Triple duty for the challenges

Today’s post is addressing three things at once. First of all, I needed a birthday card for one of my staff members, Tammy one of the two women on my team.  That meant I could pull out my flower stamps instead of the more masculine.  Second, the Pals Paper Arts had a new sketch challenge PPA168 starting today, and The Paper Players have a color challenge #158 that ends today.  Figured I might as well address all three at the same time.  Here’s my card:


……and here are the challenges that inspired it

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About the Card
1.  When I set out to make it I knew I wanted to use the simply pressed clay flowers.  I thought they would be an excellent way to showcase the Strawberry Slush and Crisp Cantaloupe colors in the same element. Then I figured, why not use the clay to make some leaves in Pear Pizzazz and get all three colors in there.  So I pressed the clay into a wide flat piece and pressed the leaf from Secret Garden Framelits into the clay.  That gave me an outline that I could cut around with an tiny knife.  I then scored some lines into the leaves for the veins, also using my knife and let it dry, sponging the pear pizzazz afterwards.


2. I wanted some type of background stamp to fill in the large white space at the top of the sketch so I chose to stamp the large flower background image from Elements of Style in pear pizzazz because it had similar flowers.  I added a bit of Gorgeous Grunge in Crisp Cantaloupe and a Strawberry Slush hummingbird, also from Elements of Style.  I also put a small little stamp from Best of Flowers inside the card to tie it all together.

3. For the banner across,  I had tried some wider pieces of Crisp Canteloupe there, even stamping it with the background image but finally chose the wonderful ruffle stretch trim in Crisp Cantaloupe.

What I used
Stamps: Best of Flowers, Gorgeous Grundge, Elements of Style, Happy Birthday Wishes, Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, Pear Pizzazz,  Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White,  Accessories: Ruffle Stretch trim, Simply Pressed Clay, pearls

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About Lynn

Thanks for visiting my Site. My name is Lynn Kolcun and I'm a Stampin Up Demonstrator. I love being creative with paper and ink, learning new techniques and sharing my craft with you.


  1. This is really pretty, Lynn. I love that you are having fun with these challenges – and I really love that you’ve used the pressed clay. It was all the rage when it was announced and released, but I haven’t seen much with it. This is a great project!

  2. Wow, this is amazing! I’ve not seen too many of the pressed flowers, so it is nice to see them being used this way! Love your hummer and the background as well! Thanks so much for using the Paper Players colors in your creation this week!

  3. Lynn, your team mate will have loved this gorgeous card. I love the vintage elements mixed with the modern layout. Those flowers are beautiful clustered together like that.
    So glad you joined the Paper Players this week

  4. Just beautiful! I love how you incorporated the clay flowers into the sketch, very sweet! Thanks for having fun with the PPA this week.

  5. What a fabulous card! I’m loving how you combined these challenges! Thanks for joining us at Pals Paper Arts! 🙂

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