Thinking Spring?

Okay, cold weather has hit SW Florida.  High of 52 here today.  Now, I know that most of you are screaming at your computer screens telling me that I have no idea what cold is, and trust me, you DO have my sympathy.  I’m actually not complaining, I’m just finally getting a lung-full of fresh air.  It was hot and humid on Monday, and I’ve really had enough for a while.  I’m hoping the cooler weather kills off some of the allergens, too.  *sniffle*  *sneeze*.

So, what’s the best thing to do when you’re cold and snowed in (or in my case, just cold)?  Make summer-looking cards, of course!  This will be going to my girlfriend in Michigan who’s REALLY cold and snowed in.  Hopefully, it will remind her of the flowery shrubs around my pool cage.

For today’s card, I used this week’s clean and fresh sketch that was created by our Clean Team designer, Jen Mitchell, for the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.


This card started with Naturals Ivory cardstock.  It’s a really beautiful cardstock and I love the speckled, natural look.


For the horizontal panel of the sketch, I stamped a row of leaves and flowers from the Summer Silhouettes stamp set using Old Olive, Raspberry Ripple and Primrose Petals, and enhanced the flowers with Dazzling Details Glitter Glue.  Then I stamped the graphic on top and heat embossed with Pewter Embossing Powder to resemble a fence.

The sentiment stamp from Yippee-Skippee was colored with a Stampin’ Write Marker (Old Olive) to capture only the I Miss You, and then it was cropped with the Label Bracket Punch.  To define the edges, I outline the piece with the marker.


This photo shows the embossing a little better.  It adds a little more texture and shine to the card.

FMS118 Jen Mitchell

Whether you’re new to cardmaking or an old pro, this sketch will appeal to you and give you a great starting point.  I hope you’ll visit us at Freshly Made Sketches and play along with us this week!


SUPPLIES:  Stamp Sets:  Summer Silhouettes and Yippee Skippee;  Paper:  Naturals Ivory and Old Olive;  Ink:  Old Olive, Raspberry Ripple and Primrose Petals;  Tools and Accessories:  VersaMark, Heat Tool, Pewter Embossing Powder, Dazzling Details Glitter Glue, Old Olive 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker, Brights Candy Dots, Rhinestone Basic Jewels and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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  1. Lee-Anne

    Ha…thanks for the laugh about the cold…it’s all relative isn’t it? Love your take on the sketch…that row of flowers is just perfect!

  2. Susan Itell

    Hi Cindy…..this is a BEAUTIFUL card….just love everything about it! The minute I saw it – the WOW came to my heart! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Ang

    This is really pretty, love your take on the sketch.

  4. karen h

    Pretty card – love the glitter on the flowers!

  5. Tonya Denton

    Absolutely Beautiful!! I believe the Naturals CS is so over looked! I don’t use it near enough. Great details Cindy! I too love the embossed mosaic pattern. Who would’ve have thought to do that . . . evidently you! 🙂 LOVE IT!

  6. Claire

    This is so pretty Cindy – love how you’ve added the pewter fence!

  7. Amy O'Neill

    Such a creative and beautiful interpretation of the sketch! I especially love the embossed silver mosaic pattern over the flowers. Beautifully done, Cindy!

  8. Barb

    Wow Cindy,

    Your card is so elegant. It makes me feel all nice and summery – I can almost smell it. Truly, it is beautiful.

    Blessings, Barb

  9. Nina

    This is such a pretty card Cindy, the flowers and greenery are beautiful.

  10. Jen Mitchell

    What a fantastic way to interpret the sketch Cindy! I love the beautifully placed leaves and flowers. Sorry to hear about the cold weather down there. And I’m also sorry to report that all my snow melted already so I won’t need any help shoveling. Next time, maybe!!

  11. Jen Brum

    Cindy, this card is so beautiful and will definitely brighten your friend’s cold day! I love those flowers and it all looks so perfect against that naturals cardstock! Wishing I was in Florida right now!!! I’ll take some warmer weather anytime!!!!

  12. KarrenJ

    I love how you’ve used stamping to define one of the layers! Very clever. This is a beautiful card.

  13. Bobbi Miller

    Great card Cindy! I am just now using that Naturals card stock for my January class…don’t know why I waited so long. This card has it all…a fresh look and your “fence” is so cool. Just the right touch! Case-ing it … for my Feb class. And I know how you feel about the fresh air….but, being from Chicago, and here in AZ for 11 years now, I feel so sorry for those folks east of here! Yikes! Worst wind chills in 20 years! I miss Chicago, the food, the friends, family, but I sure do NOT miss that weather! Stay warm! Hugs!

  14. Julia Aston

    Your ‘garden’ looks so pretty stamped on your Natural cardstock! Love the touch of glitter!

  15. linda callahan

    Your summery flowery card is just what I need on this seven degree day! Beautiful!

  16. Cindie McDuffee

    What a beautiful card. The colors, detail and balance make it so appealing! Great use of the Summer Silhouettes set. TFS.

  17. Narelle Farrugia

    This is beautiful Cindy! I keep forgetting about Natural’s Ivory – it looks gorgeous with Old Olive and Raspberry Ripple!

  18. Susan B

    Sooo pretty, I especially love the glitter detail! TFS.

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