Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday Flowers

Happy Friday, Stampers!
Welcome back to The Classic Card!

It is going be be a full weekend of stamping for me... my "Designing the Perfect Card" class on Saturday and then a party on Sunday afternoon.  It will be busy, but that's the way I like it!  I have had one cancellation for my card design class, so email me at if you'd like to take that one spot.  You'll get a wealth of handouts, ideas, and tips-- plus you'll make two great cards which illustrate what you learned. The cost is $15 or free with a $40 purchase.
I hope all of you have a busy, fun weekend planned too! 

If you get a minute, you might want to sit down with your catalog and make a list of those accessories you'd like to get before they are gone.
 On April 25th the retired accessories list comes out.  After that, you might only have a couple of days to get the Designer Paper, ink refills, ribbon, button, etc. that you want before Stampin'Up! runs out.  We know for certain that all of the Designer Papers will go... they discontinue everything each year.  We know that all of the retiring In-Color products will be gone (Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Peach Parfait, and Poppy Parade), so don't wait to get these.  If there is ribbon you like, please get it now, as that will disappear quickly as well.  In short, my message to you is that if you know you want a particular accessory, please order it before the 25th.  Once the list comes out, people go into frenzy mode and I cannot guarantee that you'll be able to purchase what you want.  Every year I have customers that are so disappointed that they missed getting a favorite designer paper or other accessory.  The discontinued stamp sets are guaranteed to be available until May 30th, since Stampin'Up! manufactures their own stamps,  but the accessories are "only while supplies last."
OK, now that those details are out of the way, let's get back to the reason you came here today!
Today's card focuses on a classic stamp set "Fifth Avenue Floral" that will soon be gone forever.  This set makes great collage cards which are so easy to create and turn out so pretty.  I'll show you one of those in a future post.  But for now,  please check out this beauty...

Aren't those lillies just gorgeous?  I received this fabulous swap at one of the recent demonstrator meetings I attended.  It was stamped by the very talented Cheryl Brown. 
Let me give you a list of what Cheryl used to create this beautiful card.

Fifth Avenue Floral
Bring on the Cake (for the sentiment)

I'm guessing here, as Cheryl didn't provide a list on the back of the card, but I believe she used Rose Red for both the sentiment and the flowers
Rose Red Stamp Pad (for the sentiment and the sponging on the flowers)
Rose Red Marker (for the dots on the flowers)
Versamark Pad

Perfect Plum
Certainly Celery
Whisper White
 Pretty in Pink

Heat gun
White embossing powder
Little Leaves sizzlet for the Big Shot
Square Lattice embossing folder for the Big Shot
Scallop Border Punch
Paper Snips (small, extremely sharp scissors that SU sells, perfect for detailed cutting)

To make the gorgeous lillies, here's what I would do.  First stamp two lillies on Whisper White card stock with Versamark ink.  Then sprinkle on the white embossing powder, tap off the excess, and heat until the image is raised and shiny.  Using a small sponge and the Rose Red stamp pad, drag some color along each petal.  Add the spots with the Rose Red marker. Then cut out each flower with the Paper Snips and adhere them to the card so that they are slightly overlapping.  Simple, but stunning!

The weather man has been promising us a nice weekend and I sure hope he hasn't changed his mind again!  For today, it looks like we're going to have to create our own sunshine, so pull out the stamps, turn up the lights, and stamp away the blues!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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