We have been having the most perfect extended holiday weekend here in north central Illinois — I hope you are enjoying good weather, too! Perhaps this weekend’s Stamp Review Crew blog hop will add to your enjoyment.
If you’re “new to the Crew,” we are an international group of stampers who participate in a blog hop the first and third Mondays of each month, focusing on one stamp set. The banner at the top leads to a list of all bloggers (over two dozen of us!) who are participating this time using Flourishing Phrases; you’ll always be able to find this hop by clicking that banner in someone’s blog post. If you’re already hopping, you’ve just enjoyed the creations of Bruno Bertucci — and now, welcome!
Buying this set as soon as the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog was live was not even in question for me. The sentiments (inside and outside) are excellent and cover a variety of needs. But I wanted instead to focus on the three non-sentiment stamps — no Thinlits, just random, all-over stamping. (Need tips on random stamping? I have a tutorial here.)
I stamped the leaf image on this first card in Sahara Sand (stamped off once) and Tip Top Taupe on a Very Vanilla panel. It’s subdued enough for a sympathy card or, in this case, a guy’s birthday. Of course, it would be fab in greens, as well.
Equally simple — but not so subtle! — is this Watermelon Wonder angle card. Embossed in white, these flowers really pop. I cannot tell a lie, I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to get the sentiment perfectly parallel (and I used it on the first card, too!).
Finally another example of random stamping, but this time I embossed the images in black and colored them in with Stampin’ Write Markers (Pumpkin Pie, Bermuda Bay, and Pear Pizzazz). I was so in love with the way it turned out that I decided to use it as my anniversary card to my DH in September. But I’m pretty sure our powder room would look amazing with this as a wallpaper!
I hope you’ve enjoyed these cards — and now you’re on your way a few miles northwest of me to the blog of Sue Plote: This Pink Rooster. Say hi to her for me!