I spent quite a bit of time this weekend catching up on projects I needed to make. One thing I needed to do was to make Thank You cards for some lovely Birthday gifts I received last week. Do you recall that I showed off a card I made for my friend and downline, Marcie? She and I have the same birthday! I had a group over for a party unrelated to paper crafting on Saturday, and people brought us birthday cards made with Stampin' Up! products. How much fun was that? Lots!
So on to the Thank You cards. Today's card is so bright and cheerful that any of you who have been dealing with winter lately should get a bit of a pick-me-up just from looking at all the colors.
I have to tell you that the Stampin' Up! Sew Suite set of products initially resulted in my saying (to myself), "huh." Yup, lower case, no emphasis (unusual for me). What was with all the sewing stuff? But it's all grown on me and I can see how much fun this whole line is to use. I especially wanted to make sure that I didn't waste the decorated corners of the Designer Paper that I'm showing with this card. The paper set is Sweet Stitches, and the stitching and needle and thread are just the perfect size for the corner of a card, too. I'm still not sure that I'll be using the sides of the Designer Paper that have dressmaking patterns on them. But the other sides definitely have possibilities. For example, the Button Paper shown in the upper and lower elements on this card are the front of a piece of paper printed with dress pattern pieces. Forget the pattern pieces, I'll take the buttons!
The stamped image in the center element is from the Stamp Set, Sew Suite, and it's one of several that I'll be showing off this week and next. I wanted all 3 of the layered elements to be the same size, so I had to trim the stamped image VERY close to get it to fit the mat (you can see the sizes in the layout sketch, below). The Embossed Buttons are made with the Stampin' Up! Exclusive Embosslit Die, Sweet Buttons. I was going to make a jumble of buttons on the center element, but ended up with two straight rows, and that seems to complement the whole card a lot better. I made the buttons the same Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise as the mats for the upper left and lower right elements.
And I tied the whole thing together with the Daffodil Delight 1/4" Taffeta Ribbon, which complements the Daffodil Delight mat on the center element.
Here's the sketch – and I hope you'll think about buying some of the products from the Sew Suite Collection! These are products that are all fun!