May 29, 2017

Wishing you Peace & Love

Welcome back crafty friends.
Lena here today sharing a card with you that can be used for various occasions, such as a birthday, get well or just as plain friendship. You can add the special occasion greeting with your handwritten message.

I began by using a card base from Recollections. I love these packs that I get at either Michaels or Hobby Lobby (which ever store is having a good sale :-)). They come in packs of 50, measure 5.5" x 5.5", and come with matching envelopes. I added a 5.25" x 5.25" mat of teal card stock to my card base.

Then I got to work on my main die cut. I used a die from  Jeanine's Art, cut it and embossed it. The texture is just beautiful! While it was still in the die, I sponged it with Memento Teal Zeal ink to highlight all the embossed areas.  I also sponged the centre and added little ripples with one of the stamps from the Hero Arts Colour Layering Koi Stamp set.  I felt like I needed some sort of border around my little pond, but anything I added just made it seem too busy and took away from the main design of this die.  Inspired my a card my SIL made a while back, I decided to add a border of stitching and I think it was just the perfect touch.

Next, I went to work on my koi fish.  It brought back such wonderful memories of our beautiful koi pond we had when we lived in South Africa :-)
 I love colour layering stamps. The images become more and more real with every layer you add.  After it was all stamped, I used the matching die set to cut out the koi fish.

I wanted some water lilies to finish my card, but needed something a little bigger than the lilies that come with the koi fish set.  After looking through my stash of dies, I decided to use the water lily sets from Marianne Designs.  Now, remember that although Dies R Us don't carry Marianne Design dies on a permanent basis, they every so often, run a big sale on international dies. During these times, you will find dies from companies such as Marianne Designs, Lea'bilities, Joy Crafts and many others. The best way to know about these fabulous sales is to subscribe to the Dies R Us Newsletter. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you will be able to enter your email address and be put on their mailing list.

To finish off my card, I carried the same theme onto the inside. I cut, embossed and sponged another Center Oval frame and another large water lily. The sentiments are all stamped using the Memento Teal Zeal ink and are all from the Hero Arts Koi stamp set.

Now for a quick recap of all the dies I used:

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Image result for Marianne Designs water lily large  Image result for Marianne Designs water lily small

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Till next time,
Crafty hugs,


  1. What a lovely card! The koi fish is a great focal point on this and the die you used is fabulous!

  2. You have created a gorgeous koi pond. That koi is the center of attention, but I love the attidion of the fron and the Lilly. This is amazing. Great use of dies.

  3. Love this gorgeous card, such a cute scene.

  4. absolutely gorgeous card! I am quite fond of Asian themed cards!


  5. Fantastic...what a great design! I love that frame die cut!


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