For today’s card, I pulled out The Open Sea. I haven’t used it since last summer. It wasn’t in the Stampin’ Up!® catalog in 2011, and lots of demonstrators pleaded with Stampin’ Up! not to retire it. So they brought it back as a write-in (and now it’s in the Annual Catalog). By then, though, I had so many new stamps that I just put it aside. Until today.
Today was one of the best days ever! My group of demos had a team meeting, and Liz showed us how to use a free image coloring program with My Digital Studio. Then Sandy and I stamped the rest of the day. It was wonderful, and I got so much done.
When I left the house this morning, I grabbed bags of “extras” from workshops – those little layers and pieces that don’t get used, but you don’t feel like putting them away when you get home, so they pile up. And up and up. So I brought them with me as a challenge today. I could only use the scraps in the bags. I did get to mix and match from different bags, and I didn’t have to use the card stock or paper in the size it was cut; I could trim it down if I wanted. (Since I was making the challenge rules for myself, I didn’t want to make it too hard.) Here’s my Open Sea card.
Stamps: The Open Sea; Ink: Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake classic; Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler stampin’ write markers; Paper: Always Artichoke, Naturals Ivory, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler card stock; Other: Big Shot, Designer Frames folders, Delicate Designs folders, Adorning Accents edgelits, Apothecary Accents framelits, Essentials Paper-Piercing pack, paper-piercing tool, Stampin’ Pierce mat, sponge
One of the best things about Stampin’ Up! is that products coordinate. For example, the apothecary accents framelits have a coordinating template in the paper-piercing pack. And, of course, the colors all “go together.” This is a favorite color combination of mine, and it uses the leftovers from a Christmas card we made at a card buffet. I realized when I was searching for Father’s Day cards yesterday (because I lost the ones I had made earlier) that I really need some “non-flowery” cards. Out of the seven cards I created today, I managed to make one look masculine. *sigh* But guys like flowers, too, right?
Hope you enjoyed the “hop” over the weekend. If you missed it, you can still catch up here. Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!