Hi everyone, how’s your week been so far? Mine is not-so-good — my Gran is in the hospital. :( I’m going to go visit her and wanted to make a bunch of cards to take. (Because, well, that’s what we cardmarkers do, eh?) But it’s hard for me to make cards when I’m sad. (Do you have that problem too?)

I tried to come up with something, but it just wasn’t happening.

But then I came across the Tuesday Trigger over at Moxie Fab World — it’s Oh So Lovely, check it out:

(Color palette created using Colour Lovers — love that!)

I just loved the colors, and the succulent! Oh wow! I have a whole windowsill of succulents, I’ll have to take a photo sometime.

After swooning over the colors, the next thing I noticed was the chair. Oh I’d love to have that chair! (It would go perfectly in the room that has all the succulents in the window.)

I rustled around in my stamps and found a chair stamp by Hero Arts — the wheels started turning — and here’s what I came up with:

I had so much fun doing making the flowers — I couldn’t seem to stop!

I’d had an idea to make them using the kissing technique and then crumpling them and sanding them for an extra shabby chic look — just like the chair.

Here’s a before and an after of a flower and a little how-to:

  • First, I inked up the flower  using rose bud ink (all supplies at the end of the post)
  • Next, I inked up the envelope background stamp with sand ink  (this is one of my favorite stamps, so versatile)
  • Notice there’s no actual stamping just yet!
  • Then I took the inked flower stamp and stamped it on the inked envelope background stamp
  • Now for the stamping: I stamped the flower on a scrap of a poppy notecard from Hero Arts.
  • So now for the fun part! I cut out the flower, crumpled it up, and then sanded it.  Hero Arts’ notecards are white core — the color is actually printed on white cardstock.  The sanding reveals the pink ink that seeped into the white core — how cool is that?

Oh and! Shari did a super video of the kissing technique that you can check out if you’re more of a visual type of stamper.

Resources: All stamps by Hero Arts: envelope pattern (one of my faves, and it’s 25% off this week only!), chair background, sweet threads labels (for the small flower), sweet threads set (for the bigger flower), wish you were here (for the message). I stamped the chairs on some sweet threads paper by BasicGrey. (Note: All sweet threads papers and stamps are coming in April — love this whole line so much.) Rose bud and Tangelo Momento ink by Tsukineko. Walnut stain ink by Ranger (for the chair and the message).  Soft sand ink, pearls, and orange notecard scraps also by Hero Arts. I think that’s everything, whew.

Thanks so much to Cath and the Moxie Fab team for the trigger, it really helped me get stamping. I made some more cards for my Gran too — will share in the next few days.

Hugs to all,

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20 thoughts on “Oh So Lovely”

  1. Sweet Lisa.. I am sure your Gran will be ever so happy with this gorgeous card and her spirits will be lifted! So sorry to hear about this tho. Hang in there…..Hugs…

    I love the colors you used on the envelope stamp!!!! Cool!

    And, to lift your spirits some more, you are one of the winners of the Moxie Fab Tape challenge! Your cute little snail in the grass is featured!!!!!!!

    Happy thoughts…

  2. Howdy from Arlington! Am new to your blog and sure enjoy seeing your creativity. Am very sorry to hear about your Grandma. Your card is so gorgeous and cheerful (dare I say very chairful?), and it is sure to brighten her day. Best wishes to y’all :)

  3. I hope your Grandmother is feeling better soon. My Father is 97 and when he isn’t feeling well, it colors my day sad, as well! Blessings to you and your Grandmother!!
    Love your card and the colors! I just ordered the envelope stamp and can’t wait for it to come!
    Hugs!

  4. Stunning card Lisa! I love your technique for the kissed and sanded flowers – fun!
    I’m sure your Gran will be thrilled to receive it. Sending you warmest thoughts to you all for her speedy recovery ;)
    Hugs, Ruth S

  5. OMG, I love that color combo. What a clever idea, use the beauty of nature to create amazing color combinations, just like mother nature knows how to make…

  6. Hi Lisa, So sorry to hear your Gran is in the hospital. Your cards will cheer her up for sure and hopefully make her stay a little easier. This card is so perfect…for every reason. Big hugs!

  7. Hi Lisa, I’m so sorry your Gran is in the hospital. These colors alone are sure to cheer her up and make her feel better. Beautiful card! Love the fun kissing technique with the added sanding. . . . .so cool looking! Sending you big, big hugs!

  8. Oh so lovely, is right! I love the beautiful design and that great sanding technique! Love that shabby look and the way the ink shows up after sanding, I will need to try this! This beauty is sure to lift your Grandmother’s spirits, there’s nothing like a lovingly handmade card to show someone how much you care. Sending prayers and hugs your way…

  9. Hi Lisa <3
    So sorry to read about your Gran! I´m sure your wonderful collored cards will cheer her up!
    Love the colors – so gorgeous!
    So glad to read your comments on my blog – you are so sweet!
    HUGS, Sanne

  10. so sorry to hear that your Gran is not feeling well. hope she gets better soon. this card is sure to make her smile and cheer her up. love the colors. sending you hugs!

  11. So sorry to hear that your Gran is in the hospital– I hope she will be better soon!! I am sure
    you and your card will be the best kind of medicine.

  12. Lisa, I’m so sorry to hear that your Gran is in hospital, I hope she is feeling better soon! Your card is gorgeous! I love the background and the flowers are fab with the kissing and sanding! Hugs to you and your Gran:)

  13. I love your sunny and happy card – sure to bring a smile to your Grandma! Wonderful take on the yummy trigger photo and thanks for explaining how you made the cool flowers!
    Sending big hugs to you and your family!

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