When offered free papercrafting products what do you tend to go for? That’s the dilemma many people find themselves facing during the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration promotion. Past experience tells me to prioritise the Designer Series Paper (DSP) first. That’s because although the patterns are beautifully designed by Stampin’ Up! Artists, the production is out-sourced. So if it runs out there’s no time for them to order more and it will become unavailable. Then I choose my favourite stamp sets and I hate to admit that Beautifully Happy didn’t feature highly.
It’s not that I disliked the stamp set, it was just that there were others that I liked more. However there was also a lot of stuff I liked in the new January to April 2023 Mini Catalogue . So with a not insignificant order I qualfied for several free Sale-A-Bration items, and Beautifully Happy made the final cut. Having got the stamp set I was delighted by the detail in the images. The flowers are hollyhocks and so easy to stamp.
I began my project with a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card and a Tuxedo Black ink pad. In the centre of the piece I first stamped the large outline image. Then I coloured it in using the solid stamp images also included in the set. For the flowers I used Rich Razzleberry with Crushed Curry in the centre of the open one. For the leaves and buds (two separate stamps) I chose Old Olive. Then I simply stamped the “Thank you” sentiment beside the completed image. Lining up the stamps was really easy as they’re made from see-through photopolymer.
For my card base I used my Paper Trimmer to cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Rich Razzleberry Card. With the long side at the top I scored the card at 4-1/4″. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
It was only as I picked up the stamped layer I noticed a small black mark on the white card. So to hide that I pulled out the Old Olive & Sahara Sand Twill Ribbon Pack. Then I cut 7″ of the 1/4″ Old Olive ribbon and wrapped it around the card layer before securing the ends on the back using Tear & Tape Adhesive. Finally I mounted the layer onto the card front using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
For many years now I’ve made a point of decorating the inside of my cards and envelopes and today would be no different. So from the Beautifully Happy Stamp Set I chose the small single flower outline and the three coordinating solid stamps.
Using Tuxedo Black ink I stamped the flower in the bottom right corner on the front of a Basic White Medium Envelope. Next I cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card and stamped the flower in the bottom right corner of that too. Then I coloured the flowers and leaves to match the front using the solid stamps.
Once the stamping was complete I used liquid glue to fix this second Basic White layer on the inside of the card base.
Looking at the card front I decided to add just a touch of bling in the form of five Rhinestone Basic Jewels scattered around the hollyhocks. With that done I was finally happy with this week’s simple Sunday project. What’s more it’s made me realise I’m really glad I got this stamp set, it’s definitely a keeper.
SALE-A-BRATION – The Beautifully Happy Stamp Set is just one of the exclusive products you can get for free during the 2023 Sale-A-Bration promotion. There’s no coupon codes needed, simply load your online cart with Stampin’ Up! products. Then if you have at least $60CAD of products in your cart you’ll be prompted to select your free items during the checkout process. For more information see the Sale-A-Bration Brochure or visit the Sale-A-Bration section of my online store. Sale-A-Bration ends on February 28th and all free items are subject to availabilty.