Thursday, May 14, 2015
Well, I'm not retiring. But a lot of my favourite Stampin' Up products are. This is a bittersweet time of year for Stampin' Up Demonstrators. Yes, we have to say goodbye to some of our much loved stamps, inks and embellishments ... BUT ... there are so many new and exciting things in the new catalogue!!! As a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, one of the perks is that we get to see the new stuff - and order some of it! - before anyone else does. So that's why I'm not too sad about what's retiring.
If you've just come from Stefanie's blog, you will have enjoyed her take on our Retirement Blues celebrated with style.
For my three projects I decided to pick a favourite ink, a favourite embellishment and a favourite stamp set. My first project features ink: Baked Brown Sugar. I found myself reaching for this colour so often. It just worked for so many things. Even though it is a soft shade of brown, it's also a very rich colour and worked with so many other colours. I paired it with Very Vanilla cardstock and the retiring Hostess Set Bloom With Hope in a monochromatic colour scheme.
Next up is Beautiful Wings Embosslits. I really am sad this is retiring. All those cute little butterflies with different embossed patterns were so often just the perfect finishing touch. And of course, they were perfect to showcase in a bigger project such as this framed project I did for our February Hop which you can see here.
This card is one that came together because of bits and pieces from previous projects that were laying on my work table. Every once in a while I have to stop creating and do some tidying up. Usually not as much fun as creating, but occasionally Serendipity happens! I had a card base cut from Hello Honey that didn't get used when I cut it, plus a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock on which I had stamped the little trio of flowers from the Painted Petals set - that didn't get carried over from the Occasions Catalogue - sigh.
Finally, my favourite retiring stamp set. Well, one of my favourites. There are a few, including By the Sea with the lovely sea shells. Oh, I will miss that one too! I know I said I wasn't too sad about losing some things because of all the new ones coming up, but - I guess I'm a little sad!
So, the retiring stamp set I chose to feature is Plesant Poppies. It's actually a background stamp but I love how either the whole thing can be used or just bits of it. This card was CASED from Michelle Zindorf who is a genious with ink and stamps. I had come across a card done by her on Pinterest using Pleasant Poppies and a technique called Direct to Paper. That just means swiping an ink pad across cardstock to get some really cool designs.
Now, I just had to include a sneak peek from the upcoming brand new In-Colors because my pre-order arrived the very same day I was making this card! So that is Tip Top Taupe you see as the card base. It is going to be a great neutral that I know I will be using a lot.
I pondered about using a sentiment on this but couldn't decided what to use and then finally decided it didn't need anything more.
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