I love spending time with my family — the whole big, crazy bunch of us.  Any time the opportunity presents itself, I will try my hardest to be there — it’s a priority.  Last night I was with my mom, sister, daughter and most of my nieces.  As my one niece said, we were having nerdy family fun.  We like to play games late into the night.  We warmed up with a few rounds of Smart A** and then moved on to Bananagrams — one of our all time favorites.  Everybody plays to begin with and then over the next few hours, players come in and out of the game.  A fun time was had by all!!

Today, I have a card that I sent for a friend’s birthday.

I’m trying to get better at that.  Here’s what I’m doing.  When I see a birthday notice for a friend pop up on Facebook, I make a card and put it in the mail rather than pressing the “like” button or leaving a comment.  It may be a day or two late but, it’s real, personal mail.

My color combo for this card:

Basic Black Whisper White Real Red Emerald Envy

I used Bunch of Blossom for my card.  I was trying to mimic one of my favorite flowers — an oriental poppy.

Bunch of Blossoms poppy birthday card from theartfulinker.com

This card starts with a Basic Black base measuring 5-1/2″ x 11″ that has been scored down the center.

Then, I added a 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer of Real Red.

The Whisper White focal layer measures 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″  to make a layer that has a narrow border layer.

Bunch of Blossoms poppy birthday card - detail - from theartfulinker.com

Next, I stamped three of the large petal base in Real Red on Whisper White and then added the layer with lines.  These were punched with the Blossom Builder.  I placed one petal on my Stampin’ Pierce Mat and rubbed the back with the non-pointed end of my Paper Piercing Tool to create dimension.  I placed one Dimensional in the concave area.  It will both keep it raised and adhere it to the card.

I stamped five more of the large petal base in Real Red on Whisper White and added what looks like about half a petal layer, also in Real Red.  (you can see these two petal pieces right next to each other in the picture on page 69 of the catalog)  The petals were punched with the Blossom Builder and this time three of the petals where given dimension on the Stampin’ Pierce Mat.  Again, a Dimensional was added to the concave area on each of these petals.

After deciding where I wanted to place the two flowers, it was time to stamp the stems.  I used the broader more watercolor looking stem and stamped it in Emerald Envy with the curve first going one direction and then facing the opposite direction.

Leaves were two step stamped using the larger full base leaf and the vein overlay.  My leaves are Emerald Envy on Whisper White.  The three leaves were cut out by hand.

The top flower was assembled by adhering two petals directly to the Whisper White layer and adding the dimensional layer over them so that it looks like a flower that has not quite opened.  For the bottom flower, two petals were adhered directly to the Whisper White layer and the dimensional petals were arranged over top to look like a fully open flower.  The black center was also punched with the Blossom Builder.  Leaves were adhered directly to the Whisper White layer and trimmed where necessary.

After masking “let’s” the sentiment from Bunch of Blossoms was stamped directly on the Whisper White layer in Basic Black before adhering the focal layer to the Real Red layer.

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