You have all seen posts where I mention my friend, Buffy. She was part of the BS & J Stamp Off Challenges but we had been friends for a long time before that. At first, we were just virtual friends. That lasted quite a few years. Although I had never met Buffy in person I still felt like she was one of my closest friends. Eventually, we met at a Stampin’ Up!® Convention and we bonded even more. We have now been to a lot of events together and each one is more fun than the next. The only problem is we have been known to say something to each other and start one of those laughing fits where you just can not stop. By the time we were finally under control, we couldn’t always remember what was so funny.
In any case, years ago Buffy and I decided that we always had too much ribbon leftover when they retired so we decided to do a “product share” together. She would buy three rolls of ribbon and I would buy a different three rolls and then we would send each other half. It is a great way to get all different kinds of ribbons and maybe even use up a couple of rolls (that is not true but it is a nice thought!). This year we expanded our product shares to Designer Series Paper and embellishments because we always had an excess of unused every year. It is kind of fun because she picks some products that I would not have chosen and I hope I do the same for her.
One of the Designer Series Paper packs Buffy shared is called Pretty Prints. I am not sure I would have chosen this one on my own but I am so glad she did. One side of this paper has beautiful flower images and the other has splatters. I decided I wanted to use this paper on a card and this is what I came up with.
I took a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of the Calypso Coral/Petal Pink splatter paper and layered it onto a Petal Pink card base.
Next, I used the stamp set called Framed Occasions. It is a new set that is in the 2022/2023 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. It coordinates with a set of dies called Beautiful Shapes. Beautiful Shapes is in the January – June Mini Catalog which is retiring at the end of this month. The stamp set that was part of a bundle with these dies is retiring but the dies themselves are carried over into the new Annual Catalog. I first stamped the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss ink onto a piece of Petal Pink card stock and cut it out using one of the Beautiful Shapes dies. Then I cut out a larger-sized hexagon to layer it on. Next, I cut out a bunch of different-sized hexagons. Some of them I used whole but took a couple of them and cut out the middle so they looked like frames. I randomly placed them on the card. There are various other shapes included in the Beautiful Shapes die set including diamonds, circles and some wonky dies meant to cut out sentiments.
Susan, I love the masculine feel of all these shapes. The placement of the elements is wonderful, which is always a challenge for me.
I LOVE this card! The layered shapes are perfect, and you definitely showed off that paper without it being overwhelming. Great job!! (Funny story – I didn’t even recognize this paper. I thought, “Oh, I have to get some of that!!”)