Buzzing By For Your Birthday

This card was made for two partnering challenges:

Double Trouble #21 - Flowers (Bzzzzz) which included an optional twist of adding a bee.

- and their partner -

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #302 which had a floral sketch 

This card has a lot going on in it. I used the AHSC sketch, included flowers and a bee for DTC's two-part challenge, and on top of that I used the Splitcoaststampers weekly technique challenge to incorporate "faux pressed flowers" technique using an embossing folder. For details on how to do this technique, please visit:

I stamped the Stampin' Up! (SU) "Petite Petals" and "Flower Shop" flowers onto SU Groovy Guava and Flirty Flamingo cardstock using their matching inks, then punched them out. The flower centers were made by stamping SU "Botanical Blooms" centers on SU So Saffron cardstock, then punching them out with their matching dies. I also sponged each flower center to reduce how bright the yellow centers were. They were glued to their respective blossoms.

Before gluing the flowers down, I stamped the leafy branch onto the white main card panel using two different shades of green with the stamp from the SU "Summer Silhouettes" set. 

After gluing down the flowers, I used the SU scalloped edgelits die on the right side of the main panel. Then put the panel into the embossing folder and ran it through my Big Shot.

The bee was created by stamping the bee from "Dragonfly Dreams" twice - once on yellow cardstock with Memento ink, then on a scrap piece of acetate from a package using Stazon ink.

The bees were fussy cut using paper snips. Note that I cut off the wings on the yellow bee, and cut off the bee on the acetate bee (I left a bridge between the two acetate wings). The acetate wings were attached to the back side of the bee with Tombow glue, then mounted on the main panel above the flowers with a piece of adhesive foam tape.

The birthday sentiment was die cut from a piece of black cardstock to which I had attached a piece of Scor-Tape that was big enough for the entire word to fit. I did this because after die cutting the word out, I could lay the die with the die-cut still inside onto the white panel where I wanted the sentiment to be, and use my paper piercer to carefully push the sticky-backed word out of the die directly onto the main panel. I chose black for the sentiment to balance the bumble bee at the upper left.

Before mounting the white panel onto the SU Flirty Flamingo card base, I cut a narrow strip of Groovy Guava to fit behind the scalloped edge of the panel, then die cut it with the same scalloped die. I attached this strip to the back of the panel so that just a narrow scallop edge show beyond the white panel.

Because this card required a LOT of steps (and about 2 hours), and a lot of stamps and dies, I am rating its difficulty level at a "4" out of a possible "5".

Stamps: SU Flower Shop, Petite Pairs, Summer Silhouettes, Botanical Blooms, Dragonfly Dreams
Paper: SU Flirty Flamingo, Groovy Guava, So Saffron, Whisper White, Basic Black, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi
Paper Size: A2
Ink: SU Groovy Guava, Flirty Flamingo, Memento Tuxedo Black, Stazon Jet Black
Accessories: SU Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Detailed Dragonfly Thinklits Dies, Adorning Accents Edgelits Dies, No-Brand Tiny Flowers Punch, Clear Acetate, Lifestyle Crafts Basketweave Embossing Folder, Sizzix Celebration Words Thinlits, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Scor-Tape, Craft Sponge, Adhesive Foam Strip
Techniques: Faux Pressed Flowers, Die Cutting, Fussy Cutting


  1. WOW! Such a beautiful card! A lot of work went into it but it was well worth all your time and effort! Thanks for joining us at AHSC!

  2. very pretty card, great flowers and that bee! way to incorporate all the challenges! thank you for sharing with us at Atlantic Hearts sketch challenge this week and good luck!


  3. Donna, your card is gorgeous. Love the embossing you used on your floral panel, striking and gives it great dimension to the flowers. And even more dimension with the raised bee and sentiment. Beautifully done. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble and great interpretation of the Atlantic Hearts sketch challenge too.

  4. Most definitely worth the time and fabulous details. The embossing takes it over the top stunning. I have used folders this way on paper quilt cards, but not on die cuts. So glad to know about this. Thank you so much for joining the challenge at AHSC

  5. Love the choice of colours and your description of the steps taken to complete this card - it's beautiful! Thanks for sharing with both Atlantic Hearts and the Double Trouble challenge :)

  6. Great texture Donna! And beautiful stamping!
    You were on my blog and asked if you translated the text correct...well allmost! The translation is: There is too much of everything except of love.
    Thanks for your so positive comment and your interest by translating!

  7. What a stunning embossed panel! I love the pretty shades of the flowers and the bee's delicate wings.
    Thank you for playing along with the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge! Blessings,
    DT Member

  8. Very pretty I love the embossed background! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC).

    Brandi R.
    DT member AHSC

  9. Beautifully created, Donna! Your card is fabulous and I love the rich texture. Thank you for explaining the steps and thank you for joining us at Double Trouble.


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