Sunday, April 28, 2013

watercolored cherry blossoms (Moxie Fab, SSS, ATCAS)


Have I mentioned I can't get enough of the watercolor trend ;)  You may have seen this card inspired by the crab apple in my front yard.  Well today I was inspired by the Japanese cherry in the backyard.


And the Pretty Pink Petits Fours at Moxie Fab.  What delicate beauty.  Which translated to cherry blossoms in my mind.


So I reached for some crepe paper and a potion leftover from a card I made for a submission call (didn't get picked but I'll share with you later.  Happy dance for the four that were picked!  I still can't believe it.)  The potion, you're wondering?  Spray ink + soap bubbles.  Yep.  That's it in the jar.


Dribbled some onto my palette, sprayed with water and soaked up some color with the crepe paper. Die cut some blossoms with a Memory Box die and added a bit of a gray branch like the silver serving piece, some woodgrain like the plate and some vellum to replicate the glaze.  I was so into this I've got two for your viewing pleasure!


For mom for Mother's Day (can't believe I've actually done this in plenty of time!)  Three blossoms with two layers of petals and a vellum sentiment.


And an all occasion beauty with a one-layer blossom and vellum butterflies.  These make me smile. Hope you're smiling too!

Joining the fun at:
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Moxie Fab - Wonder of Watercolor
Addicted to CAS - #11 Flower



Supplies mom:
Paper: cardbase Craft UK, gray CS scrap, crepe paper 
Stamps: 
Ink : Dylusions ink
Tools: square die Sizzix, branch die Sizzix, other dies Memory Box, embossing folder Craft Concepts
Other: sewing machine



Supplies I appreciate you:
Paper: cardbase Craft UK, gray CS scrap, crepe paper, vellus The Paper Co. 
Stamps: sentiment Hero Arts
Ink : Dylusions ink, Hero Arts Soft Graphite
Tools: square die Sizzix, branch die Sizzix, blossom die Memory Box, embossing folder Craft Concepts, punch Martha Stewart
Other: thread




49 comments:

~amy~ said...

Gorgeous!!!

Kelly Griglione said...

EGADS!!! I can't wrap my head around how gorgeous these cards are!! The colored crepe paper (and how you did it), the design, and the complete softness of these cards make them heavenly. Bonus that you can see where your inspiration comes from. You've out done yourself, Maria!

lostinpaper said...

Soooo amazing Maria!

Marion said...

Absolutely stunning! So so pretty.

Carole said...

Sensational as well as inspirational. I'll be playing with crepe paper. Thanks for sharing.
http://carolescreativecritters.blogspot.com/

Sue said...

Gorgeous cards, your delicate blossoms are beautiful! Thank you for joining us at ATCAS.

Lin said...

Wow, Maria, these are gorgeous! Spring in a card!

Andie Miller said...

Those flowers are just so delicate and soft. Lovely cards all the way around.

Cristina said...

Woah, these are GORGEOUS. I have that MB die, too. You've totally breathed new life into it. Can't wait to try this myself for a mother's day card. Love. (And congrats on getting four cards picked up!)

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CinnamonSally said...

Just stunning!!!

Pia S said...

WOW! Such stunning cards! I really like how you placed the die cut tree branch on your first card, and the stitching over the sentiment is such a fabulous detail. The vellum butterflies on your second card look beautiful!

Lisa Carroll said...

Your cards are STUNNING! So soft and ethereal... great job with the challenge! And congrats on the publications, too. :) Thanks for playing along in the "Anything Goes" challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog!

Anonymous said...

These are really beautiful. I love the wood grain background.

Jenny said...

Wow, just so pretty and delicate, you've captured the fragility of the blossoms so well!! Beautiful composition too
I have pinned your card and had several re-pins already!!
Jenny x

sheila 77 said...

Oh terrific, a fascinating pink post with the inspiration and the process and the final two magnificent cards, it's beautiful artwork.

