I finally have my craft room all in order! And I'm so happy to be making a mess with three projects going on at once because it will be SOOO much easier to pick up afterwards. Everything has its place!
One of the projects on which I'm working today is for a swap in which I'm participating with one of my online Demonstrator groups, SUDSOL (if you're a demonstrator and interested in trying it out for free, just click here). Anyway, the swap is for products that are featured in the brand new Stampin' Up! 2011 Summer Mini Catalog. This catalog is a bit smaller than most of the Stampin' Up! Mini Catalogs – but that's because there will be a whole brand new catalog right in the middle of this mini's promotional period. So that will get LOTS of attention from those of us who love to use Stampin' Up! products!
This particular card uses two products from the new mini – the stamp set and the colored Stampin' Emboss Powder. The stamp set is Flower Fest, and coordinates with a whole bunch of Stampin' Up!'s punches. This flower is the same size as the 1-1/4" Circle Punch. You might notice that the mini says the 1-3/8" circle punch. But if you use the 1-1/4" punch, you cut right up to the stamped lines (in this case the embossed lines) of the flower. Punch and then just clip those four little indentations between the petals and you have a perfectly cut out flower! Both the flowers and the leaves, as well as the greeting in the punched oval shape, use one of Stampin' Up!'s newest products, Custom Colored Stampin' Emboss Powder. The flowers and greeting use the Tangerine Tango powder, and the leaves use the Pear Pizzazz powder. The other green accents on this card, including the 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, are Old Olive. When I embossed the leaves on that Tangerine Tango Card Stock, they seemed closer in color to the Old Olive. The color matches the Pear Pizzazz card stock perfectly when it's used on Whisper White, so it must just be the way that it interacts with my eye next to the orange (color has a habit of doing that!).
I stamped the flowers on a piece of Designer Series Paper from the paper set, Pawsitively Prints II (one of the Build A Bear Workshop products in the Stampin' Up! catalog). I just love the white polka dots on the So Saffron background! And so I used the Perfect Polka Dots Sizzix Embossing Folder on the So Saffron Card Stock layer to help highlight the polka dots. To set the flowers off nicely, I adhered them to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals. Nice card, I think! I hope the rest of the swappers will like it!
Here's the sketch for today's card – not too complicated at all, but I know it helps to have those measurements right out front when it's time to make duplicates (that's what happens with swaps!)
I hope you have a great week stamping! Whatever you do, have fun with it!