It's been a busy week and rather stressful. We had three massive Florida Live Oak trees removed from our front yard this week and it was such a sad event. When we built this house 30 years ago we had the house set back and slightly off center on the lot to preserve these three trees and another on the opposite side of the driveway. We've been very careful with them over the years; making sure that they were pruned on a regular basis to minimize damage during tropical wind storms and to protect them against mistletoe and other invasive issues. We lost the tree on the opposite side of the driveway about 10 years ago but were consoled that we still had the three in the front yard. Over the years, our grandchildren, nieces, and nephews used the swing that hung from one of its branches and it was a wonderful place to sit in the shade on a sunny afternoon after finishing the yard work or when we had family over for an event. Unfortunately, a fungus had attacked them and they were dying. With the Summer storm season coming, we couldn't take a chance that they would come crashing into the house.
So we are left with a mound of sawdust from the stump grinder and a whole lot more sun shining into our house in the afternoon. Sigh... It will be a couple of years before we can do anything with the area where the trees used to be as we will need to allow the ground to absorb the remaining roots and settle. Then we'll need to decide what to do about replacing the trees.
Well, enough about that...
Today's post is a continuation on the theme of highlighting some of the retiring product from the 2020 -2021 Annual Catalog and January - June Mini Catalog.
REMINDER!! The Retiring Lists for the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog and the January - June Mini Catalog have been released. To see the list of retiring items from the 2020 -2021 Annual Catalog, click here. Note that some of the items on this list have been discounted and all are available while supplies last. To see the list of retiring items from the January - June Mini Catalog, click here. Since this Mini Catalog goes until the end of June, Stampin' Up! hasn't determined whether to apply discounts to these items...yet. But looking at this list will give you a good idea of what will be carrying over to the new Annual Catalog.
This project showcases the RETIRING ITEMS of: Good Morning Magnolia stamp set and Magnolia Memory dies, Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack, Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper, Mango Melody Stampin' Blends Markers, and Stampin' Sponges.
When I first started stamping, one of my go-to tools was a Stampin' Sponge. It was the easiest way to add depth and drama to a project. I sponged everything. And I mean everything!! I loved creating grunge looks, vintage looks, creating dimension, adjusting perspective, or layering color to create a fun background. I had (and still have) a sponge for every Stampin' Up! color. I don't use the sponges as often now as my style has changed a bit over the years, but every now and then a project just calls out for me to get my fingers inky with a sponge. I was so tickled to get out my Soft Suede-labeled sponge and get sponging on this card!
This card begins with a card base of Flirty Flamingo. The edges of the card front were sponged with Soft Suede ink. The edges of a panel of Soft Suede cardstock was sponged with Soft Suede ink and adhered at a jaunty angle to the card front. The edges of a Flirty Flamingo background panel from the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper were sponged with Soft Suede ink and adhered to the card front at the opposite jaunty angle from the Soft Suede panel.
The large magnolia flower, from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set, was stamped on Basic White cardstock using Soft Suede ink and colored with Stampin' Blends Markers: Light Petal Pink for the shaded areas of the flower petals, Light & Dark Mossy Meadow for the leaves, Light Mango Melody for the flower center, and Light & Dark Soft Suede for the flower stem. The flower was die cut with the corresponding die from the Magnolia Memory dies and the edges of the die cut sponged with Soft Suede ink.
Three pieces of Gold Cord from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack were tied together with a knot at the center and the strands pulled apart on each side of the knot. The knot was adhered to the Designer Series Paper using a Mini Glue Dot 2-1/4" from the bottom edge and 1-3/4" from the right side of the Flirty Flamingo card base. The die cut magnolia flower was adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals so that the flower stem points toward the lower right corner of the card base and the stem of the flower is over the knot of Gold Cord. A bow was created from the open weave ribbon included with the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack and adhered to the stem of the magnolia using Mini Glue Dots.
The "Enjoy Today" greeting was stamped on a strip of Flirty Flamingo cardstock using Soft Suede ink. The right and left ends were punched with the flat end slot of the Lovely Labels Pick A Punch and the edges of the punched greeting sponged with Soft Suede ink. The greeting was adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals with the bottom edge of the label 11/16" above the bottom edge and 1/8" from the right edge of the card base.
A piece of Flirty Flamingo background paper from the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper and a piece of Soft Suede cardstock were die cut with the scallop edge die from the Magnolia Memory dies. The edges of the Designer Series Paper and Soft Suede cardstock were sponged with Soft Suede ink. The Designer Series Paper was adhered over the Soft Suede cardstock so that the bottom edge of the Designer Series Paper lined up with the embossed scalloped edge of the Soft Suede cardstock. The Designer Series Paper/Soft Suede cardstock were adhered along the top edge of a panel of Basic White cardstock with the edges sponged with Soft Suede ink. (The top, right, and left edges of the Designer Series Paper/Soft Suede cardstock are flush with the top, right, and left edges of the Basic White panel.)
The small magnolia flower was stamped two times on Basic White cardstock using Soft Suede ink and colored with Stampin' Blends Markers: Light Petal Pink for the shading on the flower petals, Light & Dark Mossy Meadow for the leaves, and Light Soft Suede for the flower stems. The flowers were die cut using the corresponding die and the edges sponged with Soft Suede ink. One flower was adhered to the Basic White panel with the stem pointing toward the upper left corner and the other flower was adhered above the first flower with Stampin' Seal for the part that resides on the Designer Series Paper and a stack of two Mini Glue Dots for the part that overlaps the first flower on the Basic White panel.
The edges of the inside sentiment area of the card base were sponged with Soft Suede ink and the Basic White panel adhered at the center of this area.
The flourish border image was stamped near the bottom edge of the envelope flap of the Medium Basic White Envelope using Soft Suede ink. The small magnolia flower was stamped above the left side of the flourish and the "Enjoy Today" greeting was stamped above the right side of the flourish using Soft Suede ink. A scrap piece of cardstock was placed between the envelope flap and body of envelope under the small magnolia image. Stampin' Blends Markers were used to color the small magnolia flower: Light Petal Pink for the shading on the flower petals, Light & Dark Mossy Meadow for the leaves, and Light Soft Suede for the flower stem.
Sometimes a large image, like the magnolia flower in the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set, can be off-putting. The great thing about these types of images is that they lend themselves to a great deal of uses: as a background stamp, as a vivid focal point, or as a springboard for a home decor piece. I'll be back next week with another project featuring the die cut magnolia flower created using the Magnolia Memory dies. Have a great weekend!
Basic White: 4-1/4" x 4-1/4", 2" x 4-1/4", 4" x 5-1/4"; Flirty Flamingo: 1/2" x 2-1/2", 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Soft Suede: 4" x 5-1/4", 1-1/2" x 4"; Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper: 3-7/8" x 5-1/8", 1-1/2" x 4"; Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack (Gold Cord): 3 @ 4-1/2"; Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack (Open Weave ribbon): 10"
Supplies I used to make this card
Stamps: Good Morning Magnolia; Inks: Soft Suede; Stampin' Blends Markers: Mango Melody; Mossy Meadow, Petal Pink, Soft Suede; Cardstock: Basic White, Flirty Flamingo, Soft Suede; Designer Series Paper: Fine Art Floral; Embellishments: Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack; Tools: Lovely Labels Pick A Punch, Magnolia Memory dies, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Adhesives: Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Other: Medium Basic White Envelope