Hey, y’all – welcome back. Glad that you could stop by on this Wednesday – Hawp Day! I have a confession to make to you. Yesterday I told you that I pretty much never run out of Pearl Basic Jewels. That was sort of a fib. I didn’t realize it was a fib until I went to make today’s card. When I got to the point where I needed to find my flower centers – they were pretty much begging to have Pearls in them! – I realized just how dire my circumstances had become.
Oh, I knew my supply was low – especially in the area of the tiniest of the pearls in a pack. I have none of those left. Nary a one! I have a smattering of medium sized ones and hooked-together straight strip ones. And tons of giant ones – cuz of how I seldom use that size.
So Monday – when I ordered the fringe scissors – when they were on sale – I grabbed a couple of Pearl Basic Jewel packs. Yes, of course I did, since they went on sale the very next day! 🙁 Not to say I won’t put in another order – I need those teeny tiny seed pearls! But, I hate missing a sale. I mean – I’m perfectly willing to spend $20 on pearl packs just cuz I can save $1.25 a pack. Aren’t you? 😉
Anywho – I decided to use the large pearls on this card – I hope they don’t look too awfully clunky to you! I used one of the new Annual Catalog DSPs – well, it was new last summer, anyway! – the Bohemian DSP. And I combined it with some flowers from the Botanical Builder Framelits and a greeting from the Greetings Thinlits. Take a look-see:
When I first started considering this sketch, I thought of the Bohemian Borders stamp set. But then I started thinking about the Bohemian DSP and I decided I wanted to use it – it had been a while, and it’s so pretty. Bright and rich colors. And stamping those borders on any of the DSP patterns, well…no. So the idea evolved and I ended up pulling out the Botanical Builder Framelits.
I started with one of the more solid-y patterns in the Bohemian DSP and I decided to mat it on Delightful Dijon. That began the color palette. The first thing I did was to cut two pieces of Blackberry Bliss (man, I’m going to miss this color a lot when it leaves us in just a few more weeks! 🙁 ) with the edge die in Botanical Builder. Then I used Mulit-Purpose Liquid Glue to adhere it to my Bohemian DSP panel.
Over that, I adhered a piece of the 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon – trimming the ends to just meet the edge of the card front. I made sure to get the glue along that cut edge, to help reduce fraying. To finish the element, I used a piece of Hello Honey 5/8″ Striped Cotton Ribbon, which I wrapped around the edge and secured in the back with scotch tape.
Then it was time to build my flowers! Using the medium sized flower die in the Botanical Builder Framelits, I cut four Very Vanilla flowers. First I stamped a flower center from the Botanical Blooms stamp set in Delightful Dijon and then I creased each petal and lightly brushed the edges with Delightful Dijon using a sponge dauber.
I cut a few of the really detailed little flower centers – two from Rich Razzleberry and one from Blackberry Bliss. Finally, I punched out several of the Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack flowers from some Delightful Dijon card stock. I creased and rolled their petals and brushed the edges with Delightful Dijon.
Before adhering any flowers, I laid 4 Glue Dots along the Striped Cotton Ribbon and used them to secure a few loops of Gold Metallic Thread under where the flowers would go. When that was ready, I first adhered the three small detailed flower centers – can you see them peeking out of there? I used Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to stick all these flowers on. Then I laid on the large Very Vanilla Flowers and interspersed the Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack flowers in amongst them.
Let me say something right here. I know that you can’t always really “see” all the elements that are layered and stacked on a card. Like the Burlap Ribbon or the tiny, oh-so-detailed Rich Razzlebeery and Blackberry Bliss flowers that are on the bottom of this “stack”. But, I think your eye and your mind registers them as “there”. And I think without them, your eye and mind would tell you something was missing. You might not be able to say what that “something” was – but….you’d register it as missing. Does that make sense – or did you all just roll your eyes and think “oh for goodness sake, Mare – quit pretending you were an Art major in college!” 😉
The sentiment is a three-stack of words cut with the Greetings Thinlit dies. I cut two in Delightful Dijon and sandwiched a Blackberry Bliss in between – adhering them together with Liquid Glue. I used a little bit more – remember to go easy, this stuff is stout! – to adhere it to the card front.
