Stampin’ Up! Garden Girl Sweet Thoughts

Good morning, y’all – it’s Friday!  Yeah yeah YEAH!!  This has been…a week.  That’s all I’m going to say about it.  So I am way more than ready for a weekend and two blissful days of not hearing my work phone whistle at me to tell me yet another e-mail has come in and WOULD YOU PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT … fill in the blank!!

Just sayin’.

I made a fun little card for you today that uses the Garden Girl stamp set…well, without the actual girl!…and a sentiment from the Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set for the year Sharing Sweet Thoughts.  Take a look-see:

My layout is inspired by this week’s sketch at The Paper Players.

I started with a Whisper White panel and stamped the flowers image from Garden Girl across the bottom a couple of times in Old Olive Ink.  I added some grass – conveniently also in the same stamp set – across the very bottom, in Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz and Always Artichoke.  Then I used my Stampin’ Write Markers (I wanted the vibrancy from the markers – versus using a Blender Pen or some other medium) to color the flowers.   I used Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight on the flowers – and Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz for the leaves.  And I gave the flowers some cute little faces with the Markers, too!

Next,  I sponged some sky in Marina Mist, using a Sponge Dauber, then added the butterfly from Garden Girl in Basic Black Archival Ink.  He was colored in Rose Red and Elegant Eggplant Markers.

Before I got to the clouds – I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to add a sweet sentiment from the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set, also in Basic Black Archival Ink.

I made the clouds with plain white Embossing Paste and the clouds stencil in the Pattern Party Decorative Masks set.  I did a first layer yielding “flat” clouds and let them dry.  Then I came back with my pointy Palette Knife and added some swirly puffy to each cloud.  

While my puffy-s were drying, I started building my picket fence.  On a piece of Wood Textures DSP, I stamped the Garden Girl fence image twice in Early Espresso and cut out a few pickets and posts.

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Marina Mist mat, then built my fence.

I made the runner for the fence with a length of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon – from which I pulled a few strings.  I left strings on the top – one in the middle – and a couple on the bottom.  Then I used some Liquid Glue to adhere it to the card front and wrapped the ends around – securing it with scotch tape.

Since my clouds were dry, I went ahead and swiped them all with my Clear Wink of Stella to give them a little pop!

Then it was just a matter of nailing up my pickets and driving in my posts.

So to speak!

I used Stampin’ Dimensionals and some Liquid Glue to adhere each piece. And that was it for the card front!  

On the inside, I added more Garden Girl flowers  across the bottom of a Whisper White panel in Old Olive ink, and filled it in with some grass in Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz.  Up top, I added another little butterfly in Basic Black Archival Ink  Then I went to coloring again!

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Marina Mist mat and into my Early Espresso card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

I added some more flowers and grass to the front of my Whisper White Medium Envelope…

…and sent butterflies flying across the flap.  They’re colored with the same Markers I used for the flowers!

Et Voila!  How cute is this Garden Girl stamp set?  I really love the fence – especially fussy cut and given some dimension on the card!  And the sentiment from Sharing Sweet Thoughts is…sweet! Hope you like! 🙂



P.S. Scroll on down for all the card cuts and a list of products I used in this project!  


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Early Espresso Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, score and fold at 5 1/2″)

Marina Mist Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner)

Whisper White Card Stock:  3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner) 

Wood Textures DSP: Picket Fence

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Finn-Fan Fix  

So – there’s a new technique being shown over on Splitcoast Stampers – it’s called Duoprinting with Chorophyyll.  You go out to your garden and pick leaves with pretty shapes and then, using the magic of the Big Shot – create beautiful, organic images.

I’ve been meaning to try it.

It’s on my list to do….soon.  

Cuz I think it’s gorgeous and I already have cards in my head using the resulting images.

I believe Finn feels like we need to get after that.

Do it now!  Here’s a leaf, Mom!

Uhm…he might have missed the part about “interesting shape”!  But he gets an “A”for effort and for wanting to help me make cards!



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28 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Garden Girl Sweet Thoughts

  1. What a cute card Mary! Love that picket fence and your row of flowers is so sweet. Great colors and design! 🙂

  2. Oh, so cute! Love the picket fence and the whimsical flowers bobbing over the top of it. Yes, you need to try duoprinting and it seems Finn is ready to help with that. What a sweetie. Enjoy your weekend.

  3. Love your flowers peeking over the picket fence. This is awesome, and the butterfly is too cute!

  4. Verna

    I love your creations!! The envelope ties it all into a wonderful bundle of love going to someone, sure hope they appreciate all you put into it.

  5. What a sweet little scene you created…the clouds are so fun! Thanks for playing with the Paper Players’ sketch this week!

  6. Kate

    Very nice!
    There are weeks like this one. Will pass…in fact, almost has!
    Finn the botonist…a dog of the people. Nothing snooty about his leaf shape choices. Well…actually is IS a bit “snooty”, in delivery, but you catch my drift.

  7. Pat Christ

    That Finn face will have me smiling all day long. Love your cheery card too! 😜

  8. Elisha

    Super cute card!! And that fence – you nailed it😉 That Finn is so helpful – if he only had thumbs he could crank the Big Shot for you! Enjoy your weekend!!

    • I had fun building this fence – most fence is more like work than fun!! Oh Lordy – Finn with thumbs. Doesn’t bear thinking about. Can you even imagine?!? Holy smokes! 😳😳😳 Thanks so much, Elisha! 🙂

  9. Cute card…cute Finn!

  10. =) I love this card. Its pretty and cheery!!! Once again you have managed to create a lovely card to share. I know I have told you this before but your dog is awesome.. He looks a lot like mine. Daisy is part Shetland and part Terrier. What breed is he? lol they have the same camel spots above the eyes too!

  11. What a wonderful summery card and so whimsical! Love it!

  12. jaydeestamping

    Such a wonderful little scene you have created. I love the colors, the texture and that the inside matches the outside – minus the fence. Great take on the sketch. So glad you joined us at the Paper Players this week

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