You're Inspiring Stampin' Blends Easter Daffodils PP382

by Joanne James25. February 2018 09:00

It's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of the super-talented Sandy to host this week and she has my favourite, a sketch challenge, for you to work with:


Now I have a slight confession: I have been working hard to put the finishing touches to my weekend craft retreat that is being held next weekend, so I have been working a little more in advance than usual and sketching out my cards without always having my laptop to hand. I instantly knew what I wanted to do with Sandy's sketch and set to work colouring my central panel; it was only after I glued everything together I realised I hadn't re-checked the sketch and so my background layers are regular rectangles, rather than the longer, narrower central panel. I did not have time to remake my card so I'm sharing with you as is. I know that the lovely Sandy will forgive me though - besides, i'm hoping she will be so impressed with my colouring in she might not even notice ;-) 

Anyway - my card contains one of my most favourite spring blooms so is also perfect for the challenge over at Stamp Ink Paper this week. As someone who hails from the rolling hills of Wales I could not pass up this set from the seasonal catalogue, it really was love at first sight! Here's my card - take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

Daffodil Delights - I have longed for a daffodil stamp for ages so am delighted to have 'You're Inspired' to add to my stamp collection. With sentiments for Easter, Mother's Day, Birthday and a couple more besides, along with two beautiful line-drawn daffodil images, this is a great set for Spring and beyond. There are so many ways this image can be coloured and I will be sharing lots of cards that demonstrate the versatility of this set in coming weeks. For today's card I went for straight forward colouring with my Stampin' Blends Daffodil Delight and Old Olive markers on Whsiper White cardstock. 

Coffee Break Stripes - I paired my daffodil image with a background of white and old olive stripes from the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper pack. It has enough pattern to add interest but not so much to detract form the main image of those beautiful blooms. I added a Crushed Curry horizontal banner and finished it with some Old Olive ribbon to tie the elements of my design together.

Down Dales And Up Hills - ... rows and rows of daffodils! This is the first line of a poem I learned in primary school to recite on St David's Day some 40 years ago and I can still remember it all these years on. I was reminded of it when I saw the stamp featuring a row of daffodils; I decided to repeat this image and create a border of daffodils for the inside of my card, take a look:

I know I am going to get so much use out of this stamp set and it will definitely be a keeper for me. I can't wait to make lots more with it!

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my Product and 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

The Paper Players Design Team
Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN!

I can't wait to see what you create with this week's sketch and look forward to visiting your blogs this week! Enjoy the rest of your weekend as it will be over all too quickly. I'll be back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (10) -

LaurieUnited States
2/25/2018 1:51:46 PM #

Oh I just love daffodils! Your card is so pretty and really makes me wish for spring. But not long now I guess! I really like how you finished off the envelope and inside, really finishes off your card perfectly. have a great day!


Nance Leedy
Nance LeedyUnited States
2/25/2018 2:37:55 PM #

Having visited the rolling hills of Wales in summer, I can only imagine how beautiful they must look covered in daffodils as gorgeous as yours!  What a lovely card.  Green and yellow is just perfect for spring--bright and full of promise.  Good luck with your crafting retreat, I'm certain it will be a smashing success!  


Karen Finkle
Karen FinkleUnited States
2/25/2018 4:18:25 PM #

This is such an inspiring card! Love, love, love it!!


JoAnn Burnham
JoAnn BurnhamUnited States
2/25/2018 7:29:51 PM #

Beautiful card and your coloring is perfect, along with the paper you chose.  Love it.


Amy Koenders
Amy KoendersUnited States
2/25/2018 9:10:51 PM #

So pretty!  I love those spring colors and your design is perfect!   Thanks for joining us at Stamp Ink Paper, hope to see you again soon!


Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
2/26/2018 9:22:18 AM #

This is so gorgeous! So fresh and so very much like spring. The Coffee Break paper is perfect. Your colouring is great and if you'd not pointed out the difference in the sketch, I'd have nodded my head to myself as I can see the sketch in your interpretation of it. It's another beauty!


sandymUnited States
2/27/2018 11:50:25 PM #

Joanne this is such a gorgeous card, inside, outside and even your envelope! The yellow daffodils are a fresh breath of spring, and I can't wait until they are blooming for real!


Annie A.
Annie A.United States
2/28/2018 1:08:13 AM #

Your coloring is so gorgeous, I would never have noticed the 'squareness' if you hadn't said something!  Beautiful card, inside and out!  I adore daffodils and have a few peeking out of the ground now.  I'm just hoping our freak little snow storm didn't scare them away!  Hope your retreat went well and you're having a wonderful week ~ Hugs, Annie  


Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
3/1/2018 10:55:47 PM #

Joanne, this is STUNNING!!!!!!!!  I love daffodils and your coloring is amazing!  The card, the inside and envelope all make me smile!  I know Spring is here when the daffodils bloom.  You certainly made this sketch shine!  I hope you are having a super week, My Friend!  XX


jaydeeUnited States
3/2/2018 7:11:16 PM #

I so feel spring in England in this card. - or WalesSmile   The striped background is fabulous and I love the touch of ribbon.  Fabulous use of the sketch and a wonderful card


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