Mojo Monday: Botanical Gardens

Mon 22 Feb 2016

I'm back! It's ages since I've posted here, but I haven't gone away - just been juggling everything a bit. So... I'm trying a new kind of schedule, in the hope that it'll mean that I can keep my blog updated more regularly. "Mojo Monday" is going to be a new, regular feature, where I highlight something in one of the current Stampin' Up! catalogues that has really kickstarted my creative juices. I love that our catalogues show lots of delicious inspiration, and I know I'm not the only one who uses the samples shown as a starting point, so I really hope this is going to be a useful and interesting series. 

This first Mojo Monday is going to feature one of my favourite ranges from the Spring / Summer catalogue: the Botanical Gardens suite. Here's a taster..

Botanical Gardens from Stampin' Up!

Now, this isn't usually the kind of thing I'd go for, as I'm usually quite a CAS (clean and simple) kind of a crafter, but something about this suite really caught my imagination. It may be because it's midwinter here in the UK, and pretty grey and gloomy all round, but the lush vibrancy of these stamps and papers just had me itching to use them. Just look at how ALIVE everything is!

The photo is taken from page 26 of the Spring Summer catalogue, and highlights one of the really clever features of some of the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Papers (item 140583). Just to the right of the stamp, you can see one of the DSP sheets in its "out of the pack" state. Really pretty, yes? Well, just look how you can make it pop by adding stamped highlights to it, using the co-ordinating stamp set, "Botanical Blooms" (item 140757). That's what the designer has done in making the card on the left hand side of the picture. Doesn't it look amazing?!

At my class a couple of days ago, I was showing my lovely ladies how they could add their own highlights to the DSP by stamping on it in this way, and I just wish I could have bottled the excitement - it was so good to be a part of it! Now, stamping on patterned paper is not new, but isn't it wonderful when you find a new way to use an old technique - and how clever of Stampin' Up! to give us DSP that we can have a hand in designing. 

You may have gathered that I have really loved using this set. I've been having such fun playing with it. The co-ordinating dies (Botanical Builder Framelits: item 140625) make it so easy to create the most magical flowers, and I'll be sharing some of those later this week. Have another look at that picture again. See the Cajun Craze flower sitting next to the die? Well, those clever little "inner petals" were cut out at the same time as the flower itself. There's a second cut-line inside the die, which adds this extra detail when you put the die through the Big Shot - really quick and simple. You can curl the petals to add dimension or, as I've found, it looks really special if you cut away these inside petals when you layer the flower up with smaller ones. Watch this space, and I'll be back to show you what I mean.

I can't resist showing you the Botanical Gardens DSP pack as a whole... It's just GORGEOUS!

Just look at that! Lush or what?

I love the fact that one side of each paper is a really bold, in-your-face design, while the other side of each is much more muted. Paper for every mood. Love it!

On Wednesday, I'll be back to share the projects that we made at my February classes, all using this gorgeous suite of products. I'll also be launching my online version of the class too, so that you can take part even if you weren't able to get to this part of sunny Suffolk to join us in person. I'll even tell you how you can get a discount on the price of the class, so do pop back for a look. 

In the meantime, you can take a look at the full range of products in this suite by clicking on the links below. And, of course, if you have any questions, then you can always contact me by commenting on this post, or by using the "Contact Us" link at the top of the page. I always love to hear from you. 

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