Every time a new flower set comes out that I love, I try to be financially disciplined and resist purchasing it. I say (and I know I’m not alone in this), “I have enough flower stamps.” Or, “I don’t need any more flower stamps.” Well, yeah, you do. I’ve finally resigned myself to the realization that you can never have too many flower stamps. Because, really, there are so many real flowers and varieties of flowers and colors and … well, you get the idea.
Fabulous Florets was one of those sets that I wasn’t going to buy. But I added it to my list at the last minute, and I’m so glad. I use it all the time, and it works so well with the Flower Garden embossing folder and the new embossing powder. (Proud Peacock is another one I wasn’t going to get, but, well, blame Rachel. And I didn’t really buy it, because Mom gave me most of her hostess credits from the workshop. Have I said lately that I love that woman? And not just because she gives me stamping supplies, either! But I digress.)
I started out with a very cool background of Marina Mist, Rose Red and Concord Crush. It was gorgeous – but I decided not to use it for this card. Then I thought, “OOOOH! I’ll do that cool thing where you emboss the flower from Flower Garden on card stock, rub it lightly with Versamark ink and emboss with powder. Just a little tip – instead of a Versamark pad, use a Versamarker. It’s really easy to get Versamark where you don’t want it and very difficult to brush off all the powder before you heat it. And, trust me on this one, when the powder melts, it’s a lot more obvious.
So – I turned the panel over and decided to use the debossed side. But after moving it around and trying different things, I didn’t like that either. Do you see where I’m going with this? I ended up with a card that was so absolutely different from what I imagined that you’d think someone else had created it. Mike often says I have an evil twin that shows up every now and then. (And then, of course, I say…well, maybe it’s best for my squeaky clean image if you don’t know.)
Here’s the final version. And after all that buildup, I hope you’re not disappointed.
Stamp Sets: Fabulous Florets, Dreams du Jour; Ink: Versamark; Jet Black Stazon; Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Cajun Craze classic; Baja Breeze Stampin’ Write Marker; Paper: Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Whisper White card stock; Greenhouse Gala designer series paper; Other: Big Shot, Beautiful Wings embosslit, Square Lattice embossing folder, stampin’ dimensionals, mini glue dots, Crystal Effects, Pear Pizazz seam binding; Punches – corner rounder, postage, scallop trim border; Embossing powder – Tangerine Tango, Wild Wasabi; heat tool, embossing buddy, Aqua Painter; magazine
There you have it! The little butterfly is just a page from a magazine that I die cut with the embosslit and covered with Crystal Effects. They’re so cute and delicate, and the white ones almost look like glass.
Have a wonderful day! Don’t forget – if you want your catalog early, either book a workshop for June or July (with a confirmed date by June 5) or place a $50 order with me (online or in person) in June. I just realized I have an out of town meeting on Wednesday, so I’m torn. Do I stay up until 2 a.m. to see the sneak peek and last chance lists and place my order, or do I set my alarm for 2 a.m. and get up to look, or do I just get up an hour or so earlier than normal and sleep through the meeting? I’m thinking option C, or, as I like to call it, Option Zzzzzzzzz. (Sorry. Haven’t had many Zzzzzzs in the past couple of days, so I’m a little punchy.)
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