Wild About Flowers – in Tiles

I’ve been searching the Stampin’ Up! 16-17 Annual Catalog for images to make a current-product tile card since Field of Flowers retired as a Sale-a-bration stamp set.  I’ve thought about Wild About Flowers a few times, and finally decided to sit down and give it a try.

Maui Stamper Wild About Flowers Tile card

The results aren’t quite the same – you can see the original card HERE and HERE and HERE – but I like the look.  I also like the combination of Sweet Sugarplum and Tip Top Taupe.

  • Stamps:  Wild About Flowers, Timeless Textures, Thoughtful Banners
  • Color Palette:  Very Vanilla, Sweet Sugarplum, Tip Top Taupe, Crushed Curry
  • Accessories:  Stampin’ Write Markers, Linen Thread

Maui Stamper Wild About Flowers Tile card

What do you think?

 

Quick and easy tags – and a Reunion Story

Last weekend I made a whirlwind trip to attend my high school reunion.  I took goodie bags for the people who made it happen – and they worked very hard!  Before I left, I made up some simple tags for the bags:

Maui Stamper Simple Thank You Tag

  • Stamps:  Wild About Flowers, Gorgeous Grunge, Tin of Cards
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Soft Suede, Basic Black, Real Red, Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight
  • Accessories:  Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Stamp n’ Write Marker, corner rounder punch

A hand-made tag is a lovely personal touch and I made 10 of these in about 15 minutes – you can’t get much quicker than that!  I cut our new heavy-weight Whisper White card stock into 2″ x 8 1/2″ strips and punched the each end with the Tag Topper, then cut them in half and rounded the opposite corners.  Stamp, stamp, stamp and done!

Maui Stamper Simple Thank You TagLast week I shared THESE tags, and they were quick too.

My trip, while insanely fast, was well worthwhile.  I got to spend time with my parents, which is always special.  My sister and her family joined us on Friday night for drinks (my niece has just turned 21) and then dinner.  I got to spend time with a dear friend from high school.  And I reconnected with people I knew, and built new relationships with people I barely knew.

Maui Stamper with Sally at reunionSally and I were friends in high school, college frosh roomies, and then went our separate ways for about 35 years.  A year or so ago, she tracked me down and we picked up where we left off.  If she hadn’t messaged me to say that she was coming to reunion and I should too, I wouldn’t have attended.  Lesson one:  reach out to old friends.

Lesson two:  EVERYONE feels nervous about attending reunion.  I talked to a lot of different classmates, and it seemed we all felt the same apprehension as we approached the event.  And yet, as we shared our stories, we laughed and agreed that we were so happy we’d made the effort.

I talked to people with whom I’d had classes or been in clubs together or shared a summer job.  And I also talked to people that I’m pretty sure were never on my radar in high school.  But I enjoyed renewing old relationships and especially developing new ones, and that made the trip worthwhile.  Lesson three:  The people you most enjoy speaking with may not be the people you thought you were coming to see.

Sally is escorting her youngest to college this weekend – it will be a bittersweet time for them both.  I’m home, slightly reeling from traveling over 5,000 miles in a weekend.  And we are both the better for the adventure.  And still crazy after all these years.

The Maui Stamper with Sally at our high school reunion

 

 

Still Wild About Flowers

Really love this set! 

Maui Stamper Wild About Flowers

  • Stamps:  Wild About Flowers, Butterfly Basics
  • Color Palette:  Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Tip Top Taupe, Hello Honey, So Saffron
  • Accessories:  Sweet Li’l Things DSP, Hello Honey ribbon (retired), Pearl Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stampin’ Write markers

And I love the way Tip Top Taupe (T3) works with yellows!  I started with a T3 card base, but it was overwhelming – I switched it to Sahara Sand and liked the difference.

Maui Stamper Wild About FlowersI saw another blogger use a Stampin’ Write marker to add some depth to the flowers – I tried it, but I don’t think I have her expert technique.  It’s not bad from a distance, but I think it looks a little clunky up close.

Maui Stamper Wild About Flowers

Just for fun, I tried the same layout with the addition of Mossy Meadow – and a different flower technique.  I used a Hello Honey Stampin’ Write marker to add definition directly to the stamp after inking the image with So Saffron, then stamped onto my Very Vanilla panel.  The sentiment is from An Open Heart – love that font.

Maui Stamper Wild About FlowersWhich one do you like better?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Exploring the new catalog: Wild About Flowers

I’ve found a lot of beautiful stamp sets in the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog:

Maui Stamper Wild About Flowers

  • Stamps:  Wild About Flowers
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Pear Pizazz, Watermelon Wonder, Tip Top Taupe
  • Accessories:  Boho Chic TIEF, 2 1/2″ circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Wild About Flowers features Two-Step Stampin’ making it simple to use multiple colors – and it’s a photopolymer, so it’s easy to line up. It also includes sentiments that are a little out of the ordinary, but are really nice to have.

WildAboutFlowers

Wild About Flowers 12 photopolymer stamps #138728 $21.00 US

Our new 2015-2017 In Colors are great new shades that mix well with our existing color palette.  I’ve used Tip Top Taupe and Watermelon Wonder with Pear Pizazz – love the pop in that Watermelon Wonder!  And you can’t tell from the photo, but my card base is our new heavy weight Whisper White card stock.  I have been asking, pleading, begging  Stampin’ Up! for this and I am thrilled with it!

Maui Stamper Wild About FlowersWhat’s your favorite new stamp set?