Saturday, March 1, 2014

Retro Fresh Thanks

I had an idea for a card using circle overlapping circles and I couldn't wait to see how it turned out. I had a few unsuccessful attempts ;0).  At first I tried using half circles but I didn't like the look (too many white spaces showing through).  On another attempt I layered the circles from the top down which meant the round part was cut off.  While this look was okay, it wasn't what I was going for on the card.   

I loved how it turned out!  Retro fresh designer series paper was perfect for this type of card.  Fun colors and great images to mix and match!  And layering from bottom up allowed the circles to stand out.  Guess I know why I didn't go into roofing!

I could have stopped with just the "hello" greeting but I wanted to add an embellishment.  I thought rhinestones would just get lost so I wanted a bow.  I died some whisper white taffeta ribbon with so saffron ink by running a sponge along the ribbon inked with so saffron. Then I made a fork bow with the ribbon.  I like how the bow stands out!

When I saw the Freshly Made Sketches Sketch Challenge #125 for this week I thought this technique would be perfect for the rectangle in the middle of the sketch!

I made a smaller mat with the circles and added a greeting using the word bubbles framelits die.  With more of the base of the card showing I decided to use Gorgeous Grunge to add some texture.  I was even able to use rhinestones on this version of the card!  

For the word bubble mat I traced the die onto Tangerine Tango cardstock and fussy cut the bubble out.  I love how the Hip Notes stamps coordinate with the Retro Fresh designer series paper!  That is what I love about Stampin' Up!  Hot only do we have great images, quality cardstock and fun tools to play with, I love how everything coordinates!

Hope you enjoyed the cards.

Stamp Sets: Gorgeous Grunge, Perfect Pennants, Hip Notes
Big Shot: Word Bubbles Framelits Dies, Banners Framelits Dies
Colors: Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, 1-1/4" circle punch, 1-3/8" circle punch


  1. I just LOVE your card! I wanted to let you know that I’ve chosen your creation as one of my Weekly Picks and linked back to your blog! Thanks so much for sharing your talent. Kathy at

  2. I love both of these cards! That retro fresh designer paper is fabulous, isn't it?

  3. What a fun card! I love those overlapping circles! Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  4. How beautiful. I came here for the first card but I think I like the "thanks" card even better!
    Rosey x

  5. Love your card, what fun and "punch!" Love the word bubble treatment too! With which kind of adhesive did you adhere the circles to the card? Thanks so much!

    1. Thanks for leaving a comment. I am so thrilled you like the card! As for adhesive, my go to adhesive is tombow multipurpose glue. While you have to be careful with it, for me it keeps the pieces together very well. I never worry about the card falling apart.