Good Morning Fellow Stampers :-)
Here we are on a "Hump Day" and our weather is slowly deteriorating here in Colorado to a cold drizzly (maybe even snowy) weekend ahead. I think it may be conducive to staying in!! :-)
Today I'm going to share several different cards we did this past weekend in my "Out With the Old" retiring products class. Boy did we have fun! I sure ran this group through a lot of projects!! LOL What fun! Now it's your turn to see and play just a little. I featured several of my very favorite products that are leaving us the end of May; one of those you have already seen over this past week Here and Here. I do love the Fiesta Suite and am quite sad to see my Llama riding off into the sunset!!
I also shared this set with you last Friday - the Blossom Bunch Punch and coordinating stamp set has definitely been one of my favorites. I promised everyone that I would show this in the other colorway that is in the Blooms & Bliss DSP, and my stampers got to see it first!! I shared the alternate colorway on my Facebook page earlier this week! So be sure to pop over and take a peak.
And I'm giving you a little close-up view of it here. So pretty ~ all the details, from the lace and butterflies, to the Wink of Stella on all the petals and the pearls. This card design is perfect for so many occasions, as you can see from the different sentiments I used.
Then we moved to a favorite "background" stamp we had over this past year!! I adore this pineapple, and am really going to miss it. Let me talk you through a couple special techniques and features about this card design for a few minutes. First, the main pineapple is inked with Delightful Dijon and the topper is inked in Cucumber Crush - both In Colors we will be losing in a month (so sad!). Then, with an AquaPainter and some Soft Suede ink I "painted" the lower portion of each pineapple medallion. This is how I got the "distressed" or more realistic look to the pineapple. Not only does it add a little brownish tinge here and there, but it also "removes" some of the Delightful Dijon ink which helps soften the look. I then came back through with my Gold Wink of Stella (also retiring in a month), to the upper portion of each medallion to add a lovely glow and glimmer.
There is Soft Suede brushed on the green topper as well; and then a "flicking" technique with a watercolor brush gives the fun "spot" effect and helps pull out somemore color in the green. It really is so cool!! The sentiment is stamped in Archival Basic Black, and some leftover "brushed gold" sequins from a Paper Pumpkin kit finish off this fabulous card!!
Finally, we did some fussycutting with one of my very favorite Host Sets. I think sometimes we forget all about our Host stamp sets, and they are so lovely!! Fabulous Flora was one of my top picks. I pulled out our soon retiring Crumb Cake notecards and envelopes set, and we used some pretty washi tape from the Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape collection as a simple "dress up" to the Perfect Plum layered card front. I also used the soon retiring Falling Petals TIEF (so sad about this one too).
The image is stamped in Archival Basic Black on Shimmery White cardstock, and watercolored with an AquaPainter and Wild Wasabi, Sweet Sugarplum, and Perfect Plum inks. And of course I brushed the flowers and leaves with Clear Wink of Stella!! 😉 The piece is finished off with a piece of Elegant Eggplant Baker's Twine. Except for your fussy cutting, which is just a little time-consuming is all, this is a sweet and easy notecard to whip together.
I hope you have enjoyed my share with you today. If you live in the area and are looking for a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and a great group of stampers, please check out my Class Schedule page and join us. We have loads of fun!!! Snap up these soon retiring products before they are gone; and have a fabulous day everyone!!!
Until Next Time . . .