Friendship Blooms Card

Friendship Blooms Card

Friendship Blooms Card

Happy WOYWW to you, dear friends! This week, for those of you who are regular readers of my blog, we are traveling back in time… back to January, to re-visit a creative project I began at the beginning of the year.

In January, I splashed two brightly colored pieces of collage-themed Washi tape across a Kraft-colored card. I liked the vintage theme elements on the tape and thought the contrast of the colors against the Kraft background as well as the unusual placement of the tape could be an interesting way to begin a card.

And then?

I got stuck.

I truly didn’t know what to do next.

And so – I let the card sit.

Every now and then I’d return to the card – pull it out – play with a few ideas – and then put it back into my unfinished projects bag.

Nothing really took.

In the meantime… life happened.

It’s been a truly difficult year.

But here’s the thing: when adversity strikes – that’s when you have to dig deep inside – to look past the situation you’re in the midst of – to gather up every ounce of resilience you can muster – and to look forward to the hope and promise of a better tomorrow.

The last time I pulled the card out of the bag – I realized what the problem was.

I’d been thinking too small.

I’d been thinking inside the box.

I’d been letting what I saw guide my actions instead of letting my vision guide my design.

WOYWW - The Beginning Of Creativity

The first several times I looked at the card – I was trying to think of a way to tie the two pieces of Washi tape together on the small, pre-cut 4 x 6 kraft card.

This time – when I looked at the card – I saw elements of creativity dancing across the page – literally wanting to burst and flourish and bloom!

So – I deconstructed the card.

I cut the Kraft card into half, keeping the original for the card front for this project and saving the back for the inside of another card I’m working on.

Then – I dug into my flower tins and looked for the biggest, brightest blooms I could find and filled it with a big burst of oversized brad!

I picked out cardstock and flowers and coordinating embellishments based on the colors in the Washi tape. I wanted to create lots of luscious layers while creating this card while – at the same time – keeping the design clean and uncluttered – simple and transparent.

I chose the black lace (off-set like the Washi) and the transparencies for that reason.

Everything on the card is very symbolic.

Creating art can be so cathartic.

Creating art can be so eye-opening.

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43 Responses to “Friendship Blooms Card”

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  1. Cindy M says:

    Very pretty card. Thanks for joining us this week at Crafty Catz. Cindy-GDT

  2. Lovely Card! I love the pictures of your cat! So cute! Thank you for participating with us over at Through the Craft Room Door, Anything Goes Challenge. Melanie, DT

  3. Helen says:

    Great card, love that flower! Helen 6

  4. Nikki C says:

    Beautiful card and looks like you have the same problem with your cat too taking over your play spaces 🙂 Happy WOYWW hugs Nikki #2

  5. The cat loves the attention. Sometimes we have to wait awhile before an idea comes together
    Bridget #3

  6. I’m glad you didn’t totally give up on the card. It turned out great. #7

  7. Lexie says:

    Gorgeous card…pretty fabulous kitty too! Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck.

  8. sandra says:

    Oh what a gorgeous kitty.

  9. Julia says:

    I’m sorry you’ve experienced such a tough year, and relieved that you can use crafting to give you a break. The symbolism of course is personal for you and so it works perfectly …

  10. Robyn Oliver says:

    Hi Joy happy WOYWW… oh I do that too, also pre made bits heaped together waiting for the final inspiration….your card looks great. Cheers and have a great week RobynO#22

  11. Bishopsmate says:

    I so agree with you about thinking outside the box. Love how you used the washi colours to create this design.
    Thanks for sharing
    Bishopsmate #50

  12. Robyn says:

    You never know what might happen when you set your creativity free!
    lovely card.
    thanks for the visit!
    Robyn 9

  13. Your card is beautiful. I don’t think I’ve seen washi tape that wide. The bloom definitely does bring it all together.

