I have been trying lately to use some of my Stampin Up! merchandise that hasn’t seen the light of day in a while. I bought the Floral Fusion Sizzlets a long time ago and I think I have only used them once. I am not sure why because I think they make beautiful flowers in seconds! You just run it through the Big Shot machine and glue them together. Easy and pretty!
The trellis and the leaves are from Summer Silhouettes. The Happy Birthday banner is from the Hostess Set called Banner Greetings. You can buy this set for $10 for wood mount or $8 for clear mount with qualifying sales. It is such a cute set and banners are very popular right now. You see them everywhere.
There are lots of new products in this card I made. First of all, it uses the stamp set called Flower Shop. This set also has a matching Punch called Pansy Punch. I love it when stamps have a matching punch so you don’t have to cut things out by hand. If you buy them as a Bundle, Stampin Up! offers 15% off. I also used some new ribbon from the catalog called 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon in Calypso Coral. I love this new ribbon. It comes in 12 different colors! The Happy Birthday stamp is from the set called Label Something. It is a great set to have because it matches 6 of our punches. On the background, I used the Embossing Folder called Chevron because it tied the ribbon together.
I am usually a bright and sunny color person but I decided to make a card using more neutral colors. I saw a card similar to this one on Piinterest and decided to try it but at the same time changing it. First I stamped the flowers from Serene Silhouettes in Early Expresso onto Very Vanilla Card Stock. Then I covered both sides of the card stock with a straight edge and sponged (yes, sponged! I know. Aren’t you surprised?) the open area in Crumb Cake and then stamped the sentiment from Sweet Essentials. The ribbon I added is called Crochet Trim and is really lovely. It is much better in person than in the catalog. I am really getting outside my box, aren’t I?
This card mixes the old with the new. The stamp set called Bright Blossoms came out last and was very popular. It has cute little flowers, leaves and vases. I decided to use it to make the background of this card. The new stamp set I used is called Four You. It has 4 sentiments in it including Thank You, hello, Birthday Wishes and Thinking Of You. Each stamp has a different font. The other new item(s) I used on this card are the Candy Dots. I really like these as compared to brads. You don’t have to punch a hole in your card, they just stick on. Mailing it will also cost less, because I always had to pay extra because of the brads. They come in all the color families whereas the old brads only came in a few colors.
Sometimes people need to be reminded that life is not that bad. I made this card for a friend of mine who seems to have gotten into a rut. I am hoping she will open this card and do what it says. Smile! The smile stamp is from the set called Happy Day. The flowers are from Flower Shop and has a matching punch called Pansy Punch. These flowers don’t really look like pansies so I am not sure why they named it that. I think they look more like a Dogwood flower. In any case, if you buy both the stamp set and the punch, you can get the Bundle Price which is 15% off. The Framelits I used are also new and called Deco Labels.
Today is Rob and my 30th Anniversary! Wow! I do have to say, the years went really fast. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I married my Sweet Vidalia Onion (sorry but that is a 30 year old joke!) but it really has been 30 years! When we got married I only promised him 8 years so I think we did pretty well considering!
Stampin Up! is now selling Simply Pressed Clay. It comes in white but is very easy to dye a different color. You just add a few drops of ink refill and mix the clay up. In this bouquet I used Daffodil Delight for the yellow roses and Gumball Green for the leaves. The good thing about the clay is that it sticks to itself really well. As a matter of fact, you have to be very careful when putting it together because once it touches, it can’t be separated. I just made each rose separately and then just lightly touched them together. You can also buy the Buttons and Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds to make three different kinds of buttons and three different flowers. To get the clay out of the molds it works best if you put them in the freezer for about 15 minutes after pressing the clay in them.