Floral Feel Better – Freshly Made Sketches 319


Hello my stamping friends! I woke up today with the Santa Ana winds blowing again (yuck) but also to a perfectly clear bright blue sky and that was the inspiration for today’s card. The sun just fills me up with ‘happy’ and so I poured it out onto my card.


  • Card Base 4 1/2″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • White Panel 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Orange Layer 1″ x 5 1/2″
  • Blue Layer 1/2″ x 5 1/2″


  • I broke out a new-to-me stamp set and had fun playing not with alcohol markers, but with good old Stampin’ Up! foam ink pads! LOTS of them!!
  • The ‘Hello Lovely’ stamp set is made by Concord & 9th, a stamp company I had not really noticed until now (Thanks Michelle). I love that it is a large image, and really open to personalization. I think I could make a hundred cards with it, all different.
  • Besides the large image, there are lots of watercolor type images to fill in the flowers. The large blossom has three stamps for the interior color. So I stamped the largest image in Powder Pink, the next largest in Blushing Bride, and the smallest in Flirty Flamingo.


  • The smaller pink bud was stamped in Flirty Flamingo with Rose Red accents, The blue ones are Coastal Cabana with Bermuda Bay centers and the the daisies are stamped in Daffodil Delight with Crushed Curry centers.
  • The largest leaves are stamped in Lemon Lime Twist, the medium leaves are stamped in Pear Pizzazz, and the little leaves are Lucky Limeade.
  • Once I was done I decided everything needed more depth of color so I pulled out a bunch of pencil type stamps that I purchased from ‘Stamps by Judith’ (which are featured on the main photo) and went to town. I added lots of Powder Pink, Flirty Flamingo and Rose Red squiggles to the main flower. I adore the addition of Rose Red to the center of it.
  • The Hello Lovely stamp set comes with an ink splotch stamp so with some masking, I added Daffodil Delight ink spots all around the stamped image. That wasn’t enough so I added more in Sahara Sand.
  • Still wasn’t enough so I added a three dot pencil stamp all over in Crushed Curry and Fresh Fig. I still wanted ‘more’ so I used the squiggle stamp again in Fresh Fig. The touch of purple makes my bouquet complete 🙂


  • I found some patterned paper that went well with my colors in a 6 x 6 paper pad by My Mind’s Eye, appropriately called ‘Happier’
  • I fussed with the sentiment for a bit until I found this one by PTI. I tried in on vellum first, nope. Then tried it on white card stock, nope. The third time was just right, stamped in Versamark Ink on Basic Black card stock and heat embossed with Ranger white embossing powder. I placed it flat onto my card rather than popped up as I wanted the card to be very mailable.
  • I felt everything was a bit off balance with all the black to the upper right so I added black sequins to the opposite corner. It feels balanced now!
  • I couldn’t just stop, so I added shimmer to ALL of the flowers…so sparkly!

And that’s it! I left the inside blank to leave room for lots of writing space.

I want to thank the Freshly Made Sketches for my layout this week, a perfect blank canvas to decorate!

I’m also playing along with Concord & 9th‘s challenge to use your first (or closest to first) C9 set! How fun is that!

Thank you so much for visiting me! Making cards is a wonderful way to wind down and the process makes me happy so I’m always delighted to share with, and hear from, those who share this passion!

Blessings to you.


Card Stock: Stamper’s Select White by Papertrey Ink, Basic Black by Stampin’ Up!

Pattern Paper: Happy by My Mind’s Eye

Ink: Versamark Onyx Black;  Powder Pink, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Rose Red, Costal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Lemon Lime Twist, Pear Pizzazz, Lucky Limeade, Sahara Sand and Fresh Fig by Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:  Hello Lovely by Concord & 9th, Inside & Out: Healing Touch by Papertrey Ink

Dies:  Envelope Liner Die (retired) by Stampin’ Up!

Tools: Heat Embossing Tool and Embossing Buddy by Stampin’ Up!; White Embossing Powder by Ranger

Embellishments:  generic black sequins and Wink of Stella

Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope by Stampin’ Up!


  1. Michelle Gleeson says:

    This is stunning. I love this set and have not yet mastered using the watercolor fill in stamps. I am going to try your approach.

    So glad i lead you to C9 I love their products!

    Let’s keep enabling I mean inspiring each other.

  2. HJ says:

    Beautiful card, Shannon. I love the bright colors of the pretty bouquet. Any friend, who is not well, will enjoy receiving this work of art. Thanks for all your tips on how you made it. Enjoy your day!

  3. Jen Brum says:

    Such a beautiful card Shannon! You’ve inked up these flowers gorgeously! I love it! So cheerful and happy! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches! We miss you!!!!

  4. sandym says:

    Shannon this is absolutely gorgeous. This stamp set has been on my wish list forever. You are definitely pushing me over edge to get it, though I’d be hard pressed to duplicate this beautiful creation!

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