Friday, May 19, 2017

Love Sparkles for As You See It Challenges

This is the time of year for anniversaries, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. Most people like to have their weddings during the warmer months so that they can incorporate the outdoors in at least some of their celebrations, even if it's just the photographs. So from May to October, you will be likely making most of your anniversary and wedding cards. Our latest As You See It Challenge is a theme challenge that is very timely:

So I set out to make an anniversary card, but as I was considering more traditional ideas, one stamp set from the Occasions Catalogue caught my eye and a whole idea for a card popped into my mind! The stamp set was Love Sparkles, and it is retiring in two weeks, so if you like it, it's one that you had better order quickly so that you are not disappointed. Stampin' Up! will only be manufacturing the retiring stamp sets for three more days until May 22 and then it's while supplies last!

Here's what flashed through my mind:

  • I used the new In Colour Berry Burst* as the card base and background panel for this card. The Designer Series Paper is from the Colour Theory Designer Series Paper Stack* which is an intriguing play with colours, including paint chip like designs, ombre designs and these crackle designs.
  • I paired it with a panel of Sweet Sugarplum and you can see how well they go together. This panel was embossed with the new Oh My Stars Embossing Folder*. In one version of this card, I used Clear Wink of Stella on all the embossed stars, but it made the design just too busy, so I opted for the plain embossed ones.
  • The heart and the word love are die cut with the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. It looks much more shimmery in real life than the photo gives it credit for!
  • The "Let True" part of the sentiment is from the Love Sparkles stamp set but it is two separate stamps. The first stamp says Let Love, so I masked the word love and just stamped "Let" in Berry Burst Ink. Then I used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get the word "True" placed exactly right. I punched these out with the Classic Label Punch and shortened it to fit the words.
  • I stamped the word Sparkle using Berry Burst ink and added Clear Wink of Stella to the little starbursts on the letters, although you can't really tell from the photo. I used the new Pretty Label Punch* to punch it out and it looks like the two were made for each other. I backed it with another of the same shape punched from some Berry Burst cardstock.*

*New products from the 2017-18 Annual Catalogue, available on June 1.

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Have a great weekend!!

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Product List

Berry Burst 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock*, Berry Burst Classic Stampin' Pad*, Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack*, Oh My Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder*, Pretty Label Punch*

*New products from the 2017-18 Annual Catalogue, available on June 1.


  1. The new Berry Burst looks a real treat! And you've showed off that 'sparkle' beautifully.

  2. Thanks, Jan! It's really a non-traditional anniversary look, but one that was fun to do.


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