So thoughtful

Remember that time you needed some 'quick' THANK YOU cards and you decided to CASE a card...and it ended up being anything but 'quick'? Hmmm...never happened to you? Boy, did it happen to me. I adore the final cards but they were not even remotely quick! HA! I made 4 of these bad boys!

The focal image is scribble roses and layered leaves from MFT; each was cut 3 times from neenah white 80 lb. card stock and adhered together with spray adhesive. These were layered onto a piece of Tim Holtz water color paper cut with Blueprints 15 and  sponged with Picked Raspberry and Mustard Seed. Once I finished the sponging, I dripped on some MFT shimmer mist - LOVE the sparkle it adds. I used my misti to stamp the sentiment from Concord and 9th twice in Hero Arts black, so it was very dark. The entire focal panel was layered on neenah 110 lb. white top folding card with foam adhesive,  I added a little strip of black and white washi. The inside was decorated with more washi and the sentiment "thanks so very much".

glossy accents rather than sequins

I finished the outside off with sequins from Verve Visual and one was fnished with glossy accents for something a bit different. Again; love how these turned out, but goodness sakes, I could have saved a ton of time; here's a few ideas for saving time:
  • Only use 1 layer of die cuts (rather than 3 of each as I did)
  • Sponge a smaller area with ink - like the CASE'd card
  • No sequins or glossy accents
  • Make it a one-layer sponged card
Hmm...I should take note of my own time saving ideas sometime. HA!

Thanks for stopping by; here's hoping your 2016 is off to a GREAT start!


Stamps: Verve Visual Treasured Words (inside), Concord and 9th Being Classy
Papers: Neenah 80 lb. and 110 lb. white, Tim Holtz water color paper
InkHero Arts Black, Picked Raspberry and Mustard Seed
Accessories: MFT Blueprints 15, MFT Layered Leaves dies, MFT Scribbled Roses die, MFT Shimmer Mist, glossy accents


  JUGS 324 - Thank You
  Come and Get It - something new (scribble roses)
  Robyn's Fetish 297 - Anything Goes
  Glitter and Sparkle 169 - Anything Goes
  SSS - Something new (scribble roses, sentiment stamp set)
  Inkspirational - thank you with something new (scribble roses, sentiment stamp set)


  1. Yes, yes Yes, that has happend to me!! But, that's beside the point! Your card is beautiful! I love the colorful background and rose diecut! So pretty with the stark black letters!
    Thanks for joining us this week at Just Us Girls!

  2. Your card is gorgeous, well worth every second! Cathy x

  3. Ugh, that happens to me all the time! LOL! But just look at these amazing cards you created! Love your sponged background and how the white die cut flower really pops! Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls!

  4. Hi Michele! What a super cute card. I just wanted to let you know about our Anything Goes challenges at Word Art Wednesday. Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp $25. I hope you will stop by to play along with us!
    Karen Letchworth, Owner
    Word Art Wednesday

  5. Happens to me all the time! But your card is very pretty! I love that white die on top of those fabulously sponged colors! Thanks for playing with Just Us Girls!

  6. Love these vibrant colors, Michele, exactly what we need in dreary January! The bright whit and black really stand out from them! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  7. It may have taken time but time well spent! It is stunning. I love the sponged area, the colours are gorgeous. Thanks for joining Fusion x

  8. Lovely card. It's so optimistic! Thank you very much for joining our challenge at Come and Get IT.
    Hugs, Iwona

  9. Your sponged background really stands out behind the lovely white die cuts - thanks so much for joining us in the Fusion Challenge! Julia xx

  10. These cards are to die for, totally brilliant.

  11. Absolutely gorgeous! I really love how you've used the washi. I must remember that. Thanks for joining us at Fusion!

  12. wow! striking and sooo effective - love this technique! Thanks for sharing your card in our "anything goes" challenge this week at Glitter n Sparkle - Vic,(D.T) X

  13. Pretty card! Love the background! Thanks for joining us at Glitter N Sparkle!

  14. Absolutely awesome!! Love the contrast between the colorful background the the flowers and leaves!!

  15. Yes, many are the times I've tried to case a card, and it's taken probably 8 times longer than the original version created by someone obviously more design-savvy than I am! Yours here are absolutely stunning as they are: love the sponging, the 'layered' die cuts, the bold sentiment. Yes, you've learned how to streamline the process for 'next time'...and that's a good thing. But these...oh my! Four 'someones' will be mega-smiling when these appear in their mailboxes! Thank you for sharing your creativity in the Inkspirational gallery!

  16. Just stunning Michelle! So glad you joined in the anniversary fun @ FUSION!

  17. LOL, it's a classic ending up spending so much longer on a card than expected. I totally know! Wonderful colourful card :)
    Thank you for playing with us at Inkspirational Challenges.
    Pia xx

  18. Wow, this is gorgeous! Your blended background is perfect for those beautiful and crisp die cuts. Thanks so much for joining us at Fusion Card Challenge.

  19. I had to come over from Fusion to congratulate you on the HM, Michele, and see a close-up! Your design is so pretty and your execution is perfect! It's a pleasure to be your newest follower! I'd love to have you visit and follow me, too! Enjoy the weekend! Hugs, Darnell


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