Happy Wednesday! I’m happy to get back to posting projects after being away for a little bit. I truly love sharing my cards here on the blog and hope it provides just a bit of inspiration along the way. It’s also a happy day for me as I was supposed to have Jury Duty today but it was cancelled…what a relief! I don’t know one person who doesn’t dread Jury Duty. I live in a fairly large county but somehow my name comes up quite often.
The card I’m sharing today is one of my all-time favorite cards that I’ve made (so far). Mostly because it came out exactly as I imagined it and that doesn’t happen very often for me.
I mentioned yesterday today’s card would feature my favorite stamp set in the Occasions Catalog. I think Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts stamp set is such a charming set. This set checks all the boxes for me: the images are lovely and fun to color, the sentiments are so sweet and the fonts are fun and flirty. I can tell you that although some of the sets in the 2018 Occasions Catalog will carry over into the new Annual Catalog, this set will sadly retire on May 31st. I’ve posted all the retiring products at the bottom of the post.
The card base is Whisper White thick card stock with a mat of Real Red cut 1/8″ smaller. Using a piece of regular Whisper White card stock cut 1/4″ smaller, I die cut the window. I used a non-SU die for this as it had just the shape I wanted to frame the flower card. Stampin’ Up! Lots of Labels framelits would work just as well here too. After die-cutting, I embossed it with a retired polka dot embossing folder. Because the die set I used had the same die in a variety of sizes, I was able to use a smaller one also to cut out the Real Red Window frame.
Before adhering the embossed Whisper White layer, I stamped the flower cart image on a piece of Whisper White card stock larger than the window opening and colored it using Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. I then centered the colored piece and glued it directly onto the Real Red panel. The embossed panel is then adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
For even greater dimension, I stamped the cart canopy again on a separate piece of Whisper White card stock and used a black Sharpie to color the alternating stripes. Then it was hand cut and adhered on top of the cart with more Stampin’ Dimensionals. It’s such an easy step and makes a big difference.
The sentiment is also popped with dimensionals with a Real Red enamel heart added.
I think the inside sentiment is just so sweet. An added strip of DSP from the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper collection was the perfect design to coordinate with the striped canopy on the front of the card.
Again, I used the retired Envelope Liner Framelits to line the envelope with the same Designer Series Paper pattern for a pretty finished and coordinated card.
This is such a sweet card to send to someone for just about any occasion or “just because” which is exactly why I will be sending it to a friend. I love that this hobby allows me to make someone smile with the simple act of making and sending a card. Not to mention, that it made me just as happy creating it….what a WIN/WIN!
Thanks so much for dropping in today and I hope that perhaps this post brightened your day and made you smile!