Daily Archives: October 3, 2007

Take Two…Stampin Up Takes Center Stage

It has been a while since we featured Stampin Up stamps in one of our Take Two challenges. We strive for a variety and so this time we’ve gone back to the start and are featuring both new Stampin Up stamps and paper for this challenge. My friends Trudee, Lindsey, and Michele have also been busy designing. Make sure you check out their designs as well. I can’t wait to see them myself! We never share before we hit publish so it is always a fun surprise. 🙂

Dare to Be Fabulous


For this design, I decided to pair up some of my favorite new supplies from this summer’s Stampin Up catalogue with this week’s CPS sketch ( #33). Quite a simple layout but I think it works well with the shabby look of my design and shows the beautiful paper off to its advantage. I turned this sketch 90° on its side to work with the sentiment I had in mind. Dare to be Fabulous…don’t you just love it?! Love that font too!

I love adding texture to my designs… I always find it so much fun. The central panel of this design was stamped with the Dahlia blossom from the Fabulous Flowers set. I used GroovyGuava and stamped two first impressions and one second. On top of this in Close to Cocoa ink, I stamped my new Sanded background stamp. I love it! Why did I resist for a couple months?! The edges of the main panel were sponged in Cocoa ink again and then the panel was layered with SAge Shadow and then some Very Vanilla. I use a little pink Heidi Swapp edge distresser on the edges of the vanilla after stamping that layer with Sanded again. I wanted to add a little more texture so I pierced the right side of my design with a paper piercer and my mat pack and then stitched a running stitch with some linen thread.

For my main card base, I used a Very Vanilla card base and layered it with Sage Shadow and some gorgeous Guava colored patterned paper from the Outlaw paper pack. After stitching around the card in freestyle with brown thread, I roughed up the edges and adhered the panel to the card front.

Lastly the embellishments… a Prima flower from the Spumoni collection was set with an antique copper large brad from Making Memories. A scrap of the Outlaw paper, brown with stars, was punched with the round tab punch and then stitched to the front image panel. And that’s it. Pretty simple layout, pretty simple stamping… but I’m quite loving it for Fall. It reminds me of fall flowers and walking through the leaves. 🙂 And now I’m off to check out the other designs… make sure you do too because I know they are going to rock & have a great day!