Garden in Bloom

It’s time for another sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, and our host this week is the lovely and talented Jen Brum.  I love Jen’s style of card making and I love her sketch this week; it’s a great design to get you started on your way to making a fabulous card.

I chose to work with the Garden in Bloom stamp set and Pretty Petals DSP Stack for this week’s card.  It’s a perfect example of why I love Stampin’ Up! and why I think they make coordination for a beautiful project so easy.  I used ink colors that are in the DSP:  Calypso Coral, Old Olive and Very Vanilla.


I was able to watch some of the General Sessions from this year’s SU convention that took place last week, and I saw how to easily add glittery “splatters”.  Simply put a dab (maybe nickel-size) of liquid glue on a plastic lid, use an Aqua Painter and add a little water to thin the glue, and then tap the Aqua Painter on your other hand, making splatters of glue on your card stock.  Add glitter and you’re all set!  Too easy!  I’ve always just done dabs of glue with a glue pen, but this method looks so much better and more like splatters.  I also added splatters of Old Olive.


I inked the “Friends” portion of the sentiment stamp with VersaMark and heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder, and added a heart sequin.  The other half of the stamp was inked with Soft Suede.  The finally touch was adding a little bow of Gold Baker’s Twine.

I hope you are inspired by today’s card and by Jen’s fabulous sketch.

FMS197 Jen B

Please stop by Freshly Made Sketches to see what the Design Team has created to inspire you, and we hope you’ll play along with us this week!


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  1. Bobbi Miller

    Cindy, this is just beautiful! Love it more than peanut butter! 🙂 I was at convention and saw the demon on the splatters, but I also forgot until now. I need to write this stuff down…. glad I’m retiring at the end of the month.Maybe then I’ll remember more of the fun stuff, and less of the work stuff! Hugs!

  2. Cindy Lovell

    This is such a beautiful card,Cindy!!! WOW!! Beautiful colors!! I love those pretty flowers,splatters on the background and the pretty twine!! Beautiful job!!!

  3. Kim S

    This is truly beautiful! Your mix of large and small flowers – stamps and paper – is lovely!

  4. Jen Brum

    Cindy, this card is so pretty! I love those soft flowers and the sentiment embossed in gold looks amazing! The splatters of glitter are amazing! Very beautiful!

  5. Cindie McDuffee

    So pretty and refreshing for summer! Fun idea to try!

  6. Jen Mitchell

    Those glittery splatters are so awesome! Not to mention the colorful flowers and gold sentiment.

  7. KarrenJ

    Oh this card is gorgeous, Cindy! The splatters look wonderful and those flowers are divine!

  8. Hazel

    This is such a pretty card Cindy! I love the colour combo and the way that sweet little image reflects the larger image so beautifully! I really must try and get over this week . . . I have been so busy since coming home that I have neglected one of my most favourite and regular challenges! Thanks for the inspiration! Hazel xx

  9. Tonya Denton

    Your card is absolutely gorgeous!!! LOVE IT!! 🙂

  10. Gerri K

    Stunning card! Love it!!!

  11. Debbie G

    Cindy, this is such a beautiful card !!! I love the gold splatters. It adds so much to already a pretty card.

  12. Linda Callahan

    You sure do pretty to perfection! This is beautiful….and I love the spatters! I saw that from convention also and promptly forgot it until I saw your card……beautiful effect!

  13. Narelle Farrugia

    Oh this is absolutely gorgeous Cindy! I am in love with everything about it – the white on white, the gold splatters (I need to try this technique soon!) and the lovely way your used your stamps. Love, love, love!

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