Thursday, July 20, 2017

Seeing Pink...and Some Knobby Knees

I visited Scrap-a-Latte last week...
( a favorite small local stamp and scrap shop East of where we live, here on Long Island)
and picked up a sweet little Reverse Confetti flamingo stamp and die set called THINK PINK.
I'm kinda picky about flamingo stamps/images
and up until now...
I hadn't found a Flamingo set that caught my eye.
Until...I spotted this Reverse Confetti set
I was drawn to this set for a few reasons
The size of the flamingos...
and the 2 additional stamps that came with it.
and...
I LOVE THE FLAMINGO'S KNOBBY KNEES!!

I also picked up lots of other card making bodies...
(emphasis on LOTS)
including the great Summery Photoplay print paper 
that I also used when creating this card

I stamped and colored the images with Copic Markers
then cut them out with the companion die set.
I prepared enough of each image to create 4 cards.
Next...I cut out the Arched Stax pieces (Arched Stax Dies by MFT)
and brushed ink on each to add
I chose a light green LCI metallic card stock color
and a pink matte card stock color for matting & layering
I assembled the card using foam dimensionals and fun foam for added dimension.

And..
this is what I whipped up!
I opted to color the the largest center image to resemble a patch of ground...as opposed to using blue to resemble water....as I've seen done most time.
(The water is portrayed in the inked blue background)
When inking the arched die cut piece...
I made sure to add the yellow in the area where I knew that I would place the sun.
The flamingos and arched die cut were positioned what foam dimensionals and fun foam...
and rolled glue dots
so there's lots of dimension on this card.
HERE'S A HELPFUL TIP:
I always use rolled glue dots in place of foam dimensionals in small and tiny spots...
On this card...I used the rolled glue dots behind the flamingos feet...and behind there heads. 


I had so much fun creating this stack of 4 identical cards.
I'm happy with how the color came together...
The images were nice to color...
(I LOVE the center image...with the ground ...rocks and tall grass)
and yes..
I LOVE the flamingos and there knobby knees!

Thanks for visiting today, my crafty and creative friends...
Have a wonderful day!
Michelle.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Magical Mermaid

I have an aversion to mermaids
ALL mermaids.
I am not a fan of mermaids..
especially images of adult mermaids.
I've avoided...by choie...the mermaid stamp rage
UNTIL...
now!

I was at a local scrap shop last week 
and saw Sunny Studio's MAGICAL MERMAIDS stamp set 
and i liked it.
So I purchased the stamp and die set.
I can hardly believe that I am saying that I like a mermaid.
(LET ME CLARIFY....That's not ALL mermaids...It's just the cuties in this set)

This stamp set has lots and lots of great imagesthat you can use to create a mermaid scene.
I stamped out lots of the images that I wanted to create about a half dozen cards with.
I purchased the dies...but because I had stamped and colored so many images...
I wanted to use my ScanNCut to expedite cutting them out.

Here's what happened...
UGH
NOT GOOD.
(The card stock with the colored images shifted while the blade was cutting..
UGH
(well...actually...I didn't say UGH....I said  %$*# and &%$@)

But..I had enough images colored and ready to go...
This time...I made sure they were secure on the cutting mat...
and had success with cutting the remaining images.

The images were all Copic colored..
I created a stenciled tiny fish print layer for the card front.
(ECHO PARK ~ BABY FISH STENCIL)
A friend had sent me some 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of beautiful water colored paper..
So...for the blue ocean background I die cut an oval water colored shape...
and used the same shape die in smaller size to cut a window in the stenciled piece.
I created my underwater scene...
positioning some of the die cut piece with foam dimensionals for added dimension.
I positioned the stenciled fish layer with fun foam
an then positioned the remaining pieces of the scene as shown (partially over the stenciled fish layer)
I wanted lots of dimension on the card

Finally...
I can say that I like a mermaid!
This set is sweet..and adorable...
and has lots of nice images that all work well together
along with some nice sentiments 
(I chose to not use a sentiment because I want this card to be useful for all occasions)

So...thumbs up to Sunny Studio for making a convert out of me!
A mermaid liking convert!

