Friday, November 18, 2016

Bunches of Cheer

11/23/2016 Update: Top Three winner in Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

In response to a sketch challenge, I was inspired to use some new papers and stamps that I recently acquired. I was struck by the large flowers and the color combination and pleased to have a coordinating stamp set.
On a panel of white cardstock, the center design was built using two of the designs from the paper and some navy blue cardstock. The vertical navy strip was die cut along one edge. This was then adhered to the card base. The sentiment was stamped in two different ink colors, one shadowing the other. Some small leaves were also added to the sentiment and then colored with a marker. The white panel was die cut along the bottom edge to coordinate with the vertical strip and backed with a mat of navy, also die cut. It was backed with foam to add dimension. Touches of Wink of Stella were added randomly to the flowers. The inside of the card was lined with white cardstock, die cut along one edge, and decorated with a strip of paper. The birthday stamp was also added.
Card interior:

This card is being submitted to:
1. Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #186:

2. Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies November Challenge:

3. Brown Sugar Anything Goes Challenge #225:

4. Creative Corner Team Jess Anything Goes Challenge:

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

Stampin' Up! Materials
Stamp Set:  "Age Awareness" (inside card sentiment)
Inks: Night of Navy, Pool Party
Marker: Stampin' Write Pool Party
Cardstock: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Pool Party
Misc.: Dimensionals

Other Materials
Stamp Set: Lil' Inker Designs "Hello Beautiful" (card front sentiment) & Dare 2B Artzy "Blissful Blooms"
Designer Paper: Dare 2B Artzy "Modern Bliss"
Die: Lawn Fawn "Puffy Clouds" set
Misc.: ZIG Wink of Stella (clear)


  1. So pretty Melanie! I love the colors and your background is amazing. Great design! :)

  2. Love these blues! Clever use of the puffy clouds die, too. Very nicely put together. Thank you so much for joining us at AHSC this week. -Dena (DT)

  3. Amazing!! Love your paper. Thanks for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.


  4. Melanie, this birthday card is so pretty. The flowers remind me of Zentangle. Love the blue colors you used. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  5. What an absolutely beautiful card, so intricate with a beautiful colour scheme! Thanks for joining us at AHSC this week.

  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! This is perfection! The large floral paper and the stamps sets you used are so GREAT together! WTG! Thanks for playing with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge! ~ Ali (AHSC DT)

  7. Love how you created your sketch challenge with your design paper and die cuts. Very the inside too. Thanks for sharing at AHSC this week.

  8. Fantastic
    Thanks for sharing at Brown Sugar Challenges x

  9. Love this! Those big bold flowers are fantastic and that sentiment is beautiful! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic hearts this week!

  10. This is so beautiful, pretty colours. Thank you so much for entering our challenge. Greetings, Veerle DT - Creative Corner

  11. This is so pretty. I love that paper!Thanks for sharing at Happy Little Stampers, so glad you joined us!

  12. What a fab retro design, reminds me of the early 70's.
    Thanks for sharing at HLS. :)