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Rococo Roses

Rococo Rose is a beautiful dusty mauve color that goes beautifully with almost every other color in the Stampin’ Up! palette. Not only did SU put it out in ink and paper, but there are a set of Stampin’ Blends in the new Annual Catalog. Working with Blends is a little intimidating at first. I know I wondered “what if I do it wrong.” Well, I can tell you, there is no wrong. Just add layers and blend. That’s what I did to make my own “DSP”.

Making My Own DSP

I started with a blank 8.5 x 11″ piece of Whisper White. Then I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp a flower image all over it. I moved the stamp in every direction and had it fall off the edge of the paper, I filled it in completely. The stamp I used was from the Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin, but use what you have or try the new Free as a Bird set. It has very similar flower images.

Next, I cut the paper into four pieces, each one 5.5 x 4.25″. Then I started coloring. The first piece I did with Rococo Rose and Mint Macaron Blends. This gave me a beautiful piece of designer paper to work with. I easily made two cards with it.

Two Cards – First Card – A Note of Friendship

I used Rococo Rose paper as my card bases. Then I trimmed my custom paper. I cut the long side first so that I could use the strip to decorate the inside of my card. Coloring was hard work and I didn’t want to waste a quarter-inch.

Using the Free as a Bird Bundle that comes with the stamp set and the nested dies in the 2019 Annual Catalog, I stamped the birds on a branch on Whisper White using Memento ink and colored in with Balmy Blue, Soft Suede, Mint Macaron, and Rococo Rose Blends. When I cut out the image with the Nested die I realized it was going to cover up a lot of my hard work. So, I cut out the next smallest size of the Nested dies right out of the middle of the paper. Card number two just became a thing.

I layered the colored paper onto the card base with snail. The birds were added with Dimensionals. The sentiment is from the same set. Then I added a few pink gems left over from last years catalog. Don’t forget you can also use Blends to color your rhinestones and make your own matching embellishments.

Second Card – Happy Birthday

For the next card, I embossed a 5.25 x 4″ piece of Whisper White with the Lace embossing folder. I layered that onto the Rococo Rose base. I added a Whisper White twine bow and adhered the duo with Dimensionals.

Next, I added a banner and sentiment, stamped in Rococo Rose, from the Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin. I felt like it still needed something and I could have used the same Paper Pumpkin stamp and leaves, but I didn’t feel like fussy cutting, so I got out my Painted Seasons stamps and matching dies to add a Rococo Rose flower and Mint Macaron leaves.

Simple, gorgeous and I got to play with the new In-Color in all its varieties. Also, I have three more stamped panels of flowers. Expect to see more cards from this experimental effort. I hope you’re playing with your craft stash and making beautiful cards to share with your loved ones.

Retro Beauty

I found a new challenge site that matches my Throwback Thursday theme. Retro Rubber Challenge Blog encourages crafters to pull out that seasoned stamp set and remember why you fell in love in the first place. Their current challenge is a Tic-Tac-Toe board. I found lots of inspiration on the board. Let me show you.

For my card, I used the diagonal row: Neutrals, Flowers, and Birds. It just so happens the Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin incorporated these nature-inspired elements, so I used the kit as my jumping off point along with one of the first stamp sets I purchased from Stampin’ Up back in 2005, Beautiful Beach. The Van Gogh quote that came in the set spoke to me then and, fourteen years later, still does.

My nature/beach themed card uses a base of Pretty Peacock which coordinates with the Paper Pumpkin kit. Over that I used a layer of a long retired DSP, Going Global in Lost Lagoon. This is also a retired color, but wow does it work with Pretty Peacock. Over that, I layered a card front from the kit stamped with one of the bird images in Gray Granite. I added a piece of retiring Wood Texture DSP to represent driftwood.

