I created this card to showcase the gorgeous flowers that you can make with the Botanical Blooms bundle from the Occasions catalog. I have had so much fun creating different projects with these amazing coordinating stamps and Framelits – I'm finding it hard to pick up different stamps and dies. I also wanted to show the gals the absolutely go-juss Pool Party 3/8" Glitter ribbon that is also from the Occasions catalog. I love that small piece of ribbon on this card – I think it adds the perfect amount of bling without overpowering the flowers. I found the inspiration for the color combination from the pretty Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper that is also from the same catalog. I love that Stampin' Up! lists the colors used in their patterned papers! Of course, it makes it easy to match cardstock and other embellishments to the papers when creating – which is really great. Another side benefit is that it is a great resource for discovering pretty color combinations that you already know have to coordinate beautifully, like I did here. Aren't these colors just perfect for a Spring-time greeting?
At our meeting I also taught the gals about the super-cool Press 'n Seal technique for assembling a perfect multi-die cut arrangement without painstaking layout, dis-assemble, glue a piece, re-assemble, glue another piece, etc. Below is a YouTube video created by another Stampin' Up! demonstrator that shows the magic. And believe me, it is magic!
This card features a few products that are retiring at the end of this month. I'm very bummed that this gorgeous ribbon isn't carrying forward into the big catalog. I hope that they come out with more at some point because it is just so pretty, and it is great to work with. Happily, the Botanical Blooms stamps and coordinating Framelits are carrying forward to the new "big" catalog, but you won't be able to purchase the bundle any more with the coordinating DSP. The greeting stamp set that I used is also retiring. It is one of the stamps that Stampin' Up! produced when they started to experiment with photopolymer. One of my absolute favorite greetings from this set is "love you more than chocolate" – now that is really saying something, isn't it! I used the oh-so-versatile, and now retiring, Ovals Framelits to make the opening in the Hardwood "frame" for the card. I use them so much, and I will have a tear in my eye when I have to say goodbye to them. And the last of the retiring products that I used is the Mossy Meadow ink which is one of the 2014-2016 In Colors. For some reason, most of the In Color items are still available. In the past, they have typically sold out within hours of the retirement list publication, but not this year. I still encourage you to place an order quickly if you want retiring items because inventory is running low on several items, and when it's gone – it's gone for good.