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For my new card, I wanted to feature more of the embossed piece, but didn’t have a thick piece of craft metal at the ready so I used aluminum foil instead. You do need to be careful to not tear the larger piece, but it is quite economical and sure to be found in your cupboard. I went to our lovely Woodlands embossing folder for this card plus I used the Peace This Christmas stamp set.
Monochromatic Monday – seems I really like this post day. Today’s post features all of gray colors – Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, and Memento Black with a little Whisper White. A little Old Olive is in the eyeball coloring. I don’t usually color with blender pens, but that is how I colored the solution in the jar.
Jar of Haunts is a must-have item if you have the coordinating framelits. So easy and fun to use – the jar stamp is the medium-sized jar in the framelit set. I also used the Spooky Fun and the Hardwood background stamp set.
Our new label punch is easy to layer by just punching out a few extra pieces and cutting them and adhering them behind the saying.
Today’s monochromatic color is Sweet Sugarplum. Ok, whenever I look at this color all I can see is mauve. So I challenged myself to create a card with it.
I did use the Fresh Fruits stamp set for the birthday phrase. The butterfly punches, thinlits, and embossing folders coordinate nicely. Love the rouched ribbon especially on this diagonal front. And yes, pearls again. I can’t help myself.
Hope you like it!]]>
Our plastic stamp cases do NOT like our Wisconsin winters, and replacements are only a quick and friendly phone call away. Then, there are those mistakes (usually by me) when entering item codes and getting not what my customer wanted. Again, in a matter of a minute or two, Demo Support responds and solves a problem. Procedure and business questions come up occasionally too. Yup, they are more than helpful in those instances as well. I cannot remember a time where they didn’t solve my problem to more than my satisfaction, even when blame was truly on my shoulders.
So in my eyes, I see them as lifesavers. I created this card and sent the package to celebrate them (along with other demonstrators around the world) and thank them for helping me succeed in my business. #weloveDS We really do.
I’m kind of crazy over our Basic Pearls, and this card uses plenty of them! Did you know if you press the pearls first before taking them off the protective sheet, they won’t lose their glue dot? One of my stampers suggested this, and it really does work!
The main stamp set is Falling Flowers, and the phrase is from Layering Love.
Sponging around the focal image softens the overall look. This card lends itself with any color palette!
The swirls offer lots of options with this stamp set – and if you are on Pinterest, you know the possibilities are endless with this stamp set and framelit bundle.
Tone on tone stamping on the back layer gives depth.
I highly suggest using our pierce pad when stamping the images!
When I sat down tonight, I was clueless as to what I wanted to create. However, I promised myself I would NOT use the Big Shot. My Big Shot is my favorite tool for any card, but it can also be a crutch. Any card you use your Big Shot on is a step up!
I met my challenge tonight, and in addition, I used a color combination outside of my usual comfort zone. Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, and Tangerine Tango feel like summer to me, and now I can turn to this trio with confidence.
Here is the first card:
Of course, after I take pictures of the card, I notice the tilting pearls on top. Oh well. I hope the person who gets this card won’t mind. Maybe I can fix it too. Using those pearl lines is another challenge. Those are always the last ones used on my pearl sheet.
Here is the stepped-up version:
How did I step up this card? Well, card stock to start with. I love the quality of Stampin’ Up! card stock, and layers of it on a card just make me happy. I also colored in more of the stamens on the background and added more flowers to the phrase layer. The phrase layer flowers also have Wink of Stella which brings some zing to them. Tighter trimming of the phrase layer leaves less blah space. I also like to add a pearl when a word has an “i” in it.
Try this color combo – I think you too will feel a little more summery afterwards!]]>