The First Cut is the Hardest

I got my samples of the new colors yesterday, and they're beautiful!!  The problem is the first cut is so hard to make. I know it's just paper, but it's a lot of pressure to have a design that is the optimal use of one small 8" x 10" piece of card stock.  So, here's what I did while I'm working up my courage to cut.

Sweet_pea_ce Don't you just love the Sweet Pea designer paper?  Want to know a secret?  That's not Sweet Pea designer paper!   Well, it is – but it isn't.  It's a recent My Digital Studio (MDS) download.  For only $9.95 you can have an entire Sweet Pea designer kit.  It has all kinds of embellishments and stuff, and the best part is it doesn't run out unless you run out of printer paper or ink.  I was playing around with MDS yesterday and printed out a sheet.  It looks absolutely gorgeous in person.  And this is just printed on my Canon.  Can you imagine what it would look like if I sent it to the professional printing service at Stampin' Up!?  So if you're worrying about losing some of the Stampin' Up! colors that are retiring, know that they'll always be at your fingertips with MDS – and the new colors will be a free download!

This is the "Peace Within" set, and I just stamped in Versamark and embossed with black powder.  I colored with markers, and added the two butterflies to pull in the paper design.  The design is Shelley's.  It's my new "go to" sketch when my creativity is blocked or I'm short on time.  I love it! 

I'll give the complete supply list at the end of the post, but first –

Here's my take on the five new colors (drum roll….)
Cherry Cobbler – gorgeous!  I can see why so many people are saying it's their favorite.  It's a very rich red, very regal.  

Daffodil Delight – Picture Summer Sun and Barely Banana getting together and having a lovechild.  That's Daffodil Delight.  It's a really soft, buttery yellow.

Cajun Craze – This is a lot like Really Rust, but with more character.  When you see them side by side, Really Rust looks really faded and tired. 

Marina Mist – Again, it's the best of Ballet Blue and Brocade Blue.  It's not "in your face" like Ballet Blue, but it's a little richer than Brocade Blue.

Early Espresso – Dark, dark brown.  It's what Basic Brown would look like in a card stock.  It's a little close to Chocolate Chip, but darker and more like espresso.  (Kind of the difference between Hot Chocolate and coffee.)

So hopefully I'll screw up enough courage tomorrow to get some samples made.  Wish me luck!

Project Supplies:
Stamp set:  Peace Within
Ink:  VersaMark, Stampin' Write Markers
Paper:  Apricot Appeal, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White card stock
Accessories:  My Digital Studio, Sweet Pea Designer Kit, Whisper White taffeta ribbon, Big Shot, Beautiful Wings embosslit, black embossing powder, heat tool, embossing buddy

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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2 Responses to The First Cut is the Hardest

  1. Carmen says:

    Great reminder about the MDS!!


  2. I *totally* know what you mean about cutting into our new cs…I haven’t yet, either. So scared! lol! Great job on the descriptions of each color, too…liked it! 🙂


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