When I was trying to create a card with 5 colours for the last Fab Friday challenge, I pulled out the Stampin’ Up! Flower Patch set and played around with clear embossing powder and sponges. That card didn’t work out for the challenge (too many colours!), but I liked the effect and put it on my list of cards to make. Here’s the result with just two colours!

Stampin' Up! Flower Patch

Using a piece of crumb cake, I embossed the flowers in the clear embossing powder. After that I used a sponge and some cherry cobbler ink and, starting in the centre of each flower carefully sponged towards the edges letting the colour fade as I got further away from the centres. As I was heat embossing, I also decided to heat emboss the happy birthday sentiment (from Sassy Salutations) in cherry cobbler. I mounted this on a base of cherry cobbler.

I pulled out a crumb cake envelope and pondered how to enhance it. I’ve just received the Fresh Prints paper stack (it’s on the clearance rack) and it had some handy prints so I lined the outside of the envelope’s flap.

Stampin' Up! Flower Patch with envelope

I recently got the Stampin’ Up! embellished events set and the santa hat just jumped out at me. I noticed recently on Susan Itell’s site how great some scoring looks to create the card’s border and it seemed like a good idea here.

Stampin' Up! Embellished Events

I used a piece of very vanilla 5.25″ by 4″ to stamp on, using both the hat and the sentiment from the Embellished Events set and real red ink. Then I flipped the paper over and scored at 1/4 inch from the edge on all four sides. This means that the scoring is raised rather than a valley on the front of the card. I then adhered it to a base of very vanilla and apart from a greeting stamped inside, I was done. It was “christmas greetings” from Endless Wishes in case you’re curious. I went to my stash of envelope liners and found that I was out of real red. No worries – I grabbed a 12 by 12 inch piece of the backgrounds DSP in real red and cut it into eight 3″ by 6″ pieces. Then I cut the liners two at a time (I figure that the DSP is much thinner than card stock) and then scored them 2 at a time as well on the Stampin’ trimmer. I glued one to my very vanilla envelope and the card was complete. Easy and effective.

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The current challenge at the addictedtoCAS site is Family. Here’s the banner:

This seemed like a great time to pull out my new stamp set, Zoo Babies. I also decided to use some of the Fresh Prints DSP stack (currently a great value on the closeout list at $2.79) and took my colour choices from there.

Stampin' Up! Zoo Babies

The colours on this DSP are coastal cabana, crumb cake and whisper white (also real red but not on this piece) so I stamped the giraffes in the crumb cake and the sentiment in coastal cabana both on whisper white. I cropped the whisper white to give a decent border of the dsp which is only 1/8 inch smaller than the base of whisper white.

For some reason, I like to use the alphabet embossing folder on baby cards. Maybe I think that the alphabet will somehow sink into the baby’s mind. I’m not sure. But it is fun to dry emboss the flap of the envelope with it.

My order arrived today – a day ahead of schedule! So rather than play with any challenges, I had to play with some of my new stuff. I’ve been looking forward to trying the Stampin’ Up! Lotus Blossom set. It’s a sale-a-bration item which means that you can get it for free after you spend $50 (before shipping and tax) which really isn’t hard to do. In fact, for each $50 you spend, you get to select one item. Sale-a-bration starts for the general public on January 6th. For now, all demonstrators can show is projects made with the new items, not any of the pages of the new occasions or sale-a-bration catalogues.

Stampin' Up Lotus Blossom

I really love this stamp set – it’s a 3 step set meaning that you layer 3 images to get the end result. I started with the first stamp (they are numbered, don’t worry!) in cajun craze but I stamped on scrap paper first to get a less intense colour and then used crushed curry for the second image. I decided to also use crushed curry for the third image but stamped off on scrap paper first to get a paler colour there as well.

The stems are a two stamp image and I used Always Artichoke for both, stamping off for the second image to give the contrast. The Thank you is from the same set and that is obviously stamped in crushed curry as well. I adhered my piece of very vanilla onto a crushed curry base and then lined the envelope using the Background DSP from the Regal collection in crushed curry.

 

Amazingly this card isn’t for a challenge – although it was inspired by a card that I made for one – see it here. At the time, a friend of mine commented that she’d like to see it in red and it occurred to me that making one of the ornaments gold would be a good idea.

Stampin' Up! Merry Mini Punches

With this card, I had a large top layer and so could fit 7 of the ornaments – the ornaments are from the Stampin’ Up! Merry Mini punches. As before I lined up the edge of the punch with the edge of the previously punched ornament to give me a consistent space between ornaments. I then took a scrap of the gold foil paper and glued it in place onto the back of the whisper white card. I stamped the sentiment from the Sassy Salutations stamp set. I then popped up the top layer using stampin’ dimensionals.