Monday, June 29, 2015

Pink Birthday Blossoms

#stampinup  A long time ago, I read a book. (I've read many by books, by the way. Not just the one.) I think it was The Thorn Birds. In it, one of the characters described a room she had just decorated and it was in pink and green. She said something like, "I know it sounds awful, but it's beautiful." Well, I love a good pink and green combo. For this week's Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge, my pallet is Melon Mambo and Mossy Meadow....with a little Blushing Bride and Mint Macaron thrown in.


I started with the basic split banner/arrow. I looked at the design team's posts to see how they'd made the banner. I thought maybe they had used the Banner Triple Punch, but no one mentioned it. So I thought I'd give it a whirl. I cut a 6" x 1.5" of English Garden Designer Series Paper and pushed it through and past the back of the punch, like this:

That worked pretty well. If you're going to try it, remember which way you're going to adhere the DSP. You might need to rotate the design so that it cuts correctly. (Make sure you know which side will be "up" and punch accordingly.) And be gentle as you push the DSP through the punch and tug the end. I snagged my first try. I adhered this to a Mossy Meadow panel.

Next, I stamped the pansy from the "Birthday Blossoms" stamp set in Melon Mambo onto Blushing Bride card stock and punched it with the Pansy Punch. I stamped the leaves in Mossy Meadow onto Mint Macaron card stock and fussy cut them out. I attached the leaves and pansy to DSP banner with a couple of Stampin' Dimensionals. 

Using my trusty Stamp-a-Ma-Jig, I stamped the "happy birthday" in Mossy Meadow onto the Mossy Meadow panel. I attached this whole assembly to a Melon Mambo mat and added a length of Melon Mambo 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, slipping it under the leaves and pansy. I attached this all to a Mint Macaron card base.

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  1. Your card is such a beauty, Kathy! What a genius way to cut the banner shape in the horizontal piece! I hand-cut mine and just hoped that it was straight! Your flower is so striking too! I really like tone on tone approach you took! Lovely! Thanks for joining us at Create with Connie and Mary this week!

  2. Very pretty card....and thanks for the tip re the banner punch. Looks perfect on your card. :) Great work with the sketch. Thanks for joining us this week at Create with Connie and Mary. :)

  3. I absolutely adore this color combo! I love how you can remember a quote from a book and apply a design to it! Awesome! Thanks for playing along this week at Create with Connie and Mary!

  4. I love everything about your card - the colors, the dsp choice, and the stamps! So fresh and pretty! Great job with the banner punch - I hand cut mine. Thank you for joining us at Create with Connie and Mary!

  5. Pretty, pretty! I always love pink and green colors together. I had thought to pull out the banner punch, but ended up just cutting mine by hand! Great job! Thanks for playing along with the sketch challenge this week on Create with Connie and Mary!

  6. What a pretty card Kathy - this is a favourite colour combo of mine too. That DSP is also a new favourite and I love how you used if for you banner tip on your card. Great punch tip too - I cut mine by hand :-) Thanks for joining us over at Create with Connie and Mary this week!

  7. So simple yet so striking! I love that dsp as the focal point. Love how you used the banner punch! Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

  8. I love what you did with this card! I would love to share this on my blog for 'My Crafty Friends Monday' (a round up of amazing cards from amazing stampers!) in the next few weeks! Please let me know if you would prefer that I didn't share it (of course I give you credit and link back to your blog!).
    Inky Hugs!

    1. Josee: I would be honored! Thanks so much!