Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Stripes, Damask, and Roses

Today is the monthly Papertrey Ink blog hop.  (linked above)  One of my 2012 stamping goals is to participate every month and so far this year I have succeeded!  I also just realized that I have already surpassed last year's total posts and it's only April.  I'm quite proud of myself!  Here's to a year full of stamping adventures!
Just like last month, the PTI blog hop is an inspiration challenge.  (click photo for credits)  I really love the soft vintage fabrics in the picture, not to mention the pretty pastel colors.  I started my card by stamping stripes on my white card base, and then attached a strip of stamped damask at the bottom.  Both were done in Spring Rain ink.  I used my Swiss Dots embossing folder for the narrow strip of white cardstock.


The most time consuming part of the card was cutting out all the flowers and leaf sprigs.  I stamped the rose with Hibiscus Burst ink on white cardstock.  The other flowers were stamped with the same ink on the matching cardstock to get a delicious two color effect.  The inspiration for that came from one of the floral fabrics in the picture.  The leaves were stamped with Lucky Limeade ink on white cardstock and then painstakingly cut out with a craft knife.  I definitely need to add the matching dies to my next PTI order.  It took way too long!

As a last little touch, I added small light pink rhinestones to the center of the two-tone flowers.  I considered adding some glitter to the roses, but by then I had already glued everything to the card.  Next time!  I used a sentiment from Women of Life to finish it off. Voila - a sweet Mother's Day card!

(one little side note:  my printer rendered the pinks a much softer hue, thus my pinks are not quite as bright as the inspiration photo shows on screen)

Stamps:  Garden of Life, Distressed Stripes, Damask Designs, Turning a New Leaf, Women of Life (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White, Hibiscus Burst (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Spring Rain, Hibiscus Burst (Papertrey Ink); Lucky Limeade (Stampin' Up); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Misc:  rhinestones (Studio 18); Swiss Dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug)


 

27 comments:

  1. Beautiful card. ;-) I love all those delightful blooms! Awesome job cutting them all out!

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  2. This is SO beautiful! Love those distressed stripes!!

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  3. So beautiful Annheidel! That little strip of embossed white~ and that gathering of flowers~ perfect!

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  4. Your card is gorgeous. Everything about it is beautiful.

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  5. So very pretty! Your striped background looks wonderful!!

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  6. Absolutely beautiful! You inspired me to take out my Garden of Life set, it's been ages since I used it and you made it look so trendy! :)

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  7. Very very pretty card, love those vibrant flowers.

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  8. Very beautiful! I love the striped background and how you clustered the flowers.

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  9. Absolutely lovely! The stripes were a great touch.

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  10. very beautiful card. love the strips and flowers.

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  11. beautiful flowers against the patterned background - great card

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  12. Oh My Goodness!!! What a pretty card!!! I love the stripes and the flowers are gorgeous!

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  13. This is just beautiful!! I love the flowers and stripes. And the leaves from TANL are such a perfect touch.

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  14. Love the stripes and damask prints in the background with those fabulous flowers on top. Beautiful card.

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  15. Pretty card. The flowers are lovely.

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  16. This is so beautiful. I really like the flowers you used. All that cutting was really worth it.

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  17. Annheidel this is stunning! Love the stamped stripes with the beautiful flowers. So well put together.

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  18. Beautiful! Love the combination of flowers. Those colors are absolutley stunning. Love the touch os swiss dots.

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  19. Lovely take on the challenge - great job!

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  20. I really love this card! Great pattern mix & match, and great use of those flowers.

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  21. Beautiful card! I love the two patterns in the background as well as the wonderful roses and foliage-I know it took a lot of time to hand cut all of that! Great job :)

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