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Using Pressed Petals Card Elements – Bouquets

How have you liked my attempts to use the Pressed Petals specialty DSP card elements so far?

Today, I am focused on the last set of 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ pieces that feature bouquets.

Card 1:

Stamp: Check You Out

Ink: Merry Merlot

Paper: Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Pressed Petals specialty DSP

Accessories: 2019-2021 In Color Faceted dots

Doesn’t that just look amazing? And, I didn’t have to do much with it. When my husband first saw this sitting on my desk, he exclaimed, “Wow, that’s a really fancy card!”

This is my favorite card of the whole bunch. That goes to show you, that sometimes you don’t need much to create an awesome card! (Thanks to Stampin’ Up! for creating this awesome paper, and having easy color coordination among all of their products.)

The inside is finished with a strip of DSP matching the flowers of the bouquet, on a piece of Whisper White, matted with Mossy Meadow.

Card 2:

For the second bouquet image, I wasn’t completely thrilled with the look. So, guess what? I used the pattern on the back! (Is that cheating?)

Stamp: Winter Woods

Ink: Mint Macaron, Early Espresso, Pretty Peacock marker, Soft Suede marker

Paper: Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White

Accessories: In the Woods dies, White sparkle embossing paste, Chalk marker, Clear embossing powder

The tree is stamped in Mint Macaron, with Pretty Peacock “thumped” in various spots with the marker. After die cutting, I added sparkle embossing paste to the edges and to random spots in the middle.

The “snow” is die cut with the slope die, with more sparkle embossing paste added. Although the embossing paste sets in a few minutes, I let it dry for a few hours before handling again.

The birch trees behind the evergreen were stamped twice in Early Espresso, using the hinge-step technique in the Stamparatus. I stamped one set at a time so that I could quickly add clear embossing powder to each set. After heating the embossing powder, I get this nice texture. Plus, I could color with a Chalk marker more easily. (Note, the chalk marker can mark up the embossing powder, so be a little bit careful.)

I didn’t feel like I had much luck with the chalk marker in the past. What I have realized, is that you have to give it time to dry. It really does get more opaque when it dries.

On the inside, I stamped a smaller tree in Mint Macaron, with a Soft Suede trunk, onto Whisper White. Mossy Meadow is used as a mat.

I created a winter scene for this card, because that’s what the musical notes on a Mossy Meadow made me think about. I did manage to figure out the direction of the paper by finding the clefs. They are in the middle of the page, which was weird, but I’ll take it. 🙂

Here’s what the bouquet on the other side looks like:

I think it was the background fabric that really threw me. Doesn’t click with me. I was thinking of another window tri-fold, with the window just a small peek at the bouquet. But, I really couldn’t see using the bouquet.

Did you notice that most of the cards used mats even on the inside? I usually don’t do this, but found that the cards looks way more polished.

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Using Pressed Petals Card Elements – Corners

Today’s focus is on the two 3-3/8″ square pieces of the Pressed Petals specialty DSP. They look like corner pieces, but together on one square.

Card 1:

I came up with a way to use the image as-is. I had a random element on my desk (again), that fit perfectly between the two flower corner images.

Stamp: Daisy Lane

Ink: Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow

Paper: Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Rococo Rose, Merry Merlot, Pressed Petals specialty DSP

Accessories: White polka dot tulle ribbon, Darling Label punch box

After stamping and punching the sentiment, I layered onto a 1-1/2″ square of Merry Merlot.

The Rococo Rose cardstock measures 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″.

The inside of the card is finished with a fern stamped in Mossy Meadow.

Card 2:

I really had intended, at first, to cut apart the square and use each piece as a corner. After all, that’s what it was screaming to me. Short of making a scrapbook page and using them as photo corners, though, I was stumped. Then, I saw a cool card from Lyssa Zwolanek that cut apart a lace square. That gave me the “confidence” that I could use the corners on a card.

Stamp: Daisy Lane, Birch

Ink: Soft Suede, Gray Granite

Blends: Rococo Rose combo, Daffodil Delight dark, Old Olive combo

Paper: Merry Merlot, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Whisper White

Accessories: 2019-2021 In Color faceted dots, Pressed Petals specialty washi tape

The flowers are assembled onto a background stamped with the Birch stamp. Two Rococo Rose faceted gems are placed in the opposite corner for “balance”. In retrospect, I wish I colored the flowers so that the petals are darker on the outer part of the petals, to match the DSP. Oh well, I still like how the flowers turned out. And yes, the flowers and stems were fussy cut. I must say that it gets more challenging as I get older. Still love doing that, though.

