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Hues of Happiness Easel Card

Stampin’ Up!’s Hues of Happiness designer series paper (DSP) is beyond gorgeous.  I made this bouquet easel card with one of the less used pieces of DSP that I thought was extra pretty with its yellow and black centers.

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I started my fussy cutting focusing on those three little flowers on the right that I wanted to hang over the pot.  The fresh freesia flower you see on the left was a separate fussy cut that I added so that a flower wasn’t hanging over too far on the pot where I wanted a couple leaves (fussy cut).  The card itself is a tri-layer fold that I saw Jan B. make at janbcards.com.  She was casing a lovely card from a Japanese demonstrator and translating the directions from Japanese to English.  What a challenge!  Thank you, Jan.  From there I changed up the dsp, the embossing folder and altered the cuts a bit to come up with this Hues of Happiness Easel Card.

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The bottom flap folds out to give you a great place for a message!

Remember- don’t toss those edge pieces of your DSP!  You can add them to the inside like in the picture above!

I started a bouquet card with cutting out the flowers in the Hues of Happiness DSP with the Blossoming Happiness Dies but it just lacked something and then I realized the piece of DSP I thought was much too busy was actually perfect.  However, I did save the cutouts and used them on the back of the bouquet:

 

I think its the yellow in the DSP that made you prefer it over the other.

Maybe so, Sal, it definitely is eye appealing with yellow centers and little yellow flowers and added greenery which always enhances flowers.  What a great job the Stampin’ Up! artists did in designing this paper!

Recipe

  • Top Base 1:  Bermuda Bay Cardstock, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2 and 2 3/4
  • Bottom Base 2:  Bermuda Bay Cardstock, 4 1/4 X 10 3/4, scored at 5 3/8;
    • adhere to base 1 with the fold of base 2 aligned to the inside bottom edge of base 1.  The length of base 2  is 1/4″ smaller to allow for the fold of base 1.  The top of base 1 flips up and the bottom base 2 flips down.   I didn’t get a picture but here is one from JanB’s blog post.  I am using 1/8″ borders so my layers won’t look like hers
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  • Middle Layers for Base 2, (X2), Basic White,  4 X 5 1/8;
    • one is for the inside of base 2, the other is for the outside of base 2 when it is folded in
  • DSP for Card Base 2: Hues of Happiness DSP,  3 3/4 X 4 7/8, this is for the outside of base 2 when it is folded in
  • Folded Layers of Base 1 (X2): Basic White, 4 X 2 1/2
  • DSP Layer for the folded layers (X2):  DSP, 3 3/4 X 2 1/4; make an effort to use the same color of DSP flowers on the right and left as you have on the Base 2 DSP that folds in so it has a continuous look
  • Flower Pot Base:  Basic White, 3 1/4 X 2 3/4
    • pencil mark the top of the base 1/2″ in on the right and left sides
    • pencil mark the bottom of the base 1″ in on the right and left sides
    • cut from the bottom to the top mark on both sides
  • Flower Pot Rim:  Basic White,  3/4 X 4 1/4
    • die cut both the base and rim with the Stitched Greenery Die
  • Circle Stabilizer for flowers:  Window Sheet, die cut with the 2nd largest of the plain layering circles
  • Attach the window sheet circle between the base and rim of the pot making sure the top won’t go over the base of the card when closed.  This also gives you a guide for mounting your flowers.
  • Lay the pot on base 1, 1/8″ above the easel fold and pencil mark the pot on the base, then cut the base cardstock to match the pot.  I tried to use the trimmer and found fussy cutting would have been better
    • Adhere the pot to the base with a foam strip (you can see this in the picture of the back)
    • The bottom of the pot should line up with the basic white layer (I had to trim mine a bit)
  • Bouquet:  Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper cut to about 4″ X 3 1/2″ with added fussy cut greenery and flowers to make it fuller if necessary.  I wanted those three little flowers on the bottom so I started there and used regular scotch tape to glue the extra pieces I wanted to fill it in with edge flowers and greenery
    • Attach to the window sheet with glue dots
    • cut additional flowers for the back with the Blossoming Happiness Dies or use the same sheet of DSP if you aren’t making numerous cards and have enough or don’t have the dies
  • Sentiment Layer: Bermuda Bay Cardstock, 4 X 3/4, attach with a 1/2 X 3 3/4 foam strip 2 3/4″ from bottom
  • Sentiment Top Greeting:  Basic White, 3 3/4 X 1/2, stamp with greeting from Pansy Patch Stamp Set
  • Bow:  Scrap of Bermuda Bay cut with the Pierced Blooms Die (retired)
  • Embellishment:  In Color Rhinestone for center of the bow and a dragonfly punched from retired DSP

What!? You didn’t use the brass butterflies? 

Not this time, Sal.  I must be over-using them for you to say that!

This card and a triple time stamping card were for my July Stamp Camp.  I will have another Stamp Camp September 13th and we will make two Christmas cards, one with a very special fold!  The cost is $10 or a $35 order and RSVPs are due by September 6th.  Snacks and a light lunch will be provided.

A lunch with something zucchini or green beans, right? 

    

Hopefully all the zucchini will be shredded and frozen by then, and the green beans are already frozen.  The cherry tomatoes are the best this year!  So sweet, but I digress….

Is Stamp Camp a new title?  

Well, it is not a ‘card buffet’ where you pick out which card to make from several kits, and it is not a ‘stamp-a-stack’ where you make several cards of each design, and it is not a ‘technique class’ which I have held before, and it is not a ‘club’ or ‘coffee and a card’,  so I guess the closest title would be a ‘stamp camp’, just not an all day event.  Does anyone have a better name I could use?  If you add a comment by August 31, you will be added to a drawing for a pack of Fun Flowers Resin Shapes.

So Christmas Stamp Camp, September 13, 9:30-12:30.  RSVP by September 6th!

Hostess code for September is X4C4NGU4, order $35 with this code and the Stamp Camp is free!

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SAL,  Be Salt And Light out there folks, it’s a crazy world these days

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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