Windmill Flowering Tulip Fields Mother's Day Card With Belly Band PP580

by Joanne James27. February 2022 09:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of the fabulous Anne Marie to host this week and she has my favourite, a sketch challenge, for you to work with:

    

I do love a good sketch and this week I really went to town! I have been making lots of cards with the 'Tulip Fields' bundle as it was the feature bundle for my online class last week and I decided that the layout of Anne Marie's sketch was perfect for a diecut windmill for the central focal point and the beginnings of what turned out to be a rather special card - take a look:

 

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

Many Layers - This is a card of many layers - which means I'm also playing along with the ladies at Just Add Ink this week where I chose 'layers' and patterned paper as my two things. More on patterned paper in a moment, but firstly those layers! I can count 13 on the front of my card alone (not including the band of ribbon!) - and there are even more inside! I used a (retired) stitched oval diecut as a base for my windmill cut using the Windmill dies and added a sentiment combining stamped words taken from 'Art Gallery' and a layered 'amazing' cut using the Amazing Thanks Dies. I attached these to a horizontal band as the focal point for the front of my card.You can see the layered loveliness in more detail below:

A Belly Band Surprise - The layered windmill is in fact attached to a belly band decorated with a strip of DSP, which when removed reveals the beautiful red, pink and white tulips of the Flowering Fields DSP in all it's glory, along with a sentiment made from a combination of some partial stamping from a stamp in the 'Flowering Tulips' stamp set and the word 'Mother's' cut using the Word Wishes Dies:

 

With Mother's Day here in the UK only a few weeks away, this was a great opportunity to get ahead and make my Mother's Day card. I love that the layered circle greeting sits below the windmill oval of the belly band and is only revealed when the belly band is removed. 

Mother's Day Details - The surprises don't end there though. My card has an additional flap, so when it's opened you see this panel, also decorated with another piece of Flowering Fields DSP and a trio of tulips cut with the Tulips Dies:

 

 These Tulips Dies are amazing - they create the most amazing dimensional tulips! I cut mine from another pattern in the Flowering Fields DSP pack; it is actually a Petal Pink sky with white and red clouds, but I like the mottled effect that it gives the tulips and they compliment the pattern on the front of the card:

 

The sentiment, along with the one on the inside of the card is from the retired stamp set 'Strong and Beautiful'. This set is a keeper - the words in this set are so perfect for special female cards. when you open the next flap, the inside panel is revealed. I bordered the edge of the bottom panel with a trio of tulip border dies (I might add another diecut windmill behind these tulips - now that I am looking at it again this panel is a little light on decoration compared to the others):

 

 And here's a close-up of the innermost panel, decorated with some layered tulips stamped with the 'flowering Tulips' stamp set:

 

As you can imagine, all those layers make for a bulkier than usual card, so I will be making a custom box-envelope to enclose it in. That's a job for another day though! This kind of card does take a long time to make, but it is worth it - I love the end result and know my Mum will appreciate it too.

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:

  
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!

Enjoy your day; we are hoping for another restful Sunday, mainly centred around cooking and eating - we are cooking a Turkish recipe for dinner today for the first time, so that should be fun! I'm also hoping to squeeze in another movie this afternoon - last week's 'Encanto' proved a big hit so this week we might go for 'Sing 2' - hope it's as good as the first one!

I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Comments (12) -

Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
2/28/2022 5:24:35 AM #

Wow! Absolutely stunning, Joanne! EVERY layer is amazing. Your mother will treasure this beauty! It sounds like you had a fun and restful Sunday planned. Have a wonderful week!

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Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/28/2022 11:19:03 AM #

Thanks Ann - my Mum does love a nice card so she is worth the extra effort! We didn't manage a movie yesterday but we did have a relaxing day and the dinner was yum!

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Deborah Wheeler
Deborah WheelerUnited Kingdom
2/28/2022 10:40:05 AM #

Wow Joanne - that's a serious project!  Absolutely fantastic card - I love it xx

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LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
2/28/2022 8:09:37 PM #

Wowza!  Your mom will definitely cherish this card....beautiful from start to finish!  Just stunning!

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Jennie Maier
Jennie MaierUnited States
2/28/2022 9:03:25 PM #

Wow, love that belly band! It's so cute with the windmill and the tulips! You rocked the sketch this week! Have a great week!

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Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
3/1/2022 9:44:41 AM #

What a beauty! So intricate, so layered - amazing!

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Chantell Randall
Chantell RandallAustralia
3/2/2022 12:20:38 PM #

What a fabulous project Joanne, I really love the colours and theme.   All the hidden elements and delightful surprises.  Chantell x x

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Laurie Schmidt
Laurie SchmidtUnited States
3/2/2022 9:07:32 PM #

Wow what a special card! I love the papers and that die is awesome too!

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Christy Stanford
Christy StanfordUnited States
3/3/2022 7:19:06 AM #

This card is simply amazing, Joanne!  I love how it has a secret message hidden under the windmill.  Now I'm kinda wishing that I had bought that bundle--that windmill looks fantastic!

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Denita Wright-Smee
Denita Wright-Smee Australia
3/3/2022 9:22:53 AM #

Incredible Joanne. Lots of everything amazing & lovely for our JAI Just Choose Two Challenge. D x

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Cindy Beach
Cindy BeachUnited States
3/4/2022 4:01:39 PM #

Joanne, this card is am amazing work of art! You masterfully combined patterns and layers beautifully without it looking cluttered. I LOVE the gorgeous DSP and the windmill focal point. You outdid yourself on this one!

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Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
3/4/2022 8:09:00 PM #

Joanne, your card is full of one fabulous surprise after another! Wowza! I love the fresh color palette and how you incorporated the belly band into the layout. Genius! This is such beautiful inspiration for this bundle. Thanks for rocking my sketch this week! Smile

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