April is upon us, depending on where in the world you are reading this post from you could be in Autumn like me, starting to see the leaves change colours and the weather cool. You could be in Spring and, seeing flowers coming alive, with a little warmth starting to the air.
On a Stampin’ Up! front we have a new catalogue cycle rolling out this year, which means we have our retirement list a little earlier than normal. There are many kinds of demonstrators and I applaud those who resist the temptation to buy pretty much everything when a new catalogue comes out… because I have no restraint. I am my best customer and always have been! I pretty much buy it all. Over the weekend I cleaned my craftroom and started to move my retiring stamps to their new home with my other beloved retired stamps. I have a LOT of stamps and many I have never used but I love them!
One of these neglected stamp sets is So Much Love, which I have finally used yesterday on my card for this weeks challenge at The Spot. It is a colour challenge, which just quietly I hate colour challenges however I had missed a few of the last challenges and felt bad so I played this week. I did leave off Calypso Coral and I guess I added a little black (by using True Love DSP) to the mix but I still have five of the colours!
The flower image from So Much Love is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Basic White Cardstock. I used Stampin’ Blends to colour, starting with the background in light Mint Macaron and Highland Heather for the petals. For the leaves, I used Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Blends, mostly the light tone and a tiny amount of dark. The stems are very fine and I still needed to use Pear Pizzazz, so I used the fine end on Stampin’ Write Markers.
I have no idea how I have not used Best Year until now, I am always looking for a nice Happy Birthday greeting and I was even able to use a greeting from the set for the inside which I have shown below. I do make myself laugh because there is more colouring inside than the front of the card BUT how pretty is the inside.
Just in case you are wondering which die I used to cut the greetings out, it is from Pierced Blooms Dies and one you will see me use often!
Here are the items used, shop online and shipped Australia wide.