Parisian Beauty

Parisian Beauty is a stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2020 January – June Catalog.  Sadly it is not being carried over into the 2020/2021 Annual Catalog which means it will be retired on June 2nd.  I think it is a fun and different bundle plus it brought back a lot of memories of when Rob, Zachary (my son) and I went to Paris in 2003 (wow that is a long time ago!).  Rob had a convention to attend so Zachary and I spent our days exploring the city.  Paris is a beautiful place to visit and there was so much to see.  We went right when the US was mad at France (honestly I can not remember why.  All I remember is everyone want to renames French Fries to American Fries) and we had heard that the French did not like Americans so we were a little nervous about going.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  The French people were kind, friendly and patient with us non-French speaking tourists.  We had a great time!

This card was a great way to use up scraps of cardstock that most of us stampers like to hoard. I don’t know about you, but I keep even the smallest slivers because they are great for sentiment strips.  I used the colors Purple Posy, Smoky Slate and Balmy Blue for the background.  I just the Eiffel Tower and the sentiment out of Basic Gray cardstock.  It was a quick and easy card to make.  The hardest part was trying to find the dot over the “i” after cutting it out.

I just realized there was no stamping to this card.  It was made totally with cardstock and dies!

So if you like this Bundle you need to order it by June 2nd before it is gone for good.  Remember you can still get the 10% discount by purchasing it in a Bundle!

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Have you ever been to Paris?  I was lucky enough to go on a business trip with Rob.  Zachary, my son, was 16 at the time and he came with us.  We had the best time.  While Rob was in meetings, Zachary and explored the city.  It is a beautiful city with so much to see.  There are also a few places a tourist should not go (which, of course, we ended up in).

I remember the first thing I wanted to do when I went to Paris is to sit in an outdoor cafe and have a glass of wine so that was one of the first things we did.  I had wine and Rob and Zachary had a beer.  Yes, I know Zach was only 16 but when in Paris……  I took French in high school but I didn’t remember a lot of it and I couldn’t really read the menu.  I just ordered a vin blanc hoping that was a glass of white wine (and it was).  Rob and Zach each picked a beer from the menu.  Rob’s came in a normal beer glass.  Zachary’s came in a little tiny glass.  It turns out that Zachary ordered a beer with a shot of tequila in it!

I am not a big museum person and there was still a lot of places to visit.  We did go to the Louvre and if it wasn’t for Rob and Zachary I would have been through in it a couple of hours.  “Oh, there is the Mona Lisa.  How nice!”  Next?  Of course, you couldn’t get within 5 feet of the Mona Lisa due to a lot of tourist buses that had arrived but I did see it fairly up close.  It is smaller than I thought but otherwise it looks just like the photographs.  See?  I told you I wasn’t into museums.

In any case, I made this card using the Parisian Beauty stamp set and the matching Parisian Dies (you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle).  If was a very simple card to make and now that I look at it, I realized there is no stamping involved.  I cut out the Eiffel Tower and the swirl using two of the dies in this set in Pool Party cardstock.  Then I cut out the sentiment in Basic Gray cardstock.  I used the Parisian Blossoms Specialty Designer Series Paper for the background.  I also had these two rectangle frames I had previously cut out and were sitting in my scrap pile for a while so I decided to use them as a frame.

If you can ever go to Paris, go.  You will not regret it!

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In the 2020 January-June Mini Catalog Stampin’ Up!® put together some larger product suites. These larger suites include a couple of stamp sets, matching dies, ribbons, embossing folders and other embellishments to help you make beautiful cards that all coordinate together.  To top it all off, they have offered one item number where you can order everything in the entire suite instead of having to put in numerous numbers.  Don’t worry though.  You can still order the products separately or the stamp sets and matching dies in a Bundle and save 10%.

One of these large suites is called Parisian Blossoms.  I loved this suite the first time I saw it.  The two stamp sets (Parisian Beauty and Forever Blossoms) are awesome, the dies Parisian Dies and Cherry Blossom Dies) amazing and I love all the embellishments.  The Petal Pink ribbon with champagne metallic edges is absolutely stunning.  The Parisian Blossoms Specialty Designer Series Paper has beautiful, soft colors in it and has champagne foil accents on some of the designs.  The Parisian Flourish embossing folder adds beautiful texture to your projects.

I used products from the Parisian Blossom Suite at our last monthly stamp class.  The card pictures above is one of the examples.  The colors I used are Whisper White, Petal Pink, Smoky Slate and Old Olive.  It is a simple card to make.  I first cut the Eiffel Tower out of Smoky Slate cardstock using the Parisian Dies.  I took a piece of Petal Pink cardstock (3.75″ x 5″) and ran it though my embossing machine using the Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing Folder.  I cut the word “merci” out of Basic Black Cardstock and then stamped the flower in Petal Pink ink and the leaves in Old Olive ink.  The flowers and the leaves are from the Forever Blossoms stamp set and the Cherry Blossom dies.

Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time! It is the best time of year in the Stampin’ Up!® world. You get FREE products with a qualifying order and there are many to choose from.  If you order the Parisian Blossoms Suite you can choose two $50 items out of the SAB Catalog or one $100 item!

It is also the best time to join my Stampin’ Up! family. For $99 you can pick $125 worth of products from the Annual or Spring Catalogs. Plus you get

  • A New Mini Paper Cutter
  • A 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper sampler
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  • Free business supplies
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