One of the things I love about springtime in Virginia is it just surprises you. One day, the trees are bare and hardly anything is blooming. The next day – BAM! – all the trees and flowers are in bloom and you have to mow. Is it like that everywhere? Seriously, one day I was thinking, "Wow, my phlox are (is? or should it be phloxes?) blooming, but there aren't any leaves or buds on trees." The very next day there was green on the trees. Maybe that's why it's called "spring" – because it "springs" up and surprises you.
Here's another surprise. This is a set that really didn't grab me. I don't know if it was the cutesiness of it or the "hello" letters in the flowers. All the letters are a different style, and I'm a little anal fussy particular about things matching. Plus it was underneath another set that was very similar, so I just kind of skimmed and skipped that page. Liz had it with her yesterday, though, and insisted I try it. "But I don't like it," I stubbornly maintained. "That's the point," replied Liz, very patiently. "This way you'll have a sample made with the stamp, and you don't have to buy it." Oh, fine. Give me the stamp.
If Liz does that to all her customers, she'll sell a lot of these stamps. It's in the summer mini and it's only $7.95. And it can be a border, or a single flower, or a greeting, or a note card….I colored it with markers and omitted the letters in the center of each flower. Of course, since it was new, I had cleaned it first to get rid of the filmy residue that's sometimes on new stamps and shadows of letters still showed up. But, no problem. I was going to use the itty bitty punches and buttons for the centers, but Miss Liz had another good suggestion. "You could put the pearls in the center." Since I'm running low on pearls right now, and, of course, forgot them on my last order, I used rhinestones.
I added a tiny row of scallops (dotted scallop ribbon punch) under the designer paper layer (with the reverse side of the paper). That Sunny Garden paper goes with everything, doesn't it? I used the paper colors to choose the ink, then added the rhinestones and colored them with permanent markers.
So that's it. A very quick and easy card – and the stamp set is less than $10. How cool is that? Thanks, Liz, for making me get out of my comfort zone. BTW – can I borrow that set again??
Thanks for stopping by! I thought this card would be perfect for today, because it's a little dreary outside. But – April showers bring May flowers!! Ours don't have rhinestone centers; they have "raindrop" centers.
Ok – quick joke. It's old, so you've probably heard it, but I think about it every time we discuss rain in April.
Q: If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?
Stamp sets: Touch of Kindness, Hello Blossoms
Ink: Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz stampin' write markers; Early Espresso classic
Paper: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade card stock; Sunny Garden designer series paper
Other: Basic rhinestones, dotted scallop ribbon border punch, stmapin' dimensionals; permanent markers