Beautiful In Color
You may remember that I was chosen to be a “Display Stamper” for the OnStage Local in Richmond a few weeks ago. I sent a selection of my projects (some cards, 3-D items, and a scrapbook page), and received an e-mail from Andrea Withers a few weeks later saying a box of new products would be at my house soon. It was very exciting – because, honestly, who doesn’t love brand new products from a brand new catalog – free! And it was an incredible honor as well.
When I got my box, it had two new stamp sets, lots of ribbon, samples of the new In Color 2017-19 cardstock, some Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock (woot!), Glossy White Cardstock (double woot! So glad this is back!), some DSP, washi tape, a die-cut, and lots of ribbon. Oh – and a punch and two stamp pads. Lots of stuff, right? But putting it all together was definitely a challenge. The stamp sets were very cute, trendy, and “young.” I’m not cute, trendy, or young. I go for flowers. One of the other display stampers was cute, trendy, and young. She got flowers. (I’ve heard from various display stampers over the years that this is always the case. I’m not sure Stampin’ Up! really thinks things through that much or it’s just a chance thing. But, boy, I wish I had gotten her box!)
Anyway – I filled up my 4′ x 2′ space, and I was actually quite proud of my board. Here’s one of the cards I made.
What’s that? This isn’t a new product? Well, you’re right. The Beautiful You stamp set is not a new product – although it is carrying over to the 2017-18 Annual Catalog. But the beautiful new Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock is new, and so is the Dapper Denim 3/8″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon. (That’s the new design for the 2016-18 In Colors.)
I’ve heard a lot of people say, “I really like the new In Colors, but that green…” Don’t listen to them. It’s gorgeous. Yes, it’s very bright, but it’s a nice mix between green and yellow. If Pear Pizzazz and Daffodil Delight get together and have a love child, it will be Lemon Lime Twist. It’s actually quite lovely and a very trendy color – and it is absolutely gorgeous with Dapper Denim, Night of Navy, Basic Black, and more. There are always colors we say, “Hmmmmm. I’m not sure about that one,” about. And when they retire, we’re very sad, because we’ve grown to love them. So skip to the love, because this is a wonderful color. Just sayin’.
I stamped the lady two times – once on the Whisper White Cardstock and once on Lemon Lime Twist (LLT) then cut out the LLT umbrella. Before I added it back into the scene, I masked the lady, sponged some Smoky Slate all around her, then stamped some sheets of rain (from Gorgeous Grunge) in VersaMark. Then I used Heat & Stick Powder and Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter for the raindrops. You may notice that the rain is a little more “meaty” than you’d expect from VersaMark – and you would be correct. I teach lots of classes, and, apparently, at one of my classes, someone stamped some black ink into my VersaMark pad. Of course, I saw it before I inked my Gorgeous Grunge stamp, but I thought it had been so long, it probably wouldn’t matter. Of course, I was wrong. It did show up on the stamp, but I actually liked it, so I left it alone.
This card is especially meaningful to people in our area, because we’ve seen lots of rain in the past week or so. I actually saw Mike looking at plans for a boat. (But that’s not new; he’s wanted a boat for years. We’ve just never lived near the water. Until now. Seriously, I think our road may be a canal soon.)
Several things on this card are retiring. First, the Project Life Corner Punch is retiring – but if you have an Envelope Punch Board, you can round edges of your layers very easily. Also – and I need a moment here – the Heat & Stick Powder is retiring. “Say it ain’t so, Sara!” I love this product. The Heat & Stick Powder, StazOn ink, Black Embossing Powder, and Clear Dazzling Details are all products I want back. And the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set is also retiring. Sad! This rainy day image is indeed fitting. Remember, while retiring bundles, embellishments and accessories are “while supplies last,” stamp sets are guaranteed to be available through May 22 – so buy Gorgeous Grunge now if you don’t have it yet.
And finally – one more product is new on this card. One of the new stamp sets I received was Text Ya Later. It’s not a set I would have been drawn to. It’s a cell phone with lots of texts you can add – including emojis and word bubbles. It’s super cute, but when I was working with it, I thought, “Seriously, how many cell phone cards can I get away with?” But then I looked again at the sentiments. There are lots of sentiments that you can add to a card. And that’s where the “so sorry” came from. This is a super versatile set – even though you may not see it at first. I had a lot of fun with it, and I’ll show you other projects I made with it later.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!