Wednesday, February 21, 2024

New At SU February Blog Hop Perennial Lavender Suite

Welcome to the New At SU February Blog Hop and this month we are sharing with you how to create projects that are simple and then show you how to step it up to the next level. Our wonderful Design Team will be sharing their projects and ideas using products from the January-April 2024 Mini Catalog to help inspire you to get creative and make your own beautiful projects.
For my cards, I chose to use products from the Perennial Lavender Suite Collection, to help show you the versatility of these products. I love how these products all coordinate to make it simple for you to mix and match to come up with your own unique designs. For my simple design, it is all about ink, paper and stamps and for my stepped up design, I added die cutting and designer series paper to take it to the next level. As you can see, I used elements from my simple card to create my stepped up card design. Both designs are a great way to create beautiful cards to send to the people we care about.
Products Used:
Painted Lavender Bundle (item #162597)
Perennial Postage Bundle (item #162608)
Perennial Lavender Designer Series Paper (item #162593)
Paper Butterfly Accents (item #162612)
Crumb Cake Cardstock (item #120953)
Lost Lagoon Cardstock (item #133679)
Fresh Freesia Cardstock (item #155613)
Basic White Cardstock (item #159276)
Fresh Freesia Classic Ink Pad (item #155611)
Highland Heather Classic Ink Pad (item #147103)
Gorgeous Grape Classic Ink Pad (item #147099)
Lost Lagoon Classic Ink Pad (item #161678)
Highland Heather Classic Ink Refill (item #147167)
Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush (item #141897)
Purple Fine Shimmer Gems (item #162611)
Linen Thread (item #104199)
Stampin' Dimensionals (item #104430)
Mini Glue Dots (item #103683)
Simple Card Design
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Card Base - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (Scored at 4 1/4")
Fresh Freesia Cardstock
Layer 1 - 5 1/4" x 4"
Basic White Cardstock
Card Front - 5" x 3 3/4"
Stepped Up Card Design
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Card Base - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (Scored at 4 1/4")
Perennial Lavender Designer Series Paper 
Card Front - 5 1/4" x 4"
Basic White Cardstock
Focal Layer die cut with the Perennial Postage Dies
Sentiment Layer die cut with the Perennial Postage Dies
3 Lavender Sprays stamped and die cut with the Painted Lavender Bundle
Stems stamped and die cut with the Painted Lavender Bundle
Lost Lagoon Cardstock
2 Greenery stems die cut with the Painted Lavender Dies
Fresh Freesia Cardstock
2 Floral stems die cut with the Painted Lavender Dies 
For the Simple card design, I chose start with a Crumb Cake cardstock card base to help offset the different purples. I used Fresh Freesia cardstock as a matte layer to add a pop of color between the card base and the focal layer that helps tie everything together. To create my focal layer, I stamped the lavender using Fresh Freesia, Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape Classic inks to create the different layers of color. As you can see, some of the florals have been stamped using 2nd Generation stamping to create depth and dimension and an almost watercolor look. For the stems, I stamped the image using Lost Lagoon Classic ink, lining it up with the bottom of the floral images. I stamped the sentiment and the small butterflies using Gorgeous Grape Classic ink to add a nice contrast with the softness of the lavender bouquet. To embellish the card, I added a Linen Thread bow and several of the beautiful Purple Fine Shimmer Gems to complete the card design. 
For my Stepped Up card design, I once again chose to use Crumb Cake cardstock for my card base. It is a wonderful neutral that works well with all the purples in this design. This time, I used one of the pretty designs from the Perennial Lavender Designer Series Paper for my card front to add some wonderful texture and color to the background. I die cut the focal background using the Perennial Postage Dies from Basic White cardstock to use it to help make the Lavender Bouquet pop and attached it to the card front on the upper left side. To create the bouquet, I stamped three of the lavender sprays, 1 Fresh Freesia and 2 Highland Heather, onto Basic White cardstock to create a soft watercolor look. I then die cut these out with the coordinating die. I also stamped the stems using Lost Lagoon Classic ink onto Basic White cardstock and die cut them out as well. In addition, I die cut 2 of the leaves die cuts from Lost Lagoon cardstock and 2 of the florals die cuts from Fresh Freesia cardstock to add some color and texture to the bouquet. To start with, I added the stems die cut so that it layered slightly over the bottom of the Basic White layer, ready to build the bouquet. I added the leaves and floral die cuts first to the Basic White layer and then added the stamped lavender, using Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up the tops while adhere the bases directly to the focal layer. Using a drop of Highland Heather Classic ink refill, I mixed it in with Clear Wink of Stella to color one of the Paper Butterfly Accents. Once dry, I attached it to the center of the bouquet with a Mini Glue Dot and embellished it with several of the Purple Fine Shimmer Gems. For the sentiment, I stamped the image with Fresh Freesia Classic ink onto the Basic White sentiment label and added it to the bottom right corner of the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals. To finish off the card design, I added a Linen Thread bow to the stems of the bouquet. I love how both of these card designs turned out. They are so different yet use so many of the same supplies. 
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I hope that my examples of a simple and stepped up card design will help inspire you to create your own beautiful projects. It is a great way to create a variety of designs using similar supplies.
Please take the time to visit with our Design Team to see their amazing projects. Just click on the links in the Roll Call List below to visit their blogs. We would appreciate it if you would leave us a comment and let us know what you liked about our projects. Do you prefer simple or stepped up? We would love to hear from you.
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Until Next Time

Happy Stamping,

Tricia Butts
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  1. They are both beautiful cards, Tricia! Thanks for sharing this!💕

  2. Such lovely cards, Tricia! Must say that the simple stamping one wins over my heart... it's so beautiful! xx

    1. Me too! The simple one was my favorite of the two, but both were stunning!

  3. Such a lovely showcase of the beauty of simplicity, and the luxurious look of adding more! Love both your cards!

  4. Beautiful cards! But i love the simple one

  5. Beautiful cards Tricia, Thanks for sharing.

  6. Great step up!!! So pretty with the lavender!!!!!