Sunday, June 3, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Beautiful Bouquet
Well, it is a new Stampin' Up! year, kind of. The 2018-19 Annual Catalog just went live, and everyone is abuzz with the goodies we all want. Right. Now. But you know what? I bet all of us have stamp sets in our stash that we could not wait to get, but once we got them, we didn't do anything with them! Beautiful Bouquet is the set we are featuring this time, and it is such an awesome set!

What is the Stamp Review Crew, you ask? We are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that gets together to do a blog hop on the first and third (and sometimes on a fifth) Monday of each month. For each hop we chose a single stamp set for us all to use, and then we let our creativity loose! We have a blog with all of the hops archived, so you can hop through any of the hops any time. Click here to go to the blog to see all of the hops! To go to the specific post for this hop, click here, or on the banner above.

If you are following along in order, then you have just arrived from the delightful Dawn Tidd's blog.

My hubby and I just had our 28th wedding anniversary! And this stamp set is pretty perfect for all things wedding and anniversary.

There are so many fantastic and touching sentiments in this set, you might find yourself sending cards for occasions you don't usually send them for! I know I try to remember the anniversaries in my family, but I don't often send cards.

For the background, I did a wash of Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove, and Poppy Parade. Drying and layering more color on a couple of times. That is what gives it the depth and variation that I love.

Then I stamped and die cut a bunch of flowers in the same colors, and the addition of Mango Melody. And leaves die cut from Granny Apple Green and Call Me Clover.

The sentiment is Copper Heat embossed on a strip of Thick Whisper White and adhered to the watercolor panel. Of course, I stitched around the watercolor panel.

Then all of the flowers and leaves were adhered with liquid glue or  mini dimensionals.

Yes, there was a lot of fiddling and moving of flowers involved and this took much longer than it should have. 😏

The inside is finished off with more stamping, and I did do a bit of masking here also.

For this card I started out using the Wreath Builder jig and the twig image. I was going to do an entire twig wreath, but when I got halfway around, I was inspired to do it half twig half floral! It seemed very masculine and feminine, and very wedding appropriate!

Now, I will confess that I almost did a watercolor wash night sky in purples and blues. But I thought I should try something else as I had just done a wash.

(you all have no idea how hard I have to try to not do watercolor washes constantly. for reals)

So I went straight to my other favorite, woodgrain everything! 😁

And copper embossing on vellum.

The flower image was stamped in progressively lighter shades of purple. Starting with Blackberry Bliss, then Fresh Fig, Rich Razzleberry, and finally Berry Burst.

Add some single leaves in Shaded Spruce.

Diecut some flower clusters in Berry Burst and Fresh Fig. Use the leftover Call Me Clover leaves from the previous card. They coordinate well with the Shaded Spruce, lucky for me! 😎

The Stamparatus helped with the shading on the flowers on the inside. I stamped the whole flower images first with Berry Burst, then add Blackberry Bliss on the bottom portion of the image, dabbing some of the ink off where it should fade into the Berry Burst.

The twigs were stamped in Crumb Cake.

That's it for me! Next up is the fabulous Kelly Kent!


Linda Callahan said...

Oh my you do have a way with ink! Love that inky background on your anniversary card! And Happy Anniversary to you! Your wedding cad is lovely as well!

Dawn Tidd said...

What a great duo of gorgeous cards! You are the queen of those water color backgrounds and this one is so bright and cheerful. I'm sure your husband loved it! I, too, love all things on the Woodgrains and this is no exception!

HJ said...

Love your beautiful cards today. The bright watercolored background on the first one and the vellum on the second really caught my attention. Congrats on your anniversary. TFS. Enjoy your week.

Charlet Mallett said...

Happy Anniversary! Lovely cards. That inky orange background is fantastic. I agree, you are the queen of watercolor backgrounds.

Mickey Roberts said...

Congratulations to you and Jamie on your anniversary! I love the washed background for the anniversary card. The depth you achieved is so rich and gorgeous.

Kelly Kent said...

Oh the colours Tanya! Two amazing cards in your unique and wonderful style. Happy anniversary! Kelly x

Ann Schach said...

Beautiful cards, Tanya! I LOVE the background on your first card. Such a bright and cheery card. As for the twig-floral card...what a neat concept...half masculine, half feminine! This is such a great idea for a wedding card.

Cheryl Hamilton said...

Beautiful watercoloring!!

Nikki Spencer said...

Beautiful, vibrant card Tanya and that sentiment is just the perfect words for an anniversary card. I love how different they both are, it really shows how versatile this set can be. Xx

WebDeb said...

I love how you took a detour from your wreath card! That contrast and complement feel really says what marriage is about, doesn't it? Congratulations on your anniversary, and prayers for many more happy years together!

Mike said...

Love your backgrounds. The colors are so intensely beautiful, and even the inside is stunning!

Mitosu Crafts said...

Both are stunning Tanya! Love the rich background of the first and peekaboo flowers on the second

Bronwyn Eastley said...

Two beautiful designs. Happy (belated) anniversary to you!

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