Thanks for visiting today...
Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday!
Michelle.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Be Sunny from the Inside Out

Hello my crafty and creative friends!

I don't mind creating cards that take a decent amount of time...
or cards that might be a bit labor intensive
The joy comes in the creative process and watching a project evolve.
However....
Sometimes...
 A nice quickie ...
Simple...CAS card
is a very nice thing.
and.
I just so happen tohave a stamp that is perfect for an easy quickie CAS card.

I've had Spellbinders BE SUNNY stamp (a Tammy Tutterow Design) 
for quite a while..
but have never inked it up.

I felt like coloring...
but didn't feel like starting a big coloring project.
and...
with that in mind...this stamp came to mind!

I wanted to keep the card very clean looking...
and I wanted the large image to be the focal point.
(I wasn't looking to add embellishments..bling...background color etc)

I got out my Colorista Markers (Crafter's Companion)
(They're alcohol markers..with a nice fine tip...perfect for coloring narrow and small areas)
I matched up some prints and metallic card stock for matting.
and this is what I came up with.
A pink version...
With a pink print and matting...
and some pink coloring.


and...
this yellow and orange version...
I enjoyed blending colors on both cards to shade the lettering...

I really love this saying...
(makes sense ...because I love quote stamps...)
I love the size of this sentiment...because it's ideal for an A2 card front.
and...
I love that the sentiment allows for some coloring...
as opposed to being ink only

So thumbs up to this Tammy Tutterow Spellbinders stamp...
It was fun and relaxing to just sit..and color...
and match up some prints and metallic card stock colors...
to create a few CAS cards.

Thanks for visiting today...
Have a great Tuesday!
Michelle.

Monday, July 17, 2017

A Set of Embossed Vellum Cards

HI everyone!
I've been busy creating cards with some new-to-me 
transparent colored Vellum.
by LCI PAPER

I am a true-blue CAS card maker...
and today's cards are very me...very CAS.

With the exception of the base card...
all of today's card stock and Vellum are by LCI...
I chose the Vellum colors that I wanted to use...
and chose embossing folders that seemed suited for the Vellum colors...
as well as the sentiments.
I then chose matting colors that complemented each Vellum color
as well as the sentiment chosen for each card.
*Sentiments are from a GREAT stamp set called...
SIMPLY SENTIMENTS... by Reverse Confetti
There was lots of coordinating going on with today's cards!

In the end...
I had 4 embossed vellum cards with an assortment of metallic card stock colors 
for layering and matting 
and
I used an an assortment of sentiments.

I've got a photo of each of the 4 cards to share with you today..
The Ebony vellum used on this first card is a heavier weight vellum
The weight of this Transparent Vellum is 54 lbs
When a light source is behind this 54 lb vellum...you can see the transparency nicely 

The next 3 cards were created with
GMUND COLORS TRANSPARENT/30 lb TRANSLUCENT VELLUM
...also great vellum to emboss.
Although its a lighter weight than the Ebony vellum above...
it held up to embossing nicely.

Because the 3o lb is more transparent
I chose to use LCI White Metallic cards stock behind the vellum..
(Had I used a color....it would have altered the look of the vellum color...
so I kept that first mat layer white/neutral
on each of the following cards

The PLACID BLUE from this collection of vellum is a really nice shade of blue...

The SCARLET RED vellum has a nice depth of color..
yet is still transparent.

and the last card..
created with LEAF GREEN vellum shows the embossing nicely, I think.

For me...being a card maker....
I was happy to find that Each of the 30 lb weight colors that I have tried
 are transparent enough to stamp behind...
allowing the stamping to show through.
And both  the 54 lb...and the 30 lb stood up nicely to embossing...
WITHOUT CRACKING!
That was s thrill for me...because often...I have found that vellum cracks when embossed.

