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My blog called "Creative Smiles" because my designs are the result of covering up mistakes. My fumble fingers drop whatever they are holding - repeatedly. Hence, the giggles and smiles of creative patience all throughout my crafting process. xx

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Stamp Club Heart-Flourish challenge

Welcome, dear blogging friends! I hope you and your families are well.

This month our stamp club was challenged by Terry Weigand to case a card using Papertrey Ink's flourish stamp. The pretty card was created by Lisa at her "I'm In Haven" blog.

Here is Lisa's card we cased:

The images were stamped on 4.25 x 5.5 white card stock, and each person took several to work on.
It was a great challenge and lots of fun!
Two weeks later, here are my four finished cards.


A8 size card
Close Up of papers used in project.
Using the same design elements on the interior.


It's so enjoyable using this shape to make cards.
Using long-forgotten-about Martha Stewart Hydrangea punch
Card interior employing the same theme elements.

More cards:

Turquoise and Black:

A7 (5x7) size - the frame is actually my first attempt at cutting out chip board, and then glittering it, of course.
Carried out the shape theme on the inside.

Turquoise and Orange:

First - a little tip to share:
if reading from my blog, please click images to enlarge

Finished Card:

Card Interior Uses the same die cut set.

Thanks for visiting today - and thanks for a great challenge day, Terry!

CHALLENGES I'm playing in:

  1. Addicted to stamps - #141 Anything Goes (used PTI Flourish Stamp on 4 cards, and a variety of stamped sentiments) 4/27
  2. Deep Ocean Blog - #102 Shaped Card (my Green-Purple card above) 5/4
  3. Die Cuttin Divas - #212 National Garden Month - include something you would find in a garden (my last card includes trellis work, lots of flowers, a butterfly, and the love of gardening depicted by the hearts!) 4/26

Products Used: (all cards use PTI Flourish)

Aqua/Black card
Spellbinders 5x7 Modern Stationary
Memory Box Beloved Hearts
SNS Black Ice glitter
Sentiment:  interior by PSX

Green/Purple card
Spellbinders Grand Labels 23
Spellbinders Grand Ovals and Grand Scallop Ovals
Spellbinders Petite Ovals and Petite Scallop Ovals
Cottage Cuts Leaf trio
Memory Box Beloved Hearts
Life Style Nesting Hearts
Martha Stewart Heart Seal Punch
Martha Stewart Hydrangea Punch
Darice 5x7 Dots Embossing Folder
Sentiments: front by Hero Arts, interior by PSX

Green/Black card
Sentiment: interior A-Line Stamps, front by Paper Trey
Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms
Memory Box Beloved Hearts
Martha Stewart Loops Hearts Punch set
Martha Stewart Heart Seal Punch
Cottage Cuts Leaf trio
Cheery Lynn Olive Branches

Turquoise/Orange card
Sentiment: interior PSX Stamps, front by Paper Trey
Memory Box Leavenworth Butterfly Trio (filigree)
Memory Box Cascadia Butterfly Trio (solid)
Martha Stewart Hydrangea Punch
Prills by USArtquest
SNS Waterscape glitter
Spellbinders 5x7 Elegant Labels 4
Life Style Nesting Hearts
Darice Nesting Hearts

stamping hugs,


jimlynn said...

Donna, these are so pretty. Love the way you used that frame and the flourish stamp is gorgeous. Great colors on the cards and the bit on lace make it so classy and beautiful. Fabulous!

Stampsnob. said...

Oh my double hearts WOW and the flowers OKAY show off. I wish I had thought of that ........Lis

Stampsnob. said...

Oh my double hearts WOW and the flowers OKAY show off. I wish I had thought of that ........Lis

Verna Angerhofer said...

I cannot believe how each card you did was so fantastic and gorgeous. Just when I thought one was my favorite, I would see the next one and I would be wowed again. You are so very talented and know exactly what elements to add to each card to make them awesome.

