When the 2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog came out I fell in love with a lot of the Designer Series Paper. I mean, who could resist? It was all gorgeous. Then when the 2021 Holiday Mini Catalog came out. I loved a lot of the DSP in that catalog. Once again, when the January – June Mini Catalog came out, I had to have even more. I made a vow to start using all my Designer Series Paper more than I usually do. I hate cutting that first piece. I keep thinking if I cut a piece out now, what will happen if I need a whole sheet later? It is a crazy way to think but most stampers have a little craziness in them anyway.
Of course now that all the DSP I purchased is retiring very soon and I still had a lot left over. So I decided I was going to use a lot of it in the next two weeks. A lot of it! I made these three simple cards the other day. It was a good start.
I used the Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper for this first card. It is so beautiful and even nicer in person. I first took a card base of Gorgeous Grape cardstock, folded it in half and cut an inch off on side. I layered a piece of the DSP on the inside of the card and another piece on the outside. I stamped the sentiment (which is from an old Paper Pumpkin kit because I didn’t have a Happy Mother’s Day stamp. Can you believe that??) in Gorgeous Grape Ink and then colored the flowers and leaves using a Seaside Spray and Old Olive Stampin Blends. Then I cut it out using the Layering Ovals (also retiring on May 3rd). I cut a larger oval out of Gorgeous Grape cardstock and the larger scalloped oval out of Purple Posy.
For this next card I used Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper Series Paper. I layered a 4″ x 5.25″ piece over a card base of Pool Party. I used the Floral Gallery die to cut “just wanted to say” in So Saffron card stock and I stamped the sentiment from the coordinating stamp set in Night Of Navy ink and cut it out using another die from Floral Gallery. The DSP speaks for itself on this card so I didn’t think it needed much more.
I also used the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper for this last card. I cut two 1″ strips of the flowers and adhered them to the sides of a Basic White card base. I then added the Pumpkin Pie piece of DSP in the middle. The fern is from Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper. These cut outs are gold on one side and white on the other. They are beautiful. They are also retiring. Sigh. So many beautiful papers are retiring. I stamped the sentiment from Many Messages and cut it out using the coordinating die Messages. The stamp is one big stamp and so is the die.
Do you have a lot of Designer Series Paper that you are afraid to cut? You need to just do it. It is beautiful and it makes gorgeous, easy cards.