Wednesday, March 10, 2021



This week's Colour Creations Showcase, hosted by Cathy Proctor, is focussing on Purple Posy.  This pale purple is an In Color, about to retire from our range in a couple of months.  Make sure you visit Cathy's blog, to see her beautiful creations, and to find the links to the blogs of all this week's showcase participants.

The starting point for my Purple Posy card was the background I created, by die-cutting six horizontal strips of paper with Purple Posy designs.  I used the stitched rectangle die from Ornate Layers, and papers from the 2019-2021 In Color 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper pack, and the Playing With Patterns Designer Series Paper pack.  Six of these rectangles fit perfectly on the standard card base size we  use in Australia and New Zealand.

I haven't played with the Birds & Branches bundle for a while, so decided on those stamps and dies for the focal point on my card.  I inked up the bird using my Purple Posy Stampin' Write marker, as we don't have a Purple Posy inkpad (the only colour in Stampin' Up!'s history, I believe, that just didn't maintain its colour integrity in inkpad form).  I was able to achieve a good intensity of colour, using my Stamparatus to line up the stamp to make a second impression, for the top layer of the bird.  The bird's body was inked up using the Purple Posy Stampin' Write marker, stamped off onto scrap paper, and then stamped onto the card, to give a lighter impression.  I used Basic Gray and Smoky Slate Stampin' Write markers for the bird's eye.

The leafy circle frame was cut from Basic White card, then layered on a scalloped circle (from Layering Circles Dies), that I embossed with the Subtle 3D embossing folder.  After die-cutting the branch from Crumb Cake card, I snipped it a little to "thin" it out, so there was less foliage under the bird's feet.  The separated part of the branch was adhered underneath the scalloped circle.

Playing With Patterns Resin Dots are a sweet, subtle, addition to my card.  The Purple Posy Scalloped Linen Ribbon dictated my colour scheme, of Purple Posy and Crumb Cake.

I used a couple of stamps from the Posted For You stamp set, for the sentiment.  The strip sentiment is stamped in Crumb Cake ink on Basic White card, then cropped using a Floral Gallery sentiment die.  I white-embossed the "special delivery" circle on Crumb Cake card, cut it out using a Stitched Shapes die, and laid the "sending love your way" strip across the circle to hide the words at the bottom of the circle.  A little Purple Posy heart was die cut using the dies from the Birds & Branches bundle, as was the Purple Posy leafy border you can see across the bottom piece of Designer Series Paper.

Listed below are all the products I used to make this card.  If you live in Australia, and would like to shop with me for your Stampin' Up! supplies, you can get to my online store by clicking on any of the thumbnail images below.

Make sure you hop over to Cathy's blog, to see lots more Purple Posy creations from my friends also taking part in the Colour Creations Showcase.

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  1. Christine your background is genius!! I am definitely going to try this very soon - thank you for sharing such a cool technique!! Love your little bird and the sweet sentiment too. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful Purple Posy project with us all tonight x

  2. Your card is so sweet, Christine! The purple bird is lovely, and the layering around it is fabulous. I'm very excited to learn about the die cut background!

  3. Such a lovely card Christine. The die cut background is amazing. I love Purple Posy with Crumb Cake and you have used it beautifully with the Birds & Branches bundle. xxx

  4. Great card Christine love the die cut background so different.

  5. Such a sweet card with the wee bird as a focal point. I had to go back to check out the background, very cool.

  6. Wonderful card Christine and I really like the due cut background idea. And the birdie is a cute focal point.

  7. Very sweet and pretty, Christine. I love all of the stitched rectangles of different Purple Posy DSP. Your little bird is beautifully full coloured and stamped using the markers.

  8. Aww that is so sweet, Christine. You really create the cutest cards with those birds. Thanks for the tip with those stitched rectangles!

  9. I love your card, Christine - a work of art!

  10. Your background is fabulous and I love the sweet postal details on your card.