April said...

Great tip and beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing.

pam said...

Hi Donna, well to start with love this image you had to create with..
My you have done a fabulous job..4 cards all so different, think my favorite one is the White/Blue/yellow, love the sweet flowers and butterfly.
Hugs Pam x

Lisa said...

Oh wow, Donna, these are all so absolutely gorgeous!! I love how you've used the flourish stamp!! You showcased it beautifully on all of the cards!! Each one is just stunning!! Love, love these!! Have a great day :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Samra said...

Gorgeous cards Donna!! Great use of different dies!

Patricia St Martin said...

Donna, All of them are just stunning. The color choice for each of them is wonderful. I love the flourish, love how you added hearts and flowers. Each of them in a different shape and so awesome. I want to thank you for your tip, that is a great idea and worked great. I'm sure I will use that one. I have to tell you I pinned all 3 cards. Have a great week.
Hugs, Pat/♥

McCrafty's Cards said...

Hi Donna, these are all so elegant and beautiful in all the colours I love them
Kevin xx

Lori Kobular said...

Oh Donna!! Your cards are all awesome! One is prettier then the next one! I love that stamp and what a great tip on how to "stretch" a die to make it fit on a card!!

Karenladd said...

These are all just spectacular, wow! Love them all, but that shaped turquoise and black version just wows me. The dramatic color combo and the unusual shape really caught my eye. Love how you show us how to get more out of our dies and fit the card size that we choose. I am still trying to figure out how to stack and layer die cuts so any tips are more than welcome!

KT Fit Kitty said...

These are all beautiful, Donna! And what a fun challenge for your stamp club! I really love what you've done with all of them. I think my favourite is the green and purple because I love this colour combo and it's such a cool shape. My second favourite is the black and turquoise - love the rounded corners! Thanks for the tip about the die-cut frame! Sending hugs your way, dear friend!

Shona Erlenborn said...

That stamp is gorgeous! Love everything that you did with it. The use of dies and embellishments brings each different project to new heights! What a great tribute to the stamp itself. Thanks for the inspiration!

Linda said...

Donna, these are all so gorgeous!!! I absolutely love looking at, and very much appreciate, your creativity. Thank you so much for sharing. :)

Leslie Miller said...

There sure is a lot to love here today, Donna! I can't say which is a favorite, but I sure love the corner treatment on the green card. Green is a favorite color of mine, anyway. And then the white frame and your brilliant way of enlarging it... oh, and the scalloped purple card... Glad I don't have to choose one!

sandie said...

Gorgeous CASE and so very pretty, love the touch of netting. Thanks for joining us at ATSM

CA Scrapper said...

Such beautiful cards. Thanks for joining us at Die Cuttin' Divas this week.


coldwaters2 said...

OMG Donna these are amazing, wow, what a brilliant selection of colours you have used for each card, the flourish stamp is a beauty and you have showed it at it's best with the wonderful, beautiful cards above, excellent creations
lorraine x

Unknown said...

Love that flourish stamp Donna. All these cards are a true inspiration. I have a flourish stamp which I am going to use on my scrapbooking pages this weekend. Again thanks for the inspiration.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

KraftyKoolKat said...

These are gorgeous Donna. Such pretty colours and layout. You are so very clever using your dies in all different ways.

Pamellia said...

Wow Donna wow!!! Lisa's card is very pretty, but your versions are simply spectacular!! You use such wonderful, vibrant colour combinations and your cards are so full of fancy die cuts!! I'm oohing and aahing! hugs :)

SD pooja said...

Lovely cards ! They are pretty flat than you usual ones :) I loved the shape too ! Beautiful use of the flourish stamp.

Sue said...

What beautiful cards.

Hope you are having a good day. Sue

Becky said...

I love how each one is totally different, even though they used the same image. Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing. :-)

NanaConnie said...

