The Stampin' Up! Summer Mini Catalog customer sales period begins May 1. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I get to order Summer Mini products in advance and am prepared to dazzle you with sneak peeks of all that is new.
Speaking of sneak peeks, check out (left) what I found in my flower box when I went to plant geraniums yesterday. I ultimately managed to work the flowers around Mama Quail's "nursery." She was surprisingly content to return to her more plush and colorful environment with her incubating babes.
Many of you know that watercoloring is my nemesis. Heaven knows I have tried but the results are usually not "blog worthy." So when Stampin' Up! offers a beautiful stamp set that gives the appearance of watercoloring without any thought to shading, spritzing and brushes, I move it to the top of my "must-have" list. The Summer Mini's Watercolor Trio stamp set fits the bill.
- I used Rose Red, Old Olive and So Saffron Stampin' Up! Stampin' Write Markers to color directly on the rubber of the floral image. Start with the lighter (So Saffron) on the flowers and do the darker (Rose Red) last.
- I decided to add the Chocolate Chip Corduroy brads after I adhered the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper (stripe). To avoid the brad "legs" from showing on the inside of the card, I simply snipped off the brad "legs" and adhered them with Mini Glue Dots. My Craft & Rubber Scissors made the "snipping" a breeze.
- Card size is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (A2). Note: Most of my cards are this
size. If not, I try and list the size change for you. The flower layer is 1 7/8" x 2 5/8".
- Deeeeeelicious! The Summer Mini's Square Lattice Textured Embossing Folder (a Stampin' Up! exclusive) cranks out incredible, patterned texture.
Everyone assumes that winters are glorious in Tucson . . . they are. What you may not know is that spring offers both moderate temperatures and a multitude of colorful flowers. The orange tree in our yard is in full, fragrant bloom (top photo below: a lovely way to fall asleep with a window cracked open at night), and my cactus are strutting their "pretty in pink" stuff (second photo below).
My daughter Caroline took the photos (including the quail eggs above) from around our yard.
Stamp Set: Watercolor Trio (Summer Mini, Wood-Mount 117050, Clear-Mount 120084)
Paper: Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Stack (Occasions Mini, 117161), Old Olive (100702), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Old Olive (102277), Stampin' Up! Markers: Old Olive (100079), Rose Red (100063), So Saffron (105114)
Cool Tools: Craft & Rubber Scissors (103179), Large Oval Punch (107305), Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439), Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (Summer Mini, 119967), Craft & Rubber Scissors (103179)
The Perfect Touch: Chocolate Chip Corduroy Buttons (114339), Chocolate Chip 5/8" Satin Ribbon (Occasions and Summer Mini, 117287), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683)