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?
The best thing about stamping is you can make it as easy as you want or as complicated as you want and both can look beautiful. I tend to lean more towards the similar cards, often called CAS cards which stands for clean and simple. Sometimes you may have lots of time to make a card with lots of stamping, die-cutting, embellishments, and coloring. Sometimes you don’t.
I let this beautiful Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper do all the work for my card today. This paper is just gorgeous with twelve beautiful designs that work perfectly for a CAS card. I just adhered a 3.5″ x 4.75 inch of the DSP to a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock and a Pretty Peacock card base. I stamped the sentiment from a new stamp set called Many Mates in Pretty Peacock ink on Pear Pizzazz cardstock and cut it out using a new set of dies called Tasteful Labels. Then I cut a piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock using the same die and then took a larger label and cut around that. The smaller die cuts out stitching both inside and outside of the cut so if you look careful you can see the stitching on the Pear Pizzazz piece as well as the Pretty Peacock piece.
Another great thing about Stampin’ Up!® Designer Series Paper is it has two different designs on each side so I used the other side to make another CAS card that I will show you later. Even though it is the same paper, they look totally different. Stampin’ Up!® has some beautiful, new Designer Series Paper in the new Annual Catalog.
I finally got to play a bit with my Stampin’ Up!® Pre-order of products that are in the 2020/2021 Annual Catalog I placed last week. One of the Suites is called Forever Greenery and it is absolutely gorgeous! This Suite includes the stamp set called Forever Fern, a matching die set called Forever Flourishing, gorgeous Designer Series Paper called Forever Greenery, two smaller embossing folders called Greenery plus embellishments and ribbon.
The colors on this card are Just Jade (one of the new InColors), Sea Foam Green and Night Of Navy. Just Jade is a gorgeous green and one of my favorite new InColors. I used a Sea Foam Green card base and adhered a piece of the Forever Greenery DSP to it. I embossed a piece of Sea Foam Green cardstock using one of the new Greenery Embossing Folder. I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set Forever Fern in Night Of Navy Ink and cut it out using a die from Stitched Shapes. I backed it with a 2″ circle. I stamped the berries in Night of Navy ink and cut out the leaves in Just Jade cardstock.
I just love the colors of this suite! It will all be available to order on June 3rd for customers but if you want it sooner you can join my team as a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator and order it earlier.