Gift From The Garden

by Joanne James28. February 2016 09:00

It's Sunday and time for a new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of my sweet friend Claire to host our challenge this week and she has a great sketch for you to play along with:



For my card this week I was inspired to use the 'Gift From The Garden' stamp set and the colours and watering can and polka dots over at Color Throwdown provided just the additional inspiration I needed:


Claire's sketch has lots of layers so this gave plenty of opportunity to incorporate lots of elements. I used kraft cardstock for my base and stamped the flowerpot trio in Versamark all over the front to create a subtle tone on tone background design that was in keeping with the theme of my card. I then added a piece of Mint Macaron Birthday Bouquet designer series paper and strip of white seam binding ribbon and layered a piece of polka dot Pink Pirouette designer series paper from the Subtles stack before adding my stamped circles. I punched two circles of Whisper White and stamped a pair of Mint Macaron wellies on one and a Pink pirouette watering can on the other. I also stamped the watering can a second time on a piece of scrap so that I could fussy cut it out and overlap the spout when I layered the circles together. I stamped my sentiment in Soft Suede and then stamped the heart flower in a pot onto a piece of Whisper White, fussy cut it out then added a flowerpot cut from kraft coloured corrugated paper and a pink punched heart with added pearl. Lastly, I added a twine bow to my ribbon to finish my card.

I'm not sure that I would have chosen these pastel colours for a card using this set had I not seen the Color Throwdown photo, yet I think they make for a pretty card. The thing I love most about this card though is my custom patterned paper for my cardbase; it is subtle enough to not overpower and you don't even see that much of it, yet ties in so well with the theme of my card.I love the earthy tone of the kraft cardstock too - I really must use this more often I think! This card is headed to a wonderful green-fingered friend of mine; I'm not sure she owns a pink watering can or green wellies but I just know she will love this card.

Here's today's visual summary for easy reference:

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
Laurie Schmidt
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis 
Linda Callahan
Hannelie Bester
Colleen Begley
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 look forward to seeing what you create with our sketch this week. We are off to basketball today and Rebecca is playing in a hockey tournament too, so another day of sport in store.

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 (16) -

Linda Callahan
Linda CallahanUnited States
2/28/2016 12:18:23 PM #

Love these soft colors together!  The subtle background stamping is wonderful!  Such a pretty spring card!

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/29/2016 9:51:55 PM #

Thanks Linda!

Wanda Cullen
Wanda CullenUnited States
2/29/2016 12:13:54 AM #

This is a fabulous gardening card and a great way to highlight the throwdown colors!  So glad you were able to join us this week!

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/29/2016 9:52:34 PM #

Totally inspired by your photo this week Wanda - great colours too!

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
2/29/2016 12:43:30 AM #

Joanne, I just love the fabulous background paper you created!!!!  I think this color combo is perfect for your card!  You know I adore those polka dot rain boots and the pink paper!  Your summary sheet is awesome!  WOW!  You always amaze me!  Thanks for making my sketch shine this week, My Friend!  XX

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/29/2016 9:59:16 PM #

Thanks Claire - I love a good sketch and yours this week is fab! Glad you like my new summary sheet too Smile.

Sandy mathis
Sandy mathisUnited States
2/29/2016 1:22:57 AM #

Joanne this card is so precious! There are so many little details to love. The background is fabulous and the corrugated paper so perfect for the pot.  I love the soft colors, too!

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/29/2016 10:00:29 PM #

Thanks Sandy - these aren't colours I'd normally choose for this type of card, but I really love the softness they bring.

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
2/29/2016 6:52:34 PM #

Oh my, so very cute and springy....I am so tempted to get this set, especially after seeing this!  I must tell you, I like the "summary sheet" idea too....very helpful!  Great job on the sketch!

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/29/2016 10:05:08 PM #

I bought this set as I know a lot of greenfingered peeps and I wanted to make some bits and pieces for my horteculturalist friend - this is the first time it's been out of its box, yet I love it so need to use it more! Glad you like the summary sheet - this one was a little busy in hindsight, but I've been making them all week; I thought it would serve as a nice summary of key bits and pieces to remake/case the card, so thanks for the positive feedback!

LaurieUnited States
2/29/2016 9:29:01 PM #

Wow....what a PERFECT card for spring! I can't wait to plant some flowers. I love the sentiment,too!!

Have a great week!

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/29/2016 10:05:49 PM #

It's been freezing here of late Laurie, so I'm willing Spring and warmer weather to arrive!

Hannelie Bester
Hannelie BesterU.A.E.
3/1/2016 2:37:39 PM #

Joanne, how beautifully soft and perfectly Spring like!

Nance Leedy
Nance LeedyUnited States
3/3/2016 1:38:54 AM #

OMG, Joanne!  I never gave this stamp set a second look until seeing your card.  What a fabulous way to feature all the elements of the set with this sketch and I love the pastel colors.  My favorite part is the background stamping you've done--such a subtle way to add pattern.  Fabulous card, my friend!

Colleen Begley
Colleen BegleyUnited States
3/3/2016 3:59:55 AM #

Love the stamped background with the potted plants on the Kraft. Very cool! You can never go wrong with pinks and green and these two patterned papers look great together. Love your card.

LorraineUnited States
3/4/2016 2:27:47 AM #

Your background is inspirational.  I love the color pallet you have here.  So soft and springy.

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