Happiness Surrounds

It’s time for another Snowflake Showcase card. This time, I’m using the sister stamp set, Happiness Surrounds that pairs with the Snowfall dies.  As I was making this card, phrases such as “gilding the lily” and “less is more” came to mind, because we all have an internal critic and for whatever reason, mine is hanging on to the megaphone with both hands.  I decided to not only go with my original design, I decided that more really is more. And that I like gilding lilies.  I can appreciate and often aspire to a clean and simple look. But sometimes, I just want all the sparkle, all the layers, and all the textures.  I want to be “surrounded by happiness”.

Happiness Surrounds with Vegas gold shimmerSo, that’s what where this card came from.  I started with a base of Thick Very Vanilla.  It compliments the warm gold tones and is strong enough to support the many layers of die cuts. The bottom layer is Blackberry Bliss cardstock embossed with the Tin Tile dynamic embossing folder.  I used a bit of Vegas Gold Shimmer paint to highlight the pattern of the embossing.

For the band across the middle, I used a 1″x 4″ strip of Regals DSP in Blackberry Bliss with a 1/2″ strip of gold foil paper. Over that, I layered the Very Vanilla Polka Dot Tulle ribbon.

Next, I started stamping and die-cutting.  The leaf base for the flowers used four of the dies in the Snowfall set along with two of the stamps. I stamped with Mint Macaron on the same color cardstock. The Berry Burst layer is stamped with the striped six-petal flower image, then die cut. Over that I layered Grapefruit Grove cut with one of the dies. On top of that, I added a Blackberry Bliss flower stamped in Blackberry Bliss and die-cut. Then, because “why not?” I added a gold foil die cut.

I used Tombow Mono Liquid Glue to put all those flower layers together and created the floral spray on the card using Tombow, glue dots and for the center flower, Dimentionals.

Next, I stamped the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss on Very Vanilla cardstock and punched it out with a 1-1/4″ circle punch.  I used the 1-3/8″ Scallop punch to cut the gold foil layer and then a final Blackberry Bliss layer with the 1-1/2″ Circle punch. That is mounted to the card with Dimensionals.  I thought I was done with the card, but then I added one last embellishment, Gold Metallic Pearls to the center of each flower.

This is a more advanced card, but I like that it showcases the different styles that can be achieved with Stampin’ Up! products. The only limitation is your imagination. Go for it!

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You Are My Anchor Shadowbox

Did you ever have one of those weeks where your plans are just off?  This has been the week for me.  I messed up my calendar and stood up a friend.  I’m mortified but reminded that I’m human.  Which, is a very good thing to be reminded of on a periodic basis.

I’m not the only one struggling. Another friend called me in a panic about a bill that was going to be past due in one day!  The due date was in June.  Luckily, I had just had the same problem – not knowing what month it is- so I was able to reassure her that all is well and the planet is still spinning.  But in the meantime, I didn’t post my Throwback Thursday that I promised. I’m late.

All of this relates to my project today.  Calendars and what month is it?  Well, it’s May. But, I have a June Shadowbox project to share with you.  I purchased a super 12×12 shadowbox frame last year from a local store that has lots of coupons (wink, wink).  It opens from the front making it easy to swap out the contents.  I’ve been slowly working on creating a different mixed media page for each month.  I didn’t have June yet, but now I do thanks to our beachy April Paper Pumpkin.

You can see that I used papers and punched images from the kit as well as the stamps.

I used a 12×12 sheet of Dapper Denim to support the DSP as the base.

The base cardstock squares in Island Indigo and Calypso Coral are 3-1/2″.

I used the soon to be released Sea of Textures and the matching die set to create the coral and the netting on the June square.

The Seas the Day sentiment is from So Many Shells – this set is retiring.  By the Tide (a retired set) provided many of the of the other sea images.

It was June, so I had to give a nod to the Father’s Day holiday.  I used the retired Going Global for the wind rose and the soon to retire Teeny Tiny Wishes for the holiday sentiment.

Aren’t those starfish cute on the lighthouse square?  They’re the centers from the sand dollar dies that will be coming out in June.

The gold embossed sand dollar is a very old set – Natures Wonders from 2002.  It just shows you what high quality the Stampin Up! products are.  That stamp is older than my car and still going strong!

SUMMER- the letter dies are an investment, but wow what you can do with them.  I used a flimsy piece of no-name patterned paper I had in my stash because I liked the netting vibe it had.  To make them usable, I cut the same letters from the protective cardstock that comes in the DSP packs, thick white, has a sticker on it. Don’t throw that away! The dies cut through the thicker paper with no problems and I was able to glue the thin paper letters onto that thick backing and pop them onto the shadowbox page with Dimensionals.

In just a couple more weeks, I’ll swap out my May page with this one in.  Instant decoration for my home and it might help me with my calendar problem. Maybe.