Back to Fifth Avenue

I'm happier with this version than the one yesterday – so here you go!

Fifth_ave 002
It actually didn't need a huge amount of changing.  Here's what I used –

Stamp set:  Fifth Avenue Floral
Ink:  Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss Classic
Paper:  Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss card stock; Urban Garden DSP
Accessories:  Designer Hardware – Soho; Punches:  Eyelet Border, wide oval, 1 3/4" circle; Stampin' Dimensionals, Crop-a-dile

Have you ever had a stamp set that you just had to have, and then when you tried to ink it up, you said, "Why in the world did I buy this set?"  Me either.  I know exactly why I bought them; I'm addicted.  But I do have several sets that really challenge me.  "Always" is one of those sets.  I've seen so many gorgeous samples with it, but whenever I ink that bird up, it just looks like a mess.  So I decided today that I was going to win this time.

I tried using the "gradation" technique (we learned this at our technique class this month).  Nope.  Worse than the Not Quite Navy dyed ribbon yesterday. 

Finally, I settled on this –

Always_tea_party
I think any set can be redeemed with the "Tea Party" designer series paper!  Isn't it beautiful?  And that bird is really pretty IRL (in real life, for those of you without teenagers or who don't live on the internet), but it looks a tad anemic on the monitor. 

I stamped the bird in Almost Amethyst on Whisper White, then added the Certainly Celery branches.  The sponging around the bird is Pretty in Pink and So Saffron.

I didn't think ahead (again) with the ribbon and sentiment.  I wanted to use the Certainly Celery polytwill, but didn't have room for it to go all the way across the card without covering something up.  So I punched a couple holes with my crop-a-dile and threaded the ribbon through the Whisper White.  Whoever gets this one will just have to peek under the ribbon to see the "always."  (Actually, since I stamped the sentiment a tiny bit crooked – what's new? – I almost covered it up with the ribbon anyway, but changed my mind.  Obviously.)

Here's the whole list:
Stamp set:  Always
Ink:  Certainly Celery, Almost Amethyst, Lovely Lilac, So Saffron, Pretty in Pink classic
Paper:  Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Almost Amethyst, Pretty in Pink card stock;  Tea Party DSP
Accessories:  Crop-a-dile, Certainly Celery polytwill ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, corner rounder punch, stampin' sponges

Now I'm off to work for DH.  Dinner's in the crock pot and I have a card for tomorrow (maybe….it's another one I'm not too fond of, so we'll see….), so hopefully I can get finished really fast and have a little more time to stamp. 

Don't forget that on Sunday you can begin ordering Easter sets from the Occasions mini catalog.  I'll have a flier with the sets on it so you can shop early!

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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