SO...I can finally day that I have found a vellum that works well for me with stamping....matting...layering...die cutting...and embossing!
FINALLY!
All of this means that LCI TRANSPARENT COLORS VELLUM gets a BIG thumbs up for me
and will now take up residency in my studio!

Thanks for visiting today my crafty an creative friends!
Have a marvelous Monday!
Michelle.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

GIVEAWAY WINNERS!...and Gina K's Sentimental Summer

Hello my crafty and creative friends!
I've got lots to share with you today!
First...
The 3 GIVEAWAY WINNERS from last week's Catherine Scanlon Week
I did this the old fashioned way...
Each comment earned one entry..
each name for each comment was written on a slip of paper...
thrown into a hat (literally)
and the winners were chosen at random.

Here we go...




The WINNERS ARE (!!!!!)
AVRA WILLIAMS
 LINDA GORUN
 DENISE BRYANT

Congratulations to the Winners!
and thank you to each person who followed along and shared a comment
during Catherine Scanlon Week here at my blog.

WINNERS: PLEASE EMAIL YOUR FULL NAME (if different than your blogger name)
and MAILING INFO to me at: tobellissimacards@gmail.com
PRIOR TO WEDNESDAY...July 19th... of this week.


And now...on to some card making!!
YAY!! YAY!! and YAY!!

I finally had time to make a few cards with Gina K's
Sentimental Summer Stamp TV Kit.
The kit is terrific...
Lots of fantastic stamps......great card stock...and print paper...
and oodles of dies.

I've been doing lots of water coloring lately..
So I thought that I'd get out my Copics for a change of pace
and use them to create a few floral cards.

As the weather temps have been getting hotter here each day...
I've been thinking about Fall ...and everything that I LOVE about Autumn
(My favorite season)

So...my first card is...
a Thanksgiving card!

I used one of the floral stamps and 3 different leaf stamps & dies...
I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink..
I Colored the images with Copic Markers..then die cut each one.
The Mini Scalloped rectangle is by MFT.
While the die cute rectangle was still in the die...
I used the die as a stencil..
and used Clarity Stencil brushes to blend 2 ink colors on the rectangle.
After the ink was brushed on and blended... 
I stamped the sentiment...which is by Impression Obsession.
I chose a background print from Gina K's Grateful Heart print paper pad.
I matted the print with LCI Gold Metallic Card Stock
The sentiment piece and flower were positioned with fun foam 
for a nice sturdy lift and added dimension.
(The leaves were not positioned with foam)
When the card was put together...
I added a little bit of sparkle to the flower with Clear Wink of Stella


You can see the dimension created with fun foam in this photo.

I created  a second card...
changed up the color palette ...
And...chose a great print paper that went nicely with the colored stamped image
This scalloped square is a Spellbinders die and this sentiment is also by Impression Obsession.
I used fun foam again for the square and flower...
and added a few crystal sequins .
I brushed the flower with Clear Wink of Stella

This Gina K Stamp TV kit is beyond lovely...
There are lots of stamps that I'm looking forward to creating cards with.
I'm so glad that I finally had some time to open up the kit...
and use this flower stamp for the 2 cards that I've shared with you today.

Thanks for stopping by my crafty and creative friends..
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Michelle

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Transparent Vellum...A little Bit of Love...a Beautiful Print...and Some Die Cutting

If you visit my blog regularly
You'll recognize this bold purple print.
I created a group of cards a few days ago...
featuring a beautiful purple print...and LCI GMUND TRANSPARENT VELLUM

Today...I am using the LEAF GREEN Vellum, from the same paper collection,
and I'm combining it with the same beautiful print...
some glitter paper
a little bit of stamping..
and some die cutting.
This is the one of the cards that I shared a few days ago...


