Thursday, March 17, 2016

Celebrate You with Poppies

As a child, I remember my grandfather's garden being full of large Poppies - a riot of red, orange and pink. In later years I discovered that Poppies are also grown in yellow, called Golden Poppies, and are the California State Flower. The colors of Smoothie and Canary for the Color My Heart: Color Dare #184 reminded me of those poppies.

I used a fun fold that is known by several names so I'm just going with calling it a zigzag-fold. I decided to cut it freehand to give it a wavy look. Small circles were cut to attach the ribbons to the card. The four inside panels of the card were decorated with cardstock and DSP. The fourth panel was decorated with a stamped and matted rectangle and three fussy cut flowers, colored black in the center and dotted with a white gel pen. The first outside panel was decorated with stamped flowers in two colors and a sentiment. The third outside panel was decorated with a poppy stamp. The stems and pods were colored and the flowers were stamped onto Canary cardstock and fussy cut. The three flowers that can be seen when the card is closed were popped up with foam, the centers colored in with black and white dots added with a gel pen.

See the beautiful and creative cards and scrapbook pages at the Color Dare blog!

Techniques: Stamping, sponging, coloring, die cutting, fussy cutting, freehand cutting
Size: 2.75" x 6" (when closed) and 11" x 6" (when open)

Close to My Heart Materials
Cardstock: Smoothie, Canary

Stampin' Up! Materials
Stamps: Birthday Blossoms, Pleasant Poppies
Ink: Pear Pizzazz (exact match to Sweet Leaf)
Cardstock: Whisper White, River Rock (exact match to Flaxen)
DSP: Pretty Petals 6" x 6" stack
Misc.: Dimensionals foam

Other Materials
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
Die: Spellbinders Classic Circles (as ribbon holders)
Misc.: Canary grosgrain ribbon from stash


  1. Wow, what a fun fold card...I love the poppies and how they are popped up...seeing the card in person you could see all the layering of this card...beautiful. I may have to scraplift this fold for another challenge. Thanks for joining us at Color Dare this week, and look forward to your card next week with another great combination of colors.

  2. Neat idea and I love the story behind it! Few people opt to hand cut a wave - congrats on that because yours is very effective! Love the layering and the way you handled the mix of colours. Super work!

  3. Awesome card Melanie! I'm so jealous of your fussy cutting and free hand cutting skills...I always make a mess! Beautiful layering and great design! :)

  4. Beautiful card! Love the wave in the fun fold card.

  5. Fabulous project, Melanie! Your card looks great folded and extended. Thanks for sharing this lovely card with us at the Color Dare.
    :) Marie