A couple of years ago when I was assisting at the P&C Mother’s Day stall for my daughter’s Primary School I was quite surprised that some children had no money to purchase something for mum to give to her on that special day. Maybe it was due to funds being tight at home, a single parent family, possibly it was just that mum or dad forgot to give them some money that day. It was quite sad seeing some children sitting on the hall stage while the rest of the class shopped. After this event I suggested making Mother’s Day cards for the children which they received regardless of a purchase so they at least could give mum a card. I offered to make and donate these and I do the same for Father’s Day. The last 2 years I’ve managed to make most of the cards using retired cardstock that I still have in my stash so it’s a great way for me to clear out some space whilst helping the children so all of them have a little something for mum.
This year I had 350 cards to make. I’d just received my Pre-Order for the upcoming (not released) Autumn/Winter Mini which included the Mixed Bunch stamp set and matching punch along with the Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folders.
Here’s what the 350 cards look like.
This is a shot of the 5 colour combinations I ended up making.
I managed to clear out quite a bit of the old ‘Bold Brights’ colours with these cards. It’s funny though as I didn’t like the old Bold Brights colours but I was really happy with how these turned out.
The colours I’ve used are Passion Pink, Gable Green, Green Galore, Only Orange, Yoyo Yellow, Pixie Pink, Lovely Lilac, Apricot Appeal, Almost Amethyst, Kiwi Kiss, Buckaroo Blue, Marigold Morning and Purely Pomegranate.
Here’s a close up of one to show you the detail.
This is the Buckaroo Blue, Kiwi Kiss, Purely Pomegranate and Marigold Morning combination. The sentiment is from the retired Well Scripted set.
Can you see the little hearts on the strip?? They’re from one of the Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Folders. It just adds that little extra to a simple card.
Well you just can’t pick what will stay and what will go from the current Idea Book & Catalogue. Each year at this time, Stampin’ Up demonstrators eagerly await the retiring list to see what stamp sets, wheels & accessories we currently own will make it, what won’t and therefore how much we lose. Well I’m not going to tell you how many I’ll lose but it’s enough. Good excuse to buy some new one’s though in April when the 2008 | 2009 Idea Book & Catalogue is released.
I really thought (or maybe hoped) that Roses in Winter would continue for another year. It’s such a lovely set and unfortunately I didn’t use it enough but that has more to do with the amount of sets I own and trying to make sure I use all of them at some time. I’ll be rethinking my purchases next catalogue to make better use of what I will own.
This past week I’ve held some Beginner Classes which was attended by some Mum’s from my girls school. One of the cards I decided we would do was a Mother’s Day card (seeing how that will be here before we know it) and the Roses In Winter set is a perfect one for this.
This is the card we made:
I’ve used 3 ink and card colours + a neutral which are Rose Red, Always Artichoke, Almost Amethyst & Very Vanilla as the neutral. For those of you that haven’t seen the Roses in Winter set, the rose is made up of 3 stamps and the leaves are using 2 stamps. You don’t of course have to have large roses and use all 3 images, as you can see I have 1 smaller rose on my card which just uses the smaller 2. To give the rose some depth, I’ve stamped the larger image off twice before stamping my card, the 2nd stamp was stamped off once and the last one was stamped directly. With the leaves I’ve stamped off once for the larger image and the smaller image was stamped directly. The Mother’s Day image is from All-Year II which is also retiring.
Using the same colour scheme of Rose Red, Always Artichoke & Almost Amethyst I made 2 other cards.
This first one I’ve used one of the verses from the Roses in Winter set, scalloped the bottom edge of the Rose Red layer and also added some Cream Organdy Ribbon (also retiring).
The last card I’ve added a 3D rose and also spritzed some colour onto the cardstock using the Colour Spritzer tool and markers.
This set works with many different colours and you can use different shades of a colour to give the rose depth like in this card. I’ve used Almost Amethyst and Vintage Violet for the Roses and Certainly Celery for the leaves.
Remember this set retires on 31st March or until stocks are gone. If you would like to order this set or any other retiring item email me. Orders can be shipped anywhere in Australia directly from Stampin’ Up. You can view the retired items list here.