Easter Dogwood…

Recently cute bunnies were posted to celebrate the upcoming Easter season, but today’s post features spring dogwood blooms.

Have your dogwoods bloomed yet?  Mind are buds but will be in bloom before Easter.

Here’s today’s card…

and a close up…

peeking inside…

This is my first time using the water color pencils on Kraft Paper…I learned a few things and hope to do more this week, but thought this one turned out well.  I’m not sure if this is a dogwood bloom but it was close enough for me.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits


  1. Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and Kraft Cardstock
  2. Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  3. Stamps:  Penned & Painted, Suite Sayings (sentiment) and Birthday Blooms (dots)
  4. Tools ‘n Embellishments:  Water Color Pencils, Blender Pen, Window Sheet


  1. The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  2. The Kraft Cardstock layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp leaves and flowers with outline stamp in Archival Basic Black.  Be sure to let this ink dry…it takes a bit.  Or you can heat it (like me!)  I have no patience…
  3. Color all images with White Water Color Pencil (your colors will be brighter).  Add Old OLive to leaves, Daffodil Delight to flower centers and Melon Mambo to shade from centers of flower petals out.  Smooth colors with Blender Pen.  Be sure to clean tip between each color change.
  4. Cut a window sheet 3-3/4″ x 5″ to use as a template to draw border skipping when you meet the leaves or flowers.  Add dots wherever you like them.
  5. Inside the card the border was drawn again and dots were added to coordinate with card front.

I’ve been playing around with this same set and water color paper.  If it turns out, I’ll post it next week.

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Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Stay inky…Be HaPpY!



  1. Billie, I love this beautiful Easter card. I agree the flower is close enough to be a dogwood. Your coloring is amazing. Thanks for the tips about using the white pencil on everything first when using the kraft paper. I love the sweet sentiment.

    The “b-ism” reminds us that even though we’re not perfect or going through a rough patch, we’ll be fine. Cute picture with it.

    Today is gorgeous here but we’re going back to the 50’s for a few days. I wish someone would straighten out Mother Nature’s pills and get her on the right track!! LOL! Have a great weekend to top off the wonderful week you’ve had.

    • Sometimes it is the simplest thing to get the look you want and coloring white pencil first makes all the colors brighter. My dogwoods aren’t blooming yet…but soon!…B!

    • Our dogwoods should bloom fairly soon, if Mother Nature can make up her mind about what season we are in. I hope they didn’t get frozen in the last snow last week. I love it when they are in bloom.

    • Dogwoods are pretty dang hearty…I bet they are fine. I always look forward to seeing them on the mountainsides…B!

  2. Gorgeous card Billie! I absolutely LOVE Dogwoods. Ours are not in bloom as of yet here in Southern Illinois. I may have to give this a try. Honestly, I don’t even know if I have Penned & Painted Stamp set but if not perhaps I have something else I can try the Colored Water Color Pencils on as well.

    Beautiful Dogwood card!! Love it!

    • I bet you have something that will work Tonya. I have to confess this is the first time I’ve used this set…and I love it. I’ve made several cards with it today that I’ll be posting next week…stay tuned!…B!