My lovely friend Leslie (aka The Crooked Stamper) is this week's guest star designer at Jingle Belles! Leslie and I have been blog friends for 3+ years and we actually only live about an hour's drive apart. On occasion we meet halfway between our homes at a LSS (local stamp store) to shop or even take a class together. You may know Leslie as a regular participant at Jingle Belles or as a DT member at Shopping Our Stash weekly challenge blog.
Leslie set the challenge as "Midas Touch", but added that our cards may be gold and/or silver with the addition of white and/or cream. I have actually agonized in my brain as to what I would make for this challenge since early Friday morning. I thought to myself, "what would Leslie do?" The answer, "shop your stash!"
I decided to get out some of my oldest stash…cream suede paper, Encore gold pigment ink pad, gold embossing powder, and a poinsettia stamp by Magenta; all of these products are at least ten years old. I stamped and embossed with gold on the suede paper (3 times), then I fussy cut the blooms. I searched my stash for a decorative brad (by Making Memories) for the center of the flowers. Using foam tape (Stampin' Up! dimensionals) I double popped the top and middle layers for dimension (it looks much better IRL.) I found some cream textured card stock and gold card stock in my scraps and created this 5"x5" card. I had envisioned a shiny gold card and the embossing came out muted, but I am happy with the end result.