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garden whimsy surprise November 9, 2007

Filed under: weekend sketch challenge — mjalbright @ 8:30 am

Here we go!  Another Friday, and that means it is time for Beate’s wsc#27

I went into this sketch with my mind made up that I would not do anything for the holidays.  I also wanted to make a card for my daughter.  She is my “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” judge and she’s always honest with me (when it comes to my cards)…LOL.  She hangs out with me when I’m creating, so it felt good to make a card with her as my inspiration. 

garden whimsy surprise

Bright, fun, whimsical, and beautiful — perfect for a girl.  This card took me 2 DAYS TO MAKE (scroll down for more pics).  

I wanted “bling” all over this card.  There are plenty of Stickles & iridescent Swarovski Crystals covering many elements. 

I also wanted some “see-through” features, so there are punched circles with acetate covered with Stickles to the wings. the pop-up elements on the inside, and the scalloped matting behind the main image piece. 

It’s just easier for me to show some pics with highlights for this card.

Outside main image upclose:

garden whimsy surprise upclose - wsc27Here, you can see the acetate within the punched circles covered with Stickles.  Love the crystals on this card.

Here is the inside of the card.  I LOVE POP-UP BOOKS and reading them to my children.   I wanted to incorporate this feature on this card:

garden whimsy surprise inside - wsc27You must be patient and determined when trying to do this.  I had to study one of my books to see how I could make these butterflies pop-out when opened.  It’s hard to see in the pic, but there are 4 butterflies that are flying right off the card.  I added scattered rhinestone brads with a trail of stickles from every butterfly.  And the sentiment, perfect for my girl!

Inside details upclose:

garden whimsy surprise inside upclose - wsc27

Very fun card that I won’t attempt again, and I hope my daughter keeps it forever (maybe she’ll just let me display it in my crafting area).    I can’t really give the directions how to make the inside….I just recommend studying/taking apart a pop-up book if this is something you are interested in.

I can’t wait to see what Charmaine, Jenn, Laurie, Lori, and Sharon create this week.  Head on over to these blogs to see their creations.

I work this weekend nightshift, so I will be distant.  What’s in store for next week?  Well, I got my first Thomas Kinkade stamp.  Throw a Stamping Bella in the mix.  Stampin’ Up! is a must!!!  And, can’t forget my new sets from My Favorite Things.  Busy!  Busy! 



STAMP SETS USED:  Garden Whimsy, ABC Alphabet Upper, ABC Alphabet Lower, and Whimsy Jumbo Wheel.

CARDSTOCK USED:  Whisper White, Taken with Teal, Rose Red, and Pumpkin Pie CS.

INKS USED:  same as cs plus Versamark.

ACCESSORIES USED:  Ice Circles & Fire Circles Rhinestone Brads; Crystal Stickles; Crystal Effects; Iridescent Swarovski Crystals; Color Spritzer Tool; Paper-Piercing Tool; 3/16″ Corner Rounder Punch; Ticket Corner Punch; District Ribbon Originals; Stampin’ Dimensionals; 1/16″, 1/8″, and 1/4″ Circle Punches; Coluzzle; Sticky Strip.


33 Responses to “garden whimsy surprise”

  1. Estivalia Says:

    WOW, i’m speechles!! :O This card is “teh” AWESOME, no wonder it took so much to make!

  2. jenn Says:

    HOLY. SMOKES. Whoa. This is gorgeous!

  3. Laura Says:

    Oh my Awesome! I love it!

  4. Charmaine Says:

    WOW, that’s all I can say! This is gorgeous and I’m sure your daughter LOVED it!

  5. Denise Says:

    Holy Macaroni! That’s beautiful and fun and wonderful!

  6. Cathy Whiteman Says:

    This card is mind-blowing. I would love to see it in person as you can tell it has lots of texture. WOW! It’s incedribly gorgeous!

