Full frontal Designer Series Paper | Birthday Bouquet

One of the things I've noticed about card making in recent times is the increase in using Designer Series Paper as the whole card front, or a decrease in the incidence of a border. It's funny how trends seem to come about, but this is one that I had never really considered before it started popping up in the catalogue and in other stampin' places, and it's one that I am fully prepared to embrace, especially because it requires less brain power from me in working out measurements and borders, and particularly when the paper designs are so beautiful.

Like this....

Stamps: Perfect Pennants, Birthday Blooms Paper: Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper, Whisper White Ink: Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder Accessories: Tea Lace Doilies, It's my Party Enamel Dots

Stamps: Perfect Pennants, Birthday Blooms Paper: Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper, Whisper White Ink: Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder Accessories: Tea Lace Doilies, It's my Party Enamel Dots

It also makes the art of card making so accessible in that no fancy techniques or tools are required, there's not a bunch of time needed in the execution and the end result can still be striking and beautiful.

In this card, the sum total of steps were:

This card layout could be completed using virtually any combination of Designer Series Paper and decorative and/or greeting stamps and it's a great way to use up your stash of DSP if you have pretty paper hoarding tendencies. Which wouldn't in itself be a problem (one that I have been afflicted with personally since childhood) except that Stampin' Up! keep insisting on bringing out beautiful new DSP designs, and living in a small house with children that already share a room based on my craft stash having taken over the third bedroom, well....there are storage concerns that I just can't get away from.

Speaking of beautiful new Designer Series Paper designs (and beautiful new things in general), I'm just back from a weekend in Sydney where the upcoming Annual Catalogue was launched, and by golly there's some amazing stuff to look forward too!

You can check out some of my Sydney adventures with my lovely mum (a fellow demonstrator) on my Instagram or Facebook pages, but be prepared for nothing much other than touristy shots and non-specific stamping event posts! We are sworn to secrecy about the contents of the catalogue - even with our demonstrator friends that didn't attend - so there won't be any sneaky peeks to find #sorrynotsorry

Like the idea of being the first to see and buy new Stampin' Up! stuff WAY before anybody else...? The demonstrator opportunity is calling you, CHECK IT OUT!

Before the new catalogue makes its grand yearly entrance though, there's the not so small business of a retiring list to deal with! That will be released this week, and on it you can expect to find a bunch of stuff that will be on its way out to make way for all the new goodness coming at us in June, so be sure to check back this week for that!

DON'T FORGET: Weekly Deals are in their final days, with a massive swag of goodies being thrown out at 25% off. Finishing 9.50pm (WA time) tomorrow - Tuesday April 19th - for the last time. Don't miss out...!

**Disclaimer** The title of this post has nothing to do with a new set of Designer Series Paper #thankgoodness

What has been your favourite set of Designer Series Paper in this year's Annual Catalogue or current Occasions....?

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