Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Birthday Lily

Hi there,

I'm going to squeeze in an extra post this week and this is it! I have been quietly watching Steph Pike's blog for a while and when she decided to set an inspiration challenge I decided to have a go. Steph used Makeesha Byl sketch (posted for her weekly challenge) for her card and since I usually do Keesh's challenges I decided that was the way to go too. So here are Steph's inspiration pic and Keesh's sketch.

The colours in the inspiration pic are a mix of quite rich purples, yellow and green. Having just got my hands on Rich Razzleberry recently I decided to use that as my main purple. The other reason was that I wanted to stamp my Lily onto DSP and one pattern in the Cottage Wall DSP was just perfect. (Cottage Wall colours are Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence, Old Olive).
The inside finished off simply to match.

So I started with a Rich Razzleberry base, then layered that with a panel of Summer Sun (I do hope the new Daffodil yellow due in the new catty in Sept is just as rich). The next layer was Whisper White (to balance all those strong colours), but I gave it some texture by embossing with the new SU embossing folder Perfect Polka Dots. Next taking some Cottage Wall DSP I stamped the Lily. Then using copics (Y15, Y21) I coloured in the stamens. I also used an aquapainter and ink from the Orchid Opulence ink pad lid to give some depth to the Lily. The Lily was carefully cut out and then mounted on dimensionals on a sequence of circles (same layers as the card base). Final touches were some little Old Olive ribbon leaves and little dabs of crystal effects on the tips of the flower stamens. The finished flower element was mounted on dimensionals to overlap a broad strip of Cottage Wall DSP. As per Keesh's sketch I added a sentiment. I didn't want it to overpower the flower so I kept it simple, white on white. I stamped the sentiment in Rich Razzleberry then punched it out with the Designer Label punch and slipped in under the top of the DSP. Three small purple rhinestone brads finish it off.

It was an unusual mix of colours for me, but then that is what challenges are all about! I'm pretty happy with the result though.

Thanks for visiting,

PS: Happy Birthday Steph :)

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Sincere Salutations
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Summer Sun, Whisper White
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Designer Label punch, Cottage Wall DSP, Old Olive narrow grosgrain ribbon, Copics, Crystal Effects, Fire Rhinestone brads, Dimensionals, SNAIL adhesive, Double sided tape


  1. This is divine. I love the colours you have chosen and the centre piece flower is gorgeous using the ds paper. Clever. Love it.


  2. Really really lovely!!! LOVE the colours!!!! Just beautiul...off to look again! :)

  3. Lovely card Kim! I love how you can create two totally different cards with one sketch! Just fabulous.

  4. Wow, this is stunning too!! They are world aparts but just as gorgeous as each other, top job!

  5. What a gorgeous card Kim I love the crisp clean lines it's just beautiful! Thanks so much for joining in my challenge!
    Steph X

  6. Wow! So different and so so beautiful! The embossed background looks gorgeous

  7. Absolutely stunning Kim! Perfect for Steph inspiration challenge too. Thanks for playing not only once but twice! Love Keesh x


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