Shana Gaff said...

Wow, your cherry blossoms are GORGEOUS! They look so real. I love your cards. Thanks for sharing them at ATCAS. :)

Darnell J Knauss said...

Flippin' outrageous, Maria! I'm shell-shocked. First your yard pictures just make me so green with envy. HOW do you get anything done??? Well, but so, obviously, you do get something done and that something is a totally perfect translation of Nature into your own handmade flowers. You are something else! You are also pinned. Again. Mwah!!

judy said...

I love the beautiful and creative CAS design!!

Susie Wittwer said...

Wow. Stunning cards!

artful-notions said...

Can't choose, won't even try, outrageously gorgeous! Thank you for my viewing pleasure!

Barb Murphy said...

wow! Absolutely my favorite cards you've ever made. Simply beautiful...perfect in every way!

Barb Murphy said...

I forgot to congratulate you on your 4 pubs!!! So happy for you...I can't wait to see your name in print! xx

Sue McRae said...

Such pretty cards, love the delicate airiness of the flowers!

Laura B. said...

Oh my gosh! Gorgeous cards!

jimlynn said...

Awesome! Simply beautiful.
Lynn

Karen D said...

Absolutely stunning!

C Wu said...

stunning cards. love the beautiful coloring.

Lisa said...

How wonderfull is this!!!
Thats sobeautifull.
Lisa

Wida said...

the swoonage factor on this post is out of this world

Bridget said...

My goodness, both of your cards are AMAZING, Marie - real winners in my book!

Jacquie Southas said...

Amazing - these cards are lovely, soft & fragile - just gorgeous!

Petti said...

Love the Sakura card!

Gerrina said...

Just beautiful!

alexandra s.m. said...

Your beautiful cards take my breath away!!
Thank You~

donna mikasa said...

Ooooooh, I love 'em both, Maria! You've captured the Trigger perfectly, not once but twice! Totally delicious cards!

Taheerah (*LittleMissT*) said...

This is so stunning I can barely stand it!!! Those flowers are *amazing*!! I particularly love the second card with the softer colours and the vellum butterflies!! Amazing work!!!

Anonymous said...

Taheerah above said exactly what I was going to say. Both cards are stunning and so, so delicate! Love them, Maria!

Cath said...

Hey Maria! Thanks for linking this up to this week's Tuesday Trigger in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

...and by the way, thank you SO MUCH for the lovely and thoughtful card that you sent me. It's in a place of prominence in my office. Pretty much made me cry. And to answer your question...I pull this little ol' blog o' mine off all by myself (with the help of Matt Anderson who adds the Moxie Fab World logo to my blog banners after I give him an image to work from)...and I enjoy it WAY more than I should :)

Love to you, my friend! :)

Cath said...

Hey Maria! Thanks also for linking this up to the Wonder of Watercolor Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun there as well! :)

Tasnim said...

oh my! These two cards are absolutely amazing! A winner for sure!!

donna mikasa said...

Woot woot! Congrats on your Trigger win, Maria!

Paula S. said...

These are just beautiful Maria and the way you used the crepe paper and watercolors intrigues me. I'm going to have to add that to my list of things to try when I get some time. Congrats on your TT win and thanks too for paying me a visit!

Mendi said...

So beautiful! Love your take on the challenge! :)

Happy Dance said...

Congrats again! Girl, you are on a roll! Keep it going--love your work. Bev

Colleen Dietrich said...

Oh wow, girl! And a big congrats on your TT award. Well deserved!

fun stamping said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous cards - congrats on your win!

1jmass said...

I would love more specific info on your ''potion". Exactly what kind of soap bubbles? Surely not the kind you blow through a wand. I

maria f. said...

Just saw this and so sorry I didn't respond. I hope you might receive this. Check out my post here for more info on the soap bubbles. Yep, the wand kind.
http://rieslingmama.blogspot.de/2013/07/parade-of-rejects-soap-bubbles.html

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