I decided to add one more flower – you really can’t have too many, I don’t think! 🙂 This one is a Blackberry Bliss 4-petaled two-piece flower layered with a small Very Vanilla flower that was sponged with Delightful Dijon. Then I added one last Delightful Dijon Itty Bitty Accent Punch flower. I used Liquid Glue to stick them all together and then to the card front.
I finished off by SNAILing the panel to its Delightful Dijon mat.
On the inside, I made another Blackberry Bliss piece with a Botanical Builder edge cut into it on the top – which I then adhered with Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to a Very Vanilla card stock panel. Over that I ran another piece of the Hello Honey 5/8″ Striped Cotton Ribbon – wrapping it and securing it in the back with scotch tape. Then I SNAILd the whole thing to a Delightful Dijon mat.
I SNAILd it into my Rich Razzleberry card base and then did the same with the card front (already lots of thickness with the flowers on the front!). Then I added my Pearl Basic Jewels – medium sized ones in the small flowers and the large ones in the bigger flowers. And that was it for the card.
For the envelope, I stamped several of the Botanical Blooms starry flower image in Delightful Dijon onto the front of a Medium Very Vanilla Envelope…
…and used another piece of the Bohemian DSP, cut with the Envelope Liner Framelits, inside the envelope.
Et Voila! Something old, something new, something borrowed (the sketch idea? A stretch, maybe!), something blue. Shoulda been a wedding card! 🙂
Just to remind you – as we race towards the end of Sale-A-Bration! The Botanical Gardens Bundle is a unique one – it bundles a stamp set (Botanical Blooms), a framelit set (Botanical Builder) and the DSP (Botanical Gardens DSP). For a savings of 15% – you can get all three of these items for $51.75. And guess what else that will get you – at least thru 31 Mar!?! Yep you got it:
- A FREE Sale-A-Bration goody! What would you pick?? 🙂
- DOUBLE Punkin’ Head Peppermint rewards points – 4 points, to be exact!
- A MYSTERY Gift from me!
- And your regular ordering gift from me!
This card is a great reminder of the also-impending departure of the 2014-2016 In Colors! Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist and Mossy Meadow (sob!) will be leaving us soon. Don’t miss your chance to stock up on the things that will go the fastest – the card stock and the ink refills – once the official retirement is announced. I’ve given you handy link-ups down below!
And….Pearl Basic Jewels. On the Weekly Deals. Be sure you’ve got them in your stash! 🙂
HOST CODE FOR 15 Mar – 31 Mar 16: J9VBU4KX
Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift for March is your choice of any item valued up to $8.00 in the 2015-16 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog.
STAMPS-N-LINGERS ORDERING SPECIAL
GOING ON THRU THE END OF SALE-A-BRATION!
- Order $50 in product – get your free SAB item. AND – get FOUR peppermint points! When you get 16 peppermints, you’re going to get to pick any $40 worth of product(s) and I’ll ship to to you for free. Here’s more info on my Rewards Program.
- I’ll also send you a MYSTERY GIFT. On top of my regular ordering gift.
This is only going to last until the end of March – which is also the end of Sale-A-Bration – so, don’t be slow!! 🙂
WEEKLY DEALS FOR 22 Mar – 28 Mar 16!! 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 28 Mar!
STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S CARD
CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT
Rich Razzleberry Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″)
Blackberry Bliss Card Stock: about 1 1/2″ x 4″ (x 2 – Botanical Builder edge die cuts on front); small Botanical Builder flowers; 2 1/8″ x 4″ (inner liner piece, cut with the edge die);
Delightful Dijon Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (card front and inner liner mat); Greetings Thinlit die cuts (x 2); Itty Bitty Punch Pack flowers
Very Vanilla Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (inner liner); large Botanical Builder flowers, small flower
Bohemian DSP: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (card front); envelope liner
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ALMOST TIME TO SAY GOOD-BYE TO THE 2014-2016 IN COLORS!
Don’t forget to stock up on these 2014-2016 In Color Supplies – once they’re announced as retiring (coming up in the not-too-distant future!) these are the things that fly off the shelves like Krispy Kreme Donuts when the “HOT” Sign is lit up!
2014-2016 In Color Supplies
If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!
Stampin’ Up! has started a new way to let you all know when items are Backordered or in Limited Supply. When you place an order thru my Online Store, you’ll get a message telling you a status of the item.
If you want more information on a particular product – like when it’s expected back in stock – please give me a call or shoot me an e-mail and I’ll be glad to help! 🙂