Welcome to the Stampin’ Addicts Retiring Sets Mega Hop!! If you joined me from The Stampin’ Bunny, I’m sure you were impressed by Rhonda’s projects with A Beautiful Thing. Her work always inspires me! If I am your first stop, you can find links to the entire hop over at Stampin’ Addicts. After the hop you can look around over there for all the “Positively Stampin’ Up” fun…it is a super site with lots of amazing artists!
I am so thrilled that you stopped by to see my projects with the retiring set Garden Whimsy. This has been a wonderful “go-to” set for me because the images always make me smile! It is that time of year here in VA…the long awaited last weeks of school. Since the kids have been counting, I’m not sure how it snuck up on me but my first project is a quick little treat box. Perfect for 4 pieces of Ghirardelli chocolate squares…and for a last minute teacher treat!! I will have more info available on Monday with the “how-to” on this box. It is such a great way to use up some of those last strips of DSP and it comes together in about 10 minutes. I used Basic Black card stock for the box and Lovely Flowers DSP (Hostess) to brighten it up. The little lady bug uses Melon Mambo, So Saffron and Basic Black Stampin’ Write Markers. I stamped her on Whisper White then punched her out with the 1 1/4″ circle punch. The So Saffron circle was punched with the 1 3/8″ circle punch and the Scallop Circle is Melon Mambo. I put the box together using Sticky Strip and then used dimensionals on the bottom of the Scallop Circle to attach it to the box. The Corner Rounder punch finished up the box perfectly. If you want to see any project closer, just click on the picture.
My next project uses the big butterfly from Garden Whimsy. This butterfly happens to be PERFECT for the Rock n’ Roll technique. If you aren’t familiar with this technique, you need to be! It is a super way to add dimension to large solid stamps. First you ink up your stamp with a lighter color. Then chose a complementary darker color and “roll” the stamp’s edges on the ink pad. Make sure that the darker color pad is dark enough to not be corrupted by the lighter color ink. I used my Black marker to finish off the butterfly’s antenna. The words are from the retiring hostess set Lovely Flowers, the DSP strips are from Lovely Flowers and Tea Party. I used the circle punches again to keep a continuity amongst the projects. The layout is courtesy of Karen Giron and her Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.
Finally, I wanted to use another technique and the “out of the box” look works really well with the flower in this set. I simply stamped the flower and the butterfly, then using my paper cutter I cut up to the edges of the flower. The rest was trimmed with scissors. I love how the black really pops the Melon Mambo on this card!
I hope that you have enjoyed your stop here at Stampin’ on the Fly! Here is a final look at all the projects together:
I’d love to hear what you think about my projects so don’t forget to leave a comment. Your next stop is to visit Joyce at Stampin’ Central. She is using the beautiful Le Jardin Botanique and you will love her work!! Your jaw will drop when you see her brayering!! Enjoy the hop and I look forward to seeing you again soon.
Box – – Stamps: Garden Whimsy; Paper: Basic Black, Lovely Flowers DSP, Whisper White, So Saffron, Melon Mambo; Ink: Melon Mambo, So Saffron, Basic Black; Accessories: Circle punches, Scallop circle punch, Sticky Tape, Dimensionals
Card 1 – – Stamps: Garden Whimsy, Lovely Flowers; Paper: So Saffron, Basic Black, Lovely Flowers DSP, Tea Party DSP, Whisper White; Ink: So Saffron, Melon Mambo, Basic Black; Accessories: Circle punches, Dimensionals, Black Brads
Card 2 – – Stamps: Garden Whimsy, Short & Sweet; Paper: Lovely Flowers DSP, Melon Mambo, Basic Black; Ink: Melon Mambo, So Saffron, Old Olive; Accessories: Paper cutter, Dimensionals
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