Strong & Beautiful – Two for Tuesday

The Strong & Beautiful stamp set was a must buy for me. I am so blessed to be surrounded by strong, beautiful women. The set has a dozen sentiments that are perfect for sending cards to my amazing friends and family. I’m using two of those sentiments as the focal points for my cards featuring the Pretty Peacock In-Color paired with So Saffron.

Diamonds

The diamond card starts with a base of So Saffron cardstock. On top of that, I layered a piece of the In Color DSP on another piece of So Saffron. The new patterns for this year are wonderful and you get 40 – 6×6″ sheets in a pack. A wonderful value. Below that, I added some of my hand colored DIY DSP. I used a stamp from the Hugs from Shelli (see last Tuesday’s post for details). I used the new Stampin Blends, So Saffron and Pretty Peacock for my coloring. With both pieces of DSP on the So Saffron 4-1/8x 5-3/8″ cardstock, I was able to easily wrap the Pretty Peacock velvet ribbon. This was a remainder from a Paper Pumpkin kit. If you don’ have it there is an Old Olive/Pretty Peacock ribbon in the catalog that would be a beautiful substitute. The entire assembly is mounted to the base with Dimensionals.

Next, I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I considered using Pretty Peacock, but I liked the addition of the black ink for this card. The sentiment and the So Saffron shape beneath it were cut out using the Nested Label dies. I have a feeling these are going to be very useful in my craft room. A lot like my Ovals and other Stitched Shapes. I mounted that assembly to the card with Dimensionals and added a couple of rhinestones. Simple and elegant.

Pearls

The next card is almost a duplicate of the first card. The card has a horizontal orientation and I used a different pattern from the In-Color DSP. I accented the card with some of the last of my Artisan pearls from last year’s catalog. But as I’ve shared before, don’t forget you can customize the Basic Pearls with the Stampin’ Blends.

As you can see, I reuse and use up all of the items from my Paper Pumpkin kits. They are a great way to supplement your craft room stash or get it started. Don’t miss out. Sign up with me.

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!