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May 2010

Blue Roses That Shimmer

Hi there!

Thanks for stopping by to visit!  Today's post is a card I made for the "It's All About Color Swap 4" at Stampin' Connection, a site dedicated to Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  I've participated in previous color swaps for the Bold Brights, Rich Regals, and Soft Subtles color families.  This time, we focused on the Earth Elements color family.  Our challenge was to choose one color from the Earth Elements color family and combine it with Sahara Sand and one other neutral (either Whisper White or Very Vanilla).  I chose Not Quite Navy, a particular favorite of mine.  After I finished the card, I discovered that the folks at Pals Paper Arts were featuring monochromatic blues for their challenge (PPA40).  Here's what I came up with...


I recycled a card design I used for the SASS Stamp Club last year.  In that iteration, I used Cameo Coral (another Earth Elements color) and Shimmery White with the vellum as the top layer.  This time, I swapped the Shimmery White for Sahara Sand and placed the vellum layer behind the Sahara Sand layer.  Just in case you're wondering, that Sahara Sand layer I keep talking about has been painted with a mixture of one drop of Not Quite Navy Classic re-inker and a quarter sized puddle of Frost White Shimmer Paint.  This mixture was brushed onto the embossed Sahara Sand cardstock with a dry AquaPainter.  The vellum was stamped with the Fifth Avenue Rose image using Night of Navy Craft ink in the areas that would be visible above and below the embossed and painted Sahara Sand cardstock.

The card is assembled using a book binding technique that I use often because it's just so elegant!  You punch 1/8" holes in three places along the side of the card through all the layers.  Then you insert the ends of the ribbon through the top and bottom holes (from the front) and then bring the ends up (from the back) through the middle hole, pulling them out one on each side of the ribbon lying flat on the front.  Then you knot the ribbon and make the bow.  How easy is that??!!


The envelope is stamped with the Fifth Avenue Floral rose image using Night of Navy Classic ink.

I thought that this card was a great candidate for a Mother's Day card.  What do you think?


Stamps:  Fifth Avenue Floral; Inks:  Night of Navy Classic, Night of Navy Craft; Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Vellum; Embellishments:  Kraft Taffeta Ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Crop-A-Dile, 3/16" corner rounder, Aqua-Painter, Not Quite Navy Classic Re-inker, Frost White Shimmer Paint; Big Shot, Standard Cutting Plates, Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Multi-Purpose Platform, Eyelet Border punch; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope

Blog Candy Winner for the Royal Blog Tour!

Hi Everyone!

Thanks so very much for stopping by to visit during the Royal Blog Tour.  I received some truly lovely comments.  I have to admit I've become a bit of a comment junkie!  My head is certainly swelled up from all the positive feedback.

I received a total of 83 qualifying comments for the Blog Candy and all of the qualifying commenters were notified via e-mail last night and this morning of their "comment number."  I used the Random Number Generator at to determine the winner.

And the winner of the Blog Candy is...


Congratulations, Marti!  Here is her comment:


I'll be contacting you today, Marti, via e-mail to obtain your shipping information.

Thanks, again, everyone for leaving a comment.  I hope you'll take the time to stop by and visit Paper Conversation very soon.