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Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Art with Heart Colour Creations Showcase - #39 Purple Posy

Purple Posy with Simply Succulents

Hi. Welcome to Valley Inspirations with Andrea and the 39th 2020/2021 Colour Creations Showcase by members of the Art with Heart Team.

The week we are showcasing a very soft purple, Purple Posy. Purple Posy 
is part of Stampin' Up! In Colour's collection for 2019-2021. As such, this colour will be retiring soon and once the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue becomes live it will not be available. It is a pretty purple, so if you love it, I recommend not waiting to replenish your supplies because once the retiring list is available In Colours usually sell out quickly. Purple Posy is produced in Stampin' Up!'s card-stock, both A4 & 12"x12"Classic Stampin' inks (ink pads, re-inkers); Stampin' Write Markers; Stampin' Blends, a number of Designer Series Papers, including Playing with Patterns & Ice Cream Corner Designer Series Papers; the Gorgeous Posies Card Kit, Playing with Patterns Resin dots and Playing with Patterns Ribbon, etc.

Similar to last week, I have only been able to complete one project in time for the Colour Creations Showcase going live. My second card is still "under construction" and not ready for public consumption. I had numerous interruptions throughout the day so last night's plan of finishing the card quickly this morning, hasn't come to pass. It is almost ready. I need to re-cut and colour some flowers, confirm the arrangement (hmm, that could take me ions as I am NO flower arranger) and then put it together. Hopefully I will be able to add the second card to this blog early in the weekend.

Succulents can be so beautiful with their purple tips and they come in a range of colours. (See some examples below.) I decided to colour the Simply Succulent stamp set with Stampin' Blends including the Purple Posy Combo. I also used Light and Dark Gorgeous Grape, Seaside Spray, So Saffron, Soft Sea Foam, Mint Macaron, Pool Party, a little Balmy Blue and the Colour Lifter. The succulents  were stamped in Basic Grey Classic Stampin' ink on Basic White card-stock. The succulents were fussy cut. While I could have used the coordinating dies, I decided that I didn't want the white boarder around the single succulents so I fussy cut them all for consistency.

To create the card front, the large die from the coordinating Potted Succulents dies was used to cut a background from Basic White card-stock for the filagree layer. This was adhered directly to a piece of Basic White card-stock. I love the subtlety of white on white. A scolloped rectangle from the Stitched So Sweetly dies cut a rectangular hole through both layers near the centre. This card front was positioned over the Purple Posy card-stock base and the hole  was penciled in so a hole could be cut in the base card in an aligned position. To frame the hole, the same scalloped die and the next largest die were used to cut 3 frames from Purple Posy card-stock. The 3 frames were adhered together to gain some depth and then adhered to frame the rectangular hole. A sentiment from the Simply Succulent stamp set was stamped in Gorgeous Grape Classic Stampin' ink on Basic White card-stock and with Versamark ink on Highland Heather card-stock and heat embossed with White Stampin' Emboss powder. The top line of the sentiment was die cut with a label from the coordinating Potted Succulents dies, while the scripty word was fussy cut. 

A slightly smaller Basic White card base was adhered to the inner back of the Purple Posy card base, leaving a small boarder of the purple. The white card opens from the centre out (see a photo below of the opened card and the card inner.

A second card front size background die from the Potted Succulents dies was cut in Basic White card-stock and adhered directly to the top of the closed white section of the card-base. The pot from the same stamp set was also stamped in Basic Grey Classic Stampin' ink on a scrap of Basic White card-stock and coloured with the lIght Blackberry Bliss Stampin' Blend together with the light and dark Gorgeous Grape Blends and the light Purple Posy Blend. The Colour Lifter Blend was used to soften the edges of the highlighted area. For consistency, this was fussy cut rather than using the coordinating dies.

An edge was cut from one of the Purple Posy rectangles remaining from cutting the frames for the front. This was adhered under a strip of In Good Taste DSP which had been flagged at each end. White twine from the Snail Mail Twine Combo was wrapped around the banner twice and tied in a bow. This banner was adhered directly to the inner white card over the Potted Succulent die cut. 

The pot and the succulent arrangement were added with Dimensionals. Two of the smaller succulents were added - one on a Dimensional. The positioning of the 2 small succulents needed to appear through the frame when the card was closed and well as look pleasing with the card front open. Glistening opal rounds were added to both the card front and the inner design.

Here is a picture of the fully opened card. A sentiment from the stamp set was stamped in Gorgeous Grape ink and one of the single succulents stamped in stamped off Highland Heather Classic Stampin' ink.

A C6 Basic White envelope was similarly stamped a few times with a single succulent and stamped off Highland Heather ink.

Thank you so much for spending time with me. I do appreciate you calling by. 😘

Catherine Proctor is the lovely host of the Art with Heart Colour Creations Showcase. If you haven't finished visiting all of the team's colour creations, you can visit/revisit Catherine's page at What Cathy Made, where she hosts every link to the participating blogs so you can find everyone's Purple Posy creations. Checking out everyone's creations and their interpretation of the amazing Stampin' Up! colours is always a treat. 

I hope to see you again next week when members of the team share projects that hero Real Red, which is a pillar box red (yes, next week we are commencing the colours beginning with "R"). 

Stay well, stay safe and be kind to yourself and others as these strange times continue. Hopefully life with settle to an improved normality in a little while (it is taking longer than I was expecting).

Andrea 💕🐾


  1. Oh my goodness Andrea that is a work of art - a simply stunning card!!! So much work - i hope you have someone special to send it to. I don't know what i love more - the surprise when you open the card front to revel the entire succulent pot or your colouring of the pot? Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful Purple Posy project with us all tonight x

  2. Rachel Woollard10 March 2021 at 19:54

    Stunning card Andrea, the triple fold card is a great idea

  3. Wow, another spectacular work of art, Andrea! Stunning!

  4. Gosh, this is so beautiful, Andrea! What a work of art. I love the colours you've used, as well as your use of white-on-white. The dimension you created for the frame looks great. Such a pretty card!

  5. I know you like making two cards each week, but really when you make a project of this caliber, there’s really no need to make a second one! This is a divine card. The succulent dies are on my list!

  6. That is really a ‘wow’ card! Love the different techniques used to put the card together and the cacti peeking through the window frame.

  7. Wow that a show stopper Andrea, Love it.

  8. WOW! An amazing creation which I adore. So happy I ordered succulents now, but this might be a bit ambitious for a first try. You are too clever Andrea!

  9. Oh WOW, Andrea! Such a beautiful card! Your colouring of the succulents is gorgeous and I love the fancy-fold design. Very inspirational.

  10. Oh wowsers, that is absolutely stunning, Andrea. I love how all that white around the gorgeous colourful succulents, makes them stand out. Your colouring is out of this world. By far the best card I've seen using these products.

  11. Ingenious, Andrea - and so gorgeously executed!

  12. Your colouring is superb and I love the peek a boo window!


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