Heartfelt Blooms for GDP # 124

CAS(E) the Designer for Global Design Project # 124

I just love the beauty of this flat stamp, free with a $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration, and have used it a number of times.  I’ve said it before, but it’s important to remember that you do not want to to over-ink this stamp for the best results.  If you over-ink it, you will wind up with an ugly blob instead of a beautiful floral print.  For this card, I used Basic Black and Pacific Point on Whisper White.  I think this color combination is stunning, and it can also be elegant with the additional of silver metallic enamel shapes and silver thread for embellishments.

Copy and Selectively Edit for this CAS(E)

While I have been glancing at this sketch all week, this card idea literally popped in my head today.  Nothing like last minute because the challenge link closes in 4 hours.    Louise Sharp is this week’s designer, and her inspiration card follows:

The center element was created by cropping out the Bloom using the Layering Circle Dies, including the scalloped circle. Two layers of dimenstionals really allow this element to pop up off the cardstock.  My first edit is with the thread, which I put behind the circle layers.   My sentiment is on the bottom right corner instead of top right, mainly because it fit there.  The silver metallic enamel shapes were a last minute addition because I felt the card just needed a little something.  



Heartfelt Blooms and Beautiful You for #tttc033

Heartfelt Blooms and Beautiful You stamp sets

This Sale-a-Bration stamp set (free with a $50 purchase) is gorgeous.  However, if you add too much ink to the stamp, it will just come out as a big blob.  Really.big.blob, which I think I have said before but is worth repeating.  The sentiments with the set are perfect for a sympathy card, especially the “Sending Heartfelt Thoughts”, but I wanted something a bit lighter for this card.  The sentiment is from the Beautiful You stamp set andI  was pleased as punch when I found that it fit on the Everyday Label punch.  The versatility of this flowered stamp makes it a must have.  Can’t you just see some fabulous birthday cards, thank you cards, thinking of you cards……….

Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge 033 board

The first column of sentiment, free, and ribbon spoke to me as soon as I saw the challenge board.  I originally needed a sympathy card for the parents of a student who died very unexpectedly.  I couldn’t bring myself to write a blog about that card, which I created using the school colors of black and gold (Crushed Curry), but I wanted to honor Elena somehow.  Enter the Emerald Envy and Basic Black card for this challenge.

Emerald Envy and Basic Black

I don’t know why, but I have been using a lot of Basic Black as an anchor color lately.  Tonight, I used it to accent the Emerald Envy as a mat for the card base and for the punch.  After I punched a label out of the black and emerald to use for the sentiment mat, each label was cut in half to just outline the ends.  I’ve found that layering halves on a variety of punches is easier using two-sided tape, which was also used to hold the ends of the ribbon on the back of the Whisper White layer.

We might as well DANCE

For as long as my daughter can remember, I have told her “I hope you dance”, and it’s one of “our” songs.  The sentiment from the Beautiful You stamp set is perfect for the times life is a bit of a struggle.  

I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Please leave a comment below.

Above all else, have a Peachy day.


Heartfelt Blooms for GDP121

Global Design Project 121 is a color challenge this week using Bermuda Bay, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum.  I’ve seen some beautiful two-color cards with Heartfelt Blooms (Sale-a-Bration catalog), and really wanted to use the stamp set, so I thought this challenge would be wonderful for the set.

Here’s my card:


There is a trick to using this gorgeous stamp, though, and I’m so pleased I saw some comments from other SU demos who shared the trick:  less ink is better.  You do need to cover the stamp with color, but don’t overload it.  Definitely play around on scrap paper a few times before trying it on your cardstock (you should see the current sheet of grid paper on my desk).

Bermuda Bay and Peekaboo Peach were easily covered with the bloom stamp, and I used peach for the sentiment, Bermuda Bay for the bottom base layer and the ribbon.  I have Sweet Sugarplum just peeking out as a second layer and I cropped a Stitched Shapes circle to go behind the Pretty Label punch-out.  I really wasn’t sure how the Sugarplum was going to work with the other 2 colors, but I am pleased with the contrast.  Maybe I need to try the same card again with another main color combo…….something to think about.

Here’s the GDP challenge link:

Make sure you check out the cards from the design team, and especially from the guest designer, Julie DeGuia, for her adorable card!!

Have a Peachy day!

Stampin’ Up products for this card:

Heartfelt Blooms Clear-Mount Stamp Set  Heartfelt Blooms

Pretty Label PunchPretty Label Punch

Mini Stampin' Dimensionals    Mini dimensionals

Multipurpose Liquid GlueTombow adhesive