The girls over at Dynamic Duos gave a very spring-y, feminine monochromatic color combo for this week’s challenge.  So it seemed fitting that I use a spring-y image to create a feminine card.  I considered using some of my Prima flowers for it, but none of them matched my cardstock as well as I would have liked.  So in the end I decided to go old school and color in the stamped flowers and leaves with ink using my blender pens.  That’s a technique I haven’t used in quite some time.  I’d forgotten how much I like the color variance that can be achieved this way.

And there’s another card that’s now on its way to Operation Write Home.

Stamps: Artfully Asian (Stampin’ Up); It’s Good to be Queen (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Kraft, Regal Rose, Very Vanilla (SU)
Ink: Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose (SU)
Other: blender pens, ticket corner punch (SU); pearls (KaiserCraft)

If you’ve kept up with my blog for a while, you should have learned two things about my crafting habits by now:  1) I love participating in a variety of card making challenges, and 2) I enjoy making cards for Operation Write Home.  These two things mesh together quite well because most of the cards I create for the challenges end up being sent to OWH.  (I do keep some for personal use.)

So as I was working on cards to fill up the box I sent to OWH this week, I came across this week’s CAS-ual Fridays challenge.  This time they are asking the challenge participants to create a card using no stamps.  Zero.  Zilch.  Nada.  I needed some thank you, birthday and thinking of you cards for OWH.  So I decided I’d try to create a no stamps card for one of those categories.

I looked through my rub-ons, but wasn’t liking anything that I was coming up with along that line.  Then I thought about using some of my dies.  Bingo!  I remembered one of my sets of Cuttlebug alphabets contained the word “thanks”.  So I pulled it off the shelf and chose to use that along with the vase and floral images in that set.  Picking the colors didn’t take long; I had actually used these colors together on a card about 5 years ago. (And as I’m typing this post, I realize that all of the SU colors are retired.)  Once I figured out how to fit everything on the card front (the vase and flower ended up taller than I realized at first, so I snipped a bit off of the flower stem) and ran it through my Xyron, I had a reasonably quick one-layer card.

See the dot in the center of the flower?  That’s actually the scrap punched out by the letter “a”.  I like when I can use little pieces parts like that!  🙂

So, that’s another card for my latest shipment to OWH.  I’ll have another one to share later today.

Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Cool Caribbean, Cameo Coral, Blush Blossom, Mellow Moss (Stampin’ Up)
Other: “Olivia” Cuttlebug alphabet dies (ProvoCraft); corner rounder (EK Success)

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