Not only was the Blog Hop inspirational, but the challenge is just perfect for me, since I've been steadily occupied working my way through my box of new Stampin' Up goodies for the last week. Yes, it's been six days since my box arrived and I'm still working through it as each thing I take out seems the best thing I ever bought. Then there's another thing come out of the box...
So last night, late again owing to the summer heat wave making it impossible to craft during daylight hours, it was the turn of Botanical Blooms and Birthday Bouquet. Fresh and new, straight from the crate.
Usually, I don't use much DSP in card making but I've gone a bit crazy with the new catalogue and have got two sets from Sale-abration and I got Birthday Bouquet, purely because I couldn't resist the utterly wonderful colours. So, what to do with it? (There's another new thing.) I get a bit freaked out putting pattern on patterns when I'm making cards. As soon as I feel that clean space disappearing, panic sets in! Hence this card saw a few layout revisions before it was done.
This Botanical Blooms die set is amazing. I know it's everywhere with its coordinating papers but it looks so good in any colour way and it seems to me that the combination of the various flowers, leaves and stamps is virtually endless. So wonderful, that I wonder if there's anything left in my box that could be as good....
Update: Utterly delighted to get an Honourable Mention at Just Add Ink for this card.
Card: Blushing Bride, Pool Party, Birthday Bouquet DSP, scraps of Old Olive, Mossy Meadow and Black
Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Butterfly Basics
Inks: Tuxedo Black, Blushing Bride (soft sponging of flower)
Other: Botanical Blooms dies/edgelit, 1/4 inch circle punch, Blushing Bride candy dot