3M: Heartfelt Hydrangrea

Hi friends!
Don't you just love flower stamps?
They are so much fun to color and are so versatile -
perfect for cards of all themes ♥

On my recent visit to Wisconsin to visit my crafty gal pals,
my sweet friends picked me up at the airport and off to the 
fabulous Gina K Designs store we went!
Lots of surprises that day, including Terry and Shelly joining Barb,
Carol, Darlene and myself to shop and mingle.
Oh, it's an AMAZING store - 
we hoped for a 'celebrity siting" but Gina was at the Creativations event :)
(L-R:  Shelly, me - with the pink scarf, Darlene,  Barb, Terry and in front, Carol
inside the Gina K Designs store)

I miss these girls so much!!
I wish I lived a lot closer ~ as they are all pretty close in distance :)
These are some of the goodies that I picked up,
including the luscious Gina K cardstock line, stamps and dies.

Since I am the hostess for the 3M this month,
I thought it would be perfect to use a stamp that I picked at the Gina K
I stamped it out and hand delivered it to both Barb and Jeanette - a first!
The sentiment in this set is fantastic:
"I hope you're my friend forever becuase that's 
how long I'm going to need you!"
 I think that sums up how much we love all our friends, right!
Beautiful ♥

and a peek at the inside of my card:

 I'm lovingly calling my card a Hot Mess!
 I played around with the new Arteza real brush watercolor pens ~
oh boy!  
I love to watercolor and usual use my pan colors,
but using these watercolor brush markers is a real learning curve!

After coloring the hydrangea, I added a tiny bit of shimmer to the flower
centers with my wink of stella,
then cut the image in a different shape to give it different look, 
adding it to a base of dsp from Illustrated Faith.
i think it looks really elegant with a black background,
and the matching ribbon is one that was a near perfect match ~
found that at Hobby Lobby's clearance sale for 35 cents!
Enamel dots, and the sentiment inside, and my card is done!
The other 2/3 of the 3M are Jeanette
and Barb (pictured above!) and I hope they liked the sweet hydrangea, too!
  I really had a great time with my card!

One thing I've learned along this journey is this:
It started as a hobby ... joining a card swap 
that led to so much more!
I'm so lucky to call you ALL crafty friends ~
You are all a blessing!

 Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


  1. Where do I start Kelly?!!!! A beautifully coloured, gorgeous Hydrangea stamp. Love the colours and as for the design, absolutely fabulous!!! The sentiment really touched me, as that is how I felt about my husband's brother, that sadly passed away last week. I so miss our conversations. He lived in Australia, so we had never met. Have a lovely weekend. Big hugs and blessings, Carol S.xxxx

  2. You have surely had a fabulous time with your crafty friends! :D And great bargain, too :) Your card is just amazing, great stamps, colors and design!

  3. Your card is fabulous! And so beautifully colored. Great pic of you and your friends. Thanks so much for sharing. I have lost count of how many people I have met (In real life) Since blogging and starting my journey in rubber stamping back in 2007 (That's when I attended my first Stampin' Up stamp class)

  4. A beautiful card for sure - both inside and out. What a great stamp set with a wonderful sentiment - love it! Love the different card front design with the ribbon and the colored image - gorgeous! So glad you had a wonderful time.

  5. I love the card and especially how you colored the flowers, but the photo of you and your crafting buds looks like you all had such a wonderful time together! I'm glad you had the chance to go and have some fun and pick up some great stamp sets too! BTW, I really like the sentiment inside this card too - so meaningful!

  6. What a gorgeous card!! The flowers look amazing!! I absolutely love the inside sentiment!! And what a beautiful picture of you and your friends!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. What a stunner Kelly, I love hydrangea's and this one is beautiful.

    Sue xx

  8. So beautiful Kelly. I love your watercoloring and cool looking layout.

  9. Beautiful cards! Wow!

  10. I love the beautiful flowers, and your colors on this card- very pretty layout too! Great buy on the perfectly matched ribbon : ) Oh, what a fun day it was- yes, Gina K has an amazing store! It was such a delight to meet up with you and all of these wonderful ladies!

  11. What a dramatic card Kelly - love how you coloured this and then mounted it in such a unique way!

  12. Kelly, this card is absolutely stunning! Love the bright colors, the awesome design makes the hydrangea look even better. Lovely stamp set from Gina K... I totally understand why you chose it among the many awesome things in her store. I'm in awe of your talent, and treasure your friendship!

  13. Beautiful card Kelly and I love your card design..great photo and how lovely to meet up with crafty friends..awesome.

    luv CHRISSYxx

  14. A really beautiful card Kelly and I love the colouring of your image. Glad you had fun with your friends. It's a lovely photo of you all. Barbxx

  15. Oh, the joy of crafty friends!!

    Your hydrangea card is divine! Fabulous papers and layout to showcase this beauty!

  16. This card is stunning--I love the design that you used and I think the colors are fabulous! Thanks so much for hand delivering this image--and sharing the picture that reflects the awesome weekend of great memories!

  17. Kelly this card is amazing. I love the layout and the wonderful colors. I miss you too. It was soooooooo much fun meeting you in real life. We now need to do it again...sooner rather than later.