Saturday, February 11, 2012

Best Friend for OCC

Hello there, stamping friends! I'm so sorry about my blogging absence over the past week. Lots going on in my world, but I am happy to finally be back in creative action. I was seriously missing my stamp studio! It's Saturday (already!) and that means it is time for another fun challenge over at Our Creative Corner. This week, the super-sweet, Sharon Wheet (hey, that rhymes!) is our hostess and she has a great challenge for us.
'Best Friend' is the title and theme. 
Make a paper craft item (card, scrapbook page layout, a 3-D item, an altered item) for a Best Friend! It can be for a birthday, a thank you, or to just let her know she is your best friend!  The only other requirement, is to include a flower!  The flower can be hand-made, an embellishment, or a stamp.  It's your best friend, you decide what works best for your paper craft item.
No, your eyes do not deceive you...those really ARE fussy-cut flowers on my card. 5 of them to be exact...and one on the inside. (For those that have never visited before...I'm NOT the biggest fan of fussy-cutting) But after inking up the Array of Sunshine stamp set for the first time today, I knew I wanted to layer these pretty flowers. I got my inspiration from my fellow OCC Design Team Member, Vicki Burdick and her gorgeous designs with this set. All of the layers are popped up for added dimension and finished off with a spot of sparkly bling. The inside of the card is dressed up, but left blank, for a sweet note to my BFF. The card is pink and it sparkles, so I'm pretty sure she will love it. *grin* I listed all of the supplies used to make the card at the end of this post. 

My colors for this card were inspired by this week's Colour Q challenge. 
Love, love, LOVE this color combo, so much! 
I added a tiny pop of Pear Pizzazz for the leaves, I hope that is ok, ladies.
The layout was inspired by the Scrapbook Essentials sketch challenge. Check out both sites for some awesome creative inspiration! 
Before I go, I wanted to extend a big welcome to our new Design Team Members over at Our Creative Corner, as I was absent last week. Please welcome the following lovely ladies to the team. Their creativity is amazing, so please stop by their blogs and say hello:  
Sue Butler - Scrumplescrunch
Anita Houston - The Artful Maven Haven
Marcy Kaminski - En Papillote Arts
Irena Kowalczyk (aka Rudlis) - Love, Life and Crafts
Meihsia Liu - Simply Paper Crafts

Thanks for stopping by today! 

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Stampin' Up! Supply List: 
Stamps: Array of Sunshine (hostess set) and Friendly Phrases  (sentiment)
Paper: In Color DSP pack (ret. Hostess item), Regal Rose, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade and Whisper White card stock
Ink: Regal Rose, Peach Parfait and Poppy Parade Classic ink
Punches: Bird Builder punch (leaves), Scallop Trim Border punch and Large Oval punch
Accessories: Square Lattice Embossing folder, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing folder, Whisper White 5/8" Organza ribbon, Basic Rhinestones and Stampin' Dimensionals
Non-SU! Accessories: circle and scallop circle die


  1. What a beauty of a card! Your fussy cutting is great!! LOL - where did that term come from? Fussy Cutting?

    You are just a pro at layering girl!!

    Maria :)

  2. LOVE this color combo!!!! and how did I miss that set...oh I know, I have ignored the hostess sets! lol Very very pretty and fun, your BFF will love it!

  3. So lovely! Beautiful colors on those flowers! Great texture and layering! It makes for a gorgeous spring card...well done!! Take care!

  4. Your card and fussy cutting are gorgeous. Really yummy card. Love it.

  5. I just love the bright colors and the fussy cutting is perfect! LOVE IT! and I'm sure your friend will too. Great card!

    (I'm a fellow Pinterest-er, so I did refin some of your crafting space pins. {smile})

  6. WOWSERS!!! LOVE those wonderful colors and the card is just over the top beautiful! LOVE IT!

  7. Oh Anne, such a pretty card. And the color combo reminds me of rainbow sherbet! I'm not a fan of fussy cutting either, but your end result is certainly lovely!

  8. Very pretty Anne! Love all of the layers of sweetness going on here and those pretty blooms!

  9. Hello Anne Marie
    Susan here from NZ, what a gorgeous and happy card, love all the colours and dimension you have added by fussy-cutting and layering, I hope you do more of it as you make it all work!

  10. OMG! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this card. What beautiful colors and LOVE the flowers! Love the papers and the textures ... scrumpious! Hugs.

  11. So fresh and pretty! I just picked up this set and your card is the perfect inspiration to get me going with!

  12. Welcome back and Wow! You really did an amazing job with this one! Gorgeous fussy flowers and wonderful use of textures! I have to say, I don't think I would have done as well with these colors, but you really rocked this one!

  13. I love, love, love the orange and pink fun! I love the raised dot paper and flower...all so nicely laid out! Your friend will treasure it!

  14. From one fussy cutter to another: Brava! That's the perfect stamp set to get your scissors all snippy! Hopefully the experience wasn't so traumatic and you'll try it again!

  15. This is adorable ! A great color combi and the layering flowers looks very beautiful !

  16. This is as sweet as it gets...aren't those colors lovely? And you have succeeded in created a whole bouquet of beautiful here! Thanks for playing with our CQC colors this week---you did them proud!

  17. Hi, Anne, this card is amazing! I love this bright color combo and the layout is fabulous. I am so glad to know you and work with you.... ^_^

  18. Oh my! I just love how bright and cheerful this is! Lovely card!

  19. OMG - What a beauty! Such fun colors and textures! Those flowers light up the card! So glad you're feeling better and in the studio! I'm SO looking forward to being on the DT with you!! Hugs, Marcy XO

  20. Oooooooo! so much gorgeous texture. Love it. :)
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at ColourQ.

  21. Totally cute - thanks for sharing with us at Colour Q this week!

  22. What a gorgeous card! I love the different textures and the bling! Great use of the colors. Thanks for playing at ColourQ!

  23. Love the colors and the fussy cutting!!! Very, very cute!!! LOVE it!!! Amy L.

  24. I did a double take when I looked at this card because I thought, "Did Vicki post again?" And then I realized where I was and read what you wrote and thought how funny. I love your card and I, too, like Vicki's work. It inspired a card that I made for my daughter's birthday. Thanks for sharing yours.

  25. Beautiful card and the colors are so cheerful. You're such a pro the way you put together layers and textures. And as always I'm blown away. I especially love the layering on the flowers. Genius!! I hope you're doing well.

  26. I am new to your website, your work is beautiful The cared is great, love the color and texture, is it standard size?A



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Anne Marie