Friday, September 2, 2022


Can you believe it is September already?  I'm not sure how I feel about this.  Summer always goes so fast.  But I know many people are big fans of the Fall, so I will try not to lament too long on the passing of summer.  We'll enjoy another month on the lake and then it will be time to start getting the lake toys put away for winter.

This past Monday I shared a card with you that used one of the colorful striped designs from Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper (DSP) collection.  Several of the designs in this collection are wonderful choices for backgrounds while taking nothing away from the focal point of the card, and this is certainly one of those.

On Monday's card, you saw Gorgeous Grape and Granny Apple Green, but the Fresh Freesia and Pool Party Stripes were covered by the layer on top. Below is the image I shared of the complete 12" length of the DSP.

Today's card uses the same DSP pattern; however, I used the bottom portion of the above strip.  If you compare the two cards, they look totally different, don't they?  This is why I love this paper.  There are so many colors in it that you are able to make projects with a wide variety of colors.

For today's card I combined the Hues of Happiness DSP with the Artistically Inked stamp set and dies.

Maybe you are wondering why none of my cards this week used the Happiness Abounds Bundle which is part of the Suite that includes the Hues of Happiness paper.  Well, there is a simple answer to that.  I don't own that bundle.  But I wanted to show you that you don't necessarily need to purchase a complete Suite of products to create beautiful projects.  Pick your favorite things in a suite and combine them with products you already own.  That's what I have done this week.

However, I don't want to downplay the added benefit of purchasing the bundle.  Many of the floral designs in this paper coordinate with dies in the Blossoming Happiness Dies, so by using those dies you can quickly and easily die cut flowers from the DSP.

To create my focal point for today's card I used the stamps from Artistically Inked and die cut them with the coordinating Artistic Dies.  I love this set, and it was one of the first items I purchased from last year's Annual Catalog.  I will admit that I was VERY HAPPY to see it return this year.  I love the organic look of these flowers.

For my bouquet I stamped the largest flower with Gorgeous Grape, the two mid-size flowers with Daffodil Delight and the four small flowers with Melon Mambo.  How did I choose those colors?  I used the colors in the stripes from the full sheet of DSP.  

Color combinations are something I admittedly struggle with, so I decided if the Stampin' Up! designers thought those colors worked together, then that was good enough for me.  I hear from many stampers that picking colors for a project is also something they struggle with, so this is my hint for today.  Find a piece of designer paper that you like and choose your colors based on that.

Once I had my bouquet made, I needed some bling, so I made a triple faux bow from the gold cord in Simply Elegant Trim (one of my go-to "ribbons").  I was going to stop with that, but I thought it still needed a bit more, so I added some Gilded Gems.  I added my standard three gems in a triangle pattern, but something was still missing.  That yellow flower just looked lonely and forgotten, so I took another one of the Gilded Gems and put it in the center.

That extra bit of bling made me happy, and I called it done!

For the inside of my card, I used a strip of the same DSP to tie it to the front of the card.  Not wanting a naked envelope, I used another piece to cover the flap.

For more details on how to make the card, please download a FREE TUTORIAL by clicking on this link.

All products used are listed below.

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