Friday, July 13, 2012


Birthday Poppies Friday Mashup 67

It's Friday again! That means there is another wonderful Friday Mashup Challenge! Here is the card and envelope that I made: 

  • Stamps: Pleasant Poppies, En Francais, Itty Bitty Banners
  • Card Stock: Primrose Petals, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
  • Ink: Black Stazon, Sahara Sand
  • Reinker Colors: Pink Pirouette, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple
  • Markers: Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery, Gumball Green
  • Accessories: Blender Pen, Stampin' Sponge, Decorative Label Punch, 1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval Punch, Bitty Banners Framelits, Raspberry Ripple Stitched Satin Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive

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So here is the "Mashup" Challenge:
  1. Make a project with a "Banner or Flag."
  2. Or Make a project with a "Matching Envelope."
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a project with a "Banner / Flag & a Matching Envelope."

I know that there is only one little bitty banner on my card, but I had just recently gotten Pleasant Poppies and my fingers were just itching to play with it and color! So I started off this card by cutting a piece of Primrose Petals card stock 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" and scoring it at 4-1/4". Then I cut a piece of Whisper White card stock 4" x 5-1/4". I wanted to add a subtle background behind my flowers so I inked up En Francais with Sahara Sand ink and stamped it onto a piece of scrap paper before stamping it onto my Whisper White card stock. This leaves a very subtle color background. Then I stamped the poppies from Pleasant Poppies on top of my light text in Black Stazon ink.

Now for the fun part...coloring! I put a drop of each color re-inker into a piece of plastic packaging and used my blender pen to pick up just a little bit of color at a time. I started off by coloring the flowers with Pink Pirouette reinker. Then I used the Pink Pirouette marker to add a little bit more depth to the shadows. Then I added a bit of Primrose Petals reinker to the shadows, and finally just a tiny bit of Raspberry Ripple reinker. By picking up just a little bit of reinker color on the Blender Pen at a time I was able to really blend the colors together well to create the shadows on the flowers.

For the stems I colored them in with the large tip of the Certainly Celery marker and added a shadow with the fine tip of the Gumball Green marker. Once all the coloring was complete I sponged around the edges of the card stock with Sahara Sand ink. I wrapped a piece of Raspberry Ripple Stitched Satin ribbon around the panel and adhered it onto the back. Then I adhered this panel onto the card front.

Now for the greeting! I stamped the greeting from Itty Bitty Banners onto a scrap of Whisper White card stock and used the Bitty Banners Framelits to cut out the shape in the Big Shot. I used the 1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval Punch on a scrap of Pink Pirouette card stock and the Decorative Label punch on a scrap of Primrose Petals card stock. Then I sponged around the edges of all three pieces with Sahara Sand ink. I adhered the pieces one on top of the other and then adhered it onto the card front with a couple Stampin' Dimensionals. 

Now for the Mashup part of the challenge, creating a matching envelope. I stamped just a portion of the poppies in the lower left hand corner of the envelope and colored them in using the same steps that I used on the panel for the card front. Then I sponged around the edges of the envelope in Sahara Sand ink to make it match the card.

Here is a closeup of the envelope coloring.

Now I will admit it took a looooong time to complete the card front and the envelope. It's definitely something I would not want to make multiples of, but it's really pretty! I ended up giving this card to my mother for her birthday with some handmade jewelry that I will share with you next week.

So now it's your turn! Head on over to the Friday Mashup and play along with the challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. SO, so pretty, Amanda! I almost always make a matching envelope for my cards, but I never thought to sponge the edges, and it really adds a lot!

  2. Amanda, what a gorgeous card. You did a beatiful job with the coloring. Shading makes this card. Again just gorgeous!!! I am going to try this myself. I've been working on learning to shade. Keep up your awesome work!!

  3. Gosh those poppies are gorgeous Amanda! And I love how you've stamped the script in the backgrpund - so elegant.

  4. Lovely card and such great coloring; along with matching envelope

  5. I love how the colors came out.. they are so soft and all the details are amazing.

  6. Absolutely stunning card, Amanda! Your colouring is divine, and I love the soft touches like the script in the background and the light sponging.