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A (Soft) Subtle Challenge

Hello!  It's bright, it's sunny, it's warm!  It's Spring!  Woohoo!

I am so excited!  For the first time in weeks I was able to walk around outside, in the morning, without a jacket or sweater.  Wow!

A few weeks ago I featured a card made for a challenge to use one color in the Stampin' Up! Bold Brights family, Basic Black, and either Whisper White or Very Vanilla.  Today's post is for another challenge, this time to use one color in the Stampin' Up! Soft Subtles family, Going Gray or Basic Gray, and either Whisper White or Very Vanilla.  I don't use the Soft Subtles or Gray colors as a card base very often, so I knew that this one would definitely be a challenge.  I mulled this over for a while and finally decided on Perfect Plum, Going Gray, and Whisper White.

I used the sketch design from Diva Coffee Break Designs (DCBD167) to help me get started and then started thinking (obsessing) about a focal point for the card.  Then it hit me:  Think Spring!  So as I'm looking through stamps, my eye traveled up to the Big Shot and I realized I had a Bigz die that I hadn't used yet.  What could be more Spring than a Daisy? 


The card base is Going Gray cardstock.  The lower card front is punched with the Pinking Hearts Border punch and then backed with a strip of Perfect Plum cardstock.  A floral bunch from the Tiny Tags stamp set is stamped with Perfect Plum above the punched border.

Two pieces of Whisper White cardstock were run through the Big Shot with the Daisies #2 die and all the flower petals were sponged with Perfect Plum.  The daisies were stacked on top of each other using SNAIL and a Perfect Plum flower punched with the Boho Blossoms punch was used for the center.  A 5/16" Whisper White brad was used for the center of the flower.  The tag that hangs from the flower center with Linen Thread is stamped with images from the Tiny Tags stamp set using Perfect Plum and Basic Gray inks and punched with the Medium Jewelry Tag punch and a Crop-a-Dile (for the 1/8" hole at the top of the tag).  Mini Glue Dots attach the daisy to the centerpiece mat stack of Whisper White, Going Gray and Perfect Plum.  The mat stack is attached to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals. 


The floral bunch (Tiny Tags) was used to stamp two Perfect Plum rows of images along the left side of the Whisper White envelope.

I really like the way this card turned out!  I'll have to admit, though, that it will probably be another day before I can get the rest of the Perfect Plum ink stains off the side of my left index finger (used to rest the diasy petals while sponging) after sponging the petals of 72 daisies.  The nail brush removed most of the ink, but there's still a bit of a stain that remains. 

The price we pay for our passions...

Edited to add:  I was selected as the Featured Artist for the Diva Coffee Break Designs Challenge #167.  Thanks to Kirsten and the staff from DCBD for the recognition!


Stamps:  Tiny Tags; Inks:  Basic Gray, Perfect Plum; Cardstock:  Going Gray, Perfect Plum, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Linen Thread, 5/16" Whisper White brad; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Medium Jewelry Tag punch, Pinking Hearts Border punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Pads, Daisies #2 Bigz die, Crop-a-dile (1/8" hole punch), Paper Piercer/Mat Pack; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


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Very pretty and yay for spring!!

Cindy E.

Gorgeous! (LOL about the inky finger, too!)

Jen Timko

Well, well worth the inky fingers! Beautiful card!

Diane Simpers

This is gorgeous card, Mickey! Love the rows of little flowers and the shading on the petals. Simplicity combined with elegance!


Thanks for playing along with the Diva sketch challenge, this is a great card. Infact this card has been chosen as our featured card for challenge #167. Congratulations!


Absolutely beautiful card. I love the colors used and the daisy.

Kristin Moore

Just stunning Mickey! Congrats on being the Diva's Featured Stamper this week!

Sage Kimble

What a beautiful card, Mickey, and well deserving of the Featured Stamper name! This daisy is so WOW, it just jumps out of the card, but in such soft, subtle colors. What a great combo.

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