Today’s share uses the beautiful new Designer Series Paper called English Garden. It’s reminiscent of the Painted Blooms DSP that was featured in the Sale-A-Bration at the start of the year. Like that pretty paper, the English Garden DSP can easily stand on its own – lending any card instant color and charm.
I’d also recently received the new Garden in Bloom set – and was itching to play. So, I combined the two and came up with this card for you. I even used some of the new Vintage Leaves stamps and matching die set (that I got as a bundle and saved myself 15%!). I had a real party, I tells ya and it was fun fun fun! 🙂
Take a look-see:
The design was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches #195. Head over to their blog to see other interpretations of their sketch!
While Hello Honey is the yellow-color that goes with the English Garden DSP, I didn’t have any card stock in that color. But it looked to me like Crushed Curry was pretty close to the colors in the DSP. So, that’s where I started – with my card base in Crushed Curry. I used a simple Whisper White mat – that I pierced a “frame” on using my Updated Essential Paper-Piercing Pack. I SNAILd my piece of the English Garden DSP to the pierced mat – notice that it’s a touch smaller than my normal card fronts – I wanted a little bigger white frame around it. Just thought it looked “right”. I adhered the layers to the card base with Dimensionals.
For the art piece, I cut three circles, using the second-from-the-center circle in the Circle Collection Framelits. Then I just SNAILd them to the card front. I stamped the little bee from the Garden in Bloom Photopolymer set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and then I cut him out with my snips. I didn’t worry about cutting off his little antenna or his stinger, cause of how he’s not really real! It’s a STAMP, folks – no bees were harmed in the making of this card!
I colored him in with my Hello Honey Stampin’ Write Marker. Then – I got a crazy idea. I ever-so-painstakingly smooshed each of his little wings into my Versamark pad, then I sprinkled Heat and Stick Powder on them. A short blast with my heat tool – just until the powder got a little glisten-y, then a sprinkle with my Gold Stampin’ Glitter and a final quick blast of heat….and I had tiny little glittery bee-wings! 🙂
I stuck my glam’d up little buzzzzer to the last circle with some Dimensionals. Then, I made him a very bee-like flight path with my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker. And added back his little antenna and stinger! Lots LOTS easier than trying to cut them out, I promise! And – adds some dimension.
For the sentiment, I needed a shape that was kind of organic and big enough for the Hello sentiment I’d chosen from my Watercolor Wishes stamp set. I spied my new Vintage Leaves stamp set and….there it was! I stamped the leaf on a piece of Whisper White card stock in Pear Pizzaz ink and then cut it out with the matching Vintage Leaves die. Perhaps I mentioned that I got both the Vintage Leaves stamp set and the Vintage Leaves Thinlits as a bundle – thus saving myself an extra 15%? Oh….I did? Sorry. But, I think it bears repeating….
My leaf was bigger than I wanted, so I trimmed off the stem and it was perfect! I stamped my Watercolor Wishes sentiment in Tuxedo Black onto my stemless leaf and adhered it to the card front with some Dimensionals. And then, craziness struck AGAIN! I thought….what if little bee dude flew over the top of the sentiment a couple of times?!? I dithered a bit on this decision – it had the potential to be card-shattering! Finally, I decided to just dive in and I added the buzzzzy flight path to the sentiment leaf. And. I. Loved. It! Which is handy, since if I. Had. Hated. It. I’d have been trying to recover – probably with lots of Rhinestones, Pearls or Ribbon!!
That finished the front off (I decided against adding any rhinestones or pearls – what do you think??) – and I moved inside. I just used a couple of scraps of Crushed Curry and a little more of the English Garden DSP to embellish the card liner. Then a couple more buzzzy dudes with their bee-crazy flight paths. All of this on a piece of Whisper White Card Stock.
I quickly decorated a Whisper White Medium Envelope…. et voila! The ensemble was done!
I hope you love this card as much as I do! I think that little bee has to be the cutest stamp I’ve seen in a long time! 🙂
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WEEKLY DEALS FOR 14 Jul – 20 Jul 15!! Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store. The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through 20 Jul!
Watercolor Wishes Card Kit
Stampin’ Up! has already said this kit has proven to be just as popular as the Tin of Cards and Cottage Greetings kits, and they anticipate it going on backorder soon. So – if you want to get this kit (and it would be great for your own use – and also a SUPERB gift for your mom, sister, aunt, BFF……) you ought to consider doing it now!
Here’s what you’ll be able to make with this kit! You’ll make 20 cards (I sent one of mine before I took this picture). Take a look-see:
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Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project:
Crushed Curry Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base – scored and folded at 4 1/4″); 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ (inner liner strip mat)
Whisper White Card Stock: 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ (Front Mat); 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ (inner liner); circle die cuts (2nd from center – times 3); bee
English Garden DSP: 4 7/8″ x 3 5/8″ (front art piece); 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ (inner liner strip)
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BACKORDER LIST AS OF 15 Jul 15
138273: Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies
138286: Boho Chic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
138377: Cottage Greetings Card Kit (second shipment)
138295: Tree Builder Punch (second shipment)
138443: Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper
138376: All Boxed Up Kit
138378: Tin of Cards Project Kit (second shipment)
138395: Expressions Natural Elements
138422: Tip Top Taupe 1″ Dotted Lace Trim
138425: Watermelon Wonder 1″ Dotted Lace Trim
135862: Gift Bag Punch Board
138401: Gold Metallic Thread
138402: Silver Metallic Thread
138288: Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (second shipment)
113475: Big Shot Standard Cutting Pads (second shipment)
Date to be Determined
138700: Best Thoughts Clear Stamp Set (hostess)