Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches: Cheerful Birthday Flowers

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!


I used this sketch to make a card for a wonderful woman who has had an unimaginably difficult year. Her husband of 50 years lost a 12 year battle with cancer, and now she is in the process of cleaning up and selling the family home.  Yet I have never met anyone more cheerful and more willing to volunteer and help out whenever asked.  It was her birthday yesterday.  I didn't want to a make a birthday card full of balloons and other celebratory images - I'm guessing it won't feel like that to her. So I went for a soft floral card in spring colors.

Birthday Flowers

I love the paper but I think it's older so I hoard it.  I can't find the full pad anywhere, but I've linked some individual sheets that have the same pattern.  I was thrilled when I realized that these Paper Smooches dies had the same general shape as the flowers in the paper.

Birthday Flowers Close

The center of the big flower is from a Reverse Confetti set Petals 'n Posies.  The center of the small lavender flowers are little dots from the Irresistible Pico Embellisher in Wedding Dress White.  I have fallen in love with this stuff.  They are advertised to do all sorts of multi-media things - but I like them just for making little dots in place of enamel dots.  I always run out of the smaller size of enamel dots plus the dots don't even come this small.  

I hope to see you playing along!

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20 comments:

Happy Dance said...

Your friend will love this sweet card. How kind of you to make this extra-special card! Those colors are fantastic, and I can see why you're hoarding that paper. "Hi. My name is Bev, and I'm a paperaholic." Gorgeous card. Bev

Lisa said...

So pretty and very thoughtful Kim! I'm sure your friend will appreciate the love that went into this!

Jen Brum said...

Very beautiful card Kim! Your friend is going to love it! It is cheery and subtle all at the same time! I love the die cut flower and the fun Happy Birthday's!

Deepti said...

This is so pretty! I love the floral theme :)

Bobby said...

You may have been channeling me, Kim, since I did a similar card not long ago. I used the stripe paper in the pad and made my flower with the Beautiful Brushstrokes dies. It's lovely and your friend is going to love it.

Linda Callahan said...

Your floral design is divine! And yep that die matches perfectly! Pretty patty card!

Kristie W. said...

Very pretty card. I am sure your friend will appreciate it. The colors are so soft and springy, I'm anxiously awaiting warmer weather! You've got me curious on the Pico embellisher, will have to look into it more!

Jen Timko said...

This is really special! That die cut flower is just gorgeous and the colors are such a treat. Love the little flower details.

Jen Mitchell said...

What a thoughtful choice to go with pretty flowers for your card. Losing a loved one is so difficult and I think you're right that traditional celebratory images wouldn't feel right at this time. I'm sure your friend will appreciate your thoughtfulness and will treasure this.

Karren said...

This is a beautiful and serene card that is also cheerful - a perfect balance considering the situation. Love these colors together!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

fabulous matching with the flower cut-outs and the PP Kim! Such pretty paper too1 I also love that diagonal sentiment strip! Thanks for the inspiration over at FMS. Hazel xx

Tammy Hershberger said...

Beautiful design, Kim... LOVE how you used the sentiment, and the colors are fantastic! I'm sure she'll love it!

Amy O said...

What a thoughtful and beautiful card, Kim! I love how your dies match the dsp so closely, and all of those colors are so cheerful and pretty.

Kim Heggins said...

Adorable card...just so sweet. I love your beautiful floral background, so beautiful.

Cindy Lovell said...

I am very sorry for your friend!! :(
She will love this card! Beautiufl colors and i love the pattern!!

Greta said...

You came up with the perfect birthday card for your friend--bet she treasures this! Now I've seen that "pico" twice in blogland & I "need" it!

Karen Murray said...

Hi Kim, this is such a beautiful card. I'm so sorry for your dear friend but isn't she blessed to have you! I love all your cards, they are really inspiring. Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog, hugs Kx

Mona Pendleton said...

So very pretty Kim! Love the layered blossom!

Narelle Farrugia said...

This is just beautiful Kim! I love the fabulous flowers and your matching flowery DSP!

Rita Wright said...

Perfect coordination between those flowers and the paper. Such a lovely card and it is perfect for your friend. <3