Celebrate Sunflowers

Stampin Up Celebrate Sunflowers

Stampin’ Up!® has really upped their game with their stamps and dies the last few years.  All companies sell stamps with dies that cut out the images in the stamp set but Stampin’ Up!® also adds some fun dies to their sets that do other things than just cut out the images.  A perfect example of this is the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set and the coordinating Sunflower dies (and you can save 10% if you buy them in a Bundle).   Yes, the dies cut out all the images but they do so much more.  The Sunflowers dies also include the parts to make the sunflower and the leaves in my cards.  So, you get a die that cuts out the shape of the sunflower and the leaves but then you get another die that add the details to them.  .

To make this card I first cut out the large outline of the sunflower.  Then I did a little sponging in the center and the edges of it using Cinnamon Cider ink.  Then I cut out the details of the sunflower using Cinnamon Cider cardstock and adhered it to the sunflower using Multipurpose Glue.  After that I added to two center pieces (dies that also do other things that just cut out an image).  I did the same with the leaves using Mossy Meadow and Pear Pizzazz cardstock.

I wanted to add something to the background of the card so I embossed a piece of Whisper White cardstock using one of the Greenery Embossing Folders.  Here is a closer look.

Stampin Up Celebrate Sunflowers

The last thing I did was stamp the sentiment in Memento Black Ink. 

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Forever Greenery

Hello everyone.  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  This time our challenge was to use our favorite Designer Series Paper.  This was probably the hardest challenge we have had in a long time.  Why you ask?  Because I truly haveTHREE favorite DSPs.  I love Flowers For Every Season because it is bright and cheery.  It has flower patterns on one side and designs on the other.  I also love Peony Garden for the total opposite reason I love Flowers For Every Season.  Peony Garden is soft and uses neutral colors and goes with everything.  Then there is Forever Greenery.  I love the colors in this paper and it has beautiful leaf designs on one side and patterns on the other.  I was tempted to show you three cards using each of these papers but I decided to will have to wait to see the other two.  Although I was going to show you the Peony Garden DSP but I didn’t like the card I made so I changed my mind.

As you can see I chose Forever Greenery for this challenge.  The great thing about this paper is it uses every green Stampin’ Up!® offers except Old Olive.  Actually Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive are very close so you could get away with using it.

To make this card I first ran a piece of Whisper White cardstock through my die cutting machine using one of the Greenery Embossing Folders and layered it over a piece of Forever Greenery DSP.  The two designs go together since they are similar in design.  I layered them on top of a  Shaded Spruce card base.  Then I stamped the leaves from the Forever Fern stamp set three times.  I cut two of them out using the coordinating dies called Forever Flourishing and left one uncut in the background.  I stamped the berries in Rococo Rose and cut that out too.  I stamped the greeting and put it all together.  I felt like it needed something so I added a piece of the Misty Moonlight and Silver Baker’s Twine.  I am not sure if that made it look better so just weird because it doesn’t really match but I left it anyway.

Now let’s go see what Designer Series Paper Buffy and Jackie used.  Do you think they had as much trouble as I did choosing?

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