Michelle Last

Hopeful thoughts for Global Design Project #005

Todays’ challenge is a colour challenge.  And I have little of no time this weeks so it felt like a challenge to make a card but I managed it and in far less time that I thought.  I got an idea and just kind of run with it.

Pop over to the Global Design Project #005 to see what the other wonderful ladies and gents have made using this sketch but also to join in yourself!

There was a moment in there where I thought I was destined for the bin but I persevered and at the end I decided it would make the grade!  I used the lovely flowers/branch from Hopeful Thoughts.

Hopeful thoughts GDP 005

I stamped the flower/branch stamp in versamark on basic black card stock and used Pool Party Embossing Powder as I thought it was a good enough match for the Soft Sky and to be honest if I had not told you, you would never know 🙂

I also heat embossed the sentiment in white and punched the corners using the Curvy Corner Trio Punch.  I then inked the whole piece of black card with white ink and a sponge to create the chalkboard look.  I added flowers punched in the Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight cardstock and inked the edges in the same colour.  I then punch out some leaves from the bird builder punch and cut them so they were individual leaves and stuck them to the flowers with the gabby fine tip glue pen.  A few rhinestones and then a single flower under the sentiment finished it off.

Global Design Project 005

You may be wondering where the little flower is from and if its the retired flower punch (which I so miss).  But you would be wrong as I found a delightful little discovery today!

Stampin Up Tree Builder Punch

Can you see the small little flower??  Whoo hoo we have a little flower punch again!!

So these are the items I used to make this cute little card……

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  1. This is lovely! Xx Baz

  2. Love the card Michelle and I too have that little punch and have used it a countless number of times. It is such a useful little punch. I love the colours you have used but your cards are always lovely.
    Best, Jessie x

  3. Absolutely stunning Michelle! Seriously I love this. You are amazing.

  4. Sherry Butcher says:

    I love this card. It is very beautiful, and your color combination is just awesome! Great job Michelle!

  5. Arlene Ross says:

    Stunning!!! Glad you hung in there, it was well worth it!!!!!

  6. I love the black board technique and think this is probably the best card I have seen using it! It is fresh and elegant, and I love how the little pops off colour just jump against all that black! And the little flower!! Brilliant! I had not noticed it on that punch before, so thanks for pointing it out xox

  7. totally amazing! The BEST blackboard card I have seen. Just gorgeous!

  8. Grandios! I love it!!!!
    Greetings from Germany, Karo

  9. So true Michelle! I think i might have used Pool party for the card base on my card – opps seems I can’t tell the difference!

  10. Oh, Michelle… what a special card! OMG… love eeeach detail on it. SO beautiful.
    Hugs Tanja

  11. A strikingly beautiful card! Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. WOW Stunning card

  13. So love your card, the technique you used is just awesome.

  14. My favorite one !!!!!!!!!! stunning !!!!

  15. Marlene Goulder says:

    This is just so cute! I love that you have used that stamp set in a happy way, I love that branch.