Lots of Happy Card Kit!!!

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Today, I’m finally sharing the Lots of Happy Card Kit. I got this kit months ago as you can see in the unboxing and reveal video here! I finally completed one each of the 5 designs. Yes, just 1…..there is a lot of coloring in this kit and I just don’t have the patience. LOL The cards are super stunning though!

Lots of Happy Card Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I mean look at these beauties. They are amazing and the envelopes have a fun black and white strip to them. But again let me just say…..it was way more coloring than I thought or I’m just slow. The kit comes with Exclusive colors of Watercolor Pencils – Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, and Rich Razzleberry. Simply coloring with the pencils works or you can also use a Blender Pen to get some fun color variation. I did that with a few but it slowed me down even more! 🙂

Floral Sheet Watercolored, www.LaurasStampPad.com

After finishing this sheet of coloring, I realized this was only 1 each of the 5 designs and there are 3 more sheets to go. I do love flowers and pinks though!

Flowers & Gold Foil, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I think this is my favorite card because of the fun shape and design. Another thing I will point out is that I feel like some of the colored flower weren’t necessary for each card and I would use on another project. For example, see those two little flowers on either side of the greeting? They are hard to notice and cover up the gold foil banner. I think for the rest of the cards, I will add one to the inside of the card or use on another project.

Flowers Make Me Happy, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This is my second favorite card! Again, there are 2 lavender pieces overlapped for a nice full arrangement but I really don’t think it is necessary. Most of my fabulous coloring is covered up. I could create another card with some Crumb Cake as a card base and the other extras from the kit!

Always Here For You, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I do love the little vellum leaves in the background. They are subtle but also add a fun pop to the card! Vellum is one of those things I always forget about….maybe because it’s almost clear. lol Adhering vellum can be a struggle but I just adhered it at the stem/base and let it peak out.

Sending Lots of Happy, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This little card is super cute and perfect for a gift topper or to attach to some homemade goodies to deliver! I was sad that the greeting covered up a lot of my coloring though. Can you tell I worked hard on that coloring and was sad to see it not showing. 🙂

Vellum Leaves, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is the final card! Did you notice that fun Lemon Lime Twist Ombre Ribbon? I love it!!! It’s so bright and cool looking! More little vellum leaves for this card too!

So  that is the entire Lots of Happy Card Kit. This kit is an all inclusive kit which means it comes with the supplies, ink, clear block, and colored pencils. This makes the kit easy to gift or to grab and go. I really did love the kit but it was a lot of coloring which isn’t really my favorite! I do love flowers and pink though! 🙂 This kit also comes with the option to buy refills meaning you get all the consumables to make more cards. Click the photo below to get your kit today!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Little Blue Bird!!!

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My husband sent me a photo of robins all over the ground outside his work and he said, “Spring is coming!” I’m not sure if robins on the ground mean Spring is coming but I’ll take it. I love the colors of Spring with birds, flowers, trees, and grass all gaining their color!!! Just like this cute card with a little blue bird!!!

Little Blue Bird, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Soft Sky card base and layered on a piece of Night of Navy measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″! Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5) and stamped the dots from the Petal Palette Stamp Set along the bottom. I stamped them in Night of Navy Ink starting at the bottom and then 3 more times without going back to the ink pad. This is how I got that variation in color. I also moved a little back and forth with each stamp to fill in and not just stack them all going straight up.

Petal Palette Stampin' Up Bundle, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next, I started adding all the layers and texture. Using the coordinating Petals and More Framelits, I die cut out all the pieces. The greenery in Old Olive, the lattice in Silver Glimmer Paper, and the label in Soft Sky! Using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, I added the lattice and the greenery. Then I stamped the greeting from the Petal Palette Stamp Set (Bundle & Save 10%) onto the label in Night of Navy Ink and added it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. This gives some dimension to the project and the foam dimensionals adhere well between all the bumps of the cardstock in the die cuts!

Now on to that little blue bird! I stamped him from the Petal Palette Stamp Set in Basic Gray Ink onto Whisper White. I like the more subtle look of the gray verses black. Then I made a little color palette on a clear block with some water and the Brusho Crystal Colour. Using an Aqua Painter, I colors in the birdie and once it was dry, I die cut it with the Petals and More Framelits! Then I added him to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

I think this card would look fabulous with a little yellow bird and maybe layers of yellow and coral. What are some birdie colors you would create?? Let me know in the comments below!

