Monday, January 18, 2021

The Greetery Nature Lover Release Countdown Day 1

"It's the beauty within us that makes it possible for us to recognize the beauty around us. The question is not what you look at, but what you see." 
-Henry David Thoreau

Hello and welcome, friends! It's day 1 of the Nature Lover collection release countdown from The Greetery! There are so many beautiful products that pair perfectly with other items in your collection to yield endless different design possibilities! My projects for day 1 are quite different from what I might normally create, as I really wanted to embrace the natural elements of these new products.
There are full introductions to all of today's new products over on The Greetery Blog

"The voice of nature is always encouraging."-Henry David Thoreau

My first card uses the GORGEOUS new Boxwood Heart Base die and Boxwood Heart Details die. I also used the super sweet new Wood Slice Hearts to add to the center to use as a backdrop for these sweet {love} birds

I die cut both the Boxwood Heart Base and the Boxwood Heart Details from white cardstock and then used Distress Oxide inks in Mowed Lawn and Pineneedles to add the color. I used finger sponge daubers to add the different shades until I got the results I was hoping for.

I also added some Terra Texture around the heart using liquid glue and then I just sprinkled it over the top. It adds the perfect woodsy feeling that I was hoping to achieve!

"Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads."
-Henry David Thoreau

I promised myself that I WOULD NOT make another shiplap background, but here I am again breaking my promises! ha ha! I created something soft and subtle by die cutting the planks using the Shiplap Builder Dies out of Rustic Cream cardstock and then adding some Vintage Linen Distress Oxide ink lightly around some of the edgges. I glued them to a panel and then added that to a top folding Kraft card base.

I die cut the focal panel using the Nordic Frames die and then added the sweet "happy valentine's day" sentiment, which is from the new Mini Boxwood Heart stamp/cut combo, to the bottom using black ink. This is such a sweet mini stamp set and I've used it a few other places in today's post.
"I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees."      -Henry David Thoreau

My next two cards use both the Mini Boxwood Heart Frame stamp/cut combo AND the Heart Wood Slices. These were actually the first two cards I made for this release and this set the mood for all of my projects for day 1. As I mentioned earlier, these are different than what I normally make and definitely different for Valentine's Day! That being said, they are PERFECT for those outdoorsy men in our life that deserve a valentine that isn't dripping with red roses and gold fonts, am I right? ha ha!



I used the gorgeous new Love Song Sentiments stamp set for the main heart. It is stamped to look like it's been burned into the wood slice. I added Terra Texture around the wood slice. They say that moss only grows on the north side of trees, but in this case, it grows ALL over! ha ha! That's why they're called "creative liberties"! ha ha! I used another Mini Boxwood heart and one of the included sentiments. It layers so nicely over the top of the small Heart Wood Slice.
I wanted to add a red detail, but wanted something found in nature, so I was thrilled to remember the Botanicuts: Toadstool Garden. I was actually looking for the Botanicuts Pineboughs, but when I saw these sitting there, I knew they would be the perfect unexpected natural touch I was searching for!


"All good things are wild and free."-Henry David Thoreau

I added a bit more Terra Texture to the bottom of the toadstools to "ground" them and to give the card visual balance. My husband is NOT outdoorsy, but this is his valentine! ha ha!


I was having so much fun with the toadstools I decided to quickly create another valentine design. I used both sizes of the Heart Wood Slices and added another Mini Boxwood Heart.

Can I just mention that this post doesn't include a single sequin or pinch of glitter? I used the Terra Texture in their place! 

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."-Henry David Thoreau

My final card for today uses the new Love Is stamp set, which I LOVE! I chose to create something woodsy, yet dramatic for a bold card! This could be used for more than just Valentine's Day, but that is what I plan on using it for.
The Love Is stamp set coordinates with the Boxwood Heart Base die and the new Let's Have a Word Love die.

"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order."-John Burroughs

I created the traditional Buffalo Check background by die cutting the Square Dance die from Scarlet Jewel cardstock and then used the Square Dance Stencil over the top using Black Soot Distress Oxide ink. I then layered it over the top of a red piece of cardstock and added the Nordic Frame.

I die cut the LOVE word three times from black cardstock and glued them together using liquid glue for a sturdy piece. I knew I would be stretching it across the Boxwood heart that is included in the Love Is stamp set, securing it strategically with additional liquid glue.

