Magnolias for Fusion and Freshly Made Sketches

A Clean Sketch

The Fusion Challenge always has options: use just the sketch, use the theme, or combine them. The theme this week is Winter. We haven’t had winter weather, or our version of it, in Florida, yet. Although we are in for a few cold days this week.

Therefore, I used just the sketch from Fusion, which also matched the Freshly Made Sketches 418. Here are both banners:

Here’s my card:

Thinking About This Sketch

A couple of the Fusion design team members created cards with stitching on the rounded panel. I thought about that for days, searched my die sets, and couldn’t come up with something for the correct shape. I finally decided to use a saucer to create that panel. Thankfully, I remembered to trace the saucer on the backside of the magnolia DSP so I didn’t have to deal with erasing pencil marks.

Since I knew I wanted to go with the Petal Pink background panel, I had to figure out what to do so the whole thing didn’t just look blah. I decided to add the Mossy Meadow liner, but then needed to tie all three papers together. That’s when I decided to use Mossy Meadow for the base of the card. I traced the saucer on Mossy Meadow, cut it out, and trimmed it down.

True to form, I cropped the Petal Pink and Mossy Meadow layers so there aren’t full sheets of cardstock under the panel. Even though I used Mossy Meadow, I think the whole card appears soft and clean.

Finishing Touches

For some reason, I had the Whisper White scalloped oval in my page protector of white “scraps”, which gave me the perfect start to a sentiment panel. I didn’t want a stark white sentiment piece, so I stamped the single magnolia in Petal Pink, and then added the sentiment in Mossy Meadow. Even with dimensionals, the plain white scalloped oval would just fade into the magnolia DSP. Therefore, I used the oval stitched shape die and cropped it in Petal Pink.

The final touch was to add a Whisper White panel to the inside of the card. I stamped the flourish from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set on the bottom of the inside panel and adhered it down.

After I added a panel of the Magnolia DSP to the envelope flap, I had finished this card and envelope set.

As always,

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Bird Banter for Global Design Project 126

Decisions, decisions for Petal Passion DSP.

The Petal Passion DSP, from the Occasions catalog, is so pretty in the black and white.  However, for this sheet, I started coloring the dots using the Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral light and dark blends.  The result of my random coloring is below:

The resulting colored polka dots were exactly what I wanted, so I turned the DSP over to put Tombow on the back so I could adhere it to the Calypso Coral mat.  I know Blends bleed through, but when I found this pattern, I had to make a decision:

At this point, I hadn’t decided on a stamp set yet and  I started thinking since I hadn’t used Bird Banter in a while, the polka dot leaves would be perfect with those cute birds.

Bird Banter 

First, let me share my finished card:


The bottom mat is Bermuda Bay, the middle mat is Calypso Coral.  Since I cropped the ovals I needed from the Layering Ovals die set out of each mat, they looked pretty darn ugly before everything was put together.  Saves paper, cuts down (ever so slightly) on mailing weights, and no one knows after it’s all put together.  

This is not a toucan……

My first idea was to use the “A little toucan of my appreciation” for the sentiment.  As I began to color, I realized that I’d actually stamped the white oval with the parrot sitting on the branch.  Changing the sentiment, which is cropped close and popped up with dimensionals, was an easy fix.  Just like that, I have a birthday card instead of a thank you card.  

I stamped another parrot on a scrap piece of Whisper White and then fussy cut it out.  The stamped image right on the oval was because it would have been difficult to fussy cut the feet.Mini-dimensionals add the depth to the back of the parrot.  Dimensionals allowed the sentiment to sit on top of the parrot.

Global Design Project #126 Sketch

My oval is more in the middle than the sketch but the rest works.  At least I thought it did but just noticed the ribbon on the sketch.  I’m going to leave what I have because right now this card words for males or females.