Flowering Blooms

Good morning everyone.  Welcome to another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  Every other Friday we do a challenge with each other.  We choose the challenges ahead of time but we don’t show each other our creations which makes it fun for us too. Today’s challenge is “Sparkle & Shine”.

I decided to use the new Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper that is in the Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  This paper is absolutely gorgeous.  It has two sheets of six different background designs as well as some beautiful gold leaves and cut outs.

The colors I used for this card are Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, Basic Black and of course, the beautiful gold background.  The stamp set I chose is called Forever Blooms.  I used a Flirty Flamingo and Granny Apple Green Stampin Write Marker to color the rose and cut it out using the coordinating dies called Flowering Dies (and yes, you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle).  I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black Ink and then layered everything together.  I think the gold background of the laser cut paper just adds such elegance.

So now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made that is sparkly and shiny.  Maybe they used the same Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper I used or it could be Wink of Stella, Foil Sheets or embellishments.  Let’s go see!

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Forever Fern Swap

This is a card I made for a swap I participated in with some of my downline and some customers.  I love swapping with them.  They are all so talented and their cards are always beautiful.  Swaps in the mail are so much fun.  Not only do you get beautiful cards but you get mail that you can look forward to (unlike bills and ads!).

I used a couple of Stampin’ Up!®  stamp sets to make this card.  I first stamped the jar which is from the stamp set called Jar Of Flowers in Smoky Slate Ink.  Then I took Seaside Spray Blends to color the water in the jar.  Then I stamped all the leaves using Shaded Spruce and Old Olive inks.  Then I did kind of a “no line coloring” technique for the flowers.  This is where you stamp an image very, very lightly and then color it with Stampin’  Write Markers in such a way that you can’t really see the outlines of the flowers.  I used a stamp from Flowering Blooms to do this.  I inked the stamp in Smoky Slate ink and then stamped off twice (this is where you stamp on a piece of scrap paper) before stamping the third time on my card.  I could barely see the outline of the stamp but I could see enough to color it with a Highland Heather and a Gorgeous Grape Marker.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Celebrate Sunflowers.

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Flowering Blooms

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Flowering Blooms is a new stamp set that is part of a new bundle in the 2020/2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  This stamp set has matching dies called Flowering Dies.  I have a small confession to make.  I totally forgot it had matching dies until right now while I am writing this post.  It is ok though.  I still love how this card came out even if it is simple.  It is actually a card that a beginner stamper can make with just ink, paper and stamps.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t have this particular stamp set.  You can use any stamp you have on hand.

Flowering Blooms is a DisINKtive Stamp set that was patented by Stampin’ Up!  They are specially made stamps that create different opacities in a single stamp that give the image the look of a two-step stamp.  It makes the image look a little 3D.

To make this card, I first stamped the flower in Seaside Spray Ink on Whisper White cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment in Gray granite ink.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Good Morning Magnolia.  I love the font in this set.  The Designer Series Paper is called Peony Garden and has just beautiful and soft designs included in it.

Last October we had a huge wind storm here in Northern New York.  It knocked down trees and caused major flooding on the lakeshores.  We lost our dock in this storm.  It actually got lifted by the surge of water and deposited on a dock two houses down!  We decided we had to do something different with our dock situation so we had the old one totally ripped out, the seawall rebuilt stronger and higher and we added temporary docks that can be pulled out every winter so we didn’t have to worry about them anymore.  We finally finished this project in full last week.

The kids gave Rob the flag and flagpole for Christmas so adding that was the last step.  We should be pretty safe if another storm happens again (hopefully not).

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