The Love Is stamp set has many of the different sentiments like, Love is patient, Love is kind, etc. I LOVE  this and know I will be using it often! I need the Love is patient reminder on the daily! ha ha! Ultimately I chose "Love never fails." because I know this is true! Sometimes in our humanity we feel that it isn't true, but as we turn to our divine nature, God will let us know that it is true! Keep going, keep trying, keep loving...it never fails! 

Well friends, this concludes my projects for day 1 of the Nature Lover release countdown! If you're feeling "gypped" that you didn't see any flowers today (LOL), don't fret because tomorrow you will get your fill! Thanks for fluttering by!
Here are the links to the other designers' blogs! Enjoy!

 

157 comments:

S Fink said...

Beautiful creations, but the last card really stood out. A perfect blend of Valentine's Day card yet masculine.

Melanie Ann MacKenzie said...

Wonderful cards! Cheers.

kepsss said...

Oh sure! Add MUSHROOMS. How beautiful. Would I have ever thought of that? Newp. Now, though ... yes, indeed. Your cards are all beautiful. I love how the wood heart fits behind (well, of course it does).... sigh.

Kim’s Stampin Patch said...

So perfect woth the wren and Robin!

Debbie said...

Oh, Kelly your cards are beyond beautiful. I don't have enough superlatives to properly describe their beauty!! I love the inspirational quotes you included today amid your post. Thank you for your inspiration today and always.

Lori Beseke said...

Love your mix of old & new products! Great cards.

Diane said...

Such amazing cards! I love the bluebird and the buffalo plaid ones! Very fun to add the mushrooms to the other cards too!

anni said...

Beautiful cards! Those two birds are just adorable together!! Loving the mushrooms as I'm on a mushroom kick right now with card creations (have the mushroom dies!) and actually growing some edible ones!

laurazark@gmail.com said...

OOH Kelly, Love your gorgeous cards made with this awesome new collection. Betsy's DT is top notch and I so enjoy these reveal days to visit your blog and get fresh inspiration.

Andreea Raghina said...

One aspect I particularly like at the Greetery products is how you can always combine various collections .. your cards are the perfect example of this! Fabulous cards, love them all. Thank you for the inspiration!

Jennifer K said...

I love how you mixed and matched the new sets with the older ones. Such versatility!

Donna said...

What a beautiful post Kelly. Yes, I'm loving the new Love song sentiments set, you've used it perfectly. And your use of the new Love is set is stunning- your talent is appreciated!

Wanda Cullen said...

Wow, your projects are all so amazing! I always love when you pair the new with the older stamps/dies.

Karin Menghini said...

So whimsical and fun!

Donna Oates said...

Woah! Those layers add so much interest and texture to your gorgeous cards. I love the first one with those darling little birds!

Sandy Kay said...

Wow, Kelly, I love these, especially the first one with the birds! So cute!

Jana Ziegler said...

Oh, my...... I am TOTALLY smitten over your beautiful designs!!! Those BIRDS.....and the MUSHROOMS that you incorporated in with the Boxwood and the Wood Slice Hearts -- SO GORGEOUS!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

txberta said...

Kelly, your addition of the birds and the mushrooms is spectacular!

Isabel Z said...

You are SO talented!!!

Janis said...

CUTE CUTE CUTE!!! I adore how you used these new products. I am loving the wood slice heart. Adding the birds and mushrooms, etc is genius!
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Betty Sue said...

Kelly, you blew it out of here! These cards are fabulous!! LOVE!

Paula I said...

Perfect pairing with the mushrooms!!! Fabulous cards!

Lin said...

Beautiful designs, Kelly - you had me with that first card, what a gorgeous mix!

BarbaraB said...

Love all the reds in the cards! Beautiful cards! Love the masculine plaid card!

NickiB said...

All of these are amazing!

lattelover said...

These are all so beautiful!

Amy Kempin said...

Love all the mixing of sets. Love the heart over the red & black buffalo check.

Melanie said...

This new heart wreath is so perfect for those sweet birds. All your cards are wonder but the birdie card makes me happy just to look at it!

Debbie said...

so beautiful, especially love the card with the birds. so looking forward to these new products!

Shelly said...

Those birds!<3 Love them all, and that you ladies have used some of our older sets in new ways!

Anna said...

Obsessed with the red with the natural colors.

Betty said...

the boxwood wreath with the birds is such a gorgeous card - love everything in this release - can't wait to order the boxwood wreath!

Emma S. said...

Amazing, as always. Such inspiration! Love the first card with the bird.

Hannah Mize said...

Your cards are on point! The mix of the mushrooms with the wood slice hearts are just the best! I may have to go back and grab those too!

Miriam Leech said...

