I created this card for another demonstrator-only swap; this time the swap is featuring new stamps from the Occasions catalog. The products from this catalog are available today, so please contact me if you don’t have one of these catalogs and you want one. When I placed my pre-order from the new catalog (one of the perks of being a demonstrator) I was drawn to this really cute stamp set. The images in this set remind me of the art of Mary Engelbreit, and I just couldn’t resist. Isn’t this just too danged cute?!?

I must confess that I had a little trepidation when I includes this set on the list of potential sets when I signed up for the swap. The swap host works hard to make sure that there is a good cross section of various stamp sets from the catalog, so she asks for choices so she can approve sets to ensure that variety. And sure enough – this was the set that she approved for me. What was my fear? Coloring can be very time consuming which is why I don’t typically do it with my stamp club gals. Did I really want to create 12 copies of the card – coloring the image for each one? As you can see here, I clearly got into it. So, not only did I color, I decided to use the largest image in the set. In for a penny, in for a pound. I was on vacation after all, so I had some extra time on my hands. This also gave me an opportunity to color with our Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. I’m so glad that we have these divine tools in our arsenal of color coordinating products. I used almost every one of the colors when I colored the main panel, which was part of why I chose this stamped image. I wanted to have an opportunity to use lots of colors. I love how it turned out!

I used this sketch that you see here as the basis for my design. The large panel in the middle was perfect for my stamped image, so it seemed like a perfect fit to me. This is another layout that seems very versatile to me. When I have a large stamped image (or pretty DSP layer) this design will be perfect to show it off.

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