Saturday, April 23, 2016

Palm Fronds in front of a Wall

This past week my boys were on spring break and we went to Washington, D.C. for a few days. I had never been there myself. Boy, is there a lot to see - too much for one visit! All that history! We enjoyed it very much and hope to go back again some day!

This afternoon I made three cards which is quite unusual for me! I will show you one of them (can't show you the other two yet).





Stamp: Hero Arts (sentiment)
Die: Hero Arts (palm fronds)
Other: stencil (TCW)


This card makes me happy in several ways:
First, I absolutely love these palm fronds from Hero Arts.
Second, I finally used this die that I got from a2z Scrapbooking store, when I won their challenge quite a while ago (why, oh why, did it take me so long??).
Third, I used a watercolored background that didn't come out quite as I hoped it would (I was trying my hand on the faux glazed glass technique that Sandy Allnock mastered so beautifully - me not so much) but instead of throwing it out I used it for die cutting and really like it now. Not wasting anything always makes my happy!
Lastly, a long time ago I bought a holder full of Whisper ink pads but never use them because I find them too light/dry for stamping. Somebody who purges regularly would have thrown them out long ago but today I discovered they are perfect for lightly sponging through a stencil!


Challenges:

a2z Scrapbooking Challenge April "Watercoloring"



CAS Mix Up Challenge "April"







Thanks so much for stopping by!

Be well,

25 comments:

  1. Great card Suanne, love the multicoloured greenery, so eyecatching. It's definitely worth keeping "experiments"in new techniques as if you don't use them as a card they nearly always look fantastic as diecuts, Cathy x

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  2. This is gorgeous Susanne! The leaves are such a stand out against the stenciled background.

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  3. Geht mir manchmal auch so, da kaufe ich was und dann liegt's erst mal da. Aber irgendwann kommt der große Moment. Manchmal will gut Ding Weile haben. Deine Karte ist wunderschön geworden, ich mag diese kleinen Goldflecken auf dem Palmwedel!
    Freue mich für Euch, das Ihr so eine schöne und erlebnisreiche Zeit in Washington hattet.
    LG Gundi

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  4. I love it when I get to use scraps that were a disaster! They are always good for dies. This worked out gorgeous. Love stencil background and he another good use of stuff you could have thrown away!

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  5. I LOVE the textured look that the ferns have, good for you finding a use for something that you regarded as a failure, as I see it here now, it looks far from that! Also, love the softness that your sponging has given to that brick wall, it looks like a soft focus photo. The organic against the structured is a fabulous contrast! Have a wonderful Sunday! Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

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  6. Beautifully crafted card, Susanne! I've had that die on my wishlist for ages--you really made it shine! Haven't been to Washington DC since before I was married, but would love to go back. My biggest memory is how hot & humid it was & I was young--haha! Seriously, I treasure the photos of the Lincoln memorial (I share his BD) & the nurses memorial at Arlington. Glad you all enjoyed it!

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  7. Your 'scrap' palm fronds are just beautiful, Susanne ... the shimmer is gorgeous ... and fabulous with the gold sentiment! Good thing you kept those inks, that sponged background is so soft and subtle ... me, being a minimalist would no longer have them!! Hugs, Anita :)

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  8. Gorgeous card Susanne. LOVE the softness of the sponged brick stenciling. And those fronds ... beautiful. Lots of visual texture with shading and some shine. Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

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  9. Beautiful. I love saving something to use in another way than planned. It is one of my favorite dies. That and the butterfly. LOL

    So glad you joined us at a2z Scrapbooking.

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  10. That's so pretty! Love how you used this for. Thanks for joining the fun at a2z!

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  11. I love the beautiful palm leaves with their variations in colors! And I hang onto some of those old inks for sponging! They work so well! Thanks, Susanne, for sharing with us again at CAS Mix Up!

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  12. Dang girl! Those palm fronds are pretty darn spectacular!! Rich and wonderfully green, and large enough to make a statement all on their own. And then there's that cool brick background.... I love it, and don't care what you set out to make; this turned out fabulously!! Love this. Bev

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  13. It turned out so beautifull!! Thanks for playing with us at a2z!

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  14. Wow! I loooooove the detailing on that palm frond. Good on you for not giving up on it and using the piece in a different way. Gorgeousness!

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  15. From the new items to the salvaged old items to the 'nearly' tossed 'not working the way I'd hoped' items, you've created a card that is absolutely marvelous! The brick background is delightfully eye-catching, paired as it is with those rich, vibrant fronds! Fantastic!
    Hugs`c

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  16. Wonderful card in all ways. Love that frond die . . . I have the matching stamp!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  17. eine sehr schöne Karte, die Palmblätter sehen super aus!

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  18. Das it's Sehr schòn! I love the palm tree in the wall ! Dies hat große Textur im Detail :) perfect, super!

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  19. love the color variation you have here! glad to see it at a2z!

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  20. Beautiful! THis is one of my favorite greenery dies, and I think PBlack has a similar one. It works nice to do 'inlays' too. Bit fiddly, but looks great when done well. And love the sparkle you've got on this wonderful shade of green against the soft brick background. I try these techniques, and I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who saves 'not-so-great' tries to perhaps find a use for! Yours looks very nice to my eyes! TFS & Happy Sunday.

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  21. Beautiful, love the colors! Thanks for joining a2z.

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  22. Great upcycling and awesome card. Thanks for joining us at a2z this month

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  23. I LOve a girl who repurposes! Gorgeous greens here, too, Susanne! I'm off to find Sandy's glazing technique - how did I miss it?
    =]

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  24. What a great combination of your brick background with those gorgeous palm fronds. I don't like wasting things either so you did fabulous! Thanks for joining us over at a2z Scrapbooking.

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