• Carol Saunders

Jumpin' July - It's the Paper Crew July Blog Hop!

Updated: Aug 11, 2019

Ahoy friends and welcome aboard the July Paper Crew Blog Hop! We are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who have come together online to create cards, scrapbook pages and other paper craft projects. We hope these samples will inspire you to create fun projects using amazing Stampin’ Up! products. This month we are sharing projects using "anything floral".

My floral card features stamps from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and the accompanying dies from the Bouquet Bunch Framelits. I have also used the gorgeous Country Floral embossing folder for my background and my latest obsession, the Heirloom Frames 3D embossing folders. There are so many beautiful sentiments in the Beautiful Bouquet set that it has become one of the first stamp sets that I go to when I need a greeting to add to almost any card. The sentiments also have lovely fonts for each of their messages. Unfortunately, they were too large for the tiny tag that I wanted to use on this bouquet, so I simply hand wrote "For You" on the tag. This allows me to add any kind of a sentiment that I want to use for the inner greeting at a later date and will be a great card to tuck away to be used for any upcoming birthday, anniversary, or wedding, or even a thank you as needed. I like to have a few of this kind of card on hand in case I need one unexpectedly.

Here is a close up of the beautiful Heirloom Frames. They come with dies to cut out the oval or rectangular frame, as well as the 3D embossing folders to achieve the deeply embossed lovely patterns.

I chose to make a rectangular frame using the 2019-2021 In Color, Seaside Spray for my card. The frame cut from this particular colour made me think of beautiful and intricate Wedgewood Blue china. To construct my card, I started with an A2 side-folding card base cut from Seaside Spray. I added a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock, which I had embossed using the Country Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions embossing folder. Before running my cardstock through my Vagabond machine, I generously misted it with water using my Stampin' Spritzer. The cardstock was still quite damp when it came out of the folder, so I allowed it to fully dry before attempting to mount it on my card. To add some warmth, interest and shine to my card, I chose to add a piece of foil to be seen through the opening in the frame. I used a scrap of Grapefruit Grove foil, but since this is no longer available, I am certain that the same effect could be achieve using Copper foil instead. I popped up my rectangular frame using a couple of Foam Adhesive Strips. Although the bouquet looks quite detailed and complicated, it really was quite easy to put together.

Before attempting to build my bouquet, I stamped and die cut several flowers from the Beautiful Bouquet set. I wanted to keep the images light and so I stamped off the ink on a scrap piece of paper before stamping the flowers. I die cut those images, as well as multiple pieces of the small floral clusters. There are two different clusters in the die set. I also cut a few leafy fronds from both Thick Whisper White cardstock and Grapefruit Grove foil. Finally, I cut the cluster of stems and I was ready to build my bouquet. I wrapped my stems with some twine and attached a bow. I affixed this cluster to the lower centre of my card and then added my leafy fronds, stamped flowers, and flower clusters until I was pleased with their arrangement. I did this before applying any adhesive so that I could rearrange anything that I thought looked out of place. I took a quick picture with my cell phone in case I needed to refer to it as I attached the elements using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. I added a couple of individual foil flowers which I cut from one cluster to give the floral arrangement some continuity. I also used the tiny star from each one of those flowers as centres for three of my stamped flowers. I added my tiny tag as a finishing touch and voila I was done!

I hope you like the finished card and that you'll give this a try yourself. Thanks for visiting!

Time to move on to the next stop on the hop - the talented Heather Stewart!

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