Friday, March 11, 2016

Stampin' Up! Botanicals Just for You

Have you earned your free Sale-a-Bration sets yet?  I love the simplicity and boldness of the Botanicals for You set.  It works great as a single layer or embellished and layered for a fun card.  I paired the set with the Botanical Builders framelits and designer series paper for this card.  Colors are Mint Macaron, Crushed Curry, and Basic Black.

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Stampin' Up! Cucumber Dot Botanicals

I am so ready for Spring...and I think it shows in my stamping creations lately!  It's time for bright and fun cards.  I've been enjoying the warmer Spring-like weather we've had over the past week or two and loved the fact that ALL of our snow finally melted (I think we've had some snow on the ground since last November).  Then, last night we went out to visit family it was raining, then drove home in what I'd almost describe as a blizzard!  Thankfully it's sunny and melting today,

I haven't had a lot of time to stamp the past few months, but I LOVE the new stamps and accessories in the Occasions Catalog, so I was excited to try some of my new stamps out.  I decided to play along with the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  Thanks to the inspiration from this challenge I've been able to crank out a few new cards without too much effort.  I also decided to use a lot of green to go along with the challenge over at Stampin' Royalty.  After all, bright green says Spring to me, and Spring makes my heart happy.

I used some of my polka dot Cucumber Crush DSP from the In Color DSP stack for my background and layered that on black to help it "pop" off the white card base.  The word strip is Daffodil Delight and I stamped the awesome greeting from the Grateful Bunch set from the Occasions Catalog.  The bold flower is Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Cucumber Crush card stock cut out with the Botanical Builders framelits dies.  I decided that the leaves needed something to help them not get so lost against the green background, so I used the fern-like stamp from the Botanical Blooms stamp set to stamp some black detail on them.  Enjoy!

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Stampin' Up! Bold and Bright Botanicals

I'm in love with my stamp sets from the Occasions Catalog.  When I first flipped through the catalog, I thought it was nice and that I'd get a few new things, but as I've given it a closer look and have seen so many fabulous creations made with the new products, my wish list grew...and grew...and grew.  Since it's Sale-a-Bration right now, I figured it's a great time add some new sets to my collection/habit/hobby and I'm sure glad that I have done just that!  A few weeks ago I pulled out everything that is new from Sale-a-Bration and the Occasions Catalog and started creating.  What fun!

I'm always up for a new flower set since they can be so versatile, and I fell in love with the Botanical Blooms set at first sight.  This was my #1 pick from the Occasions Catalog and it does not disappoint!  I love the 2-step style and the photopolymer stamps sure make lining up the stamps easy.  I made this card with Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Cucumber Crush, and Basic Black.  The card base is textured with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder.  The totally awesome greeting is from the Grateful Bunch set (also in the Occasions Catalog) and is punched with the oval punch and the Decorative Label punch.

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