Tuesday 31 May 2022

Happiness Abounds for Paper Players 593

Today was the day I broke out a new set from my box of 2022-23 Catalogue goodies. It was a new bundle, Happiness Abounds. Despite being a photopolymer set - which I avoid if I can - I got it for the gorgeous images and huge range of sentiments in pretty fonts. Some of my team mates at As You See It also made it seem irresistible, so  I don't think I'll regret it. 😀

I used the challenge at The Paper Players as inspiration to get started. I've gone down the middle with embossing, floral and rhinestones/pearls/dots. 


What had intrigued me in the catalogue were the little dies that give decorated edges but when I got the set in my hands, I was very interested in the die that seemed to cut out a lacy pattern. So I used it as the basis of this card. 

It was crying out for something interesting to peek out from behind it so I used the Gold and Rose Gold Metallic Specialty DSP. I like that it gives such a textured gold look, yet is remarkably smooth and light weight to use.  I gold-embossed the sentiment to add a further touch of opulence.

This set offers several outline flowers and they were a pleasure to colour with Stampin' Blends. The leaves are stamped directly onto the base and coloured with Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends.

I'd originally been going to use Champagne Rhinestones to keep the gold theme going but in the end, I used the 2022-24 In Color Matte Dots. Since the Dots of each colour are not uniform but ombre, the softest of the Sweet Sorbet Dots turned out to be a perfect match for the Flirty Flamingo roses. 

So the first outing for Happiness Abounds was a simple one, but I think this set suit many styles and techniques and I'm sure there will be much more experimentation in the days ahead.

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  1. This is absolutely beautiful, Jan! Love the peek-through glittery texture, the embossed sentiment and gorgeous flowers!

  2. Beautiful, Jan! The sparkle peeking through and the matte dots really set off these gorgeous flowers. Thank you for playing in my Tic-Tac-Toe challenge at The Paper Players this week!

  3. I REALLY like your card. I'm going to have to make one. I've been playing with the DSP and not so much the stamped images. You inspired me to move onto the stamping part! I especially love the colors you used and the layout!

    1. Thanks, Wanda. I've done it the other way - I'm only now looking at the paper. :-)

  4. Jan, I'm so glad you embraced this set, your card is a stunner! Such beautiful colors and details! I love the die cuts and elegant gold paper peeking through. WOW! I'm so glad that you played along this week at The Paper Players!