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Iris for Inkspirational and Just Us Girls and birdshot bloopers

Hi everyone.  Happy Thursday.

I'm showcasing Altenew's Enchanted Iris set in a card I made for the Inkspirational and Just Us Girls card challenges.

I really liked this set when I first saw it but, having played around with it this week - I LOVE it.  I've made several cards with this set that I will be sharing with you over the next couple of weeks.   It can be colored with a multitude of mediums and die-cutting out the flowers and leaves is a breeze.

Here's my first card - you can see that I colored and die-cut the flowers and then tucked them in behind the oval window that I created.  I used blending on a piece of Neenah Solar White card stock behind the flowers.

Iris window (1 of 1)

 For this particular card, I used my Polychromos pencils and used various shades of blue, purple, pink, yellow and a yellow green to color the flowers.  To add a little shimmer and sparkle - but just a touch, I used my gel pen to add a little shimmer to some of the lines within the flower.  

Here's a closeup:

Iris window closeup (1 of 1)

I also love the sentiments in the set and used one for the inside, which I kept really simple. 

Iris window inside (1 of 1)

On a personal note:

Well, summer has arrived.  The weather the last couple of days has been incredible.   Warm  - in the 80s - but with very low humidity.  With lots of sunshine.  These are the halcyon days before the humidity kicks in and I am absolutely loving it.  I didn't think summer was ever going to arrive, but she sure has.

I like to sit out on the deck and watch the jelly feeder to see if I can capture any decent bird shots.  Sometimes I am lucky.. sometimes a millisecond makes a difference.   Here's a couple of bloopers for you tonight:

 This Oriole certainly didn't want her head photographed :-)  I think by turning her back on me and showing me her nether region, she was letting me know exactly how she felt about my presence on the deck!

Blooper 1 (1 of 1)

The rebellied was also feeling shy - although not quite as rude :-)

Blooper2 (1 of 1)

The male oriole decided to play peek-a-boo with me:

Blooper3 (1 of 1)

 On the other hand, the cardinal decided to exit stage right :-)

Blooper4 (1 of 1)

I hope you enjoyed a few of my blooper shots.  I promise you I take more bloopers than I get shots good enough to share with you.  Timing is everything:-)

I'll be back tomorrow with another card and some better bird shots.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe:

  • Cardstock:  Elegant Eggplant - Stampin' Up!   Neenah Solar White 80# colored with distress inks
  • Stamp set:  Enchanted Iris - Altenew
  • Pencils:  Polychromos 


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Beautiful card . . . I will try to look for that Altnew set . . . my husband loves iris . . . I will soon embroider "Iris" of Van Gogh for him. Thanks for this lovely card.

Marina . . . from far Africa


Beautiful card. The colors are amazing. I even enjoyed the bloopers.

Evelyn B

Love, love the iris!! Very well done and I love the little bit of sparkle - when I go out and see mine in the bright sunshine they sparkle like that especially if there is a heavy dew.


Your iris flowers are just beautiful. I love them poking out of your window card. Had to laugh at the birds.... so not fair lol. Thanks so much for playing along at Inkspirational xx

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