Hi everyone! Today I thought I would show off a card I made for a Thank You note for a friend.
I used all Stampin’ Up products, though some are “retired”. I used the “Garden in Bloom” stamp set; Island Indigo, Summer Sun, So Saffron, and Designer Series paper. I used standard, off-white, grograin ribbon, and I used Island Indigo and Wild Wasabi ink.
It was really a quick and easy project. I cut out all the paper and also an “experiment” piece in the same size as the So Saffron piece.
I wanted to play around with stamping the blue ink off once before using it on my image. I think it worked pretty well. There were some parts, like in the bottom right corner, that the image didn’t fully stamp; but I think that makes it look unique. I meant to use the same method for the leaves, but forgot J. So I ended up using the same color for the background leaves as the lines of the leaves.
I actually like the same color-on-color look. It’s a lot more subtle and I think it looks more like a real leaf.
The Garden in Bloom set has some butterflies and I considered using them on this card. I do love butterflies. But, in the end, I felt like less was more.
I love Stampin’ Up and I have been a demonstrator on and off for the last 15 or more years. The thing I don’t like is that they “retire” their products too soon. I know they want to stay competitive with new products; but I have approximately 100 wood-mount stamps and another 100 that are either photopolymer or clear-mount. Of the more than 200 sets that I have, only 32 are not retired. And, the retired list for this year will come out in April or May to make way for the new catalog in June, so I expect that I’ll lose another 5-10 sets then…..of course, I also plan to buy a bunch from the new Occasions Catalog J.
The Occasions Catalog is one of SU’s “mini” catalogs that they have throughout the year. The products in these catalogs may or may not make it into the yearly catalog in June. If they do not make it, then they too become retired and then I feel guilty showing cards that I made with them.
This is especially disheartening with Christmas sets for me. There are some Christmas sets that I bought and adored in 2016. But, I just didn’t have time to stamp one card. In fact, I was so completely overwhelmed at Christmas time that I was still wrapping presents at 1am on Christmas morning. It’s the first year in 20 that I didn’t send cards to anyone. And now, I’m looking at all the sets with sadness because I know some of them will “retire”. L I wish that each “new” product could have a guaranteed “life-span” of at least 2 years…3 would be even better.
In fact, as I type this, I’m thinking that I had planned to do a “Christmas in July” workshop. But, I only have 4 sets that are not either retired, or from the mini catalog. Of course; the new catalog will be out by then, so I guess we’ll see.
However, I will say that I love SU’s products. They are always high quality and the couple of times over the last 20 years that I have had something wrong with a product, they have replaced it easily. Also, my friend and upline demonstrator’s house burned down a few years ago and I believe SU donated some products to keep her going.
I do, on occasion, use stamps from other companies. I love them; but they are really hard to find if someone wants the same stamp set.
So folks, that’s today’s card and thoughts. I will make a few more this weekend and I’ll share them with you!
Hope you liked it!