I know that it’s supposed to be Fall outside – the calendar says so. But it totally doesn’t feel like it here in Vermont. My impatiens in the front window box are still thriving which is a miracle on two fronts. First I usually have forgotten to water them frequently enough that the repeated stress has caused them to die. Second we’ve usually had at least 1 frost by this time that has been the final killing blow for the flowers. This year was so wet that the flowers didn’t dry out that often, so that addressed the first problem. The crazy warm spell we’ve had has explained the second. So… given that it still feels like summer (despite the much shorter days) I decided that it was fitting to share this bright, floral card.

I created this card ages ago during a Stampin’ UP! event called Creativity Now. The three projects that we created all used the Translucent Florals stamp set which wasn’t available yet. This set is part of the September – December Mini catalog. I really appreciate that Stampin’ UP! has been including a few non-holiday stamps in this catalog along with all of the great Halloween, Thanksgiving/Fall and Christmas sets. I believe that it’s because of the global nature of the business – not all of the markets are as huge into these things as we are in the US/Canada. And in the South Pacific, it is the opposite season so they won’t be seeking Fall images as much. I’m always a sucker for floral imagery, so this set is right up my alley.

For the event Stampin’ UP! presented 2 options for the cards – standard and advanced. I decided to make the advanced option for every card. For this particular card, the advanced steps are the following:

  • The flowers and leaves were stamped twice – once on the card and a second time on vellum and then diecut
  • The top-view flower was stamped with Berry Burst instead of Poppy Parade
  • Two Deckled Rectangles dies were nested before diecutting to create a frame effect

I really enjoyed the Creativity Now event and I’m looking forward to sharing the other projects with you. I enjoy following along and making the projects that the creative designers have prepared – they frequently are a different style than my usual so it’s great to expand and try something a little different.

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