The inside is finished with a strip of matching DSP and washi tape, onto a piece of Very Vanilla.

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Extra, Extra Promotion Ending Soon!

Are you still holding onto your wishlist because you don’t know if you can afford it? Well, did you know that the starter kit offers one of the best deals for getting crafting items? And, if you act by the end of the month, you can make your crafting dollars go faster?

How is that, you ask. Well, with the Extra, Extra promotion, when you join for $99 by August 31, you can get up to $155 in product, plus free shipping. That’s $56 in free products, plus $15.50 savings in shipping. You will also get a $10 coupon to spend in September.

Since we are currently in preorder for the Holiday Catalog, you can get holiday crafting goodies in your Starter Kit. If you want a little bit more, use the $10 coupon you will receive, plus the 20% discount you get as a new demonstrator!

There is no obligation to stay active. If you do decide to maintain your demonstrator status, you just need orders of $300 per quarter (yours or your friends’/family’s). Your first quarter minimum is waived, so you will stay active (with your 20% discount!) until at least January 31. By then, we will be in Sale-a-bration. Who knows? You may find more must-haves!

You don’t have to hold parties. You can stay active however you choose. And, if you decide that this isn’t for you, then, that’s okay, too!

Normally, you get $125 in product for the $99 starter kit, so this is a really good (big) deal!

Contact me if you would like to discuss how this works. Or, start here if you are ready to take the plunge! I joined over 11 years ago for the discount, and I still love it!

(P.S. – on one post, I mentioned that the promotion ended in July. That was incorrect. The promotion goes into August 31.)

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Trimmer Blades – Ordering Starts Soon!

Ordering for the last batch of blades should start in the next half hour.

It’s best for you to order your own sets (up to 3 per person) from the online store. Use item number 126995. The last batch sold out so quickly, individuals had a better chance of ordering for themselves, rather than a demonstrator ordering for multiple customers.

Good luck!

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Using Pressed Petals Card Elements – Frames

The Pressed Petals specialty DSP has a sheet with different pieces that can be cut apart to be used on cards or other projects. (This is opposed to an overall or repeating design.) Since I had already made a couple of cards with parts of those elements, I thought it would be neat to design cards for all of the elements.

The sheet of DSP is made up of:

  • one 1″ x 12″ border strip
  • one 3-3/8″ x 4-1/4″ bouquet image
  • two 3-3/8″ x 3-3/8″ corner images
  • two 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ bouquet images
  • two 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ floral frame images

I have already used the border strip and the smaller bouquet image on cards. Today’s focus is on the floral frame images.

Card 1:

I have been on a tri-fold card kick, with the front being a window. So, of course, that is where I started with the first floral frame.

Stamp: Well Said, Pop of Petals, Daisy Lane

Ink: Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow

Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, So Saffron, Mossy Meadow, Pressed Petals specialty DSP

Accessories: Medium daisy punch, 1-1/8″ scallop circle punch, 1″ circle punch, 1/2″ circle punch, Four Petal flower punch, Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder, Well Written dies, Nested Ovals dies, Pearls basic jewels, 1/4″ handheld circle punch (retired)

The oval I chose to die cut my card front was just right to fit into the floral frame. A daisy in the frame was visible through the window, so I chose to cover up with my own daisies! I felt like I needed a smaller daisy in the upper right corner, which I created from a scallop circle. The leaves are from Pop of Petals stamped and punched with the Four Petal flower punch, cut apart as needed.

I stacked three “friend” diecuts for dimension. You really need it when all of the other elements are so “dimensional”. Being too lazy to stack the dot for the “i”, I used a pearl instead.

Here are other views of the card as you open it.

There’s lots of space to write to your friend. 🙂

Card 2:

I tried to simplify the next card, since the first was full of die cutting! I want to show that you can make a great card even though you don’t have a die cutting machine. (Although, I can’t live without mine!)

Stamp: To a Wild Rose

Ink: Merry Merlot

Paper:Rococo Rose, Merry Merlot, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Pressed Petals specialty DSP

Accessories: Rococo Rose scalloped linen ribbon, Pearls basic jewels

I finished the inside with a piece of the flower border on a piece of Whisper White, bordered with Merry Merlot.

The sentiment is build from two different stamps. “hello” is a stand-alone stamp. “friend” comes from “to be your friend”. I stamped “friend” first, because it was easier to make straight. I then stamped “hello” to look good with it.