Monday, May 3, 2010


The new Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions embossing folder from Stampin' Up! has rekindled my love for the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set. Let me explain.

The roses created by using the embossing folder co-ordinate beautifully with the large rose stamp in Fifth Avenue Floral.  I know, that's obvious, but I have taken a look with fresh eyes at the stamp set that has not received much love from me lately!  I've also revisited some of my unloved Designer Series Papers ....the same rose pattern features prominently on the Urban Oasis papers.  At this point you're probably thinking "okaaaaay, tell me something I don't know".  I'm not sure I can do that!  I'm just pleased that a few beauties that I had forgotten about for a while are back in the forefront of my mind.

On the weekend I had a few of my stamping friends over for a Mother's Day card class.  We made three projects, ostensibly with a Mother's Day theme, but, since most of us don't need more than one or two Mother's Day cards, we switched around a sentiment or two.  Since I've rabbited on a bit about Fifth Avenue Floral, I thought I'd share with you what we made with one of the flower stamps from that set.  Here's the card, and a list of ingredients:

Fifth avenue floral mother's day card

Stamps: Sanded, Fifth Avenue Floral, Occasional Greetings

Card: Pale Plum, Whisper White

Ink: Pale Plum and Rich Razzleberry stampin' pads

Other: Wide Oval Punch, Top Note Die (cut using the Big Shot), Whisper White taffeta ribbon, sponge dauber, dimensionals, Pale Plum marker (to colour the centres of the Pale Plum flowers)

To complement this card, we each made a cute little pillow box, to hold a small gift (perhaps some earrings or a necklace, or a couple of small chocolates) ... here are the card and pillow box together, followed by the products used to make the pillow box:

Fifth avenue floral plum card & pillow box

Stamps: Sanded, Fifth Avenue Floral

Ink: Pale Plum and Rich Razzleberry stampin' pads

Other: Pillow Box Die (and Big Shot), Sticky Strip, Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot grosgrain ribbon

Now, I mentioned that I've also rediscovered my Urban Oasis Designer Series Paper.  I have let the paper 'do the talking' in my next card, as I think it is just so beautiful.  I've added a few co-ordinating accents, since Stampin' Up! does them so well.  See how I've stamped the rose from Fifth Avenue floral on the tag?  LOVE how that co-ordinates with the pattern on the paper.

Fifth avenue floral anniversary card

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Card: Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black, Whisper White

Ink: Kiwi Kiss and Basic Black stampin' pads

Other: Urban Oasis DSP, black brads (from Vintage selection), Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon, Sizzlits Lots of Tags die (used in Big Shot), sponge dauber, kitchen string, mini glue dot

Even though I've been a bit gushy, I hope I've inspired you to take a look in your (no doubt vast, like my) stamp collection and show a bit of love to some of the stamps that might not have been used for a while. 


  1. Just Beautiful, I love the brads in the DSP. The Fifth Avenue Stamp Set I love but don't have, . HMMMMMM, Maybe on my next order....
    The cards you have made is stunning Christine
    Chat soon

  2. Oh, I love how you have done the sentiment! Lovely!

  3. So beautiful've certainly inspired me to dig deep into my stash of dsp and see what I can find to play with! The little pillow box is so so cute too.

  4. These are both really lovely, Christine. The Pale Plum card is my favourite though.

  5. Beautiful Chris! Fifth Avenue is in my next order so your cards have made me even more excited to get it! I love the stamping over the DSP so simple but looks amazing!! Great job (: