Garden in Bloom

The Garden in Bloom and Watercolor Wings stamp sets are the PERFECT summertime stamp sets!  I just received them and couldn’t resist using both of them on my card for today’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  Kim Singdahlsen is our wonderful, kind, talented and amazing host this week, BUT she gave us a challenge with three circles.  Did I mention that our friendship is teetering on the edge???   I’m just kidding about that, but I’m not crazy about working with multiple circles, especially when they overlap.  The great disclaimer is that she also said that we can use any shape, as long as it resembles the sketch.

I have to admit that I have created three cards with this sketch already!  Hopefully, I’ll be showing you the other two soon; were both created with the leftover supplies and scraps from the June Paper Pumpkin and they are SO CUTE!  I can’t wait to show you how I used the pieces that were meant to be thrown away.  I should have called my blog “The Frugal Stamper”!

Anyway, on to my card:


Leaving so much white-space is hard for me, but I always love the way it looks on other people’s cards.  So I resisted adding any splatters, sequins, rhinestones or pearls.  *Sigh*  But I have to admit, I do like the way it looks on this card.  The gorgeous flowers (Garden in Bloom) and butterfly (Watercolor Wings, Butterfles Thinlets and Bold Butterfly Framelits) get all of the attention, as they should.


I did add one extra accessory, some Tip Top Taupe Dotted Lace Trim, which is very subtle (see first picture), but it adds softness and dimension.  I also used a Project Life Journaling Pen and created some purposely kinda messy lines around the label piece with the sentiment, since I was using white-on-white.  The look complements the black lines on the flowers.  Okay, one last admission… the flowers were originally going to be stamped directly on the card base, and they were.  Then came the big black smudge dead-center on the front of the card.  Scissors to the rescue!  🙂

FMS195 Kim Singdahlsen

So, you can see Kim’s circles, and I think my flowers and butterfly are close. Well, maybe.  Hopefully, Kim will say we can still be friends!  Speaking of friends, I hope you’ll go see my friend’s awesome creations (and I don’t say that lightly!) at Freshly Made Sketches.  I truly believe that I work with some of the best card designers in the world, and, in addition, the entries in our gallery are amazing, too!  On average, you’ll get over 100 ideas each week.  Will you join us in inspiring others this week?

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  1. Kim S

    You survived the circles – and it’s perfect!! I love everything about this – the pretty flowers, the hint of lace, the colors, it’s beautiful.

  2. Narelle Farrugia

    Oh my – you have rocked this sketch Cindy! Your flowers and butterfly are perfect for the sketch – such a gorgeous card!

  3. Jen Timko

    The white space looks good on you! This is such a stunner. The focus goes right to those beautiful images! And I do really love that lace detail!

  4. Cindy Lovell

    What a beautiful card,Cindy!!! The flowers are so pretty and i love the beautiful butterfly!! SO beautiful!!

  5. Jen Brum

    Oh wow! i love this card Cindy! It is just so beautiful and cheery! Love those flower and that butterfly is just gorgeous! Love the lace peeking out! Very pretty!

  6. Maria Rodriguez

    Cindy, your card is a beautiful interpretation of the sketch, I love this lovely flowers that look beautifully water colored and the butterfly is just such a sweet addition to your card. Lovely card, thank you for sharing.
    Maria Rodriguez.


  7. Jill Norwood

    Love your card! The sweet butterfly and flowers are so pretty! Love the touch of lace! So sweet!

  8. Michelle Gleeson

    Stunning card. I love this stamp set and you took it to a new level to me. Love, love, love!

  9. Amy O'Neill

    I love how you’ve used this sketch, Cindy! And I love the flowers and butterfly and your doodling. No smudge in sight — great recovery.

  10. Bobbi Miller

    What??? Shut the front door! I ADORE this card! What a gorgeous creation! It’s so special, and I love that ribbon behind the butterfly! Just beautiful my friend!

  11. Robin Feicht

    What a pretty combination of flowers and butterfly! Like the lace behind your butterfly.

  12. KarrenJ

    Your white space is totally perfect, Cindy! I love the freshness of this card and can’t wait to see your other ones.

  13. Linda Callahan

    Love the flowers and the butterfly! And the bit of lace is so sweet! Beautiful card!

  14. Jen Mitchell

    Wowza Cindy! This is fabulous! This has a great artsy look to it. The colors look like you spent some quality time with water colors and the little bit of lacy ribbon behind the butterfly is such a great look. It may be subtle, but it’s got quite the wow factor!

  15. vicki

    I really like this, may have to CASE!!! Can’t wait to see the next ones.

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