Monday, March 21, 2011

Bold Blossom

Tonight's post features the new Bold Blossom stamp set from the Occasions Mini catalog. Not only is is amazingly cute and easy to use, its also only $9.95 (clear) !!! This is a lot of cuteness for under $10!!!
I love when a set comes with a bold main image, (flower and stem) a nice accent (butterfly) and a greeting that you might actually use (thank you for being you) and this little bargain has it all! I couldn't resist! In fact this set is such a nice complete package that I got distracted and made all of the cards using the included "thank you" greeting instead of making them all into "happy birthday" cards like I planned. Ooops.

Here is my very favorite of the night's work. I had sooo much fun making this! From the textured background and rhinestones to little whimsical butterfly, it was truly a delight. AND it was a first try! Like I said, this set is sooo easy to use!
Circle punches are always handy to have around. On this card I used the 3/4" and 1" sizes on the flowers as well as the 1 3/4" for the greeting. Such a great investment!

These next 4 cards are a little bit simpler and easier to replicate but I think still pretty cute. The color scheme was inspired by the package of Bold Brights brads I have that I really wanted to use. I have a hard time using brads and buttons because it seems like I'm always wanting to pick out one or two colors while the rest languish away abandoned and unloved...but not this time!
To make these flowers I punched out 3 Extra Large Fancy flowers, snipped the petals apart on the top one then just crinkled them briefly in my hand. To assemble, simply peirce the centers and layer together.
The yellow one is my favorite!

I adhered the flowers with Stampin' Dimensionals because I find they are reliable as well as forgiving if you need to say, rip the flower off and change the colors around a bit.
Not that I would ever do that.
Multiple times.
I cut out a little butterfly on these two cards and stuck it on with a glue dot right on top of a coordinating stamped image, but on some of them, I just used the stamped image and that looks fine too if you REALLY hate hand trimming.

*I used:
* Bold Blossom stamp set
* Rick Razzleberry, Old Olive, Delightful Daffodil, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White
* Bold Brights Brads, Basic Rhinestones
* Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbons (both sizes)
* Square Lattice impressions folder
* 3/4", 1", 1 3/4" and Fancy Flower punches
* Paper Piercing tool


  1. Hey Natalie,
    So happy I found your blog! Love these Bold Blossom samples...super cute! TFS!

  2. The flowers cards are so nice, just like spring!