    Happy WOYWW
    Peace, Kay (65)

  14. Beautiful card — I like the contrast of the black with your bright pinks. Thanks for playing in my Fav Color challenge at! I hope you’ll keep playing! (PS – beautiful kitty too!)

  15. Lovely. Well done. Good thinking – sometimes it’s fun to think “outside the box”!!
    There seem to be an incredible number of highly computer literate cats about today….
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #10

  16. Gorgeous card! I love how it turned out and the long involved creative process it took to get there. I really like it when people finish old projects that got cast aside. It gives me hope that some of my things will get finished someday too! Judy #71

  17. Nick says:

    Very pretty card! Perfect for a good friend!

    Thank you for sharing your talent with us at Crafty Catz this week. Good luck!

  18. Agirlwhocrafts says:

    Love this card all the colours look so good

  19. Tina M says:

    What a pretty little card! Thank you for playing with us at The Shabby Tea Room!

  20. Stargroves (Anne) says:

    How satisfying to complete a creation that has been waiting for inspiration to strike since January! Super layout and card
    Thanks so much for joining us at Ooh La La
    OLL Designer

  21. michele s says:

    just lovely! and such a sweet kitty too! thanks for playing along with us at lunagirl moonbeams! xo

  22. Julie says:

    I love the fact you just let this only for a few months. I do that all the time (thought it was just me) When you revisit a stuck project with fresh eyes sometimes it can all fall into place – like it did here with this lovely card.

  23. dana says:

    Happy Pink Sat!! Love your “helpers”……glad you were able to get through the rough times in your life…we’ve had them here, too, and I totally “get” what you were talking about!!


  24. I send you gentle hugs across the miles. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop xo

  25. Karen L says:

    This is SO pretty! Thanks for sharing with us, and please stop by again soon. Have a blesse week.
    Word Art Wednesday

  26. Limeade Gal says:

    Gorgeous! Love your color choices 🙂
    I can relate to your creativity block & thinking too hard about something, instead of just letting creativity flow! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  27. stephanie says:

    I love the finished card with the flower. Very pretty!

  28. Lovely layers! Great work!
    Thanks for joining us at Stick It Down!

  29. Avril Watson says:

    Super card I really need to try crafting with Washi Tape, fabulous pictures of your cats also, thank you for playing along with us at Imagination Crafts this month, best of luck xxx

  30. Lovely card! Thanks for joining us at Crafting From The Heart! Angie-DT

  31. Pixie says:

    Lovely colour combination
    Thank you for entering in the Sisters of Craft challenge – Pixie (DT member)

  32. tina says:

    Thank you so much for entering into the sisters of craft challenge and good luck. Tina DT x

  33. Awesome flower – fabulous make! Love the colours! Thanks for joining us at Imagination Crafts this month. Hugs rachel x

  34. Alli D says:

    Lovely card and great insight into your creative process Thanks for joining us at Ooh La La Creations Alli x

  35. Kezzy says:

    Wow gorgeous card, the flowers is mega awesome. Thank you for joining us at That Craft Place Challenge Blog 🙂 Kezzy xxx

  36. Tracy says:

    This is a gorgeous card. Thanks for sharing

  37. carol gill says:

    It may have taken a while but great result-love the big flower and black lace-beautiful cat–thank you for joining us at Artistic Inspirations
    Carol DT x

  38. Carmen M. says:

    Thanks so much for joining us this week at Artistic Inspirations for your favorite of 2014! Love when a great plan comes together even when it takes a while.

  39. chanya13 says:

    Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Clear it Out!!! I hope you get to join us again for our next challenge. Agnieszka DT
    I love your cats 🙂

  40. Paula Short says:

    Ramona, I love this! So pretty. I’ve been thinking about trying card making but I haven’t yet.
    Thank you so much for sharing this with Sweet Tea & Friends this month sweet friend.


  1. […] Do you recognize the Kraft cardstock I used for my cardfront? It’s the back half of last week’s Friendship Blooms Card! […]

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