Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Front Porch Garden

My card was inspired by the Inspiration Challenge #61 at Always Playing with Paper. I have been following the blog for a while and enjoy seeing Lesley Croghan's beautiful designs but have never before tried any challenges. When I saw the inspiration photo I thought that the rustic cabin must have had a porch on it with half-barrels profusely overflowing with flowers. The colors were inspired by the pink refrigerator, the blue chair and the white flowers on the table. I purposely did not add a sentiment so this can be used as an all-occasion note card.

A panel of blue cardstock was texture-embossed and adhered to the card base. The inside was lined with a panel of cardstock, decorated with a leaf spring and flowers. A panel of white cardstock was heat embossed in a splotchy wood grain using white embossing powder, then sponged with various colors. A small piece of brown cardstock was also heat embossed with white powder. From this piece I cut slats to create the half-barrel to hold the flowers.

Much of the base work is covered but I wanted a riot of flowers. Scraps of pink, blue, white and rose cardstock provided the flowers - about 50 of them - created with a punch after sponging the blue and pink lightly for variance. The leaves were punch-cut from two
shades of sponged green cardstock. This was all assembled onto the wood grain panel, which was backed with craft foam and popped up for dimension. As a final touch, glitter glue was added to the center of many of the flowers and some Perfect Pearls powder was lightly brushed on for shimmer.

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Techniques: Die cutting, fussy cutting, punching, stamping, sponging, dry embossing, heat embossing, embossing resist
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Materials are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise indicated:
Stamp: Hardwood
Inks: Bashful Blue, Pistachio Pudding, Pretty in Pink, Sahara Sand, Versamark
Cardstock: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Pistachio Pudding, Pear Pizzazz, Baked Brown Sugar, Chocolate Chip
Punches: Bird Builder (leaves) and Itty Bitty Accents (flower)
Misc.: Studio G glitter glue (clear), Perfect Pearls, white embossing powder, TIEF Square Lattice (retired), craft foam


  1. What a great take on the inspiration photo! Love that you imagined a front porch with flowers being attached to that kitchen!! Beautiful flowers! Thanks so much for joining us at The Challenge this week!

  2. Wow! Look at all the flowers! I can't imagine how long this must have taken to assemble... What a gorgeous card, inspiration drawn from such a neat source.

  3. So pretty! Love your riot of flowers! Thanks for joining us at The Challenge!

  4. Your little flower punches are fantastic! What a beautiful design, love the way that your background turned out too! :)

  5. Wow, Melanie! What a labour of love! This is so pretty!! Thank you for joining us! I am so happy you were inspired to play!