Monday, April 1, 2019

Cactus Hello - AHSC #310

Hello again and welcome to the month of April! Hopefully spring is now headed to your neck of the woods, but if not you can always try growing succulents indoors like the ones I feature here today on my AHSC design team card using this week's sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. I will also be entering it in the following challenges @ The Paper Players for "Tic Tac Toe" (on the diagonal using diecut/embossing/floral), @ Dare2BArtzy for "Anything Goes" and @ Penny Black and More for "Going Round in Circles". 

I have admired succulents for a long time and successfully kept aloes and Thanksgiving Cactus alive over the last few years, but after the harsh Midwestern winter we are coming out of I decided to try my hand at acquiring a larger indoor succulent collection to help keep the feeling of spring alive all year long. (below, is a pic of the first 6 babies I just got a few weeks ago...all have been re-potted and are doing well) 

When I looked through my stamp collection, I was very happy to find that I already owned several nice sets that contained succulent or cactus images...the card today was made by combining plant stamps from a  Stampin' Up set with pot stamps from a Close to my Heart set. Turned out to be the perfect combination!

I fussy cut all the plant and pot images and then mounted them flat to the card front. I also used a diecut from Spellbinders for the "hello" edgecut and then carefully dry embossed selectively the area below with the tiny circle dots to tie it together with the blue pattern paper at the top of the card and add some dimensional interest.

That's it for me today, but I would love for you to join us in our sketch challenge and I am sure you will be seeing more succulents featured on cards here in the future too.


  1. Kathy,
    Your potted succulents are so sweet! I love how you combined them with the tiny dots! Thank you for sharing with the Paper Players!

  2. Such a cute card, Kathy! I love the rounded corners. The dotted paper is adorable, and works so well with the texture. Thank you for sharing with The Paper Players!