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Monday, January 12, 2015

Stampin' Up! Australia - Stampin' Up! Lotus Blossom - Sale-A-Bration


Welcome to this week's Artful Stampers blog hop....you would have hopped here from Jane Riches' blog.

I'm getting back to basics here...one stamp.....five colours. Simple. 

I know "Lotus Blossom" is getting a huge work out in the Stampin' Up! blogosphere and on Pinterest at the moment...so I hope you haven't tired of it yet.

I wanted to use the stamp set in a different way...and show the complete Lotus plant...but limit myself to one stamp set.

Here are the beautiful colours that we worked with this week. 

I used the smallest flower petals stamp and stamped it in layers in Wild Wasabi for the base leaves of the lotus flower. Then I partially inked the stem to make it shorter. The flower itself is Blackberry Bliss for the outer petals, Rich Razzleberry for the mid-petals and the base is Blushing Bride 'rocked and rolled' in Rose Red so the edges of the stamp were darker. 

Here's an image I found of the Lotus flower in bloom....so beautiful!

Less is More

I was also inspired by Less is More to do a One Layer Card with a New Beginning theme. I will explain....

Firstly, I know this isn't strictly a One Layer Card....it was in the start....but I just felt the stamped layer needed to be mounted on another white base so I cropped it.

Secondly...the new beginning is that often when I create cards, I am creating for a card challenge or my color coach challenge. The cards I make go into a box and I sell them at work or I do give a lot as birthday cards etc. I know it sounds odd, but I rarely make a card for a person in mind...the priority is usually to the creative challenge or the stamp set. So my resolution and new beginning for 2015 is to make more cards for people....and not just my blog. Naturally I will take inspiration from blog challenges and new stamps, but this year I want to be inspired by the person as well. I'm sure this is second nature to many of you....and that's not to say I never make a card for a friend or family member, because I do...and they are very personal and special but, for 2015, I wish to make MORE cards with people in mind....so this card is going to this guy.

I hope you like my card. If you have been inspired by it and would like to support my creative business, all the supplies may be found by clicking through the links below which will take you to my store. 

I worked out that if you bought everything you needed to make this card, you could earn Lotus Blossom for FREE. Just click through the links below to order. 

The 2015 Occasions Catalogue and the Sale-A-Bration catalogue are OUT NOW so if you would like to go on my mailing list and receive your free copy, just send me an email. :)

Alternatively, you may download the catalogues here (Occasions) and here (Sale-A-Bration) 

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  1. beautiful card...love the less is more.

  2. Very clever to use the image for the leaves Alison. I love the clean and simple look.

  3. i love love the way you have used the blossom the the green base as well just gorgeous!

  4. That card just oozes style !! Love the design and colours ! Happy New Year too !

  5. This is a lovely CAS design! Love the way you popped that top panel up on foam, white on white is so classy! Hazel x

  6. A super stunning CAS card Alison.
    Beautiful stamping and colour choice
    Thanks for taking part
    Less is more

  7. Beautiful image and splendidly coloured - fab make


  8. This is stunning Alison!
    Simply beautiful!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  9. What a super card Alison, even if it's not one layer as you explained. And a good resolution for the new year too
    Thank you for taking part at Less is More this week

  10. Beautiful, so effective. Saw your lovely creation on LIM blog. Ruby x

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  12. beautiful - clever use of the stamp at the base!


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