Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Stampin Celebration Inspiration Challenge #77

I am so excited to be a guest member of the Stampin' Celebration Design Team.  I love the challenges posted by this team and the wonderful projects they create.  The talent out there is so amazing so I was humbled by this invitation from the team!

For this months Inspiration Sketch #77, the neutral colors really struck me and I have wanted to make hydrangeas for a long time now so it was the perfect challenge to get me going on the hydrangeas.

Here is card I designed.  As you can see, I stuck with the neutrals with a splash of green.

The main card is Crumb Cake with a Very Vanilla base.  I sporadically inked up parts of the Dictionary stamp with Crumb Cake ink and stamped the Very Vanilla base.  Then I used a sponge and colored in parts of the base  and the edges of the base with Crumb Cake ink to give it a washed look.

For the flowers, I cut them out of creped filter paper using the Floral Fusion thinlits die (the medium and small flowers).  Then I sprayed the medium sized flowers with a combination of crumb cake reinker and alcohol using a stampin spritzer and for the smaller flowers I used early espresso reinker and alcohol.  The flowers dried in just a few minutes so I was able to put the card together in one day!

While the flowers were drying I stamped the leaves image from the Simply Sketched Hostess Stamp Set using versamark and heat embossed them with Wild Wasabi embossing powder.  I stamped 2 leaves on the bottom-left corner and one on the top-right. 

Once the flowers were dry I adhered them to each other using glue dots and then I put a glue dot onthe card and added the flowers.  This way I could scrunch the flowers a little as I added them to the card to give them a more natural look.

Once the flowers were on the card I added the pearls to the center.

The butterfly is also created using creped fiilter paper.  I sponged some filter paper with So Saffron ink and then stamped the butterfly from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set and punched out 4 butterflys using the bitty butterfly punch.

The greeting is also from the Simply Sketched stamp set.  I stamped this in Early Espresso onto Very Vanilla cardstock and made a flag.  I mounted the Very Vanilla flag onto Crumb Cake for added contrast.

I am happy with my hydrangea look!  The creped filter paper is fun to play with.  I can't believe I haven't used it until now.  I made three different projects with them lately!  I guess I have to purchase more!  

Have a wonderful day!

Stamp Sets: Dictionary background stamp, Simply Sketched (hostess set), Papillon Potpourri 
Big Shot: Floral Fusion thinlit die
Colors: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Creped Filter Paper, sponge, Basic Pearls, Wild Wasabi embossing powder and VersaMark, Bitty Butterfly Punch


  1. Gorgeous!!! I love how you only inked a portion of the background stamp....the whole creation is beautiful!

    1. Thanks LeAnne! Glad you liked the card.

  2. This is beautiful, Wendi! I especially love how you created the flowers; might just try that myself. Your card is lovely.

    1. Thanks Christine! The flowers were pretty easy once I started, let me know how it turns out if you try!

  3. What a great way to create the flowers.. This all came together so pretty.