Thursday, March 8, 2018

Bearded Iris Mother's Day!

Hi there,

We are on our second snow day today, after an accumulation of a foot of heavy snow, with many downed limbs, including on top of a part of the fence. So I took my extra time, from my cancelled regular activities to make my Mum's Mother's Day card. While I was lying in bed yesterday morning not needing to get up I was thinking ... Easter is very early this year, that means so is UK Mother's Day and on checking ... sure enough it is this Sunday!! Yikes! I hope it will get there in time.

I used the new Bearded Iris Set 889 from Sparkle N Sprinkle, stamping the image in Safari Green Hybrid Ink using the Stamp Platform, as I wanted to stamp over it again after coloring it in.

I heat embossed the image with Sparkle and it gave a raised, glittery outline.

I decided to color the image with my new Hybrid Ink Diamonds. These are the new hybrid mini ink pads by Nuvo. There are four sets and I used the Rose Garden Collection which includes Pink Sherbert, Spanish Sangria and Dried Oregano. I dabbed the ink pads onto an acrylic block and used my Nuvo Water Brush to pick up the ink.

I then put the finished colored image back in the Stamp Platform and inked the stamp with Nuvo Clear Mark and heat embossed with Sparkle again.

I then made my base for my easel card. Only cutting the bottom flap with the outline die from the Tonic Loopy Lace Ovals Die. I put a double piece of scrap card at the fold of my easel, so that when I ran the cardstock and die through my Tangerine, the machine's tension would let me know when I had gone far enough. Hope the picture below explains what I did?

A piece of Super Adhesive Sheet was attached to a piece of cardstock and the outline and biggest frame die were run through the Tangerine.

Then only the outline die was run through the Tangerine with a piece of white cardstock layered with Super Adhesive Sheet. The protective backing was removed and then the Loopy Lace Frame was layered to the sticky surface. Gecko Velvet Glitter was applied to the sticky areas of the frame. Then the protective backing was removed from the frame and Margarita was applied to the main piece.

The image was die cut with the Sizzix Dotted Ovals Die and was mounted to the glittery frame with
Mounting Tape.

I stamped the sentiment from the MSE Mother's Day Innies and Outies in the Hybrid Green ink,
using the Stamp Platform again, as it was a detailed image and I wanted to stamp it twice.

The Happy Mother's Day from the same MSE set was stamped in the Safari Green ink on white
cardstock and was die cut with a smaller Dotted Oval die. This was attached to the bottom of the
card base with mounting tape, so it would act as a stop for the easel card.

I added Nuvo Bottle Green Crystal Drops to the sentiment and some to the Iris image.

Hope you've enjoyed my share today? Below you will find a list of products that I used in making this card, which can be purchased over on the Sparkle N Sprinkle website.

MSE Mother's Day Innies and Outies
Sizzix Dotted Ovals
Mounting Tape

I'd like to play along in the following challenges today:

Thanks for stopping by on this sunny, snow-melting day!

Warm hugs,



  1. Gorgeous card, Shona, what a beautiful design. I'm sure your Mum will be thrilled to receive it. Fingers crossed it arrives on time. xx

  2. Beautifully colored Iris and I love the dies used to frame it. The glitter really dresses it up. I know your Mom will love it.

  3. Beautiful card, love the iris and how you framed it! Thank you for sharing with us over at The Creative Crafters! Hope to see you again!
    ~ DT/Co-Owner Sherry x

  4. Hi, Shona, such an exquisite creation, with fantastic photographs of your creative process. Thank you for always taking time to do that. Your glittery goodness with beautiful! So the new tiny Nuvo inks are not hybrids, but water based? Good to know! It's lovely in every way - and that pretty oval die is the perfect frame for your masterpiece! I really like dies that have that extra shaped die on the outside so that you can make pretty backgrounds for the die cut. Beautifully done, my sweet friend. Your mum will be delighted. I hope she is doing better! hugs, de

    1. The mini Nuvo inks are hybrids, but I used the water brush - very little water, but enough to make them a little diluted, so that the colors were varied. An experiment! Just wanted to give them a try and wanted to use the Bearded Iris stamp set.

  5. Beautiful oval frame for equally beautiful iris ! Loved it )

  6. Shona this is gorgeous! I love the spring colors and of course your signature attention to detail! Happy Mum's Day to you! I know in the UK it's this weekend past, and in the USA, May :)
    Be stay safe in the storm - wow 3 of them in a row! Inky hugs!

  7. Sorry to hear this current storm is causing such havoc in your area. You put your time to great use however, as this is a lovely floral image. Splendid look with your watercoloring, and the green glitter in this pretty oval frame, really sets off the card so well. Love that it's an easel card, and I sure hope it arrives in time for your Sweet Mom. TFS & Hugs. Stay cozy.

  8. WOW Shona this is exquisite the way you colored the iris and the way you used that die from was on sale here recently but I had let it rethinking my decision as you have showcased it so beautifully
    Dr Sonia

  9. Your card is Beautiful, I especially love the color scheme you used.


Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me share in part of your day. I would love to hear what you think about my latest creation!