Sunday, April 23, 2017

Wild About You

It has taken some time for me to make the transition from the graceful, formal cards I am used to making with plenty of flowers and ribbons. I am trying to adjust to using stamp sets with cute critters and silly characters.

I thought the patterned paper was reminiscent of jelly beans, which I used to buy (and eat) when we would take the train from Tampa to the circus at Sarasota, Florida. This was the winter home of the Ringling Brothers Circus and was always a fun day for my older brother and me.

I actually saw a similarity between two sketches so decided to submit this card to both. The lion and stand were stamped, colored and die cut. The white oval, yellow vellum, balloon, string and banners were all die cut and layered onto the patterned paper. The sentiment was stamped directly onto the patterned paper so as not to detract from the colorful card. The inside was lined with a panel of white cardstock and decorated with die cut banners.

This card is being submitted to:

1. Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #208

2. Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #262

3. Brown Sugar Challenge #247
    (Use a Die Cut)

Techniques: Stamping, coloring, die cutting
Size: A2

Stamps: Reverse Confetti "Leaping Lions"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, Lost Lagoon, Regal Rose
Paper: Day Spring Illustrated Faith; WRMK Party Vellum
Dies: Reverse Confetti "Leaping Lions"; Spellbinders Classic Ovals & Labels Eighteen; Craftin' Desert Divas "Party Dies"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensional (foam tape)


  1. Love this Melanie! I have that Lion and I love him so! Such a fun and colorful card! thanks so much for playing along at Atlantic Hearts this month!

  2. How sweet! Love your little lion. The background paper is fantastic and those banner die cuts are too cute! Great design. :)

  3. Love that background paper, almost thought you might have created it yourself. Everything just shouts out Ringling Brothers. I know Lisa does not have fond memories of a circus she went to as a young girl because of an elephant spraying her with water from his trunk. Thanks for sharing your colorful and bright card with memories of Ringling with AHSC.

  4. So cute, I love that little lion! The banners are a great addition too! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

    Brandi R
    DT Member – AHSC

  5. Adorable little critter, Melanie. I love the colored vellum you added. Time to shop, I guess!

  6. What a fun card Melanie! I love it! Thanks for playing along with the sketch challenge at AHSC!

  7. I can't stop looking at this adorable card, Melanie, I love everything about it! Fun backstory, too! Thanks for sharing with us this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

  8. Great card! I love that you took a memory and used it for inspiration for your card! Definitely a fun time at the circus with this card! Thanks for joining us at Brown Sugar Challenges and hope to see you again.
    Tammy DT

  9. What a cute little card! The lion is just too adorable! Thank you for playing along at HSS!

  10. Wow I think this is very clever. I did not think of a circus when I saw the sketch. Thanks for playing with our sketch challenge at HSS.


  11. Such a lovely and neat card! Great work and lovely colouring! Thank you for participating over at Brown Sugar Challenge