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Mother’s Day Rose

On this card I decided to try something new.  I left the image uncolored.  I have seen some other people do this and I wanted to give it a try.   What do you think?  I keep going back and forth between liking it and thinking it looks unfinished.   Right now I like it but by the time you read this I’m sure I’ll have changed my mind a couple of times.


2012-04-26 MJD Rose WM


I created a custom rub on to add the sentiment to the card.   (I have a tutorial on this technique HERE.) 


2012-04-26 MJD Rose 2 WM


Since it is Thursday, it means there is a new challenge starting on the Meljen’s Design blog.  Our new challenge to you is to use OVALS on your creation.  Link up your entry at the Meljen’s Designs blog for your chance to win some Meljen’s digis.


Today is a bit sad for me. This is my last post as a member of the Meljen’s Designs team.  Sadly, work and family commitments are cutting in to my crafting time so I needed to cut back.   I know I will still be following the Meljen’s Design blog and the blog of the design team members. 


While you are here, don’t forget to check out my paper give-away.   You can see the details by clicking the picture below.

Thank you for stopping by!



  • Stamps:   Rose (digital stamp) from Meljen’s Designs
  • Inks:  Papertrey Kraft Dye Ink, Versa Mark
  • Papers:  Papertrey kraft CS, Bazzil Basics Pinecone CS, My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Market Street DP pad, Georgia Pacific white CS,
  • Tools: Sewing machine, Stampin’ Up edge punch, Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Papertrey button die, Heat tool, Bow Easy
  • Embellishments:  Hug Snug cream seam binding, Papertrey button twine, Suze Weinberg Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel, misc pearls
  • Techniques:  Custom made rub ons



Cheryl said…
well I think it looks,gorgeous Hun,love the image and think it fits,so beautifully,with the papers you have used hugs Cherylxxx
Hussena said…
oh i think this looks so beautiful lovely layering and fab use of colors...the image fits in so well :) i really like the outcome:)
Gina Lindsay said…
I think this is lovely! I am like you, when I have tried to do the no coloring thing, I just want to reach for my Copics and fill in all those lines. The only time I have been happy with mine is if I stamp the image on something other than white, like you did here. It looks like it was designed that way, not left undone.
Annette said…
Beautiful Mother's Day have done such a great job with these images from Meljen's Designs. They are going to miss you i am sure of it...
Leslie Turner said…
I love it! The image is beautiful uncolored! Very pretty Mother's Day card! Thanks so much for playing with us in the 2 Sisters Challenge this week!
Leslie, DT
Karin said…
Beautiful card you`ve made :-)
Thanx for sharing at The Crazy Challenge this week and good luck.
Hugs from Karin
Rene said… love LOVE your papers! Thank you so much for joining us at MIM! Don't forget to leave a comment for another entry and mention you saw them on MIM for a chance to win a second-prize!
Rene :D
SusanLotus said…
Lovely card! I like how you made the three layers of border in the bottom of the card. And the mild colours.

Have a great evening!
Holly said…
I love it Cheryl! Has a vintage feel to it. I really like your scallops along the bottom too. Thanks for playing in Squigglefly's challenge!
Helen said…
I think it's beautiful as it is. Love the color combinations. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Renee said…
I think your card is gorgeous Cheryl! (as is everything you make) I think I would find myself wanting to color that flower though. I'm one of those people who want "just a little more" when I'm coloring an image & before I know it there is NO uncolored space! This card has challenged me to try something new!!
Desire Fourie said…
This is a gorgeous creation. Love the kind of vintage feel to it and thanks for the rub on tutorial.
Riet said…
What a gorgeous card Cheryl.

Hugs Riet.xx
Linda said…
I would like this image either way...your card is perfect.
Marjo said…
Beautiful card Cheryl! Thanks for playing with us at Paper Creations Ink & OSAAT

hugs Marjo
Shawna said…
Love all the layers on your beautiful card. Thank you for playing with Squigglefly this week. Hope you come play again soon!
Anita said…
Love all the beautiful details on this. Thanks for playing along with us at Inky Impressions Challenges this week. Hugs, Anita
Rebecca Mosher said…
I love this! Leaving the rose uncoloured is such a unique idea and works very well with this card.

I've also seen it done on kids card, with a "cute" image. There were crayons included as well so the kids could fill in the picture :)
1CardCreator said…
Cute card Cheryl, I'll have to check out that tutorial.
I think it is absolutely stunning just the way it is!! Who says we have to color a digi/image?? This fits like a glove, i love it!!
Thanks for joining us at Squigglefly, just love having you......:))
lotsa luv
Donna Heber said…
Hi Cheryl,

I really like it because it is different. The layout is so pretty.
amanda stokes said…
Hi Cheryl,
This is gorgeous!
Saw it on MIM TFS :) x
Dr Sonia S V said…
Cheryl I can identify with you on your dilemma about the image-- happens to me too about some factor in a creative project at times!!

