Bloom with Beauty & Joy

I sure couldn't have picked a worse time to do this post.  Do you watch Chicago Fire?  It's been my favorite since the first episode.  One of my favorite quirky characters didn't make it out alive from the fire.  Megan is probably up at school crying right now.  And judging by her text message, I was right.  Chicago Fire sure does know how to get your attention very quickly.  If you don't watch it, I highly recommend it.  Some episodes are sit on the edge of your chair they are so good.  

Anyway, onto other things.

Beauty & Joy Stamp Set hasn't been getting the recognization it deserves.  I think this card might be in the top 10 that I have ever made.  There are a lot of colors in it, but at the same time, it doesn't seem like it.  They are so subtle, but together work great.

I colored the leaves with my Stampin' Markers.  You have probably seen this technique done before with the refill inkers and baby wipes.  This time it's done by randomly coloring the leaves with the markers.  Start with the lightest and go darker.  This way the lightest marker won't get contaminated with the dark colors.  

Take a look at all the colors used in this card.  Does this surprise you?

This base is my favorite in the set.  It looks a little vintage and I love the detail on it.  Unfortunately, there is no punch or die so I had to hand cut it out, but it wasn't too bad.

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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