Hip Umbrella Blooms

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I got off the starting blocks early on today's Splitcoast Stampers Inspiration Challenge (IC142). I fell in love with the patterns of the hip Marimekko umbrellas and jumped right in. 

Here's the umbrella that inspired today's design.

Stampin' Up!'s exclusive Sizzlet die four pack, Birds and Blooms, gets the limelight again today.  They (and the Big Shot) will be available to purchase right here beginning September 2.  I used my Big Shot Die Cutting Machine to pop out these sweet Regal Rose card stock flowers.  TIP:  If you already own a Cuttlebug or other die cutting machine, you will get the same wonderful results with these dies. 

TIP:  What's really cool about these particular flower dies?  You can pop the centers out (they're perforated) or make a circle template, lay it over the flower and stamp just the center . . . the really, really cool news is that the center of the large flower coordinates with the 1" Circle Punch and the smaller center coordinates with the 1/2" Circle Punch. Perfect for the creation of a template or punched layers, as I chose.

Stampin up sizzlits blooms punch
Using Stampin' Dimensionals, I added some 3-D to my flowers along with 1" and 1/2" circles of a black striped designer pattern (from Ghostly Greetings Designer Series, gasp . . . it's not even a Halloween card). 

They are adhered to a layer of Whisper White card stock that I stamped with the Wonderful You stem rather randomly (just the stamp when inspired by this umbrella).  I layered the stem panel on Regal Rose card stock and a 4.25 x 5.5 card base of Whisper White, topped with more Ghostly Greetings stripe paper.

Stampin' Up! makes the most delightful 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (Regal Rose) which pulls the card together.  The sentiment is from Full of Life (matted on Regal Rose) and three Rich Regals Brads.  TIP:  I use a paper piercer and template (Stampin' Up! Crafter's Tool Kit) to set holes before adding the brads.  The brads are "technically" Rose Red.  TIP:  So far lightning hasn't struck me down for not using a perfectly matched brad.  It's OK.  You don't really have to match.  Colors within the same color family love each other.  For those of you who embrace the "matchy, match" philosphy, please"breathe in, breathe out."  Repeat.

Hugs and Pretties . . . . Mary

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Stamp Sets:  Wonderful You, Full of Life  
Paper:  Ghostly Greetings Designer Series Paper, Regal Rose Whisper White
Ink:  Basic Black
Cool Tools:  Big Shot, Birds and Blooms Die 4 Pack, 1" and 1/2" Circle Punches, Paper Piercer and Template (Stampin' Up!'s Crafter's Tool Kit)
The Perfect Touch:  Regal Rose 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Rich Regals Brads (Rose Red), Stampin' Dimensionals


  1. Great colors! I love your way you popped the center of the flowers. Beautiful job with the challenge!

  2. Beautiful job, Mary! I think the card fully embraces the beauty of the umbrella!

  3. I love your card nd your flowers are adorable.
    God bless

  4. Mary, I did this challenge too and picked the exact same umbrella. Love those colors!

    Your card is gorgeous!


  5. I love this umbrella and your card is fabulous!!

  6. mary beautiful card! I do enjoy visiting your blog everyday as you always have such great ideas for inspiration. I would however, love to see more “how to” in your post so a newbie like me can see more clearly how you reached the final beautiful masterpiece that you have pictured.

  7. Colleen Kramer

    Another amazing production! WOW! By far one of the best “inspired by” creations I have seen!

  8. All I can say is that card is AWESOME!

  9. Fabulous take on the IC – Mary!!! It’s a perfect match – love it!!!

  10. This card is gorgeous!! You should submit this to a magazine – it is sure to be a stand-out!

  11. Beautiful card! It goes perfectly with that umbrella. Joan

  12. I come to your site expecting greatness… and instead I get BLOWN AWAY!

    This card could be on the cover of a magazine!

    You totally rocked this challenge and I am so jealous of your awesome talent.

  13. Perfect card for this challenge! Are you sure the umbrella company didn’t get the inspiration from your card? 🙂

  14. Very striking… I often wonder what the connection is between the inspiration piece and the finished card on SCS but this is perfect! Great job with the challenge.

  15. This is fantastic! Love how closely it matches!

  16. I just have to say that out of all the blogs I regularly visit…yours is the one that most inspires me. As a fellow demo, I love knowing that when I visit your blog I will find something that is always SU. Thanks you so much for sharing all your creative beauty.

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