Looking Toward Spring with Tranquil Tulips

Today marks exactly ONE MONTH until the start of Spring in the United States, and I could not be more excited!  I am not a big fan of Winter.  I hate being cold!  When it finally starts to warm up a bit and tulips start making their appearance at the local supermarket, I know that Spring is right around the corner!  Tulips are my favorite flowers, so when I saw this stamp set in the Annual Catalog, I knew I had to have it.  It’s been while since I made a card with this set, so I figured it was time to pull it back out!

Today’s card was inspired by some tulips I bought last week.  Once they begin to appear in the supermarket, I treat myself to a new bunch each week when I go grocery shopping.  They’re not in the stores for too long, as they go out of season quickly, so I try to get them while I can!  Here’s a pic of the ones I bought:

The lighting isn’t great, but they were a very vibrant red!  So for today’s card, I made three tulips in Real Red with Lemon Lime Twist leaves and accents.  The Tranquil Tulip set is designed to give a weathered and watercolored look to the images, which is why there is a variation in the shading for each flower.  It comes with two stamps for each flower, one for the back and another for the front.  When you put them together, you get a full, layered flower!  There’s also stamps for the inside parts of the flowers as well, which I stamped in Basic Black.

I used a thick Whisper White card stock base, layered with Lemon Lime Twist and regular Whisper White.  The sentiment is from the Beautiful Day stamp set and is stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink and framed with a die from the Petals & More Thinlits Dies.  I also embellished with Real Red 1/8″ Solid Ribbon and a couple of Metallic Enamel Shapes.  It’s hard to tell, but I also added a little Wink of Stella to the black inner parts of the flowers, as well as the lines on each of the flowers!

Here’s what you get with the full set:

The tranquil Tulips set is available until May 31st and can only be purchased with Stampin’ Rewards!  How do you get them?  Place an order of $150 or more (before tax and shipping) or host a qualifying workshop!  Want more info?  Contact me today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

 

Floral Thank You Card with Products from THREE Catalogs!

Today’s card features products from the Annual Catalog and Occasions Catalog, as well as two carryover products from the Holiday Catalog!  The floral strip is from the Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper (Occasions), the sentiment and leaves behind it are from the Painted Autumn Suite (Holiday), and the little flowers are cut from a die in the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits (Annual).  While only the Annual and Occasions Catalog are current right now, the Painted Autumn items are still available in the Holiday Favorites section of the online store!  Colors for this card are as follows:

I also added a silver Metallic Foil Doily, as well as silver Metallic Enamel shapes to the centers of the flowers for a bit of shine!
I like the simple layout of this card, and the colors remind me of Spring!  Yesterday my kids had yet another snow day (it’s probably the 5th or 6th one this year!)  What was forecasted to be a “dusting to an inch” of snow ended up being 6-7 inches!  And while we had fun and the snow is really pretty, I am definitely looking forward to warmer temps and flowers this spring!  🙂
Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Enjoy your day!

Nicolle