One Plus Twelve - January!

 Hi friends!

It's offiically time for my absolute favorite card series:
One Plus Twelve!

This is my 3rd year of doing this personal card challenge,
designed to stretch the use of my stamps in a creative way.
I chose a stamp
- and just one - 
and use it all year long for each of the 12 months.
You can peek here to see how it all started :)

Let's get started with January!

The stamp that stole my heart while on vacation
and whispered I'm the one ...

Altenew's Build-a-flower Magnolia!

Magnolias are my very favorite flower 
The moment the sweet aroma of a magnolia in bloom
drifted through the breeze on our trip, 
I knew what my stamp would be!

 So officially for me, it's an #Altenewyear :)

For my January card, I purposely repurposed :)
We were boxing up from the holidays
 and I wanted to use part of 2020 to create in 2021 ....
so the small corrugated piece of a box became my card base.

I added a base layer of gesso, let it dry, and followed it with
a coat of white acrylic paint and let that dry.
Going for a distressed kinda look, I took sandpaper and distressed it.
Next, I used a stitched die to cut the shape -
but keep the integrity of the ridges and texture - that was tough! :)
The look I was going for was take something (trash) 
and make it something else - like a phoenix rising from the ashes!

I added a circle of vellum paper for the backdrop of the magnolia
which I used with inks and alcohol markers to layer the colors.
Magnolias are pinkpurple, white and even yellow
 but I'm pretty sure you'll see quite a few colors this year ;)
The sentiment is from the stamp set Amazing Things 
as it's a wonderful reminder at the start of a new year!

I am DELIGHTED that I'm seeing this creative idea take off
and friends AND friends of friends creating with One Plus Twelve, too!
My friends Barb and Jeanette will be joining me again this year 
as we tend to have a lot of fun doing card challenges together
~ I love when my middle-of-the-night ideas turn into fun-ness!

If you're joining in, let me know so I can vist your blog/gallery ~
let's connect!

Thanks for stopping by!

Card entered to:  Word Art Wednesday


  1. Oh my goodness... Kelly, your creativity knows no bounds! This card is absolutely gorgeous from its distressed elements to the elegance of vellum and your beautiful one stamp choice. I am going to look forward to seeing your magnolia every month this year!

  2. Happy New Year Kelly. What a beautifully created card, I love the floral image and the lovely colours, great use of corrugated card too, Kate x

  3. What a great start to your "One plus Twelve"! So creative using the corrugated cardboard. A beautiful stamp!

  4. Awwww.... Kelly this is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! Love, love, love it! Great use of the cardboard of the box and the words "phoenix rising from the ashes" are awesome!!! I too like doing this, it's so exciting! :D And your background looks, really awesome!! Love magnolia flowers, they come when leaves aren't yet and this fact is stunning! The blooming trees remember me a lot of butterfly all together!
    Great design, really inspiring! Well done! Waiting to see the other one-plus-twelve creations!!

  5. I LOVE your corrugated base with the gesso and white paint Kelly, I love also Altenew build a flower stamps and their dies and your card is gorgeous.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  6. WOWZA! Your card is absolutely amazing! The background is sweet--way to repurpose! And, the flower is beautiful. Love the colors and the sweet sentiment. I cannot wait to see all of your cards this year with such a stunning image! Thanks for inviting me to join you on your path again.

  7. Beautiful card Kelly..Loz

  8. Just as beautiful as the first, Kelly!! Awesome design!

  9. A beautiful card Kelly and love the flower choice.
    I still have the nose problem that your daughter had. I have been seen by a ENT Professor at our local hospital and had MRI scan and he still has no idea what to do!! Big hugs and blessings, Carol S.xxxx

  10. Wow, the materials come together to create such a great masterpiece. Hope your New Year started great and we're so delighted that you took the time to join our Challenge at Word Art Wednesday. Living you with the timeless Word of God that comes from 2 Peter 1:19-20 that says, "And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation." Be encouraged.

    JO ANN

  11. This is a clever way to continue creating into the new year, and I love this awesome card! The corrugated panel looks absolutely fabulous in the way you distressed it and used it with those pretty magnolias! Being from the north, I've never caught the scent of one, but I can just imagine how sweet a magnolia smells! Beautiful card to kick off the new year!

  12. This is such a pretty card made with my favorite color,PINK! I like your card background. Something I would like to try if my gesso is not all dried up from not being used. (thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Kelly your card is Stunning and I love the set you chose for this year. This is also a fun, fun, idea. You have some great ones.

  14. your card is stunning !

  15. Ohhh, what a beauty of a stamp Kelly, and a stunning card - love your thoughts behind the construction of the card
    Stay safe