With all that I'm doing the next few weeks, I decided I had to take some time this morning to show off some of the products from the brand new Stampin' Up! 2012 Occasions Mini Catalog. On the other hand, it had to be quick because I'm already behind on so many new year's projects and it's only the 4th!!!
Believe me, this was quick – and it was fun on top of it! The basic card design was one that was featured in this month's magazine for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators as something we could easily demonstrate at a workshop. They were right, even though I had to think for a few minutes because I wanted the colors and design just a tad different from those in the magazine.
What really makes this easy are the two brand new products from the Occasions Mini Catalog that I used: the stamp set, Mixed Bunch, and the brand new punch made just for the stamp set (or is it the other way around??), the Blossom Punch. There are three big flowers in the stamp set, and this shows off just one of them. I'll be getting to the other two before long, I hope!
The card base is Sahara Sand, and the colors that I used to stamp the flowers were (left to right) Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, and Tangerine Tango. I stamped the Peach Parfait and Tangerine Tango flowers on So Saffron Card Stock, and the Poppy Parade flower on Peach Parfait Card Stock. The center image on each flower is also from the Mixed Bunch Stamp Set and cuts perfectly with the 1" Circle Punch.
To finish this quick and easy card off, I punched some Whisper White Card Stock with the Scallop Edge Border Punch, then quickly colored in some circles using Poppy Parade Stampin' Write Marker, the Paper Piercing Template from Stampin' Up!'s Mat Pack. I trimmed the Whisper White Card stock and mounted it on a strip of Poppy Parade Card Stock. The sentiment is from the stamp set, Petite Pairs, and I just had to punch it with the Postage Stamp Punch. I've been dying to do that to a sentiment with the word, "Sending," in it! I tied on a little bow with Linen Thread.
The one thing that's not quite evident from the photo is that I made my card base 5-1/4" wide rather than 5-1/2" so that I could let the flowers hang off the edges a bit, yet still allow the card to fit in a standard A2 envelope (Stampin' Up!'s Medium Envelope).
OK – I've had my fun for the day, now back to work. Hmmm. Actually, my "work" IS fun! How many people get to say that? It's easy when you're a Stampin' Up! demonstrator! Hope you're having fun today, too!