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Friday, August 25, 2017

Red Bee Balm

Enough clean and simple for a while; it's time to play around because 1)  I love to color,  2)  I love to play with design composition, and 3)  I'd like to use my designer paper before it goes the way of the dinosaur.

I've spent a fair amount of creative energy over the years figuring on how to make an easy-to-mail-one-postage-stamp card that still lets me do all of the above.  Die cuts have helped with that.  Layers made of designer paper.  Sequins, but not the cupped kind.  That sort of thing.  If any of you have ever received a be-sequined card from me that lost its sequins along the way, please let me know.  I once received a card whose sequins had mostly fallen loose in the envelope.  I use Aleene's Tacky Glue for sequins because it's tidy and strong, but since I've never mailed a card to myself... well, who knows?




The stamp set for this card is Power Poppy's Vibrant Thanks from their latest release.  I stamped the Bee Balm three times, masking the first image on the left.  Coloring was done with Copics on X-Press It Blending Card.




The designer paper is old My Mind's Eye "Rosy" from my vast collection.  I'll list the dies:

  • Spellbinders Grand Ovals
  • Cheery Lynn Dutch Daisy Boutique Stacker A2 Frame
  • Dee's Distinctively Sm Pair of Leaves
  • Paper Smooches Hearts


I'm linking up today to the following challenges:

 "Anything Goes" challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters
Tic Tac Toe Challenge #012  I chose the "die cut, sentiment, and floral" row.


Hope you're all looking forward to a nice summer weekend.  Enjoy it while you can!  See you again soon.


24 comments:

  1. You did it again... Made me swoon! This is stunning! Love the colours and like you I have no idea if my sequins ever stay fixed?

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  2. Bee Balm, so pretty and red is my favorite, I have about 4 colors of it I grow but the red is so pretty just like your card! Lots of pretty papers, dies and details, love that little heart, your cards are always so well designed and colored so beautifully! Thanks for joining in with The Sisterhood too! I have the tacky glue as well, maybe I will have to try that, though I still have no idea if those sequins stay on , I hope so as I sometimes love that little added addition!!

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  3. Beautiful Leslie!! Never heard of Bee Balm, but it sure is pretty. I love how you can always put these elements on your card and you get a unified look, rather than a jumble!!

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  4. Oh, Leslie, be still my heart! Gorgeous! What a fabulous use of designer papers. Did those all come in a single pack, or did you spent the time to mix and match til your artist's heart was satisfied? Gorgeous colors of green and wonderful that the printed design elements are small enough to show up on these die cuts! Of course, your coloring and shading always bring peace to my soul - sheer loveliness - your highlights bringing a challenge even to Mother Nature. And that measure of love with the sweet heart interspersed with the dotted leaves - it's a wonderful card! hugs, de

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  5. OMG this is just beautiful Leslie! Love how you've combined various designer papers and of course your coloring is AMAZING! I too have some bee balm in my garden but mine is pink. The butterflies & hummingbirds seem to like it so might have to plant some this color and see what happens! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘Anything Goes’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    Darlene
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit!

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  6. looks great. I use glossy accents for plasticized stuff. Have a great day

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  7. Beautifully colored flowers with such pretty designer paper and die cut border. All the things you love and sequins too:-) Nothing has ever fallen off a card you have sent me the last..15+ years:-) BTW, I use SU Fine Tip Glue pen for attaching sequins. Hopefully they have stayed on...like you said..we do not send cards to ourselves..lol! TFS my friend. Hugs

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  8. I love, love, love it when your cards have flowers! NOBODY colors them as realistically as you do! They look more like a photograph! Your coloring skills are off the charts! I love the dies you chose for this one too! And of course I noticed the gingham heart! Speaking of things falling off. I had a friend who just started making cards & she sent me a card once where I literally had an envelope full of individual pieces! EVERYTHING had come unglued! She tried using a glue stick to assemble her card & I can tell you they don't stick! We laughed about it for a long time.

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  9. I love how your card came together. I never heard of Bee Balm but it turned out great! I also use SU's fine tip glue for attaching fine things an love how it works. Have a great weekend!

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  10. Never heard of Bee Balm either Leslie! but wish I had some in my garden!!! it looks beautiful, love the colours you have used and gorgeous layout, with beautiful dies and papers.
    Hugs Pam x

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  11. Oh, Leslie what gorgeous coloring...I love bee balm and think these are exquisite! I love the amazing layout with your DP, and I agree that using dies really help keeping cards flat. I agree that using a great adhesive like Aleene's, etc., truly make the difference. Beautifully done, sweet friend! You've done it again -- like others have said above! Hugs!

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  12. So beautiful. I love that stamp set and your coloring is always incredible! Such a pretty layout.

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  13. This is so pretty, Leslie! So much depth of color and I always enjoy seeing your creative use of dies! I have that stamp and love it! And the designer paper use is superb! Working on those stacks, myself! Have a great weekend!

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  14. Beautiful, great use of the patterned paper, I really like the combo of the patterns you used, I am trying to use mine too! Love how you have stamped the flowers and your coloring is just beautiful, love the shades of red you have!

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  15. So very pretty, Leslie! Love that die cut border and perfectly colored flowers. :)

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  16. Oh Leslie, this is so pretty! I love all the elements on your card, and your beautiful coloured bee balms. So rich and vibrant just like mine in the backyard. My hummingbirds love them. The shading behind the flowers is just the perfect tone, and love how you finished with a little gingham heart! I've always wondered if my sequins have every fallen off as well, but no one has every said, let's hope not. Thanks for sharing such a beauty! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  17. Fantastic card, Leslie! I love how you have layered the perfect pattern papers to complement your stamped and beautifully colored images! I use Ranger Multi Matte Medium to glue my sequins and embellishments. So far, they have gone through the mail in one piece--or at least that is what people tell me!

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  18. Beautiful design Leslie! I always wonder about how my cards end up after sent in the mail too. This one is perfect for the mail!

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  19. Wow! This is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing with us at The Sisterhood of Crafters.

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  20. Very pretty, nice colors. I like it a lot.

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  21. Super beautiful, Leslie! You always know the perfect combination of elements to make such wonderful cards.

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  22. Gorgeous coloring and stamp set Leslie! I have to try your color combos! I just ran down the hall and my G43 and 46 look brand new! I need to use them! I loved reading about your card design style and about sequins not staying stuck. One thing I've changed in the last couple years is, I mail my cards in the next size up envelope. If the card is A2 size, I mail it in an A6 envelope. I've received so many A2 size cards in A2 size envelopes that the corners have been bashed up on, that I'm thinking this size up thing helps. I try to keep the raised stuff on the card to a minimum too. Good things to think about because we're going to be mailing out lots before we know it, Christmas!!!

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  23. Oh what a gorgeous beauty Leslie. I love how you used the designer papers for your die cuts and love how you took a pic of the Copics you used. They sure look pretty!

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  24. Very pretty and framed up so lovely with the die cuts! I like this bee balm too, So dainty feeling.

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