Thursday, 8 November 2012

My Stampin' Up 'must have' set

I always laugh at those ads that claim their products are a 'must have' but in the case of the set I'm using for today's three minute card I really do think it's a justifiable claim! The reason? Well it's one of those rare sets that I think you could stamp with your eyes closed and get fabulous results! No masking is required, no embossing, no stamp-a-majig (well only for the sentiment), no clever tricks at all... come and see (and before anyone thinks about being rude, no I didn't stamp it with my eyes closed LOL!):


The plant images were stamped onto a scrap of First Edition designer paper starting with the lighter colours first, then the darker. I just love the way these stamps layer effortlessly! (By the way, if you're after just a little bit of useful First Edition paper, check the 'my special offers' tab at the top of my blog.)


Here's a closer view at that stamping and, if you look closely, you can see that I added a sprinkling of gems before sponging the edge of the paper and mounting it onto the Midnight Muse card base.


The sentiment from A Word For You didn't really show up too well against the background, so I just went over it with the thin end of a marker. It's a very 'handwriting' style anyway so I hope I got away with it! Even with that, the card took under three minutes to make!

I'm entering this card into the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge where the theme is Flowers and I shall also be taking it along for a quick skip in Di's Snippets Playground!

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, A Word For You
Ink: River Rock, Gumball Green, Midnight Muse
Card stock: Midnight Muse
Other: First Edition designer paper, markers, corner rounder, stamp-a-majig
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We're preparing for a French exchange student to stay with us. He wrote us a sweet letter thanking us for giving him the opportunity for this 'trip of happiness' and confessing he was a little nervous, so I wrote a letter back telling him not to be nervous at all and that we were all looking forward to his visit. Unfortunately I embarrassed myself in the Post Office while checking the price of posting the letter. Yes, you've guessed it, I started my enquiry with the phrase: "I have a French letter here..." Everyone in the Post Office made a valiant effort to keep straight faces but when I added: "I really wish I hadn't said that," they gave up the attempt and fell about laughing!

I think I may have to get some more Christmas cards done so I should think I'll have something festive to show you tomorrow. Hope to see you then,

26 comments:

  1. Ah Vicky, I had a bit of a chuckle when I read your post office experience, probably made everyone's day! Love your 3 minute creation, looks lovely and fresh.

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  2. I loved this set too when I saw it. Didn't buy it tho', waiting for sale-a-bration! You have used it beautifully. Loved your french letter comment, haven't heard them called that for years.

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  3. Lovely layered card. That set is most definitely on my wish list.

    Smirking at your trip to the Post Office! xxx

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  4. Your card is beautiful Vicky and you made me giggle too! There's always double the pleasure in visiting your blog daily!!

    Ann

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  5. I love this layering effect with the stamping Vicky. Your trip to the PO made me giggle:)
    Val x

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  6. Oh Vicki you are such a hoot!! You ad me all fallin' 'bout laffin' (been watching too much Jamie Oliver here) Lol!! (oh and btw gorgeous card too- you had me at blue !)

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  7. Hi Vicky
    Love this fabulous set...... And the colours are gorgeous.....
    Hugs sylvie xxxx

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  8. What are you like you crazy woman !!!!I bet you made their day !!! Fabulous card and as always your stamping, design and colours are awesome love that sentiment too.Thanks for joining us this week at ATS&M and good luck.

    Marie

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  9. Vicky, your card is amazingly lovely!! The stamped images look sooo good on the designer paper. Thank you for joining us at ATSAM Challenge this week!

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  10. Beautiful Vicky. I love the blue & green together. Have a great day, Shirleyx

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  11. Love your card ... can't believe you made it in three minutes ... it would have taken me way, way longer! Gorgeous color combination. Love the flowers stamped over the printed background. Thanks for join us at ATS&M this week!

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  12. Gorgeous card, Vicky, I see you are enjoying the new In-Colours. I'm so glad the First Edition dsp is still in the catalogue as I haven't had a chance to play with it yet.

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  13. Beautiful colors and a beautiful card! LOVE these images against that fabulous DP too.
    Lynn

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  14. Lovely layered card Vicky and the stamp set looks great

    Anne

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  15. Vicky I love your card and your Post Office story! TFS

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  16. Beautiful card. Lovely image and I like the layering look.
    Loved your PO experience, it made me giggle. When I was living in the UK I had a similar experience when I asked for cellotape by it's Australian name.

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  17. Gorgeous Vicky! Im in love with my First Edition DP. Your stamping and coloursare terrific. Thanks so much for playing along at ATSM! xx

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  18. Vicky this is stunning - fabulous colours too. This has to be one of my favourite ever sets too - cant wait to see what you do with it next! Thanks too for joining in this week at ATS&M - Jacqueline xx

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  19. I agree, this is a "must have" set. It look wonderful with all the pretty flowers and leaves layered on top of one another.

    Thanks for the story! Definitely a "laugh out loud" moment for me too!

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  20. I love the effect of your over stamping, Vicky. A really lovely card to cover almost any occasion:) x

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  21. LOVE this! I've acquired a bunch of old books in order to use the pages and I haven't yet...thanks for inspiring me to do so! :)

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  22. THANKS for mentioning the intruding sheep after the slight mishap during the Snippets bonfire party . . . we are in right trouble for THAT. Will probably get lines, or detention! Luckily no-one seems to have revealed the foam party we had while testing out the stinguishers beforehand! Shhhh!

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  23. Gorgeous card Vicky. Beautifully stamped. Thank you for joining the ATS&M Challenge again this week.
    Regards Florence x

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  24. Really beautiful card Vicki! It would have taken me longer than 3 minutes just to figure out how to do that - ha! Still giggling at your comment at the PO. Thanks so much for joining us with your lovely blue flowery card at Addicted to Stamps and More!

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  25. Fabulous card Vicky! That set is on my wish list too now.

    I did laugh about the Post Office :) And as for those sheep roaming round the playground - I despair!!

    Hugs, Di xx

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  26. This is gorgeous Vicky, I love the colours you used, and the fab design!

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I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x