It’s only recently that I treated myself to the Beautiful Moments Stamp Set although it was released some time ago. I think it coincided with finding out that the Beautiful You Stamp Set would be retiring on 2nd June 2020. I’d found that stamp set amazingly versatile and created many cards with it when it especially when it was first released.
One of my favourite techniques with Beautiful You was paper piecing and it worked beautifully with all three images. For the mother and child’s dresses, I used Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP). If you’re new to paper piecing, the technique generally means stamping the image on plain cardstock and on DSP, then the dresses (in this case) are cut out from the DSP and adhered on to the cardstock.
I decided to put the image of the mother and child through the archway and gate which has been die-cut using a die from Garden Gateway dies which co-ordinate with Grace’s Garden Stamp Set. To make the arch look as if it was built into a wall I die-cut the arch from a top layer of Smokey Slate Cardstock (CS).
You wouldn’t believe how many brick walls and gates and archways I die-cut and/or embossed last night while I was trying to decide on what colours to use! Colours included Grey Granite, Soft Suede, Basic Grey and Smokey Slate. I glad it took me so long to decide because during this process I had a lightbulb moment when I decided to emboss the brick wall just as far down as ground level.
With hindsight, I think I was so indecisive about the colours because I wasn’t happy with the brick wall coming down to the bottom edge of the top layer! By the time I’d die-cut the final Smokey Slate arch with gate and then embossed the negative outside part of the cardstock down as far as the ground level I was so pleased with the result and went with Smokey Slate for both! And I’m pleased I did!
I stamped and coloured two climbing roses, a cat and a bird – can you see the bird? – using Stampin’ Blends. All three images have dies in the Garden Gateway Die set. The colours I used are roses – Light Mossy Meadow, Dark Petal Pink, cat – Light and Dark Smokey Slate, bird – Light Soft Suede.
I also used Blends to colour the mother and child. The colours I used are skin – Ivory, hair – Light and Dark Soft Suede, sand – Dark Crumb Cake, sky – Light Pool Party. I used the Brick and Mortar 3D Embossing Folder (EF) on the top layer after I had die-cut the archway and gate. I sprayed lightly with water and lined the edge of the EF just above the bottom cut edge of the gates.
This left a good straight space for me to add a sentiment. I chose HAPPY BIRTHDAY from the retiring Perennial Birthday Stamp Set. I’ll miss this stamp set! I wanted to add something to the sky, e.g. birds or butterflies from the Beautiful Moments Stamp Set but I get very nervous about not stamping a good image and thereby spoiling my whole card!
Yesterday I spent so long creating this card, I ran out of time and didn’t do anything to decorate the inside. I managed to adhere a middle layer of Whisper White CS and a top layer of Smokey Slate CS but that was it! Rather than do something quickly and wish I’d left well alone, I prefer to leave well alone and go back to it later!
In our Weekly Updates from Stampin’ Up! today, it was announced that there’s going to be a very special recruiting offer from 3rd – 30th June 2020. That is, as well as choosing £130 worth of products for £99 (UK) new recruits can choose any stamp set and punch bundle or any stamp set and dies bundle! Yes, ANY bundle of YOUR choice from the NEW catalogue! This offer applies to all three Stampin’ Up! markets.
If you think this is an offer that’s just too good to miss and live in the UK, the Netherlands, France Austria or Germany, I’d love you to join my team! I’m just as happy having you as a savvy shopper as I am having you as a business builder! Savvy shoppers join just to get the discount on all the products they buy. They don’t do parties, classes, videos, etc. If you’d like to know please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
That’s it from me today. I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday and I look forward to being back with you tomorrow. In the meantime, take care and stay safe! Happy crafting.
Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Letter-size
Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
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