Also, don’t forget that if you purchase the Petal Palette Stamp Set & Framelit Bundle this month, you will earn a Sale-A-Bration goodie as well!!! Woot Woot. Click here to purchase it in Clear Mount or here for Wood Mount!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Life Is Better With You!!!

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Life Is Better With You In It…..that is just the sweetest greeting ever! This card is great for any occasion and even more for a random note to a friend or family member!

Life Is Better With You, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Whisper White card base and layered on a piece of Basic Black measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″! Next, I took a piece of Whisper White (3-3/4″ x 5″) and added a strip of Petal Passion Designer Series Paper to the left side. Using the greeting from the Petal Palette Stamp Set, I stamped it in Real Red Ink on the upper right side. Then I added this to the card front!

Watercolor Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for that fabulous floral focal point!!! I stamped the image from the Petal Palette Stamp Set in Archival Black Ink onto Whisper White cardstock. Then creating a color palette on my clear block with the Brusho Crystal Colour, I colored in the flowers and leaves! Check out a Video Tutorial on that here! Just tap the powder onto a clear block and add water with the Aqua Painter. Then start coloring your image!! I really love how the flowers turned out with the color variation…..probably won’t be able to do that again! 🙂 After coloring it and allowing it to dry, I used the coordinating Petals and More Framelits to die cut out the flowers! I added the flowers to the card front with some Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little bit of texture! To finish off the card I added some pops of color with some Enamel Shapes!

Purchase the Petal Palette Bundle (stamps and framelits) and save 10% AND get a Free Sale-A-Bration item! Add a little more to get to $75 and you will get the Free Stamp Set of the Month from me!!!! For February it is the Fruit Basket Stamp Set and for March it is the In The Trees Stamp Set!!! Click here to start shopping! 

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Brusho Background With Banners!!!

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This card uses lots of fun new stuff from the Occasions Mini Catalog! The Brusho Background is super fun and colorful and then those perfectly placed banners with the Stamparatus!!! Love it!

Brusho Background, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I took a piece of Watercolor Paper (3″ x 5-1/4″) and brushed some water over it as a base with the Aqua Painter. Then I tapped on some Brusho Crystal Colour and mixed it and brushed it side to side with the Aqua Painter. I would recommend adding just a bit of color because it is easier to add more than it is to take some off when it’s too dark. A little bit goes a long way with Brusho as well. It’s super vibrant! If you have no patience (like me), drying it with the Heat Tool really speeds things up, otherwise just set it aside to dry.

Once it is dry, I placed this piece in my Stamparatus and added the banners from the In The Trees Stamp Set. Using the Stamparatus, for that perfect swag/ I just love how the hinges of the Stamparatus make it so easy to go down the cardstock. I did one swag 3 times skipping a hinge each time and then rotated the image the other direction and stamped twice! Next, I added this to a piece of Real Red cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″) down the center. Since it is Watercolor Paper and tends to curl, I like to use Tear And Tape for a nice strong, secure hold onto my cardstock. Using the Pick A Pattern Washi Tape pack, I added a little strip to either side of the Watercolor Paper and then added this to the card front!

Sequin Greeting, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the greeting, I stamped it from the In The Trees Stamp Set by stamping the happy first, cleaning it, and then the birthday. Next, I punched it out with the NEW 1/8″ and 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punches. Then I laid some Silver Sequin Trim on the back in a “S” shape and secured it with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I added this piece to the card front and using the Fine Tip Glue Pen to add a few loose sequins!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

Stay tuned as I have played with a few other colors with this and I’ll be sure to share those soon! What color would you use?? Let me know in the comments below! Also, if you pre-ordered the Stamparatus back in November (during the first opening), you should have received an email yesterday to finalize your order. I’m so excited to start getting these things in your hands. For those in the 2nd pre-order period, yours are coming real soon!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Brusho Color Palette!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means…..I have a fabulous technique to share with you today!!! I’m showing your how to create a Brusho Color Palette!!! I prefer to have more control and precision with my crafting so I love coloring with Brusho like this!!!

