Old and New – Together as One

This is a crazy time of year! While we bid a fond farewell to certain beloved products from this year’s Stampin’ Up! catalog, we also sound a “last chance” alert for those items we still have time to fall in love with. At the same time, we open our arms to new products that will push their way into our stamp rooms. Today’s project combines Designer Series Paper from the 2012-2013 Catalog with a Hostess Stamp Set from the 2013-2014 Catalog. What fun to bring the two together! Birds of a Feather, Sweetly Framed, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

This card is reminiscent of a card I made some time ago by drawing lines and adding Basic Jewel Rhinestones. You can see that card here.

Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

  • Not for the Birds. Although this background paper is bird-themed, every piece of paper in this pack has a side that is not bird-related. Birds on one side, these dotted strings on the other. This side of the paper can be used for almost any occasion. A lot of the Designer Series Papers are designed this way – theme on one side, coordinating patterns on the other. Make sure you check all sides of the papers – don’t turn down a pack of paper because the theme doesn’t appeal to you.
  • Colors. Designer Series Papers often include a true shade of the colors they feature, but they often times include a lighter or darker shade of the colors. This Designer Series Paper lists both Raspberry Ripple and Primrose Petals as colors featured in the design, but the dots on this paper are somewhere between the two colors. I chose to pair the lighter of the two (Primrose Petals) with the dark Island Indigo.
  • Embellish it! This paper has several Whisper White dots on it. When I was done with the card, I decided to add little pearls on top of each one. It really adds a lot without a lot of work. The simple strand of ribbon adds another texture with the blink of an eye – OK, maybe it’s more than the blink of an eye, but it’s less than the flick of a wrist.

Stamps Sets: Sweetly Framed Papers: Island Indigo, Primrose Petals, Birds of a Feather Designer Series Paper, Whisper White Inks: Island Indigo, Primrose Petals Accessories: 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Pearls Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Grab a pack of this paper today (it’s marked down to $8.21) before it’s gone. Click here to get it now.

Like I said at the beginning of this post – this is a crazy time of year. Most years, there is a clean cutoff between catalogs – the sales period for one catalog ends one day, and the sales day for the new catalog starts the following. This year, though, there’s a crossover between periods. Beginning around noon on Friday, May 31 through Monday, June 3, orders can be placed from either the 2012-2013 Annual Catalog or the 2013-2104 Annual Catalog.  Friday, May 31 is the last day to order from the 2013 Spring Catalog. That means you have one day (May 31) when you can order from ALL THREE!  Isn’t that crazy? It’s crazy and exciting!

Swatch Books and Shares. Don’t forget about my Designer Series Paper Swatch Books and Product Shares. Find out more here.

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  1. I’m Crazy for this Card and it’s Layout!! Love the strings and dots on this print! What a precious Hostess Stamp Set matching the Designer Label Punch!

    • Excellent point, Patti! The stamp coordinates with the Decorative Label Punch, but I further trimmed it here to “accentuate the curves” of this stamp. 🙂

  2. The tiny pearls are just the right touch for this card . And you have to feel that ribbon to love it !! It is so soft and satiny . There are some good bargains on the retiring papers for those of us that can continue to use them . Happy Saturday one and all !

  3. Happy Saturday to all of you, too! I absolutely love this DSP, Brian! I don’t have that punch, but you can bet it’s going on my next order. Your card came together beautifully…love the touch with the little pearl embellishments…perfect! Now for a sip of coffee…

  4. Maria Rodriguez

    I love the pearls scattered around this card, they give it a lovely, soft look. This paper and the way the pearls look reminds me of those lamps with fish line all around an little statue that dripped down small droplets of water, do you guys know which ones I mean?

    • I know exactly what you mean Maria, As soon as I card the card that image popped into my mind.

      • Maria Rodriguez.

        Lisa, I thought the same when Brian posted that other card too. Those lamps were very popular I think back in the 70s. or early 80s. I haven’t seen them around anymore but I always loved those beads of water softly falling down those fish lines. Some even had changing colored lights that made those drops look fabulous!!

      • Apparently I can type the correct words in my sentence!

      • Geez, I did it again! I can’t type today!

  5. Such a cheerful, fun card! Love the pearls – makes me think of beads of water dripping down the strands. Thanks for the hint on what SU does with the “shading” of colors in the DSP’s.

  6. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. What more can I say. Beautiful.

  7. LOVE the pearls, Brian! not just “a girl’s best friend” any more. Oh no, that’s diamonds! Oh well…pearls go with everything I always say.

  8. OMG this is a great card….loved the original one you made too. Happy weekend.

  9. Cindie McDuffee

    Such a pretty card, Brian! I just love those pearls…

  10. Love how the pearls are floating on the card. Good job.

  11. Carol Carriveau

    Good Saturday morning! Love when we can let DSP do a lot of work for us! Beautiful, Brian!

  12. A perfect card, Brian! Love the background with pearls and the gorgeous decorative label! Sweet ribbon, too!

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