Summer Sun Birthday

Stampin up pink flamingo birthday card

I am always inspired by color combinations and patterns in fashion and home d?cor catalogs.  I have held on to the one featured below, admiring the bold floral pattern of the chair.  When I saw this wonderful Summer Sun design in Stampin' Up!'s Pink Flamingo Designer Series, I knew it would be one of the first patterns I played with.

Stampin up pink flamingo inspiration

SC227 This week's Splitcoast Sketch Challenge (SC227) and Stampin' Up!'s Pink Flamingo Designer Paper were meant to be together.  Whenever I see multiple layers on a card, I immediately start to think
about combining Designer Series Paper to create beautifully coordinated
elements. TIP:  When mixing patterns, I like to balance a small and large print but don't be afraid to experiment.

  • I started with a 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" Whisper White card base, scored at the top.
  • The large Summer Sun floral pattern and Chocolate Chip are matted on top.
  • The darling daisy is courtesy of my Big Shot Die-Cut Machine and Bigz Daisies Flower #2.  The larger daisy is cropped in Chocolate Chip and the smaller is cropped in the smaller print from Pink Flamingo.
  • A Chocolate Chip Corduroy Button anchors the center.  Tr?s chic!
  • The balance of the card is constructed per the sketch.  TIP:  An Eyelet Border Punch produces a pretty white detail on the vertical panel.
  • Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon lends a delicious touch.
  • The chocolate birthday sentiment is a Stampin' Up! Fashion District Rub-On.  Crisp, easy to place.  Love it!
Stampin up pink flamingo envelope

A lined envelope (Whisper White, 5 1/2" x 5 1/2") adds a delightful dash of polish.  TIP:  Using a pencil, I traced the envelope flap onto the opposite side of the Designer Paper.  I trimmed along the trace marks, going a little narrower on each side at the point where the designer paper inserts into the envelope. 

TIP:  You don't need to line all the way to the bottom of the envie–just deep enough to cover the white.  Simply lick the gummed area of the envelope to adhere, fold and score.  You can add a little adhesive to close the flap when you are ready to mail.

Pink flamingo designer paper

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Stampin up big shot bigz daisies flower die Paper:  Pink Flamingo Designer Series (113976), Chocolate Chip (102128), Whisper White (100730)
Cool Tools:  Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439), Bigz Daisies Flower #2 Die, Eyelet Border Punch (113692)
The Perfect Touch:  Chocolate Chip Corduroy Button (114339), Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain (109051), Fashion District Rub-Ons (113884)

Envelope:  Pink Flamingo Designer Series (113976), Whisper White Medium Square Envelope (107289)


  1. What a beautiful card! It’s so Sunny and Bright! Nice work!!

  2. I love this card and I have that designer paper and wondered just today what I could make with it, and bingo, here it is! Talk about a coincidence! But then, I have those quite often. I love the colors and the flower makes it pop. I just got a Cricut and I can now use it to make this flower. I need a Big Shot but can’t get it all at once, right? Thanks for sharing.

  3. OMG you are the best and wow your art makes me smile. Thanks for making me think outside the BOX.f

  4. My dear talented Mary… Wow-o-wow! You are making me dig Summer Sun! (I’m not much of a yellow girl…) And what an awesome use of the Pink Flamingo papers! I have to tell you, I bought those papers and used them a bit, but I am still scared of ’em! ;D

    Your card couldn’t have been more fabulous. Everything looks so nice paired together! Amazing job on this one!

    Cindy 🙂

  5. Hi, Mary, Still visit your spot every day. Love your eye for color and your ability to translate combinations you like into a card. Jill Oechler (Milwaukee)

  6. Beautiful card – Mary!!! These colors are wonderful!!! Great take on the inspiration piece and Sketch!!!

  7. Love it! Another great use for one of my fav DSPs. Thanks!

  8. I can’t get enough of the Chocolate Chip color. Your color combination is marvelous. I also love the fact you are also lining the envelopes … great touch!

  9. Love it! We had rain all night and the sun just popped out so then to see this card…makes my day! Thanks Mary.

  10. WOW, gorgeous card Mary. Love that bold print on your envie and background. Hadn’t taken too much notice to this paper before – such an enabler 🙂

  11. Stellar job! I love the color combinations! It just screams “Summer”!

  12. Ohmigosh, this is one of the prettiest cards I’ve ever seen!! I’ve been toying with getting that Pink Flamingo DSP…looks like it’s inevitable now. 🙂 I’m also going to have to play with the envelope liners too…thanks so much for sharing your creativity!

  13. colleen kramer

    Gorgeous! Amazing how a color combo can transform a sketch! Love it!

  14. LOVE the new touch you are giving your envies!!! your attention to detail never ceases to amaze me. (i loved the earlier comment about *petting* her DP – guess that is what we all tend to do to some degree!)

  15. Wow! I almost never mix two prints together. This looks awesome. I guess I will have to try and do one day…TFS

  16. Very Pretty! I Love the envelope! A great idea!!

  17. Love this, Mary! Both of these papers are some of my favorites, too! So pretty!

  18. Mary, WOW! Love this one!

  19. That card is a breath of sunshine. Now I know I have to get that paper. Thanks for the idea.

  20. You’re making me wish for sun even more than the rainy day did! Beautiful card, I’ll need to try lining my envelopes!

  21. Stephanie Daughtrey

    Oh my, wow….holy cow! You are awesome! What a great card! Thanks for putting so much time in your work and sharing! Inspirational!!!

    P.S. Still trying to figure out the email problem…don’t give up on me.

  22. Yowzaah!~ great card! I had been struggling how to use that DP – and now I will stop petting it and use it !

  23. I’m soaking up the sun with this card! Very, very pretty Mary! Love the bright yellow.

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