Brusho Color Palette, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love the rustic look of this card with that metal shine from the silver embossing and bold color from the Brusho Crystal Colour. Let’s get started!!

I started with a Island Indigo card base. Next, I layered on a piece of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. For the greeting, I took a strip of Pear Pizzaz cardstock and stamped the greeting from the Beautiful Day Stamp Set in the Occasions Mini Catalog. The greeting was stamped in Island Indigo Ink. Then I took some Linen Thread and wrapped it around my fingers to create the loops. I slid the loops off my fingers and placed them on the back of the greeting. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, I secured the loops all over the back and made sure the ends were held tight. The greeting was placed on the far right side of the card!

Rustic Flower, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for that stunning flower and amazing technique using the Brusho Crystal Colour. I stamped the flower from the Beautiful Day Stamp Set in Versamark Ink onto Watercolor Paper. Then I added Silver Embossing Powder and set it with the Heat Tool. Be sure to firmly stamp the flower since the watercolor paper is textured but of course don’t press so hard that you rock or end up with Versamark Ink all over. 🙂 It’s a delicate balance.

For the color palettes, I took a clear block, tapped a little Brusho Crystal Color onto it and added some drops of water from an Aqua Painter. Then I used the Aqua Painter to color the flower. I used the Brilliant Blue, Moss Green, and Yellow! To be honest, I prefer to use the green in this way because of the color combination used to create the green. I find that when I tap it on the purples and yellows pop too much and I prefer a more green look. After coloring the flower and allowing it to dry, I added some Stampin’ Dimensionals and placed it on the left hand side of the card!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

Happy Stampin’
~Laura
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Black & White With A Pop of Red!!!

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Last week, I showed off the NEW Brusho Crystal Colour and ways to color with it!!! This fabulous black & white with a pop of red was created using the Brusho Crystal Colour as well! That vibrant background

Black & White With A Pop of Red, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Whisper White card base. Next, I layered on a piece of Silver Foil  Paper measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ and Petal Passion Designer Series Paper (3-3/4″ x 5″). This can all be done while waiting for the focal point to dry! 🙂

 Red Brusho Crystal Colour, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Using a piece of Watercolor Paper measuring 3-3/4″ x 3″, I wet the entire thing with an Aqua Painter. Then I tapped the Red Brusho Crystal Colour over the top. A little bit goes a long way…..trust me. I love bold vibrant colors and like 8 drops of the powder is perfect! At this point, I used the Aqua Painter to color in the entire piece of paper. If you wish to have a more swish swish look or just the dotted looked, leave it as is. It really is fun how many different ways it can be used! After allowing it to dry, I stamped the dots from the Beautiful Day Stamp Set in Versamark all over. Then I poured Clear Embossing Powder over the top and set it with the Heat Tool. This is how I got those shiny dots!

Spot the Dot, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next, I added some Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon around the card and tied the two ends on the right hand side with a little bit of Silver Metallic Thread. For the greeting, I stamped it from the Beautiful Day Stamp Set in Basic Black  Ink. I used the Pretty Label Punch to get those nice rounded ends. After stamping the greeting, just turn the punch upside down and slide the greeting in from the top so only one side is in the punch. Punch and then rotate to do the other side. I added the greeting with Stampin’ Dimensionals and used them to add the watercolor paper to the card front!

Check out the Post & Video I posted last week to see more on Brusho Crystal Colour and tips and tricks!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Blending Butterflies!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means…..I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! I’m blending butterflies with Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen and oh how stunning do they look……

Blending Butterflies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Don’t you think this looks super real and gorgeous?? I love it! Then I did the blue/purple one for the video and fell deeper in love!!! There are so many ways to color stamped images and while the latest one is fun, sometimes its great to play with your favorite. I have colored this butterfly with the New Brusho Crystal Colour (see here) and now I did this one. Honestly, I think I prefer Watercolor Pencils! I try to mix things up and try it all to show you!

The card base is Daffodil Delight. Then, I took a piece of Whisper White (3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″) and stamped  the butterfly and greeting from the Beautiful Day Stamp Set from the Occasions Mini Catalog! I used Archival Black Ink since I am watercoloring. Next, I used the Watercolor Pencils and just added in some color. I used Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, and Daffodil Delight for this card!

