Recently I went through my stash of retired Designer Series Paper to check over the situation. My stash of DSP is serious stuff. I mean LOTS of serious stuff. I must have more than a hundred uncut sheets from years past.
I decided to try to use some of it, at least. So, I grabbed a few sheets that had possibilities. Possibilities for COLORING, that is!
After cutting a 4" x 5 1/4" piece from a few of them, I went over to my tower of Stampin' Blends, and happily went to work.
Even though coloring in such a vast space of 4" x 5 1/4" -- seriously, try it sometime. It does take quite awhile! -- I was extra excited about the piece I used in the card below.
Since I didn't want to cover up too much of my happy coloring, to make this into a cute card, it needed very little in the way of embellishments.
I stamped in Granny Apple Green a cute sentiment from the Butterfly Gala set on page 79 of the Annual Catalog, then cut it out with one of the rectangular dies from the Stitched So Sweetly die set, found on page 179.
Speaking of the Stitched So Sweetly die set, if you don't already have it, you are seriously missing out on one of the most valuable and diverse die sets ever! If you do decide to order it, tell them Linda sent you. Even better, why not designate me as your demonstrator? I would be so happy!
I put a little flag in Granny Apple Green cardstock under the left side of the sentiment piece, to which I added a Gold Glimmer Enamel Dot (page 157).
Mounted onto a Granny Apple Green base, my card was completed. Quick and easy -- other than the coloring, that is.
In the following photo, my card is posing with a swatch of the original DSP.
Quite a difference, eh?
The Stampin' Blends I used were Light Granny Apple Green,
Dark Flirty Flamingo and Dark Daffodil Delight.
As you notice, the blue was already there.
If you love to color -- it is ever so relaxing! -- check through some of your retired Designer Series Papers. If they don't seem quite up to par for some reason, give them a new lease on life with your Stampin' Blends. Win Win. You use up some of your stash, you get to relax and flee from your worries for awhile, and you end up with a darling unique card.