Fringed & Parrot Tulips with a Jumbo Tulip Thank You Card

Hello! In case you couldn’t tell from the title, today we’re going to focus on tulips. While in Indiana this spring, I saw fringed tulips, parrot tulips and other hybrid tulips for the first time and fell in love! Here are just a few my cousin’s wife has in her garden:

Ah, the beauties of the great outdoors! They’re such a delight to behold and reminded me of the Quietfire stamp that I used for the inside of my card:

Some people, life flowers, give pleasure just by being!

Inspired by those beauties, I used my Polychromos to color up a frilly jumbo tulip by Stampendous for my card:

FYI, the third largest frame in Spellbinders 5×7 Matting Basics B perfectly fits the inner rectangle area inside the pierced dots of the Bella Rose Lattice die, allowing for the white corners. The sentiment is embossed on acetate which I adhered with ‘Stacey Tape.’  The embossing on the tulip is a custom mix…


I mixed Stampendous Pomegranite Opaque with Fran-Tage Opaque Shabby White. I love the mottled look and the flecks of shiny gold!

Since the Serendipity Floral Butterfly wouldn’t fit, I cut off one of its wings (and used the pieces on the inside). To highlight the tulips in the wings, I added Nuvo Crystal drops to them. To finish off, I made a matching envelope:


Supplies used:

  • Stampendous Jumbo Tulip and Jumbo Thank You stamps
  • Spellbinders Chantilly Paper Lace Collection by Becca Feeken
    • Bella Rose Lattice Layering Frame
    • Lunette Arched Borders
  • Spellbinders Card Creator 5×7 Matting Basics B
  • Serendipity Stamps Floral Butterfly die
  • Quietfire Design Garden Delights stamp set
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Stampendous Fran-tage Opaque Shabby White embossing powder
  • Stampendous Merlot kit – Pomegranite Opaque embossing powder
  • Inkadinkado black embossing powder
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils: Cadmium Yellow; Light Chrome Yellow; Delft Blue; Dark Red, Madder
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops – gloss red berry
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Recollections cardstock: white, blue; silver glitter & shimmering red
  • Brutus Monroe Alabaster pigment ink
  • SMS ‘Stacey Tape’
  • Scotch tape runner
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

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Papertrey Ink Color Challenge – Hello Tulips Card

Good evening and welcome!

Papertrey Ink’s 11th Anniversary Party continues and this time they have a Color Challenge. I chose this color scheme:

Since I just picked up some tulips today at the grocery store for a buck, I had tulips on my mind. This is the card I made:

Love those tulips! I also cut down the quatrefoil background to make that interestingly patterned fence. The background is stencil blended ink, I just taped off the borders.

To jazz up the sentiment and the butterfly, they each got a coat of Wink of Stella.

Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink Tulip Time stamps and dies; Quatrefoil Cover Plate, Swoosh die
  • Papertrey Ink dye inks: Lovely Lady, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz & Aqua Mist
  • Ken Oliver Crafts Color Burst Ink: Chartreuse
  • Tsukineko Memento Dye Ink: Pear Tart
  • Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella – clear
  • Papertrey Ink Hibiscus Burst cardstock
  • Core’dinations white cardstock
  • Scrapbook adhesives by 3L foam adhesive squares & tape runner
  • SMS ‘Stay Put’ glue

If you want to join the fun and see what prizes are available at the Color Challenge, click HERE for more info.

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pps: Some more orchids have started blooming!

Papertrey Ink 10th Anniversary Celebrating… 2015 – Tulip Thank You Card

Hello, again! I hope you like this next card as much as I do. It’s for Papertrey Ink’s 10th Anniversary – Celebrating the Past, Present and Future: 2015.


I liked the edging and layout of these cards by Michelle Leon:


So, I used that as a springboard for my card:


Hahaha! I just noticed that the GOLD, pink & white stripes are kind of doing the same thing as that famous viral dress photo of 2015! Is it gold? black? green? lol!


 I love those layered tulips! This time I gave them some dimension and texture using flower shaping tool on the back side. Hope I get to see some tulips this spring!


Supplies used:
  • Papertrey Ink Tulip Time stamps and dies
  • Papertrey Ink Big & Bold Wishes stamps
  • Papertrey Ink dye inks: Aqua Mist, Hibiscus Burst, Lovely Lady, Raspberry Fizz, Tropical Teal
  • Papertrey Ink Lovely Lady cardstock
  • Core’dinations white cardstock 110# & 65#
  • DCWV Hello Darlin’ stack cardstock
  • Misc. twine and adhesives

I’m playing along with the following challenges… click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun…

I’ll be back later today with the final card of this series… see ya soon!



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Spring Flowers in Indiana

Hello again!

No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you… You ARE in the right place – just the background theme of my blog has changed. I was playing around trying to find one that would be better for showing photos and accidentally installed one, erasing my previous theme, which has already been discontinued and can’t be re-installed. This was the closest I could come up with until I find one I like. Thanks for your patience while I try to figure this out.

Meanwhile, I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the spring pictures I took while I was in Southern Indiana earlier this month. I made them low res so, hopefully, the page will still load quickly, but that makes them loose quality a bit. Someday I’ll figure out the right balance. Don’t forget you can still click on any picture to enlarge it.

When I arrived at the end of April, the first thing I noticed were the Redbuds, Dogwoods and Crabapple trees all vying for attention.



A pink Dogwood:


It’s easy to see that Crabapples are in the same family as roses (Roaceae):


There were still some late tulips and daffodils hanging about:







Bleeding hearts:



The lilacs were so pungent, even I could smell them!

Close your eyes and breathe deep… maybe you will too. ; )




The farmers were happy to see the end of the April showers and the locust trees blooming… local lore says that’s a sign that it’s time to plant!


(Wild mustard and blooming locust trees)


Of course there were already some edible perks of spring to be harvested… like morel mushrooms…


And tender asparagus, fresh-picked daily…


And fresh rhubarb pie…  YUM!


Ok, I’ll stop making you jealous and get back to the eye candy with more spring flowers:


A flowering almond bush…




I just love the colors of this hydrangea!…










Spiraea is another relative of the rose (Rosaceae)…




Of course, some flowers are considered a nuisance, but they’re still lovely:


Raindrops make a difference in photos… which hibiscus do you like better?



I just love these bearded irises!!…


“Not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these!”  – Mt. 6:28,29


Did you know that azaleas are part of the Rhododendron genus? So all azaleas are Rhododendrons, but not all rhododendrons are azaleas. Confused? Rhododendrons tend to be larger and usually have 10 stamens, whereas azaleas have smaller leaves and usually have 5 stamens.


It was fun to watch this rhododendron bloom over the course of 5 days:




I fell in love with these lovely columbine flowers!! Perhaps you will, too…






Well, I could go on and on with these gorgeous works of creation, but it’s time to to bring this to a close.


A special thanks to my aunts and cousins who work so hard in their gardens tending these gorgeous plants for our enjoyment! I’m sure they keep as busy as these guys…



Thanks for stopping by. If you enjoyed these flowers, come back in a few days and I’ll have some more pictures posted from some botanical gardens and arboretums we visited in North Carolina last week.


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