Everything is Coming Up Dasies

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.. jlcantrell@toast.net.  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.

Proj Sheet – Thoughtful Daisies

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!

🙂  Joanne

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