Humming Along for Mother’s Day

As Spring really sets in, I’ve been reaching for vibrant colors and flowers. This week’s Freshly Made Sketches gave me a simple layout for a card with the hibiscus flower from the Humming Along Bundle. Here’s my card for this week’s challenge:

Humming Along, Just Because, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Mother's Day card

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

FMS382I love the simplicity of this sketch by Jen Timko – I moved the sentiment banner to the left side of my panel so as to not block the flower. The inspiration is still there.

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  • Humming Along Bundle. I love the large hibiscus in the Humming Along Bundle from Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Occasions Catalog. When I first got my hands on this set during Stampin’ Up!’s last OnStage event, I immediately made a card with it. I wanted the flower to be soft and elegant, so I added no color (click on the image below to read more about this project):Humming Along, Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, get well cardFunny enough, the only other time I’ve showcased this flower was without color, too (click on the image below to read more about this project):Humming Along Bundle, Butterfly Gala, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingI don’t think anyone could argue that I really added bright color to the third showcase of this beautiful flower, right? Here’s a look at the Humming Along Bundle:Humming Along Bundle, Stampin' Up! 150621And here’ s a look a the hibiscus flowers my Mom planted on my back porch last Spring (wonder where I got the color inspiration for the flower on my project?):hibiscus
  • Just Because.  The Just Because Host Set includes three plant images and five great sentiments. While the “Happy Mother’s Day” sentiment is paired with the tall pot of flowers, I isolated the sentiment on this card. Here’s a look at the Just Because Host stamp set:Just Because Host Set, Stampin' Up! 148786Over the years, Stampin’ Up! has changed the terminology associated with the benefits from large purchases and in-home workshops. Here are the terms we currently use:
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  • A Spring Combination. I colored my flower with Poppy Parade and Call Me Clover Stampin’ Blends – what a wonderful way to add brilliant color to an image! Even with these Spring-like images, the red-and-green combination felt a bit Christmas-y, so I added a backdrop of pale blue to offset that feeling. Here’s a closer look at this flower that I colored with Stampin’ Blends:Humming Along, Just Because, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Mother's Day cardIf you like this combination of Poppy Parade, Pool Party and Call Me Clover, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Poppy Parade, Pool Party, Call Me Clover

Bundles: Humming Along  Stamp Sets: Humming Along, Just Because (Host Set)  Papers: Poppy Parade, Pool Party, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin’ Blends (Poppy Parade, Call Me Clover)  Accessories: Hummingbird Framelits Dies, Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies, Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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  1. WOW!! Brian, what a stunning card, the color combination is beautiful and one I would never have thought of, but then again, I don’t have your eye for color.
    The textured panel really shows beautifully behind your lovely main image, I absolutely love it!!!
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks so much, Maria! I added the textured panel just before assembling the card. Was glad I waited to glue everything down – it needed that extra touch. ♥

  2. Hummingly divine projects. Love how the bloom was inspired by your Poppy Parade hibiscus!

  3. Some many elements to love in this beautiful card! The colorful flower, the great sentiment and one of my favorite embossing folders, Subtles. Altogether, a great card.

    • Thanks so much, Dianne! It looks simple, but there are LOTS of elements that come together to get exactly what I wanted. Glad you like it! ♥

  4. Hibiscus is my favorite flower. I have a bush on my back porch every Spring and Summer! AND believe it or not, I have yet to use this set! That will change this week….your flower is stunning! WOW!

    • You will love this set, Judy! Our back porch has both hummingbirds and hibiscus, to this set was the first thing I played with from this new catalog. Thanks!

  5. Your hibiscus is beautiful. Love your take on the sketch, the color combo, especially the Pool Party layer behind the beautiful flower. Great coloring. Your mother will love this card. Have a great day!

  6. LOVE your Poppy Parade hibiscus……you are the “King” of mastering the Blends my friend. TFS!!!

  7. One has to smile when looking at this card. Bright, bold and beautiful! A perfect card to celebrate any Mom. Love it Brian.

  8. Gorgeous color combo. So bright and cheery. What a wonderful mom you have Brian!!!

  9. Awwwww, BEAUITFUL my , is that card for mom, ?if so she going to love it ,with all her heart,
    Hugs Frenchie ♥️♥️

  10. Of course my eye went right to your beautiful coloring but I also loved the texture of the is perfect!

  11. As always a striking showcase of this set! That red flower is wonderful. Thanks for joining us at FMS!

  12. Boom…..the red is fabulous!

  13. You had me at RED, ?. Simply Beautiful!

  14. Brian, you have such an eye for combining beautiful colours and papers, brilliant card!

  15. That gorgeous red flower packs quite a punch. Love the addition of the blue into the color scheme. Such a pretty and striking card, Brian. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

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