It’s Forever Greenery Suite

It’s Forever Greenery Suite

Combo of Forever Greenery cardsHere’s an sneak peak at some cards made with the Forever Greenery Suite from Stampin’Up!’s 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. Several years ago I put a suggestion into the Sandbox at Stampin’Up! suggesting that they create a stamp set with different types of foliage. Eh voila, it appeared in this year’s catalog. In addition to the Forever Fern stamp and die bundle of ferns and different greenery, the suite includes Designer Series Paper, embossing folders, ribbon and other embellishments.

To be completely honest, I didn’t order the DSPĀ  because I found that the colors in some of the papers clashed too much for my taste. As a retired florist, color was a very important design principle in creating floral arrangements. This included the hue of the foliage, to make sure it complimented and didn’t clash with the colors of the flowers. That being said, I can say that it’s very easy to create your own patterned paper with the various size stamps in this set along with the number of pretty inks, to create one that you will find pleasing. One such card is shown here.

Forever Fern pastel card

The colors used in these samples are Blushing Bride, Petal Pink, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Shaded Spruce, and Rich Razzleberry. Each of the cards also used several pieces from the Gold Specialty Laser-cut paper. The various elements and panels in this paper come punch-out ready; no need to use your trimmer to cut these up like previously sold laser cut papers.

 

I was able to pull apart all the die cuts and panels in minutes and store them in a stamp case for easy retrieval when ready to use them.

 

Razzleberry greenery cardYou’ll also notice some embossed vellum using one of the embossing folders, and some scraps of rice paper. I could also have used some of the tissue paper that comes packaged with the laser-cut papers. And I may actually use this in an upcoming class or workshop, as I think it’s the perfect texture to use with this stamp set.

Petal Pink Fern card

One of the first things I did after receiving this bundle was to stamp and die cut all of the greenery images with different colors of ink and card stock. This not only helped to get my mojo going, but also made it very easy to put different images and colors together to design these cards.

Along with all of my floral stamp sets, I know this one is a keeper. If you’re anything like me, you are going to love just how versatile this bundle is.

You can find all of these products at my online store through Stampin’Up!

 

Forever Fern card with olive embossed panel

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Lovely Lily Pad Cards

Lovely Lily Pad Cards

It’s too bad that this cute Sale-a-bration stamp set, Lovely Lily Pad, isn’t carrying over to the upcoming 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. I know that’s the point of these sale items – for a limited time only. But the technique I’m going to share can be applied using any stamp set. The technique, that others are calling a “Faux Pearl technique”, also worked really well with another retired item, the Share What You Love specialty designer series paper from the previous year because many of those papers have this shimmer frost look.

First I took the Frost White Shimmer paint and some scrunched-up plastic wrap and, using just a large drop on my silicone mat, I dabbed it all over a sheet of whisper white. (well, actually, a couple of sheets of whisper white, because I made a lot of cards.) But one drop is pretty much all you need to cover a single sheet. It dries pretty quickly if you don’t glob it on.Shimmer frost and sponge white card stock

Then, I sponged on patches of different ink colors for the cards I planned to make. Once that is all dry, I stamped my images with Black craft ink, instead of my regular Memento black ink. Be a bit careful when stamping because the paint you applied makes the card stock more slick. So it’s almost like stamping on vellum or acetate. (Guess I didn’t get a photo of the stamped Lovely Lily Pad images). Since I don’t have the dies for these images, some were cut with my Brothers Scan ‘n Cut and others were fussy cut.

Lovely Lily Pad cards

These are some of the cards I made. Others are already in the mail. Hopefully, you can see the shimmer in at least some of the cards.

I went back after shooting the lily cards and added some translucent jewels drops on the lily pads to look like water droplets. You can see that I also used the shimmer paint on the Balmy Blue card stock for this card.

 

Lovely Lily Pad card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On these last cards, I reached back into my collection of SU sets to find images that matched the DSP, and found them in What I Love stamp set and Garden in Bloom stamp set, along with Love What You Do stamp set.

Share What You Love cards

Share What Your Love cards with shimmer frost die cuts

 

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Saying Goodbye to DSPs

There were so many papers in the this year’s catalogs that I simply loved. So, while Stampin’Up! is saying “goodbye” to all of these lovelies, I may have hoarded a few for personal use, so I can continue to play with them. But as we get ready to close the current catalog to make room for the new, including many new, beautiful papers, I thought I would share a few card samples with my favorites DSPs.

Share what you love



Z-fold card

Petal Promenade

Framing the papers
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Sparkly Anniversary Card

Sparkly Anniversary Card

Sometimes, a special card can be made with the simplest stamps. In this case, I wanted to make a card for a couple’s anniversary that captured the theme of their New Year’s eve wedding two years ago. I used a simple small circle stamp inked with a brown then Brilliant gold ink. It was then stamped with versamark ink and gold embossing powder, and heat set. The sentiment was also stamped in Brilliant gold and framed with a border stamp in versamark and gold embossing powder. Overall, I was pleased with the result of this simple, single layer card.

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Inlaid Rose Wonder

Inlaid Rose Wonder

Who doesn’t love the new Falling in Love Designer Series Paper from Stampin’Up! I think it makes the perfect background for a die cut rose inlaid with a different color cardstock. In this example the rose was die cut from vellum (so that the outline would blend into the background) and inlaid with white card stock on the beautiful Falling in Love DSP, and then layered onto a blushing bride card base. The sentiment was die cut using the framelit from the Rose Wonder bundle, and stamped with Crumb Cake ink, then popped up on dimensionals over a piece of white craft ribbon. The butterfly was punched from the same card stock and overlaid with a vellum butterfly and dressed with a trio of pearls. In hindsight, I should have added a layer of white between the card base and DSP to make it pop more.

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When Mistakes Happen (and they do)

I remember early on being told that there are no mistakes in card making. Of course, mistakes happen, but they are usually easily fixed. Well, here’s an example of a mistake that actually improved the card, and that’s a good thing! (Sorry, it’s the Martha Stewart in me).

The original is pictured first, but when cutting the chocolate chip mat for the second card (which I CASEd from Elaine Shader), I cut it wrong, but decided to use it in a different way. I actually prefer the second card.

mistakes-happen-001 mistakes-happen-002

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