Sunday, May 8, 2022

Split Sprigs with ACLD

Hello friends and Happy Mother’s Day to all! 
Welcome to another post for A Colorful Life Designs (ACLD) as a May 2022 Guest Designer. Honestly, creating with the stencils designed by Mary Kay of ACLD is so easy and the ideas just keep flowing...
Here is today's star: the stencil called Split Sprigs. You receive both positive and negative of the stencil, so lots of creative options:
For the green card, I started with Bristol Smooth cardstock from Blick Art. This cardstock not only ink blends beautifully, but has a cream color which pairs perfectly with white. The blue card is white cardstock from my stash - I do prefer Hero Arts Dove White cardstock for it is 100 lb. - not too flimsy and not too heavy.
To ensure the delicate leaf branches stayed completely flat, I did use Pixie Spray on the stencil first. The green card was ink blended with Distress Ink colors: Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint. The blue card was Distress Ink Prize Ribbon. I tried to do a darker to lighter fading.
I knew I wanted to add florals to the branches and originally I was thinking of red, white  and blue, but then I saw a scarf I had in my closet...I thought perfect - red and pale blue! You never know from where you will find inspiration.
I used previously watercolored bits and bobs in my stash with various flower dies from both Spellbinders' Build a Spring Birdhouse and Sizzix's Thinlets - Flowers in an Umbrella to die cut the flowers and bird.
Lots of fun flowers in this set of Thinlets:

Love the little bird, too!
The sentiments are from the Paper Rose - Mother's Day quotes:
A few small enamel dots for the flower centers and we are all set!
I will be submitting my cards to:
My inspiration: Mother and Florals

NBUS - new Stencil and dies for me:
Thank you for sticking to the end and don't forget to check out A Colorful Life Designs''ll love them!
*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain my own.

Hello, welcome to Stampin With Anita. I love crafting in all forms. It gives me great joy to create something special. I hope you enjoy your visit.


  1. OH WOW! These are all just gorgeous Beautifully done! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Four Seasons Challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back again soon.


    1. Oh my goodness these are all so beautiful! Thanks for joining us at The Four Seasons Challenge!

    2. Thank you, Darlene! Always fun to join your challenges!

  2. Gorgeous cards, I think you have enabled me!! Thank you for joining our challenge at Four Seasons!
    Diane FS DT {Nellies Nest}
    {Four Seasons}

    1. I don't know if I want to be your enabler, Diane, but I am so glad you enjoyed this!!!

  3. This is a lovely stencil! Beautiful cards!
    Thanks for sharing with the Happy Little Stampers!



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