Welcome to my first post as a newbie member of the Make My Monday Design Team. I am thrilled to be joining this talented group of papercrafters!

Challenge # 119 is to create your own background. For some reason, I struggled with creating a background. However, on the positive side, I now have three cards to add to my stash.

Here’s my card:

Poppies and Balmy Blue

I started out thinking that I would use Pool Party, but quickly realized I needed a better choice. Until this card, I would’ve grabbed Seaside Spray because I love the frostiness and beachiness of that blue. However, I grabbed Balmy Blue and decided I would try that shade of blue. WOW! Whisper White, Balmy Blue and Basic Black. Fabulous color combination if I do say so myself.

Once I made my mind up to just go with it, pulling this card together happened relatively easily.

Step by Step

First, I used my embossing buddy to clean the white cardstock to prep it for embossing. Next, I stamped two poppies at a time using the Momento Tuxedo Black ink, Then, I put clear embossing powder on the two wet poppies and repeated until I had my cardstock randomly covered.

I really wanted the embossed poppies to show up nicely. I needed to use the clear powder because the black embossing powder is on backorder, . If I hold the card just so under my OttLite, the embossing does show. I just don’t think the recipient will do that, which is ok because the card is pretty as it is.

After I used my heat tool to set the embossing powder, I used the blotch stamp from the Painted Poppies cling stamp set with Balmy Blue ink. It didn’t matter if the blotches lined up perfectly, at least to me.

The Top, the Layers, and the Finishing Touches

After stamping the poppy on the sentiment circle, I had to find a sentiment that would fit in the space left on the circle. The birthday sentiment on the outside came from the Peaceful Moments cling stamp set. I used the Sending You Thoughts cling stamp set for the inside sentiment. Since I wanted the sentiment to be the focal point on the circle I decided not to color the poppy. The black dimensionals provided the height for the sentiment circle.

The layers of Balmy Blue and Basic Black behind the sentiment were cropped using the layered circles die set.

After I finished the sentiment circle, I grabbed some of the Basic Black satin ribbon and tied a square knot to the right of the sentiment.

Finally, I started putting the card pieces together. I used Balmy Blue for the base, then a bottom mat of Basic Black, followed by a layer of Balmy Blue. Then I adhered the top white cardstock to my layers to finish off the front.

The only thing left was to stamp the inside sentiment and another poppy. After I adhered the panel to the base, I adhered a piece of the Balmy Blue DSP to the envelope flap.

With that, I had finished this card set.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d love to hear what you think, and every comment is greatly appreciated!

Please stay safe, healthy, and isolated as much as possible. We were on Spring Break two weeks ago, and should have gone back last Monday. Instead, we transitioned to virtual learning and our “kids” start today. I have one daughter, but many hundreds of “kids” and I miss this year’s kids greatly.

Have a Peachy Day!


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