Fresh Cuts

It’s one of my favorite times of the week again – Stamp Simply Saturday.  Although I am a big proponent of the fact that beautiful cards don’t have to take a lot of time to make, sometimes I struggle with actually doing that.  I love layers, I love embellishments, I love the 3D look that cutting out provides.  So Simply Stamped Saturday is where I challenge myself to come up with cards that I love, that take 15 minutes or less time, but still have a "wow" factor.  That’s not asking too much is it *lol*?  Anyways,  here’s what I came up with today.

This is a 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" card.  I chose this size because it lends itself PERFECTLY to the new Fresh Cuts Stamp Set that Stampin’ Up! is offering right now.  If you haven’t heard about this promotion, it’s basically a sneak peek of an upcoming set that will be in the new Fall/ Winter Collection 2008.  Best part is that during the month of June only, if you buy this set for only $25.95, you can purchase a package of 15 coordinating Fresh Cuts notes for only $5.95 (regular price $10.95).  Check out the flyer HERE.

I stamped the main image from the stamp set in Bayou Blue onto Whisper White CS. I then trimmed the CS so that it was the exact size of the image (about 3" x 3 1/4").  I then matted it onto a piece of Bayou Blue CS and mounted it only the card front.  The border along the bottom was stamped in Soft Sky.  The only thing that took an extra step was the greeting.  Because I wanted the "for" on top of the "you" so that I could punch it out with a 1" circle punch, I needed to use my Stamp-a-ma-jig, and ink up and stamp one word at a time.  I then mounted it only a Soft Sky large oval, and then onto a Bayou Blue Designer Label.  The small rhinestone brads come from the Pretties Kit.  As a finishing touch I used my 2-way glue pen to add some glitter to the solid leaves on the image.

Stamps:  Fresh Cuts 
Ink:  Bayou Blue, Soft Sky
Paper: Whisper White, Bayou Blue, Soft Sky
Other: 1" circle punch, large oval punch, designer label punch, Pretties kit, 2-way glue pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals, glitter.