As a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator, I had the opportunity to attend OnStage in November. OnStage is a cross between a party and a conference. Demonstrators get a first look at the upcoming mini catalog and a chance to play to with some of the products. This year we had the opportunity to preview the Heart & Home Suite.
Stampin’ Up describes it as “vintage farmhouse” and to be honest, that is not my style. I thought to myself, “Do I really need more flowers? I don’t even like cut flowers!” However, I decided to give it a try, primarily because I wanted the chance to play along with the products during the demonstrations. Here are the projects we made during the demonstrations using the Blessings of Home Stamp Set, Flowers of Hope dies, Denim Ribbon, and Heart & Home designer series paper from the upcoming (now available) January to June 2022 Mini Catalog, along with a few products from the annual catalog.
After OnStage, I decided to play with the suite a little more. But where to start? For the projects during OnStage, there were two sentiments and 3 pages of dsp that we didn’t use, so I started with these. Purple is my favorite color so I was drawn first to the dsp with Fresh Freesia. Then my eyes spotted the sentiment “What A Beautiful Day For Love” and thought it would pair nicely with the bouquet of flowers. I stamped the flowers in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it in with Soft Succulent, Fresh Freesia, and Pale Papaya Stampin’ Write markers. I tied a bow around the bouquet with the White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon. I stamped the sentiment in Fresh Freesia on Basic White cardstock and punched the ends with the Pick a Banner punch. I planned on mounting the bouquet on a 3 x 3 piece of Pale Papaya but realized it would look better if it had a little texture. (You may remember I have committed to acquiring and using more embossing folders.) I went to pull out the Hive 3D embossing folder and realized I hadn’t ordered it with the other products! I was so disappointed. I took a deep breath and used the Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing Folder. What do you think?
Next it was time to use the final sentiment, “You are a real blessing to everyone around you” but I still had two pages of DSP. This meant I needed to use both on one card or reuse a sentiment. I decided to use a strip of each on the front of the card. Following the vertical alignment of the sentiment, I decided to stamp the bouquet and mount it on a piece of 4″ x 2 1/2″ Pale Papaya. I then used this piece to tie together the two pieces of DSP. This fun fold often has a clear sheet or vellum backing the top and bottom pieces but I didn’t think it was necessary. Let me know what you think.
I just have to share two cards I received in the NC Demos Mini Catalog swap. This first card is by Sue Olmsted. The second card is by Allison London Brown. I am always amazed at how many different cards can be created from one bundle.
Do you like the Heart & Home Suite? During Sale-a-bration, you could receive one free $50 item from the Sale-a-bration brochure if you purchase the Blessings of Home bundle. Add on the Classic Matte Dots, Heart & Home DSP, Heart & Home Doilies, Hive 3D embossing folder, Memories & More Heart & Home card pack and Memories & More Heart & Home cards & envelopes, you can choose two $50 items or one $100 item. Head to the Stampin’ Up website and use the host code KT9UYSGM to get your hands on these beautiful products.