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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SUO 100 Screen Card with Secret Garden, So Very Grateful and Best of Greetings

Happy 100th Challenge SUO!  To celebrate SUO’s landmark challenge, I decided to try something new and selected Challenge 59 to make a fun fold card.  Always interested in knowing what others are doing, I hopped onto You Tube and came across this great tutorial by Deb Valder,   The screen reminded me of the room divider I use in the entranceway to my studio, so I decided to give it a try.  What a fun (and easy) card to make!  I had been looking for a design to use in class as a way to introduce the Blendabilities markers and this format worked beautifully!  I simply stamped the So Very Grateful background onto the Whisper White panels and then stamped three Secret Garden flowers onto a strip of Whisper White.  After cutting out each flower with the die, I chose a different color family for each blossom and proceeded to try each and every one of my Blendabilities markers.  I love how smoothly these markers color and how easily they blend!
2014.06.29 SUO
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Secret Garden, So Very Grateful, Best of Greetings
STAMPIN UP INK: Memento Tuxedo black and Blendabilities Sets: Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight , Pumpkin Pie , Coastal Cabana, Old Olive
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Gumball Green, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie
ACCESSORIES: Decorative Label punch, Scallop Trim border punch, Secret Garden die

PPA206: Flower Shop and Best of Greetings

Before I share today’s project, I want to thank Tara from the Friday Mashup for selecting my Espresso Bean Father’s Day Card as the top card for last week’s challenge!   If you missed that card, you can see it here.

This week’s Pals Paper Arts challenge was to design a card using Baked Brown Sugar, Pacific Point and So Saffron.  I had ventured down to my studio to make some sympathy cards.  Hmmm, the Baked Brown Sugar and So Saffron would work fine for a sympathy card; but, how could I incorporate Pacific Point into the design?  I laid the papers in front of me and pondered what to do for a while; finally, I decided to walk away and focus on another card.  When I came back to the paper, I decided to just jump in.  I knew I wanted to do a stamped background, so I stamped the solid Flower Shop image using the So Saffron and then decided to stamp off the Pacific Point and try applying it over the So Saffron – I was delighted!  Not only did the muted Pacific Point blend in beautifully, it also combined with the So Saffron to create a tint of green, which added to my garden background!

PPA 206 2014.06.10 FRONT VERSION
I stamped an extra background on a piece of scrap cardstock and used that with my Nestabilities to frame the greeting in such a way that blended with the background. In order to add a bit of a pop to the image, I tucked two triangles of Basic Black under the corners – just enough to offset the focal image a bit.
PPA 206 2014.06.10 CLOSE UP
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Flower Shop, Best of Greetings
STAMPIN UP INK: So Saffron, Pacific Point, Baked Brown Sugar
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Naturals Ivory, So Saffron, Baked Brown Sugar, Basic Black
ACCESSORIES: Nestabilities scallop and standard oval, dimensionals, crochet trim, very vanilla (interior)

CQC 232: Fabulous Florets and Best of Greetings

There’s a little restaurant around the corner from my son’s home where all of their art work is done on newspaper print.  When I was there a few months ago, I determined it was time that I give this technique a try.   But, it actually took this week’s Colour Q’s challenge to motivate me to actually do it.  I stamped the Fabulous Florets stem and leaves with Versamark onto the Modern Medley DSP and then black embossed the image.  These base leaves served as a shadow behind the Lucky Limeade leaves.  (I’ve really missed Lucky Limeade since it retired.)  Once again, I’m reminded of how much I appreciate the high quality of SU paper; notice how I was able to curl the petals in order to give the flower added dimension.    Finally, different sized pearls in the flowers’ centers added depth and texture.

2014.03.13 COLOUR Q















STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Fabulous Florets and Best of Greetings
STAMPIN UP INK: Lucky Limeade, Memento Black, Versamark
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Modern Medley, Lucky Limeade DSP, Very Vanilla
ACCESSORIES: Nestabilities scallop oval and oval dies, metal slider, Lucky Limeade ribbon, black embossing powder, heat tool, mini and small pearls, dimensionals