Florentine Birthday Card

Stepping out of my comfort zone for the sketch challenge this week at Freshly Made Sketches.  I can count on one hand the number of cards I have made in this size!  I seem to stick to A2 and square cards.  This card measures 3 ¾” x 8 ½”.  The nice thing about this size of card is that they will fit into a standard number 10 envelope. I think everyone has that size of envelope around the house!  I used a wide variety of products on this card.  It has been a stressful day, and playing with ink and paper is my stress reliever.  Supplies by Close To My Heart except where noted:

X7153B Florentine Paper Packet
1245 Olive Cardstock
X5642 Cocoa Cardstock
Z2114 Cocoa Ink
D1477 Universal Backgrounds
D1283 Say It In Style
D1475 Card Chatter-Birthday
Z1333 Mocha Opaques Adhesive Gems
Designer Label Die by Clear Dollar Stamps
Swirl Cuttlebug Embossing Folder by PC
Lace Ribbon by Really Reasonable Ribbon
Antique Linen Distress Stain by Tim Holtz
Peeled Paint Distress Stain by Tim Holtz
Generic Embroidery Thread

Special Thanks to Really Reasonable Ribbon-I won the Winter White  Ribbon Pack in their blog hop. Finally breaking open the package.  I dyed the lace ribbon with the Distress Inks by Tim Holtz.  I just kept adding ink until I felt the lace matched the card.  I added brown stitching onto the lace ribbon to tie it into the cocoa cardstock.

Design Tip- The script saying on the Vanilla Cream cardstock was stamped with third generation Cocoa Ink.  

A quick peek at the inside-
Here is the original sketch design from Freshly Made Sketches-

I have also entered this card in the following challenges-

Delightful Challenges - Punches & dies
Divas by Design - #20 anything goes
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Beautiful papers - and so lovely on the inside as well!

  2. It turned out beautiful, Allisa!

  3. Beautifully designed and gorgeous papers Allisa! The unique length is fun and different. :-) Hugs!

  4. Simply beautiful Alissa ... love the mix of papers!
    Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

  5. I love this!! love the sentiment with the labels paired like that!

  6. Gorgeous Birtday card, Alissa!! Love the colors and lace trim. The long size is so fun...thanks for the inspiration to try one.

  7. Awesome work with the lovely papers and design. Beautiful card!

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  8. Beautiful papers! Really pretty card!

  9. Beautiful card Alissa and your choice of papers is perfect! Thanks for sharing with us at Delightful Challenge hugs Susan x

  10. What a beautiful and elegant card. Love it!! :))
    Thanks for joining DC.

    Hugs, Rosalien


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