There's a new inspiration challenge at The Card Concept
. It's double challenge week and I am using the Winter Snow graphic. My Clean and Layered card was inspired by the colors, the snowflakes and the pine boughs.
I almost exclusively use dies (except for sentiments). I love the dimension and the crispness of dies plus I often get frustrated with ink and stamps especially for cards like this one with multiple images. I hate getting to the last one and deciding it's not in the right place or it's the wrong green or it only partially stamps (not that I'm obsessive!) Thank goodness for the Stampin' Up Stamparatus which I highly recommend because it has two hinged doors and they are removable so I set up the sentiment on one, then flipped it and lined up one tree, then a tree on each side of the other door - so four stamps lined up at one time! I could re-stamp if it wasn't good or I could move them slightly and start over. I had forgotten how much I liked this tool until I broke my wrist last fall and it became essential for any stamping.
This is going to go out to my oldest son. He lives in a fabulous town for outdoor activities. Funny story - during his tween and teen years, we still owned a small place in a mountain town but he just wasn't interested in joining us in hiking or snowshoeing or just enjoying nature. Now that he's a young adult, he finds he needs that time in nature to let go of stress and to refresh. It's been fun to watch because even though he grew up going to the mountains, it's like it's all new to him. He's so enthusiastic and tells us every detail of his adventures! Although I don't love the look of this sentiment that came with the stamp set - it does say exactly what I what to remind him of. Nature is just outside his door and it's magical!!
I hope to see you playing along with us at The Card Concept.
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Forest Scenery
Dies: Hero Arts Wood Frames, Lawn Fawn Mini Snowflakes
Paper: Taylored Expressions Toffee, Memory Box Delicate Pastel Glitter pad
Ink: Taylored Expressions Sweet Basil and Granny Smith, Stampin' Up Old Olive