I have had the SU Hold on to Hope Bundle on my desk wanting to use it to have some encouragement cards on hand. It seems there have been many times lately that friends of mine have needed an uplifting card.
It’s monochromatic color palette with only Garden Green as a color has a soothing effect. I am sharing it with the Just One Color Stampin’ Up Only Challenges # 92.
Here are the images found in the stamp set:
Notice the additional framelits included in the Crosses of Hope Framelits:
You are about to see the rarely seen Red-Bellied Chickadee…
I say “rarely” because some other stamper may have colored the belly red!
I texted my friend (upline) Linda to ask her opinion on whether my red heart should be on the top or bottom, and she said on the bottom but she was “a little disturbed” by the red belly on the chickadee. Oh, it definitely is a chickadee but I reminded her that in the stamping world- “anything goes to make it coordinate.”
I don’t think I convinced Linda (aka the realist) of my chickadee/robin but she gave me
the green light to “go with my artistic gut”…
On the inside, I used two thinlits from the Petals and More Thinlits that are similar
to the ones on the Petal Passion DSP along with the Happy Birthday sentiment
from the new SU Beautiful Day stamp set.
I had to show you another cute card with the snazzy little birds from Bird Banter.
Of course, it was so fun to make because I LOVE the streakless coloring
I can do with my Stampin’ Blends!!!
My pinspiration for this card was a card by Australian demo Cheryl Miller.
I put my sentiment in the white space on the upper left while she put hers inside the square.
To make the card you just stamp the images on the white front panel. Then, you die cut out the square where the bird sits on the branch. Then you add a border to the square and pop in back in the square hole you cut out lining up the branch and the string on the balloon. It is simple but adds a great visual effect!
Remember when using the Stampin’ Blends alchohol markers, you need to use Memento ink so the inks don’t run together. Archival is said to work alright but I just go with the Memento since we carry it, and I know it works:)
In the photo below, you can see how the alcohol markers bleed through the cardstock.
So I just did my inside on a separate piece of Whisper White and then adhered it. Don’t make the mistake of thinking since it is a white card you don’t need an inside insert! Oh yeah, I did that and turned over the card, and saw how it bled through! Of course, with a colored card base, it would just go right on.
I wanted to share another neat item we made at our Occasions Catalog Kick Off last weekend. Since it was January, it was the perfect time to make a calendar….well, maybe December is the perfect time but we only missed 6 or 7 days:) I chose the new SU Waterfront stamp set to create a lovely scene that would not get tiresome over the year and appeals to both men and women.
It is hard to see in the photos but I brushed Wink of Stella on the water and sun to give it that little somethin’.
This is the same design I used on my calendars last year. You can see the post HERE.