Blushing Heartfelt Blooms

Blushing Heartfelt Blooms

Today, I’m CASEing (Copy and share everything) Karen Barber. She posted a gorgeous card using the Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Blooms Stamp Set, one of the 2018 Sale-a-bration (SAB) products. Take a look at Karen’s card here.

Karen Barber has been one of my favorites for creative inspiration since my first year as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. She was a presenter at my first Stampin’ Up! Convention, and I loved her style and her personality. She was so gracious and kind and her creations are always gorgeously elegant.

Here’s my copy of her card.

Heartfelt Blooms, Stampin' Up!, Sale-a-bration

I changed a few things when I created my card – the color, the ribbon, and the Textured Impressions Embossing Folder – but that’s all. Instead of Soft Suede, I used Blushing Bride, one of my favorite colors, and definitely my favorite pink. I love the dusty color, and it’s perfect for vintage cards.

First, I stamped the flowers on a 2-1/2″ x 4″ piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock, then again on the edges of a die-cut circle. I embossed the 4″ x 5-1/4″ Blushing Bride Cardstock layer with the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, layered the stamped panel over it, then added some 1/4″ Copper Trim and Gold 1/8″ Ribbon. I love mixing metals!

I decided to use the Thinking of You sentiment from the stamp set. I’m sending this to a friend who doesn’t share my love for Blushing Bride, so I was definitely thinking of her when I pulled out my Blushing Bride cardstock and ink. I stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede, then layered the circle to a Blushing Bride scalloped circle. After adding a bit of Copper Metallic Thread to the back, I adhered it to the card and added some Pearl Basic Jewels. Easy! I added the stamped/embossed layers to a Blushing Bride card base.

You can watch a quick video with tips and more fun samples using the Heartfelt Blooms set here.  And if you order the Layering Circles Framelits, the Copper Trim, 1/8″ Ribbon, Metallic Thread, and Pearls Basic Jewels that I used on my card, you can select the Heartfelt Blooms set – or any of the Level 1 SAB products – free.

Karen’s post brings up a pet peeve of mine. The title of her post is, “Clean & Simple – Not My Forte.” First of all, I think she does Clean & Simple very well. But my pet peeve is when people use “forte” in conversation and they mean “strength.” (Please know that I’m not talking about Karen’s post now. She used it in a perfectly acceptable way!)  People pronounce it “for-tay,” like the dynamic level in music. Some friends and I had quite a discussion about this one day, and no one believed that if you use it to mean “strength,” it’s pronounced “fort.” The others had never heard it pronounced that way, so they didn’t think it was correct. And, of course, because most people pronounce it incorrectly, some dictionaries have changed to pronunciation, saying it can be pronounced either way.

Here’s why I stand firm in my pronunciation. The word for “loud” in Italian is forte, and it’s pronounced “for-tay,” because it’s Italian. But the word for “strength” (like, “my forte is music”) is pronounced “fort,” because it’s French. And if you’ve ever studied French, you probably know that they never pronounce half the letters in their words. As a matter of fact, if that “e” weren’t at the end, even the “t” wouldn’t be pronounced. (It’s a lot like that pesky “u” our Canandian neighbors and their British and South Pacific friends add to words like “colour” and “neighbour.” Those of us here in the US are very conservative with our letters. There’s even a push to remove the “gh” in words like “light and tight” and just add a silent “e” at the end. But I digress.)

If you’ve made it all the way to the end without pulling out your hair – YAY for you! Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!

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About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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9 Responses to Blushing Heartfelt Blooms

  1. debsmart says:

    Such a beautiful card, Buffy! Thanks for the lesson on for-tay vs. fort; I did not know the pronunciation difference! I look forward to my next argument – er, discussion – with friends over this one! 😉


  2. buffycooper says:

    Thanks, Deborah! I didn’t know the difference until one of my college profs used it and explained the difference. I just heard that “irregardless” had been added to the dictionary. UGH! Just because some people use words incorrectly is no reason to validate them. sad We are butchering English down here.


  3. Susan Horr says:

    This is the nicest card I have seen using that stamp. Beautiful! After they put ain’t in the dictionary I got disgusted.

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  4. Anita says:

    Lovely card. And I chuckled all the way through your vocabulary lesson…thanks!

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  6. Teri S. says:

    Hi. I am one of those Canadians who use the “u” in colour, etc., but, I agree wholeheartedly that our English language is being butchered. I like your card so much! I discovered your site on Pinterest & am glad I did. I understand the difference between forte & fort as well as I sing in a choir of 75 people & love music. I also help lead worship in a very small church (30 – 40 people).


    • buffycooper says:

      Thanks for your comments, Teri! I had to keep checking to be sure I didn’t write that. (I sing in a choir and was also the worship leader in our church for years.) We could be twins!!


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