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Doilies and Circles


Still working on the taxes and finishing up the last few details.  Argh!  Hoping that after next week I'll be back to posting a little more often than once a week...

Here's a card that I designed for a couple of Sale-A-Bration workshops and liked so much I included it with the projects for the February SASS Stamp Club.

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Punches make card making so easy; especially when the punch sizes coordinate so beautifully with a stamp set.  That's certainly the case with this card!  This card features the Delicate Doilies stamp set and the following circle punches:  1 3/8", 1 3/4", and 2 1/2".  In my experience, most folks associate doilies with pastels.  I wanted to change that up a bit; so I went to the Color Coach and started thumbing through.  I stopped when I found this color combination:  Island Indigo, Baja Breeze, and Rich Razzleberry.

We begin with a piece of Baja Breeze cardstock randomly stamped with the pointed edged (second largest size) doily using Versamark.  The second smallest doily was stamped twice on Whisper White cardstock using Rich Razzleberry cardstock and punched out with the 1 3/4" circle punch.  These doilies were cut in half--pretty easy to do with the lines at the center of this doily image.  The top edge of three of the doily halves were adhered to the bottom back edge of a piece of Island Indigo cardstock punched with the Scallop Trim Border punch.  The border piece and doily halves were adhered to the Baja Breeze panel using SNAIL.  Next, a piece of Rich Razzleberry 1/4" grosgrain ribbon was wrapped around the Baja Breeze panel, centered over the Island Indigo border strip, and knotted toward the left side of the border strip.  The Baja Breeze panel was adhered, centered, to the Island Indigo card front.

The focal point begins with a piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock punched with the 2 1/2" circle punch.  The largest of the doily images was stamped on Whisper White cardstock, cut out with Paper Snips, and adhered to the center of the Rich Razzleberry circle.  The circle was adhered to the right side of the Baja Breeze panel using Stampin' Dimensionals.  Next, a piece of Island Indigo cardstock was punched with the 1 3/8" circle punch.  The smallest of the doily images was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Baja Breeze ink, cut out with Paper Snips and adhered to the Island Indigo circle.  The Paper Piercing Tool was used to pierce a hole at the center of the Baja Breeze doily and a large Clear Rhinestone Brad was inserted.  The Baja Breeze doily was adhered at the center of the Island Indigo doily using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The "to my friend" sentiment, from the Friendly Phrases stamp set, was stamped onto the Baja Breeze panel using Island Indigo ink.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The large doily image was stamped at the lower right corner using Island Indigo ink, the second smallest doily image was stamped near the bottom right edge of the cardstock using Rich Razzleberry ink, and the smallest doily image was stamped along the right side of the cardstock using Baja Breeze ink.

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The lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope was stamped similarly to the inside sentiment area of the card, except that the stamped images reside at the lower left corner of the envelope front.

I just love the Delicate Doilies stamp set.  The images are just so pretty!  Going back to the statement I made earlier about folks associating doilies with pastels, here's a timely example from my 2012 CD Calendar.

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The colors used on this calendar page are:  Certainly Celery, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, and Rose Red; all from the Subtles Stampin' Up! color family.  You can find this calendar page and the rest of the 2012 calendar year pages by clicking on the 2012 CD CALENDAR gallery located about midway along the right sidebar of this blog page.  You'll find calendar pages featuring a variety of Stampin' Up! images:  Christmas Lodge and You are Loved from the 2011 Holiday Mini Catalog; and Aviary, Raining Flowers, Fruit & Flowers, Circle Circus, Upsy Daisy, Wicked Cool, French Foliage, and Easy Events from the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog.  The calendar pages were downloaded from a blog post by Catherine Harwood (my Stampin' Up! upline) here.  Catherine posts these pages for the next calendar year in the Summer.  I offer this calendar project as a class in October or November; it's a great way to teach a number of simple stamping techniques and makes a great Christmas gift.  In fact, my family has come to EXPECT this gift from me every year!  The nice benefit is that you can cut the top off the calendar pages at the end of the year to make card fronts.


Greeting Card
Stamps:  Delicate Doilies, Friendly Phrases; Inks:  Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry, Versamark; Cardstock:  Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Clear Rhinestone Brads, Rich Razzleberry 1/4" grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Scallop Trim Border punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, 2 1/2" circle punch; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

CD Calendar Page
Stamps:  Delicate Doilies; Inks:  Certainly Celery, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, Rose Red; Cardstock:  Whisper White


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Those are such great colors together! What a fabulous card!!

Adriana B

Beautiful color combo on the card! And I love the calendar idea. Maybe if I get started NOW I can make some for Christmas gifts, too. Think I might have better success in MDS, I'm too lazy ;)

Paula aka Scrapshappen

Great colors and great use of this stamp set. I love all our punches and how easy they make things.

lynn koepke

Mickey, you always do such a great job of tying the inside of the card to the details on the outside! PS: I love punches that work with stamp sets too!

Tanya Boser

Love this combo of colors! I haven't used this set in a while..I might have to pull it out again!

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