Thursday, June 21, 2012

Lacy and Lovely In Color

You all know that I am a swap-a-holic. For sure. I love sharing and getting ideas from fellow demonstrators. It's one of the reason I am a part of the Stampin' Up! Community I am. My friend Paula at Stampin' Addicts hosted a new catalog swap and this was one of my cards I mailed off this week:

Stamps: Lacy and Lovely
Paper: Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White
Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit
Accessories: Stamping Pierce Mat, Paper Piercing Tool, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Big Shot, Delicate Designs Folders, Designer Frames Folders, Extra Large Oval Punch, Labels Framelits, In Color Dahlias, Elegant Butterfly Punch

I first created the base by taking a 4" by 5 1/4" piece of Primrose Petals and running it through the Delicate Designs Folders. I then used my Essentials Paper Piercing Pack to add some dots to the scallops on the lace. I then randomly stamped the circle images first in Raspberry Ripple (the large one), then Primrose Petals (the medium), and with Summer Starfruit (the small.). I adhered this to my base. Yet, the card needed more, so I wanted to add the embossed frame. However, I didn't want to cut them all out (10), so I used the Labels Framelit to cut them out. Much easier. I then had to figure out the sentiment. It was too  boring with just the words, so I added a Primrose Petal flower. However, it was too dark, so I stamped off--which meant I stamped on scrap paper and then on my cardstock. I then used my Essentials Paper Piercing Pack to add more dots on the oval. Repeating my design is a way to make a card come together.

When done, I put on dimensionals and had my card done. (Notice, I cut them in half so I can save money)

Have you ever wondered how I decide what to put on a card. Like really, when is much, too much? My husband says I add too much. But sometimes, it just feels right. On this card, I just kept building and I liked it more and more. Here's the progression:

Happy Stamping!


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