Next, I worked on the sentiment. Because this stamp is so old, at the time, it had to be trimmed by hand and mounted to the wood block. Well, I was a new stamper and I mounted the sentiment one way and the image sticker upside down. It’s always a challenge to get it right. But I managed to get it stamped correctly in Early Espresso. I added some “watery” texture with the Paper Pumpkin stamp using the second generation stamping technique and Pretty Peacock ink.

My embellishments are the die cuts from the kit, two feathers, and a flower as well as some twine. Then I added the seashell from another seasoned stamp set, By the Tide. I used Crumb Cake ink on Very Vanilla for the image and fussy cut it. For a final touch, I added some hard to see in a photograph raindrop shaped crystal drops.

One card, lots of nature and I had a ton of fun digging through my stash for inspiration. Thanks the Retro Rubber Challenge team for a wonderful board.

Update: I was a top pick for this challenge!

Hugs from Shelli Alternates

The May 2019 Paper Pumpkin came is a special flowery box and contained materials enough to make twelve nature inspired notecards, three each of four designs. My Paper Pumpkin club loved this box. You can see from the picture, the stamp set included in the kit is filled with useful sentiments and inspiring images. This kit probably didn’t need alternates, but here are some to inspire you if you do choose to make use of the three kinds of ribbon and other items that came in the kit.

Alternate Note Cards

The first card simply rotates the layout to horizontal. I added a leftover woodgrain sticker from the November 2018 kit under the label. The sentiment is stamped in Gray Granite which was the ink spot for the April 2019 kit. I added a couple of Artisan Pearls to the pre-punched flowers.

For the second note card sized alternate, I fussy cut images from the Botanical Butterfly DSP I earned during Sale-a-bration. On the base of the card, I stamped second-generation flower images from the kit in Old Olive ink. I also used the new Pretty Peacock In-Color ink for the sentiment. Layering the labels adds a touch of elegance to the card, like chargers under the dinner plates when setting a formal dining table.

Full Sized Cards

The note cards are suitable for mailing but I know some people prefer the standard card sizes. For the first full-sized alternate, I used a base of Very Vanilla with a layer of Early Espresso. Then I added a layer of retired Botanical Gardens vellum. When I originally purchased the vellum, I thought it was beautiful, but I wasn’t sure how to use. I’m so glad I had it in my stash for this card. The next layer is a trimmed down card front. The twine and flowers and label and sentiment were all included in the kit. I added Artisan Pearls to the flowers.

For this second card, I again cut the card front off of the note card. I used watercolor pencils to fill in the image, Old Olive leaves, Balmy Blue eggs, Espresso nest and some Lemon Lime Twist leaves. The bird, the texture on the Crumb Cake base, and the sentiment are from Best Birds. The layer in between the base and the card front is a scrap I had left over playing with inking embossing folders. I used Blushing Bride ink along with a now retired Spring Flowers embossing folder. For a final touch on the front, I used the Rose Gold shimmer paint that came in the Everything is Rosy kit. That pinky gold paint added a perfect touch of subtle sparkle.

For the next card, I made use of one of the envelopes. I started with a Crumb Cake base like the previous card. Then I layered on Early Espresso. I opened up one of the envelopes and added a strip of the inner leaf printed paper to the card. I saved the flap to make the bottom Petal Pink tag stamped with the floral image from the kit in Petal Pink ink. I didn’t embellish the card front except to add a few Artisan pearls at the end. The tag sentiment is from a retired set, Everyday Tags, and the tag was cut from one of the card backs.

The last card would be perfect for an anniversary or wedding card. The card front had two bird images that inspired me to create a “love birds” card. I used a base of Pool Party with a layer of Pretty Peacock. Over that I added the card base with a section of the laser cut Delightfully Detailed paper. Laser cut paper adds amazing details to your card and is so simple. The sentiment is a combination of Sunshine Sayings (retiring) and the “love” from the kit. Again, those Artisan Pearls (also retiring) found their way onto this card. The flowers and the velvet ribbon were included in the kit and I have lots of the ribbon left to play with, so you will see more of that gorgeous stuff.

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