Sweet Tart

With one of the worst Midwest winters for decades almost behind us, I naturally gravitate to Stampin' Up!'s Summer Picnic paper and Tart and Tangy stamps with zeal.   Just the sight of flowers and fruit help me recall a time when there wasn't dirty snow and gray skies day after day.  It motivates me to picnic on the first 50 degree day (yes, we are crazy in Wisconsin and often can be found gleefully jumping in hotel swimming pools in 60 degree weather when we travel–ditto on wearing shorts when the locals feel compelled to wear sweaters and long underwear).

A Bashful Blue card base starts things off with Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper and Old Olive on top.   Stampin' Up!'s markers were the perfect medium for coloring directly to the rubber of the fruit stamps, creating a 2 color image.  I then punched out the fruit with a 1 3/8" square punch and sponged the edges in Real Red. 

  The Perfect Touch . . . . I had some Real Red buttons ready to accent a corner of the card but my heart began to beat when I discovered they could be divine cherries.  I added a touch of green thread for a sewn look.  Delicious.

I cut Old Olive squares for matting  each (1 1/2" x 1 1/2") and attached them to a strip of red Summer Picnic paper.  Beneath, I added Whisper White with a scalloped edge created by using my Corner Rounder Punch (here's how).  TIP:  Using a Real Red Marker, I added some dots for a little glam.  I realize I went a tad nutty with the layers and added even another (Bashful Blue) to set off the scalloped border.

The sentiment in Old Olive ink comes from the So Many Scallops set, punched with a 1" Circle Punch from the So Sweet flower.  TIP:  Punches are a great way to "dissect" a stamped image or pop out part of an image or pattern from designer paper.  I punched a half circle design from one of the Summer Picnic paper for the center and added a page pebble for some shine and dimension.  I layered both on a 1 1/4" Circle of Bashful Blue.   The base medallion was easily created using a Scallop Circle Punch (here's how) and Real Red card stock.  It is attached using some dimensionals for a little pop.

To finish off, I used a Photo Corners Punch with Real Red card stock, layering the large and small on top of each other and securing with a Bashful Blue Brad.  They were adhered to the card with dimensionals.

I'm feeling warmer already . . . Hugs and Pretties . . . .M

Layout Inspiration:  Jen del Muro

Stamp Sets:  Tart & Tangy (Occasions Mini, 111514), So Many Scallops (Retired, Sale-A-Bration)
Paper:  Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper (Occasions Mini, 111355), Bashful Blue (105120), Old Olive (100702), Whisper White (100730), Real Red (102482)
Ink:  Old Olive Ink Pad (107277) and Marker (100079), Real Red Ink Pad (193133) and Marker (100052)
Cool Tools:  Photo Corners Punch (109042), Scallop Circle Punch (109043), 1 1/4" (104403), 1" (109046)and 1/2" (104390) Circle Punches, 1 3/8" Square Punch (103375), Corner Rounder Punch (109047), Sponges (101610)
The Perfect Touch:  Real Red Buttons (Bold Brights, 103977), Bashful Blue Brad (Soft Subtles, 106954)), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Page Pebble (Joann.com), Green Thread


  1. There are so many details on this card, love every one of them! Have GOT to ink my set up now! TFS!!

  2. There’s so much cute stuff going on on this card I can’t stand it! Really great.

  3. colleen kramer

    Yeah—bring on summer! Did you say too many layers? Is there such a thing? Love the vibrant feel to this card! Thanks!

  4. Well, I am ready for a picnic!! That is an awful cute card. I have been eyeing that set, hmmmm…

  5. very cute!

  6. What an amazing card. It sure makes you wish summer was closer.
    I love how you used the buttons for the cherry. Very creative idea.

  7. This is very bright and cheery. I love the double colour on the corner tags, and I love the two cherries made with the buttons. Very creative. Joan

  8. Mary – such a pretty, summery card! I too am wishing for warmer days. Today the wind just blew and blew – thought the house might fly away like Dorothy’s to Oz. My kids are already wearing “long” shorts and begging for flip flops and we’ve barely in the 50s by late afternoon – can you imagine walking to the bus stop in sandals or flip flops. No thanks. I sit with my heater on while they go to school – HA! Thanks for such an inspiring blog…you are truly talented!

  9. Very summery card. Loved it. I think the overall color combination makes it a very cheery card. 🙂

  10. Really pretty card Mary. Today I checked all your blog, it is awesome!!!!!
    Thanks so much for all the inspiration. I sent you an e-mail today, I got my Merci set today!!!!
    Thanks Mary!!!

    God bless

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