Sunday, May 31, 2015

Happy Birthday with Fringe

These two challenges offered me an opportunity to make a birthday card for a friend. Pals Paper Arts #253 (PPA253) is a sketch challenge and Waffle Flower (May 25-June 7) is an inspired color challenge.

After making the card, I was ready to photograph it but the card was missing. I looked nonstop and was unable to find it. In my annoyance, I sat down to think about it and saw my cat jumping around with a toy. Her toy? My card. It had been batted around on the tile floor and was bent every which way! So here it is after my beautiful Samantha had a go at it!

Inspired by the round carpet in the inspiration photo, flowers were stamped randomly on a panel of yellow cardstock. On a piece of white cardstock, additional flowers and leaves were stamped and then the piece was die cut and sponged along the edges. The focal image was backed with craft foam to lift it off of the card. The sentiment was stamped.

To make the fringe I adhered three pieces of cardstock along their top edges, cut the fringe with sharp snips and then cut away each layer to coordinate with the shape in the sketch. The yellow panel was attached to the fringe and the entire stack was backed with craft foam and adhered to a card base.

To finish the card, a double frame was drawn freehand around the edge of the card base. A panel of white cardstock was adhered to the inside of the card and was decorated with stamped flowers along the lower right edge. I always leave space to add a personal note.

Here is where the fun began when my cat found the card and used it as a toy, battering it mercilessly until I retrieved it. She's elderly and I love to see that she still enjoys playing but not with my freshly made card! I wish she had waited until after I took photographs instead of before.

Visit the challenge blogs at PPA and Waffle Flower to join in the fun!

Techniques: Stamping, sponging, die cutting, fussy cutting
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Products are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Verve Poppy Birthday
Ink: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight
Marker (non-alcohol): Crumb Cake
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Barely Banana (retired)
Die: My Favorite Things Die-namics Stitched Rounded Rectangle Stack


  1. Melanie, I just love the colors you chose for your design. I love how you cut the bottom edges of the paper pieces. The look like bunches of floating flags. Sweet. Thank you for doing us this week at Pals Paper Arts challenge.

  2. Very pretty card Melanie (even after the kitty got ahold of it!!). :) Love the colors and the fringe layers. Perfect!

  3. Not quite understanding how you got the zig-zag affect on your fringe...interesting and unique...luv the card.

  4. Oh my gosh! How clever and creative! I love the fringe! Thanks for playing at Pals Paper Arts!

  5. So fun and pretty! Thanks for joining us at the Waffle Flower Challenge!

  6. Hey Melanie!! I love your fringe card. Nicely done.Thanks for playing along with us at the Waffle Flower Craft Photo Inspiration Challenge.

  7. So pretty!! Thanks for playing along in the WFC challenge!!

  8. Naughty Samantha! But your card still turned out to be extraordinary, with your ingenious use of coordinating colors in a fancy fringe! And I love your stylized roses too!