Flowerpot Birthday - PPA208

Flowerpot Birthday - PPA208

Flowerpot Birthday - PPA208

A little confession...Garden Green is my least favorite color. Blah. I never use it. Ever. I even challenged myself recently to create a card with that color, no could do. Not even a smidge of Garden Green was allowed to touch any of my cards. Until now.

I saw this cute sketch for the Pals Paper Arts challenge:

and decided to pull out the new Flowerpot Designer Series Paper. I spread all the papers out and was immediately drawn to the pattern that I eventually used for the card base. Such cute polka dots! And how cute it would be next to this awesome green paper...wait, that's Garden Green! Finally! An awesome combination and I get move past my Garden Green block...life is good:)

The rest of the card came together quickly and I was even happier when I realized how well Smoky Slate looked against the green! I decided it needed a baker's twine bow and of course...Candy Dots! lol

Have you been enjoyed the peeks at the new Designer Series Papers this year? If so, hold on to your hats because next month you will be able to get one pack FREE with the purchase of three. That's a savings of $10.95! So start making your list...

Thank you for stopping by and if you would, please let me know if you have issues with a particular color...I know lots of people had issues with Summer Starfruit but I personally loved it :)

Soho Subway Birthday - Freshly Made Sketches #83

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An awesome sketch by Allisa posted today over at Freshly Made Sketches, I couldn't wait to get home and create something!

Isn't it just fab? Lots of clean lines and lots of room for interpretation. I knew I wanted to use another line of new Designer Series Paper to create a masculine birthday card...how did I do?

Isn't this new Designer Series Papeer just absolutely amazing? It's called "Soho Subway" and I think Stampin' Up! knocked it OUT OF THE PARK with this one!! I have used three of the patterns here on this project, I couldn't fit anymore on the card but check back because this one will appear again in another project soon! We ALWAYS need masculine cards, right? 

Here's a closer look at the paper:

The coordinating colors for this paper series are Crisp Cataloupe, Early Expresso, Island Indigo, Summer Starfruit, and Very Vanilla. At first I layered all of the pieces of DSP onto an Early Expresso Base but they seemed to be lost on top of that dark color so I tried layering each piece on Island Indigo. That just made everything look very busy so I stepped back and contemplated things. I tried Soft Suede as a base...still too dark. Very Vanilla was just too light. But Sahara Sand was just...yeah, you know where I'm going with that!

Sahara Sand it is...now how to add a bit of jazz without detracting from my "masculine" card?

  • I sponged all of the edges with Early Expresso Ink
  • I added subtle paper piercing to the right hand corners to visually balance out the weight of the busy pattern on the left
  • I chose a 'scruffy' image to keep with the masculine theme
  • I heat embossed the sentiment with Early Expresso embossing powder

Have you noticed the awesome new punch? It's called the "Artisan Label" punch and has a coordinating stamp set called "Label Love". Love, Love, Love! But on it's own on my card the punched sentiment seemed to get lost so I trimmed snippets of the Designer Series Paper into banners and attached them to my sentiment and popped the sentiment off the card with my trusty Stampin' Dimensionals!

Let's see...No ribbon? check. No buttons? check. I think my husband would approve! I would love to hear your thoughts on the new products or the card in general, so please if you have a moment won't you leave me a comment? 

Stampin Supplies:

Stamps: Label Love (coming soon)

Paper: Sahara Sand (121043) Cardstock; Soho Subway Designer Series Paper (coming soon)

Ink: Early Expresso (12974) Classic Stampin' Pad

Tools: Artisan Label Punch (coming soon), Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack (126187), Stampin' Pierce Mat (126199), Paper-Piercing Tool (126189), Stampin' Trimmer (126889), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Snail Adhesive (104332), Stampin' Sponges (101610)

Embellishments: None

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