Thursday, June 27, 2013

Lavender Blue Cosmos Collage with Lost Coast Design

Hi Dreamers!
I have been super busy working on restoring my backyard.  I planted one new tree and three new shrubs.  I replanted 40 hostas that had to come out for the tree removal.   I have another tree to get in and some more clean up and that should do it.  The gardening has been taking all my time!

My husband is still home sick with pneumonia.  He has been sick for over 3 weeks now.  The poor dear still is feeling really rotten.

But, with all this going on, I managed to sneak  in a few hours to make some cards.  I made a series of three cards with Lost Coast Design's Cosmos Collage.  This is the second of the series.  (See the first here)

  • Make a card base from lavender CS (Bazzill)
  • Add a rectangle of black CS
  • Stamp the image with Jet Black Archival ink on light blue CS.

  • Distress the stamped piece with Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, and Pumice Stone Distress Inks
  • Die cut several keys (Tim Holtz die) from CS in different shades of Lavender
  • Add keys to card

  •  Tie a scrap of gray fabric and satin gray ribbon in knot and add to the card

I would like to enter my Lavender Blue Cosmos card in the following challenges:
A Random Thursday Art Challenge: anything goes
Charisma Cardz: 3 2 1 recipe---I used three keys; two colors- blue and lavender; and one stamp
Addicted to Stamps: anything goes
Crafting by Design: anything goes
Simon Says Stamp: anything goes

I will post the third card in this series later in the week.  I also have a patriotic/ Fourth of July card ready.  I will post the tomorrow or Sat.  And, I made a bunch of "bug" themed all occasion summer cards.  I used butterflies, a ladybug, and dragonflies.  I will be sharing those over the next few weeks.  So, lots going on here in Dreamland.  I will have photos of the yard too.  I forgot to take a photo of one of the beds before I planted everything, but you can see the after!  I hope your week is going well!  See you soon.  Love ya.


  1. LOVE this vintage beauty! Awesome composition! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us at A.R.T. and joining in on our ANYTHING GOES challenge this week! Hope you'll join us again next week!
    A.R.T. DT

  2. Hi Karen, So nice to see you had a little time to create in the mist of all that has been going on. I hope your Hubby feels better really soon.
    I love the lavender hues in this piece and this particular sketch of Leonardo's has always been my one of my favorites as well.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

  3. What a great vintage card, very unique and full of nice details! Thanks for joining us for this week's A.R.T. "Anything Goes" challenge, and we hope you'll join us again next week! ~Cheryl, Senior DT

  4. Sounds as though you've had your hands full... great to hear about the progress in the garden and so sorry to hear things have been going more slowly for your husband. Hope he turns the corner soon...

    Lovely card you found time for though - really elegant colours and stamping, and great composition of the die-cuts.
    Alison x

  5. Beautiful vintage image ... love it done with the blue / lavender / purple colors. The different keys and lock add lots of interest and dimension. Thanks for joining us at ATS&M. Loll :)

  6. Your poor hubby!!! Hope he is on the mend soon! 40 hostas??!! WOW!!! Love the keys with this card! Thanks so much for joining us for the A.R.T. challenge this week!

  7. Such a gorgeous vintage card. I too love the locks and key - really adds a lot to the overall appeal to this beautiful card. Thanks for joining us this week at ATS&M.

  8. Beautiful creation. The color scheme is great and I love the vintage look. Thanks for joining our "3-2-1" challenge this week at Charisma Cardz.

    Hugs from Finland,
    Eemeli {DT}

  9. hi karen
    love "Hostas" too...but they get a lot of snails...don't they?
    love your card

  10. Pure gorgeousness! I love your style!

  11. Hi Karen. Lovely Vintage card. Love the way you embellished the image, just perfect. Thanks for joining the fun at ATSM. Godd Luck! Monika

  12. Gorgeous vintage card Karen, such lovely colours and image.
    I hope your husband is better soon, I've had pneumonia & it really knocks you for six.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp
    Mandy xx

  13. Beautiful, and so unique! Thanks for joining us at Charisma this week...hope you'll join us again soon!
    Joyce xx


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