This Die....HEART FULL OF LOVE...by MFT
has 2 dies..
A solid heart...and the LOVE heart
I cut one of each...using LEAF GREEN vellum for the solid shaped heart
and purple glitter paper for the one piece love outline heart.
Once both pieces were die cut..I used liquid adhesive 
around the edges and behind  LOVE to put them together..
Next...I used the same liquid adhesive all around the back edges of the layered heart piece
and positioned it on the card front.
I stamped the words..
matted them with the green velum... positioned them with foam dimensionals.

And wha-la!
A card!

I've been trying the LCI GMUND  TRANSPARENT  Vellum for a few days now
and so far...the velum worked well with each of my card making ideas.

I've always found it a challenge to find velum...in clear...or colors...
that I liked..
I think that problem may now be resolved!
Next up...I'm going to give embossing a try with the LCI Vellum..
I have a CAS card in mind...
and am hoping that this vellum holds up well to embossing.

 I'll be giving the embossing  a try in a day or two...
so be sure to stop back to see how the embossing turns out!

Have a great day, my crafty and creative friends!
Michelle!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Re-cap of Catherine Scanlon Week and Your Last Chance to be "IN" on the Giveaway!


Hello my crafty and creative friends!
I'm back with a re-cap of ALL of the cards
that I shared during Catherine Scanlon Designs Week, here at my blog.

Today you'll have one more giveaway entry
by leaving a comment below.
The WINNER(s) will be announced here at The Bellissima Cards Blog 
on
SUNDAY....JULY 16th.
So be sure to check in here that day 
to see if YOU are one of the lucky WINNERS!

So...here we go...
One more look at each of the water colored cards that I created 
with Catherine Scanlon Stamps
during Catherine Scanlon Week, here at my blog.
*I will list the names of each stamp with each day's photos.
*Catherine Scanlon Designs Stamps can be found HERE....
at the ART GONE WILD web site


Day 1 Cards
STAMP: BLOSSOM in BLOOM
 




   



DAY 2
STAMP: ARRANGEMENT





DAY 3
STAMP: FLORAL TRIO BRACKET FRAME


DAY 4
STAMP: ELEGANT BOUQUET




Day 5
STAMP: PEONIES





and a re-cap of the final day...
DAY 6
Two different stamps were used on Day 6
STAMP #1:  ELEGANT FLORAL FRAME


Day 6...
Stamp #2: FLOWER FRAME 1



Okay...that's ALL of the cards from the week!
Don;t forget to comment below
and check back here on Sunday...the 16th....
To see if YOU are one of the Winners!

I had a great time creating cards with Catherine Scanlon Stamps...
and I am so happy that you were part of it
(For additional info about each card...
check the individual blog posts for each stamp & card.
Have a great day!
Michelle

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Cuppa Cactus

Hello my crafty and creative friends...
I'm happy to share this happy little card with you today
created with CUPPA CACTUS...By Newton's Nook.
This card includes some stamping... and die cutting
as well as some stamping to create a background...
Some Copic coloring...
Ink brushing...using the scalloped die as a stencil 
to brush and blend 3 ink colors on the smaller scalloped die cut.
And...
for a pop of color....I used some really pretty LCI colored vellum for transparent layering.

I created a few cards with this Cuppa Cactus stamp seta few week ago...and liked it..a lot!
So..I decided to create a few more cards with it...with a different look.
This time, I created a background by stamping the images on white cards stock...
and an ink bended scalloped die cut.
I also used LCI Transparent Vellum as an overlay
and...as for larger matting scallop die cut layer.
I LOVE that this beautiful LCI Vellum is colored...
and  even with color...It's still transparent!
It gives this card a light...fun, airy and bright look.
and...
It allows the stamped background to be visible!