Thank You for the sweet comment on my blog
Shazza said…
such a pretty card, saw it at MIM and thank you for visiting my blog too x
Nicole said…
Wow!! Cheryl, gorgeous. Hugs, Nicole
Cheryl, Thank you for stopping my Doodle Pieces blog and for the lovely comment you left. I think not adding color to your rose makes more of a statement of it's own. I especially like the paper you printed in on, subtle but very effective. Thank you also for the rub-on tutorial. I had a quick look and will look at it a bit more closely when I get the chance.

:) Chris / CS Designs
PS. I saw your entry on Make it Monday too, isn't this fun. My number is 135
Debs said…
Gorgeous card Cheryl - love the shabby chic feel to it - perfect muted colours for the image.
Debs xx
Josephine said…
Absolutely gorgeous!

Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time this week, and good luck!
Heide said…
Such a pretty card, I just love the touch of Peach/orange that you have added. Your card is very elegant.
Saw you on MIM.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Hugs, Heide
Wow I love this, so unique, I haven't seen an image done like this. Before,
Thanks for ur lovely comment hun, I am a follower already and pop by regularly but came from MIM today,
Kenzie xx
Queen B said…
LOVE how you used that digi stamp! This is such a pretty masterpiece! Thanks for playing at Party Time Tuesdays this week!
Happy Days said…
This is too pretty! I love it.

I just stopped by to say thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such lovely comments. I'm really glad I stopped off at yours now too.

Claire xxx
Irene Retuya said…
Stunning and gorgeous card, love the way you leave it uncolored yet all mixed up so elegantly. Saw it on MIM. Thanks for stopping at my blog.
Cheers, irene
Oh I love it Cheryl! I've never tried leaving an image uncoloured but this is fantastic. It suits the paper you've printed it on :) Sarah x
Monica said…
Love the layers on your card :) I can understand why you go back and forth on the coloring but it still gave a spring feeling even uncolored :)
from #185 at MIM
Jane said…
Hi Cheryl thanks for popping by my blog earlier via MIM good to see you there. Your card is very clever indeed, great work. Thanks also for the offer of putting my name in the hat for your giveaway. I have put my name in!
Jane x
Lozzapops said…
This is pretty! Thanks for joining us at Divas this week. Laura x
Maria said…
Such a different card - I would be so tempted to colour as well, however think this works really well.
Thanks for stopping by my blog, saw you on MIM.
Shelby said…
I think it looks really good, different but good:)! Love the color palette as well.

Pat Garvin said…
Well I like it. That's a great color you stamped it with too. Thanks for joining speedy Fox and Friends.
Skye said…
Lovely stylish card. The uncoloured image looks good and matches the papers.
Thank you for popping into my blog and for your sweet comments
Ellis said…
Beautiful card Cheryl, need to try that too sometime! =)
Hope you will hop around on our hop! =)
Hugs, Elenor
Kasey ~ in Oz said…
Cheryl, thank you for your lovely comments on my blog. Due to postage costs for something heavy like paper I won't enter your blog candy.

I'm sad to see you are leaving Meljens Deisgns, I've only just discovered her gorgeous talents and picked up some digi stamps. The card you commented on was my first Meljens post!

Kasey ~ in Oz
HeatherLynn said…
I love your card! Looks great uncolored!!
Well the design team will definitely miss you for sure! I like the uncolored image. I really like your layered scallops too!

Maria :)
Monica said…
It is lovely the way it is... doesn't look unfinished at all...
Thanks for visiting.

Cassidy said…
Wow gorgeous card!! Really like the look of uncolored image. You have some other really pretty cards on you blog. Look forward to seeing more and now following you :)
I really love making cards too and I really need to be posting more up on my blog and taking on some of these fun challenges!!
Sue from Oregon said…
Silly girl! This is wonderful, the natural papers give it a vintage feel!
Audrey Pettit said…
Gorgeous! I think your card is absolutely gorgeous, Cheryl! I mean just look at all those fabby layers! Love the text paper scallops and love the neutral color palette with the pop of pink. And I think what you did with the image is just out of this world!
I have so enjoyed all your Meljen's design projects. You've done a truly amazing job and inspired us all with your beautiful work!
Marianne said…
Your card looks just perfect with the soft colours, layers and uncoloured digi. I know what you mean, though, about being hesitant to leave the image uncoloured. I think it works well here because you didn't print it on plain white or cream paper.
Still haven't tried the homemade rub-on technique but will do so one of these days...
jules said…
wow looks gorgeous to me!!!
Karin said…
The card is great because it's different and it's always good to try something new :) Love the way the leaves extend outside the frame! Sorry to hear you have to leave the Meljens team, you do the most amazing stuff with her cute artwork! I know that you'll be missed :)
whoistracy said…
Ohhh this is so so pretty! Hope you didn't change your mind and change it. LOL
TC said…
I like it without the colour. The whole feel of the card is very elegant, yet modern. It's lovely. x
Elaine said…
Cheryl this is lovely I love the print backing paper and the image is so nice well done Hugs Elaine
Mandy said…
I love it Cheryl....Fabulous papers and design....Have a lovely weekend...
Mandy x
Pin And Tack said…
Hi, Cheryl! Thanks for stopping by my blog - I was happy to see you :)

