Hi Everyone. Happy Sunday. Hope you have all had a great weekend.
I got to spend a little time in my crafting space today. I did make three cards, but was very distracted by the gorgeous weather outside. 79 degrees. Yes, siree. 79 degrees! Consequently, I kept finding excuses to go outside and soak up the sun and enjoy our wetland. So, I do have a couple of cards to share with you this week. Hopefully, I will get the chance to make a couple more.
When I saw the challenge across at Dynamic Duo, I knew I had to play along. It really forced me out of my comfort zone - and that's a really good reason for doing it! Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride. Not colors I would generally put together, but I am so pleased I did. The sketch across at Simply Less is More was perfect for a brand new set that arrived with my SU goodies on Friday.
There is a fabulous new background stamp called Wildflower Meadow. It comes with a matching embossing folder and I put both of them to good use. I must admit, I am thrilled that Blushing Bride is coming back as a core color. It really is such a gorgeous pink and I was down to my last pack of card stock. Now I will be able to order some more :-)
I colored the background stamp with my Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz markers. (I'm so pleased that Pear Pizzazz is coming back, too!) Once the stamp was colored, I spritzed it with some Shimmer Mist and placed a piece of Naturals White card stock over my stamp and pressed it down. The shimmer mist helped to give a softer feel to the floral image - a more water color look, without using watercolor paper. I then dried it with my heat gun and placed the image into the matching embossing folder and ran it through my Big Shot.
I mounted it to a piece of Blushing Bride card stock - just a slim frame allowed me to bring the three elements of pink - the flowers, the button (more about that in a minute!) and the frame. The coral is picked up in the smaller flowers, the tiny little butterflies and the baker's twine. (The butterflies were punched from the Sent with Love DSP and mounted to the card using glue for the one wing and a little tiny piece of Stampin' Dimensional was used on the other wing to lift it.
Here's my card:
and here's the inside:
Couple of things to notice:
- Can you see how the flowers are embossed from the new Wildflower Meadow embossing folder? You can get the folder and the stamp as a bundle at a discounted price when the catty goes live on May 31.
- I know you can't see the shimmer on the flowers, but it does look pretty in real life. Just a couple of squirts of the shimmer mist is all that was needed to create this effect. I also like that it softened the colors and made them more suitable for a background image.
- Notice the button? Not like any button you have seen me use before, right? That's because you are seeing a sneak peek of a brand new tool/toy from SU. The button is made from the Buttons and Blossoms Simply Pressed Molds. It comes with clay (purchased separately). You can color the clay with reinkers to get any color of flower or button embellishment that you need. For this one, I left the clay its original color, and used a Copic Marker to give it color. It works... but isn't as smooth a covering as you would get from integrating ink into the clay instead. The molds and the clay are also available on May 31. Tip: If you are intending to use this tool - wear latex gloves when handling the ink - otherwise clean up on your hands will be a little messy! Also, the clay takes about 48 hours to mold and harden. The instructions from SU say that putting the mold into the freezer helps the process. I haven't tried it yet, but will and let you know how that goes.
Don't forget to pop along to Simply less is More and to Dynamic Duos to check out the fabulous design team and submission cards. I think the teams would love it if you played along, too!
On a personal note:
Lou and I had to run to Target to pick up a couple of things. On our way back there was a short, sharp shower. We got home just in time to see a rainbow over the wetland. I rushed downstairs, but it was already fading by the time I got my camera and went out underneath the deck. You can just see the rainbow in the middle of the pic.
Whilst I was standing taking this photo, I noticed something moving in the middle of the wetland. I zoomed in to see this lot....
They were coming in to see if Lou had put anything on the tray for them! As I'm writing this blog post, there are 8 of them at the tray having a little snack!
As always, thank you for stopping by my little area of the stamping blogosphere. Warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
Card recipe - all ingredients Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.
- Card stock: Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Natural White
- Inks: Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral, Basic Black
- Stamps: Wildflower Meadow. Sentiment: Inky Antics
- Tools: Wildflower Meadow Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Shimmer Mist. Blossoms and Buttons Simply Pressed Mold, Simply Pressed Clay
- Accessories: Button. Calypso Coral Baker's Twine