Monday, April 30, 2012

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Friendship Bouquet (May 2012)

It's already time for the May edition of the Close To My Heart stamp of the month blog hop, and April showers have definitely brought us some lovely flowers in this stamp set, Friendship Bouquet. (If you're already hopping, then you should have arrived from Teresa's blog. You will head to Lalia's blog next.)
I wanted to try something a little different from the "typical" sunflowers you might see.  All of my cards follow the same basic design, but each has its own twist.  I created them with Heart 2 Heart Challenges "April Showers/May Flowers" challenge and the CAS-ual Friday's CFC50 Clean & Simple "Flowers or Trees" challenge in mind.  Each card began with a standard side-fold White Daisy card base, a 3.5" White Daisy square, and a Black square just a bit bigger.  All of the polka dot paper is from the current CTMH Dotty for You paper pack special.  (The large square measures 4".) 
The flower image was stamped with Archival Black ink so that it wouldn't run when I waterbrushed each flower.  All of the sentiments are also stamped in black.  To color the centers of each flower, I waterbrushed them with Grey Wool ink AFTER I did all my other coloring.  If you look closely, you'll  see that each card is embellished with Licorice Opaques self-adhesive pearls.

The flower on the second card was waterbrushed with Sunny Yellow and then Creme Brulee ink.

The next card uses Sunset ink for the flower.  The little frame was cut with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.

The following uses Smoothie ink.  I love how the pleated border turned out!

Finally, I used one of my favorite colors, Lagoon, and switched up the design.  I'm not sure that I like this design as well, but I wanted each card to be different (and other than color and sentiment, this one matches the yellow card).

Which card is your favorite?  I would really love your feedback before you head off to the next blog on the hop (Lalia's). 

If you don't already have a CTMH consultant and would like to learn more about the May stamp of the month, the Dotty for You special paper pack, or anything else, please feel free to contact me.  Now, visit Lalia's blog for her Friendship Bouquet creation.  Thanks for hopping by!

17 comments:

  1. Great card set! Very pretty.

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  2. And I can attest to the fact that they are even cuter than these photos show!

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  3. These are SOoooooo cute! I can't wait to stamplift these. TFS!

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  4. What a lovely card set! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Paige

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  5. Love these cards. What a great set. They work beautifully with the Dotty papers.

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  6. Love this idea - great set :)

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  7. I think the yellow one and the Smoothie one are my favorites but they're all great! Can't wait to play with this paper pack. Hugs!

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  8. Love all the different colors, it really makes the flower so versatile!

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  9. Fantastic card set, Haley! I love how you made each one unique!

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  10. great use of this stamp set. I like your color choices but Smoothie is my fave.

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  11. Great job on the card set, I love how you coordinated it with the Dotty for You set.

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  12. Great set of cards Haley! This stamp set is on my table right now -- appreciate the inspiration :)


    Lucy
    http://love2createitall.com

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  13. What a beautiful coordinating set of cards - each of them is just precious! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays! We're so glad you did!!

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  14. Haley, What a beautiful set of colorful cards. I also love the watercolor softness of each of those cards/1

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