April 10, 2019

Sunshine Wishes

Welcome to the Pals’ April  Blog Hop. We’re so glad you’re here because we love to put our ”Families First”! Our Design Team created beautiful projects to inspire you. You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Here in Wisconsin I am WAY ready for spring. When deciding which products to feature in this post, Sunshine Wishes certainly spoke to me!

My goal with this project was to create a bit of spring sparkle. I have several close family/friends who are undergoing a variety of cancer treatments and will send this card to hopefully, add a smile and a bit of hope to their day. You can easily replace the word "hope" with the word "love" from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits and have a perfect Mother's Day card.

A beautiful feature of this card is the background that was created with a watercolor wash of Petal Pink, Flirty Flamingo and Calypso Coral, using an Aqua Painter on Watercolor paper.

Cut a Calypso Coral card base at 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", Pear Pizazz at 4" x 5 3/8". Adhere the Pear Pizazz layer to the Calypso Coral base.

Using the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, cut your choice of words with Calypso Coral, a Petal Pink and a Flirty Flamingo butterfly and a Petal Pink and Calypso Coral large flower. Trim the stem off of the Petal Pink large flower, offset the Calypso Coral flower over the top and adhere using a Fine Tip Glue Pen. The two leaves were cut using the Support Ribbon Framelits.

For a bit of sparkle, cover your die cuts with Wink of Stella.

Create the frame using the largest and 3rd largest Rectangle Stitched Framelits. Cut the Watercolor paper 1/8" smaller than the rectangle and used Tombow glue to attach it. A tip that worked well for me was to place the frame face down and adhere the Watercolor paper to the back of the frame. It is easier to center the Watercolor paper this way versus placing the frame on top of the Watercolor paper. Small detail, but I found it made a difference. The Tombow glue doesn't immediately set, allowing time to tuck the flower stem into the frame.

Adhere your butterflies using the Fine Tip Glue Pen. A string of Rhinestone Basic Jewels creates the body.

A glue dot on the bottom right corner will serve as the anchor for your swirl of Copper Metallic Thread. Glue Dots are also used to adhere the leaves.

Use dimensionals generously to secure the layer to the card base.

What do you think? Please leave a comment below; I enjoy hearing from you.

With more snow in the forecast for this Wisconsin April week, I am enjoying this bit of spring and send you sunshine wishes!

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 8, 2019 when our Hoppin’ Pals share their “More Than One Score” projects. Don’t miss the fun!

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  1. Sue, Your beautiful card will bring a smile to the recipient. I love the watercolor wash!

  2. Such a pretty card, Sue and I'm sure will brighten the day for those you send it to.

  3. I am certain that your recipient will love this sunshine-y card, Sue! Love your watercolor wash and that sweet leaf embellishment element in the bottom right corner. Great idea offering another occasion substitute... sometimes the tweak possibility is overlooked!! Great job!

  4. We're ready for Spring here in Michigan, too! Looks like it's taking a break the next couple of days but the daffodils will hopefully be up by next week. Your encouragement card is lovely. I really do love this die set and don't use it nearly enough. Great card!!

  5. Very pretty background. Home the snow melts and makes way for flowers for you soon.