One of my greeting card customers came to me last week and asked for a card with a very specific design. It was for a baby shower and needed to have purple, pink and butterflies, to coordinate with the mother-to-be's shower theme.
So purple, pink and butterflies it is!
My thoughts went immediately to Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper set, Lap of Luxury. I'd never before thought of it in terms of a baby card or scrapbook page. But there it was just waiting for this particular card! The purple and pink in this paper set are Concord Crush and Pretty in Pink. Both the background paper and the horizontal strip of striped paper are from Lap of Luxury. As you can see in three of the little butterflies in this picture, the actual color of Concord Crush is a very deep purple. The color in the Designer Series Paper is just a lighter version of the same color.
The butterflies are all made using the Stampin' Up! Exclusive Sizzix Embosslit, Beautiful Wings. The embosslit both cuts and embosses these little beauties in one run through the Sizzix Big Shot (though it took two runs, one for the pink and one for the purple). All the butterflies are embossed with a different design and they are just so pretty – perfect to welcome a baby! The baby carriage is from the Oldie-But-Goodie stamp set, Fun and Fast Notes. I don't think that this set will ever go out of style because its images are so beautifully basic. To make this particular design, I first stamped the carriage on the Pretty in Pink Card Stock, then stamped it again on a piece of the Lap of Luxury paper. Finally I cut out the body of the carriage I'd stamped on the paper and glued it to the image stamped on the card stock.
The greeting is from that new workhorse of the Stampin' Up! greeting collection, Teeny Tiny Wishes. I do hope that this stamp set stays around for a LONG time, because I can usually find exactly what I need from it.
Final touches for this card are some Basic Pearls to decorate the largest of the butterflies, and a strip of Pretty in Pink 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon wrapped around the card front and tied in a neat little bow. I did something a bit different for me this time: I wrapped the ribbon around the whole design. I usually will place the stamped greeting motif over the ribbon. But this time it just felt better to leave it under the ribbon, too.
I'm sure you can see that, though I made this card as a customer order, I certainly had fun with it. I hope that every time someone asks YOU to make a card for them (and I'm sure many of you, my dear readers, are the go to person for cards in your circle of friends!) you'll have fun with it! Here's today's sketch. Have fun with it, too!