Monday, May 14, 2012

More Bright Blossoms

Here's a few more cards I made using the Bright Blossoms set from Stampin' Up!  Of the cards I'm posting today, this first one is my favorite.

This second card sort of "evolved" as the afternoon progressed... and it took awhile before I finally figured out what I wanted to do because the busy pattern was throwing me off.  I love the paper, which is from the Summer Smooches DSP from Stampin' Up!, but I just haven't worked with such a loud pattern in awhile!  

The final card from this weekend is, well, ummm.... okay, I'm just not sure I like it.  Is it a lack of balance? the way the sentiment overlays the ribbon? or something else that makes it not-quite-right?  I'm open to feedback on this one!

I did a bit of a regrouping this evening in preparation for the !!NEW STUFF!! that arrived on Friday!  I've received my supply of SU!'s awesome new In Colors products -- ink pads (in a new style), cardstock, and markers; plus two sets of Designer Series Paper that incorporate some of the new colors in each!  Just wait 'til you see the new Floral District DSP!  OMG, we're talking COLOR RIOT!!  No worries about falling asleep when I work with this!  The other DSP that arrived consists of Christmas papers, but I'm toying with the idea of making something non-holiday with it... we'll see.

AND!  I've seen the new 2012-13 catalog... and give it a big WOOHOO!!  It is indeed another beautiful catalog worthy of being called an Idea Book as well, even though it's not.  If you haven't heard, Stampin' Up! decided to create a smaller year-round catalog, and supplement it twice a year with larger seasonal mini catalogs.  I think they've made a wise move!  Despite the change, they've made a slam dunk with the catalog that goes live on June 1st.  There's a good number of NEW stamp sets and accessories, but not so much that it's overwhelming.  I just know you're gonna love it!

Happy Stamping!
Joyce Spear (a.k.a. StamperJoyce)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Pretty Flowers!

My three most recent cards feature new floral sets from Stampin' Up!  After all, it IS spring!  :)

I used a new stamp set from the Occasions Mini, Bordering on Romance, to create this first card.  First I cut out the scalloped oval in a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock using the Punch Windows Movers & Shapers magnetic die, then surrounded it with blossoms which I colored using pearlescent chalks.  I finished off the front with a bit of Blushing Bride pleated ribbon (which is to-die-for!).  The card looks a little flat here, but in real life it shimmers!

The next card I created with the Bright Blossoms set which will be in the NEW catalog to be released June 1st.  After stamping the Lucky Limeade card base with an Aida background stamp, I layered the tulip-filled vase on a Daffodil Delight doily which I made using the new Large Sizzlit aptly named Paper Doily.  A few doodles to create a frame around the central image, a bit of 1/2" stitched poly ribbon layered under a greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes, and the card was done!  Inside (not pictured) is simply another length of the poly ribbon.

The last card I'm showing off today is also made with the Bright Blossoms set, and is my favorite of the three.  I stamped the flowers on SU!'s Shimmery White cardstock, then layered them in circles on Pale Plum cardstock.  Also used is a bit of Rich Razzleberry patterned paper from the Summer Smooches DSP pack; some 5/8" organza ribbon, and some basic pearls.  The sentiment on the inside is non-SU!, but almost any sentiment would work.

I've got a quiet weekend ahead of me, so I hope to have more pictures to show you on Monday!

Happy Stamping!
Joyce Spear a.k.a. StamperJoyce