I admit it – I have a problem when it comes to floral image stamps, and I know I’m not the only one. At a recent Stampin’ Up! event, representatives from the company shared that floral images are the biggest category of stamps that they sell. The second most popular are butterfly stamps. This explains why we see new floral and butterfly stamps coming out so frequently; it just makes sense for the company to keep making more of what is selling. It took me a while to figure out that I have a weakness for these stamps. But it finally dawned on me when I was talking with a stamping friend. I commented that I was drawn to floral stamps and I wanted to try to restrain my flower stamping inclination and focus more on some other stamps. I didn’t buy this bundle at first for that very reason – I had purchased the Artistically Inked bundle and I planned to have that be my flower stamp “allowance” from the big catalog. But I totally caved. There’s no coloring with the Artistically Inked stamps, so this bundle scratches a different itch. I also appreciate that the price is a little lower for the bundle because the coordinating tool is a punch which is a little cheaper. At the most recent Stampin’ Up! event a demonstrator featured the Flowers of Friendship bundle and showed a sample board that she created showing the various ways that you can color these flowers. I can’t wait to create a card featuring a different coloring technique and when I do, you’ll see it here.

I created this card for the current challenge on the Freshly Made Sketches challenge blog. I’ve created cards in the past with a variation on this theme and I love the layout. I use thin strips of DSP on the sides of the card base to create the illusion of lots of DSP while being thrifty with the paper. At first when I looked at this layout I thought of using the DSP on the center panel (because of the darker color), but one of the design team samples inspired me to reverse the placement of the paper. This allowed me to create a card with more white space so that the flowers stand out more. I really like how this card turned out!

I want to take a moment to point out the pretty patterned paper that I used on the sides of the card. This paper is called “Sweet Symmetry” and it is one of the papers that is on sale this month for 15% off. If you want to see all of the papers that are on sale, you can look here. I immediately fell in love with the colors and patterns in this pack of paper, and I’ve enjoyed incorporating it in projects. One of the projects is a card that I shared previously that I created for a demonstrator swap. When you shop to get the discounts on the paper (and your order is < $150), please use Host Code XPV9PK4W when you check out.

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