Working on projects using our soon-to-retire set of In Colors has made me realize how much I love all of them. Pear Pizzazz is by far and away my favorite green, and I've liked Concord, Blushing and Poppy from the very start. Up until this week, I thought I didn't care for Peach Parfait, because it's orange, but now that we're about to lose it, I realize that it is my favorite Stampin' Up! orange; not as bright as Tangerine Tango or as deep as Pumpkin Pie, it works for spring, summer and fall. What's your favorite In Color?
My first project is an all-occasion card that I created in My Digital Studio. I used stamps and embellishments from the Spring Fever ensemble; the colors are So Saffron, Melon Mambo and Pear Pizzazz. While this versatile green will no longer be available as traditional ink, ribbon and cardstock after June 1st, it will always be available digitally. Similarly, the Spring Fever Simply Scrappin' Kit that has these images is only available until the end of this month, but the digital version should be around for awhile. I'm making sure I have both!
Next, I made a poppy using, what else, Poppy Parade. The Fancy Flower punch would have worked here too, I think, but I'm more infatuated with the newer Blossom Punch! The black center uses the Boho Blossoms Punch and an Antique Brad. The Designer Series Paper on this card was a Hostess item last year, but as of April 9th, it was available on the Clearance Rack; I don't think it will last long - gorgeous patterns really useful for many cards. (I used some last Christmas.) The sentiment on this card is from the Just Believe stamp set.
Finally, I wanted to make a card with Concord Crush, because it's my favorite purple, deep and bluish. I usually use it as an accent color because it's so dark, but this time I wanted to make it the primary color of the card:
Funny thing is, I struggled for the longest time and then this card almost made itself. I used the Paper Doily die on Brushed Silver cardstock and sponged it with Frost White Shimmer Paint. The image from Mixed Bunch was stamped twice in Concord Crush on Whisper White and punched with the coordinating Blossom Punch. An Antique Brad and Dimensionals were used to mount the pieces onto a 4 1/2" square Concord Crush card base. I cut 4 petals off the second stamped and punched image. I placed each petal under the doily die cut and traced the doily outline onto each petal with a sharp pencil and trimmed with paper snips before gluing the pieces to the corners.
Be sure to check out all the contributions from my sister llamas. Next up is the talented Debbie Martin at CleverandCute.