Perennial Essence Suite is Sweet!

As soon as I saw the Perennial Essence suite of products I knew it would be one of my favorites. The Perennial Essence Paper is truly dreamy, the stamps are beautiful. Then there is a punch, ribbon and vellum. You can’t ask for more! Here’s a birthday card made with some of the suite products.

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Design Notes for Perennial Essence Suite Card:

I think the card has an elegant look. The Perennial Essence Designer Paper is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen. Here’s a close up of the paper.

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Doesn’t it remind you of a Monet painting?

One of the things I like best about the stamp set is that there are two different kinds of flowers in the same set. I used the softer flower stamped off in the background. The other flower is made from using the three petal punch stamp on vellum. I used the Perennial Flower Punch to punch out the petal. When you are stamping on vellum, use care. It takes a while for the ink to dry. You can move this along (if you are impatient like myself) by hitting it with the Heat Tool for a few seconds.

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Finally, I also used the softer flower on the envelope. Just the right touch, I think.

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Purchase List for Perennial Essence Suite Card:

It might be a bit confusing but the stamp set and Bundle (get 10% off) are called Floral Essence. The items as a collection, with the Designer Paper, vellum, ribbons, etc, are know as Perennial Essence.

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If you are reading this post early enough, you should be able to get some Trimmer Blades. Recall that Stampin’ Up! removed the Trimmer from the catalog because of production issues. Many of us love our trimmer and need blades to hold us until a new trimmer is offered. (We hope that will be soon!) If you are looking for blades, today is the day. They will be available at 10AM (Mountain time, Noon Eastern Daylight time). There is a limit of 3 packages that can be ordered. Don’t wait!!!! The item number is 126995.

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This Little Piggy Brings Belated Greetings

Oops! I forgot a birthday. I hate it when that happens, don’t you? But, I got to card making and hope this cute card will help the receiver overlook the lateness.

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I also made this card for this week’s Global Design Challenge. Be sure to click on the banner below to go over to their page and see all of the great cards with balloons.

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Design Notes for This Little Piggy Belated Card:

Well, the piggy in the stamp set is holding a flower, but that didn’t stop me from adding balloons. After I colored him in with Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen, I cut it out – and cut off the flower and stamp. It was easy to then add some balloons, one stamped with a greeting from Itty Bitty Birthdays.

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The fun part of this card was adding the clouds. Easy to do with some Shimmery White Embossing Paste and a Palette Knife. And, do you like the little kisses on the balloons? I think I just discovered that stamp!

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Gift Bags With A Little Smile

Are you thinking that the gift bag has a little smile? Sorry to disappoint. I decorated some gift bags with materials left over from this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit, A Little Smile.

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Here’s a peek at this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.

It was so much fun to put this kit together. And, as usual, I had some great things left over!

Design Notes for A Little Smile Gift Bags:

The most fun part of the bag was creating the sand for the beach chair. I used some Shimmery Embossing Paste. I mixed some of the paste with of few drops of Crumb Cake ink on a Silicon Mat. Voila! Sand! The cute palm tree, and the shells were from the Paper Pumpkin kit.

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On the tags, I used just a scrap of paper from the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper. Again, I used some left over shells and linen thread.

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As much as I enjoyed making the darling cards from the Paper Pumpkin kit, I love challenging myself to make something creative with the bits that are left over!

 

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This and That:

Are you a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? it’s just the best. Each month you get a surprise delivered to your door. The kits are complete and each month you get a great stamp set and an ink spot that you can use in the future.

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Free As A Bird Gets Framed!

No doubt, you’ve seen some cards made with the beautiful new stamp set, Free As A Bird. I’ve made a card or two with that set. I just love it! Today, I tried something new – a shadow box. I used one of the birds in the frame.

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Don’t you love the shadow box? I first saw it on my friend, Brian King’s blog (see his shadow box here.) But the pattern for this cool frame comes from Julie DiMatteo. She has some samples, directions and a great video on her blog post here.

 

Design Notes for Free As A Bird Shadow Box:

I won’t give you any directions for the shadow box. Julie does a great job with that! I did add some trim using a framelit from the Magnolia Memory Dies set to add some interest to the frame.

The bird was so much fun to color. I used Stampin’ Blends for the bird, branch and flower. I also did a little experimenting with the Color Lifter. Gotta confess, I’ve had it for awhile and had not used it before this! But, WOW, it worked perfectly! I colored the breast of the bird with the Calypso Coral Light Blend. It was just a bit darker than I wanted and used the Color Lifter to lighten it up. I’m hooked now!

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I added a little “Hello” stamped in Seaside Spray. A bit of twine added some interest there. Finally, I stamped, colored and cut out a tiny flower. The center was completed with a Metallic Pearl.

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Sweet Baby Card for A Sweet Baby

A neighbor of mine recently welcomed a new grandson. He is the third child for one of her daughters, a son following two lovely daughters. The little ducks from Fable Friends just called out to me for this baby card.

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Design Notes for Sweet Baby Card:

I just love this stamp from the Fable Friends stamp set. There are lots of ways I could have colored it but I choose to use some of my Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen. The Blender Pen is just the perfect tool to smooth out the colors. The little hearts are some Heart Epoxy Droplets that I colored with a Balmy Blue Blend (Dark).  I cut the piece out with one of the Stitched Nested Labels.

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Now, are you wondering about the Designer Paper in the background? It’s from the Come Sail Away selection. Who would think that you could use that beautiful nautical paper on a baby card!

Purchase List for Sweet Baby Card:

 

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