Time again for another challenge with the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge blog!  The focus for this challenge is Last Spring Fling – Occasions Mini Catalog…  In just a couple of weeks, the 2012 Occasions Mini will be no more.  Some of the stamps sets MIGHT make it into the new 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog but there is no guarantee as to what and how many.  I'm excited to share with you the Rue Des Fleurs stamp set for this challenge!


Stampin' Up! Only Challenge 43 – Last Spring Fling with the Occasions Mini Catalog

Rue Des Fleurs Stamp Set


Stampin' Up! Rue Des Fleurs Stamp SetI hope you find inspiration in this card.  This stamp set has a wonderful, vintage feel.  I love vintage cards yet I was struggling at first as to how to use this stamp set.  Finally, I settled on one of my favorite images in the set along with making it into a "Thank You" card.  The background is dry embossed using the Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder which I "colored with Wisteria Wonder then further distressed using the Distressing Essentials Kit from Stampin' Up!

The next layers include Soft Suede card stock layered with First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I also used the Distressing Essentials Kit to "stain" the designer paper which was then torn along one edge and "rolled" to increase texture as well as a distressed, vintage appearance.  The image was stamped on Naturals Ivory then I distressed the edges using the Stampin' Up! Cutter kit along with the tea stain used to stain the card stock.

For the final touches, I used the Boho Blossoms Punch to created distressed flowers strategically placed in a triangular pattern to help pull the eye from one corner of the card to the next.  The "triangular" pattern is crucial in this instance because I used bright, contrasting flowers for additional intensity.  A triangular design helps keep the focus on the stamped image as well as the other elements of the card while creating a fun, bright contrast against the overall muted tones of the card..  I also love using the 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon to add interest along with the gathered look for the tales of the ribbon bow.  The Jewel – Pearls are the last of the details I placed on the card to create the finishing touch. 

So, tell me what you think!  I really struggled at first but as the card came together I was enjoying the overall appearance and love the striking contrast of the Poppy Parade flowers against the muted tones of the overall card.


For additional inspiration, I encourage you to take the time and visit the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge blog to view all the submissions from the Design Team members!  We love seeing submissions to the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge blog and hope you take the time to participate in this challenge.  Have fun and share your creations!


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Pam Staples

Project Supply List:

Ink: Wisteria Wonder (122936); Soft Suede (115657)

Card stock: Naturals Ivory (101849); Soft Suede (115318), Poppy Parade (119793)

Designer Series Paper: First Edition Specialty Designer Series paper (121878)

Accessories: 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon – Always Artichoke (121000); Jewels – Basic Pearls (119247); Jewels – Large Pearl Basics (125577)

Tools: Big Shot (113439); Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (120175); Distressing Essentials Kit (118762); Cutting Kit (106958)

Stamp Sets: Rue Des Fleurs (w: 125485; c: 125487)

Stampin' Up! Rue Des Fleur Stamp Set