Here we go, folks – the very last Happy Stampers Blog Hop of the year. When next we meet, it’ll be 2016! I hope that you’ll take a moment on this – the last day of the year – to check out the card I have to share, and then hop thru all the other ladies’ posts to peruse their projects as well!
I used several designs from the Love Blossoms DSP Stack (coming on 5 Jan) to make a sort of sampler. Then I pulled the huge and gorgeous heart die and a few stamps from my Bloomin’ Love Bundle to finish it off. Take a look-see:
This week was a color challenge – and it was indeed a bit of a challenge for me!
Shouldn’t have been hard, right? Well – it is if you’re a goofus and you substitute Rose Red in your head for the Blushing Bride! I spent the whole time fighting my card – cause those colors just don’t work for me. Which is probably why they were not the challenge! Here’s how the card looks with Rose Red….
I realized my error as I was photographing the card. So I had to re-group and fix it! Fortunately, it was really only a matter of re-doing the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit die cut heart and its embellishments.
I started by making the patchwork sampler-esque background for the card front. Using several of the designs from the Love Blossoms DSP Stack, I cut out 12 squares using my 1″ Square Punch. I matted each square on a Real Red card stock mat (cut with my Stampin’ Trimmer), securing them with Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue. To further enhance the idea of a patchwork quilt, I used my Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker to draw stitches around each mat, and adhered each piece to my Soft Suede mat with more Liquid Glue. I laid my craft ruler across the top of the card stock panel to give myself a little bit of help in getting them lined up.
For the heart, I cut the Bloomin’ Heart die cut from a piece of Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum (coming 5 Jan). I also cut a second (solid) heart from the same vellum – I laid the die on the vellum and lightly traced the heart with a pencil, then cut it with my Paper Snips. Then I used my Fine-Tip Glue Pen to adhere it to the card front.
Decorating the die cut heart was easy – I just used the small and the larger flower images from Bloomin’ Love (also coming 5 Jan) and stamped the flowers in Blushing Bride. To give it a little more color – I turned the heart over and colored each of the hearts in with my Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Marker.
For the dimensional flowers, I used the two small flower dies from the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits and cut several of each in both Blushing Bride card stock and more of the Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum. I rolled all the petals and then used my Fine-Tip Glue Pen to create flowers – some with vellum bottoms and some with card stock bottoms. Then I used that same Fine-Tip pen to adhere them to the die cut heart.
Once I had them on the heart, I used Stampin’ Dimensionals (behind the flowers and tiny pieces behind the stamped flowers) to adhere the die cut heart to the solid heart. The solid heart softened the colors of the patchwork behind the die cut heart, letting that heart stand out a little better.
I made the sentiment banner by embossing the sentiment from Bloomin’ Love onto a piece of Botanical Gardens Vellum. I made it Soft Suede-colored by inking my stamp with Versamark and then with Soft Suede and then stamping the vellum. I sprinkled it with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heated it up! I decided I wanted it a little darker – so I turned the paper over and traced the back of the sentiment with my Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Maker. I cut it out with a Bitty Banner Framelit and also made a matching banner from Blushing Bride card stock. Then I adhered the two banners to the card front with my Fine-Tip Glue Pen, and stuck the final flower over the top.
Some Pearl Basic Jewels were next. And, since I’m a little obsessed with the Wink of Stella, I used my Clear pen to color in each of the vellum flowers, and also shimmered up the sentiment banner! And that was it for the card front.
On the inside, I used a piece of Shimmery White card stock and SNAILd it to a panel of Soft Suede. Then I inked up the sentiment from Bloomin’ Love – I used my Soft Suede Ink Pad to carefully ink the sentiment and then I used my Rose Red Marker to color the heart. Yes – I didn’t change the inside liner when I realized the error of my ways. Mea Culpa!
For the little flower in the corner, I used that Rose Red Stampin’ Write Marker, plus my Soft Suede and Pear Pizzazz markers to ink the stamp and create the image. Then I SNAILd it into my Real Red card base, added the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!
I made a custom envelope with Real Red Envelope Paper and my Envelope Punch Board. If you’d like a refresher on how to use the Envelope Punch Board to make custom envelopes and liners, check out my Tutorial here! Once the envelope was made, I used Real Red Ink to stamp several Bloomin’ Love flower bunches onto the front of the envelope…
…then I made a liner for the envelope using some more of the Love Blossoms DSP Stack paper.
Et Voila! Definitely took a bit of a circuitous route to get here, but get here I did! I hope that you like the final result!
Now that you’ve seen my card, please take a little time to visit all the Happy Stampers Team blogs today.
If you click on the Next Blog button, you’ll go right to Jari Francis’ page. And you can just click on the names below to go direct to all the blogs!
Mary Deatherage – YOU ARE HERE!
Enjoy the Hop!
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STAMPIN’ UP PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:
Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project
Real Red Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base; scored and folded at 5 1/2″); 1 1/4″ squares (x12 for the patchwork mats)
Soft Suede Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (card front mat and inner liner mat)
Shimmery White Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (inner liner)
Love Blossoms DSP Stack paper: 1″ squares (x12 for the patchwork); 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ (envelope liner)
Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum: Bloomin’ Heart Die cut; flower die cuts
Blushing Bride Card Stock: flower die cuts
Real Red Envelope Paper: 8 1/8″ x 8 1/8″ (envelope)
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BACKORDER LIST AS OF 29 DEC 15
140603: Big Shot Die Brush (3 backordered; 10,896 expected)
126995: Stampin’ Trimmer Cutting Blades (1,392 backordered; 6,688 expected) – due to quality issues with the manufacture of the blades, we likely won’t see these back in stock until the end of February!
RETIRED LIST (These products are officially retired and will no longer be available once our current inventory is depleted.)
2015 Holiday Retiring List
140969: Witching Décor Project Kit (sold out)
139673: Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (sold out; Will be returning in the 2016 Annual Catalog – Whoo-hoo!)
139670: Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies (sold out)
140861: Jingle All the Way Bundle (wood-mount; sold out)
140862: Jingle All the Way Bundle (clear-mount; sold out)