Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Blossoming Buds Birthday

3/14/2016 Update: Blossoming Buds was a Sapphire Award winner at the Color Dare
Challenge #183.

With a family birthday coming up next week, I decided to use the Color My Heart: Color Dare Challenge #183 as inspiration for my card. I keep a matrix of upcoming challenges that I may be interested in, so this was perfect to combine with the Just Us Girls Challenge #333. A friend of mine told me about another challenge a few weeks ago, so this is my first time participating in a Craftin' Desert Divas challenge.

Little did I realize that the birthday gift I received from a friend a few months ago would come in handy for this challenge. She gave me the CTMH DSP collection called "Penelope." The papers and colors are lovely and I used four different designer papers on my card.

A panel of DSP was adhered to a card base. Another panel of white cardstock was adhered. A light spatter of blue ink was added to the white cardstock. The flourishes were die cut and adhered. The frames were die cut and backed with foam tape to pop them up. The flowers were stamped and colored with markers and touched up with clear Wink of Stella then fussy cut and adhered to the frame. The sentiment was stamped and layered and backed with foam tape. The inside was lined with white cardstock and a strip of the blue DSP.

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Techniques: Stamping, coloring, die cutting, fussy cutting, spatter painting
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Close to My Heart Materials
Cardstock: Pear
DSP: "Penelope" Collection

Stampin' Up! Materials
Stamp: Balloon Celebration (sentiment)
Ink: Bashful Blue
Cardstock: Whisper White
Dies: Squares Framelits
Misc.: Dimensionals Foam

Other Materials
Stamp: Paper Smooches "Blossoming Buds"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Spectrum Noir Markers
Die: My Favorite Things Die-namics Fancy Flourish
Misc.: Wink of Stella (clear)


  1. Love all the flourish and square die-cuts and your floral assortment in the center pops with all the color combination. Very lovely card. Thanks for joining us again at ColorMyHeart Color Dare...hope to see you next week.

  2. So pretty! Love the soft colors, the beautiful flourish die cut and that great frame behind the flowers. Perfect! :)

  3. What a pretty card! Love how you layered the flourishes with the square die-cuts and the flowers. Thank you for inspiring us at Color My Heart Challenge Blog.

  4. What a great flower arrangement! Love the sparkle and flourish! Nicely done and thanks so much for playing along with Just Us Girls this week!

  5. Don't you just love when our fellow card makers and friends share new challenge sites with us! Your card is so pretty Melanie! The wink of stella adds such a nice shimmer! Thanks for joining the girls and I over at Just Us Girls this week, and we hope to see more of your work soon!

  6. Very pretty card. So colourful. Thanks for sharing with us at Just Us Girls this week.

  7. Pretty! Love the flourishes and how they are layered. Thank you for playing along with us this week on Color My Heart.

  8. This is really pretty! I love all the flourishes behind the flowers and over the square frame. Thanks for inspiring me today and for sharing your lovely card with us at the Color Dare challenge blog.
    :) Marie

  9. I love all those beautiful flourishes on your card. Beautiful! Thanks for taking a Color Dare.

  10. Love all of your layers and those flowers are beautiful! And the flourishes...perfect!

  11. Melanie, this is one of my favourite cards ever! I have saved it for my own files (I hope that's ok...) I love the grouping of flowers at the base of the square, the flourishes are simply gorgeous and the entire composition is just beyond words. Everything about this card is so perfectly put together and the Wink of Stella adds the final touch. This is SIMPLY STUNNING and I love everything about it! Wow!