Fifth Avenue Blues

The Pretty Pals Challenge this week, which used a fun sketch from Taylored Expressions (TECC61), had me singing the “blues” this weekend. The Pals twist was to use any shade or shades of blue with a neutral. Since I had been itching to use the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set, I decided to pull it out of my stamp cabinet and give it a good inking! A close friend of mine, who is an interior decorator, has always told me that it is perfectly fine to mix patterns, as long as there is a unifying factor. In this case, it is the color blue in several of its wonderful Stampin’ Up! hues.
  • First ink the rose stamp from the Fifth Avenue Floral set with Not Quite Navy ink and stamp it onto Whisper White. Using blender pens and Ballet Blue Stampin’ Pastels, shade in the rose. Mat this onto Brocade Blue card stock.
  • Using Whisper White ink, randomly stamp all three of the floral images onto Night of Navy card stock, which has been cut to fit a Whisper White card base.
  • Cut two paper strips from Bashful Blue card stock. Once again, randomly stamp the two smaller floral images onto the paper strips, this time using Not Quite Navy ink. Adhere to the Night of Navy cardstock. Mat this onto Brocade Blue and position the entire complex onto the Whisper White Base card
  • Finally, stamp the “frilly” flower onto Whisper White and watercolor using blender pens and the Ballet Blue pastel. Cut out. Add a few drops of Versamark ink refill (you can use another adhesive if you wish) to the center of the flower and add Stamp and Heat. Using the Stampin’ Up! Heat Tool, heat the Stamp and Heat until it liquefies, and add Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter.
  • Use the Circle Scallop punch on Whisper White, and attach the flower to it using a Stampin’ Dimensional. Adhere to the rest of the card with SNAIL Adhesive.
I like the classic look of the Fifth Avenue Floral set. It is a perfect choice for many occasions. By using different inks on a neutral card base, and pairing it up with the Very Versatile set from the Occasions Mini catalog, you can design a card in a jiffy!
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Stamp Set: Fifth Avenue Floral (113734)
Card stock: Bashful Blue (105120), Brocade Blue (101166), Night of Navy (100867), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Whisper White (101731), Not Quite Navy (100867), Versamark refill (102193)
Punches: Scallop Circle (109043)
Other: Stampin’ Pastels: Ballet Blue (105542), Blender Pens (102845), Heat and Stick Powder (100625), Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter (102023), Heat Tool (100050)
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Pretty Versatile in Pink

As its name would suggest, Very Versatile, one of the sets from the Occasions Mini Catalog is…well, versatile! Returning to my scrapbooking roots, I relied upon matting to focus attention on the delicate floral stem from this set.
  • The stem was inked onto Whisper White using Stampin‘ Write Markers in Regal Rose and Always Artichoke. Pretty in Pink and Always Artichoke complete the matting, while a ribbon bow was used to accent the stem.
  • Using a selection from the beautiful Raspberry Tart Designer Paper set, an edge was punched using the Eyelet Border punch. This was then attached to the matting.
  • Using the fantastic Scallop Oval Punch, also featured in the Occasions Mini, scallops were punched from Always Artichoke and Whisper White. Once again the stem image was inked and stamped on the Whisper White oval, while Pretty in Pink Stampin‘ Pastels were applied with a sponge dauber to soften the edge.
  • The Happy Birthday sentiment from Very Versatile was inked in Basic Grey and stamped onto Pink Pirouette. StampinDimensionals were used to adhere the two scallops.

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Stamp Sets: Very Versatile (Occasions Mini 113806) Cardstock: Always Artichoke (105119), Whisper White (100730), Pink Pirouette (111351), Pretty in Pink (100459) Ink: Basic Grey (109120) Designer Paper: Raspberry Tart (113975) Punches: Scallop Oval (Occasions Mini 114889), Eyelet Border (113692) Accessories: Stampin’ Pastels (105542), Stampin’ Write Markers Rich Regals(105540), Sponge Daubers (102892), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), SNAIL Adhesive (104332) Non-SU!: ribbon

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