I slipped the corner of an envelope under the LCI Transparent vellum in this close up...
so that you cans the transparency.
This vellum is a great weight...
not flimsy at all...and not crisp...like some vellum can be.
I've had vellum crack, in the past...when folded or die cut..
This LCI 30 lb vellum is very pliable..flexible..and die cut beautifully.
It also cut nicely when cut with my Cutterpillar
(no rough edges...something else that I've experienced with other velum brands.

I just love this Newton's Nook stamp set...
and am happy that I combined the colored images with this colored vellum.
I've got other colors of this vellum...
and am looking forward to creating a more cards with a few different colors.

Thanks for stopping by today...
Have a great day!
Michelle.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

DO NOT CUT!...A Few More Cards Created with Beautiful Print Paper

I NEVER do 2 blog posts on the same day...
BUT...
I wanted to share another card that I created...
simply because I didn't want to cut up a gorgeous sheet of 12 x 12 paper into small pieces...
or use it as a mat layer...which would mean hiding it behind other paper..or an image...

I like the purple flower print that I posted earlier..but THIS PRINT???
Oh My Gosh...
Be still my heart!
it's gorgeous to the max...
no...
correction
make that....to the max squared times infinity!

THIS sheet of 12 x 12 paper...to me...is BEYOND gorgeous.

The "old" Michelle...
The paper HOARDER
would have saved this paper for the rest of eternity.
(Yes...that USED to be true of me) 
But...the current Michelle...The paper USER 
wanted to actually...USE the paper.
BUT....with one stipulation...
I WOULD NOT and COULD NOT cut it up into unrecognizable pieces.

So this is what I came up with..
6 cards...with an assortment of words accompanying "Beautiful"
(I used the "Beautiful" Stamp and Die duo from The Stamps of Life)
*I love that this die has a shadow

Now I ask you...
ISN'T THIS PAPER GORGEOUS??

Because this is my second blog post today...
and I am getting ready to head out to the studio to make cards with a friend momentarily...
I won't explain how I created the card
It's pretty basic actually.
I will note, though, that the shadowed "Beautiful" and the matted words 
were positioned with foam dimensionals.

Sometimes..
simple can be a good thing.

I'm always in need of birthday cards...
so I made sure to make a few birthday cards as well.


Ohhhh....<sigh>
 just LOVE this print...
and everything about it...
the flowers...
the colors...
<sigh>
I don't regret using it...
*Says the "new" and very proud paper-using-non-paper-hoarding Michelle.
But...I must confess.. I'm sad that I don't have 25 more sheets of it to enjoy.

If you've had...or had beautiful-paper-use "issues" 
like me...
(bordering on needing therapy)
and would like to "talk about it"
please feel free to comment below
😉

Thanks for visiting...again...
Have a terrific day!
Michelle.

A Little Bit of Fabulous...A Beautiful Print...Some Sparkly Sparkle...and some Sheer Vellum.

I had a few sheets of really pretty print paper
that I just couldn't bring myself to cut up into small pieces...
OR...hide behind another layer of paper by using it as a mat layer.

So I cut the 12 x 12 sheet into 6 equal A2 card front sized pieces ( 4 x 5 1/4)
I chose a compatible LCI Metallic cardstock to mat the print.
I got out the "Fabulous" die (by The Ton)...
The "Beautiful" Stamp set by The Stamps of Life  
Some amazing sparkly purple glitter paper...
and some beautiful LCI Transparent LIMBA 30 lb Vellum..
and I created 6 "Fabulous" cards!

