Circle of Friendship

When I first bought Circle of Friendship, I used it all the time. But it has probably sat untouched, feeling very neglected since before Christmas! Sometimes I feel like a very bad steward of all my stamping wealth. I have so many stamps that don't get the attention they deserve! :(

I made this card for this week's Sketch Challenge on SCS. The papers are from the new K & Company Happy Trails collection I picked up at Michael's last weekend. I just love the groovy mixture of rich colors and patterns in this collection. I started by cutting out all the pieces for the sketch. I don't normally do layout first, but I had no idea what I felt like stamping, so I started with paper! I glued everything together, except the main image panel and ran it through my Cuttlebug with the Textile embossing folder. Next I inked it up with Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink.

By this time I had decided that I wanted to use my Hero Arts Doodle Leaf flower and paper piece it. So I stamped the flower and then cut out and adhered the petals from 3 different papers. That looked a little bare, so I cut out more petals and glued them from the very center. Ah... better. Next I stamped the Doodle This swirly thing around the edges of the square in Ancient Page Coal Black. I stamped The Circle of Friendship stamp, punched out with my 1" circle punch and attached it as the center of the flower with a brad from Impress. I then adhered the image panel to the cardfront with foam squares and matted the whole thing on a Chocolate Chip card base. I wrapped some May Arts ribbon I got from Beate (Thanks Beate! I love it!) around the card and tied in a not. The final touch was some paper piercing across the top and bottom of the horizontal panel and Stardust Stickles accents on the flower petals and the swirls.

17 comments

  1. Wow, this is stunning Julee! I love how you pieced the Hero Arts stamp to look so different!

    Amy

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  2. Julee, it's absolutely beautiful. I thought this weeks sketch was a hard one to pull off, but you did it! It's gorgeous!

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  3. Such a rich looking card - it's wonderful!

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  4. I love those colors, so rich!! Very nice card! :)

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  5. Wow...nice texture and color!

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  6. OMG this card is amazingly beautiful. I love the colors, the patterns - pretty much everything about it!

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  7. Wow!!! Your work is truly amazing! Absolutely beautiful card!

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  8. Oh my, that's gorgeous!! Wow!

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  9. Gorgeous card...that paper is just so rich looking. WOW!

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  10. Hey Julee, I received your RAK today! Thank-you for the wonderful card, it's very me. Reminds me of my trip to Italy last year. The ribbon is wonderful. I'll be posting a pic of it later today on my blog....thanks again!
    BTW....stunning cards lately, you do wonderful work and great quality,especially now that I could inspect it IRL!

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  11. What a fantastic, I just got this set last week and can't wait to start using it. The paper and layout is just fantastic. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent and creativity

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  12. Julee, I love the inspiration on your blog, thank you for sharing

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  13. Beautiful. Love the cuttlebugged mix of papers.

    Melody

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  14. Julee, I've been a little absent lately.... but had to take a minute and comment on this stunning creation!!! love it and will be definately CASEing this idea!! Let's get together soon, lila

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  15. Gorgeous card...great use of stamps and the cuttlebugging is awesome!

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  16. Gorgeous card! I know what you mean - sometimes I feel like some of my stamps hardly see the light of day!
    ~Angie

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