Monday, May 6, 2013

"Flowers Are Blooming"

What crazy weather!  Not sure what weather you've been experiencing, but this past weekend those of us in Georgia were able to revisit February weather.  It certainly was not our normal May warmth!  Let's hope that we'll all have sunshine and warmer temperatures soon.

For Mishmash Monday, I'm sharing three card samples prepared for next week's "Flowers are Blooming" class.  Each was prepared using a different stamp set and different techniques.  The first card was made using my favorite flower stamp - Secret Garden and the inspiration for the design was from a card prepared by Brandy Cox.

Happy Birthday card using Secret Garden Stamp set
The card base is Daffodil Delight card stock (CS).  The first layer is Whisper White CS which has been stamped using three stamps (large flower, small solid flower and leaves) from the Secret Garden Stamp set.  The larger flower was stamped using Tangerine Tango Classic Stampin' Ink Pad.  The next step was to use the solid flower to stamp the center of the larger flower using Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Ink Pad.  The stamp off-stamp on technique was used - i.e. ink stamp, stamp first onto a scrap paper, then stamp onto your card.  This removes some of the ink from the stamp thus the stamped image is not as intense in color and creates a shadow effect.  For the leaves, Old Olive Classic Stampin' Ink Pad was used and the image was stamped three times before re-inking.  This shadow effect around the flowers makes it appear that the flowers are peeking through the leaves thus adding dimension.  Another flower and two leaves were stamped onto scrap Whisper White CS and cut using Secret Garden Framelits in the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine. The Happy Birthday greeting was stamped onto Whisper White CS using Tangerine Tango Classic Stampin' Pad and the Hostess Wacky Wishes Stamp Set.  The Labels Collection Framelits set was used to cut the stamped label and a label was cut from Daffodil Delight CS.  The greeting was then layered onto the Daffodil Delight label.  The cut flower and leaves were attached to the side of the label using Stampin' Dimensionals.  Additional Stampin' Dimensionals were used to attach the greeting with flower to the card.  Unless otherwise noted, SNAIL adhesive was used to put card layers together.  A Pearl Basic Jewel was added to the center of the cut flower.  As an added touch, the Whisper White CS interior card liner was stamped in a lower corner to add a finishing touch with ample room left for adding a personalized message.  The Whisper White Envelope was also stamped.
Envelope stamped with Secret Garden Stamp Set


The second card uses Betsy's Blossoms and again, I'm using the Brights Collection CS and Stampin' Classic Inks (do you think I'm ready for summer and bright colors?)!!!  Regal Rose and Pumpkin Pie ink colors were used to stamp the flowers and Staz On Jet Black ink was used to stamp the saying from the Pursuit of Happiness Stamp Set (retiring soon!).  The saying (again, thinking of sunshine!) was cut using the Apothecary Accents Framelits Collection.  Stampin' Dimensionals were used to attach the label.  The card liner, as well as, the envelope were also stamped.
Betsy's Blossoms - "Live in the Sunshine"
Envelope stamped with Betsy's Blossoms Stamp Set

The last card is a cheerful card that was quick to prepare.  It utilizes the Summer Smooches DSP (retiring soon!) layered onto a card base of Daffodil Delight CS.  The Bright Blossoms Stamp Set was used to stamp the image onto Whisper White CS that had been cut with the Apothecary Accents Framelit.  The top portion of the frame piece was cut using scissors after attaching to the Summer Smooches DSP (refer to photo).  On a scrap piece of Whisper White CS, the flower image was stamped again.  Then using paper snips, the vase shape was cut and then using Stampin' Dimensionals was layered over the stamped vase image on the Whisper White CS accent piece.  A greeting was stamped and embellishments added. 
Bright Blossoms and Summer Smooches

As you can tell, the class next week will have a variety of samples to use as inspiration for creating their cards!  I hope that you've been inspired too!!!

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Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check in again this week for "Creation Thursday".
Until then, have a good week!

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