This is one of those stamp sets I could not wait to get my hands on. When we lived in Oregon we had a special neighbor, Al Reiner, who had the most gorgeous garden in the neighborhood. Grandpa Al, as we called him, could produce dinner plate size dahlias that were absolutely stunning. His wife Doris had the perfect view from her chair in the family room, since she was not able to get out of the house much, due to poor health. Al took so much pride in his garden and growing his prized dahlias just where Doris could see them! I miss Grandpa Al and each year I plant a new dahlia in honor of him!
I really love the dahlia in this stamp set and could not wait to ink it up. The possibilities are amazing with this set. I am sure you will grow weary of it showing up here on my blog (you have been warned)!!!!
You can't tell from the picture but I stamped the flower image in versamark and then heat embossed it. I then took a few of my markers and colored all over the image. I wiped off the excess ink and the color was left in the non-embossed spaces. I also embossed the greeting with white embossing powder. I really like this marker technique.
my favorite color combo! It might be that it reminds me of days at the beach, especially Squeaky Beach (because the sand squeaks when you walk on it) in Wilsons Promontory National Park, in southern Australia! The colors are so rich and easy to work with. I think this card is a keeper!!
I am so excited that Stampin' Up! included the Decor Elements in the new Idea Book and Catalog. I have used several different designs of the elements in the past: flowers all over the walls in my daughters bedroom, a framed WELCOME on the way to my studio, and this is my most recent project. The frame was a great find along the side of the road one evening this summer. It is a treasure to me, but thankfully not to its previous owner, so I snagged it for a mere $20. I am thrilled with the way this looks. Applying Decor Elements to any project is easy, as long as you follow the directions! Let me know if you have a project in mind, I would be happy to help!
I am having fun creating with new goodies . . . still! This card uses some new colors (Island Indigo, Pool Party and Lucky Limeade) and I love them combined. I love the new Flirtatious DSP that includes these intricate doilies in a sheet. They come in Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo, but the back side is pure white and so they are not limited to being used with those two colors.
You can see in the next photo that I raised the doily flower stack up a little. I like how it turned out. How about you, are you enjoying the new colors?
It seems summer is slipping away faster than I am ready. Do you feel that way too? Took a minute or two to create today, using a color challenge that screams summer. See what you think. I think it is one of my favorite cards in a long while! It uses some new goodies, too.
Supplies: Cardstock - Naturals Ivory. DSP - In color stack. Ink - Lucky Limeade, Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green. Stamps - Precious Butterflies, En Francais. Other - Basic Pearls (colored with markers to match), tulle, paper daisies, twine, button. Punch - Scallop Trim border.
Even though I am gearing up for my BIG garage sale, and making room for new goodies, I did have a chance to create a couple of cards today. This one is using some old paper, I think one of my favoriate pieces from the SU Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Stack. See details below for supplies used.
Supplies: Cardstock: Whisper White, Rose Red, Baja Breeze, Peach Parfait. DSP: Sweet Pea. Ink Baja Breese, Rose Red. Other: Big Shot Petal Cone die, Jewels Basic Pearls, Smooch Pearlized Top Coat. Stamps: Precious Butterflies.
where I have been. Here is a glimpse of my creative space over at the paper parade!
Yep, sorting scraps! I have needed to do some rearranging in my space for some time and a new-to-me table prompted this latest change. Who knew a new catalog could bring so much change! Getting ready for my BIG garage sale - July 30 (8 a.m.-Noon). You won't want to miss it! I need to create space for some new goodies, all jam packed in the new Idea Book and Catalog 2011-2012.
If you don't have a copy and would like one, let me know. I am able to sell them after July 1, or if you would like to join a Club or host your own stamping party, you receive one free. Contact me for more details!
I don't know about your garden, but it seems the bugs are out in full force this summer in my garden. One day this week while I was out checking on my tomato bush tree (affectionately named by my neighbor Allison :)) I spotted several varieties of bugs that I had not spied before. In the interests of color inspiration, take a peek at these!!!!!
This bug matches my flower perfectly! It also matches the new In-Color, Calypso Coral, coming in the new Idea Book and Catalog 2011-2012, launching July 1st. If you are interested in getting your hands on one of the new catalogs, let me know. I give them free to club members and hostesses. Or you can purchase one for $5. Since it is loaded with ideas, you will treasure it as a great resource for your crafty endeavors! Contact me if you would like to know more!
This is my first ladybug citing in my backyard. I attempted to photograph her on a plant, but she was so fast and so busy I could not get a good shot! She took a break on the wicker settee and I took that as my cue to snap this shot! This is the lovely combination of Soft Suede and probably Poppy Parade!!!! Give it a try on a card!
LOVE the rich colors in this coleus.....the bug not so much! But he could represent Crumb Cake cardstock as your base with some Melon Mambo or Rich Razzleberry mixed with Garden Green. Striking combo don't you think?
Happy crafting! See you next week, with some more inspiration.
Later this year we will have the privilege of celebrating my Dad's 80th birthday. It will be so much fun to honor him and celebrate his life. He has been a great example to all of us. As long as I can remember my Dad has tinkered in the garden: his interests have been many and varied from propagating orchids, fancy ferns, and gorgeous roses. He also, as long as I can remember, has kept birds and bred many beautiful varieties of parrots, finches etc. I have always enjoyed watching my Dad work with his hobbies, and I truly appreciate my own interest in gardening as a direct consequence of his influence! So in honor of Father's Day this weekend in the USA, here is a peek at the invitation I designed for Dad's 80th, I can't wait to celebrate!
Here is the supply list, should you want to get crafty!
Supplies: Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Naturals Ivory. Ink: Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Soft Suede. First Edition DSP. Stamps: Celebrate Everything, Schoolbook Serif Numbers, Nature Walk.
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