I love this card. It adds extra interest to the card by leaving it uncolored - Fantastic work!

It would be wonderful if you joined us at Tuesday Alchemy: - I'd love to see what you come up with for the challenge!

Tracy said…
I think it looks wonderful Cheryl, especially the "out of the box" style. Such a pretty combination of papers. :-) Hugs!
Tammy said…
Gorgeous creation Cheryl!! I love the colors and your fabulous papers!
MamaMarjolein said…
Hi Cheryl,
Just lovely how you combined everything! Never thought of just using an uncoloured stamped image. Thanks for your kind comment on my blog through MIM.
Lorraine said…
Ooh beautiful! Stamping the image onto DP and bordering it with black and a colored frame - makes the image look beautiful! What a wonderful card design!
xiumaiyuki said…
Beautiful card! Love those ruffles scallop borders!
Merry said…
Oh I think this looks lovely just the way it colour needed. Beautiful card. Thanks for you comments over my way. Saw you on MIM.
Mary J said…
That is beautiful Cheryl, love the scalloped border!
Gorgeous card. Love the design and the ribbon you made. Thanks for playing along with us here at Speedy Fox and Friends challenge, we hope to see you again next week. Make sure to check out our challenge with Friends of SpeedyTV for more fun and more chances to win with Mark's Finest Papers, a Heinrich Co.
Delphine said…
Gorgeous, Cheryl! Your uncoloured image is perfect here and your layout so elegant! Glad you visited me from MIM, thank you:-)! Have a great weekend! Hugs Delphine xx
KraftyKoolKat said…
This great card and image couldn't fail to look good either way Cheryl. I spotted you on MIM. I am 104 - 207 - 210 and 261.

Lynne in NI said…
Fab card, love your rose!
Kelly said…
Gorgeous, i love the colours! Thank you for playing along at One Stitch At A Time xx
Hi Cheryl! Your lovely card has caught my eye on MIM ;). Great papers and I love the rose! Enjoy the weekend, Joanna (my entry is #250) x

Ps. Please come and join my 2nd Blogaversary candy ;-). Hope to see you there and good luck!
Very elegant! Thanks for joining in with our Anything Goes challenge over at OSAAT this week and good luck Julie x
Pat said…
Very interesting card Cheryl. Love your color scheme, and your papers are wonderful. I never would have thought to not color a digi but this is awesome. The stitching really pulls the image together.Thank you for joining us at Paper Creations Ink - Pat
Really Pretty! Thank you so much for joining us this week at Love to Create!! We hope that you will join us again very soon!!

Many Blessings,
Imke said…
Cheryl, this is absolutely darling. I like the uncolored image and the earth tones. Very elegant !
:: BlueInks :: said…
Look at all of those pretty layers. I love them! Especially, the newspaper print with scallops. ♥ ♥ ♥

Thanks, for sharing!
Lisa Jane said…
Beautiful card - love the rose image and the papers
Thanks for joining us at Diva's this week
Lisa x
Shannon White said…
Wow! so Pretty Pretty! Love the Sweet Rose image and the Terrific mix of dp's and Great layout too! 8-)

so beautiful card….. love the combo and cute image
i see it on Make it Monday….


Jo Davies said…
Beautiful and yes I do like it un coloured really pretty and works well! hugs Jo xxxx
Stempeltiger said…
A wonderful card Cheryl!
I like the image without color.
The border with the text look sooo beautiful.
I wish you a nice day.
debby4000 said…
Oh this is fabulous Cheryl, absolutely love it.

Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.


suzARTe said…
this is such a lovely card Cheryl. Being a CAS card designer I love the image uncoloured, gives it a whole new dimension, just lovely.

I am sure they will miss your beautiful work at Melgens

Thanks again for entering your card at Anything goes, Just keep on creating. I hope you will continue to play along :)
Cheri said…
So lovely! Thank you for joining us at The House That Stamps Buit.
Jackie said…
What an amazing card, I love the tones you used and the way this outlined image really stands out! Thank you for playing along with us at Inky Impressions Challenge this week!

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