28 Lilac Lane Blog Hop

Hey there friends! I am so happy you are joining me today as I take part in the 28 Lilac Lane blog hop that is happening this weekend!

I am so happy to be one of multiple stops in the hop; my friend May Flaum is the creator of 28 Lilac Lane and is the mastermind behind the gorgeous embellishment collections. So make sure you head down to the bottom of this post to see the complete list of stops. PLUS, when you leave a comment on this post -and on each stop in the hop- you have a chance to win one of the fabulous 28 Lilac Lane embellishment kits that are being given away!

Today I’ve used a couple of my favorite embellishment sets from 28 Lilac Lane; Tropical Twist and Pumpkin Spice, and I’ve used these kits to embellish some of the Simon Says Stamp summer watercolor printed cards! If you have been looking for 28 Lilac Lane kits, you can find them at Simon Says Stamp.

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I actually took these coloring cards with me on vacation and colored them in while I enjoyed some relaxation! These are great for taking on the road because you can just pop these and a few coloring supplies into a bag, which is exactly what I did! When I got back I turned them into cards, but the bulk of the work was done away from my craft desk.

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My first card features the fabulous palm tree, which I colored with Copic markers; I didn’t keep track of the color combinations on any of these cards, but you can easily replicate them by finding similar colors in your collections.

For the palm tree card I added texture many areas of the card using feathering and stippling; I also added details with my white gel pen and a Spectrum Noir sparkle brush. For the embellishments on this card, I used buttons and seed beads from the Pumpkin Spice embellishment bottle.

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This second card makes me wish I was in Hawaii right now! I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers for this one, and colored in the wreath of pineapples using a variety of bright, tropical shades. After coloring this wreath, I fussy cut it from the card it was drawn onto (there was additional words to the sentiment underneath the wreath but I wanted just the words “aloha”). After fussy cutting the wreath, I layered it onto a white card base that I had applied a wave stencil pattern onto using natural distress ink colors.

For embellishments on this one, I used a bunch of seed beads and half pearls from the Tropical Twist kit, along with a bit of hemp tied across the top.

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Finally, I have this super fun flip flop card! This one is my absolute favorite of them all I think… but it’s really hard to decide! This card is colored with Zig Clean Color markers as well, and I fussy cut both the flip flops and the sentiment from the watercolor card  because I wanted to pop them up. They are popped up off of a white card base that I ink blended some yellow distress ink onto, which really sets off the colors in the flip flops perfectly!

To embellish this one, I used seed beads and sequins from the Tropical Twist kit, as well as lots of shimmer using my Spectrum Noir sparkle brush pen.

These cards were so much fun to create, and I love how taking the watercolor printables with me on my trip allowed me to get in some relaxing coloring time, which I could later use to create these three cards!



There is much more 28 Lilac Lane inspiration to be seen in this hop, so make sure you visit my friends below to see what beautiful creations they have dreamed up! And remember, there are prizes being given away in this hop, so be sure to leave comments on each stop to increase your chances of winning!

May Flaum
Chari Moss
Ashli Oliver
Audrey Pettit 
Nina-Marie Trapani … that’s me! :D
Emma Williams 



If you enjoyed these cards, be sure to check out some of my other most recent posts! Click on the photos to be taken to the corresponding blog posts.

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Do you like to color???? Check out the Daily Marker’s 30 day coloring challenge happening now through August 5th! Kathy Racoosin hosts the challenge and she’s an AMAZING coloring artist! You have to check it out if you haven’t already!!!!




If you are interested in any of the products used in this post, I have them all linked below to Simon Says Stamp. Affiliate links used when possible.

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40 Responses

  1. These are an absolute delight-they made me smile. Sure have a lot to learn about coloring-going to checkout stippling and feathering. Thank you for such fantastic inspiration.

  2. Oh I love those summer fun!

  3. Fabulous watercoloring as always! I love the addition of the 28 Lilac Lane embellishments.

  4. Avatar Anne Dwyer says:

    These are so bright and cheery – we are in the middle of a pretty miserable winter here and these cards just made me smile and feel warm! thanks for sharing and the chance to win

  5. Avatar Leslie says:

    I took a beach vacay a month ago but I feel like I’ve been on another after your bright & happy cards!
    Thx for a chance at some goodies :)

  6. Avatar Tona says:

    LOVE how you used the kit!

  7. Avatar Tina Martin says:

    your cards are always so fresh and fun. love them.

  8. Avatar Nicole H says:

    The buttons as coconuts is so clever!

  9. Avatar Carla Hundley says:

    Your cards are really
    cute and make me
    want to go to the
    Carla from Utah

  10. Ohhhhh I so love the flip flop card! Love the images and the coloring you did on this one. Out of the two button kits, I think the Tropical Twist is my favorite! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  11. Your cards are so cheery and bright! Love them! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win.

  12. Avatar Brenda says:

    Your cards are so bright & happy, they all make me smile!

  13. Avatar Rita Montgomery says:

    Nina Marie, I just found you through the blog hop. I love you. I love bright colors and you have just made my day with these cards. Fantastic. I just subscribed to your blog as well. Have a great summer.

  14. Your cards are so bright and summery — great way to show the versatility of the 28 Lilac Lane embellishments (and your great coloring skills.) Happy Friday!

  15. How appropriate, Nina-Marie, given that May loves Hawaii! The cards are fun and cheerful and the embellishments add just the right touch.

  16. Avatar Shelly Rasske says:

    What great coloring and inspiration!

  17. Avatar Rosann says:

    Oh what cute cheerful summery cards. Love your use of embellishments !

  18. Great summery cards! I’ve never heard of those kits before!

  19. Avatar Michelle t says:

    I love your coloring. And the 28 Lilac Lane kits just give the perfect touch. Beautiful. Thanks for a chance to win. Michelle t

  20. Avatar Amante del Papel says:

    Wow I love your work is so beautiful, so coloring, so amazing!!!

  21. Avatar Debbie Siddle says:

    What terrific cards! I love beach cards. Yours shine out. Brilliant. xxx

  22. Avatar Daisies Girl says:

    Nina-Marie, I really have got to GUSH for a minute here!!! Every SINGLE TIME I see something that you made I am amazed, delighted, impressed and just in so much awe of your coloring skills and now it seems you perfect ability to use embellishments in all the right spots!! You are amazing and your projects are just as cool as can possibly be and so have won me over – I think you do an incredible job with what you create!!! Have a HAPPY day!!

  23. Avatar annettegreen264 says:

    Wow! Such bright and cheery colors and images. I adore these cards! The way your worked in the buttons and pearls is perfect. These certainly made me smile this morning.

  24. Avatar pooja says:

    These are such summery and fun filled cards ,loved them !

  25. What beautiful fun cards

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