Welcome to the NC Demos blog hop! The NC Demos are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who live in North Carolina. This month, our theme is Spring! Anything that makes you think of spring was the inspiration for our projects this month. I have so many stamp sets and DSP that it was hard to narrow this down. So I chose a favorite from this past year that didn’t see nearly enough time on the craft table.
I chose the Magnolia Afternoon set along with the Parisian DSP. I’ve always thought these two products would work well together and I was right! This gorgeous magnolia blossom is die cut with the Magnolia dies, colored with Stampin’ Blends in Petal Pink and Mint Macaron. The sentiment is die cut with the Stitched So Sweetly dies. I wanted to add some more sparkle to the flower in an obvious way, so I used the dot stamp from the Magical Mermaid set to stamp in VersaMark and heat set with silver embossing powder. I added some silver thread for a bit of fluffy texture and sequins for more shine.
I outlined the magnolia die with the light Smoky Slate blend marker to remove the harsh white edges.
Here is another version of the same card essentially. I would say it’s the basic version of the design, while the one above is an avid version. I colored the magnolia the same as the other one but I didn’t color the outline, I left it white. The sentiment is punched this time and I added some pearls for the embellishment. I also decorated the inside of this card the same as above.
I love Spring! This year my garden has flowers that are thriving and I’m learning how satisfying gardening really can be. To plant a small plant or seed or bulb, nurture it all year, and then be rewarded with a beautiful flower next year – what a joy! This year I planted lots of flowers that have already graced my garden with several blooms – I look forward to seeing them every day.
Do you like to garden? What is your favorite thing about Spring? How can you use that to inspire your creativity? Happy Stampin’!
Hop along to the next blog in our NC Demos Blog Hop and get more Spring inspired projects from our very talented group!