Friday, August 11, 2017

Cotton Balls and Birthdays

Hey all, I am so excited to show you a card I created.  It was inspired by the newer farmhouse style decorations and various pics I saw during my quick stress relieving moments on Pinterest.  Here was one of the inspirations for my card.  I am loving the cottonball stems!!  

Farmhouse grapevine cotton boll wreath with by Twentycoatswreath

Since Stampin' Up! has the mason jar stamp set and dies I decided to build my card using the mason jar die and the new Beautiful Bouquet Photopolymer stamp set in the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  Here's the card!

I just love how this turned out.  I was so giddy when things started falling together (after a sleepless night when my mind started whirring with ideas).

A few tips for how I made the card.

The cotton ball stems were made using the whisper white mini pom-pom trim (recently retired from Stampin' Up!) and the stems and the 5-petal flower bunch die from the Bouquet Bunch framelit dies.  I die cut both the stems and the flowers using Early Espresso cardstock.  I cut the flowers out individually and trimmed them a little so the petals were thinner.  I curled the petals using my fingers and so they cupped a pom-pom, then I glued the cupped flower to the white pom-pom using Tombow glue.   You can kind of tell in the pic below that I used various widths of the flower petals, I didn't need to cut them uniformly.

The leaves were also die cut from the same Bouquet Bunch framelit dies.  For the long leaves I die cut them using  Pear Pizzazz cardstock and then I sponged some Emerald Envy ink on all but the top part of the leaf to give it a dual color effect.  The other leaves were die cut using Wild Wasabi and Garden Green.  

The mason jar was die cut from vellum cardstock and I tinted it by sponging it with Soft Sky ink.

The background was made using the new Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I used this folder to emboss a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Then I used an aquapainter to add some Sahara Sand ink to the pine to give the wood the darker white-washed color.

The rooster is from the Wood Words clear-mount bundle (Stamp and coordinating die) and the sentiment is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous photopolymer stamp set.

Everything except the whisper white pom-pom trim is from the Stampin' Up! 2018-2018 Annual Catalog.  I am glad I was able to use so many different products to make this card.  It's nice when I can tell my husband that I am using the things I buy ;0).

Since the card met a few sketch challenges I added my card to the following challenges:

Paper Craft Crew Challenge PCC255

SU! Only Challenges SUO Challenge #180 - Happy Birthday

Hope you enjoy the card!


  1. Wow, this is spectacular! Love your cotton ball stems- so creative and fun! Thanks for inspiring us at SUO Challenges- hugs and we hope to see your artwork in the SUO Challenges gallery again soon!

  2. Wowsa!!! Wendi, this is absolutely a masterpiece! How creative to make those cotton stems!! Now I wish I had purchased some of that white mini pom-pom trim! You are truly a visionary! Thanks for joining us at Paper Craft Crew this week for our sketch challenge! Blessings, Tina DT

  3. Oh. My. Goodness. Just divine, and gorgeous, and beautiful, and so so clever. Go YOU!! Great project, and totally awesome for our birthday challenge. I'm so glad you joined the fun with us at SUO Challenges!!

  4. WOW! Your cotton ball flowers are awesome! Such a great card. Thanks for playing along with the SUO Challenge.

  5. What an absolutely GORGEOUS CARD! It fits your inspiration perfectly! Thanks for joining the SUO challenge!