Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Simply Soft and Two Challenges

Greetings! I hope all my fellow stampers are doing well today. As you know, the Stampin' Up! 2011-2012 Catalog is about to retire on May 31, and I'm going to show you as many samples using about-to-retire products before then as possible. Featured today is the Simply Soft Hostess Set, which is by far my favorite and most used hostess set. The delicate flowers are so much fun to color and always come out so pretty.

This card was designed with two challenges in mind. The first is The Paper Players challenge, which is to use polka dots on a clean and simple project. I don't know how clean and simple my project is ( I guess I didn't read that part!), but it definitely has polka dots! I used the Dot, Dot, Dot Background Stamp which is also a retiring stamp. I inked just the edges of the stamp, randomly, to create the subtle but interesting background.

The second challenge is the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge. This is a great, simple sketch with so much room for interpretation. Love it.

The flowers were colored with several markers in shades of pink and green using the layered marker technique. The edges were the sponged with a little Sahara Sand Ink. The tidy little bow was made using a fork. I love making fork bows! They always come out perfect. If anyone is interested in a tutorial, leave a comment at the end of the post and I'd be happy to put one together for you.

Stampin' Up! Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Simply Soft, Dot, Dot, Dot, Petite Pairs
Card Stock: Whisper White, Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery, Old Olive
Ink Pads: Black Stazon, Certainly Celery, Sahara Sand
Markers:  Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Sahara Sand
Tools: Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Scallop Edge Border Punch
Accessories: Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon, Pearls, Glue Dots

The Simply Soft, and Dot, Dot, Dot Stamp Sets and Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon are products that will be retiring on May 31, so now is your last chance to purchase them. There are hundreds others, and I encourage you to check out the retiring lists.

Click here to see the Retiring Stamp Sets List.

Click here to see the Retiring Accessories List.

Click here to shop Stampin' Up!

Happy Stamping!



Anonymous said...

oh, i would dearly LOVE a tutorial on the fork bow. i am such a terrible bow maker ... anything would be greatly appreciated. thank you so much for offering!!
stampin' hugs, jo ann.

Ann Schach said...

Soft and beautiful, Sandy! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players!

Jenn Picard said...

Love the soft dotted background you created. Such a pretty colour combo and beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players

Narelle Farrugia said...

This is so pretty Sandy! Great job with combining the challenges. Thanks for joining us at the Paper Players this week!

Anne Marie Hile said...

This is one of my favorite hostess sets too, Sandy! I really like how you inked up the edges of the BG stamps. It really adds a beautiful, soft touch to your card. Very prety! Thanks for joining us this week at the Paper Players! :)