It's been Bloomin' Marvelous to Sale-a-brate with you!

I'm back today, as promised, to share with you my final Sale-a-bration samples for 2013.  I gave the Bloomin' Marvelous stamp set from this year's Sale-a-bration a hammering and it has been the most popular Sale-a-bration choice for my customers this year too.  Eight stamps, featuring four sweet images plus four sentiments for free - you can't go far wrong with that ;-)

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Soft and pretty, this card was a favourite amongst my workshop customers this Sale-a-bration.  I love how the little hummingbird looks about ready to swoop in for a beakful(?) of nectar :-)

SARAH'S STAMPIN' TIPS:

  • "Stamping off" is a great technique to achieve monochromatic colour.  The flowers in this card are all stamped with Primrose Petals ink, with the top flower being stamped on scrap paper once before being stamped on Whisper White cardstock, and the centre flower stamped off twice.  The same technique was used for the leaves.
  • The "Oh Happy Day" sentiment (my favourite!) needed a little something behind it so that it didn't get lost in the expanse of card to the left of the stamped panel.  The small doily from the Delicate Doilies Sizzlet die did the job perfectly :-)
  • The two-tone effect of the humming bird was achieved by first inking up the stamp in Baja Breeze ink, then immediately rolling the edges of the stamp around in Marina Mist ink before stamping onto Whisper White cardstock.  This is know as the "Rock 'n' Roll" technique.
  • If you're daunted by the idea of cutting images out with scissors like I have done with the flowers in this card, check out my Stampin' 101 video tutorial on "Fussy Cutting" for some simple tips to help you snip like a pro!
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Stamps: Bloomin' Marvelous Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Primrose Petals, Baja Breeze, Floral District DSP Ink: Primrose Petals, Lucky Limeade, Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Basic Gray Accessories: Delicate Doilies Sizzlet, Brights Collections Buttons, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

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This card is a favourite for its pretty simplicity.  I CASEd the layout from this card on Mary Fish's Stampin' Pretty blog, simple changing  a couple of elements to my preference.

SARAH'S STAMPIN' TIPS:

  • The soft colours were achieved using the "Stamping Off" technique as outlined in my stampin' tips for the previous card, this time using three co-ordinating colours - Midnight Muse, Island Indigo and Pool Party.
  • The snippet of Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon at the top left brings in some texture and added colour.
  • The addition of a single Basic Rhinestone is a great way of adding interest and bling without over-embellishing :-)
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Stamps: Bloomin' Marvelous Paper: Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Whisper White Ink:Midnight Muse, Island Indigo and Pool Party Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon

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This card is a definite departure from the pretty colours, but I love how it came together, prompted by the more masculine colour scheme in the patterned paper from the Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper pack.

SARAH'S STAMPIN' TIPS:

  • The butterfly image fits perfectly with the Bitty Butterfly Punch from the Seasonal Catalogue, which I discovered after I had cut them all out with Paper Snips....
  • The soft curve of the Soft Suede layer is achieved by using the centre section of the Adorning Accents Edgelits and accented by the co-ordinating Adorning Accents Embossing Folder.

Stamps: Bloomin' Marvelous, Teeny Tiny Sentiments Paper: Soft SuedeMidnight Muse, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Comfort Cafe DSP Ink:Midnight Muse, Cajun Craze, Summer Starfruit, Early Espresso Accessories: 1" Square Punch,Basic Pearls, Adorning Accents Embossing Folders, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Stampin' Dimensionals


We're in the final days of Sale-a-bration for 2013, but it's not over yet!  If you have yet to take part in the freebie-fest that makes this the single most exciting time of the Stampin' Up! year, make sure to get in touch with your order before the end of the day tomorrow!

Or better yet, join the five lovely ladies who made the fabulous decision to become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in my team this Sale-a-bration!  At $169 for a stampin' kit made up entirely of your own choice of products to the value of $294, it's not a hard decision to make... ;-)

Find out more information on the demonstrator opportunity at the Join my Team page of my blog!

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