you're inspiringI designed this card for the Essex stamp club meeting at the beginning of the month. The first card for the meeting was the fun fold birthday card that I shared a couple of weeks ago. After working on that somewhat challenging card, the ladies got to create this one that is very simple to put together. Simple definitely does not mean boring, tho! The silver foil lines in the DSP panels definitely dress it up and the pretty coloring of the daffodils on the focal image make this a beautiful card.

I brought my full set of Stampin’ Blends and encouraged the ladies to experiment when coloring the flowers because daffodils come in all sorts of color combinations. I was super impressed at the variety that the gals created – every one was stunning! One of the artists only applied pink (or perhaps it was coral) around the edges of the petal to recreate the look of a white flower with the colored edge. It wouldn’t have occurred to me, but it was gorgeous! And thanks to this card, I learned that another club member absolutely loves to color. I don’t typically do stamps that need coloring in a group setting because it can be so time consuming. This card didn’t take that long for the members to create, so I won’t be worried about having another project in the future that features coloring.

I used this sketch for the layout of this card. The back vertical panels are a perfect spot to use some of your DSP and adding a mat beneath the panels dresses it up a bit. Sometimes a sketch just screams out to me that it is perfect for a stamp set, and that’s what happened this time. I’m really pleased with how this all comes together.

I do need to share one update – unfortunately the Stampin’ Blends are currently unavailable for purchase. Demand has been very high, and Stampin’ Up! has been challenged to get the volume in from their manufacturer to keep up. To avoid perennial backorders (which are awful for everyone), the company has made them unavailable until the end of May to replenish their inventory. I will definitely let you know when I learn of any updates. These alcohol markers really are fantastic, and they are totally worth the wait.

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