Friday, June 19, 2015

Bloom for You Stampin'Up!

Hey there, stampers!  It's Friday once again!  
Can you believe that June is already more than halfway over?  At this rate, summer will be gone before we know it!  Don't you wish there was some way to slow time down, so we could have longer to enjoy each day of this beautiful sunny season?  And more ice cream cones, barbecues, corn-on-the-cob, outdoor concerts, farmers' markets, picnics, and trips to the beach?   If you can figure out a way, please let me be the first to know your secret!

I've got a super sunny card for you today.  I really love how this card turned out!  It uses a couple of new things, and then a stamp that "carried over" into the new catalog.  Check out this happy card...

One of the stamps I'm most excited about is the new background stamp called Brushstrokes (page 128 of the new catalog).  I've always loved gingham, and with this stamp I can create gingham backgrounds in all the colors I want.  Of course I can create stripes as well.  Or I can create a plaid effect by inking the stripes in different colors by using markers.   The possibilities are mind-boggling!  For this simple background I used So Saffron ink.  The flower, Bloom for You (page 78) is stamped in Calypso Coral ink on Whisper White card stock, then punched out with the coordinating Fun Flower Punch.  I stamped the flower again in So Saffron and punched out the center with the 7/8 inch Scallop Circle Punch.  The sentiment is one of my favorites in the new catalog.  It comes from the stamp set You've Got This (page 113), and is stamped in Early Espresso.  The twine is the new Thick Baker's Twine in Calypso Coral ( page 158). 
Do you know someone who is going through a tough time right now?   Maybe someone who's lost a job, received a scary diagnosis, or is having a challenging time with a family member?  Life can throw some very unexpected things our way.  Send your friend/co-worker/relative a ray of hope with this great sentiment.  It is good to be reminded in the midst of trouble that good things are going to happen.  Believing that good things are coming is a way to "hold down the fort" until things turn around in a positive way. You can offer that hope and share a ray of light for someone who's in a dark place.  
Happy Friday everyone!

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