Express Yourself!

Music Expressions” was one of the first Stampin’ Up! sets I purchased. It is a classically elegant stamp, and I especially loved the accompanying sentiment by Victor Hugo…”Music expresses that which cannot be said”. As the mother of a classical trumpet player, the sentiment was especially poignant. I felt that this would be the perfect choice for the Splitcoast Sketch Challenge 224. This is how I “expressed” myself:

  • I made my card base from Kraft card stock on which I layered “Bleu” paper from the Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper, leaving 1/4th of an inch border on all four sides.
  • I then matted two 1” strips of contrasting Bella Bleu neutrals onto Not Quite Navy card stock, trimming to 1/16th of an inch. I placed Very Vanilla ribbon down the center of each strip, and adhered the matted strips onto my card base.
  • I inked the “Violin” stamp with Basic Brown, and matted this onto Not Quite Navy cardstock. This focal image was adhered to the card base with SNAIL adhesive.
  • As a finishing touch, filigree and dragonfly brads were attached to add depth.

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Stamp Set: Music Expressions (113718)
Ink: Basic Brown (104315)
Designer Series Paper: Bella Bleu (113974)
Card Stock: Kraft (102125), Very Vanilla (101650), Not Quite Navy (101722)
Ribbon: Very Vanilla (109055)


  1. Very classy! Love the hardware!!

  2. I don’t think I have ever seen this set used. It’s gorgeous. Love your use of the Vanilla ribbon! Hugs, Mary

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