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Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Art with Heart Colour Creations Showcase - #50 Soft Suede

Soft Suede with Very Versailles

Hi. Welcome to Valley Inspirations with Andrea and the 50th 2020-21 Colour Creations Showcase by members of the Art with Heart Team. We have worked through all the Stampin' Up! colours, except the newly introduced In Colours for 2021-2023 and the basics, Basic White, Basic Black and Very Vanilla. the basics would have been used by us all over the past year potentially as the bases for our creations.

Firstly, my apologies to anyone who checked in last week only to find a post with nothing creative in it. I have been quite sick and was in zombie mode last week, forgetting to delete the draft blog. I am starting to feel like I will "survive" but am still wrung out. I didn't want to miss this week's blog.

This week we are showcasing a neutral colour, Soft Suede. It is a deep brown and is part of the Neutrals' Colour Family. It's not a colour I have used very much, but having worked with it this week, I have decided it's a lovely brown. Soft Suede has been produced in Stampin' Up!'s card-stock, both A4 & 12"x12"Classic Stampin' inks (ink pads & re-inkers); Stampin' Write Markers; Stampin' Blends, & the Neutral's Designer Series Paper.

Soft Suede has not been a go to colour. In fact, it has been used very little. However, as I thought about what I would create, numerous ideas came to mind. Initially, the projects would have been suitable for fellas, but in thinking about colour combinations I really liked Calypso Coral with Soft Suede so was thinking of using this combo, together with Very Vanilla and potentially either Crumb Cake or Petal Pink (as a lighter variant of Calypso Coral). I commenced work on a fancy fold, but this morning changed tack completely as friends of mine are grieving the loss of their 17 year old poodle and I wanted to create a sympathy card for them. Here is my Soft Suede sympathy card:

The card base is Soft Suede card-stock with a layer of Very Vanilla card-stock that had been embossed with a new die, Stitched Greenery die. This die punches tiny holes in an all over leaf design. It is a pity you can't see more of this delightful design.

Two Very Vanilla card-stock card fronts were stamped with the scripty stamp from the Very Versailles stamp set. This set is a continuing stamp set, and is so gorgeous. I love it. The script was stamped in Soft Suede Classic Stampin' ink on one card front and with Calypso Coral ink on the second piece. A Blending Brush applied a centre circle of Petal Pink Classic Stampin' ink with Calypso Coral ink around the outer area. This was die cut with the second largest circle from the continuing Layering Circles dies.

The blended die cut circle was layered directly over the Soft Suede script so that script flowed through. The card front was mounted on a slightly larger piece of Calypso Coral card-stock. The leaf spray stamp was stamped twice on Very Vanilla card-stock; once with Soft Suede ink and the other with Versamark ink. The latter was heat embossed with Gold Emboss powder. Both sets of leaves were fussy cut. The Soft Suede leaves were adhered directly to the card front, while the gold embossed leaves were adhered with Mini Dimensionals.

A double bow was tied with the Very Vanilla twine from the Bakers Twine Essentials Pack and the gold trim from the Simply Elegant Trim. A little heart trinket from the Pet Trinkets was tied into the bow - reminiscent of a beloved dog's tag. Glue Dots were brilliant to attach the bows & trinket. A sentiment from the Very Versailles stamp set was stamped in Soft Suede on Very Vanilla and fussy cut out.The sentiment was added with Mini Dimensionals. To complete the design some Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels were sprinkled around.

The leaf spray was stamped in Soft Suede Classic Stampin' ink on Very Vanilla card-stock to create the card inner. A sentiment from the Pampered Pets stamp set was also stamped in Soft Suede. A coordinating Very Vanilla C6 envelope was stamped with the leaves in Soft Suede ink and the script in Calypso Coral.

Thank you so much for visiting Valley Inspirations with Andrea. I loved creating this card to share with you, even though with a heavy heart for my friends. A second project, is underway. Given other commitments I won't guarantee to add photos & details of the fancy fold. It will be a surprise!

Stampin' Up's 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue was launched earlier this month. If you are in Australia, don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and would like your own copy of the Catalogue then let me know and I will be delighted to send one to you.

Catherine Proctor is our dedicated 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 Madewhere she hosts the links to the participating blogs so you can find everyone's Soft Suede creations. Checking out everyone's creations and their interpretation of the amazing Stampin' Up! colours is always a treat and I am sure there will be inspiring Soft Suede projects on show.

I hope to see you again next week when members of the team share projects that hero the new 2021-2023 In Colours from Stampin' Up! The new In Colours are gorgeous so am looking forward to creating with them during the week.

Stay well, stay safe and be kind to yourself and others.

Andrea 💕🐾


  1. Andrea I am absolutely in awe of your fussy cutting skills - just incredible to fussy cut those leaves - your card is simply divine! Thank you so much for all of your participation in the Colour Creations Showcase over the past 12 months.

  2. Rachel Woollard26 May 2021 at 20:00

    Beautiful card Andrea, very delicate and stylish. I love the detail with the Stitched Greenery die in the background

  3. A lovely colour combination, Andrea, that works beautifully for the card's intended purpose. I like the addition of gold with Soft Suede, for the foliage. Get better soon. x

  4. Wow, breathtaking. I love your creative style!

  5. Oh Andrea, this reminds me of that gorgeous blood moon that we saw last night up in the sky! Your attention to fussy cutting those leaves, is outstanding. Gorgeous layout.

  6. Such a pretty palette of colours, and an exquisite card.

  7. Oh, this is so lovely! As soon as I saw the heart trinket, I thought of a dog collar and how apt is was on the gorgeous card. Such a sad reason for making it, but I'm sure your friends will appreciate it.

  8. An absolutely beautiful, heartfelt design Andrea. I love the pretty colour palette, the little heart, your lovely double thread bow. It's perfect in every way. Condolences to your friends on the loss of their furry family member - very sad.


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