Saturday, August 26, 2017

Beautiful Branches

I am very guilty of getting a stamp set and then never using it.  Like I just had to have it and then it sits in the drawer; lonely. The beautiful branches set from Stampin Up is one of those sets.  I fell in love with it and then it just sat in the drawer.  I challenged myself to make 10 different designs with it before I put it away again.  The cards below are the 10 designs I came up with.

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The first card I have to share with you is back to school themed.  I used the big puffy flower piece as an apple and made the background black like a chalkboard.

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I added some wink a stella clear to the apple.  You can see it a little in this picture.

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I'm sure I will be using these this year.  I always send thank yous when students bring me little Christmas, Valentine, and end of year gifts.

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I wanted to add to my birthday card stash.  I love how versatile this set is.  This one die cut makes a flower and is leaves to a tree.  For this card I used it as a hydrangea.  I stamped the image ontop of the die cut piece.  My misti made it fery east to accomplish this.

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I finished these two cards off with a fun sentiment inside from Bring On the Cake by Stampin Up (another neglected set I hope to make some cards with soon!).

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I feel like I can never have too many thank you cards.  I am always reaching for one.  I like to have them in many different styles to fit the thank you occassion.  For this card I cut the tree branches out of silver paper and layered it into the card.

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The tree is recessed into the card with the matching bird sitting in its branches.

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For card number 4 I pulled out even more unused things with this embossing folder.  I didn't stamp the flower, I used only the die cut and a sentiment from the stamp set.

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I wanted a little more dimension on the flower so I added some nuvo drops for the flower centers.

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I set my sights on fall colors for the next few cards.  I love fall colors and I feel August is close enough to fall to pull them out.

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To create this card I stamped the leaves in 3 colors of distress ink in a pattern across the card front.  I also used some of the leaf die cuts and my stitched ovals.

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This set also works for Christmas.  I went with some bare and evergreen trees for this card.  It is a very simple card but I love the combo of Kraft and red.

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I layered some patterned paper and used the evergreen tree again.  This time I stamped it with some fall colors.  I just kept inking parts of the leaves up in different colors and stamping it over the branches.

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I finished the card off with some brown twine.

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I used up the scraps from that same piece of patterned paper I used on the previous card again.  This time I used the smaller tree and leaves.

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I stamped part of the leaves on the ground for fallen autumn leaves.

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After I had cut those recessed tree card out I had several trees in white, pink, and aqua.  I used them on the last few cards.

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I made it through all 10 designs.  I want to try this again with another stamp set that hasn't gotten any love.




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