The soft color challenge at The Paper Players caught my eye especially because I had recently decided that Stampin' Up's Seaside Spray was my favorite from that batch of In Colors and I needed to stock up before its retirement in a year.
I have a workmate with a birthday this week. I don't know her at all; the poor lady started just two weeks before we were all sent home to work. I know she lives out of town on some acreage and I get the impression of a calm and simple life so this is what I came up with.
My first use of Smoky Slate was to stamp the sentiment and cut plain cardstock for the flower center but then I remembered that I had Smoky Slate embossing powder. I love the shine it adds - it's just a bit more celebratory! These dies will always be some of my favorites - the flower is wonderfully big and detailed - yet still very clean. I used vellum for the bottom layer to keep the softness of the colors. The sentiment just retired but I purchased it a few weeks ago from a retirement sale. It was a bit of a happy accident. I had ordered a different set, but it was gone, so the seller asked if I wanted a substitute set. I added this set and look - it's just right for my card!
Thank you to The Paper Players for the inspiration.
Stamps: Stampin' Up Around the Corner (retired)
Dies: Stampin' Up Poppy Moments, Layering Squares Framelits
Paper: Stampin' Up So Saffron, Seaside Spray, Perennial Essence Vellum, 2019-2021 In Color dsp (last year's)
Other: Stampin' Up Smoky Slate Embossing Powder, Pretty Pink Posh Buttercream gems