Wattle: The Brightest Beauty


Have you seen a wattle shrub? It’s a member of the Acacia family, and if you’re an Aussie, you likely know it well. It’s the National flower, growing across the entire country – and it’s a beautiful stamp set in the mini catalog as well.

  • Stamps: Brightest Beauty, Art Gallery
  • Color Palette: Basic White, Granny Apple Green, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry
  • Accessories: Big Boss, Golden Beauty dies, Artistic Mix Decorative Masks, Blending Brushes, Stampin’ Write Markers, White Frayed Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

The wattle is beloved by Aussies, and I’ve got my very own beloved Aussie, so you can see why I might be fond of this glorious explosion of color. For my card, I colored the tiny blooms with Stampin’ Write markers, using a combination of Crushed Curry and Daffodil Delight. I used So Saffron for the mask on the card base to avoid overwhelming the flowers – a lot of yellow is, well, a LOT of yellow!

Did you see my custom trim? I’ve been feeling pretty out-of-the-box lately with trim. This particular bit is what you get when you pull apart the White Frayed Ribbon. I’ve cut it in half and tried playing (unsuccessfully) with the warp, but this card uses what would be considered the weft:

It initially comes apart quickly and easily, but as it gets longer, you have to tease it out with the pointy end of your Take Your Pick tool. It has a thin, wooly look – but be careful not to tangle it, or you’ll just need to pick out another length. Ask me how I know.

How do you challenge yourself to think outside the box? Honestly, for me it’s often boredom – I’ve used this, I’ve used that, I want something NEW. (oh dear, I think you know why I’m a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator now…)

Take a look at Brightest Beauty. It’s on page 60 of the mini catalog, or you can see it HERE. It’s a bit of a sleeper, so you might be the first on your block to craft with it! I hope you love it.

If elegance and romance are your style, you’ll love the Fitting Florets Collection, available now as a sneak peek to the new mini catalog coming in January 2023. The Framed Florets and coordinating dies will be available in January, but the Framed and Festive Stamps, Designer Series Paper, and Gold Swirls are available only while supplies last. Get them HERE!

Be sure to subscribe by November 10th for your Craft Escape in a box! The November kit coordinates with last month’s card kit, and makes 12 sparkly tags so you’ll be ready to wrap your packages.

Paper Pumpkin subscriptions deliver ready-to-go projects to your doorstep every month, but you have ultimate control to skip or cancel šŸ˜± if you decide it’s not for you. Don’t miss this kit!

Our Mini Catalog is packed with new designs and products to inspire and delight. There’s something for everyone, and one of my favorite Do-Not-Miss-This products is our Embossing Additions Tool Kit with all the tools you’ll need for perfect results.

The 2023 DIY Template is now available! It’s just $5 and you may use it to make as many calendars as you like. It includes a page of covers, 12 monthly calendar blocks (4 to a page), and a set of cutting instructions. The blocks are designed to be cut to 3 1/2″ square.

Maui Stamper 2023 DIY Easel Calendar template $5

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