I’m grateful for so many things that if I started listing them, it would take days. Today, though, I just want to say how grateful I am to my friend Kathy for introducing me to Stampin’ Up!®, and my upline, Sarah, for bugging me until I finally signed up to be a demonstrator. (She didn’t really bug me – at all! She just let me know of opportunities.) While I knew I could be creative musically, I didn’t think I had any artistic talent at all. And now look! I can combine patterns and colors and designs and actually create something lovely. I’m not going to put serious artists out of business by any means, but I do enjoy creating with paper, ink and rubber!
Today’s card, however, isn’t one of my creations. I wanted to use the Apothecary Art set some more, because the Occasions mini catalog will be ending April 30. Some sets and accessories that are in it may be in the new catalog in June, but I don’t know for sure, so I want to use them as much as I can now. I got a card in the mail yesterday from my friend Susan Horr in New York, and she had used Apothecary Art. It was such a lovely card, I asked her if I could CASE (copy and share everything) it. And she graciously said yes!
Stamps: Apothecary Art, Bordering on Romance (inside card and on envelope); Ink: Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Concord Crush stampin’ write markers; Blushing Bride (inside), Concord Crush classic; Jet Black StazOn; Paper: Whisper White, Concord Crush, Blushing Bride card stock; Other: Big Shot, Adorning Accents edgelits, framelits and embossing folders; Word Window and Modern Label punches, pleated satin ribbon, Finial Press embossing folder, aqua painter, stampin’ dimensionals (future supplies: Dazzling Details, Daffodil Delight classic ink refill)
I knew before I even opened the envelope that it would be special – because look at the envelope flap (you can just see it on the right). She used an edgelit and one of the Adorning Accent embossing folders to make a pretty edge on it. And the card is amazing! I changed a few things – Susan used Not Quite Navy where I have Concord Crush. (I have some retiring In Colors to use up before June.) And I colored the border around the image and around the ribbon because when I stamped the image in StazOn, it didn’t. Stay on, I mean. The ink smeared when I cut out the label. But even in person you can’t see the smudge now! That’s also why there’s Blushing Bride inside the card. Either when I cut or embossed the edge of the card, it smudged somehow (that’s why I don’t make made white cards very often; I always smudge them, usually with black or red ink), so I covered it up. What I tell people, though, is I wanted to highlight the border on the front edge, so I added colored card stock inside.
One of the things that really wow-ed me was the way she added the sentiment and the little ribbon teaser. Isn’t that just so clever? I realized as I took the picture that I forgot to color the centers of my flowers, so I’ll finish it tonight. I’m thinking some Daffodil Delight Dazzling Details.
Thanks, Susan!! It’s a gorgeous, gorgeous card, and I really appreciate your creativity!
Have a wonderful day – and thanks for stopping by!