Saturday, March 6, 2010

Wishing You the Best Things

I spent this Saturday making a birthday card for my cyberfriend Kathryn who's in the Everything Wendy Vecchi Yahoo! Group Birthday Club.  For inspiration, I used the Midnight Madness Sketch, the Saturday Spotlight SSHP21 theme Hey Girlfriend, the Simon Says theme (Mother's Day/Girly--just keep it feminine), and, of course, Wendy's Studio 490 stamp sets.

Even though the card doesn't look fancy schmancy, I used a lot of product.  My goal was to keep the focus on the flower in the oval.  I had my own personal theme of dots and a light, airy springtime look.

This is a card of many firsts.
First time I...
used punchinella itself as a background (rather than as a stencil),
used this flower from Wendy's Studio 490 By the Number stamp set, and
ran the entire card (front) through the Cuttlebug (rather than just a mat), using the Swiss Dot embossing folder.

The flower stamp was too big for my Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Ovals and Classic Scalloped Ovals--a perfect excuse to pop out that flower above and beyond the ovals.  To achieve that, I stamped the flower 2 more times; cut out the blossom on one; punched out the center on another; used pop dots on both for dimensional layering. (I used Memento ink in Dandelion and Cottage Ivy on the flower stamp.) I accidentally bought a clear Glaze pen, thinking it was white.  Finally it came in handy today for accenting the yellow dots on Wendy's flower, giving the flower a little extra ooph without altering Wendy's design.  I finished with Rock Candy Stickles on the center.  I also used my white gel pen to add dots to the green scallop oval.

I found the ribbon at JoAnn's Fabrics.  It's red, green and yellow, but the yellow blends in with the cardstock. As you can tell from the sketch design, I needed a little something to finish off the ribbon on that top left corner.  I used the smaller flower stamp from Wendy's Studio 490 Dimensional Rose Art stamp set, stamping it onto yellow paper with white dots, cutting it out and folding it in half.  I topped it with a premade flower and blinged it with a Hero Arts flower gem.

I tried something artsy with the words.  These little word strips are popular on ATCs and other altered art.  I stamped part of a saying from Wendy's Studio 490 Art of Making It Merry stamp set (the words Wishing You the Best) and the word Things from a saying in the Dimensional Rose Art set.

Woo Hoo!  That makes three stamp sets of Wendy's used on this card! And I get to show it off in three on-line challenges! Here's hoping it gets Kathryn's seal of approval when she opens it on her birthday!


Lori said...

Awesome card Helene! I love all the elements you incorporated here, they look fab together! You rock!

Carol said...

Helene you have lots of awesome detail in this beauty. I love the texture and the colors. Just delightful. Great job on the challenge. Thanks for playing along this week at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge.

Bear Hugs,
Carol :0}
Midnight Madness Design Team

Lovely Linda said...

Hi Helene, this is so bright and cheerful, I love the warmth it brings! Gorgeous DP and that flower is gorgeous! Love your interpretation of the sketch....fabulous! Your artsy words are perfect! Love it! We are glad you are able to play along with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week, your cards inspire us! We would love to see you again next week! {{{hugs}}}
Linda MMSC Design Team

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Very clever and VERY unique!! Thanks for joining us at Saturday Spotlight! Hope to see you again next week!!

miscanthuscrafts said...

wonderful card, spring like colours just what we all need after a dreadful winter!! ClareX

Anonymous said...

Oh wow! What a really Spring style creation!! That would make any friend happy to see! :) Thanks for sharing it with us at Saturday Spotlight this week!! HUGS

sarahw said...

Such a happy, fun card! I love all of the techniques you used. It is so chock-full. :)

Sue said...

Helene, your bright yellow flowered card just
brought a smile to my face right away. Love, Love, Love, how you used the flower on the side. So many details. Just a fun card. Thanks for sharing with us this week for the MMSC. Such a great take on the sketch!

Take Care
March Guest MMSC

A Cards Delight said...

This card is so pretty! I love it!

Stampin' said...

What's not "fancy schmancy" about this card? It is lovely! You paid a lot of attention to detail and ensuring that this card was elegant. I love it!

Brenda said...

Very nice card! Love your colors, bring on Spring!

Dena said...

What a fantastic card! I just love the pretty yellow and the neat textures you used! Great job!
Thank you so much for joining Simon Says Challenge, I hope you will join us again next week too!
Hugs, Dena

The Nostalgic Scrapper said...

awesome... the card is sure to cheer up any day!!! so Spring! :)

Dawn B. said...

I love the warm colors you chose on this card. It is full of sunshine.. Terrific job.. Thanks so much for joining us at Saturday Spotlight.

Priscilla said...

Wow.. that is such a fun cheery happy card..Yellow always makes me smile. Really cool take on the sketch with the flower stem.. bravo :) Thank you so much for your participating in our challenges. Lots of cool things happening on the Midnight Madness blog right now... Sneak Peek and if you qualify we have the The Huge Giveaway Plus, a BIG announcement will be revealed shortly :)
Priscilla (MMSC Hostess)

Denise @ kc242 said...

Wow what a great take on the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week. I especially like your use of the flower on the side! Great background too! thanks so much for playing with us at Midnight Madness!
Midnight Madness DT

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Very clever!!Love how you used the ribbon!!What an awesome take on the Saturday Spotlight Challenge! Thanks for playing with us this week!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Oops I almost forgot thanks for playing with
the Midnight Madness sketch challenge this week!

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