Stampin’ Pretty Pastels

Spring pastels were the focus of this week's Splitcoast Stampers Color Challenge (CC165).  Lovely Lilac, Certainly Celery and Pretty in Pink had their chance to bloom in the form of the Simply Said stamp set.  Pink Bead centers were the perfect touch to get spring popping.  Note:  The Lovely Lilac color looks far more blue in this photo than in real life.  It's actually more purple. 

The Simply Said stems image was inked in Always Artichoke and stamped on Whisper White.  The petals were colored in with a Lovely Lilac Marker.  TIP:  For the bead centers, I placed a small drop of glue on the flower center and used my paper piercer (with bead "impaled") to carefully slide the bead off and onto the glue.  It's a good idea to hold it for a second or two for good adherence.  The sentiment from Simply Said was added in Always Artichoke.

The flower image was layered on Lovely Lilac Textured card stock, with vellum below. TIP: Using a Signo White Gel Pen, I added a dotted border to the vellum.  A simple and sophisticated touch.  Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon pulls the look together

Using a Boho Blossoms Punch, I snapped out pink and celery flowers, layered them on 1 1/4" circle of Lovely Lilac and married them up with a celery brad.  TIP:  Everything gets a lift with some Stampin' Dimensionals below.

The base consists of Pretty in Pink Designer Series Paper (only exclusively as a Hostess Level I Prints Pack) and Certainly Celery Textured Card Stock layered over Whisper White and a card base of textured Lovely Lilac.

Let me know what you think.  Please drop me a comment at the end of this post.

Further Inkspiration:  The layout is from Julee at Poetic Artistry,  Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #36

Stamp Sets:  Simply Said
Paper:  Lovely Lilac Textured, Certainly Celery Textured, Pretty in Pink Designer Series (Hostess Level I, Prints Pack), Whisper White, Vellum
Ink:  Always Artichoke, Lovely Lilac Marker
Cool Tools:  Boho Blossoms Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch
The Perfect Touch:  Bead Duos (Pink), Soft Subtles Brads (Certainly Celery), Signo White Gel Pen, Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals


  1. Lovely pretty card it is a great card… and the rest of your blog is fabulous I might have to case this card….;)

  2. Your card is lovely. Thanks for playing! 🙂

  3. Mary your colors are wonderful!!!! This is soooo sweet!!! The textured cs really make everything pop!!!

  4. How pretty! I like the polka dots on vellum to match.
    Terri F

  5. What a wonderfully bright gorgeous card. I love it. Joan

  6. I have to say, you did a great job on the mojo sketch and I love these colors together! Finally SCS did Lovely Lilac! hugs, Monica

  7. Beautiful card Mary, everything goes perfect.
    God bless

  8. Colleen Moreland

    I really love the colors. I too love the white pen. I have one and I tend to use it a lot. I love the sketch too. I think I will take this idea and do many cards with it.

    Great job.

  9. colleen kramer

    Gorgeous…I also think this color combo was a tough one, but you can really mix it up and make it look great! Nice take on the sketch, too.

  10. I love it and even love it more because I have that set!!!

  11. love this card, it is darling

  12. OOOOO you did it… pastels and all. This was a HARD challenge, IMO.

    Love your card! The textured paper really makes it pop.

  13. Melissa D. (SCS honeybee7896)

    I really like this color combo but I am a purple freak anyway.
    I really need to get me one of the white gel pens. I see everyone using them and it adds so much to a card. Oh, and I love the sketch. I plan on playing along also for my mom’s Mother’s Day card, hopefully tomorrow at the latest (good thing it isn’t going far 🙂

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