Friday, August 12, 2011

do frog's have whiskers?

just wondering....I got to use a really nice flower stamp from Frog's Whiskers Ink to make some cards. The challenge at Lily Pad Cards this week is to use Fabric or Felt in a card creation. I chose to go with felt since I've had some PTI felt in my stash for a while now and had never used it. No time like the present.

My stamp was the Sunflower Single Solid and I liked how it stamped with chalk inks. The sunflower is really detailed and looked really good with the saturated chalk ink colors on these cards.

This card features the sunflower as the subtle background stamped with brown chalk ink on kraft. I used Hero Hues chalk inks in Punch, Poppy and Iris to stamp the 3 main images. The leaves were die cut from PTI felt with a Sizzix leaf die. Wild Honey stickles and a brown Sharpie marker add the finishing touches.
For this card, I used Frost White Color Box pigment ink to stamp the sunflower on brown felt for the background. I heat set it and was really surprised with how detailed the stamped flowers came out. 
For the main panel I made a couple masks with the sunflower and stamped and masked 2 columns of flowers using Color Box Chestnut Roan chalk ink and Hero Hues Poppy chalk ink. I added a blue background with a Prismacolor watercolor pencil. The finishing bits came from May Arts ribbon, brads and a metal sentiment from my stash. The perfect stitching still eludes me, but I soldier on in my attempts.
The metal butterfly is from Rikke in Denmark. We exchanged cards last year after meeting in the Hero Arts Flickr group. My next card is actually based on one of the cards in her photostream.

I tried something different with the stamping and was pleasantly surprised with the outcome.

The background is the sunflower stamped with Soft Sand Shadow ink by Hero Arts on white cs. Then I layered some Hero Arts patterned paper with some scrap paper and scalloped die cut felt on a kraft die cut. For the decorative flower I stamped the solid sunflower on Basic Grey Sweet Threads pp with Versamark and clear embossed it. Then I used Memento Rich Cocoa ink in a teardrop ink pad to add ink directly over the embossed image to bring out the details of the flower. I used a dry paper towel to remove the excess ink from the embossed part. The details on this card are a Maya Road ruffled blossom, Hero Arts gems and an SRM sticker sentiment.

I hope you are inspired to create something with fabric or felt and join in the challenge at Lily Pad Cards, where you'll find lots more inspiration from the Design Team!

~ Matthew 5:14-16 ~
"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.
Instead they put it on its stand,
and it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before men,
that they may see your good deeds
and praise your Father in heaven."



  1. Nancy... all of these are so beautiful. I must have a go with using some fabric/felt. You certainly inspired me.

  2. Nancy your cards are beautiful as always and very inspirational. I need to sort through my material stash and have a go!!

  3. Beautiful use of the flowers and felt! Love the different ways you showcased the big flowers. My favorite one is your second card, because of the warm colors and the layering!

  4. Oh, wow! Such wonderful cards, Nancy! The texture is just fabulous on all three of them! Love the look of the sunflower stamp with the chalk ink! Sunflowers are a favorite of mine! :o)
    I don't think frogs have whiskers! I've never heard of a princess getting tickled by whiskers when they've kissed their frog! lol Now I have to hunt down a frog and check it out!
    Thank you for the inspiration my friend...regarding the cards...not the frog hunting! haha Or that too because it could be fun but you know I'm joking! ;o)

  5. I so agree about the details on these wonderful stamps! LOVE each and every one of your cards today, my friend! Beautifully done!

  6. Nancy, it is so good to see, not one, but THREE cards from you today! What a treat! I love each one! Your creativity is wonderful. . .love the look of the chalk ink and your felt leaves add such a fun texture on your first card! The second one has such a warm feeling! Missing you still. . .hope you're well! Big hugs! :)

  7. Nancy you are on a roll. Just love all that you have created here. Being a lover of brown I would have to say that the brown and teal blue card is my favorite. All 3 stand gorgeously tall, but that card for me is the star of the show. Love your stamping on felt. I really do have to give this challenge at the Pad a go! Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs. p.s - I so love your bible verses and wondered how you get them to your blog diffrently each day. Is it a link or do you just type it in yourself? Just wondering. I love your verse today and it really reminded me of whom I belong too. So often lately I question if I am living my life loudly enough for Christ or am I totally not focus on the Mission. Feeling pulled in so many areas can do that sometimes, but then I come to visit you and I am reminded bye this verse of whom I belong too and that He alone is my strength and portion. And it is that strength that keeps me going to be that light. Thanks so much for sharing this today. You have blessed and touched my heart. Big Hugs.

  8. Nancy these are so gorgeous, and yes they are very inspirational!!

  9. Hi Nancy! Gorgeous cards--I love all that felt goodness! Your work is truly inspiring, always! Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs!

  10. Beautiful cards Nancy! I really love the appealing colors of the second card!! Hope you are well!

  11. glad you finally got to make your something felt card!
    and your stitching is least you can thread your machine! i can't even thread mine! i may bring it next time to stamp fever to have you help me!

  12. So beautiful, Nancy! The use of felt as leaves is superb! Love your card with Lily Pad DT card, too! blessings to you!

  13. Nancy your cards are beautiful, I love the felt leaves with the sunflower. Is that the PTI sunflower?

  14. Nancy, Your cards are beautiful and very inspiring! I love your approach and execution on each of them! :-)


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