Desert Colors: Painted Poppies

Stampin' Up! Painted Poppies using Pale Papaya and Soft Succulent In-Colors

I wanted the Stampin’ Up! Painted Poppies set from the moment it came out. But I didn’t buy it until quite late. I love red poppies as much as the next girl. And yes, I did pull over on the side of the road in France when I saw a field of them to take a picture. But poppies in my part of the world aren’t red. They’re orange.

I just noticed some poppies have sprung up in my naturalized garden. I can’t wait for them to bloom, and I owe my neighbors some thanks. But when they do bloom, I’m sure they will look similar to this: a nice soft green and a warm golden flower.

Painted Poppies Card Details

I started with a base of Soft Succulent. This new In-color is so pretty and soft, with a slight gray tone. Next, I added a layer of white card stock stamped with the poppy flower image from the set in Soft Succulent. Finally, to finish the background, I used the large spatter stamp with Pale Papaya to add an artistic feel.

For the focal point piece, I stamped the flower in Memento ink and used the new In-Color Stampin’ Blends to color it in. The sentiment is from the Dragonfly Garden set. Next, I trimmed the paper to 1-3/4″x3-1/2″ and mounted it on a piece of Soft Succulent cut to 2″x 3-3/4″. Finally, I tied a knot of Pale Papaya Open Weave ribbon around the assembly before adding it to the card on Dimensionals.

For the final touch of sparkle, I used three Genial Gems. That’s it. A simple, elegant card in the desert colors I love. You can order all these products with me by clicking on the image of the annual catalog on the right. Until next time…Ink up!

Embossed Velveteen Featuring Bloom and Grow

Highland Heather Velveteen paper from Stampin' Up! heat embossed with the Bloom and Grow stamp set by

This embossed velveteen card isn’t a direct CASE, but I did get the idea from a fellow demonstrator, France Martin. Even after watching her do this, I still had my doubts, but now, as the Monkeys sang, “I’m a believer.” The materials I used for this card are: Purple Posy card stock, the velveteen paper, white cardstock, Highland Heather ink, Versamark ink, white embossing powder, the Bloom and Grow stamp set, and the Detailed Trio punch.

Heat Embossed Velveteen How To

To do this well, I recommend using the Stamparatus. I placed my Highland Heather Velveteen paper on the tray and secured the middle with a magnet. Then, I placed the flower sprays on the paper where I wanted them and picked them up with the acrylic panel. Using Versamark, I stamped the images three times before I was confident I had sufficient ink for a good image.

Next, I covered the images with white embossing powder. I took extra care to make sure the stray powder was off the paper, mainly by flicking the back of the paper. Then it was time for the true test. With my heat gun, I melted the powder and got these gorgeous images. And I may have done a happy dance at this point because it’s so cool.

To finish the card, I layered my gorgeous paper on the card base. I cut a 1-1/2″ strip of Purple Posy and White card stock for the sentiment layers. I stamped the sentiment in Highland Heather ink. For a finishing touch, I punched the corners with the Detailed Trio punch.

This elegant card is actually pretty simple. If you haven’t purchased the velveteen paper, get yours before the 2020 catalog retires at the end of the month. Happy crafting!

Dragonfly Dreams

You know you love crafting when you dream about the cards you can make. This is one of those cards. I had been experimenting with using ink on my acrylic blocks to make interesting backgrounds. Starting with a couple of drops of Bumblebee, I smeared it on my big block using an aqua painter. I “stamped” it onto white card stock. I repeated the process with So Saffron, trying to fill the gaps in the original transfer. Then I left it overnight.

And had a dream.

The next morning, I sponged Soft Suede on the edges and over the blank spaces of the paper. Then I stamped the flowers from the Dragonfly Garden stamp set. Next, I added that to a layer of Soft Suede paper along with some faux suede trim and some Antique embellishments: the buckle and the four corners. For the base, I used Very Vanilla.

The Dragonfly

The dragonfly received special treatment. Using the Stamparatus, I stamped the image in Soft Suede. Then I stamped over it with Versamark only on the wings. To perfectly line up the second stamping, you must use a stamp positioning tool like the Stamparatus. Instead of embossing powder, I sprinkled the image with Heat n’ Stick powder and melted it with my heat tool. Lastly, I added gold leafing. If you zoom in, you will see how the fine lines in the wings are lightly gilded. I punched this image out using the dual dragonfly punch included in the bundle.

The sentiment is from the Art Gallery stamp set.

I hope I’ve inspired you to experiment with your craft supplies and create something you’ve dreamed of. Happy crafting.