Forever & Always

The first time I flipped through Stampin’ Up!’s 2013 Spring Catalog, I was immediately drawn to the prominent use of Pool Party. Perhaps I was always so in love with Baja Breeze that I didn’t even give Pool Party a second look (I’m loyal that way), but I must admit that it’s nice to see Pool Party getting her time in the spotlight. It must have been cold there in Baja Breeze’s shadow, to never have sunlight on your face…

More Amore Designer Series Paper features three gorgeous colors (Real Red, Primrose Petals and Pool Party) and two accenting neutrals (Basic Black and Very Vanilla). All of these colors work beautifully together, so I didn’t have to work too hard to complete this 5″ x 5″ card:www.stampwithbrian.com - Forever & Always

Before I reveal some tips and tricks, I want to tell you that I took this picture multiple times with lots of different light. It came out a little hazy every time. That’s when I realized that this beautiful card pulled one over on me and contracted for an Elizabeth Taylor-esque filter over the lens – everything looks so soft and young with a lens filter. Diva!

Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

  • Nesting. I’m an accountant. I love for there to be great symmetry and balance when I nest shapes inside of one another. A 1″ circle is ALWAYS the going to next perfectly inside a 2″ circle. A 1″ square is always going to next perfectly inside a 2″ square. Ovals and hearts, though, don’t have standard shapes. As a result, this lazer cut heart from More Amore doesn’t nest perfectly inside the Hearts Collection Framelit cutout (I would have loved for this framelit heart to have been stubbier and shorter), but I had to put my accountant ways aside and love these shapes for who they are. I had to look past the imbalance and just embrace the beauty.
  • Balance. This card has several layers of rigid squares, followed by two layers of rounded hearts. When I was deciding what type of sentiment to add, I knew I needed to repeat the squared layers by adding a sharp-edged banner. I softened the banner a bit by curling the edge (a trick I learned from my good friend, Ann Schach). I simply rolled the edge tightly around my paper piercer and then flattened it a bit by rolling it back out.
  • A Little Touch of Class. This More Amore DSP design strattles the fence between cooly modern and beautifully classic. How someone interprets the design will all depend on the way you dress it up. I selected this large Vintage Faceted Designer Button to really class-up the joint. This single accent, further highlighted by the gorgeous sentiment from Loving Thoughts, really sets the tone for the whole card. I tied in some thick vanilla baker’s twine from my Pop-up Posies Kit to finish off the look.

Stamp sets: Loving Thoughts Papers: Pool Party, Primrose Petals, More Amore, Very Vanilla Inks: Primrose Petals Accessories: Hearts Collection Framelits, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Pop-Up Posies Kit, Glue Dots

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Brian
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Update on Jude’s card: You’ll be so happy to know that Jude’s card arrived safely in Pittsburgh Wednesday morning, just four days after Jonas’ arrived. Phew!

My Little Valentine

I have had more fun preparing for today’s post than almost any other.  I have giggled and laughed.  I have emailed friends to share my creation.  And then giggled some more.  The reason I’m giggling about this project?  The complete absurdity of it all!  Let me give you a little bit of the back story.  I have a real problem – I cannot help but to play around with stamp sets and products I don’t like.  I just keep playing with them until I change my mind about them.  It’s crazy and somewhat obsessive.  

I have never liked teeny tiny things – the Tiny Tags stamp set, the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, the Little Labels Punch Pack.  Not for me.  They just don’t work well with my big fingers.  BUT when I earned a big discount on Itty Bitties, a set of 56 really small stamps offered in the Spring Catalog, I couldn’t turn down the offer.  Another case of crazy and somewhat obsessive.  

Here are two cards I made with my Itty Bitties:  www.stampwithbrian.com - My Little Valentine

www.stampwithbrian.com - My Little Valentine

So, what is so absurd about these cards?  Perspective.  To give you a point of reference for the size of the cards, each is positioned on a piece of card stock that was punched with the Curly Label punch.  How small are they?!  Want an even better view of just how small these are?  Here’s a picture of one of them resting on a baby’s hand:www.stampwithbrian.com - My Little Valentine

OK, so it’s not really a baby’s hand.  It’s my hand.  Either way, that’s a small card!  Since Stampin’ Up! doesn’t make custom envelopes for this size of card, I’ll have to make an envelope with my Simply Scored Scoring Tool, but how do I find a postal stamp that would fit?  Can you imagine me running across the yard to deliver this card to my postman?  The card would would barely be visible between my thumb and my pointer finger!

What did you just say?  You want to make these, too.  Well, let me tell you how I did it.  I scored a piece of card stock and lined up my Petite Curly punch along the edge of the fold (letting it overlap just a bit).  When I punched it across the two layers, it created a nice base for my card.  I stamped, I punched, I glued (with tweezers).  And…done!  

Stamp sets:  Itty Bitties  Papers:  Pool Party, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Primrose Petals, More Amore Designer Series Paper, Cherry Cobbler  Inks:  Primrose Petals, Cherry Cobbler  Accessories:  Petite Curly punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Little Labels Punch Pack

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Brian
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Post Office Update:  Remember my post where I shared Jude and Jonas’ birthday cards?  How excited I was for each of those boys to receive their very own cards in time for their birthday celebration on Saturday.  Well, Jonas’ arrived.  As of Monday AND TUESDAY, Jude’s is still in route.  Ahhhh!