Welcome to Stampin’ Addicts‘ latest blog hop, saying “so long and farewell” to stamp sets retiring from the 2012-2013 Stampin’ Up! annual catalog.
Perhaps you’ve just come from Debbi’s blog featuring Word Play. It was all I could do not to use that on my own projects here! A great sendoff, Debbi — I love that card made with block stamping!
My featured set is You Are Loved (page 24). I confess that I bought this set when it was introduced in a mini catalog — then never used it. Gulp. I was happy it appeared in the next annual catalog and I promptly inked it up! My challenge for this set was to use it for occasions other than Valentine’s Day.
I recently heard another stamper extolling the virtues of Pool Party Stampin’ Up! Embossing Powder on black, so I tried it here. I cut out the image with one of the Hearts Collection Framelits, then adhered punched circles around it. (I enjoy that kind of detail work!) I don’t ever seem to be able to capture the true color of Pool Party, so please try this for yourself and be prepared to be stunned!
I haven’t made a rosette in … I can’t even remember when. So when I saw one atop a Stampin’ Up! embellishment container, I knew I wanted to make my own version of a little gift box. Lots of retiring product here, but the concept is easily executed no matter what you use. Don’t throw those containers in the recycle bin — they have more life in them!
This card is a You Are Loved version of a card I did for a blog hop last year. That card has been pinned and re-pinned a lot, perhaps because it’s so simple and fast to make. I think this makes an excellent sympathy card — pretty, but restrained. The true color is Not Quite Navy. I will really miss this ribbon!
I didn’t start out seeing how many gray cards I could make, it’s just that I really like working with Basic Gray and now (or soon!) Smoky Slate, which is the card base here. And Crisp Cantaloupe? Yummy! Look closely and you’ll notice that the Cantaloupe panel has been stamped with the heart image from this set. So subtle and pretty.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this fresh look at You Are Loved! You’re now on to the first blog in the loop to see Yapha’s creations using Build a Blossom at Rubber Stamping & Card Making with Yapha. I appreciate her work (check out the fish bowl!), as this is a set I resisted buying.
Please come back next week to learn the details of these projects — now enjoy the rest of the hop!
(Remember, the blog hop is a loop. Just follow the link at the bottom of each stamper’s post to get to the next blog; eventually you’ll end up back where you started. And if you ever lose your way, come back here and click on the banner above to see the complete lineup of blogs.)