Sunday, September 4, 2016


9/07/16 Update: Top Three winner at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #175.

There are numerous birthdays approaching in October so I made another card for one of my sisters-in-law. The design layout is from a sketch challenge.

Click on the photos for a close-up view.

A panel of cardstock was adhered to the white card base. The next panel was one of designer paper. Using a couple of tiny stamps, both the gray and the green banners were decorated and adhered to a larger banner with a scalloped die cut edge. Another banner made from designer paper was coiled with silver cord, backed with foam tape and adhered. The sentiment was stamped onto coordinating designer paper, die cut in an oval shape and adhered to a larger die cut oval. This was backed with foam and adhered. Four flowers were die cut. Three were stacked and popped up on the card and a rhinestone was added to the center. The inside of the card was decorated with the fourth flower and a few stamped leaves.

The card is being submitted to The Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #175.

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

Stampin' Up! Materials
Inks: Island Indigo, Smoky Slate, Lucky Limeade
Cardstock: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Smoky Slate, Pistachio Pudding
DSP: Watercolor Wonder (retired)
Misc.: Silver cord, Dimensionals foam

CTMH Materials
Stamp: Firework Fun (sentiment)
Misc.: Rhinestone

Other Materials
Stamps: Verve "The Buzz" (tiny leaf) & Lil' Inker "Really Rosemaling" (tiny starburst)
Dies: Gina K Designs stacking/nesting ovals, Lawn Fawn scallop border, Lil' Inker Designs "Perky Posies"


  1. That's just beautiful Melanie! I love the layering and that designer paper background is perfect. Awesome take on the sketch! :)

  2. Love the background design paper...such nice soft colors, the banners you created, the layering and the pop of your beautiful flower. Stunning card. Thanks for sharing with us at AHSC...hope to see you this week for another great sketch.

  3. That flower is so sweet against the banners and softly coloured designer paper. GREAT JOB Melanie! Thanks for playing over at Atlantic Hearts this week- love your cards! ~ Ali (AHSC DT)

  4. Such lovely colors! The stamping on the banners and the flower pull it all together so well. Thank you for joining the sketch challenge at AHSC.

  5. There's that gorgeous card I saw on Splitcoaststampers!! I love the background you created and the beautiful embellishments! It's nice to see more photos and details about the card! BTW, thank you so very much for your sweet comment on my site! Greatly appreciate it!

    Bev Polen - Guneaux Designs

  6. Oh Melanie! It's been so long since I've been here... August was a whirlwind.. I'm gonna have to go back and get caught up ... LOVE your creation... so beautiful! Gorgeous paper and colors and love your stamped banners! And thank you soooo much for my birthday present... you shouldn't have! But I'm glad you did! So happy you could play along at Atlantic Hearts this week!

  7. Wow, this sure is gorgeous! Love your colors and pattern paper. Thanks for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.


  8. What a gorgeous card! I like each of the colors individually and the petite, tone on tone stamped images but that DSP is beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week.

  9. I just love that background paper - so soft. And the indigo cardstock goes so well against it to create a great pop of colour. This is a terrific card - fabulous colours mixed with a perfect accent colour that doesn't take over. Awesome flower and organization of the design. LOVE IT!