Monday, May 18, 2015

Flower Patch Friend

I decided to enter colourQ Challenge #290This will be my first time participating at colourQ and my first ever color challenge. The challenge is that cards must be made with the following colors: Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Poppy Parade and white. I never purchased Poppy Parade as it is retired so I substituted Real Red. I never thought the challenge colors would work so nicely together but I like the colorful results.

In addition, I'm submitting my card to Can You Case It? Challenge #70, May Flowers. CYCI is a recently discovered challenge and I am liking the quality of the challenges and the beautiful Design Team creations. (I was lucky enough to be one of the Design Team Picks for Challenge #69 with this card.)

I am also entering this card into the Verve Inspiration Challenge for May, "Let It Bloom." Verve has beautiful products. I like them so much that I placed an order with them two days ago and that's how I discovered this challenge!

I started by creating a background on white cardstock using a variety of stamps. A panel of Coastal Cabana cardstock was cut, using a scallop die for the left edge. A panel of Blushing Bride cardstock was cut and then a die was applied to create the diamond quilting pattern. The pink cardstock was adhered to the Coastal Cabana cardstock then adhered to a rectangle of craft foam to add dimension before adhering to the card base.

The sentiment was stamped on die cut ovals. The white oval was sponged in Real Red ink along the edge. The sentiment was adhered to the card with a strip of craft foam to pop it up. I hope the sentiment being stamped in black will not disqualify my card! Flowers and leaves were stamped and fussy cut from white cardstock and adhered. Pearls were added to a few of the flowers. The inside of the card was stamped on the lower right corner to coordinate with the background stamping.

Stop by Can You Case It? along with colourQ and Verve to see the beautiful and clever designs!

Techniques: Stamping, generation stamping, die cutting, fussy-cutting, sponging

Stampin' Up! products:
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
Ink: Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Real Red
Stamps: Flower Patch
Other: Pearls

Other products:
Stamps: Lil' Inker Designs Awesome Blossoms stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (sentiment)
Dies: Lil' Inker Quilted Stitched Pattern Die, Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped Borders die, Spellbinders Lacy Oval and Classic Oval dies, craft foam


  1. Your colors do work well with your stamped arrangement, lovely card, Melanie! Congratulations on doing your first color challenge, I warn you ColourQ is addictive! Thanks for choosing our challenge to be your first and thanks for playing with us!

  2. OH my...what a stunning card. Your background is so stunning, you could sell this! I love it! Thank you so much for playing along with us at ColourQ, hope to see you again next week!

  3. This is so pretty Melanie! I love the colors and your sentiment with the flower embellishments is just perfect. Beautiful!

  4. Beautiful combination of colors and the background is very clever and I'm going to try stamping a background on a future card, and excellent for a color challenge.

  5. Your background collage is amazing! You've used the colors so beautifully! Thanks for playing along with us at colourQ!

  6. Melanie, your design is amazing... love how you combined CYCI with the other challenges! Thanks for joining us this week :) Eva

  7. Such a beautiful card! I love the floral background you created! Thank you for joining us at CYCI this week!

  8. Your card is gorgeous!!! I love the colors and the layout!

  9. Great colors to use with our CYCI challenge! Very nice card :-)

  10. This is so pretty! Love the flower placement and colors. Thanks for playing along with our Let it Bloom challenge!

  11. The flowers and colors on this card rock Melanie! Thanks for joining us at

  12. This colorway reminds me of Mom's kitchen back in the 50's - coral and aqua. I really love the additional colors too, as the overall effect is energetic, cheerful and charming all at once! This is definitely a favorite!