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I Need Sunglasses

Every year when the new catalog comes out in June Stampin’ Up! introduces 5 new colors that will be part of their color palette….but only for two years.  The 2018-2020 colors this year are vibrant and bright and the one called Pineapple Punch is so sunny, I think I might need to wear sunglasses when I’m using it!  Here are the five new colors: Lovely Lipstick, Call Me Clover, Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch and Blueberry Bushell.

Aren’t they bright and colorful?  When I first saw the new colors it reminded me of when I was in kindergarten and had gotten a box of new fat crayola crayons….there were only 5 in a box and I swear they were these colors!

To go along with these pretty colors, there is also a set of paper with these 5 colors – the 2018-2020 In Color 6×6 Designer Series Paper – all done in stripes and polka dots.  I LOVE Polka dots, so of course I am loving this paper too!  Each pack of this paper comes with 48 pieces of 6” x 6” double sided paper….4 each of 2 double-sided designs.76596F9A-6F32-4EEE-8B12-38142029CCEA

I knew i wanted to use this paper, just wasn’t sure how, so I thought I’d try it with one of the new stamp sets -Varied Vases.  This set also has a coordinating punch that will punch out three different sizes and shapes of vases, plus flowers and leaves (it actually took me a while to figure out that the “moon shaped slices” were leaves….at first I thought it was a plate to set the vase in….or maybe a shallow bowl.)

Anyway, I started off with this sketch for inspiration…there were three panels and three different vases, so I thought easy…one vase per panel.  F2BEFA15-BB22-4E2F-AE7F-09A81E90FDF7But it looked too white and then I thought it needed something across the bottom, and then I decided I didn’t like the three panels….so I made it one…and then I made the panel smaller….and then there was too much blank space….then I put in a circle shape…..nope make that an oval….but it needed more……and before I knew it…….I had this:CFD24A35-12EF-411A-89EA-7DA4D9F8F76F

Did you notice that it doesn’t look anything like the the design I started with?  So just to say that you don’t have to make your cards a carbon copy of what you see….go for it and experiment and keep trying until you have something you like!

Here is the same card….but in all the colors.C0D820ED-E193-4D11-9E45-6BE1115252BB

For the flowers in the Vase, I decided to color them myself rather than use the coordinating stamp to fill in the flowers because I wanted to vary the shade of the flowers….so I pressed down on the lid of my ink pad before I opened it and then used my aqua painter veeerrry carefully to add color to the flowers.

And here is a hint when you are using the Vases Builder Punch….especially if you are doing stripes or anything with a pattern.  Turn it upside down to punch it.  This way you can see if your stripes are lined up even….unless you purposely want them on a diagonal.

I did punch out all three vases even though I only used one….I stored all the extra in the case with the stamp set so they are ready to use for the next time.

If you’d like to make these cards, this is what you will need:

  • Varied Vases Photopolymer Bundle – Varied Vases Stamp Set & Vases Builder Punch
  • In Color 2018-2020 Ink Pad for each 5 colors
  • In color 2018-2020 Cardstock for each 5 colors – Cut 5 1/4” x 4” (background); plus scraps for making the oval
  • In Color 2018-2020 Designer Series Paper – Cut 5 1/4” x 1” , plus scraps to punch out vases and scalloped oval shape
  • Whisper White Thick Cardstock – Cut 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”;  Scored at 4 1/4”
  • Whisper White Cardstock scrap – for sentiment oval
  • Layering Ovals Framelits
  • Snail Adhesive
  • Aqua Painter

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Happy Stamping!

And just for fun….this is what happens when you are trying to take a picture outside and the wind is blowing….


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