FMS 143: Flower Shop, Best of Greetings and Gorgeous Grunge

I’m one of those people who love to use clip art in my emails.  Recently when I was browsing through Google’s clip art, I happened across this little picture and “fell in love.”  Today was my day to bring the picture to life using the Freshly Made Sketches challenge for the card’s layout.


I cut ¼” strips of Naturals White and Basic Black and wove them together to create the flower pot. Then I mounted the woven strips onto a rectangle and trimmed the edges at an angle to create the slanted pot. In order to hold the pieces firmly together, I ran the rectangle through the Square Lattice EF. As the card evolved, I decided it needed to be grunged up a bit – so out came the sponges and Gorgeous Grunge stamp to “dirty up” the card. I had intended to use So Saffron candy dots (based on the clip art picture); but, was surprised to find the So Saffron was actually too bright for the card. I chose Very Vanilla candy dots and colored them with the Blush Blendabilities for a hint of color. I thought this card would be perfect as a thank you to a hostess following a 4th of July gathering or even to a service man/woman for their service to our country. I hope my U.S. readers all had a wonderful holiday!


STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Best of Greetings, Flower Shop, Gorgeous Grunge
STAMPIN UP INK: Basic Black, Garden Green, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Blendabilities Blush (for the candy dots), white gel
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Naturals White, Real Red, Pacific Point, Pacific Point DSP (2012), Summer Smooches DSP, Basic Black
ACCESSORIES: Sizzlits Little Leaves, Square Lattice EF, Pansy Punch, Very Vanilla candy dots (colored with blendabilities), aqua painter, sponges, brass brad, bitty star punch, linen thread, glue dot
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JAI 220 Patriotic Feeling Sentimental, En Francais, Gorgeous Grunge

When I saw this week’s Just Add Ink challenge, I automatically thought of a patriotic bunting.  I cut my Night of Navy and Real Red DSP into 1” x 3” rectangles; then, I cut each rectangle in half diagonally.  Using the diagonal pieces, I created a sunburst which was cut into a circle using the SU circle die.  After trimming the circle to fit the top of the card, I decided to add some texture by embossing the bunting with the Square Lattice EF.  While I really liked the bright, crisp whisper white, I decided to create a vintage card and quickly reached for the Feeling Sentimental stamp set.  I grew up in a town where the fireworks display was held at the county fairgrounds; so a Ferris wheel seemed the logical choice for my card’s stamped image.  To create a vintage effect, I stamped  En Francais lightly in the background with some smatterings of Gorgeous Grunge over the words.  Next I inked the edges of the card, adding a bit heavier concentration in the corner to shadow the Ferris wheel.

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Next I applied Gorgeous Grunge and some sponging to the bunting. The triple looped linen thread bow was to be the finishing touch; but, I felt the card still lacked something. After walking away for an hour or so, I came back and immediately decided to add a brass brad to the center of the Ferris wheel; the small brad gave the detail/dimension I felt was missing and was thus the card’s finishing touch!
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Feeling Sentimental, Gorgeous Grunge, En Francais
STAMPIN UP INK: Crumb Cake, Sahara Sandstone, Baked Brown Sugar
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Night of Navy DSP, Real Red DSP
ACCESSORIES: Linen thead, brass bad, circle die, scallop circlejai winner badge die, sponge, Square Lattice EF
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TSOT 168: Memorial Day

I hope that you all had a restful Memorial Day.   I am particularly thankful on this day for the many men and women who have sacrificed much in order to protect the freedoms we enjoy in such abundance in the USA;  I am thankful for the military personnel past and present.

Unfortunately, the lighting for this picture was poor and did not pick up the effect that the striped embossing folder added to the card.  I chose the striped folder to continue the stars and stripes theme.  The stars are punched openings in the Whisper White, with Night of Navy and Real Red inserted behind the openings and each accented with a small rhinestone.

STAMP(S): Paper Inspirations Soldier Stamp
STAMPIN UP INK: Tuxedo Black Ink
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Real Red, Whisper White, Night of Navy, Pinwheel DSP, Night of Navy DSP
ACCESSORIES: Mini star punch, rhinestones, Stripes textured impressions EF

168 life is a picnic