Monday, February 23, 2015

Warm Up!

Hey there stamping fans!  
Doesn't the sun make Mondays so much better?  I think everyone would be much happier if every Monday was a sunny day!  Although yesterday was a pretty day, the wind had a real bite to it!  I 'd planned to sit on the porch in the sun for a treat, but it was just too cold to be enjoyable.  But milder days are on their way... we just need to be patient. While we're waiting, I've got a card that will warm you up with its bright warm colors.

This is one of the cards that we'll be making today at our SOS (Stamp Out Stress) gathering at Symposium Coffee in Old Town Sherwood.  You really should join us sometime!  We make 2 cards, envelopes included, for a $5 fee and we drink delicious coffee, chat, and just generally have a good time.  We meet at Symposium on the last Monday of every month at 1 pm.  We gather in the upstairs conference room, so we have a space all to ourselves.  To thank them for allowing us to use the room without charge, we purchase a beverage... coffee, tea, hot chocolate, Italian soda, etc.  

Let me tell you a bit about the card.  I used the Lotus Blossom stamp set, which is one of the sets you can get during Sale-a-bration with a $50 purchase.  It is a three-step stamp set, and each of the images has a number on it, so you won't ever get confused about which one to use first, second, and third.  To make these pretty flowers I stamped image number 1 in Real Red.  For image number 2, I used Real Red again, but stamped it on a scrap before stamping over image number 1.  This is called "stamping off."  Then for image number 3, I used Daffodil Delight.  The stems are stamped in Old Olive. Because this is a perfectly clear photopolymer stamp set, it is very easy to line the images up precisely.  
The sentiment is stamped in Real Red and punched out with the Artisan Label punch, then popped up on a dimensional dot.  Some of the soft cotton ribbon in Real Red adds another element of red to the card.  You can't go wrong with the classic Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder to add some texture to the Daffodil Delight background.  
This simple and pretty card would brighten up anyone's day.  Why not make a bunch of these in different colors with a variety of sentiments and you'll be ready the next time you need a card in a hurry!  
I'll have another spring-y card for you on Wednesday, so be sure and come back then.  Hope your week is off to a great start!

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