Tropical Buzz

I’m dead tired as I’m writing this after a week of guests and a weekend of late nights partying, but I had this idea to make these cards for a few weeks now ever since I saw the theme at The Twofer Challenge was “Trees” and so I pushed my tired eyes to their limit to make the cards before the challenge ended tonight.

palm trees

I’m still in my tropical mood so I used the palm trees from WPlus9 “Flock Yeah” stamp set for both cards & my Zig clean color real brush pens to colour them. The first one has the pina colado from Clearly Besotted’s “Mix it Up” sitting on a leaf from Flora & Fauna’s “Tropical Vibes” set and the Party Time from Altenew’s “Birthday Bash”. Very appropriate at the moment as I seem to be non stop partying with end of school year parties & friends leaving to other job postings. Its always a bittersweet time in our expat life.

palm trees cocktail.jpg

The second one just has the same palm trees which I stamped in a frame with Momento’s New Sprout, before using gentle flicks of my hand with my Zigs to try & create a feathery leafy look to the leaves.  I then stamped “A little Progress” sentiment from Stamplorations with Versafine Onyx black ink in my Misti, as I had to stamp it afew times to get good coverage. I truly believe in this sentiment as I see how my water-colouring has improved over the last 6 months with frequent practise. So much so that when I don’t watercolour, like this weekend, I start to suffer withdrawal symptoms so I’m glad I got my fix!

palm trees frame.jpg

Well thanks for stopping by and I’d love to hear what you think of my cards. Have a great day!


cropped June 2018

I’m also sharing the first card with:

Sunday StampsSunday Stamps – Tropical Hues

time out.jpgTime Out challenge – Warm

Just us girls.pngJust us Girls – Adore that fruit owl! I went with the pineapple

kreativeinkaufKreativeinkauf – The beginning of summer

And the 2nd leafy frame card with:

just add inkJust add Ink – Just add a window/frame

stamplorations.pngStamplorations – Casing Helen Gullett

work it wednesdaySimon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday – Summer



15 thoughts on “Tropical Buzz

  1. I love how you created two different looks with that stamp set – both cards are wonderful! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out! Jill

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  2. Ah, I like the second one best… that one seems to match the color combination best. I love the tropical theme, giving a vacation feeling. Thank you for joining Sunday Stamps this week.

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  3. Gwendolyn, what gorgeous cards! I love the tropical feel and the bright, vibrant colors! The Party Time card is just perfect for our color combo! Thank you for joining us at Sunday Stamps! XX


  4. Oh this puts me in the mind for a chilled cocktail! I adore the scene you have created with the first card and your watercolouring really is superb. I do like how you used the palm trees in the second and how they seem to hug the sentiment. Great to see you at Time Out


  5. Fresh tropical and summery – I like how your frame in minimal to really show off the scene. Chantell Just Add Ink


  6. These are both gorgeous cards Gwendolyn! I love the tropical feel of your first and the leafy frame you’ve coloured in your second creates a wonderful frame for your sentiment. Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week.


  7. Absolutely adore your tropical cards! The first one puts me in vacation mood and makes me want a Piña Colada! Love your palm tree frame on the second one – great idea!
    Thank you for joining us at the Twofer!

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  8. Ah, the things we do for our craft addiction! I know how that goes and how your brain would have had a hissy fit if you hadn’t executed these tremendous ideas, Gwendolyn! I’ll bet you sleep like a baby tonight! And, bonus, you got your watercolor fix, too! They are beautifully painted in lush tropical bright colors and they are so effective because yes, I would definitely come to that party AND yes, I would definitely feel encouraged!! Thank you so much for joining in Twofer Card Challenge #6! Hugs, Darnell

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  9. Glad you were up to getting you watercolouring fix before heading to bed, Gwendolyn! These cards are AWESOME. LOVE the bright tropical colours. Fantastic designs with both cards. Thanks for playing along with us at Twofer Card Challenge!

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