A wonderful new suite from Stampin’ Up was named Nature’s Poem. It has trees and leaves, and a die set to match. Luckily, it was offered in the pre-order, so I’ve already had a chance to play with it.
This is the perfect suite for making masculine cards, and I was excited to create my first card.
Nature’s Poem-new from the 2018-2019 catalog
If you’ve been following my blog, you know I enjoy participating in challenges. Tic Tac Toe is one that gives me great inspiration. When I saw that “trees” was one of the squares, I knew I would commit to a row including “trees.” I decided to go diagonally with trees-kraft-square.
I inked up the large tree from the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set in Early Espresso Ink, and stamped it on Kraft Paper. I used its die from the Nature’s Roots Die Set for cutting.
TIP: To get a good print, I pressed the Kraft paper on top of the inked stamp, rather than the other way around.
I used the Layering Squares Dies to cut the square frame; one from Kraft paper, and one from Champagne Foil. After gluing the two together, I glued the edges of the tree to the frame.
I raised my framed tree on Adhesive Strips for interest. For a touch more Kraft Paper, I used a retired die from the Greetings set, and cut out the word, “thanks.”
I decided on a Crumb Cake card base with a layer of Share What You Love Specialty Paper for the background of my tree. This pack of paper is special, indeed. It’s heavyweight paper, 4 designs have a pearlized finish, 24 sheets of gorgeousness!
To add some more shine to my card, I cut a strip of Champagne Foil, and embossed it with some leaves from the Nature’s Roots Die Set. There are several leaves in the set for this purpose. Fun! Doesn’t it look pretty?
I see great potential with this suite, and believe it will grow (pun intended) to be a favorite. And, don’t worry, Lovely As A Tree is still in the new catalog.
As always, I appreciate you taking the time to come see what I’m up to. Have a great day!
Today’s project includes current, new, and retiring Stampin’ Up products. First, I’ll show you how I turned this week’s CAS(E) this sketch challenge upside down.
Here is the sketch:
And, here’s my upside down project:
My sweet, little row of birds was stamped and colored weeks ago. The bird is from a current stamp set, Sitting Here, which is carrying over to the new catalog. Yay! I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to use the birds in a challenge sketch, and today is the day. The birds needed to be among the foliage at the bottom of the scene, so I thought it would be okay to turn the sketch upside down. Alice, a designer at CAS(E) this sketch, confirmed my decision, because I saw she did the same thing. You can see her project by clicking on the cts image above; it’s adorable!
The foliage is from the new stamp set, Enjoy Life. Don’t you love the foliage? This new stamp set has lots to love, and I’ll be using it for more sneak peeks in the near future. I stamped the foiliage in Always Artichoke. Sorry, I know it’s not a popular color, but I can’t help liking it. You’ll see I used Always Artichoke cardstock for layering also!
The card base is Marina Mist, another retiring color, but the top layer, Whisper White is here to stay. The Brick Wall Embossing Folder, however, will be retiring. The new catalog has 25 embossing folders, but I have a feeling I’ll still need to use bricks once in a while.
The graffiti on the wall will be carrying over to the new catalog. The heart and “love” are from Sunshine Wishes, and the “you” is from Celebrate You.
I decided to add some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper to the “love” and “you.” I looked it up to make sure it’s in the new catalog, and it has a new name, Sparkle.
Finally, I covered the envelope flap with a piece of Designer Series Paper. It’s beyond retirement, but I like the way it goes with the card, and it makes me feel good to put my hoarded DSP to use. Can you relate?
Thank you CAS(E) this sketch designers for the inspiration. And, thank you to all of my visitors. No need to feel sad about retiring items, because they can be ordered until May 31st. You may not want Always Artichoke, but you may want some of your favorite colors, or a Brick Wall, or lots of other goodies. If you click on my “shop” button, it will take you to the information. You will see “Last Chance Products,” and the colors will be under “Everything Else.” Have a great day!
This week’s color challenge at Paper Players made me think of lavender fields, and then, grapes. With colors like this, don’t you agree?
I just happened to have the perfect stamp set for the challenge, Tuscan Vineyard. It has a beautiful bunch of grapes that I stamped in Elegant Eggplant. Using my Blender pen, I colored in the grapes with Wisteria Wonder, and the leaves with Tranquil Tide.
I found the sentiment, “Thanks a Bunch,” in the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set. I’m very happy how the sentiment works with a bunch of grapes, as well as a bunch of flowers!
How do you like the circular frames? They are from a new set, Swirly Frames, and something I’ll be using a lot. The Layering Circles Dies fit perfectly for cutting.
The card base is Elegant Eggplant, layered with Tranquil Tide, and topped with Whisper White. I embossed the top layer with the Garden Trellis Embossing Folder, which seemed to go with grapes and vineyards. Besides, I like the deep, rich pattern it gives. The new catalog has 25 embossing folders, so those of us who like to emboss are thrilled!
Before attaching my framed circles with dimensionals, I wound Whisper White Baker’s Twine around the top layer, and added a triple bow. You can also see the Wisteria Wonder heart. Love those Enamel Shapes!
Last, but not least, I covered the envelope flap in Designer Series Paper. It’s Tranquil Tide from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Pack. It’s fun choosing a paper that goes with the card, and knowing it’s ready to send. You may have noticed, I’m using another pattern beneath my card for photographing. These 12X12 inch sheets are the right size, and you’re able to see how Stampin’ Up coordinates everything.
Thanks so much for stopping by my vineyard. Have a great day!