I wasn't so sure about this stamp set at first but after seeing all the pretty cards different people had made with it, I changed my mind. Plus, it is a 2-step stamping technique set. SU's two-step stamping is what attracted me to the company in the first place. I love that technique. There are several sets in the SU catalog that feature this technique. They are noted in the catalog by this symbol:
The way two-step stamping works is that you stamp the first image in your lightest color. Then you stamp the second image on top of the first image in a darker coordinating color. For the Baby Blossoms stamp set, there are a lot of small images. I ordered the clear set (less expensive plus better for space purposes!) and after putting the set together, I kept the rubber piece that you punch from and put my stamps back in the holes. That way, I can tell at a glance if I am missing one of them and it is easier to find the stamp that I need.
I also made a "cheat sheet" for stamping the images. This is helpful to see which stamps go together. Here is a close up picture of it.
Of course, a lot of these pieces can be interchanged to be used with each other - like the different size leaves, etc. but this is a good guideline if you need it.
So, on to the card I made with this set.
Doesn't this look like springtime??? I just love the colors - Baja Blue, Regal Rose, Old Olive and So Saffron. The card base is Sahara Sand and the "white" piece that I stamped on is Confetti White.
I just learned how to make those ribbon rosettes too and was so excited that my first one actually turned out!
You need 10" piece of Seam Binding Ribbon (satin will probably work too), 1" circle punch, sticky tape, Crop a Dile.
Here is what I did: punch a 1" circle from Baja Blue cardstock and a 1" circle from SU's sticky pages (or you can use red-line tape instead). Cover the Baja Blue cs with the sticky circle (this will be the front side.) Leave the protective cover on the sticky circle for now. Punch a small hole in the middle of the circle with your Crop-a-dile and then cut a slit from the middle circle to the edge of the circle (just one side). Put a piece of red-line tape on the opposite side of your slit. Now, feed your 10" piece of seam binding ribbon up from the FRONT of the circle and stick the end down to the tape you put opposite of the slit (back side of circle). Now, on the other end of the ribbon, cut it into a point so that you can grab 2-3 threads and pull them, gathering the ribbon. Work your gathering down through the whole ribbon until you have about 8" length of ribbon. Now, take the protective cover off the circle and begin rotating the circle while you stick down your gathered ribbon, creating a flower. When you get to the end, pull your end piece around to the back and tape it down with red-line tape. Voila! You should have a rosette!
For those of you who do better with seeing the project, there is a video tutorial, HERE.
This is my first Monday Mailer to Brenda. Hope she likes it!!
I still have not been able to skype with Ashley but at least I am reassured that she is ok. Her internet has been down in her building since last Friday. She was able to send me an e-mail at the clinic although she cannot access her personal e-mail there. I'm sure she knew I was worried. She hopes it will be working later today and we can talk. She has been really busy since she is the only doctor on site now. The other docs are relieving people on leave at other bases. She told me that the weather has been bad there for a few days. I thought this was interesting - "The weather has been crappy the past couple of days...last night and this morning it is actually raining mud which is really disgusting. After walking home with a to-go plate last night, the top of the white styrofoam was covered with orange colored rain drops...The sky in front of the aid station this morning was bright orange which was pretty cool although I guess it was actually mud containing rain clouds." So I guess we can be thankful for the weather we have here in the states!!