“Grateful Bunch” – Grateful (Sneak Peak 1 of 3)

500pxl Grateful Bunch - Grateful

Good Monday morning stampin’ peeps!  Only four more sleeps until Christmas!  Woohoo!!!

We are having our local BZB Occasions Catalog stamp together at the end of December.  I was honored to be asked again to design for this event.  I really enjoy designing and seeing when fellow demonstrators try and guess who designed what.  We’ll see if they can guess if these three designs are mine.  Lol!  This is the first of three sneak peak designs I created featuring the Grateful Bunch Stamp Set.  I had fun pairing this feminine stamp set with the tropical feeling Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper Pack.  The color combination of Pear Pizzazz, Mossy Meadow, Basic Black, Cajun Craze (with a wee bit of So Saffron & Crushed Curry for this one) is a bit outside my comfort zone but I love the results.  What do you think?

CARD BASE:  It is a long & narrow size card (3-1/4 x 5-1/2), one of my new favs.  I went with Pear Pizzazz for the card base.  Then I added a high contrasting band in Basic Black & Basic Gray from the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper Stack.   Next I added a 3/4″ band of Mossy Meadow that I applied another of my favs, the Faux Suede technique to.  Finally I topped everything with an 1/8″ narrow band of Gold Glimmer to add that all important sparkle.  Lol!

FOCAL POINT:  The hand colored flower is backed by a 2-1/2″ circle of Vellum.  After stamping the flower from the Grateful Bunch stamp set onto Whisper White, I colored it with a light wash of So Saffron and came back with a little bit of Crushed Curry in the shadowy areas.  Then I colored the center with Cajun Craze and topped with Fine-Tip Liquid Glue.  [TIP:  The glue gives a semi-glossy look to the flower center.]  Yes, they will be fussy cutting the flower.  I just couldn’t help myself.  Lol!  Both the Vellum circle and flower were popped with Stampin Dimsionals.

SENTIMENT:  I stamped one of the three lovely sentiments onto Vellum with Cajun Craze.  Because the Vellum does not absorb the ink I sprinkled it with Clear Embossing Powder and heat embossed.  [TIP:  An easy way to give color coordinated embossing.]  It was punched with the Extra Large Oval and I adhered it to the Mossy Meadow band before adhering the band to the base.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you had a great weekend (oh yeah, it was the last weekend before Christmas, in case you forgot) and have a great Monday!  Also, I hope you enjoyed todays sneak peak from the Occasions Catalog that goes live January 5, 2016.


  • STAMP:  Grateful Bunch
  • PAPER:  Pear Pizzazz, Mossy Meadow, Vellum, Whisper White, Gold Glimmer, Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper
  • INK:  Momento-Tuxedo Black, So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze
  • ACCESSORIES:  Punch–2-1/2″ Circle & Extra Large Oval | Embossing Powder–Clear | Fine-Tip Liquid Glue


Sparkly Hugs, Carol


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