Wednesday, March 25, 2009

March Cards

Today I want to showcase the two birthday cards I've made recently. They are both made with the beautiful Bella Blossoms stamp set. The neat thing is that the flower head is just perfect for 3-D embellishing! For both cards, I stamped the whole flower on white cardstock and then stamped the flower head again and cut it out. Then I added ribbon, a sentiment that I double mounted on cardstock and then used popup dots to layer the sentiments on the card. The butterflies don't look as pretty here as they do IRL, but they are sparkly and add a nice touch to the flowers. Here's an idea for another version: stamp the flower head and emboss in clear embossing powder. I didn't emboss since I wanted the very soft look here.

I had tried a new technique on one of the cut-out flowers, using SU's Crystal Effects. It turned the flower a vivid magenta. That wasn't the look I was aiming for, so I scrapped that flower head. It would have been perfect for a pop-art card, but I wanted a muted spring color combo. I used Marvy Markers and SU inks for the colors. (Lesson: I don't recommend this combination - they aren't complementary to each other at all. So, if you are going to do color, use one or the other exclusively. I've been slowly accumulating SU's ink colors because I use mostly SU's cardstock for projects I really want to shine. That should be a goal for all of us! We want our projects to stand out and be remembered for the love and attention we pour into it!)

For my Stampin' Up Customers: Sale-A-Bration is fast coming to a close on March 31! You still have time to pre-order your Easter stamp sets from the Occasions Mini Catalog and qualify for free merchandise from the SAB mini. Just give me a call or email me your orders before March 30th! Also note, the Occasions Mini will be mailed out as soon as I receive them; I've been notified that they have shipped to me. In the meantime, if you have fast internet access, click here to download the online version of the catalog!!

SU Demonstrators have also been advised that the company is moving back to one Idea Book and Catalog (IB&C) a year with four Mini catalogs. If you would like to be on my mailing list for the minis, please email me and I'll get you on my mailing list! (Please note: while the four minis are free, the IB&C retails for $10 each.)

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you liked the cards I showcased. Please feel free to CASE them, but if you do, please give me credit for the design! Thanks!

See you tomorrow, and remember the blinkie! I've fixed the link and it will take you directly to the Cardmaker site!



  1. Wonderful cards. Especially like the colors you used. Thanks for including your recipe.

  2. and I was SO fortunate to receive one. :)

  3. oooh, so pretty and I really like how you did your corners as well.

  4. These cards are really pretty Mel.


  5. Love your cards and that stamp is on my list.

  6. I LOVE this stamp set and how you used them here. So so pretty!