Beautiful Bella Bleu

Stampin up bella blue matchbox bigz xl die

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Stampin' Up!'s Bella Bleu Designer Paper is nothing short of stunning.  Today's card has a formal air to it–perfect for a special birthday, wedding or anniversary.  The "celebrate" sentiment and square floral frame are both from the newly released Matchbox Messages stamp set. 

Stampin up bella blue matchbox messages

I popped out the coordinating tag for the "celebrate" stamp using a Big Shot Die-Cut Machine and the Matchbox Bigz XL Die.  TIP:   A little Dotto removable adhesive keeps the tag in place while I enlist the help of a Stamp-a-ma-jig to add the sentiment. 

Stampin pretty bella blue flower

The flower was created by layering a couple punches from Stampin' Up!'s 5 Petal Punch in Not Quite Navy card stock.  TIP: I popped out the centers using a 1/2" Circle Punch, tucked in a 1/2" circle of Bella Blue and pulled it together using one of the new Basic Jumbo Grommets in Vanilla.  These snazzy embellishments also come in Basic Black, Silver and Whisper White.

My sketch was inspired by Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge 61 (TECC61).  It's a wonderful layout for combining designer papers.  Earth Elements Brads in Not Quite Navy deliver a nice accent on the horizontal banner.

Stampin up bella blue designer envelope

As a final, luxurious touch, I lined a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope with Bella Blue Designer Series Paper. 

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Stamp Set:  Matchbox Messages (113800, Occasions Mini)
Paper:  Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper (113974), Very Vanilla (101650), Not Quite Navy (101722)
Ink:  Not Quite Navy (103008)
Cool Tools:  Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439), Matchbox Bigz XL Die (114890, Occasions Mini), 5 Petal Punch (109041), 1/2" Circle Punch (104390), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)
The Perfect Touch: Basic Jumbo Grommets (114348), Earth Elements Brads (106955), Very Vanilla Medium Envelope (107300), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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  1. I just love the Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper. Your card is Gorgeous. You have so much talent. All of your Cards are just beautiful.

  2. Chris R. from Iowa

    Gorgeous. I just bought the paper and received it the other day. Aren’t you the enabler – now I want the grommets too. I was debating on that set – I love that floral frame. Wish they would sell that as a single stamp! Any help with the liners with the envelopes would be helpful. I have tried a couple of times but didn’t lay as nice as yours. It really makes the card! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!!

  3. Have to say this is simple but lovely ~ absolutely gorgeous. Can see why everyone says they “gotta have it” after seeing your beautiful designs. Our wish lists keep growing and growing. You always find new ways to incorporate new product. Can see why you love being a demonstrator and your customers appreciate you!

  4. Any tips to lining the envelope, I have been afraid to try that, but it looks lovely. And, I agree with the previous comment, the paper looks grey in the catalog, I would NEVER have chosen it.

    Hi Susanne: I will be posting tips on lining the envelope in the near future. Thanks for asking. Hugs, Mary

  5. ooohh! I love it!!! AND, you’re using my fave from the mini catty! ;o)

  6. Mary, oh so gorgeous! Luv the colors, and the flower with the grommet, thanx 4 the cute idea! *G*

  7. I love the way you used the jumbo grommet with the two 5-petal punches! Gorgeous card!!!

  8. This is simple elegance at it’s best. Need i say more.

  9. Beautiful card!

  10. Beautiful card Mary! Love the extra mile with the lined envelope.

  11. This is gorgeous–this paper is on my next order!!! Can’t wait!

  12. Great job with the sketch Mary! Love the lined envelope.

  13. You know, when I went to find that paper in the catalog, I couldn’t at first. It looks grey in my catty. I didn’t realize that it was blue and so pretty!!

  14. This is *very* pretty. Very, very classy!!

  15. Grace Lange-Way

    O.K. Mary – You’re going to start costing me money here! LOL This is definitely my style of card with blue being my favorite color and straight sleek lines having that classy look. I just love this one. I hadn’t even considered the grommets but now I have to think about those also. I’m finageling the budget to get that new scalloped oval punch in the Occasions catalog. Gotta have it, gotta have it. LOL

  16. Oh so pretty card. Love the die.

    I am getting 2 emails from you, one in the evening and one in the morning. Not a problem, just wanted you to know.

  17. This is so very pretty!

  18. colleen kramer

    Oh so pretty! This really showcases the beauty of this dp. And this die set is super tempting. SO much to do with one set.

  19. Your card is beautiful. I love that paper. It is gorgeous.
    And look what you picked….MY favorite thing in that catalog. 🙂

  20. This is stunning!!! I love this color, and what a great idea with the envelope.

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