Stampin’ Up! Grateful Bunch on Wildflower Fields!

Good morning!  I hope that you’re having as nice a weekend as I am!  The weather is drop-dead gorgeous – we’re talking shirt sleeves and birds singing and ducks paddling in the pond.  And today (Saturday – as I type this!) isn’t even the warm day!  To be honest, I’m happy where it is – for me, it could stay at this temperature 24/7/365 and I’d be GTG!

Wayne and I spent some time outside building my new raised Square Foot Gardens!  Well, while I’m making a card, and posting it and getting dinner ready, he’s still out there.  I can hear the grinder and the welder sparking!

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Yea, I know.  A man welding  – especially in those sexy green welding “sleeves”! – is hot!  Many many years ago, we were working together on a steel structure.  I thought it was so “cool” how the weld spark looked in the night – and I was…well, head over heels, so…I took lots of pictures.  I thought I was being so careful not to look right at the spark.  Well, at 2 am I discovered I hadn’t been so careful!  Safety tip – pictures of welding at night can get you in trouble.  Also, looking away from the spark, but at a metal building where the reflection is will also get you in trouble!  I’d burned my eyes enough to need to go to the doc in the morning.  Wayne told me to put raw potatoes on them.

Uhm.  No – that didn’t really help! 😉

Anywho – here’s what he’s working on today!

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That’s the first bed all ready to fill and plant!  That means it’s for sure spring!! Can’t wait to see them full of tomatoes and peppers and turnips and kale…. 🙂

Well, on to the real reason you dropped in, yes?  Being that it’s feeling all spring-y today, I was feeling in the mood for flowers.  And butterflies.

I ended up with flowers – not the Rose Wonder flower I’d pulled out to use, but the pretty Grateful Bunch flowers (my faves!).  And I never did add a butterfly….take a look-see:

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If you’re sharp-eyed and know your stamp sets, you’ll know that I did use the sentiment from Rose Wonder.  It’s so easy to focus on the beautiful flower (and coordinating framelit!), that we can lose sight of the fact that Rose Wonder is chock-a-block full of beautiful sentiments for various needs.  So, in this case, I’m sending this to a friend battling cancer and this is a most appropriate verse!  I sent her a card a while back, a much simpler one (with butterfly!).  You can see it here, if you like.  🙂

I got the layout idea from this week’s Mojo Monday, sketch # 437:

MM 437 Sketch

And the flower theme – although I’d been leaning that way already! – from the Just Us Girls Challenge #333 – which is a Word challenge this week!

JUG #333 Sketch

The Mojo Monday sketch is a square card – I almost changed it up to an A2, but decided to go with the square.  I first matted a piece of the SAB Wildflower Fields DSP on a panel of Old Olive card stock.  Over that, I adhered a piece of 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon with Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.

The smaller square is a piece of Farmer’s Market DSP (remember that one from the Annual Catalog!?!), matted on Old Olive.  I used some Stampin’ Dimensionals on the bottom part of the square and Liquid Glue on the top (to compensate for the Burlap Ribbon thickness).

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The sentiment, from Rose Wonder, is stamped in Blackberry Bliss on a circle of Whisper White.  It’s a 2 3/8″ diameter circle, cut with my Circles Collection Framelits.  You’ll notice that I didn’t stamp the verse name on the circle itself – it wouldn’t fit!  I added the verse name to a strip of Vellum card stock, snipped the ends in a banner, and set it aside.  Then I punched a 2 1/2″ Old Olive circle – with the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch – and SNAILd the sentiment to it.  I used a combination of Liquid Glue and Dimensionals to adhere it to the card front.

I stamped several of the Grateful Bunch flower-trio images on Whisper White – some in Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey – and punched them with the bundled coordinating Blossom Bunch punch.  Then I used my Clear Wink of Stella (the one with water in it now, designated for coloring!) and pulled some of the color into the flowers.  This Classic Ink will run a bit – so I used that to my advantage!

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I did some dry-fitting and got to a layout of the flowers that I liked – photo above.  I had an epiphany today – why, in all the times I’ve spent energy dry-fitting, didn’t I just take a danged picture of the final layout?  So I could use it when I was trying to put everything back and get it all adhered!?  Nope – I don’t know either.  Goofy, I guess.  Today, I remedied that!  Wonder if I’ll remember next time… 😉

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I used Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to stick the little Vellum banner down – making sure the glue was under where the flowers would be.  I used more of the Liquid Glue to stick down the bottom layer of flowers.  Then, I stuck on some short pieces of Gold Metallic Thread with more Liquid Glue.  Over all of that, I added the top layer of flowers, these with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

All the flowers got some Pearl Basic Jewels and the front was done!

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For the inside, I used a piece of Whisper White card stock for the inner liner.  I pulled out the SAB Flowering Fields stamp set and selected the image that pretty much mimics the design on my card front.  I stuck it on my acrylic block, and kind of curled the stem part of the stamp.  Curving the stamps doesn’t work quite as well with the Clear stamps as it does with the Photopolymer, but it’s doable.  I stamped the image 4 times around the edge of the panel with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

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I colored the images with my Clear Wink – and used my acrylic blocks and my Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write Markers.  I just scribbled some of the ink on the acrylic block and then picked the ink up with my Wink!

Acrylic Block Coloring - Stamps-N-Lingers

Easy peasy!

