It’s time for another round of inspiration from The Stamp Review Crew. If this is your very first visit to one of our hops, we are a group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first and third Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set used in a variety of ways. This week we are featuring the Window Shopping stamp set. I am Stop #6 on the hop. You may have just left Stop #5, the talented Charlet Mallett! After visiting me, you will continue to Stop #7, the amazing Nikki Spencer. Enjoy today’s hop!
Colors of the Day
The Window Shopping stamp set has a wonderful “friend” sentiment that I absolutely love. It became the focus of my card. My original goal was to create a classy black and white background using the square floral stamp from this set. But you know me – one thing led to another.
After using the Stamp-a-ma-jig to create the not-so-perfect background, I decided it needed a “pop” of color, so out came the Berry Burst Stampin’ Write Marker. I colored in a few of the daisy style flowers with it. I decided to add a little Bermuda Bay to the center of other flowers.
I probably should have stopped there, but my thoughts began to wander back to a glorious party dress that my Aunt Evelyn wore back in the 1950’s. One of the early memories from my childhood centered around that wonderful dress. It had black flocked flowers, very similar to this pattern. There were sequins and glitter; bugle beads and shimmery metallic thread. It was the most beautiful dress this little girl had ever seen. That dress became my inspiration.
I added sequins and pearls and a healthy dose of Clear Wink of Stella to everything, as this close-up shows.
I stamped the sentiment in Archival Basic Black ink, and cropped it out using the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I then stamped it again in Berry Burst, and cropped out the “For Being A Great” section. The ends were snipped, and it was popped atop the circle with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. Three sequined and pearled flowers embellish the banner.
Pictures really do not do this card justice. It is indeed a shimmering confection of sequins and Wink of Stella. It will be heading off to a dear woman who truly is a great friend, but not before I reminisce one more time about Aunt Evelyn’s dress…
From the Archives
If you would prefer a cleaner design, the above card might be right up your alley. Although the Blooms and Bliss designer paper is retired, there are a multitude of fabulous Stampin’ Up! papers which can be substituted. You can check out the original post HERE.
I hope you enjoyed today’s card made with the Window Shopping set. Won’t you let me know in your comment today? Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away. Now hop along to Stop #7, the incredible Nikki Spencer, to see what she has in store for you! If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew. Until next time…