Sending a Kiss with Sent with Love

On Saturday I reminded you about how two of Stampin’ Up!’s bundles are ending at the end of April (just a week away).  Check out that post HERE.  While the This and That products will be available in the 2013-2014 Idea Book & Catalog, the bundle is going away.  At the same time, the products in the Sent with Love bundle are totally going away.  Like, totally.

I have really enjoyed my time with the Sent with Love kit, but my favorite is the Designer Series Paper.  This paper has introduced me to the combinations of Pool Party and Calypso Coral and has convinced me that Pool Party and Real Red belong together.  The combination is so crisp and so beautiful!  Here’s a card I made with the paper from the kit:Petite Pairs, Itty Bitties, Sent with Love Designer Series Paper, Pop-up Posies Designer Kit

Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

  • Finding Color Inspiration.  Sometimes the color inspiration for a card is as easy as stealing the colors from a favorite Designer Series Paper.  Plagiarizing the color choices, if you will.I love this striped paper from Sent with Love Designer Series Paper – probably my most used from the set.  With two simple colors (Pool Party and Real Red), I can add layers and layers of card stock to accompany the Designer Series Paper.
  • Layering.  This card might seem clean and simple on the surface, but there are actually 12 luscious layers of card stock.  You know I never glue anything down until I am completely happy with the entire look of the card.  After I had all the layers piled up on top of the Real Red strip across the middle of the card, I knew the card needed something else.  That’s when I added the Pool Party 3″ Circle behind the strip.  I love how it adds to the layering but doesn’t interfere with the strip.  Here’s a close-up of the layering in the center of the card:Sent with Love Layering Close-up
  • Finding other colors.  Real Red.  Pool Party.  Real Red.  Pool Party.  Designer Series Paper, ink, card stock.  What else do I have that I can add to this color combination without making it too busy?  A ha!  The Pop-up Posies flower!  A couple of circle, a sentiment and some smoochy lips (I’ve tried for 12 months to include the term “smoochy lips” in my blog posts – today I have triumphed).

Stamp sets:  Petite Pairs, Itty Bitties  Inks:  Real Red  Papers:  Real Red, Whisper White, Pool Party, Sent with Love Designer Series Paper  Accessories:  3″ Circle Originals, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, 1-1/4″ Circle punch, 1-3/8″ Circle punch, Pop-up Posies Designer Kit, Stampin’ Dimensionals

The Sent with Love Bundle includes all the Designer Series Paper, Stamp Set and Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine for a 20% discount.  CLICK HERE to purchase the bundle before it’s gone.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Brian

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Retired List.  The new catalog is just around the corner.  That means some stamps and accessories will be retiring.  The list will be made public (our first glimpse of it, as well) tomorrow.  Be on the lookout.  I’m sure there are some goodies you’d like to snatch up before they are gone.  🙂

Sweet and Simple: PP142 Sketch Challenge

Sometimes the simplest concepts can be the most difficult to execute.  When I saw “single layer card” as the sketch for this week’s challenge from The Paper Players, I just about fell out of my chair.  OK, so maybe I didn’t really lose my balance or plummet to the ground, but I was a little dizzy.  Don’t get me wrong –  I LOVE clean and simple – but my version of clean and simple almost always have several layers. 

I almost instantly knew this would be my chance to use my Two by Two stamp.  Here’s my single layer card:Two by Two - PP142

And here’s Jaydee’s incredible challenge:

Defend myself corner:  Before I move on, I want to clarify that this image is perfectly centered on the note card front.  It wasn’t until I started writing this post that I realized the angle of the picture makes it look off-center.  Please know it is not.   

Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

  • Coloring with Blender Pens.  Blender Pens are PERFECT for adding color to an image stamped with permanent ink.  With your stamp pad closed, gently press the bottom of the case into the ink.  Open the pad and pull the ink from the inside cover.  How easy is that?
  • Shading with Blender Pens.  You can make a simple image look like a work of art.  Start with lighter colors and then add darker shades.  In the image below, I colored the entire boat with a thin layer of Crumb Cake and then highlighted with Soft Suede.  Beware: do not add too many layers of color – handle with a light hand – or the paper will start to “pill up”.  That’s not the texture you are looking for.  🙂 

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  • Adding shape.  If your card has one layer, you can add color or texture or depth.  I opted to not sponge the edges so the image would speak for itself.  Instead, I simply rounded the corners of the card base (just the outside edges) to add interest.  It was just that “little thing” this card needed.

Stamp sets:  Two by Two  Papers:  Note Card  Inks:  Jet Black StazOn, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Marina Mist, Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede  Accessories: Blender Pen, 3/16″ Corner punch

Make sure you check out the other design inspiration cards at The Paper Players.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Brian