The Cherry Blossoms are in Bloom!

My card today was made for our monthly team Facebook hop!  (If you are joining me from our Facebook hop, WELCOME!)  Each month, demonstrator’s from my upline’s team create projects based on a specific theme.  We all create projects based on that theme, and post them to Facebook at a specified time. We also post links to another person’s page in our posts.  This allows visitors to “hop” from one page to another to see all of the creations.  Once you get back to the first project you started with, the hop is complete!  If you have ever paged through a blog hop, it works the same way, just with Facebook pages!

This month, our theme was “Colorful Spring”.  My original plan was to make a card with tulips, because I LOVE tulips!  But then this morning, I was reading an article about how the cherry blossoms in Washington DC are at peak bloom this weekend, so I decided to go with cherry blossoms instead!  To do this, I used the Colorful Seasons Photopolymer Bundle.  This bundle contains the 24 piece Colorful Seasons stamp set, as well as the 17 piece Seasonal Layers cutting dies.  There are three stamps in the set with coordinating dies that make perfect cherry blossoms!

To make the flowers, I put all three flower stamps on one long block.  I then colored them with Flirty Flamingo ink using my Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Write Marker.  I then added Melon Mambo ink using the Melon Mambo marker, but purposely only added a little in the centers.  I then stamped them on Shimmer White Cardstock.  After they dried, I went over all of the flowers with my Powder Pink marker and filled in any light spots, or spots that weren’t fully stamped in.  I wanted the flowers to have a varied look as far as color.  Using the three shades of pink definitely helped accomplish this!

The branch is stamped in Soft Suede ink.  The flowers are arranged and adhered with Mini Glue Dots, and the card is finished with Lemon Lime Twist 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon. I tried to find a suitable greeting for the front of this card, but any I tried seemed to throw off the balance of the card, so I decided to leave it as is.  I very rarely leave sentiment off the front, but I really like the simplicity of this card, and thought it was fine as is.

 

The measurements for this card are as follows:

Shimmery White card base:  8-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Shimmery White top layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

Coffee Break DSP strip:  2 x 4-1/2 inches

Shimmery White scraps for flowers

 

Here’s a close up of the flowers.  You can also see a hint of the shimmer in the paper as well in this pic!

I added a few pearls to the centers of the flowers for a little added embellishment.  Real Cherry Blossoms don’t have such a defined center (I don’t think), but I liked the way it looked, so I went with it!

The bundle pricing for the Colorful Season Bundle is only available until May 31st!  Purchasing the bundle before May 31st will save you 10% off the cost of the stamps and dies separately.  If this bundle carries over into the new Annual Catalog, the bundle pricing will no longer be available starting June 1st!   The items will still be able to be purchased, but the discount for purchasing them together will no longer be available!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I am attending OnStage in Hartford, CT, so I should have lots of exciting info to share with you soon!

Have a great day!

Nicolle

 

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