Today’s card share features two new product stamp sets from the new Stampin’ Up! catalog. I’ve used the Pleasant Poppies stamp in cards before…. you can view a colorful one here and a more plain CAS pleasant poppies card here. It’s such a versatile stamp!
Today’s card also features the small but elegant single stamp set “Beautiful Birthday” punched and added as a sentiment.
The poppies were colored using stampin’ write markers and a blender pen. The stampin’ write markers are water based… and I usually scribble a little of the marker color onto a glazed tile used as a palette from which I pick up color with my blender pen.
The color dries rather quickly. Additional color applications intensifies the hue, allowing for depth. Here, I’ve used primrose petals, summer starfruit and raspberry ripple markers from the 2012-14 in-color collection.
The Beautiful Birthday stamped image is just a tad larger than the surface area of the decorative label punch out. As you can see, it cut off a bit of the swirl from the letter “B”… it doesn’t really bother me though… would that bother you? The image was stamped using Early Espresso ink, punched and then outlined with the brush tip of a matching marker.
A couple evenings ago, I visited a local retail establishment with a friend. Upon entering, we could hear very loud chatter and raucous laughter booming from the dressing room area. It was a small establishment and the voices echoed throughout the store. We took a few steps into the establishment, and were overwhelmed by the racket, looked at each other and left.
I’m left wondering what has happened to professionalism in American Business! I’m wondering if the noisy people were employees, customers or even worse managers of the establishment… but more than anything I wonder how many others have been discouraged by their behavior? I wanted to scream “indoor voices PLEASE!!!”
My friend and I were totally in shopping mode… but not at that store… not a pleasant experience!!
What would you have done?
See you tomorrow with a new Stampin Queens Challenge, and I look forward to reading your lovely comments!
Shop my online stampin up store for supplies used in today’s…
An observation, Birthday Card and Poppies
Stamps: Beautiful Birthday WM 125562, Pleasant Poppies WM 126480, CM 126499
Papers: First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper 121878, Midnight Muse 126843, Very Vanilla 101650, Raspberry Ripple 126842, Marina Mist 119682
Inks: In-Color 2012-14 Markers (Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green) 126856, white gel pen 105021, early espresso ink pad 126974
Terrific Tools: Paper Crimper (non-SU) , Essentials Paper Piercing Pack 126187, Stampin’ Pierce Mat 126199, Piercing Tool 126189, Decorative Label Punch 120907
Awesome Accessories: Metallic Brads (gold) 1199741, Blender Pens 102845
Techniques: Crimping, Piercing, Coloring with markers and blender pens