One missed deadline and a blooming birthday card

Life has been really busy lately, but somehow I’ve managed to find a little time for card making. I was especially proud of myself for finding time to enter the Pals Paper Art Color challenge, PPA 251. Only, I didn’t.

While I was toiling away last night to try to sneak in under the wire, I didn’t realize I had already missed the deadline! Oh, well! The good thing is I still have a completed card to show for it, and it was relaxing making the time to create. Also, it just so happens this card fits the criteria for another challenge that I’ll mention in a bit.

The PPA challenge for this past week was to use the following colors:








I love Stampin’ Up!’s Brights Collection, but I haven’t ever used them to their full potential. This color combination gave me the chance to do so.

To make this card, I used my Wondrous Wreath stamp set, which is one of my favorites. I used all three colors to create the wreath. What? You only see two? That’s because Tempting Turquoise stamped onto Daffodil Delight makes that pretty shade of green, which I will call Delightfully Tempting Green. I love how you can still see a little hint of the turquoise around the edges of the leaves where they didn’t match up exactly.

My favorite way to stamp Wondrous Wreath is to stamp the darker (fewer) leaves first, then the lighter leaves on top of that. I find it’s so much easier to line it up that way. I stamp the berries next, if I’m using them. Then I line up the inner and outer Framelits and make one pass with the Big Shot.

Speaking of the Framellits, there’s a fun stamp set in the new catalog (shhhh!) that will use the same Framelits, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it! Hurry up, June 2!

Another thing to note is, I punched the Flower Patch sentiment using the Decorative Label Punch, cutting off a layer from the top and bottom to give it a different look and to make it fit better. This punch is also great for making brackets like these: {  }, as well as other things. For me it’s a must have. Another must-have for me is the Top Note Bigz Die, which is on the retiring list. This can be used for tags, treats, gift card holders…the list goes on. My advice is to get it now before it’s too late (click below to order!)!

Go check out all the entries and the Picks! They’re amazing, as always!

Now for the other challenge: I’m entering this card in the SUO (Stampin’ Up! Only) Challenge #122, which calls for May flowers! I’m excited to enter this challenge, which is new to me. The design team examples and entries are beautiful and I love that the blog focuses on Stampin’ Up! products, which comprise 99.99 percent of all my craft supplies.

Here’s to second chances!

And here’s what I used to make this card:

0 Comments on “One missed deadline and a blooming birthday card

  1. This is a gorgeous card, Denise! Sorry you missed the deadline, but I’m SOO happy to experience what you created. Lovely!

  2. So beautiful! I understand about missing deadlines- it has happened to me a few times as well đŸ™‚ So thrilled that you played along with us at SUO Challenges and hope to see you again soon!!

  3. I love the Top Note Die too and that Decorator Label Punch is a great go to ….Love your wreath …so colorful ! I am sure the receiver loved It !

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