28 March 2014

Birthday Bouquet

Good afternoon! I must say even I am surprised to be here, ready to post a new card so soon. But truth be told, now that I have my Grand Calibur back I'm extra inspired, making cards with lots of dies on them. Also today, I'm feeling full of energy and I didn't want to waste the opportunity to make a card for some other challenges I had been planning to submit to.

I absolutely love the theme of this card, the color palette, and the white background... It looks so fresh and colorful. It was inspired by many challenges... That's right! I combined a sketch, an inspiration photo and some element challenges... Yes, I know, multitasking at it's most with my cardmaking.



 

Here is my card for today:


























Materials
Spellbinders:
- Peony

- Carnation Creations
- Rose Creations
- Bitty Blossoms
- A2 Matting Basics
- Enchanted embossing folder
DoCrafts Xcut Large Dies - Leafy Flourishes
Inkadinkado:
- Personal Impressions stamp set

- Embossing Powder (mix) - Glam Gold and Silver Starlight
Ranger embossing ink
Color Box pigment ink - Frost White
Zap! heat tool
Merletto crystal stickers
Stanley GR10 glue gun
Bazic:
- Double Sided Foam Mounting Tape
- Double Sided Tape

Other generic materials
Vellum
Hawaii cardstock in white
Textured cardstock in pool and lime green
Bond paper in coral
Vintage gold button 

I could say this is a clean and layered card or maybe classy and elegant? What about freestyle collage? It sure can go either way... I started off by dry embossing it's white layer. After adhering it to the card base I began working with the bouquet, positioning the flowers I made in the most balanced way possible while combining them with the leaves and flourishes. I wanted the flowers to look exactly like the ones on the inspiration photo, in fact I wanted the card to project the photo entirely. The coral peony and rose were sponged with white pigment ink on their edges. I decided I wanted to use vellum for some flourishes, and mix them with the green ones to soften the bouquet a little bit. I couldn't resist to add some crystals to the smaller flowers and a vintage button to the largest one. And, to finish the design I added a Happy Birthday sentiment from a stamp set that's been with me for quite some time, but whose font is timeless. I heat embossed it on vellum with a mix of gold and silver powder I like to do once in a while. And pronto!

I hope you like my card. I would love to know what you think. Thanks for stopping by!


This card is participating in:
The Card Concept
 
Sketch #95
Cardabilities

Inspired By Stamping

Sweet n' Sassy Stamps

Show some Sparkle, Glitz or Glam
Craft Hoarders Anonymous 

Anything Goes
My Craft Spot

Flowery Springtime
Sentimental Sundays

CAS / Classic & Elegant + a Button
House of Cards 


Anything goes with Buttons 
Simon Says Stamp



41 comments:

  1. Hi Gracie,

    What a beautiful card, looks just like the cake...may I have a slice? You did a fantastic job.

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  2. WOW! It's so beautiful card! I love the flowers so much! Thank you for playing along with us at Cardabilities!
    ~ Olga Kovalchuk

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  3. Very pretty card! The oversize flower is so attractive!

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    1. Thanks so much Petti! I'm glad you stopped by. Hopefully you can join me in my 3-day Giveaway Party going on now on my blog, you are more than invited! - Graciellie.

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  4. Your card is beautiful! I love the flowers you created with the pretty centers. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  5. Beautiful card. Love your embossing.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

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  6. Oh, Gracie, your card is gorgeous! I love your take on the inspiration photo - absolutely stunning and right on!! You always design the most elegant and beautiful cards, and this is exquisite with the embossing and beautiful floral array! I totally LOVE it, sweet friend! Hugs!

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  7. Oh Gracie! This is gorgeous! Quite lovely! You accomplished your goal perfectly! WOW! :) I'm so glad you got your handle!;)

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  8. Your bitrhday bouquet looks fabulous :)
    Thank you for joining us on Cardabilities :)

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  9. WOW!! this is stunning and i LOVE the blooms :)Thanks so much for joining us on Cardabilities.