WOW, Donna, you've been busy and productive! Amazing how different your made each one look even using the same image on each one. Obviously, I love the one with purple but each color combo is terrific in it's own right. So glad you found the hydrangea punch -- lovely use of those flower bits.
Great tip on cutting frame die cuts in half. I'm definitely going to steal -- er, ah, use -- that idea. I love my framing dies but often find that I want the image to be larger than will fit inside one of them. What a great solution to that problem, with or without die cuts to cover the 'holes' in the frame! I like the look of your cut frame even without the butterfly and hearts. :-D

KarinsArtScrap said...

o wowwwww Donna these are stunning like them very much great design and use of colours.

Gr Karin

cotnob said...

Your cards are beautiful Donna, I love the colours you have chosen and all of the beautiful details you have added. You have used lots of fabulous die cuts to create a wonderful variety of different designs.

Silvis Kreativstube said...

Hallo liebe Donna,

wow, du hast so viele wundervolle Karten gestaltet. Ich bin sprachlos. Die Gestaltung ist perfekt.
Jede Farbe für sich ist wunderschön und mit ganz viel Herz gestaltet.
Die Idee mit dem zerschneiden der Schablone gefällt mir sehr gut. Das werde ich auch mal ausprobieren. Ich bin wieder begeistert. Ich danke dir für deine aufmunternden Worte. Momentan geht es mir nicht gut und ich habe sehr viele Schmerzen. Ich muss noch ein wenig warten bis alle Tests abgeschlossen sind.
Ganz liebe Knuddelgrüße Big Hugs Silvi

Sazzle Dazzle said...

WOW! You've been super busy - totally striking, elegant and so much attention to detail. Thanks for sharing and playing along at ATSM challenge

Jean Bullock said...

Beautiful cards. I love the dies you chose and your treatment of the flourish stamp. Great job. My favorites are the shaped turquoise and black card - band the turquoise and orange cards. Well done. Thanks for the tip about extending the too short die cut. Hugs!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Wow Donna, gorgeous cards, the flourish is so pretty, especially with the little hearts. Take good care, Hugs, Shirleyxx

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Gorgeous CASE - you made such beautiful cards - love them all! Thanks for joining ATSM this week!

Deborah Frings said...

Wow!! You're on a roll - all the cards are absolutely stunning. I think my favourite is the turquoise and black one. Great work. Thanks so much for playing along with ASM this week.

Darnell said...

Oh, my goodness, Donna, way to show us all how to get 'er DONE!! You have more than rocked CASEing Lisa's stunning card with four stunning cards of your own! I'm in awe!! Enjoy your weekend! Hugs, Darnell

Sue said...

Such a wonderful selection of cards Donna, I love the designs and such beautiful colour schemes too.
Thank you for your kind wishes.
hugs Sue xx

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous selection of cards love the flourish image and all the little flowers and hearts,love the die-cut frame and great idea cutting it to fit -love the different colourways too
carol x

Sue said...

Of course you made four cards! And each one prettier than the next. Funny how just changing colors and designs you don't realize it is the same stamp. And your "fix" for the beautiful die cut is very clever indeed! Love them ALL. Have lots of flourish stamps, great idea to hang the hearts from them, thanks for your inspiration.


Petra Swart said...

Oh, my, it's been weeks since I last commented on blogs, but I'm catching up on everybody's work that I've missed out on!!! Can't wait to see what you have created since my last visit, Donna!!!! You have rally done a great job CASEing Lisa's card!!! WOW, 4 beautiful cards - so different in style, but all so stunning!!! Lovely colours and such great use of all the lovely dies!!! Beautiful, Donna!!!

Monica said...

So pretty, Donna and I love the hearts as flowers. Beautiful framing too.

Shirley said...

Donna, these are all so lovely. Love the way you used that frame and the flourish stamp is gorgeous. Great colors on the cards and the shapes make them each so unique and beautiful. Fabulous!


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