Before I tell you a bit about today’s card I wanted to take a minute and thank you all so much for your support and encouragement regarding my post “Road Back To Stampin’ Up!” as well as your lovely comments about the recent cards I posted. I had to chuckle when I read one of the comments that said “you have so many comments already you probably won’t read this one”…because I’ve read every single one.  I have to confess, I’m a bit of a comment junkie.  Whenever I’m in a creative rut….I read my comments.  Whenever I’m feeling unmotivated….I read my comments.  Whenever I need a little pick me up….I read my comments.  

Those of you reading this that are bloggers will probably understand when I say that comments can sometimes make or break how you feel about blogging. Lots of comments can motivate you to keep going, whereas a lack of comments can make you feel like giving up.  Why am I talking so much about comments?  To give you insight as to how your comments (or lack of) make me feel, and to shamelessly ask you to please keep commenting (hopefully that doesn’t sound TOO pathetic LOL).  Although I won’t get into all the nitty gritty, I’ve been feeling kinda low on and off for the last few months as there are a lot of stressful things going on right now, so blogging is turning into a bit of an outlet – it keeps me busy and keeps me from thinking too much.

So, onto today’s card – it’s a clean and simple card, once again featuring Stampin’ Up!’s Twitterpated DP. Now if you’re wondering why I’m using so much Twitterpated DP, it’s because until today (my Stampin’ Up! order just arrived), it was the only DP I owned from the catalogue.  The funny thing is that until I really started using it, I didn’t really like it very much – I thought it was kinda “old lady-ish”. So….because I like to challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone, I forced myself to see how many different ways I could use it.  The “So Grateful” card was my first, “Thanks a Million” was my second, today’s is my third, and I’ll have one more to share with you on Wednesday.

My main image comes from Stampin’ Up!’s Field Flowers stamp set.  I stamped the stem in Old Olive Classic ink and the flowers in Riding Hood Red Classic ink.  Notice something different about the stem of the highest flower?  If you look closely at the stamp you’ll notice that it has 4 little leaves on either side of the stem.  I masked the leaves on either side of the stem, so that when I stamped the flower you wouldn’t see the leaves through the red ink of the flower. I tried the regular way first (which you can see below), where I just stamped the stem and then stamped the flower and it looked really odd to see the leaves showing through the flower. 

Now for my card, once I had put it all together, with the additon of the button and twine, I found that it needed a little something extra up top. So, I ended up stamping a second flower, cutting it out, and popping it with Stampin’ Dimensionals overtop of the highest flower, which means that the leaves wouldn’t have shown anyways, but if you didn’t want to take that extra step then masking the small leaves works just as well.

The greeting on my card comes from Stampin’ Up!’s new Itty Bitty Banners stamp set, which was die cut with the Bitty Banners Framelits

You can link to most of the products I used above.  Make sure you are logged into your country’s Stampin’ Up! site.  You can purchase any of these products through your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator or if you don’t have one, you can use the “Find a Demonstrator” feature at www.stampinup.com – just make sure you select the appropriate country first.

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments section of this post and I’ll answer them in my next post – which will be on Wednesday.