Celebrate with Flowers

It’s the start of the holiday season. I’ve already shared some Halloween ideas with you, but today, I’m going to go back to one of my favorite craft images—flowers. My inventory of flower stamps and dies is large. But there is always room for another great set and the Celebrate Sunflowers stamps and dies called to me. Then I saw the DSP that came in the suite and it was in a box and on its way to me. I fell in love with the way the In-Colors came together and the way this set will work year-round. I already did a post with the Memories and More cards from the Flowers for Every Season suite which includes the Celebrate Sunflowers bundle. Now, I have to show you how easy it is to create a card featuring the rest of this suite including the Stampin’ Blends in the new colors.

Winter Blues

Misty Moonlight is a gorgeous blue that reminds me of Dapper Denim, but is deeper and richer. For this card, I used it for the base and then added 1-3/4″ strips of the Flowers for Every Season DSP that included Misty Moonlight in the pattern. I stamped the sentiment in the matching ink. It’s cut out with the Stitched So Sweetly dies and layered over a length of the Whisper White ribbon from the Every Season pack. I love how sheer it is.

Next, I added a die cut sunflower stamped in Balmy Blue. I used this color to show how the image works no matter what color you use to stamp and to contrast with the Misty Moonlight. Almost monochromatic, but with a bit more zip. Lastly, I added an In-Color Enamel Dot.

Spring Bouquet

The next card shows off the amazing Magenta Madness. This pink is so vibrant it’s nearly neon. I can’t look at it without feeling happier. To create this cool 3-D card, I cut the DSP layer to fit the card. Then I used the Mason Jar punch, part of the Jar of Flowers bundle included in the suite, to create an opening for the shaker dome. I stamped the flower stems in Cinnamon Cider on a scrap piece of Pool Party and colored in a few of the stems to give it more visual dimension. The domes have the adhesive built-in, so I added a few of the Flowers for Every Season gems and adhered all of that to the card base.

For the bouquet, I started by stamping the image in Memento ink on Whisper White. I colored in the image using the In-Color Stampin’ Blends. I fussy cut out the flowers and lifted it on Dimensionals so it looks like it’s coming out of the mason jar. The sentiment is stamped in Magenta Madness and is from a different set. My design didn’t leave much room for the larger sentiments, so I had to cheat a bit.

Summer Sunflower

I started this card with the crazy idea of layering foil paper over vellum. I wanted something fun and different, and I think I got that. The base is Magenta Madness. Then added the strips of DSP which scream summertime to me. Can’t you see that striped piece as a beach towel?

So I stamped that great big beautiful sunflower image in Staz-on on vellum and then colored the back side with the Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends just to give it some color. I love how the DSP shows through the sunflower image. The overlay is die cut from silver foil.

Lastly, I added the sentiment from Celebrate Sunflowers in Magenta Madness and a few Just Jade enamel dots. I’ll probably play with the vellum-foil layering some more. I like the effect.

Fall Leaves

The last card I have for you today is a result of what fell on my craft desk as I created other cards. The small scraps of DSP that seem to collect in my craft room. And since I can’t rake them into a pile and fall into them, I decided to put their beautiful remains to use with this scrappy little patchwork card.

On a 4″x5-1/4″ base of Misty Moonlight, I organized my pieces until I had a pleasing arrangement. Staggering the “seam” is important if you’re trying to make a card like this. It give the card energy, also there is a slight symmetry to the pieces, the small piece in the upper left is mirrored by the small piece in the lower right. And all the colors are in contrast, at least as much as I could. This piece went on a Just Jade base.

To finish the card, I added a strip of ribbon from the combo pack. The Just Jade gingham is adorable—you’ll see more of it. The sentiment is stamped in Just Jade and die-cut with the Stitched Nested Labels. Two small Gold Glitter enamel dots provided the perfect touch of sparkle.

Four cards and I have barely scratched the surface of this gorgeous suite. I hope you’re finding some time create. Happy crafting.

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