Thanks for the always amazing inspiration!!! Beautiful cards!

Barb Kirkwood said...

Sweet little birds on your card - looks great. Thanks for the inspiration.

Bev LoPinto said...

So unique! I love how you used the hearts with the mushrooms. So Clever! 💖

TamiBabs said...

Those are all so beautiful! I could not pick a favorite!

Susi said...

The earthy tones you use on all your cards make for wonderful masculine Valentine's cards - something I always struggle with but you've ACED! Gorgeous.

judy said...

Lovely cards! I especially love the Boxwood heart die paired with the sweet birds!!

Vickie R. said...

I love that you used today's projects with the Toadstool botanicuts, perfect combo!

Amy Vitriani said...

Just wow!! Your cards are amazing! I love your choice of color combos. And especially your layering! Absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing :)

Marilyn in Michigan said...

Love the card with the black and red background, Kelly!

Rosemary said...

your talent never ceases to amaze me! every single card is a small masterpiece!

Anonymous said...

These are such pretty cards to do for Valentine’s Day.
Carol bu

Cindy H. said...

What beautiful cards! These are such unique and clever stamps and dies and I thank you for all the inspiration that you've shared.

Mrsfish02 said...

Kelly each of these is so beautiful...love your use of the Nordic Frame. That's one of my favorites along with the shiplap planks. The wood slice heart is really unique and definitely on my list. Wonderfully done and thank you for the inspiration.

Rema DeLeeuw said...

Beautiful cards!

Helen F. said...

You have certainly captured my Nature Lover's heart with your sweet cards, Kelly! I love how you combined several sets to show how beautifully they go together!

buzzn2scrap said...

Just Awesome ! Love them all & using moss and the toadstools was very clever !

Laraine R said...

Just gorgeous!!

Jan said...

Wonderful, rustic cards!

MoTurner said...

I LOVE all of The Greetery's products and this reveal tells me I will be dropping a wad of dough on Wednesday, LOL! Just beautiful what you have created with these new items!

Terri (blindstamper) said...

Your cards are great! Love the added little touches like birds and mushrooms.

Teresa Litchfield said...

I absolutely love the detail you put into your designs! Beautiful as always!! ♥️

Anne B said...

Stunning cards, Kelly. What a great release!

Kelly S said...

I can't with the mushrooms, they are so adorable with these new sets! And the Buffalo Plaid! And the love birds! These are outstanding and unique Valentines!

Becky Green said...

OH MY GOODNESS, Kelly! I LOVE the colors you achieved on your cards! They just make them POP! SO SWEET & PERFECT for Valentines! I also like the addition of the mushrooms! LOL WHO would have thought??? A SUPER JOB & A SUPER RELEASE! ;)<3

Susie said...

Beautiful cards for the new Nature Lovers release. My favorite? Your last card - perfect! ❤️

Ann B said...

Awesome cards Kelly! So soft and earthy feeling. Great release.

Denise Bryant said...

Gorgeous creations! I love the boxwood dies and the heart-shaped wood slice!

DebraC said...

These cards have got me thinking of wall art/display pieces. Hmmmmm....

Lisakinn said...

Love them all but the buffalo check is so fun! Thanks for the inspiration.

Anita said...

I am loving all the inspiration using these great products! Thank you for sharing your creativity.

Donna said...

What a great release! Your cards are stunning!

Stephanie Clapper said...

Everything is tied together in the most beautiful way to create your woods scene. It was a special touch to add quotes by Henry David Thoreau who was a Nature Lover at heart. I was blessed to visit Walden Pond many years ago, it’s a beautiful, serene area.

Kristina said...

Your cards are stunning! I love how you used the birds and mushrooms!

AMDee said...

These make me feel happy to look at.

Pat Phillips said...

These cards are wonderful - love them all. I like the added texture to them as well - how fun. Thank you!

mel h said...

Your cards are all stunning. I am obsessed with this release.

Cindy C said...

Love those wood slices with the mushrooms!

Charlene said...

Wowsers! Look at all the products you pulled together for your cards to add to the Nature Lovers hearts - amazing use! The inspiration is incredible - love the birds and I am so happy the wood heart fits inside the wreath!

artful-notions said...

Kelly, love each and every one! Just all the added special goodies you bring to your designs. Love them!!!

Mary Holshouser said...

So many wonderful cards.
You can never go wrong with
shiplap. Makes a great
background. The layering
on your cards is fantastic.
Love the mushrooms. thanks
for sharing.
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Myrna Dodd said...