I started by matting each print piece...
Then die cut "Fabulous" 6x's...using the glitter paper...
 and ran each one through the Xyron 250 to apply adhesive to the back
I chose the words that I wanted to pair up with "fabulous...
Stamped them and matted them with the glitter paper.
I cut the Vellum into strips...then centered & positioned a "Fabulous" die cut on each strip.
I then assembled the card by placing the vellum strip  
with the die cut in position over the print..
wrapping it around the sides and using adhesive to secure it ON THE BACK
Next I positioned the matted print peace with the vellum onto the card front.
I also put a few tiny Bling Glue Dots behind a few of the thicker letters of the "Fabulous" die cut
By placing them strategically behind the thicker letters...
you can't see any adhesive through the vellum...
and yet..the vellum will lay nicely ...and flat...on the print...
as opposed to having a gap behind it...and popping up.
I then positioned the matted tiny words and used foam dimensionals 
to give them some lift and to add dimension to the card.

and...wha-la!
I did al of the above 6 x's...and in the end...I  had 6 "Fabulous" cards!
I LOVE that the beautiful print is visible through the vellum.
(Remember...this card "came to be" because I didn't want to hide the print behind anything...
so Vellum was the way to go...and works wonderfully , I think)

Here's a close up so that you can see the Vellum and the sparkle on the glittery "die cut "Fabulous"
I took this photo in bright light to get the sparkle to show nicely...
the flip side of that is....the print paper colors are looking washed out...(sorry)
This print is a very heavy print and has a shiny coating over it...AND it has some "built in" sparkle...(you can see it a bit in this mega -ized-close-up
But most of all....I LOVE that the beautiful print shows through the sheer LCI vellum. 


I have a sampler of this wonderful LCI Transparent Vellum paper in assorted colors
and am looking forward to creating a few more cards with a few different colors.
and I'll be sure to share them with you here.

Thanks for visiting today, my crafty and creative friends..
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Michelle.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A "Spa" Themed Challenge Card for Die Cuttin' Divas

Hello my crafty and creative friends!
I'm happy to be this week's Guest Designer 

This week's  Challenge theme is SPA TIME.

For my Challenge card...I inked up a new-to-me stamp set...
Scruffy Little Kitten's DOLLIE stamp
A stamp set that I hadn't used yet.
The main image is wonderful..and very large...
so I created a 6x6 card.

I also used a Spellbinders Flourish Frame die cut...Copic markers to color the image...
Clear Morning Dew Tonic Nuvo Drops...
some Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets...
The Heart folder from We R Memory Keepers DOTTED Next Level Embossing Folder Set
and LCI Metallic card stock for die cutting the flourish frame and matting. 

And...
this is the "Spa" themed card that I whipped up!
This cutie is Dollie...and I think that she is adorable!
and...
I think that a bubble bath is perfect for creating an at-home-spa-day!

 Here's a close-up...
You can see the shiny bathtub bubbles nicely here...
which were covered in Tonic Drops.
You can also see the Pretty Pink Posh Droplets here..
and the summery metallic card stock die cut flourish frame piece behind the image.
This was a fun image to color...
and I liked that the image is large...and required me to create a larger sized card.
(I rarely create 6x6 cards..so this was a nice change of pace for me!)
This card has lots of layers and lots of dimension.

and...
One last look at my Spa Themed Challenge card!


So now...
How about hopping over the the Die Cutting Divas Challenge Blog...
and joining in on the challenge!
You can check out the Challenge HERE

Thanks for visiting today, my friends!
I hope that you're leaving my blog today with a little bit of inspiration...
and find yourself creating a Challenge card of your own!

and...
Thank YOU... Die Cutting Divas... for inviting me to be your Guest Designer this week!

Michelle

PS....Die Cutting Divas have a great Facebook group as well...
You can join the group HERE

Monday, July 10, 2017

Day 6....The Last Day of Catherine Scanlon Designs Week and Giveaway

Hello my crafty and creative friends!
Welcome back for Day 6....the final day
 of Catherine Scanlon Designs Week and Giveaway, here at my blog!
I'm happy...and I'm sad today.
Happy that I've dedicated 6 days to creating & sharing wonderful..beautiful stamps with you here
and sad that today is the last of the 6 days.
(I might just have to d another Catherine Scanlon  Designs Week 
in the future!)

