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Saturday, May 21, 2016

A Garden in Bloom Birthday Card

The "Garden in Bloom" card is one I don't play with much at all. I may have when I first bought it, I don't remember.  But if I did, I probably played it to death!! I'm SO guilty of doing that with a stamp set.  At times it feels like it's the only set I own!  So, the other day I was looking through my stamp sets and I saw the "Garden in Bloom" and grabbed it off the shelf. I searched the net for a fun sample to either inspire me or to copy.  I ended up with the copy, I wasn't feeling very creative.
I don't remember where I found this card.  My computer had to do and update right in the middle of everything and the window I had open with the original card got closed and I wasn't able to find it.  So, if you know who make a card very similar to this one, please let me know so I can give them the credit they are due and a link back to their blog.

The original card had those tiny little flowers stamped in Melon Mambo, the same color as the larger flower.  I used Tempting Turquoise to color mine.  I thought the card, as pretty as it was, needed a little more color.  I do like that blue popping out from the banner (which we'll talk about later).  The flower was fussy cut and set in place using a Dimensional.  Oh, and then all of a sudden it clicked!!!  That is why I don't use the set much.  Fussy cutting. I'm SO spoiled by punches and dies that when it comes to fussy cutting I tend to bypass a set.  It really depends on the mood I'm in or the time I have to make and post the card.  I also fussy cut the two leaves that were stamped using Pear Pizzazz.

The base of the card is a folded half sheet of Melon Mambo.  The words are from the April 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit.

Now lets talk about that banner.  UGH!!!  Is there a formula for figuring out how long to cut the card stock on those pieces before they are punched?  What I ended up doing, after ruining 2 of them was I punched one end.  Then I took the piece that was punched out and set it on the other end of the strip and I set the whole thing on top of the card so I knew how much I needed to slide the piece to get my desired length.  I did the same with the black border.  

I was in the mood for fussy cutting, only because there wasn't a lot of pieces to cut and there was something interesting on the tv!  I did like making the card and I do like how it turned out.

Edited 5-22-16:  I found the original card.  It was made by Amy K and you can see it here.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

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