Friday, March 21, 2014

Bloomin' Spring Fever with Catered Crop

I was thrilled and, frankly, quite shocked when my On the Road card was chosen as one of the "Winning Recipes" for Catered Crop's Safe Travels Challenge. Totally made my day month! Aside from the honor, I was also invited to be a Guest Designer for the current Catered Crop, with the theme of "Spring Fever".

My mom makes the most beautiful Flowerpot Cards, and she gave me a template for it several years ago but I think this is only the second time I've used it.

The closed card is lovely in itself, and people have a wonderful reaction to pulling out the inside card.

I used the back of the pull-out card as the message section.
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This project is a mix of hand- & die-cut elements. The flowerpot and card are hand-cut, but I cut the flowers and bugs with a Hero Arts/Sizzix stamp-and-die set and the lattice pieces with QuicKutz/Lifestyle Crafts border dies. This is my first time using these border dies, and I'm smitten...the metal bends with the paper to give a great cut without harming the die.

The flowerpot, pull-out card, and sentiment piece are from a printed/glittered Kraft paper pack (Recollections). Using makeup sponges, I inked the green/message parts with Wild Wasabi classic ink (Stampin' Up!) and the "terracotta" parts with Red Brick chalk ink (VersaMagic).

The stamps are rubber, so I used stamp markers (American Crafts and Marvy) to ink each section with different colors. The images were then colored with Copic markers. I stamped onto a coated Hammermill cardstock, so I got both great stamp quality and smooth marker shading.

The leafy ribbon is a printed felt, so it stands up really well. I wasn't so easy threading & tying it, but it was worth it. Many thanks to Linda & everyone at Catered Crop for inspiring me to have so much fun!

Catered Crop: Spring Fever
City Crafter Challenge #203: Spring In The Garden
Divas by Design: Flowers
Hobbycutz #39: Shaped Card

Thank you for visiting, and hope you'll join the fun at Catered Crop,


  1. Congratulations! What a wonderful card - love that potplant! and the back is so neat too.

  2. Pretty! Thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

  3. This is so beautiful ! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!

  4. Lovely card, thank you for joining us at Divas by Design this week.
    Sarah-Jane x

  5. I am so excited you were chosen as a winner and guest at Catered Crop! that is fabulous!

    your card is so fun and springy! I say that as it is snowing like crazy again here. ;)

  6. Oh, I love these flower pot cards. Adorable! I so glad you joined us at Catered Crop.

  7. This is so lovely ... I love those blooms ... Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!

  8. Absolutely adorable!!! Thanks so much for sharing this week at CCCB :-)

  9. Fabulous card - great shape and beautiful flowers.
    Thanks for playing with The Divas this week.
    Good luck.
    Debs xx


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