**GIVEAWAY REMINDER:
Don't forget to post a comment below 
so that you'll be "in" on next week's Catherine Scanlon Stamp Giveaway!

Okay..so now..on to today's cards!
I've got 4 cards to share with you today.
Two cards were created with Catherine Scanlon's FLOWER FRAME stamp
and 2 cards were created with the ELEGANT FLORAL FRAME stamp
(All of Catherine Scanlon's stamps are available at the ART GONE WILD web site.

Each of the cards were stamped with Versamark ink..
and heat embossed...
Some with Sparkle n Sprinkle Fine Detail White Embossing Powder 
and some with Sparkle n Sprinkle Fine Detail Black Embossing Powder.
I water colored each of today's images with Altenew Ink and a traditional paint brush.
I chose sentiments for each card form a variety of stamp sets...
by Penny Black...Papermakeup...Stampin Up
I used an assortment of LCI metallic card stock colors for matting.

First up...
2 cards created with the ELEGANT FLORAL FRAME stamp.
This is a beautiful large stamp that fills an entire card front.
I only wanted to use the upper portion of this stamped image..
so that's the portion of the image that I stamped out...embossed and water colored.
I usually heat emboss with gold when water coloring..
but this time..I went with white
for no  reason other than the fact that this image just didn't seem suited for gold.
I am happy with my decision go with the white EP.

The colors that I chose to water color this second image with
are very much like the colors used for the first card...
but the flower colors are just a little bit darker in this version
I like this image a lot..
and am happy with my decision use only the upper half of the entire image.
I like that by cropping the image... this makes those 2 big flowers the true focal point of this card.


The second stamp that I used for creating today's cards is
FLOWER FRAME 1
This is a big beautiful WOW! kind of stamp.
It's got SO much opportunity for color..with so many wonderful and different flowers
that fill a card front...side to side and top to bottom.


Flower Frame 1 is a detailed image with lots of beautiful flowers and leaves...
both big and small.
For the first Flower Frame card I heat embossed with white...
and chose purple toned colors for all of the flowers.
I love the white heat embossing with the colors that I chose for this card...
The colors are soft...serene..and soothing yet can hold their own.
I didn't want to hide any of this gorgeous image..
so I placed the small double matted sentiment kinda-sorta in the middle of the card.
I went with a dark purple and  light pastel lavender metallic card stock for the large matting layers.

After soft..serene and soothing...
I wanted to kick it up three thousand notches...
and went with an entirely different color palette.
Look at this image!!
WOWZERAMA!!
I had so much fun choosing the ink for water coloring this image.
I wanted bold..bright...and striking.
and..
I think that's what I wound up with.
I'm also happy with my choice to do the "bold & bright" thing...
with black heat embossing
because that seemed to really make all of the flower colors pop.

I like that this bright and beautiful card is the last card 
that I am sharing as the 6 Days of Catherine Scanlon Designs Week comes to a close here at my blog.
It goes had hand with the saying...
"Going out with a bang"!
These bright gorgeous colors sure bring some bang to my blog!

I hope that you've enjoyed these 6 days of cards created with Catherine Scanlon stamps.
It's been my pleasure to introduce many of you to these stamp designs for the first time.
I've received lots of private messages on FB 
letting me know that he stamp designs are now on your radar...
and have "wowed' you...as they always "wow" me!
Thank you for taking time to message me...or comment here at my blog.
It makes me smile to know that these beautiful stems have bene seen
by man...for the first time....and that that you love them as much as I do.

and now..
One more reminder:
USA Card Makers....Don't forget to comment below..so that you'll be "in" on the Giveaway.
(Winners will be announced on July 14th!)
***I'll share a re-cap of all of this weeks cards on the 13th...
and you'll have one final chance to comment...for one final entry in the GIVEAWAY.

Thanks for joining me these last 6 days.
I hope that You've been inspired...
and have discovered some new stamps that will allow you to create with joy.

Have a wonderful day my friends!
Michelle.