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Stampin' Up!

My Stampin’ Up! Sneak Peak pre-order finally arrived yesterday – Yay!  I can’t even begin to tell you how gorgeous the new in colors are in person!  I am VERY excited to be able to start creating with them.  For today’s Stamp Simply Saturday – where I feature cards that can be created in 15 minutes or less – I decided to see what I could do with the new Simply Sent Card Elements Kit. 

Now I have a confession to make and hopefully I won’t ruffle any feather’s, but I am really on the fence about whether or not I like this kit.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that the 8 1/2" x 11" CS is textured, and I do like the patterned paper.  It’s the die cut images that I’m just not sure about.  I suspect it’s a matter of style.  They are very geometric and to my eye anyways, kind of busy-looking.  Waaayyyyy out of my stamping "comfort zone" .  However, often, after I’ve used something and seen how other’s use it, I often find myself changing my mind.  So, I’m hoping that happens this time.

Jill Hilliard’s card that I posted in my Stampin’ Up! Featured Artist of the week inspired me to pull out my Artfully Asian set and use it again before it retires.  As I was looking for ways to use the Simply Sent kit within my comfort zone, I decided to use my coluzzle to cut out the center portion of the largest die cut, and then use the outside as a "frame" for my image.  I then cut out another circle using my coluzzle, and stamped the leaves from Artfully Asian, sponged the edge in More Mustard, and then centered it onto the "frame".  The greeting comes from All Holidays.  All other card elements come from the Simply Sent Kit.  All supplies are Stampin’ Up! of course! 

I’d love to see how YOU are using the Simply Sent Kit. So if you’ve created cards using that are of your own design (i.e. not the ones that SU pre-designed as part of the kit), I’d love to see them.  Leave a comment with a link back to your project on you blog post, your SU website gallery or your Splitcoaststampers gallery.

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