Anniversary, Big Word Love, Birthday, Brusho Watercolor Powders, Congratulations, Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Paris Background Cling, Paris Bonjour, Stampendous, Tim Holtz

Today~I Give You Paris!

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Faith Hill sings a beautiful song called “Paris” and the chorus begins with “…tonight I can’t give you Paris” but today I CAN give you Paris!  Aren’t the morning shadows of the blinds so striking in this photo??  I used my lovely set by Stampendous called Paris Bonjour which also has coordinating dies and a pretty fleur-de-lis stencil.  I began by sprinkling black and yellow Brusho crystals onto a panel of Bristol Smooth card stock, then spritzed with water, allowing the water to move the ink.  I tipped the card to let the colors run, then blotted off the excess dampness.  Setting that aside to air-dry, I heat-embossed in black the stunning Eiffel Tower onto a scrap of Bristol Smooth, then die-cut it.  I did the same with the little stand of trees but with Versafine Onyx Black permanent ink.
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Stampendous has a FABULOUS Paris background stamp and I stamped that onto my dried Brusho panel with Versafine Onyx Black, then laid down the fleur-de-lis stencil and sponged a little Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink just to add a bit more interest.  I sponged Black Soot Distress Ink around the edges of my panel and then, after die-cutting another Eiffel Tower from black fun foam, I adhered them together. I sponged more Black Soot around the edges of the Tower and mounted it onto my panel.  I used bits of foam tape to attach the little stand of trees which I’d colored lightly with shades of gray Zigs.
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I felt the card design was busy enough so I just mounted the panel to a base card of white, then dropped sequins from above, rearranged them a tad and attached them with dots of Glossy Accents glue.
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The very last touch was to stamp the sentiment from Stampendous’ Big Words Happy stamp set onto a scrap of paper, sponge around it with black distress ink and trim the ends to mimic a little banner.  I mounted that on a narrow strip of fun foam.  SIGH!!  Although this card is “dark” it makes me happy and I hope it does you too!  🙂
Florals, Kuretake, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Paris Bonjour, Spring, Stampendous, Water Colored Cards

Stampendous Paris Bonjour Bunny!

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Oo La La!!  Somebunny went to Paris for the French cuisine!!  (Note his little napkin!)  I had SO much fun today creating this whimsical card, using the bunny from a set I won in an Instagram giveaway last week, and the fabulous new set by Stampendous called Paris Bonjour!!  On a panel of Strathmore Bristol Smooth, I stamped the field of flowers first, then masked the top layer and stamped the bunny.  I then masked the bunny in order to stamp the tree line!  After that I masked the tree line to stamp the Eiffel Tower!!  PHEW!  Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers for coloring and I added a bit of the script stamp from Stampin’ Up’s French Foliage set.  Surprisingly, this card didn’t take very long at all!
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Paris Bonjour has coordinating dies (Woo Hoo!) so I die-cut an extra section of flowers, colored and then added Ranger Glossy Accents for shine and a smattering of Stampin Up’s Dazzling Diamonds glitter!  Mounted onto a piece of foam tape, they add a little dimension.  I trimmed down the Paris panel and adhered it to a slightly smaller panel of fun foam, layered it onto pink, then onto a white card base.
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I don’t do “cute” very often, but I LOVE this bunny and this card!  I hope you do too!