Fall Bloom for a Cherished Friend

My dear friend, Linda Callahan, probably doesn’t know that I really, really dislike working with multiple circles on a card.  I’m sure if she would have known, she would have created a different sketch for me this week.  Actually, she created the sketch for this week’s challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, and after freaking out, I remembered that I don’t HAVE to use circles (Phew!), and I can substitute similar shapes as long as my card resembles the sketch.  Keep that in mind if circles throw you for a loop, too. Here’s my card, with 3 substitutions for 3 circles:


Does it resemble the sketch?  I hope so!  A nice round-ish flower, a and two not-so-round-ish butterflies, but at least they’re in the right locations, per the sketch.  🙂  Garden in Bloom was my saving grace.  One card using one stamp set, including sentiment.  Yay!  Budget friendly.  Gotta love it, right?


This close up shows the clear embossed sentiment (VersaMark over the original stamping of Elegant Eggplant and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder).  The remained of the sentiment was stamping with Soft Suede ink.  Also, please note that this is probably the only photo where you can see that the Elegant Eggplant paper has a sheen…  it was done with a makeup brush (who needs that many makeup brushes?) and a pearly-shimmery spritzer (brushed on, not spritzed, just around the edges).  I used a SU spritzer, but I can’t find it in the catalog, so I’m guessing that it has been discontinued.  I’ve heard of other similar products if you don’t already have one.


Again, the pearly-spritzer was brushed on the butterflies, and I used a gold shimmery spritzer on the flower.  The center of the flower was accented with an Antique Brad.

Okay, here’s the big reveal of Linda’s sketch (if you didn’t already see it on the Freshly Made Sketches blog):

FMS206 Linda CallahanCindy-Hall-Garden-in-Bloom

Well, what do you think?  Am I in trouble?  Whether you love circles or they give you fits, head on over to Freshly Made Sketches to play along with Linda’s sketch, now that you know how to get around those pesky circles.  🙂

Happy stamping!


Stampin’ Supplies:

Please note:  The Smooch Spritz is no longer available through Stampin’ Up, but I wanted you to see an example of what I used. 

Other supplies:  Small makeup brush (or small soft bristle brush), black waxed twine, gold and pearl shimmery spritzers.


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  1. Amie Kiger

    I love all the sparkle! It really gives a lot of dimension to your images. I really like how your splatter fell! I need to work on that a bit. 😉

  2. Narelle Farrugia

    Oh this is just lovely Cindy! Great choice of stamp sets – I love how you’ve used them for Linda’s sketch!

  3. Jen Brum

    Such a pretty card Cindy! I love the flower and sweet little butterflies! Such great colouring! Love the splotches in the background! You definitely conquered those circles!!!

  4. Cindy Lovell

    I So love this card,Cindy!! The flower and butterflies are so pretty and i love the shine…beautiful!!!

  5. KarrenJ

    Wonderful way of getting round those multiple circles, Cindy! Love these shimmery elements on your card and the pop of color in the flower is perfect.

  6. Robin Feicht

    Gorgeous Card! Love your color combo and your pretty flower/butterfly combo!

  7. Linda Callahan

    Your flowers are gorgeous! Love the extra shimmer and shine! Beautiful card! Sorry about those circles!

  8. Amy O'Neill

    The flower and butterflies are beautiful — I love the shimmer. And I love your interpretation of the sketch! Beautiful card, Cindy!

  9. Jen Mitchell

    You’ve been keeping this phobia close to the vest Cindy! I never knew that you disliked multiple circles! But what a nice save. Flowers and butterflies are a great way to substitute!

  10. JoAnn B.

    Pretty card. Love the glittery flower and butterflies.

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