Using Blender Pens, www.LaurasStampPad.com

After adding all the color, I started with the lightest and blended with the Blender Pen. I kept the yellow in place in the center. Then I blended and smeared around the Pumpkin Pie. Making sure to clean the pen tip in between so the color didn’t super mix together. Then I blended the red starting on the outside and then smearing with the orange in middle. I just love how it turned out!

Tri Color Butterfly, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next, I layered this piece onto some Basic Black measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. I tied some Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon around it between the butterfly and greeting for a little pop and texture. Then I added this piece to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals!!!

Blue Butterfly, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is the finished card from the one I did on the video below! I used Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, and Rich Razzleberry for this one! LOVE IT!!! Which one is your favorite – Yellow/Red/Orange or Blues/Purple?? Let me know in the comments below!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Brusho Crystal Colour!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! I’m showing you the NEW Brusho Crystal Colour from the Occasions Mini Catalog!

Brusho Crystal Colour, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love the bright vibrant color that this stuff creates! Look at that stunning butterfly!!! Gorgeous!

I have found that Watercolor Paper works best with the Brusho Crystal Colour since it requires a decent amount of water to dissolve it! First, I stamped the butterfly from the Beautiful Day Stamp Set in Versamark Ink and added Gold Embossing Powder! I set it with the heat tool! Now for the coloring fun, I used the Aqua Painter to wet the area of the butterfly. Using the Red (Brilliant Red), Orange (Gamboge), and Yellow colors, I tapped some onto the butterfly. With yellow on the outside, then orange, and red in the middle. The thing about tapping it on is that you don’t really know where it is going to fall or how much. This is one of those techniques that no two are going to come out the same!

Beautiful Butterfly, www.LaurasStampPad.com

After tapping the powder on, I used the Aqua Painter to blend it all together. I did wipe off the brush tip after each color to try to keep a nice fade and not just blend them all together! Be sure to allow it to dry before assembling the card. When I don’t have a lot of patience, I used the Heat Tool!

Golden Butterfly, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next, I layered the butterfly onto Pumpkin Pie (4″ x 3-1/4″) and then Real Red (4-1/4″ x 3-3/4″) cardstock! The Real Red was cut with more on the bottom so I could add the Double Stitched Daffodil Delight Ribbon! Before adding this to the Whisper White card base, I stamped the dots from the Beautiful Day Stamp Set all around in Daffodil Delight Ink! Of course, I added the butterfly layers to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little bit of texture!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Laura’s Craft Room Tips & Tricks!!!

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Hello Stampers! We all love to craft. We all go through times where we want to throw something away because it’s frustrating! Today, I’m sharing some Craft Room Tips and Tricks of mine to help you with a few frustrations you might have! I hope you find these useful!!!

Fine Tip Glue Pen, www.LaurasStampPad.com

My first one is with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. This stuff is amazing for adhering small objects or delicate die cuts! It can be frustrating trying to put the needle back in it though. I have found that placing your find behind the tip and using that as a guide to slide the needle down into the tip helps. If you hold it up in the air and try to get it in, it takes much longer trying to get things lined up!

Clear Block Color Palette, www.LaurasStampPad.com

When you need some color to use with the Blender Pen or Aqua Painter, just press a clear block into the ink pad! Then you have some color. Many like to press the ink pad into the lid but I find that messy. Also, sometimes I don’t want the ink pad open for the entire time I’m coloring. This way I have my color and I can add drips of water to dilute the color or not. Once I’m done with the color palette, I simply run it under water to clean, use a baby wipe, or wipe it with rubbing alcohol and a paper towel!

Craft Room Tips & Tricks, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The next tip is about cleaning your cleaning pad!!! I know that might sound odd but it’s true. After using the Stampin’ Scrub for a while, you might notice that cleaning your stamps on there is making them dirtier than before. That means it is time to clean the Stampin’ Scrub! Red really seems to stick to the pad so after using red a lot, it’s a good idea to clean it! Simply run it under water until the water runs clean. Sometimes I’ll add a little squirt of hand soap but it’s not really necessary! After rinsing all the color out, let it dry and it’s good as new again!

