Sunday, March 13, 2016

Live the Sweet Life

My neighbor's lemon trees are heavy with ripe fruit, signaling we are well into spring in the Sonoran Desert. I have not seen peach trees since retiring in Arizona but I had this stamp set that I've used before and was inspired to use again when I saw the colors at the Color Throwdown Challenge #383. While posting this card, I also saw the card challenge at Can You Case It? #111, which is a "pick your own three colors" challenge.

The card base was dry embossed for texture with diagonal stripes. The white cardstock panel was also dry embossed, but with flowers. The next layer is yellow print DSP followed by the art piece, matted with orange DSP and popped up on craft foam. The sentiment was stamped and die cut, matted with DSP and popped up with foam. Candy dots were added to the sentiment banner and a butterfly to the peaches. To create the focal point, the peach image was stamped with black ink, masked and then stamped again. The images were colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. The inside of the card was lined with a panel of white cardstock and
decorated with a matching butterfly. One peach image was stamped inside by stamping off, then the verse, "Live the Sweet Life," was stamped over it.

Visit CTD383 and CYCI111 to join in the challenge fun!

Techniques: Masking, stamping, stamping off, coloring, die cutting, dry embossing, punch cutting
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Stampin' Up! Materials
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz
DSP: Flowerpot (yellow)
Punch: Elegant Butterfly
Misc.: Dimensionals foam, TIEF (two)

Close to My Heart Materials
Stamps: "Sweet Life"
DSP: Taste of Summer (orange)

Other Materials
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
Die: Just Rite "Vintage Labels Four"


  1. So realistic looking that I want to take a big bite - lol! Thanks so much for joining us at Color Throwdown!

  2. What a beautiful card Melanie! Your focal image turned out perfectly, love the colors that you used too. Great design! :)

  3. Those peaches are gorgeous!! Wonderful coloring! So glad you joined us at CTD!

  4. We have peach trees here in SC and yours look good enough to eat! Thanks so much for playing along with us at the Color Throwdown!

  5. Hello Melanie! Lovely card! Love the coloring of the peaches. Thanks for joining us at CYCI...Dawn

  6. There's nothing better than a peach fresh off a tree...we grew up with a peach tree in our back yard. Love your card, and the coloring of the peaches look just like the ones that came off our tree. Very pretty card.

  7. So pretty, I love fruit stamps and yours are colored so beautifully. Thanks for playing in our color challenge this week at CYCI!

    AJ, DT

  8. Beautiful image gorgeously colored!! Those peaches look ripe and sweet, perfect for pie.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

    Maria Rodriguez.

  9. Your colouring is spectacular! Those peaches look like they were transplanted directly from a tree onto your card... Amazing! The composition and all the little details make this a fabulous creation. Awesome!

  10. Love your coloring, beautiful! Thanks for joining CYCI :) Eva

  11. Melanie, Love Love your card! Great colors, great layering and use of embellishments! Thanks for joining CYCI! Laura