Sunday, April 4, 2021

613 Avenue Create - April 2021- Challenge #4 - Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: In The Garden (Create A Card for Spring)

 Hello, Crafty Makers!

613 Avenue Create's April challenge is a chance to shake off the "Winter Woes" and to "Revel in the Magic of Spring.  Anything you might find "In The Garden" can be used as the theme of your project!

Where You Are!
This project was inspired by a Jo Rice Tutorial. 
Lately,  I find myself having the most fun in my attempts to recreate trendy projects using the stamps I have on hand. I must admit that the projects involve quite a bit of, "Oh, wait, I know I have a flower that looks almost just like that," followed by forty-five minutes to an hour looking for "that" flower stamp.😀 The redemption comes from the joy of finding "that" stamp and few others too.

Owning all of the AALL & Create Stamps is not in my crafting budget.  I have purchased a few (Thanks, Uncle Sam,) and I have set a goal of purchasing bundles when offered at Hochanda and Craftstash.  Interestingly,  I have discovered many stamps in my stash that make great substitutes.  In November of 2020, I used my birthday money to order a bunch of border stamps from AliExpress. They were cheap, and the store owner showed pictures of how these stamps could be cut apart and used individually! I use them all the time as a substitute when following a tutorial by Tracy or Jo.

This Unity Stamp has been stash since 2012.  I used to get the monthly kits, most of which went unopened. 
I planned to use this stamp with the script but it did not work. I opted instead for fussy cutting the petals and stacking them on the card. I stamped the image three times,  removed the leaves from all but one, and added them to the bottom of the floral spray.  I left them uncolored to continue the scheme of black and white spotlighting in the project.

This project attracted my attention for two reasons, the diagonal stenciling on the two layers, and the black and white spotlighting.  In the tutorial, Jo did not use Bundled Sage.  I just love Bundled Sage and Wilted Violet together. I used my  Crackle Stencil to add Sage highlights.
This beautiful butterfly is a Martha Stewart Stamp Set. I purchased this on December 14, 2011.  I used it for the first time two weeks ago.  It now resides in my "special" stamps container.  I don't want to lose it again.
One of the fun techniques I have learned in my recent classes is "partial stamping."   This image is the barrel of a fountain pen.  I only wanted the word "imagine."  I think partial stamping takes the project to the next level.  Now I look at my stamps through a new and exciting lens.
Another technique I am using more these days is stamping words from different sets and using them on my projects.  I am also doing more splattering.  I used Wilted Violet and Fossilized Amber to create the confetti splatter on this card.  
My blooms were "faux" watercolored with distress ink and pastel chalk pencils. I also used oil pencils to darken the center of the blooms. The spot color on the butterfly is Liquid Pearls.

I know this was a bit of a picture bomb.  Thanks for looking!
Chana Malkah

Stuff I Used:
Flowers: Unity Stamp Company- "everyday fairytale" (December 2012 Kit of the Month)
Stencils: Andy Skinner - "Bubbles" (Discontinued) 


  1. Loving the vibrancy sis! Jackie, hugs x

  2. Gorgeous card, Happy Easter, hugs, Lori m

  3. Such a pretty card, Chana, and beautiful spring colours! These pansies are one of my favourite flowers. I am always inspired by Tracy and Jo, but don't have enough time to create everything I'd like to. Love how you substitute your stamps - it definitely works very well. The diagonal composition is beautifully executed. xx

  4. Absolutely beautiful card Chana love your collage of stamps-I agree about the prices of these bundles and like you can think ooh I like those then realise you have something similar in your stamps even though you have to find them lol
    Carol x

  5. Wow this card is beautiful, gorgeous background, perfect colours and I love how you've played with the different stamps you've used. Great job. María, xx

  6. Beautiful work thanks for sharing!!!

  7. Gorgeous card Chana, love the bright happy colours and techniques you used and such a lovely stamp..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  8. such a beautiful card!

  9. This is gorgeous Chana - I've only recently found Aall and create stamps in blogland and one or two may be on my list.... A lot of my crafting goodies are packed in boxes ready for a big house move in a few months - it will be a great surprise when I open them up again lol!

  10. OH! my goodness Chana, what a wonderful mix of stamps and gorgeous colours, absolutely beautiful.
    Faith x

  11. Chana this card is awesome love it !

  12. Gorgeous card, love the colours of flowers and background. So bright and joyful. Vesna

  13. Beautifully made Chana. Love the purple and yellow combined with the black and white theme.
    Hugs, Sandy

  14. Great work combining the techniques and images. Love the colours too. Happy creative week, Angela xXx


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