Friday, April 8, 2011

A Touch of Poppy

Happy Friday stampers!

I hope you've all had a good week and have some fun plans for your weekend. Ours is pretty full - I know, what's new? - but it's all good! I'm really looking forward to getting our box garden cleaned out and replanted. We started one a few years ago when Emma decided she wanted to plant something. And unlike a lot of kid projects that become Mom and Dad projects, she actually tends it with us each year. We've enjoyed experimenting with different plants - the cantaloupe and tabasco peppers were epic fails - but our banana peppers and cherry tomatoes can't be beat! The best part is being able to just go in the back yard and pick fresh veggies for our dinner - awesome! So, if you have any good suggestions for new stuff to try, let me know, we're always up for an experiment!

So yesterday, I sat down to stamp and that gorgeous hydrangea stamp from Because I Care was still sitting out on my table. Between that and all that thinking about the garden led me to create this card:

and it just made my heart happy when I saw the end result! The combo of Pear Pizzazz and Poppy Parade just, well, worked! and I love it here!

Confession time - I have avoided the Poppy Parade In Color like the plague - in fact, I still have all three of my pre-order packs from last June. Every time I looked at it, I just thought "yukk!". But a couple of weeks ago, I was in Kohl's Department Store and bought a gorgeous short trench coat in that Poppy Parade color for the Alaska cruise. I couldn't believe I was buying something in that color, but girls, have you checked out the stores and fashion magazines this season? Poppy Parade is EVERYWHERE! Unavoidable! So I guess you could say that I've succumbed to the power of the Poppy. Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. Oh Lord, I hope you get that reference!

Anyway, This card is pretty simple - Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade; combined with the First Edition DSP - which you MUST own! It's awesome paper!
You can pretty much tell what I did with this card by looking at it. But here's a few details for you.

I used the Scallop Trim Border Punch on the bottom edge of the DSP and it's sponged as well as all the other Vanilla and Pear layers.
The Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding is wrapped around the belly strip and then a second piece knotted around it with a small Vanilla Rosette flower attached with Mini Glue Dots.

I used the sneak peek stamp set Four Frames for the focal point - love this polka-dot frame! The greeting is from Because I Care and is simply stamped in the frame. I left enough room to add the small row of Pearls below it for a little bling. It's popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals above the ribbon.

And once again, I stamped a bit on the inside of the card too. Just a little love for the inside!

So, there you go - another card with that big ol' flower stamp, but an entirely different look - love it! Thanks for visiting today - I love to know you've been here, so leave me a comment and say hi, ok?

Stamped blessings,


  1. Lovely card - and yes, I got the reference! But only 'cause I read the book. :)

    I, too, have avoided the power of the poppy...but I think I may be succumbing. Slowly.

  2. This is just lovely and the pop of poppy(LOL) just sets it off. You do great work!

  3. I am lovin' your hydrangea cards, Robin. Time to get that awesome stamp out again. Still have your family in my prayers!

  4. Just last week I challenged myself to use Poppy Parade because it had sat alone and neglected. Hopefully, I'll have a sample ready for my blog soon. Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful ideas!

  5. Oh another lovely card made with the hydrangea stamp. Guess I am going to make a few with mine since you have inspired me to do so!

  6. Great card. Love how you used the hydrangea stamp as a background. Beautiful colors.
    A couple of squash plants will keep you in veggies for the whole summer.


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