My job is being outsourced and I decided to turn down the opportunity to join the outsourcing company. I am very grateful for all the people who have reached out to me and told me that I’ll be missed and that they believe I’ll easily find something else. This makes it easy to decide on the theme of today’s card.

all abloom thank you

This is a SEVEN layer card which is definitely a record for me. This was also my first use of DSP (Designer Series Paper). I have a lot of DSP but I struggle to use it; I feel that I’m colour challenged and so matching plain is easier than pattern. SU! make matching easy by telling you which colours are in the patterns, but I still have to make it feel balanced. You don’t grow if you don’t push yourself, right?! I CASEd this one from Susan Itell. I love this paper – it’s from the All Abloom stack which is full of really pretty patterns and at $6.95 for 48 pieces of 4.5″ by 6.5″ paper, a good value.

 

Base: Daffodil Delight 8.5″ by 5.5″ scored and folded

Mat: Daffodil Delight 4″ by 5.25″ scored using the stampin’ trimmer every quarter of an inch.

All Abloom paper – 1.75″ by 5.25″

After assembling the first few layers, I turned to the banner. I don’t have the banner framelits (yet!) nor a square of hexagon punch so I had to cut the end of the banner by hand. Easy to do with a ruler to find the centre. I used lost lagoon (since that’s in the paper) and more daffodil delight. The sentiment is from Sassy Salutations and stamped in the lost lagoon ink. I wanted to mimic the flower in the dsp and used the itty bitty accents punch pack to make the flower shape. I could not find anything to make the small flower centre and I had to wait (impatiently) for a new SU! order containing the cupcake punch. My sister was fairly convinced that the cupcake punch would have limited use in her crafting since she wasn’t expecting to make a lot of cupcake cards. I could see her point. But we’ve come to realise that the punch is really useful because it creates quite a number of shapes. BTW, I did get a cupcake stamp set too. :)

 

I decided to make my own envelope using the envelope punch board and daffodil delight. I completely messed up the liner, forgetting that the framelit envelope liners won’t be the right shape for this kind of envelope. I instead glued a strip of the DSP to the front. I think it works well.

all abloom thank you env

I’m also thankful for Stampin’ Up!’s Paper Pumpkin promotion which ends on Wednesday. Paper Pumpkin is a kit in a box which is sent to you monthly (whilst you’re a subscriber) and contains everything that you need to make the project(s) with the possible exception of glue. Until Wednesday, they are offering 50% off for the first two months. I’m going to join up because at $10 for the first two months, how can I lose? :) If any of you decide to join, please put me in as your demonstrator. Thanks.

Here are the details:

Offer Details: Use the code HALFOFF2 to join Paper Pumpkin before September 10, 2014, and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included)

The Fine Print:

  • For new subscribers only.
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month’s kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
  • You need to visit MyPaperPumpkin.com to join.
  • Enter the Promo Code, “HALFOFF2” when you sign up.
  • New subscribers must join by Wednesday, September 10, 2014; 11:50 PM (MT).

Thank you for the kind comments and all the likes on Facebook already after only three days!

Today’s card is a copy of the first card I made, about three months ago at the new 2014 catalogue sneak peek at my upline’s house. I’ve made it in various colours since then and tweaked the sentiment. It uses a new stamp set, Work of Art, which I initially completely overlooked but have since discovered it to be very versatile. This is another design which is easy to mass produce although the key, in my opinion (and this is my blog so it’s ALL my opinion!) is to use the stamp-a-ma-jig. This little tool is an absolute marvel and has already saved me from wonky stamping on many cards. From what I’ve read online so far, it is a feared tool or at least a neglected one. In a future post, I’ll try to demystify it and give a few tips on its use. It may even be my first video!

 

Details:

Base: 8.5″ by 5.5″ blackberry bliss

Mat: 4″ by 5.25″ Very Vanilla

Ink: Blackberry bliss

 

I took the swoosh from the Work of Art set and, using the stamp-a-ma-jig to keep everything straight, stamped it four times without re-inking. The Thank and you also come from the same set. I lined the envelope using the in colours backgrounds DSP. Although the DSP seems expensive at $21.95, you get 40 sheets of 12 by 12 each of which can line 8 envelopes so it does go a long way. The DSP has patterns in white but I find that the dots are so small that they work with the very vanilla envelopes.

Stampin' Up! Work of Art

Colour has such an interesting effect. Here’s the same card in different colours – and in one case, with a different font.

Strawberry slush on whisper white. The envelope is lined with paper from the All Abloom paper stack.

Stampin' Up! Work of Art

Perfect plum on very vanilla. Sentiment from the Sassy Salutations stamp set. I love the font but I don’t think it works so well on this card. But I do prefer the softer look of the very vanilla over the whisper white.

Stampin' Up! Work of Art

Marina mist on white

Stampin' Up! Work of Art

 

My favourites are the two purples on the vanilla paper. What do you think?