Friday, April 27, 2018

Love What You Do Sneak Peek

I'm hesitating to post my card today, but it's the second one I've done and I still don't like it! Because I had a class last night, I ran out of time for a third try so I guess it will have to do. I wanted to give you a sneak peek at the Love What You Do stamp set from the Share What You Love Suite that is an early release from the 2018/19 Annual Catalogue and which you will be able to purchase in May. I also wanted to try out some of the new In Colours, specifically Lovely Lipstick, but I just couldn't get it all to work together.

  • I also tried out the Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, since I haven't purchased the Designer Series Paper that goes with the set yet, but it was hard to get the light right in the photos so you could see the results of that.
  • I paired the Lovely Lipstick card base with Pineapple Punch and Basic Black, but I'm really not feeling it. They are both lovely on their own, but I need to work some more on finding some good colour combos with the new In Colours.
  • I love the watercolour wash background stamp with the floral outline overtop, but it seems too heavy for the rest of the card. It would have worked better being centered with a smaller sentiment I think. There are two focal points competing in this design.
I think my plan tomorrow will be to rework the card and add a little addendum to this post with the solution to this design disaster and it will be educational to see the before and after pics.


Well, here is my addendum and the new and improved card. Do you see what I mean about duelling points of focus in the old design? The new design has the flowers front and center and the sentiment is smaller and more discreet. I took out the Pineapple Punch paper that I wasn't sold on in this combination and went with just black and red, and I did a double embossing on the Whisper White panel. It makes a huge difference! My artistic eye is happy now.

I have to confess, though, that I think this card was cursed from the first second I started it. Even with the new design, which I finally like, I was placing the flower panel on the front (on dimensionals) when I suddenly noticed it was upside down!! Sheesh! I hate to divulge all my failings and weaknesses, but it may help to give you confidence! Luckily, I hadn't placed any pressure on it yet and it was fairly easy to get it up again and turn it right side up! Cursed!!!

I should have used some of these colours! (Oh, well! I really wanted to see what Lovely Lipstick looked like.) Here are the bundles that you will be able to choose from starting Tuesday:

Which bundle will you be getting?

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today. 

Product List
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Love What You Do Stamp Set*, Lovely Lipstick cardstock*, Pineapple Punch cardstock*, Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder*, Lovely Lipstick Classic Stampin' Pad*, Pineapple Punch Classic Stampin' Pad*

*New products from the 2018/19 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue available to purchase starting June 1, 2018.


  1. Heather, when you said you were not happy with this card I started contemplating what changes you could make. If you are not determined to use both of the smaller panels you could eliminate the one with the flowers. You could emboss the main white panel, do the watercolor wash on it with Lovely Lipstick ink and stamp your flowers on top. You could still use the same sentiment. Did you try putting the Pineapple Punch behind the white, then the black on the Lovely Lipstick base, or maybe a smaller reveal of the black. It looks like you used Basic Grey to stamp the flowers and the sentiment, would that work better than the black as a layer?

    I then scrolled down to finish reading your post and realized that what I was thinking was very similar to the samples in the picture, just more layers, lol. Go figure! I think these are going to be fun colors to work with.

  2. Here's another idea for you. What if you kept the panel with the flowers on it as is and stamped the sentiment right on the main white panel?


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