Wednesday 10 May 2023

Sweet Citrus for Around the World on Wednesday


It's already time for another Inspiration Hop with Around the World on Wednesday. On the second Wednesday of each month, the team put together a thematic hop to give you some inspiration for your own crafting. We love it when you try out something new or CAS(E) one of our projects. The team is truly international, with members from each time zone of the world that Stampin' Up! operates. You're with me, in New Zealand - the first place in the Stampin' Up! world to change the date. đŸ˜€

This month, our inspiration is this sketch. 

I like a sketch for inspiration as it's great to have a starting point. What I saw here was a strong vertical along the first third of the card front, something different on each side of it and a sentiment placed in the bottom half centre to right side. 

I was very late to the Sweet Citrus party, having only acquired it in the latest box of Stampin' Up! supplies. This is my first go round with it and when I saw how the beautiful 3D impression the hybrid embossing folder makes on the fruit, I'm sorry not to have got it sooner!

I started my experiment by stamping our the fruit stamp (they're all on the same stamp) firstly in Daffodil Delight and then two-stepped with Lemon Lolly, then a second set in Granny Apple Green two-stepped with Lemon-Lime Twist. These I die cut and embossed to try out all the bits of the bundle. I was sold on them - the fruit looks so real!

The leaves were stamped in Garden Green and having two dies for them speeded up the process. 

I much prefer texture to pattern, so for the two section of the card front, I tried out another new acquisition: the Basics Embossing Folders trio from the On Line Exclusives. One pack, three folders and I used two of them here. The On Line Exclusives products are varied and gorgeous but you won't find them in any catalogue, only in the On Line store. You can see them here. They're well worth a look. You can buy them online or with an order form just like any other catalogue product. Ask your demonstrator if you're unsure. 

What will you do with this sketch? Hop on the wonderful Leonie Stuart and see what she has done with it.

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  1. Wow, what a fab card! The fruit looks so realistic and ready to jump off the page!

  2. I love all the texture on this card. This Sweet Citrus set has been on my list and I still haven't got it. I really need to. Your card is lovely Jan x

  3. Beautiful card! Love the colors and how you used 2 embossing folders!

  4. Absolutely gorgeous Jan ... you are right, the citrus bundle is delightful and I haven't yet had a chance to use it. You have inspired me! xxx

  5. OBSESSED with this lemon/lime die set! So fantastic, and I love your card! Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog...have a colorful day!

  6. How fun! I love all the texture and patterns on this card.

  7. Absolutely great! It's true that I too haven't used Sweet citrus yet since I bought it, it makes me want to start using it so badly! Thank you for sharing this lovely and very funny skit!