I had the luxury of a little extra time this past weekend which gave me the luxury of playing with a few more card making accents than usual.  Taffeta Ribbon, Brads, Paper Piercing, Cuttlebug and a Scalloped Border were the perfect touches to this lively and feminine card.

The long stemmed flower from Embrace Life was inked in Close to Cocoa Craft ink and stamped on Watercolor Paper. TIP:  Taking advantage of the stickiness of Craft Ink, I heat embossed the image with Clear Embossing Powder.  The flower was watercolored using an Aqua Painter dipped in Purely Pomegranate Ink.  TIP:  I simply squeeze my ink pad to create a small pool of color on the inside lid.  It's just the right amount for watercoloring and no mess.

I matted the image on Pretty in Pink Textured Card Stock, paper piercing three edges for a little drama.  TIP:  A template makes spacing a breeze.  The bow is created from strips of Pretty in Pink and Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon (attached to the stem with the convenience of a mini glue dot).

The sentiment is from Stampin' Up!'s Take Three, inked in Purely Pomegranate and stamped on Watercolor Paper (to match the white of the main flower's card stock).  The little flowers were a charming backdrop for some Pretty in Pink Brads.  I adhered it to a Scalloped Rectangle of Close to Cocoa (also pierced) with Stampin' Dimensionals. 

The Purely Pomegranate vertical banner took a "ride" through my Cuttlebug with a Paisley Embossing folder.  It's always amazing to me how beautiful an embossed image is.  Delicious texture.  Using a Corner Rounder Punch, I added a scalloped border of Pretty in Pink Textured Card Stock.  Here's an easy tutorial on making a scalloped border.  TIP: Jazzing up a border is a great way to give new life to long, skinny paper scraps.

The card base is Pretty in Pink Textured Card Stock with a layer of Berry Bliss Designer Series paper on top.  Stampin' Up!'s Photo Corner Punch makes easy work out of creating two coordinating (one large and one small) corner accents.  They received some piercing "action," too.

The layout was inspired by Beate Johns' Weekend Sketch Challenge #48. 

Please let me know what you think :)

Hugs and Pretties . . . . M

Stamp Sets:  Embrace Life, Take Three
Paper:  Berry Bliss Designer Series, Stampin' Up! Watercolor Paper, Pretty in Pink Textured, Close to Cocoa, Purely Pomegranate
Ink:  Close to Cocoa Craft, Purely Pomegranate
Cool Tools:  Paper Piercer and Template (Stampin' Up!'s Crafter's Tool Kit), Corner Rounder Punch, Photo Corner Punch, Cuttlebug, Aqua painter, Heat Tool, Marvy Uchida Scalloped Rectangle Punch
The Perfect Touch:  Pretty in Pink and Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, Soft Subtles Brads (Pretty in Pink), Stampin' Dimensionals, Clear Embossing Powder, Cuttlebug Paisley Embossing Folder


  1. Wow, the colors are beautiful! Very nice layout!

  2. You’ve inspired me to get my paisley cuttlebug folder out and use it with this set! Great coloring, too! 😉

  3. Beautiful , the colors are stunning !

  4. colleen kramer

    This is a Mom’s card for me…they are people who love all the little details in a card like this. The texture on this card is amazing…from the piercing, to the cuttlebug, to the brads, to the ribbon…all brought together with a gorgeous color combo. Wonderful!

  5. You’ve done it again. There is quite a lot going on in this card, and yet it all comes together to look rich, but not busy. The Close to Cocoa and Pretty and Pink are lovely together. Then the Purely Pomegranate makes it a WOW!

  6. love the colors in this card, it is so pretty.

  7. Colleen Moreland

    I really like this card. It is really pretty. I love all the special things you did to it. Nice job!!

  8. Mary, This is the bomb! I love it when you watercolor. Great design.

  9. Gorgeous! I love pink & brown together. All your detailing makes it a beautiful card. Great job!!!

  10. Oh Mary!!! Your card is absolutely pretty!!! I love that paper (don’t have it yet). All the details are delicious.

    Thanks for sharing your creations
    God bless

  11. Very very pretty. I love your shading on the blossom!!! Joan

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