Sparkling Florals

Thanks for all the well wishes yesterday. My back is still in pain, but it's lessening, so I think that's a good sign! :)

Today's card is one I made for Colleen's Thursday Throwdown Challenge. This week it was a sketch challenge with a twist. The twist being that the large panel in the center was not supposed to be the focal point of the card. The focus was to have been the area where I put the flower. Hopefully I didn't cheat by actually stamping inside the main panel, but I like how it turned out.

I started by stamping the Soft Sky panel randomly in Soft Sky and then in Chocolate Chip ink with two of the small flowers from Thoughtful Florals. I then inked the whole panel up with VersaMark and covered and embossed with Irridescent Ice for uber sparkle! :) This layer is matted on a chocolate chip scallop rectangle cut with Nestabilities. For the background of the card, I lined up the Happy and the Birthday stamp from Happy Thoughts on my acrylic block and then stamped them together in Soft Sky ink repeatedly across the card front. I then tied to Chocolate satin knotted bows across the panel and matted on a Chocolate Chip card base. My focal point is a flower stamped with two of the flowers from Fancy Florals Remixed (one in soft sky and the other in Chocolate Chip). I then cut out the flowers, covered in VersaMark and embossed with Irridescent Ice. For a little flair, I added a fancy decorative brad from Making Memories to the flower center.

I must say, it really does sparkle nicely in real life. Nothing's better than a little sparkle to start the day off right! :)

14 comments

  1. Wonderful card - the colors are great! I'm fighting back pain now too, so I totally can sympathize. Glad to hear yours is a bit better! Hope your day is blessed in many ways!

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  2. WOWEEE, Julee, this is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!! You rock, girl!

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  3. Beautiful card...
    great colors.
    Wonderful flower & ribbon.

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  4. Beautiful card! Love the sparkle! tfs ~chris

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  5. BEEEEEEEEEEautiful!!!! Love it! Love the satin ribbon on there!

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  6. wI love the sparkly stamped center panel, even if it's not the focus.

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  7. Beautiful card, the colors are amazing and the sparkle just perfect! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

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  8. So very pretty Julee! I love the soft muted colors. I think that you nailed the challenge, as my eye was drawn to the actual "focal piece" first. Glad to hear your back is feeling better. I just had a massage (got to use that benefit from my old work while I still can) and she really worked my lower back muscles. I'm now drinking water and popping ibuprofen like a fiend!

    Linda

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  9. I love your card Julee, the color combo is beautiful! I sincerely hope that you are feeling better also. Take care and try not to work too hard.
    (((hugs)))
    malieta:)
    p.s. I received my lovely stamp set and I can't wait to ink them up!

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  10. That's so pretty! I love the simple colors! Thanks for visiting my blog and checking out my card. I read your blog feeds daily (or as often as they are updated, lol) so I get great ideas from you. Someday, maybe I can be as great a designer as you!

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  11. This is Gorgeous! I LOVE the sparkle and shine...what a pretty card! Hope you are feeling better.

    hugs

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  12. WOW, what a hard challenge. I think you did a great job, and these colors are so perfect.

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