Gold Dipped Feathers - Thinking of You
Love & Kisses for Paper Players #396

Build a Rose and Sweet Rose Bouquet - thanks


Hi Everyone.  Happy Thursday.

I have the second card that I created from the Muse class across at Altenew.  I really enjoyed this class.  You can check out the first card that I made at this link.  

When I was looking through the inspiration photos that Carissa shared - I fell in love with this amazing cake.  Now.... my regular blog readers will know that pink... and purple.... are NOT colors that I generally gravitate to.  However, there was something about this particular photograph that had me enraptured! 

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I love the ombre from the deep rich purple/brown to the palest pink and the addition of the gold really makes it pop.  I also loved the fact that the flowers at the top echoed the colors throughout the cake.  I really was inspired by this photo and they really are colors that I would not normally use.

I began with the ombre card base.  I started with the darkest color - including a little black at the very bottom and then used the coral reds/pinks for the rest of the card base.  (My favorite all time Altenew colors!

Here's a small closeup of the ombre background:

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I had to take photos of the card on a rainy day - and I really couldn't capture the rich depth of the colors. 

Once I had the card base finished, I worked on the flowers.  I used the same colors for the flowers that I had used for the card base, beginning with the build a flower - Rose.  My favorite all-time Altenew stamp set :-)

I added some gold gel pen to areas of the rose- here's a closeup

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I added some smaller roses from the Sweet Rose Bouquet set.  I adhered some of them smaller roses directly to the base, but layered up the main rose and some of the other elements with foam squares.

Here's a closer look at the flowers - you can see how the colors of the flowers echo the colors in the base of the card.

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I love the richness of the corals with the deep purples and the touch of brighter green.  To bring in the gold elements more strongly, I stamped the sentiment in versamark and superfine gold embossing powder.  Here's my full card front:

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Of course, I had to complete the inside of the card:

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and the envelope:

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I really do recommend this class.  Some of the suggestions that Carissa has for fighting the creative doldrums are really creative - and really work :-)  You can find the class here

On a personal note:

OK.... winter was a long time going... but summer came in with a bang.   5+ days in the high 90s!  Some of our summer birds have returned, but sadly our red-headed woodpecker does not seem to have followed suit.  We were so excited to have them return for two summers, but we haven't seen a feather of them this year.  I have been lucky to sit and watch the antics of the catbird and the orioles, but our Rosebreasted Grosbeaks flew the coop when we took a few days off.  I miss them, too!

The Orioles and the Grosbeaks tend to travel together and when one arrives, the others follow pretty quickly.  We also had these cuties visit for a couple of days...they had obviously traveled with the others - but, once satiated, moved on to their breeding grounds.   The are so much smaller and less vividly colored than the Baltimores.  They also move pretty quickly, so I wasn't able to get a good photo - but we definitely had a pair of them for the two days.

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You can read more about the Orchard Oriole here

One day I am going to get a good photo of this guy!  he's incredibly shy and skittish and there is no way he will stay around if he even senses my presence.  So I'm sorry I can't share a good shot with you - but check out the amazing array of colors in his feathers.  he really is gorgeous.

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This weekend, I'm hoping to get some more cards made for the last of my Altenew classes.  Oh.. and I also have some challenge cards to make :-)  My craft room is a nice cool place to be in the heat and I am looking forward to just spending some quality time with inks and paper!  I'll be back on Saturday with my Paper Players card.

In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



card recipe:

  • Stamps:  Build a Flower - Rose; Sweet Rose Bouquet - Altenew
  • Inks:Tea Party; Shades of Purple; Green Meadows
  • Cardstock:  Neenah Soalr White #80 and 110#