Stampin’ Up! Garden in Bloom Hello and Blog Candy #1 Winner!!

Yikes – can you believe it’s Friday already?!?  Crazy how fast time is flying by!  Seems like I look up and it’s Monday, blink and it’s Friday.  How about you guys – is the summer flying by for you?

My card today was inspired by two different challenges.  After you finish here, do take a minute to go over to their blogs and check them out, okay?

The design comes from Freshly Made Sketches, #198:

Garden in Bloom Hello FMS 198 sketch

The color palette was inspired by Pals Paper Arts Challenge #260:

Garden in Bloom Hello PPA 262

With those two starting points and the desire to add a “Hello/Just Because” card to my stash, here’s what I came up with.  Take a look-see:

Garden in Bloom Hello FMS 198 Outside 4 watermarked

I started by running a Whisper White panel thru the Big Shot in the Brick Wall TIEF.  Then I realized that I’d MEANT to do my stamping first!  So, with fingers crossed, I went ahead and added my stamps – all from the Garden in Bloom set.  I stamped the line drawings for the butterflies in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then added the second step stamp in Mint Macaron on two of the butterflies.  The third butterfly, I realized that I needed to do the lighter color first (and that Pool Party was lighter than Mint Macaron!!) so that’s what I did – used Pool Party for the wing fill-in stamp.  Then I used Mint Macaron for the final step.

And THEN I realized that the other papers I’d pulled out to use…..used Very Vanilla, not Whisper White.  Sheesh. 🙁  I spent a little time trying to tell myself it would look just fine – Whisper White with all the Very Vanilla in the DSPs…..and then I just sighed and realized I needed to start it over.  So, I did…. but I DID do it “right” on this go!  I stamped my Garden in Bloom flutterby’s FIRST – in Tuxedo Black.  And I did the second step stamp in Pool Party and the final step in Mint Macaron.  I’m nothing if not trainable!

Garden in Bloom Hello FMS 198 Outside 1 watermarked

I re-did my Brick Wall TIEF and then I SNAILd that to a piece of Pool Party card stock.  The three center-of-the-card elements were next, starting with the largest, bottom rectangle.  That’s a piece of the Pretty Petals DSP Stack, SNAILd to a piece of Tip Top Taupe card stock and then SNAILd to the card front.  The next layer up is a Mint Macaron piece from the 2015-2017 In Color DSP Stack on a mat of Pool Party card stock.  Before I stuck that one down, I added some 1″ Dotted Lace Trim.  It’s two layers – the bottom is Mint Macaron and the top is Tip Top Taupe – both are secured on the back with tape.  Then I used some SU! Dimensionals and some SNAIL to adhere the middle layer.

Garden in Bloom Hello FMS 198 Outside 3 watermarked

For the top layer, I stamped some flowers from Garden in Bloom onto a piece of Very Vanilla, in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  Then I filled them in with Pool Party for the petals and Mint Macaron for the flower centers.  I SNAILd it to a Mint Macaron mat and then adhered it over the other two elements with Dimensionals and SNAIL.

The butterfly is a two-piece little guy.  The bottom ‘fly was born of the smallest die in the Butterflies Framelits Dies in Tip Top Taupe.  The top layer is cut from the same pattern of the Pretty Petals paper that I used on the bottom rectangle, and is cut using the smaller die in the Bold Butterfly Framelits.  I layered them together with Glue Dots and then attached them to the card front.  Then I added some Pearls Basic Jewels – did you think I wouldn’t!?

Garden in Bloom Hello FMS 198 Closeup Watermarked

The sentiment is three-layers of Hello You Framelits die cuts in Tip Top Taupe.  Do not forget your waxed paper.  DO NOT FORGET YOUR WAXED PAPER!!  Questions? 😉  The three cuts are glued together with little bits of Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.  And then attached to the card front with the same glue.  Remember – you don’t need a lot of this glue – it’s stout, and you don’t want it squishing out between your layers or under your sentiment!

I popped the card front onto my Tip Top Taupe card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals, then moved to the inside.  Actually, I completely forgot about the inside!  I gussied up a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope with another Garden in Bloom flower and a couple of butterflies – all in the same color scheme as I’d used on the card.

Garden in Bloom Hello FMS 198 Card and envelope watermarked

Then I stuck the card into my really high-tech “photo booth” and started taking the pictures for this post.  And discovered my blank, neglected inside…… so, I put some of the Pretty Petals paper onto a Tip Top Taupe mat and SNAILd it to my Whisper White liner.

