Stampin’ Up! Happy Birthday with color challenge

Good Tuesday morning everyone. Well, I am even more thankful than usual as we finally had some rain yesterday (1″+) which we badly needed. However, it wasn’t a general rain and certainly not a drought breaker. More is predicted for today. It is a little late to do the cornfield much good for this year’s crop, but moisture in the ground over winter is a good thing. And I am sure it benefited my Hostas and the ponds around here.

Today’s card is following the MFT color challenge #75, which uses colors I like but seldom put together. So, it is truly a challenge.


My niece will be having a birthday soon and I think she will like these colors in a card. With that in mind I began pulling out my supplies, ultimately settling on Whisper White, Night of Navy, Flirty Flamingo, Mint Macaron, Emerald Envy and MORE of the Delightful Daisy DSP. I love this paper stack. There are so many options within it.

I began by cutting the card base from Night of Navy card stock as well as the largest scalloped circle from the Layering Circles framelits. Next is a Whisper White circle using the largest stitched circle from the Stitched Shapes framelits. These I liquid glued together and onto a Delicate White Doily. This will be the background for my birthday bouquet.

To highlight this and to incorporate another color of the challenge, I chose the coral color all-over design in the Delightful Daisy DSP pack. It is really more like Calypso Coral than Flirty Flamingo, but with the light and dark shading I think it works. I just thought the Calypso Coral card stock was too bright and had too much orange in it to work for this challenge, hence, the Flirty Flamingo. Liquid glue adhered this to the card base and the circle set is glued on top, offsetting it a bit.


To provide a background for my bouquet I stamped one of the tiny flower designs in the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set in Crumb Cake onto the Whisper White circle. Then, I used the dies from the Bouquet Bunch framelits for all the flowers, stems and leaves in the bouquet. You can save 10% by purchasing these together in a bundle. Other than the inside sentiment, this bundle is all I used for this card.

Using Whisper White, Night of Navy and Flirty Flamingo, I die cut a variety of flowers. The stems and leaves were all die cut from Mint Macaron and Emerald Envy. I dry arranged these two or three times until I achieved a reasonably good looking bouquet, then proceeded to adhere them to the circle, layering as I would an actual floral bouquet.

I know there are really no Navy flowers, but there are some pretty blue ones. And, the challenge said Navy, so we have Navy flowers. Besides, card making is a creative endeavor, so I ‘created’ a new color flower! The large flowers looked a little plain so I went back and stamped them in stamped off twice Calypso Coral, and stamped off once Night of Navy. Much better looking flowers were achieved by doing this.

My greeting, also from the Beautiful Bouquet set, is stamped in Night of Navy on a scrap of Whisper White. With my Paper Snips I cut the flag end, leaving the other end straight. This was liquid glued over the stems and Stampin’ Dimnsionals were used on the outer end to prevent collapse.


Using Linen Thread, I made a multi-layered bow and used a couple of Glue Dots to stick it to the bouquet as though the bouquet is tied together with the thread.

HMMM. Something is lacking. It needed a couple more small flowers, so I stamped them in Crumb Cake on Mint Macaron and added them to the bouquet. OK, enough texture in the flowers, and enough flowers. But none of them have centers.

I thought the best fix for that issue was to use Pearls Basic Jewels in different sizes. Perfect! I love this look. It is pretty and feminine without being ‘over the top’ feminine.

For the inside, I used a mat from the same DSP as on the front, choosing a portion of the paper that was a bit lighter. The Sentiment stamps are from the Special Celebrations set, inked in Mint Macaron and Night of Navy with my Stampin’ Write markers and stamped on Whisper White.


To dress it up a bit and replicate the lacey look of the Delicate White Doily, I used a corner punch then liquid glued this sentiment panel to the DSP and the card is finished!

Using the same stamp set I stamped a few flowers on the front of the envelope in stamped of once or twice Calypso Coral ink as I do not have Flirty Flamingo, and the stems and leaves in Mint Macaron and Emerald Envy. More of the Delightful Daisy DSP was liquid glued to the flap.

I think it turned out well. Products and card cuts used are below.

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Card Cuts: Night of Navy: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, circle and flowers 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″; Whisper White: circle 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″, inside sentiment panel 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″, outside sentiment, scrap; Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy and Mint Macaron: various scraps trimmed from previous projects; Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper: cut 2 for inside mat and front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 5-3/4″

Products used but not listed below: Mint Macaron Stampin’ Write marker, retired; a corner punch.

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Medallions for Sympathy

Good Day Everyone! What a Fabulous Friday it is.

I began this sympathy card with absolutely no idea what to do. After looking at my paper stacks I settled on Night of Navy for the card base and the card just made itself.

I didn’t want fussy, just classy, so I paired it with Smokey Slate and Very Vanilla; no bling, no embossing, no ribbons and bows.

This is the result.


Card Cuts at the end of this post.

First cut the card base from Night of Navy card stock using my Stampin’ Trimmer. The first mat is Smokey Slate card stock and the top mat is Night of Navy. The mat in between is Very Vanilla card stock stamped with an old background stamp in Night of Navy. This stamp has a sort of Eastern Medallion look to it.

The medallion is cut with the Eastern Medallions thinlits from Very Vanilla card stock, as are the two pieces with sentiments. The sympathy piece is stamped with Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ pad using a Gina K stamp. I like the font and it was the exact size needed for this project. The sending thoughts sentiment is from the Thoughts and Prayers set, again, stamped in Night of Navy. I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to line up all the sentiments.

The Sympathy sentiment is glued to the medallion which is adhered to the Navy mat with mini stampin’ dimensionals. Sending thoughts is glued to the navy mat below the medallion and the finished art piece is adhered to the stamped mat. This is then glued to the Smokey Gray mat. The card front is now finished.

On the inside I again used the Smokey Gray card stock as the mat, with the sentiment piece in Very Vanilla. To dress up the sentiment piece without overdoing it, I used my Simply Scored board and the stylus to emboss a border around all 4 sides, crossing the lines at the corners. It is a little hard to see in the photo, but I think you can discern where it is. I did this from the back side as I didn’t want a debossed look. Using the sentiment from Strength and Prayers stamp set (retired), and Night of Navy ink, I completed the sentiment.inside

This was glued to the Smokey Gray mat and into the card base.

I then attached the card front and the card is complete.

On to the envelope! Using a medium Very Vanilla envelope I inked up part of the background stamp in Night of Navy and stamped the flap.

envelope flap

On the front corner I stamped the little corner design from the Make A Medallion stamp set. Then, I mirror imaged it and stamped it again. This finishes the envelope.envelope front

I think it turned out quite well, considering I had no design in mind when I started.

I hope you like it and if you need supplies, please contact your demonstrator. If you don’t have one, I would be very happy to help you. Just click on the ‘shop online with me’ button at right to go to my store. Thanks for stopping by!

Card Cuts:  Night of Navy: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″, 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″;        Smokey Gray:  (2) 4″ x 5-1/4″; Very Vanilla: (2) 3-3/4″ x 5″, medallion 3″ square, sentiment 5/8″ x 3-1/2″, sentment 1-1/4″ x 3-1/4″.

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