Flower Power Stamp-Off Challenge
It’s another fun Stamp Off Friday! With all the rain we’ve been having, my flowers are blooming like crazy, so it’s a perfect challenge.
My latest Stampin’ Up! order – with my new Designer Series Paper (DSP) – arrived this week. I ordered (among other things) the Petal Promenade DSP and Tea Room Specialty DSP. Both are full of flowers, so it was a very hard choice, but I finally decided on the Tea Room Specialty DSP.
Isn’t that paper gorgeous? I love the butterflies in the background. Each sheet of this paper is just lovely.
I wanted a soft card, so I stamped the tea cup from the Time for Tea Stamp Set in Coastal Cabana on Shimmery White Cardstock. After die-cutting with the coordinating Spot of Tea Framelits Dies (bundle these with the stamp set and save 10%), I used an Aqua Painter with a little Coastal Cabana ink to give it a little wash. I wanted it to look a little faded and antique-y. Finally, I traced the swirl on the cut with a Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Write Marker and added a little Share What You Love Artisan Pearl.
I was super happy with the Rich Razzleberry die-cut label, so I decided to stamp the sentiment (from the Hand Delivered hostess set) directly on the DSP using Rich Razzleberry ink. It needed something else, though, so I stamped the flowers. First, I stamped in Old Olive, then used the “fill-in” flower stamp with Calypso Coral. Too much. I repeated this, but stamped the Calypso Coral off one time. Oooooh – I liked that a lot. But there’s a little Crushed Curry in this DSP, so I thought I’d stamp the flowers in Crushed Curry. I liked it, but needed a second opinion, so I asked my sweet Creative Advisor, Amelia.
Here is the sad news I promised to share. I said, “Amelia, which looks better, the yellow,” I showed her the cup and label with the Crushed Curry flowers and her eyes lit up. She liked it a lot. Then I showed the the Calypso Coral Flowers – “or orange?”
She knows that when I have left-over embellishments or die-cuts, I give them to her. I could tuck them away to use later, but I usually forget I have them tucked away until I clean up my stamp room years later. And if I do happen to remember they’re tucked away, I can’t remember where I tucked them and spend more time looking than it would take to just stamp and die-cut. So to keep clutter down and to save time, I give them to Amelia.
After she saw the Calypso Coral, she said, “Orange,” as she reached for the Crushed Curry flowers. Wait!!! What about if I layered them and used both colors?
Oh, no. That would never do. Orange, definitely. And then I remembered her favorite colors: yellow and purple. She wanted the yellow flowers, so it didn’t matter if the Calypso Coral ones looked good or not. They were going on the card and she was getting the Crushed Curry ones. So now I’ll never know if she’s answering because something really looks better or because she wants the leftover one.
To be fair, she has been spot on almost every time, and I did agree that the Calypso Coral ones looked better. Still, her answer was a little too quick. And those Crushed Curry flowers immediately went on one of her projects she was working on.
After I added Amelia’s Choice to the label, I layered it over the stamped DSP strip. It still needed something, so I added the Very Vanilla Tea Room Ribbon from the Combo Pack. And, finally, I added little Share What You Love Artisan Pearls to the label and added it to a Coastal Cabana card base.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!