Today’s card project was inspired by a single stamp. I recently came across a unique stamp line that originates from Germany called LaBlanche. The stamps are intricate pieces of artwork that are captured in a high-quality white silicone and pre-mounted on a foam block. The silicone allows for high-definition detail to be imparted into your stamping–as well as being perfect for heat applications as they are silicone. I saw the image of this rose and was immediately hooked. The LaBlanche line is big in Europe and has developed a large cult following here in the U.S.
Inspired by the rose image, the rest of the project was built around showcasing the rose. The other stamp and paper elements showcase it nicely (I think). Copic users will love the details in these images for coloring (and the built in shading helps beginners get a better feel for layering your colors). The cardstock and ribbon are from Papertrey Ink. The decorative paper is from DCWV’s “Mariposa” Stack.
This weekend, I finally had a chance to explore one of my newest Cricut cartridges–‘Florals Embellished’. I have to tell you that this cartridge is highly addictive and thoughtfully executed. In fact, I’m going to say it is now one of my top five picks of the entire Cricut library. You must have this cartridge in your library. There are a plethora of intricately (but easy to assemble) layered designs that consist of five to six layers. While there are florals, this cartridge is so much more. There is a terrific Middle Eastern/Indian flair to much of the artwork. I’d venture to guess that it was inspired by the beautiful textile designs of the region. Additionally, there are wonderful phrases and icon designs. I must have put together five or six of the designs already and there is something very therapeutic about these projects. Whether you just layer them on top of one another–or use your favorite foam spacers for dimensionality–this cartridge is just as versatile for the scrapbooker as it is for the cardmaker. ‘Florals Embellished’ receives my highest recommendation.
Can I just say that I have a bunch of savvy and smart readers! Nearly every entry I received in the “Freshly Picked” giveaway had all the correct answers (including the bonus). The correct unscrambled herbs and spices were:
01. my sorer a
02. red navel
03. cedar iron
04. died well
05. karma clad comb
06. lamer songs
07. no rag rat
08. legal in
09. love me banner
10. orders his ah
11. cheaper pinups
All of the correct entries were placed in a random draw and the winner of a new Cricut “Freshly Picked” cartridge is Ms. Susan Beauchaine.
Congratulations Susan! If you would please forward your mailing information, I’ll get your package on its way. Thank you to all who participated. I really appreciate all of the participation and comments. Be on the look out for Giveaway #16 very shortly…we might be going on a trip. Hmmm….?