Happy Saturday, everyone! I hope you’ve all had a great week. Ours has been pretty good. We’ve been binge-watching Doctor Who after the kids are in bed, drinking smoothies, etc. I’ve vacuumed a lot (completely unrelated to our binge-watching and smoothies).
Oh! A little excitement in our house… So my husband is an engineer by day, but in the early morning, he writes. He’s written political humor for years and has had a couple of e-books published (his first non-self-published print book comes out in the fall). He’s been writing fiction for a few years now, and Liberty Island, a new online magazine, has just published his short story, “Who Murdered the Dinosaurs?“. It’s not political, just a fun, outlandish, CSI-type story. Give it a read if you get a chance. I’m very proud of him. :)
Anyway, on to the card. It is Triple Threat week at Dynamic Duos, which means you get a bonus color to work with this week! The colors are Rich Razzleberry, Soft Sky, and Pale Plum. Pale Plum was before my time, so I kind of cheated a little — I used Primrose Petals and overlaid it with Vellum — the two together got decently close to Pale Plum, if a little too pink.
I had a rough time with this challenge. Sat there staring at the colors for a couple of hours and could not come up with anything. So I played a game of “What Tool Haven’t I Used Lately, or Ever?”, and that did the trick. I do that a lot — look through my tools for a starting point. In this case, the Floral Fusion Sizzlit got me rolling. I haven’t used this little die ever, even though I’ve had it two or three months. I used it once at my upline’s stamp camp but never on my own. But once I had all my little flowers assembled, I was asking myself why not. They make such beautiful little decorations.
The card base is Soft Sky. Then I added the strip of Rich Razzleberry. I embossed the “smile” sentiment from the Happy Day stamp set in white on Vellum. I tried to put glue only on the back of the embossed letters for gluing the vellum down to the Razzleberry. It *almost* worked, as you can see from the little glue spot around the “l”. Ah well.
I had the little Silver Foil filmstrip frame laying on my desk already, so I added that and cocked it to the side a bit so that my card isn’t *too* neat.
Each of the Floral Fusion flowers is triple-layered (the Sizzlit cuts all three layers at once — and I’m still surprised this die is only $5.50), so I cut five Razzleberry flowers, assembled them, and added the Pearl Basic Jewels to the center of each one. Then I cut four flowers out of Primrose Petals cardstock and four flowers out of the Vellum. To assemble the pinky flowers, I layered pink then vellum then pink then vellum then pink then vellum. I used the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue to assemble them, and when I was done, you could see the glue through the vellum. So I punched the little Soft Sky flower centers out using the Boho Blossoms punch and glued those to the centers of the pinky flowers, mainly to hide the glue. Pearls finish those off as well.
I arranged the flowers several times before deciding on my arrangement. They looked good so many ways! Once I decided on my arrangement, I glued them all down, except the Razzleberry flower that’s with the two pink flowers to the top left of the sentiment. I popped that one up on Dimensionals (two stacked on top of each other).
And that’s my card. You can buy anything you see on my card in my online Stampin’ Up! store 24/7, and remember, Sale-A-Bration is still on until March 31! For every $50 you spend in my Stampin’ Up! store, you get a free item from the SAB brochure (seen here). I hope you’ll head over to Dynamic Duos to see the beautiful creations that the other designers have for you. And play along!