I needed something that would have or fit in circles. Since the colours for Dynamic Duos are so bright and primary, I needed something with a stylized look to it. I decided on Betsy's Blossoms. I haven't had that stamp set for long. When the Annual Catalogue first came out, every demo and her dog were posting cards made with Betsy's Blossoms, tags made with Betsy's Blossoms, mobiles made with Betsy's Blossoms, scrapbook pages made with .... yes, you've got it....Betsy's Blossoms! I felt like if I saw another Betsy's Blossoms post, that I would be sick! So I didn't order it. Until almost a whole year went by and the Betsy's Blossoms fervor subsided. It's really not a bad stamp set. I really like the starburst effect of the big stamp, and the bird is really eye-pleasing, now that I don't have to look at it all the time. So finally, the time has come and I am posting a Betsy's Blossoms card:
- The starburst and the flower images are perfect for the circular shapes needed in the MOJO Monday sketch this week, another brilliant one by Julee Tilman. The little bird fits on a circular background as well, and these stylized designs work well with the bright colours of Tempting Turquoise and Melon Mambo from the Dynamic Duos challenge this week.
- I did some paper piecing of the bird's wings and the flower center. I stamped each image in both Tempting Turquoise and Melon Mambo and cropped the wings and the flower center by hand from the Melon Mambo images. I then adhered them to the Tempting Turquoise images, by matching them exactly to the original part of the picture.
- I used a variety of Circle Punches and Circle Framelits to punch out and matte all the parts. It's so nice that you can find the right sized circles among them to cut and matte almost any size circle! The flag containing the sentiment, from Gifts of Kindness, was cut using the Banners Framelits.
- The background DSP is from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack and uses the Fancy Fan design. With a crisp little bow that I made with a technique using a "C" clear mount block, I finished that back panel using the 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon in Whisper White.
And that's a wrap, except for the Weekly Deals, and some excitement, because tomorrow, bright and early, I'm going to register for Convention, which takes place in July in Salt Lake City!
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