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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Floral Birthday Card with a Twist!!

      It's been quiet on my blog over the last few weeks. But . . . I have been working on lots of projects - just haven't finished many of them!!
That always seems to happen when I have too many ideas and not enough uninterrupted time.  I start a project and then set it aside because something else has 'caught my fancy'. 
     I finally finished this card after fussing with it for several days. I saw this "Hello Friend" card on Michelle Wooderson's blog and thought I would CASE it. I don't do very well when I'm trying to duplicate someone's work - it never seems to turn out the way I think it should. Sometimes I just don't have the right stamps, tools, paper or embellishments. That's when I have to "give up the dream" and try to work out something with the supplies I have on hand.

Here's the Twist
  Michelle often uses fabric on her cards, but on her sample, she used paper that looked like a floral fabric. Instead of paper I used a pretty pink and yellow fabric on my card; that's what you can see on the two small pinked squares and the scalloped edges. I was surprised how well the dies cut through the fabric pieces - I definitely will be doing this again, since I have a large stash of fabrics!!
Here's an overview of all the card details. Stamps, dies and the impression plate are from Papertrey Ink, inks are from Close to My Heart and most of the papers are odds and ends from my scrap pile!

Card Base: 
Pink card stock stamped with Tin Types in Hollyhock ink
White Card Front:
Linen Impression Plate was used to create a 'fabric effect'
Stamps and Dies: 
A sentiment from Floral Fusion #1 was stamped with Hollyhock ink.
Background Basics: Gingham was stamped above the sentiment using Sunny Yellow ink.  The Gingham stamp from Bitty Background Blocks was stamped in yellow ink and then two  1" squares were cut using an EK Success punch. These were layered onto floral fabric that was cut using the pinked square die from the Button Card Die  Collection. 

Other Details 
Stampin'Up's Boho Flower punch was used to create the pink flowers. After they were punched out I crumpled the paper, layered two large and one small flower and then added a small yellow button with embroidery floss to the center of the flowers.  For another detail a small green leaf image from an EK Success punch was added to each flower.

The Banners Border Die was used to cut three scalloped borders from the floral fabric, and then they were positioned on the card with one scalloped edge facing up and two overlapping down.  A white ribbon and bow were placed over the edges of the borders to cover the 'seam'. I tried to create a 'splattered' effect on the ribbon using the yellow ink pad. (Michelle used Mr. Huey spray mist to make the splatters on her ribbon)

The Final Touch:
Three brads were added to the left side of the sentiment for some balance. The colours - pink, yellow and green were chosen to co-ordinate with the colours in the floral print.

    Here's the inside of the card with a sentiment from the Big Birthday Wishes  set and the happy birthday sentiment from Little Bitty Birds, with Hollyhock ink.

The flower from Flower Fusion #1 was stamped with Hollyhock and Garden Green inks.

I used my new Dotted Scallop punch to create 'grass' and added that below the flower and sentiment. Yellow ink was sponged around the edges of the upper card and within the sentiment panel. Garden Green was sponged around the bottom portion.

There's lots of room to add a little note when I'm ready to give this to the birthday girl.

Hope everyone is having a great Easter week-end.



Kara said...

wow...so many stamps sets!! great card!

Ted said...

Karen, this is just beautiful! I love the florals here and any girl is going to be thrilled to receive this piece of art...piece of heart. :) Lovely!

Chris said...

Beautiful! Isn't cutting fabric with the dies fun!!

I love all the tools and stamps you used! The gingham just fits so well with those adorable flowers and floral fabric!

Stephanie said...

Karen......This is gorgeous! I just love the pretty pastel colors and all of the wonderful stamps you chose! Amazing how you put them all together. Lovely card!

I'm Renee said...

I love the all the colors...
and all those sets together...

BethieJ said...

Karen this is BEAUTIFUL!! I LOVE it.. and the inside is so PRETTY! (I never do this.. and so LOVE how it looks! Must work on insides! :) )
Have a GREAT day! Happy Easter!

Kelly said...

I love your card.. the outside is so pretty, but I love that you embellished the inside as well!!

Denise said...

I definitely think you channeled Mishie... lots of goodness presented in a fun and sweet way. The inside is perfect - I just love it when people get crafty inside and out. ;)

Lorraine said...

Oh Karen, this is just beautiful! I love the fabric - so spring-like and gorgeous - and all of the details on your card!

steph said...

Beautiful card, Karen!! I love how you integrated that gorgeous fabric!