Beautiful cards! Love that you added the mushrooms!

michelle in mi said...

It's enjoyable to see how you use Betsy's other products to enhance her latest release!

Fiona Wright said...

Your work with the Nature Lover release is just darling! So well done

Renee R said...

So creative and beautiful! Love them all!

Heike said...

I always look forward to seeing what you have done with the new items. Stunning is all I can say!

Lisa Voerg said...

The mushrooms and that is all! I love that you used them and how they just add such a nice masculine touch.
Everything is perfect as always.

Sally Keagle said...

Absolutely gorgeous! You do amazing work, and we all learn so much from you.

DGolly said...

Just love all the texture and dimension in your cards. Thanks for sharing.

Mary Kay Ross said...

OMGoodness! Another fabulous release! These are so gorgeous!

Patricia said...

The mushrooms added just the perfect touch Kelly! Beautiful cards but especially for the men in our lives! It is an ideal card for my hubby! Thank you for the inspiration you’ve shared today. And you can’t have too much Shiplap! Ever!

Miriam Prantner said...

Love these!!! I especially love the ones with the mushrooms, love how you combined the old and new!

Michele said...

Your cards are beautiful Kelly. Thank you for sharing!

Nandini said...

Gorgeous cards, Kelly! I really love the rustic feel.

Cyndi said...


Gorgeous cards. My favorite is the first one -- so sweet!

Brenda Aplin said...

All of your cards are so amazing.. thank you for sharing them.. ❤️❤️❤️ Besty has the best products, I just live the Greetery!!

Eve N said...

Love seeing how the wood hearts and boxwood wreaths fit together so nicely. And now I have a new design idea for using my mushroom dies, too, so thank you for the inspiration.

Artha Nafie said...

Oh Kelly!! This boxwood wreathe image is just AMA-ZING!! LOVE all your colors and backgrounds. And of course, using the wren set is genius! LOVE them all! My list is started.........

Nancy R. said...

Wow! The textures, details, layers to your cards are exquisite! You have truly made this new release shine!

Jennifer said...

Absolutely stunning!

Casandra Bennett said...

You never cease to amaze me with your beautiful attention to detail. Each card is a true work of art. Thank you for always inspiring me.

Natasha said...

Oh yes- the mushrooms with the heart wood slices- so in love with this combo!

Cheryl said...

Oh my gosh, your cards are so amazing!

Edith Demshar said...

These are all gorgeous! But I am such a fan of Buffalo check plaid, and you just made me swoon over this! Love it!

Nora Noll said...

What STUNNING creations!! I love your addition of the fun texture on some of them. So unique but really POPS!

Cynthia Evanoff said...

Your layered wreath brings it to life...waiting for the birds to tweet

Arlene said...

Gorgeous cards Kelly!

SavedbyGrace said...

Oh my goodness Kelly, you really hit this out of the park ! You showed how all of Betsy's designs work so well together. love the colors you used. Very inspiring ! Great job!!

carol (krillsister) said...

Gorgeous cards. Love the birds

Marsha S said...

Fantastic cards! Love them all especially the one with birds!!

Luanne said...

I love these! You have such awesome things added to compliment the new things, the birds, toadstools and the square dance plaid. Just love all the variety 💗

Sue McRae said...

I am loving your combination of layers and textures on all your cards...fabulous!

DMcKelvey said...

OMG, your card are stunningly gorgeous! I love the little birds and mushrooms you added, so cute. I haven't cared for the mushroom set until I saw your cards and now it will be on my wish list. Great job!

Stebbins Family said...

All so lovely! I especially like seeing older products in use with the new!

Carmela said...

So gorgeous, Kelly! I love how you added the birds and the mushrooms. Such a natural, beautiful scene.

Karen M said...

I love how you made these more woodsy and outdoorsy - and especially for the men. A wonderful use of multiple older sets combined with the new.

Melissa Sibert said...

I love the outdoorsy and woodsy cards you made. Very creative.

Andrea B said...

OMG! I am in love with your projects, especially the red toadstool w/wood hearts!!! You nailed it in the "Manly" department.

Marcia Hill said...

Oh Kelly...your cards are ALL absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! I can't even pick a favorite as they're ALL so beautifully rustic and just lovely!! And I'm loving all your quotes too! What a lovely, lovely post today...LOVED it!! Hugs. :0)

ang4tnr said...

Very pretty cards, Kelly! Love the inspiration. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Helen said...

Such delightful cards, Kelly. Especially like your use of red backgrounds to show the new items so well. tfs-stay well.

