I have been absent awhile for which I sincerely apologize..sometimes life throws more at us than one day can hold, thus my extended absence. But I am back and inspired by a box of new goodies and a wonderful sketch by Rita Wright over at Freshly Made Sketches:
And here is what I was inspired to create after opening a shipment of new product from Stampin' Up!'s 2013-14 Catalog!
I just LOVE this fresh modern color combination inspired by my new delivered revamped Color Coach! If you do not have a Color Coach please run, don't walk, to your computer to order one! (after you finish reading my post first, of course!) If you do have one, whoo-hoo for you! It sure makes creativity easy! The revamped Color Coach contains color combinations that use the current catalog colors and so is a must-have on your next order!
The stamp set I used today has been at the top of my list since I first saw this catalog. It is called Regarding Dahlias and comes with a beautifully sketched image of a dahlia as well as five useful sentiments. The sentiment I used here was embossed with Black Embossing Powder for added depth to make sure it stood out. I used a wonderful new framelit from the new Chalk Talk Framelit Dies Collection to frame the beautiful dahlia.
Seeing the tiny banners on this sketch both excited and challenged me. I was excited because I just love all things banners, but challenged as well because I do not have ANY designer series paper in these colors at the moment! What to do, what to do... I know, make my own designer series paper! And so I did. I used various stamps from the Wonderfall and Hearts a Flutter stamp sets which have awesome textured stamps and just repurposed them into little banners! The banners on each end were stamped in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with my Heat Tool and Black Embossing Powder on Bermuda Bay cardstock. The middle banner was also stamped with Versamark Ink and embossed with Black Embossing Powder, but Smoky Slate cardstock was used. The other two banners were stamped onto Smoky Slate cardstock with Bermuda Bay ink. And there you have it...DIY designer series paper!
The final piece for this, and really any, card is the jewelry. I am SO excited to introduce you to Candy Dots! Once I used Basic Pearls and Rhinestones, I have longed for the same ease when working with brads and now we have it! Candy Dots come in all of the four color families and are flat on the back and adhere to your project with a tiny glue dot already adhered to the back of the Dot! And for those of you who prefer the tried-and-true brad, never fear for you can purchase Candy Dot Brad Bases separately to turn your Candy Dots into Brads quickly and easily! How COOL is that?!?
I wrapped Whisper White Baker's Twine around my card and tied a tiny knot, then adhered three Candy Dots to Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, the perfect final touch for this project!
I hope you have picked up on my enthusiasm for the products in the new Stampin' Up! Catalog, please contact me if you would like a FREE copy of the catalog (just pay shipping) or if you would like to attend a class or host a workshop for an up close and personal look at these products!
Stamps: Regarding Dahlias (130327), Hearts a Flutter (129252), Wonderfall (128087)
Paper: Smoky Slate (131202), Bermuda Bay (131197) Cardstock
Ink: Bermuda Bay (131171) Classic Stampin' Pad, Versamark Ink Pad (102283)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Chalk Talk Framelit Dies (129983), Heat Tool (129053), Black Embossing Powder (109133), Stampin' Trimmer (126889)
Embellishments: Whisper White Baker's Twine (124262), Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons (127555), Brights Candy Dots (130931), Neutrals Candy Dots (130934)
Thanks for stopping by!