Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop!
This month, the theme is Flowers in the Garden. We hope you are inspired by all the wonderful creations the Pals share with you! As you hop from blog to blog, we love reading your comments. Then, you will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.
I have enough flower stamps. Riiiight (said with a smirk). I love flowers. Something about a flower just makes my heart and soul sing. The Two-Tone Flora bundle takes center stage.
Today’s card uses the Two-Tone Flora bundle with a sentiment from the Color & Contour stamp set. And I used some smaller flowers from the Around the Bend dies. I put my floral focal bundle on a dark background. That is an out-of-the-box move I think I should use more often. Why am I always reaching for white? The card is embossed for texture and splattered for movement.
Let’s get to the good stuff.
THE BACKGROUND WORK
It’s all about the texture here. Cut a card base from Early Espresso cardstock 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″ and a card front panel of 3-1/2″ x 5″. Then emboss the card base front and the card front panel with the Timber embossing folder. I like the timber ‘lines’ running horizontally. Have you ever noticed how they look like ripples in the water? I digress.
Use the Fresh Fresia pattern paper from the Dandy Designs DSP (retired from Jan-Feb 2023 SAB) and trim off a 2-1/4″ x 6″ piece to use for the envelope flap and a 1/2″ x 4-1/2″ strip for the accent edge on the card front.
CREATING THE FLOWERS & LEAVES
I stamped the 2nd largest flower (the one with the tear drop center) twice (make 3 if you are adding one to the card insert) onto a piece of Dandy Designs Designer Series Paper. The paper has a Fresh Fresia pattern so I chose to stamp the detail in Gorgeous Grape ink. Then stamp the overlay in Highland Heather on one and Fresh Fresica on the other (to be cut apart). AFTER THOUGHT: You could do both in Fresh Fresia. I think it would be the same since we are covering the Highland Heather one up. I just like to have a little darker image on the bottom.
Die-cut the 2 stamped flowers. Then cut one of the flowers into 3 pieces as shown.
Use a Blending Tool to add Gorgeous Grape to the edges of all the flowers and pieces. including the accent strip. Add Dimensionals to the back of the 3 smaller pieces and assemble. Isn’t the subtle print of the DSP that shows through awesome?
Stamp the leave in Evening Evergreen onto Soft Succulent cardstock and die-cut.
Die-cut the cluster of 3 small flowers twice using the Around the Bend dies.
Cluster and adhere to flowers and leaves. Then add the accent strip to the right side of the card front panel. About 1/4″ should be revealed on the front panel. And it will be about 1/4″ from the top and bottom of the card pane.
Now for a bit of fun. Dip a paintbrush into white ink. I have found that Windsor Newton #974 Ink splatters and dries quickly. Let it dry
Then add a sentiment. I used the sentiment ‘You’re Absolutely Amazing’. Stamp the sentiment in Versamark on Basic Black and fussy cut. Then add black Dimensionals to the back and add to the card front panel.
Add the card front panel to the card base. Embellish with some 2021-2023 In Color Opal Rounds. Add the DSP strip to the envelope flap and you have a swoon-worthy card to send for a birthday or Mother’s Day.
I also chose to make the card insert using Fresh Fresia cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″) and I added another flower to give it extra specialness.
More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the Design Team; The Pals are very excited to show you what they’ve created! Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop on May 10th, when our theme will be a Tic Tac Toe challenge, where our Design Team will create projects, using elements/supplies that are three in a row, column, or diagonal from the tic tac toe board.
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STAMPIN’ PRETTY PALS BLOG HOP LINE-UP
- Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
- Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
- Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
- Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
- Jill Loveland at Simple Stamping
- Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
- Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
- Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
- Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink **YOU ARE HERE **
- Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
- Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
- Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
- Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
- Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
- Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
- Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
- Lori Webb at Clever Copies
- Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
Ooh, Ann, this is such a pretty card! Love the paper pieced flower on the textured background. I’m so happy you joined the blog hop this month!
Thank you for all you do to put together this hop opportunity. Always glad to participate in the Pals Hop.
Beautiful card Ann! That purple really “pops” against the brown background. Great idea!!
I agree with the purple ‘pop’ on the brown. Thank you. 🙂
Ann, I love how you gave the flower dimension by cutting the petals!
I like dimension and took my inspiration from the wonderful creations that Christine Versluis shares.
Love the effect of the 3D blossom — so pretty!
Love the purple blooms popping on your brown textured background!
Purple was just Just for you 🙂
Your single bloom on a wood background is so unique. Love the paper piecing too. Thank you for hopping with us this month.
Thank you. My goal was simple and bold. But I could not resist the dimension of piecing the focal flower.
Lovely contrast Ann! Great fun to see how you put your own stamp on our Flowers from the Garden Hop Pal!
It surprises me that I don’t use the contrast color scheme more often. thanks for hopping.
Lovely card, Ann! The textured background works great with the beautifully colored and shaded flower. I also like the added dimension on the flower.
thanks. I am branching out from white. lol
Such a pretty card! Love the textural elements and color choices as well…