Lilac Silhouettes Thank You & Manhattan

Hi there! Despite the rainy day yesterday I had a great day! I headed into Astoria to pick up Michael, put the top down in the car and then off to Manhattan we went. There was quite a bit of traffic going across the 59th Street bridge but it doesn’t seem so bad in the car with the top down! We arrived at my friend Kim’s house around 9:15 and headed to the diner for a little breakfast. After that we went back to Kim’s apartment and dis-assembled the large IKEA bookcase. We sat and chatted for a while and Kim had said that she wanted to go and find a couch. Our first stop was Macy’s and a little Starbucks to help with concentration! From there we headed up to Pottery Barn and that’s where she found the couch. It’s a really nice comfortable one with a matching storage ottoman. After the furniture hunting was finished we went to Nick’s for a really late lunch/early dinner and had some delicious pizza. Then it was back to Kim’s for a little digestion and then Michael and I came back to my house and hung out with Taylor and watched some TV before I took him back over to Sue’s house. I can’t think of a nicer way to spend a Saturday! Here is a little picture of the three of us from one of our cab rides!

Me, Kim & Michael NYC Cab


Man do I love my peeps!! 😀

The card that I have for you today is actually one that I made a few week’s ago. I was inspired by a tag that my friend Holly had made. I was in my parent’s back yard and was looking at the Lilac bushes and remembered that I had seen a clever way to make some with one of the stamps from Summer Silhouettes. To start off the card I used Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock and covered the front in a piece of Wisteria Wonder. The main panel is a piece of Neenah Solar White 80lb, the Simon Says Stamp Medium Dot Line Die is used to punch out the circles down the right side. I then threaded some Gold Thread with a few purple Swarovski Crystals and some Pretty Pink Posh Gold Sequins through the holes and secured the thread behind the panel. The panel is then adhered to the card with Fun Foam, SNAIL and Foam Tape. My images are from the Summer Silhouettes Stamp Set and are stamped in Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder and Old Olive. I adhered the stamped panel to some Elegant Eggplant. For the greeting I used the “Vintage” Simply Celebrate Stamp Set and heat embossed it in Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder on a piece of Vellum. It’s secured to the back of the panel and then adhered to the card with SNAIL. I love the sequins and crystals on the gold thread and the simple look of the flowers! I hope that you enjoyed today’s card and that it inspires you to use a stamp set in a different way! Thank you for coming by and sharing in some of my adventures too! Have a simply lovely Sunday! 🙂

Lilac Silhouettes Thank You-WM

Lilac Silhouettes Thank You Close-WM

Products used:

Stamp Sets: Summer Silhouettes and Simply Celebrate Clear Mount (Stampin’ Up!)

Ink: Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin’ Ink (Stampin’ Up!)

Specialty Ink: Versa-Mark

Embossing Powder: Gold (Stampin’ Up!)

Card Stock: Solar White 110lb and 80lb (Neenah), Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant (Stampin’ Up!)

Specialty Card Stock: Vellum (Stampin’ Up!)

Dies: Medium Dot Line (Simon Says Stamp)

Embellishments: Gold Thread (DMC), Purple Crystals (Swarovski) and Gold Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Adhesives: SNAIL and Foam Tape

Tools: Big Shot, Heat Tool and Fun Foam


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26 Replies to “Lilac Silhouettes Thank You & Manhattan”

  1. WOW!! Justin, this is a beautiful card. I love all the elements and especially how you used the stamp for the lilacs. We have lilacs in our yard and they smell so good when blooming. Your extra touch of the crystals and sequins is so unique and pretty. Thanks for sharing your day too.

    1. Thank you so much HJ! I love the way lilacs smell, my grandmother used to have huge trees at the end of her driveway! I thought that the added bling was fun! I’m happy that I get to share my days with you! 🙂

  2. Justin,
    Wow! Love the way you used this stamp set to make lilacs. It’s beautiful!!
    Glad you are having such a fun weekend. You guys really seem to enjoy life.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Than you Gerri! I saw my friend Holly did it and I just had give it a try! I had an awesome weekend! Friends make everything better! I hope that you too had a nice weekend! 🙂

  3. Justin, that is such a clever way to use this stamp! I always try to “think outside the box” with my stamps, turning my sets this way and that to look at them from different directions. But, I NEVER saw that with this stamp set! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful card!

    1. We would have so much fun Gina! If you are ever in NY you can come along! Thank you! 🙂

  4. What a fun card!!! And what a fun time we had. Can’t wait to start putting the furniture together in her new place. LOL

    1. Thank you Michael! Yes, we had a great time, but that’s because of the company! LOL! Oh, don’t worry, I’ll take you along! 🙂

  5. Awesome creation, I love Lilac bushes, I am very inspired by your threading of the crystals, new way to use that die.

    Awesome weekend, played with some of my stamp sets and today went Scrapbooking, I found a small store that has some great inventory, only have crops 1x month but its better then nothing. Darn, tomorrow is Monday, but only a 4 day work week

    1. Thank you Linda! I too love lilacs, they smell divine! I like the movement that using the die and the thread gives the crystals and sequins!
      You did have an awesome weekend! Oh! That’s great that you found a new store! Yay! Yes, it’s Monday, but we need to pay for all of this somehow?! LOL! Enjoy! 🙂

  6. Justin – this is one of the most beautiful cards I have ever, ever seen! How did you ever come up with the idea of the sequins and beads going through the punched out holes?

    Looks like you guys had a fabulous time in Manhattan! Good for you. I’m jealous and wish I had been there with you all. Love and hugs.

    1. Thank you so much Grace! I saw something similar on Pinterest! We had the best time in Manhattan! I wish you had been there too! Love to you! XOXO 🙂

  7. Love the way you used the stamp for the lilacs. Makes me look twice at a set that never caught my eye.

  8. I loved the lilacs and couldn’t figure out how you made them. I was so surprised to discover it was the simple summer silhouettes stamp set! I’ve hem-hawing around about getting it. I’ve never seen anyone use it that way so good job, you!

    1. Thank you very much KerryJoy! I’m glad that my friend Holly used it the way that she did! 🙂

  9. i’m always amazed at your creative vision, Justin! *Very* clever use of the Summer Silhouette’s stamp to create the lilacs. So pretty! Love the bling, too!

    1. Thank you so much El! The lilacs were my friend Holly’s idea but I just had to give it a try! 🙂

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