Scissor Tweezers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This tip is one that I use a lot. Sometimes it’s hard to get those little Rhinestones and Pearls on your project and perfectly placed (cough cough on that ink spot that somehow appeared). I have found that using Paper Snips as little tweezers really helps. Simply snip under the rhinestone or pearl, lift up and place it exactly where you want it on your project. Then put your finger on the top to hold it there and slide the scissors out. Of course, you could use tweezers but the bonus to this is that the Paper Snips have multiple uses and they are always on my craft table where as I have tweezers in my craft room…..couldn’t tell you where though!

Blender Pen Tip, www.LaurasStampPad.com

It happens….no worries! The tip of the Blender Pen smooshes down into the barrel. It is not a lost cause! Simply take a pair of tweezers and pinch the end and lightly pull. This will bring the marker tip back out of the barrel and you can use the pen like normal again. I’m not sure if it’s the same pen or 2 different ones but I have had this happen twice now and this trick works  perfectly!

Post It Note Tape, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

Post It Notes or Post It Note Tape is your best friend with die cutting! This stuff is sticky enough to hold the die in place but not so sticky that it will rip your cardstock. I use this to hold framelits in place. It’s always super frustrating to stamp an image and then have it cut wrong. Then you have to start all over again. Another way I use it is for lining things up. For example, the quilt die was centered on my card and rather than measuring each time, I added the Post It Note Tape to either side and put a pen mark for the edge of the paper. Then I added this to each card to die cut and knew it was lined up! I can usually get 5+ cranks through the Big Shot before the piece starts to fall apart or not be sticky.

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!! Let me know if you have any tip and tricks to share in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Stampin’ Blends!!!

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Happy Tuesday everyone! Today, I have a fabulous technique to share with you and that uses the Stampin’ Blends.

Stampin' Blends, www.LaurasStampPad.com

So of course, any technique can have its modifications so I’m going to show you my technique today. Try it out and try a few other ways to see what works best for you!

I have found that when using the stamping blends, I prefer to go Light, Dark, Light or sometimes Dark and then Light. So let’s get started on what I mean. First, I stamped the image from the Color Me Happy Stamp Set in Memento Black Ink. Memento Ink is necessary because it won’t bleed with the alcohol marker.

Next, I took the Light Pumpkin Pie and colored in the center. Then I colored the edges with the Dark Pumpkin Pie Marker. Finally, I went back in with the Light and blended the colors so they didn’t look so sharp like in the middle photo. I simply color in a circular motion around the area to blend it together. You don’t want to do this for a really long time or the paper will get super saturated. If you feel this is happening, just wait a bit for it to dry completely and then go back. I also find that sometimes I need to stop and let it dry for second and then go back and look at it. Sometimes when I’m working on one, I’m not happy with the look but move on and then look at it later and wonder why I didn’t like it.

Birdie Blends, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For these birdies, I let the stamped image guide me along. I used the Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends and Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends for the one on the left. Pool Party and Pumpkin Pie for the one on the right. Using the dark marker, I went around the edge, dotted all of the dots, and went along all the lines on the wing. Then I filled in the entire tail with the dark. After that, I went back through and filled in with the light marker. This is one that I stopped after filling it in and did the beak and feet. Then I went back and swirled around to blend in any areas I thought looked too distinct. I stayed away from the center of his belly to keep that the lightest. Some of my birdies achieved this more than others. Each one is going to come out different just because it is handmade! 🙂

Shades of Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For these flowers, I did a little blending and a little selective coloring. The middle flower was just colored in the light Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends and then dark in those folded tips and the center. The other two flowers were blended. I did the one on the left with all edges of the petals outlined in the dark marker and then blended in with the light marker. The flower on the right was the opposite with light on the edges. That one was a little harder to stay away from the edges. I colored it with the Light first and then Dark and then back with the Light. Just have fun with it and try lots of different variations. Another fun option is mixing colors….Cherry Cobbler and Daffodil Delight…..Bermuda Bay and Pool Party…….Pumpkin Pie and Cherry Cobbler. Let me know what combination you would use in the comments below!

If you would like to see the unboxing and reveal of this kit, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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