What a great sentiment, huh!?!
When is everything thing in you life traveling right on track, just like it should be? Well, that’s kind of that situation I am in. Sure, I am busy… Sure there are a ton of things I could be doing – that I should be doing. But, for the most part life is just humming along fine.
How are things going in your life? No really, I care. If you just want someone to talk to, you can always email me.. firstname.lastname@example.org. I may not have been where you are… but I am here for you!
Well, that got deep quick. It’s true though. But, I am going to lighten things up a bit and show you some cards. But, first… the back story!
So, I was alone at work at Yankee Candle one night. I had brought my catalog with me because I knew I had an upcoming swap to plan for. I was looking through the catalog and decided I wanted to use the Daisy bundle. But, I didn’t know when the punch would be off back order, so I didn’t want to use the punch at all. And, since I didn’t want to use all my pretty DSP (Designer Series Paper) up on one project, I decided to go simple. Well, sometimes my ideas start out as simple but turn into something a little more elaborate.
I decided to take a page out of the Stampin’ Up book. Literally, I did a little CASEing (Copy A Share Everything) of the catalog and combine a couple looks into one. Here is the sketch I came up with.
But, then my mind started racing and I had to keep pulling it back in. But, one of the things that Stampin’ Up does is teach us demonstrators about “Stepping Up” a card. They make a card that is very simple. Just a few parts. Made to be done a new stamper. Then, they recreate the card but add a little to it. This is for the stamper who wants to do a little bit more but still a bit on the edge about getting too crazy. Then, they give us a final card that fancy schmancy and may have a few more embellishments and techniques. So, that was what I decided to do.
Here are the three versions of my card.
See how it gets a little more intricate with each one.
The one that I did for my swap is in the middle. Because it is a group of fellow demonstrators, I could have done the last one, but since we are making other cards, I decided it would take too much time.
And, since it’s been awhile since I gave you a project sheet… I did one for the middle card as well. You can easily step it back by not stamping the leaves or adding the embellishments.
Oh – you want to get all fancy schmancy? I used the solid leaf stamp. I also embossed the daisies in clear and sponged Daffodil ink over them. I kept the leaves masked so I didn’t turn them another color.
Have you ever done a stepping up card? Share it below!
Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!