The sentiment is also from Rose Wonder (see, I told you this is an awesome sentiment set!), stamped in Blackberry Bliss.  I SNAILd the panel to an Old Olive mat and into my Whisper White card base.

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I also SNAILd the front on and the card was done!

This square card meant I needed to make a custom envelope and liner, with my Envelope Punch Board.  I used the steps you can find here in my Tutorials to make it from a piece of Whisper White Envelope Paper.  I used Fast Fuse to adhere the envelope together!

I decorated the front with a couple more of the flower images from Flowering Fields, also colored with the Clear Wink of Stella…

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…and made a custom liner with some more of the Wildflower Fields DSP.

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Et Voila!  This card touches a whole slew of my favorite SU! products….Grateful Bunch….Wildflower Fields DSP….Flowering Fields….the Blossom Bunch Punch….and the lovely sentiments from Rose Wonder.  Even without the butterflies I was planning….I love how this card turned out!  Hope you do, too. 🙂

New stamp image

Almost time to get your #imbringingbirthdaysback stamp!  It’s going to be available at midnight mountain time on Monday the 7th (that’s this coming Monday!) and will be just $12!  Want more info?  Check out my post from yesterday…near the end of the card portion, I tell you all about it! 🙂

I’ll see you tomorrow morning!

TTFN

Mary


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CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT

Whisper White Card Stock: 5″ x 10″ (card base, scored and folded at 5″)

Old Olive Card Stock: 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ (mats for card front and inner liner); 2 5/8″ x 2 5/8″ (mat for small front square); 2 1/2″ circle (mat for sentiment)

Whisper White Card Stock: 2 3/8″ circle (sentiment); 4 3/4″ x  4 3/4″ (inner liner); Blossom Bunch punches
Wildflower Fields DSP: 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ (card front); 4″ square (envelope liner)
Farmer’s Market DSP:  2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ (small front square)
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20 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Grateful Bunch on Wildflower Fields!

  1. Beautiful card Mary! I love your arrangement of flowers, perfectly done! And I love the colors. Cool raised bed too! Love the horseshoe edging. 🙂

  2. Thanks, Amy! 🙂

  3. Patricia

    Gorgeous card, Mary! I agree; the Bible verse you chose is ideal for your friend going through a difficult time. That stamp set is one of my favorites, and I know I will use it again and again. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work with us.

  4. Mom

    Just perfect, Mary. I know it will be very much appreciated by L and by M whose row is petty tough too.
    Well, the flower bed is worthy of a spread in Sunset magazine. I can see it laden with produce too, but it looks pretty spiffy sittin’ there empty!

  5. Thanks, Mom. I know it’s hard for them both! And yes, the bed is great – he does really good work! 🙂

  6. Kay V

    I have been following your blog for awhile now and really like the cards you make. This card is wonderful. I LOVE what you did on the inside. Thanks for all the great inspiration and interesting daily posts.

  7. You’re more than welcome, Kay! And thanks so much for leaving such a nice comment! 🙂

  8. Karen L.

    Boy, that is some spiffy garden bed!! Those peppers & tomatoes will grow like crazy in such a pretty spot! I stumbled across your blog & enjoy your humor & your great card ideas. I have decided to do more cards this year, even before the “bringing b-days back” campaign. I think with the social media world we have lost the art of card giving & letter writing……I miss that. Keep up the good work & happy gardening!

    • Thanks, Karen – so glad that you stumbled upon me! 😉 I think the beds will be great! I’ve done them for a few years, now – and this year we’re taking steps to make them a little less disintegrate-able! I, too, have re-discovered how nice it is to send real cards! 🙂

  9. Debra Anderson

    Beautiful and comforting card. Thanks so much for including sizes for cutting. It really helps newbies.
    If you are interested, there is a technique on the “Tube” using Press and Seal (like Saran Wrap) to pick up your arranged die cuts, flip them over for gluing and flip back to adhere to project. It is a terrific tip. You can find it on Jennifer McGuire’s website. (Her husband developed Press and Seal, WHO KNEW!?!)

  10. Thank you, Debra! And thanks for the tip – I’m going to go look for that right now. Cuz I’ve got lots of boxes of Press N’ Seal in my cupboard! 🙂

  11. An awesome card again, Mary! I know it will be a comfort to your friend. You make beautiful square cards, too-I have not tried one, but always want to when I see yours! TFS the raised bed, too. It looks like a keeper for sure!!!

  12. Thanks, Jari! Definitely give it a shot – the envelope is always what stops me from doing square cards. That and the extra postage – but I decided it was worth trying anyway! 🙂

  13. Your card is beautiful and so appropriate for the situation. Very thoughtful and full of love. I have a niece who is also battling cancer who I have been sending cards to encourage her to keep fighting. I just might have to CASE this one! Thanks for playing with us at JUGS!

  14. Thanks, Sue – you’re more than welcome to CASE it! I hope that your niece continues to battle and win! 🙂

  15. Sharyn Polesel

    Very pretty design and flowers! Love that wonderful sentiment too. Thanks for playing along with us at Just Us Girls!

  16. Thanks so much, Sharyn! 🙂

  17. Pretty use of color with those fun flowers. Thanks for joining in at JUGS

  18. Thanks, Vicki! 🙂

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