Mornin’, y’all – it’s Thursday and that means it’s Blog Hop Day! If you’ve been here at our Blog Hops before – welcome back, and thank you! If this is your first time with us, I think you’re in for a treat – we’ve got some really talented ladies in this group. You’ll like what you see as you tour thru everyone’s blog, I promise!
I’m writing this post on Wednesday night, from the hotel in Salt Lake City! Amy and I flew in today, had a little lunch and then wandered a bit thru the Tabernacle Gardens. The flowers are spectacular – all over the downtown area, really, but especially in the garden…
A little later we hit the bus and were taken to the Home Office – which we spent a pleasant hour or so touring and talking to the great folks that work there and help us every day. Here we are in front of the building entrance – where the Stampin’ Up! rock resides…
So, tomorrow (well, today, when you read this!) is the start of OnStage – I’ll try to send an update with Friday’s card share!
And now – back to our regularly scheduled programming! On with the Happy Stampers Blog Hop!
We had a challenging challenge today – this sketch was our starting point:
For my share today, I played with an Annual Catalog stamp called Vivid Vases. Kind of prophetic, really, considering the flowers we’re seeing here! I added some Farmer’s Market DSP and some Burlap Ribbon and an Expressions Natural Elements sentiment. Take a look-see:
To begin with, I SNAILd a panel of Farmer’s Market DSP to a Blackberry Bliss card stock mat. The two banners of the vertical element are more pieces of the Farmer’s Market DSP, trimmed with the Banner Triple Punch – I SNAILd them on a little offset, just cuz I could! 🙂
For the Vivid Vases, I first stamped just four of the vases and flowers image onto a piece of Very Vanilla card stock, which I matted on Blackberry Bliss. I colored the vases I wanted to stamp with my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker – directly to the rubber – and then stamped it on the card stock. Then I colored the flowers (from left to right) with Tangelo Twist, Blackberry Bliss/Rich Razzleberry, Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey/Old Olive Stampin’ Write Markers.
For the vases themselves – I stamped the image again a couple of times on a few of the more…decorative!…pieces of the Farmer’s Market DSP and then cut each vase out with my Paper Snips. I liked how each one got a completely different pattern on it – they look like art glass, to me! Then, because I knew I was going to pop them with Stampin’ Dimensionals – and needed them to have a little body – I used a little Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to adhere them to a scrap of Very Vanilla card stock. Then I fussy cut them again! From there – it was downhill and easy peasy! Not to say that any of this had been hard to this point. Just kind of fussy.
See what I did there? 😉
I SNAILd the vases-stamped Very Vanilla panel to the card front (remember I’d already matted it on Blackberry Bliss). Then I SNAILd another design in the Farmer’s Market DSP on Blackberry Bliss and SNAILd that to the card front (it’s the piece under “Thanks”).
Over that, I used some more Liquid Glue to adhere a length of 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon. That set me up for the fussy cut Vivid Vases. I cut small pieces of Stampin’ Dimensionals and used those to pop each vase over its counterpart (and a little of the Burlap Ribbon) on the Very Vanilla stamped image. Finally, I wrapped a piece of Blackberry Bliss 5/8″ Striped Cotton Ribbon over the Burlap Ribbon – also covering the bottom edge of the vases – securing it in the back with scotch tape.
I covered the vases on the Vivid Vases stamp with sticky notes, inked up just the sentiment in Mossy Meadow and stamped it on a strip of Very Vanilla. I then used my Washi Label Punch to punch each end of the strip. Since this punch is now not available – if you don’t have it already, you could easily do fussy cut banner ends instead! Then I used a little Liquid Glue to adhere the sentiment to the ribbon.
I decided to add the “Thanks” from the Expressions Natural Elements set (Annual Catalog), adhering it with lots of little dots of Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue! A tiny bow – made with a length of Linen Thread and one of Gold Metallic Thread – glued onto the vase completed the card front. 🙂
For the inside of the card, I used my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to ink up one vase and stamped it in the corner of a Very Vanilla panel. Then I adhered a fussy cut vase over that with Liquid Glue, and colored the flower with my Hello Honey and Old Olive Stampin’ Write Markers.
I SNAILd the panel to a Blackberry Bliss mat and then into my Mossy Meadow card base. I also SNAILd the card front on and the card was done!
For the Crumb Cake Medium Envelope, I stamped a Basic Black Vivid Vase in the bottom front corner and colored the flowers and leaves….
…and used another piece of the Farmer’s Market DSP to cut a liner with my Envelope Liner Framelits.
Et Voila! This card kind of developed as I went along – but the superb color coordination that Stampin’ Up! color suites and DSPs provide make it so easy! I love this Vivid Vases stamp – it’s a great little a la carte wooden stamp that is just simple and beautiful! Highly recommend it for your tool box! 🙂
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!
Have fun on the Hop!
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STAMPIN’ UP PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:
Washi Label Punch – not shown since it’s no longer available. 🙁
CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT
Mossy Meadow Card Stock: 4 1/4 x 11″ (card base; scored and folded at 5 1/2″)
Blackberry Bliss Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (mats for card front and inner liner); 2 3/8″ square (mat for Vivid Vase art); 1 3/4″ x 2″ (mat for Farmer’s Market DSP square)
Very Vanilla Card Stock: 2 1/4″ square (Vivid Vases art); 4″ x 5 1/4″ (inner liner); 1/2″ x 3 1/8″ (sentiment banner)
Farmer’s Market DSP: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (card front); 1 5/8″ x 1 7/8″ (front square); 1″ x 2 3/4″ (Old Olive plaid banner strip); 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ (dotted Blackberry Bliss banner strip); Fussy Cut Vivid Vases; envelope liner
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