My.  Whisper.  White.  Liner.  In my Very Vanilla-centric card.  Tried again to tell myself it would be okay.  Sigh….of course it wasn’t okay!  So….pried my decoration off my stupid Whisper White liner and re-SNAILd it to my VERY VANILLA liner.  Good grief!

Garden in Bloom Hello FMS 198 Inside watermarked

But, finally, I could say….Et Voila!  I think, regardless of how many re-do’s I had to do cause I was being all scatter-heided, it turned out right pretty!

Garden in Bloom Hello FMS 198 Outside 4 watermarked

See below for all the card cuts and products used in this card.

Blog Candy #2 is still open.  Remember this?

4 Aug Blog Candy package

You’ve got until Saturday night to leave me a comment here to be entered to win!  And that last package is still waiting in the wings….. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by – see you tomorrow!



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Thanks to all of you who left me such nice comments on my blog post at the beginning of the week!  Our winner is…..

Blog Candy #1 winner on 6 Aug 15 watermarked

Commenter #6 was JRGH, who wrote “What a beautiful card and a great technique. My favorite non-stamp Stampin’ Up product is the craft scissors.”

We had lots of candidates for favorites – the Big Shot, the Designer Papers and the Butterflies Thinlits.  It’s definitely hard to pick just one!

JRGH – if you’ll please contact me, I’ll get your “candy” packaged up and in the mail to you soonest!  Congratulations!! 🙂

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Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project:

Tip Top Taupe Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (Card Base – Scored and folded at 4 1/4″); 1 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ (front bottom rectangle mat); 1″ x 4 1/8″ (inner liner strip mat); Hello You die cuts; Bold Butterfly die cut

Whisper White  Very Vanilla Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front); 1 1/2″ x 3″ (front top rectangle); 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (inner liner)

Pool Party Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (card front mat); 1 5/8″ x 3 1/8″ (front middle rectangle mat)

Mint Macaron Card Stock; 1 5/8″ x 3 1/8″ (front top rectangle mat)

Pretty Petals DSP: 1 5/8″ x 3 3/8″ (front bottom rectangle); 3/4″ x 4 1/8″ (inner liner strip); Butterflies Thinlits die cut

2015-2017 In Colors DSP:  1 1/2″ x 3″ (front middle rectangle)

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138377: Cottage Greetings Card Kit (fourth shipment)

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18 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Garden in Bloom Hello and Blog Candy #1 Winner!!

  1. I love the way that your final version turned out Mary! The colors are beautiful and so is your design. Some days are like that, I’ve done it may times myself…we can only smile and keep stamping! 🙂 Great card!

    • Oh, I smiled alright. And spoke a few words, not necessarily under my breath!! LOL. But, as you say, just get another piece of card stock out and stamp on!! Thanks! 🙂

  2. Patricia

    Love that mint macaron, Mary! and lots of great techniques shared in your pretty card! Congratulations to JRGH!

  3. Such a gorgeous result! I’ve done the same on “do overs.” Thanks so much for joining us at Pals Paper Arts!

    • But we do try to figure out a way to make the mistake work first, yes? LOL. Thanks, Michelle! And thanks for the fun challenges each week! 🙂

  4. Your persistence certainly paid off with such a lovely finished card. Your details are amazing. Thanks for sharing with the PPA color challenge this week!

  5. Jari Francis

    Love all the details on your card, especially the TTT ribbon. So nice!!

  6. What great details on your card! I love all that yummy texture! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  7. Love all of the layers and textures! The end result was worth all that effort! Glad you joined us at FMS!

  8. Thanks, Jen – and thanks for doing such fun sketches for us to play with. The inspiration really helps me! 🙂

  9. This is an absolutely gorgeous card with so many eye-catching details! Thanks for joining us at FMS this week!

  10. jrgh

    I finally found the post where it says I WON!!! YEAH! Never did find it in my e-mail or spam folder,, computers. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Beautiful card, especially after all the hard work of changing from Whisper White to Very Vanilla. I know how we tell ourselves it will be ok, but then we are never pleased until we fix it.

  11. Thanks! Glad that you found the e-mail. Congrats on the win! I’ll be getting your Blog Candy in the mail in the next day or two. Enjoy! 🙂

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