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  10. Such a GORGEOUS card! The textures are all amazing and love the dimension! I love the fabulous flowers and fun embossing on vellum! Beautifully done!
    Thanks so much for joining us in the challenge at My Craft Spot!
    Sherrie K
    http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

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  11. The colors in this are lovely...and I like your handmade flowers combined with the embossing. Thanks for joining in the fun at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge#4: Sparkle, Glitz or Glam!

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  12. amazingly stunning!

    sparkle & shine *~*

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    1. Thanks so much Teresa! I'm glad you stopped by. Hopefully you can join me in my 3-day Giveaway Party going on now on my blog, you are more than invited! - Graciellie.

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  13. Absolutely GORGEOUS! LOVE those booms and the vellum sentiment! Thanks for joining us at Inspired By Stamping! :) HUGS and happy weekend! :) Mynn xx

    PS: I'd LOVE it if you'd link up with us at House of Cards, too! We're looking for buttons! ;) This is PERFECT!

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    1. Thanks so much Mynn! I'm glad you stopped by. Hopefully you can join me in my 3-day Giveaway Party going on now on my blog, you are more than invited! - Graciellie.

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  14. Yep, it's a beauty alright!! Love those flowers contrasted on the white! Nice! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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    1. Thanks so much Jan Marie! I'm glad you stopped by. Hopefully you can join me in my 3-day Giveaway Party going on now on my blog, you are more than invited! - Graciellie.

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  15. Beautiful card! I love the embossing and your flowers are superb! Thanks for joining us at CHACB.

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  16. What a beautiful card! Those flowers are gorgeous! :-)

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    1. Thanks so much Kim! I'm glad you stopped by. Hopefully you can join me in my 3-day Giveaway Party going on now at my blog, you are more than invited! - Graciellie.

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  17. Your flowers are lovely, as always!Thanks for sharing your work with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  18. Beautiful! Love the embossing and your flowers are gorgeous! The button is really pretty too! Thanks for joining us at House of Cards!

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  19. Beautiful card. Love your flowers. Thanks for joining us at House of Cards challenge blog.

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  20. Graciellie, what a stunning and striking card, absolutely beautiful! Those colourful blooms against the crisp white embossing are perfect! I love the softness the vellum adds too! Thanks so much for playing along with us at HOC, I hope we see you again soon! Ruth x

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    1. Thanks so much Ruth! I'm glad you stopped by. Hopefully you can join me in my 3-day Giveaway Party going on now on my blog, you are more than invited! - Graciellie.

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  21. Gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  22. another beautiful card!!! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders!!

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  23. Beautiful card, love the embossing and the flowers! Thanks for playing along with Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge.

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  24. What a stunning card! Love the pretty flowers. Thanks for joining us at IBS!

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  25. This is quite the beauty, Gracie! Gorgeousness and elegance in all of its layers. Perfect sketch, too, to showcase your bouquet. Thanks so much for sharing with us this week at The Card Concept!

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  26. I love your card! It is stunning with all those gorgeous flowers.

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    1. Thanks so much Becky! I'm glad you stopped by. Hopefully you can join me in my 3-day Giveaway Party going on now on my blog, you are more than invited! - Graciellie.

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  27. Thanks for joining us at HOC! :) HUGS and have a great rest of the week! Mynn xx

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  28. This is so pretty! Those flowers are just fabulous! Thanks so much for playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

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  29. WOW! Your card is stunning! The embossing looks fabulous and I love the look of the heat embossed sentiment on vellum! Fabulous work!!

    Thanks so much for playing along with us at My Craft Spot!

    Kate
    Small Bits of Paper

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    1. Thanks so much Kate! I'm glad you stopped by. Hopefully you can join me in my 3-day Giveaway Party going on now on my blog, you are more than invited! - Graciellie.

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  30. Gracie, I Love this card,even the flowers (wink). So classy. Thanks for all your work this week on my blog.
    Nancy

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  31. This is such a beautiful card! I love the colors!

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    1. Thanks so much Karen! It's great that you stopped by today. I would like to invite you to my Giveaway Party going on now on my blog. I'd be delighted if you could come! Have a great week. - Graciellie

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Thanks so much for your kind comments!

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