2022 has arrived!!

I have been missing in action in January of this year but am going to try and remedy that over the next few weeks! I had been unwell, but the wonderful news is that we also had a new granddaughter born last week!! Her name is Olivia Grace. She joins our other 6 grandchildren!

I was struggling for inspiration, but realised that the best remedy for that is to get in and do something creative in your craft room – however small – and suddenly it does come flowing back!

I love the Tulip Festivals here in Australia – both in Canberra and Bowral and enjoy the riot of colour and the amazing variety that each flower displays.

These two cards are similar, but complementary. I began with the Blushing Bride one and then followed it up with the Gorgeous Grape one. I bought the new Stripes and Splatters Embossing folders, and I have fallen in love with them. I used the Splatters one on these cards. The tulip flowers are die cut with Tulips dies. I used the Simply Marbellous DSP that is free in the Sale-a-bration catalogue when you make a purchase of $90. It lends itself beautifully to making these flowers. The Tulip dies themselves are quite something! Each tulip has wrap around petals for the front – no individual cutting petals and you can add a centre if you wish.

The blushing bride card uses Old Olive for the die cut leaves and the Gorgeous Grape one uses Garden Green. On the right hand side of the card I used the Artistic dies from the Annual Catalogue. One uses the leaf branch and the other one uses the floral die which I cut in half and layered both under the Embossing folder. The front of this card is Basic White as is the base but I added some Blushing Bride and Gorgeous Grape to make a border around the front layer.

The sentiments are from Timeless Tulips (Annual Catalogue) and Special Moments (in the Sale-a-bration catalogue) free with a $180 purchase. This is a very versatile stamp with many sentiments in it. I added Blushing Bride Frayed RIbbon which unfortunately is discontinued. On the other card I used one of the dies from the tulip dies and cut around it freehand so it made a feature behind the sentiment.

The embellishments are Polished dots and Pastel Pearls, with some Gorgeous Grape sheer ribbon and White Crinkled Seam binding.

I hope you enjoy both these cards. Which one is your favourite?

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