MadeByMeghanK said...

Layers upon Layers of AWESOME! I love the wood hearts! Just stunning designs!

Scrappin2gether said...

Great cards! Love how you used past releases in your ideas. Really stretching your products!

blaze said...

Kelly, such different and lovely choices you made for these card designs. Just love all the details you put into your sweet cards.

uncbballfan said...

Love your nature-inspired projects!

Karen said...

Wonderful cards! I especially love those birds in the leafy heart!

Ms. Tamp said...

Great look to the layers. I like the birds and the look of the color style.

Pamela said...

I'm loving the new release and using it with previous releases. So lovely!

Mutzy Mia said...

I LOVE ALL your cards! I especially love the addition of the mushrooms. You've knocked this release out of the ball park! Thanks for the great inspiration today!!!

Sheila said...

I'm in love with every one of your cards. They are awesome. Great work.

ChristinaLabbe@aol.com said...

I love all the natural touches on your cards but that love never fails card is absolutely breathtaking. I’m inspired!

Anonymous said...

Marisela Delgado said: Your cards are always so amazing! Just gorgeous! mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

Sharon said...

Wow, beautiful projects! Not mad that you did another shiplap background!

Dawn Y. said...

Oh, Kelly! Your cards are truly lovely! All of your color choices are gorgeous and the well-chosen quotes are just perfect for the Nature Lover collection. So much heartwarming inspiration here today!💗

P said...

I love that you began your post with a lovely quote from Thoreau, and then sprinkled them throughout. I would have never thought to add the toadstools to this release but they totally work- brilliant!

Sue D said...

Love the nature theme of this release. Your cards are fabulous.

Stacy said...

I have to say that with these new products, you kinda had to use the shiplap in your cards loL! Your cards are gorgeous. Scrolling along, its like a cascade of inspiration :)

Conniecrafter said...

Love the way you have combined the two heart dies and then adding the birds just the sweetest!

Cathy Y said...

I LOVE the mushroom cards - they are fabulous!

Maria Russell Designs said...

I love your samples. I always struggle with manly cards for Valentine's Day and you just gave me plenty of ideas! THANK YOU for these amazing projects and samples!

Lisa said...

What fun cards! And beautiful too! Your work is always wonderful and you just keep bringing it.

Kathy Mc said...

Those love birds look so beautiful perched on your first card. Agree the toadstools work well for masculine cards. I’m a sucker for Buffalo plaid so I’m smitten with your last card. Amazing projects, Kelly!

Judy said...

Love your lovely samples! I’m enjoying the way that you’ve combined various elements to create such beautiful cards! The plaid background, the toadstools, Nordic frames add such pizzazz. You’ve really outdone yourself with this release!

Iva Stastna said...

Lovely,fun cards,thank you.

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Heather said...

That last card is stunning!

Samantha said...

Beautiful cards! I love the addition of the "moss" - I've never considered using a product like that on my cards but now I'll need to find some!

Birgit said...

Oh my goodness, your cards are all amazing! I love how all the nature lovers elements work with past release sets. You've brought them together perfectly. I'm wishing my pocket book was much larger this month. ;0)

AngelRegio said...

Awww simply stunning! Love the earthly feel of your cards

Kris said...

Another spectacular post. I especially love the Robin and Wren with the shiplap (you can never have enough shiplap!).

Unknown said...

These are beautiful. The tera texture is genius.

Nancy Nicholson said...

Beautiful cards! Love the one with the mushrooms. How unique!

Teri S said...

I love the precious accents and bold colours! 😍😍😍 Gorgeous!!

Jennifer Roach said...

Wow all these projects are just stunning!

April Z said...

Your cards are beautiful! You have such a gift for combining many different elements together and making it beautiful.

Flutehappy said...

Just love the birds and mushrooms with these new stamps and dies! So so cute!

see mary stamp said...

Oh my gosh! Those birdies on the Wood Slice Heart inside the Boxwood wreath - sweetest thing ever - then I see the cards with the Toadstools! Just amazing!

Linda Pekrul said...

How fabulous... adding the birds and the mushrooms is just perfect, and most of all love the Buffalo check background!

maryrose said...

Love how you paired these with unexpected stamp sets!

Mary J said...

Great release. Love your projects.

linda m said...
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linda m said...

The boxwood hearts are great for any season! I love the way you mixed them in with sweet items to celebrate nature all year long, Kelly. :)

Allie said...

Love seeing how you incorporated the nordic frames, Kelly! Beautiful projects!

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