Saturday, May 11, 2013

Now for something different!

This is a departure from my recent cards and projects. It's not weird, funny, or offbeat. It's a Mother's Day card for my mother, who doesn't visit my blog, so I needn't worry she'll see it. I'll be bringing it with me when I visit next week, along with a flowering container and some vegies/fruits from the second week of my CSA, which I have not ranted about yet. I will, so be prepared.

Anyways, my usual "style" has been described as odd, offbeat, weird, "interesting*", techniquey, cute, whimsical, clean-lined, layered. Pretty much any descriptor, but rarely "pretty" or "elegant".

So, here's my try at a "pretty" card.

The stamp is Lilac in a Pitcher by Lockhart stamps. I love lilacs and am delighted that my lilac withstood Sandy and has even grown. It's in bloom right now and smells wonderful. I got my lilac when my daughter was ~five-ish from her hairdresser. It was about 2' tall. It's now taller than I am. And I'm really tall. And I have a bridge to sell you.

But shockingly, I digressed. I stamped Lilac in a Pitcher by Lockhart stamps (incidentally 25% off right now) with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, then colored it with Copic markers, which I will take a guess at below because I neglected to write the list before I put them away. Bad me. Two demerits. I coated the pitcher with Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen to give it dimension and shine. I did think about using Crackle Accents, but wasn't feeling it. Oh well.

When I was done coloring the image, I diecut it a circle Nestabilities die, left it in the die, and sponged Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink around it. I removed it from the die and mounted it onto two more Nestabilities die cuts, one of which had been very lightly sponged with the same ink.

White cardstock was diecut with SCACD's Ornate Hinge die. These were adhered horizontally to a thin strip of white card so that their flourishes would be slightly touching and look like intricate lace. Another strip of white cardstock was layered on top of that, then Memory Box/Poppy Stamps' Delicate Chain diecut was layered onto that to add a bit more interest.

The stamped, mounted circle and the "lace" diecut border were adhered to a piece of patterned paper from Prima's Fairy Rhymes 6x6 pad. It seems to be out of stock right now, but gadzooks! There are some amazing new pads for you to check out by clicking HERE!. I diecut two SCACD Garden Corners diecuts and adhered 'em to the top edges. Then all edges were sponged with Milled Lavender Distress inks. Finally, KaiserCraft Snow White Pearls were added to the "lace" border and to the corners.

I didn't add a sentiment because I didn't have a tiny Mother's Day greeting to go where I wanted it, so I'll add the sentiment to the inside of the card!

*"Interesting": I recently received a packet containing one of my cards. It arrived with no return address, but was from a magazine. It was placed between two pieces of cardstock. One of the pieces said that the card should be filed under "Interesting" cards. Well, I don't know about you, but when I hear something described as "interesting", it usually means that it's fugly, weird, or defies description by any other adjective.

Thanks for visiting today.

Copic markers that I *think* I used:

Lilacs: V000, V01, V4, V12, V17
Leaves: YG03, YG05, YG17
Pitcher: B41, B91, B93, B95
Background: Y0000

I shall be entering this card in the following challenges:

Cut It Up Challenge #18: Mother's Day
Penny's Paper Challenges #126: Diecuts or Punches
The Sisterhood of Crafters: April Showers Bring May Flowers (in my case, lilacs)
Craft Your Passion #161: Floral Delights
Outlawz Promarker/Copic Fridays: Flowers


  1. Well ... this may not be your 'style' but you've certainly created a beautiful card here and Mom's going to love it!!! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood ‘April Showers Bring May Flowers’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters

  2. It may not be your usual style, Kathi, but it is very beautiful! I love the colors and the diecuts! It's a very pretty image, too!

  3. Very Beautiful!!Sweet Image!
    Thanks for joining us at Cut It Up Challenge.
    Have a wonderful day,
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  4. This is lovely Kathi, definitely a pretty card. I think 'interesting' is good, and I love your quirkeyness xx

  5. Love this card, especially the way you've used the die cut elements to balance the focal image. Hugs, Jenny x

  6. This card is not just a try at's a success. I absolutely love how you combined those dies to get the gorgeous border. The lilacs are pretty but no thanks to the bridge :) Your blog post gave me several smiles plus something wonderful to look at. Thanks for joining our Floral Delight challenge this week at Craft Your Passion. I enjoyed my visit.

  7. A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges and good luck.

  8. Gorgeous card, Kathi. I love what you have done with the hinge dies!

    Thanks for joining in the fun at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge,and good luck in the draw.

    Jennifer. x

  9. Well, this is very definitely a feminine card. Your mom will love it! I think it's gorgeous!
    Thanks for joining us at Cut it Up Challenge Blog!

  10. Well obviously you can do pretty - it's just a matter of whether you want to or not! Must also remember not to use interesting to describe your creations :( it does also mean appealing and entertaining so I wouldn't be too unhappy about it (much better than bland!!)

  11. Kathi, don't feel bad about the "interesting" label. At least they didn't say "butt-ugly", which would have given you reason for pause. ;^)
    You know your cards are interesting--they are so much fun to check out! Silly girl.
    Love this beautiful card--not your usual style, true, but fabulous, nonetheless! Your image is gorgeous, and you colored & framed it beautifully! The combination of paper and die cuts and embellies is wonderful! I love it! :^)
    Hugs, Penny