I love almost all animals (except rodents). I love watching the activity in the woods at my parents’ house. And I really love nature. But here’s the thing – I mostly love nature in the spring and fall when it’s not too hot and not too cold. I enjoy the first snowfall of the year, but after that it’s just extra work. And oh, wow, do I understand my father now.
When I was younger, my brothers and I would pray for snow so we’d get to play in the snow and maybe even get a snow day. But Dad never shared our excitement. As a farmer, Dad still had to get up at the same time and take care of our cattle, and with snow on the ground, that meant extra hours spent plowing paths. Now that we have a little dog, if we get over an inch of snow, we have to shovel a path for Max. It takes a lot of the fun out of the snow.
Anyway – I really am a nature lover; I’d just rather love it from somewhere comfortable with no bugs. So when Stampin’ Up!® released the Nature’s Beauty Stamp Set, I was thrilled. It has beautiful images of little woodland creatures. Best of all, It’s a “Make a Difference” stamp set. $3 of every sale goes toward mental health organizations. This is a cause I’m very passionate about, and I’m glad mental health issues are finally becoming less stigmatized. I’ve never understood why no one minds telling you they went to the doctor for a broken leg, or for surgery, or even for a flu shot. But if someone sees a psychologist for a mental health checkup, they’re looked at like they may start dancing naked at any second. So, of course, Nature’s Beauty was on my first Holiday Catalog Preorder.
This is a very simple card. First, I spritzed the background using a little Crumb Cake Ink Refill and rubbing alcohol. Sadly, you cannot replicate this background if you didn’t buy this mask already, because it’s retired. I keep all my masks (aka “stencils”) together, and I grabbed this pattern because it worked well with the image. I didn’t remember it was retired until after the card was finished. However, there’s a new set of Basic Pattern Decorative Masks and one of the designs is bare trees; that would be perfect!
I simply stamped the fox in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then colored with Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, and Ivory Stampin’ Blends. The frames are the Stitched Nested Labels Dies, and the sentiment, from Beautiful Day, is stamped in Cajun Craze Classic Ink. I cut it apart and added it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. A little Nature’s Twine completes the card. So simple!
Be sure to add Nature’s Beauty to your order beginning September 4, 2019. It’s a beautiful set, and you’ll “Be a Difference Maker!” If you need a copy of the Holiday Catalog, please let me know and I’ll get one to you.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!