Monday, February 21, 2011

Life Is Beautiful with Flowers!

Good Monday Morning to all of you!  This weekend, the weather in North Florida FINALLY warmed up!  It’s been a long, cold winter… and that usually is indicative of a very HOT summer… hope I’m wrong!

This weekend was a whirlwind of events… I gave away free passes to the spring edition of the Inkspirations4U design site, and a mini squash album for the One World One Heart Tour (OWOH).  There were lots of emails flying around here.. and a trip to the post office as well!

Life is Beautiful.. that is the sentiment on today’s card.  The sentiment comes from the Style Beautiful Stamp set, which includes 5 images, three of which are large flourishes… definitely worth checking out! 

Today’s card also features Build A Bear Pawsitively Prints Designer Series Paper.   When I first scanned the available DSP’s available in the Idea Book & Catalog, this one totally escaped my eye.  It was probably the name of the paper that made me overlook it.

Later, looking for more versatile and non-feminine patterned DSP, the plaid, polka dot, stripe, and herringbone patterns really drew me in.  LOL… so today, I’ve used the Pawsitively Prints DSP for a feminine floral card… go figure!

Here’s my Life is Beautiful Card for this glorious Monday morning!CS22_sharonField

There are really only two simple DSP layers to this card, but the Faux Stitching Technique makes it appear more layered and textural.  Faux Stitching is easily accomplished using a mat pack, paper piercing tool and markers or signo white gel pen.

Have you played with the Paper Daisies yet?  It’s very easy to add little color along the edges with a sponge dauber and ink.  The embossed leaves featured on today’s card are actually bird wings from the Two Step Bird and Branch Punch.

Stamp and THEN punch… this way you can center your image in the punch opening, and don’t have to worry about lining it up perfectly straight on your card stock!


When prepping for stamp camps and classes, or mass production of cards, cut card stock strips approximately 1/2” wider than the vertical width of the punch. 

Holding the punch with the opening facing you, measure the vertical height of the punch opening and add 1/2”.

Example:  the Decorative Label punched greeting measures appx. 1.5” x 2”.  For camps, and mass production, I cut the card stock just under 2” wide, and that way stampers are forced to align the image properly, resulting in less waste or error.

Stamps and Supplies used in today’s Life is Beautiful Floral Card:

Stamps:  Style Beautiful

Classic Ink:  Old Olive, So Saffron

Card Stock:  Whisper White, Old Olive

Big Shot Machine and Final Press Textured Embossing Folder

Accessories:  5/8” Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Paper Daisies, Build a Bear Pawsitively Prints Designer Series Paper, Two Step Bird and Branch Extra Large Punch, Decorative Label Extra Large Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Basic Jewel Pearls and Rhinestones, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Signo White Gel Pen, Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker, Mat Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, Mini Glue Dots, Sponge Daubers

See you tomorrow with another fun card for the Utah Divas International Color Challenge Team.  My design team card is simplistically sweet, and features the tiny teacup stamp set. I hope you’ll stop by to see and comment on it!



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irishgalkelly said...

You are so clever using the wings for leaves! (I always learn from you, thanks!) Love your card and the nice Spring colors. Your faux stitching looks totally real. I need to do that more. The satin ribbon finishes it off nicely.

lisa808 said...

Nice, springy card.

Penny Hanuszak said...

You're creativity never fails to amaze me Sharon. this is such a beautiful spring card. I love the color combo,stitching,the layering of the flowers and of course those little bird wings...... adorable and good use of our tools! TFS!

inkedx2 said...

Love the bright colors of your card. Very springy since we are due for more winter weather this evening.


AK Stamper said...

Hey Sharon, great card I need to get my paper daises out to play!


Patrice H said...

Your card is a breath of fresh air! Come on Spring!! Your daises look like real flowers, they warm my heart!

Sonia said...

Hi Sharon
Love your card.. so pretty love the details.