(Sorry for the poor quality of these photos! I'm testing out a new camera which is nowhere near as good as my hubby's DSLR. I hope I don't have to resort to using it for my cards very often!)
Hey there! I have a "just for fun" kind of card to share tonight, something I don't have a chance to do very often. Plus, I promised to share a couple of creations made by some sweet blog friends, so be sure to scroll down for those!
For this card, I wanted to pull out some colors that I rarely reach for (although I have actually used a lot of purple lately!). Spring Rain is one of those colors that I love, but never seem to use. I also chose Melon Berry and Fine Linen. Very different, but I kind of like the way it turned out.
That absolutely gorgeous embossing folder I used on the Spring Rain card base is a generous gift from my sweet blog friend, Nance from Canopy Crafts. I have swooned over a number of her cards using this folder, so I was thoroughly surprised and delighted when it showed up at my doorstep. (Thanks again, Nance!)
With that element in place, I chose a beautiful Labels 18 stamp by Waltzingmouse that goes well with the embossed frame. This was layered with a Fine Linen doily and a Melon Berry felt flower. A punched tag is stamped with a tiny sentiment from PTI's Tag-its #2.
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Spring Rain, Fine Linen, white)
Patterned paper: Papertrey Ink (2008 Bitty Dots Basics)
Stamps: Waltzingmouse (Labels 18), Papertrey Ink (Tag-its #2)
Ink: Stampin' Up! (Perfect Plum)
Tools: Stampin' Up! (Framed Tulip embossing folder), Papertrey Ink (Doily Details, Beautiful Blooms dies), McGill (tag punch), Fiskars (hole punch)
Accessories: Papertrey Ink (felt, buttons, ribbon), DMC floss, thread
Speaking of my friend Nance, here is the lovely card she sent with the embossing folder. Nance's attention to detail is always amazing, and I love the way she adorned the tulips with tiny pearls on this card. And that wide striped ribbon? Be still my heart... This card will be brightening my craft space for a long time to come!
And as if I hadn't been blessed enough, I received the most darling little favor basket from Jessica at The Paper Parade when I met her last Saturday in Boston. Is this not the sweetest thing?! I just love the rich colors, the knotted twill, and that fun corduroy button. Not only that, but this little cutie came bearing chocolate in the form of an Andes mint brownie! Thanks again, Jessica!
Thanks so much for stopping by tonight, and for letting me share a bit of my good fortune with all of you. It's the acts of kindness like these, between crafters who barely know each other in the "real world" or have never even met, that make this community so incredibly special.
Okay, I'm off to enjoy some mindless entertainment in front of the DVR with my hubby before bed. See you back here soon!