this beige cardstock and some peach paper that I had run through a crimper with a subtle star pattern on it.  Yay!  

I stamped the MFP Lily of the Valley image from the set of that same name in Memento London Fog ink on watercolor paper and painted it with my watercolors.  I wanted to put a gray wash around the image so the white flowers would show, but I am afraid that gray didn't turn out as well as I wanted.  I will keep practicing.  :)

I put a bit a yellow paint in the middles of the individual flowers, but it didn't show up too well.  I wanted more yellow for the challenge, anyway, so I used my yellow Sakura Glaze gel pen to make the centers more visible.  Then I also added the little yellow rhinestones.  Somehow, the flowers still weren't quite right, so I also added a bit of glitter gel pen to the centers.  I like how they turned out.  The sparkle echoes the little rhinestones...or is it the other way around???  Hopefully, you can see the shine in this angled photo.


Hope you liked this simple little card.  Do you do "card starters" similar to what I described?  What other things help you save time and use scraps????  Please tell me in your comments!

Have a lovely rest of the week!!!
 
<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  Vandicrafts Artistry Challenge #12 - Anything Goes
2.  MFP Speedy TV Color Challenge #40 - Peach, Yellow, and Green
3.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use Watercolors
4.  DL.ART October Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
5.  Hiding in my Craft Room Challenge #169 - Super Scraps Saturday - Use Scraps

16 comments:

Lin said...

One of my favorite flowers, beautifully colored, Janis! Thanks so much for playing along with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge this week!

Stampsnob said...

The cards you are submitting at MFP >>CC are just so pretty and this one is no exception it is lovely ............Lis DT

sue k said...

Beautiful card, great papers and lovely image. Thank you for joining us this week at HIMCR.

Sue - HIMCR DT
http://suek86401.blogspot.com/

Lena's Creations said...

Lovely card. Love the card layout you used and your colouring is beautiful. The glitter gel definately did the job :-) And no, unfortunately I'm one of those crafters that start from scratch every time I make a card and agonize about what papers go together for the best look. You obviously have an eye for this because your papers are lovely and go beautifully together.
Thanks for joining in the fun at Hiding in My Craft Room.
Lena – DT
xxx
Lena’s Creations

Donna Ellis said...

How pretty your card is, Janis! And wonderful color choices, especially with that glaze pen enhancing them! (Thank you for your kind response on my blog recently.
I was not sure if the health issues should be shared or not, but since my internet circle of friends is my link with the outside world, I didn’t want any misunderstandings to crop up. Thank you so much for your friendship.
hugs,
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Melissa Vandridge said...

Simply beautiful Janis! Having "card starters" has never occurred to me! That does make a lot of sense and I will be doing that quite soon. Thank you for the great tip and for sharing on this weeks Artistry Challenge! Be sure to come back this Saturday or Sunday to vote for your favorite two cards. :) Melissa - Vandicrafts

Janis said...

Thanks, Lin! I need to get some bulbs to grow some of these beauties, myself. Thank you for visiting and leaving your nice comment!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you, Lis!!! Your color challenge this last time around was so very lovely to work with!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Sue!! Love the Scraps Saturday challenges. I have sooooooo many scraps!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks, Lena!! My card LO looks like a sketch, doesn't it? I will have to remember this plan because I really liked it, too! I know what you mean abt agonizing over what papers to use. It usu takes me longer to choose the papers than to make the card!! Thank you so much for stopping by.

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you, Donna! Your sweet comments are always a day-brightener.
I am so glad you did share on your blog. I still do not think anyone would misunderstand or have hurt feelings but this gives us an opportunity to share your burden. You are a treasure!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you, Melissa!! I voted on the challenge.....but it looks like Karen's daughter's group didn't get the memo, yet! lol..... What a hoot!!

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Janis

Karenladd said...

Janis, this card is beautiful! I love that you used the gray ink instead of black, which gives it a softer look...and that gray wash around the flower looks wonderful! I like the idea of card starters and may have to do that sometime when I'm sitting around and wanting to craft, but lacking the energy to actually make a card! I certainly have lots and lots of patterned paper scraps that need a home and that would be a good use for them. That little bit of glitter gel pen in the flower centers adds just the right touch!

Karenladd said...

heh heh, my daughter is skipping the Social Media blitz this week per my insructions! Wow was that embarrassing...LOL!

Janis said...

Eeeek!! I can't believe how behind I got on replying to my commenters!!!! Thanks for your sweet words. I need to do some more starters with Christmas colors on them......I live in scraps-R-us, you know! Ha.

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Janis

Janis said...

It hasn't seemed to matter that the blitz has ended......your fabulous cards have won every week since! :) Well-deserved, too, I might add!!

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Janis