  7. beate Says:

    Ouch! My jaw just dropped to the desk like a cartoon character!
    Your card is simply amazing. I was already drooling over all the details on the outside of the card. Then I scrolled down and BOINGGGG…my eyes popped out of my head.
    Girl….your pop up inside pages are unbelievable! Never would I try this…how many hours did you cut?

    You know what…your daughter must know how much you love her! Wonderful, beautiful, amazing card!
    Have a great weekend. Hugs and smiles

  8. Wow, Mary Jo — this is amazing! LOVE, love, love the pop-up inside and all the bling everywhere . . . a girl’s dream! Fabulous sentiment you created, too!

  9. JanTink Says:

    THUD! That is just drop-dead GOJUS!!!

  10. […] and see what the other girls come up with. Make sure to check out Beate, Charmaine, Jenn, Laurie, Mary Jo and Sharon! You’ll add some razzle dazzle to your weekend, for sure! Thanks for stopping by! […]

  11. Kris Says:

    Very pretty. I can see why it took TWO days.The detail is spectacular.I am so NOT that patient! Is your talent contagious?If so, please cough on me. 🙂

  12. My goodness that looks like a lot of work! You did a wonderful job!

  13. mbrein23 Says:

    what a wonderfu thing to wake up to!! this is the first card i’ve seen this morning … you amaze me! I love butterflies, love this set (don’t have it but love it) and love the results!!! my daughter is also my guage 🙂 she’s quite the little stamper at 6 years old! -Melinda

  14. Ann Says:

    Mary Jo this is the most fabulous card I have seen in quite some time!!! Just amazing!!

  15. Kendra Giles Says:

    just gorgeous mary jo! WOW, this is definitely a jaw dropper!

  16. Marie Says:

    Oh my gosh (she thinks as her jaw falls open!)!!! This is a gorgeous card and I love all of the little details that you put into it. I like how the brads are placed on the front, decreasing in size. I love the bright colors, the glitter, and those cute little rhinestone stickers that make up the butterflies bodies. THEN I saw the INSIDE!!! Just gorgeous!! TFS

  17. stacilynch Says:

    All I can say is Oh my word, that is amazing. You are so creative and imaginative. You blow my socks off.
    Have a good weekend!

  18. cathy Says:

    Wow this is AWESOME! A lot of love in this card.

  19. tanja fussell Says:

    OK, -I gasped. never done THAT before, but, -I gasped! 🙂 YOu have to send this for publication! or some award, or something!

  20. Jen Ofiana Says:

    totally amazing and detailed! I love everything about. I love that you take time with your cards! I find that the stuff I take more time on is the stuff I love! Sometimes I have to walk away and come back and finish later! Have a great weekend…. can’t see what you come up with next!

  21. Rose Ann Says:

    Oh my gosh…this is so stunning! Beautiful creation, Mary Jo!!

  22. Laurie Says:

    Mary Jo, this is GORGEOUS!!! Wow!!! What a wonderful gift for your daughter!

  23. Sarah aka sarahbeth on SCS Says:

    WOWZA!! This is truly beautiful! Great job, MJ!

  24. Angel Says:

    Simply amazing and something I would never have the patience for. But kudos on a gorgeous creation!!

  25. Angie Tieman Says:

    WOW, MJ!! This boggles my simple little pea-sized brain! You always amaze me! Stunning work!! I know how special your little girl must feel!

  26. Lynn Says:

    Your card is just breath taking! all of your hard work and all of the details are so worth it, your cards are beautiful!

  27. Kathyc on SCS Says:

    This is just amazing! WOWEEEEEE!

  28. BriteDay Says:

    Wow! What a special and unique item! I have seen some handcrafted cards but nothing like this.

  29. Just a delight! Fabulous! Deb

  30. Steph Says:

    This is awesome! You have to bring with you next time we’re together so we can see this in person. It’s beautiful…

  31. Barb Barton Says:

    OMW!!!! This is just absolutely amazing!!! I was drooling over the outside and then saw the inside!!! You always amaze me with your wonder, beautiful creations!!! I’m sure your daughter loved it!!!

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