Over at SU Only Challenges we are celebrating our favorite time of the Stampin’ Up year!! Sale-a-bration!!! Truly, the only thing better than new stamps is getting new stamps FREE. I actually had a hard time choosing which of my SAB sets to use for this challenge but decided I wanted to show you something you might have missed. If you look at the bottom of each SAB set with words, you get a choice of language.
So as you look at this card and think, that looks like Bliss…it is…except in French! I felt like “Joie” was a phrase I could find lots of uses for and this set has a French feel to me. One of the best things I am finding with this set (especially in combination with the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder) is that a simple layout is best. I stamped the flourish in Early Espresso and then put Joie in a place that felt like a continuation of the flourish. Even with using a clear mount stamp, my Stamp-a-ma-jig was pulled out to make sure it was just right! I inked up the butterfly in Baja Breeze and added some Early Espresso to the edges of the stamp with a sponge dauber. After stamping, I cut it out and sponged a little more Espresso on the cut edges. Additional sponging in Early Espresso was done on the image panel and on the embossed layer. I used the thread pulling technique on the Baja Breeze Seam Binding.
Hint: I find this works best if you simply leave the ribbon on the roll and pull the thread until you have enough scrunched ribbon.
The balance was a little off so I started looking at buttons and brads. You know what I found??!! This particular Antique Brad has a flower on it that is almost identical to the flower in Bliss/Joie. And this, my friends is why Stampin’ Up products make me so happy!! The type A personality in me knows that these items simply work….beautifully!! This free set has just as much thought put into its design as any catalog set. The attention to detail speaks for itself!
I wrapped the brad around the ribbon and attached it to the card with Mini Glue Dots. Finally, I realized that Basic Pearls were “required” to complete the card. The different sizes on the sheet really do make them a joy to use! I attached one wing of the butterfly with Mini Glue Dots and let the other stay loose. Finally, I popped the image panel up on Dimensionals.
This is the very first card I have made with this set but I think this will be a go-to set for a while! Shelli Gardner, Stampin’ Up’s CEO, has a challenge on her blog this month for Sale-a-bration projects. This card definitely qualifies so I am putting my name in the hat with it.
Because I couldn’t quite make up my mind which project to feature today, I want to share this mini photo album with you too. I had so much fun making the project for the Stampin’ Addicts SAB Blog Hop, I made another version using the SAB set, Sweet Summer. I’ll post more details tomorrow since I changed the measurements on this one.
Thanks for stopping in today. I can’t wait to see your Stampin’ Up Only projects using the SAB offerings. Make sure you post them over at the SUO Challenge site! Don’t forget to go see the fabulous things made by the rest of the SUO Challenge design team. I hope you have a really great week!
Stamp: Joie (French Bliss – 123242); Paper: Baja Breeze (111342), Early Espresso (119686), Naturals Ivory (101849); Ink: Baja Breeze Marker (120965), Early Espresso Pad (119670); Accessories: Baja Breeze Seam Binding (122331), Antique Brads (117273), Basic Pearls (119247), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Dimensionals (104430), Sponge Daubers (102892), Big Shot (113439), Framed Tulips Embossing Folder (121809)
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That first card is simply spectacular! I love the ribbon, and those colors are just delicious together!
Sweet, sweet, sweet–and fresh, too. Lovely work, Jen. . . . as always!
Love your cards!
Hey Girl, Very elegant! I’ve been tempted to select stamp sets with foreign language sentiments too… hmmmm. I should! 🙂
Beautiful card with the Bliss stamp set! I’ll need to look more closely at the non-English sets from now on. What a great idea!