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Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Art with Heart Colour Creations Showcase - #48 So Saffron

So Saffron with Floating and Fluttering

Hi. Welcome to Valley Inspirations with Andrea and the 48th Colour Creations Showcase by members of the Art with Heart Team. Following this blog hop, we have 2 colours to complete our examination of the whole range of Stampin' Up! colours, except ... with the launch of the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue 5 new In Colours have also been launched - we will feature these gorgeous colours during June.

This week we are showcasing a soft colour, So Saffron. It is a pale yellow and is part of the Subtles Colour Family. While a light yellow, it still has enough body to stand on its own. So Saffron 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, Designer Series Paper including the Sand & Sea DSP and Seaside Shells.

As I mused over my project using So Saffron I was also aware that the current Mini Catalogue will be ending in a little while. It is so easy to be swept up in excitement for a new catalogue and forget the lovely products within continuing catalogues. When I first devoured the J-J Mini Catalogue and saw the Floating and Fluttering bundle I wanted to use it with the Floating Frame technique. So, to fulfil this desire I have combined the technique with a focus on So Saffron, and a few other colours. Here is my card:

The Floating Frame technique was all the rage a year or so ago - it is a lovely technique. The Floating & Fluttering bundle is perfect for this technique, with 3 butterflies and foliage all combined in a single stamp and can be die cut using coordinating dies. This stamp was used together with Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' ink to stamp multiple images. Stampin' Blends were used to colour these images, ie So Saffron, Mango Melody, Petal Pink, Flirty Flamingo, Soft Sea Foam and Sahara Sand Blends Combos. Once coloured, the images were die cut using dies from the Fluttering dies.

The die cut butterflies & foliage were arranged all over a card-front sized piece of card-stock and a layer of GLAD Press n Seal was laid on top to hold all the pieces in place. A centre rectangle was die cut using a mid-sized die from the Stitched Rectangle set (they are so versatile). The die cut centre section is pictured both in the first and last photos. This is to be used as the focal panel for another card which has not been finished in time for the blog hop.

Dimensionals & Mini Dimensionals were added to the back of each of the die cut pieces and then the piece of Press and Seal was carefully turned over and positioned over a piece of Sea & Sand DSP featuring a water-coloured look with So Saffron and Flirty Flamingo. This piece was mounted on a slightly larger piece of Very Vanilla card-stock, which in turn was mounted on to the So Saffron card base.

Basic Pearl Jewels were coloured with the Light So Saffron Stampin' Blend to enable them to subtly blend with the colour scheme. I so love the way Stampin' Up! coordinates its products. You can always trust its coordination. The coloured pearls were added to some of the bigger spaces within the floating frame section.

A small frame was cut from Very Vanilla card-stock using 2 smaller dies from the Stitched Rectangle dies. The frame was popped in place within the floating frame with Dimensionals. As the Floating & Fluttering stamp set doesn't include any sentiments, a sentiment was chosen from the Pretty Perennials stamp set. This is a great stamp set that isn't continuing past the J-J Mini Catalogue. If you are interested, don't leave adding it to your order before it is too late. Both "Sending lots of" and "happy" were stamped in Crumb Cake ink on scraps of Very Vanilla card-stock. The "Sending lots of" was cut with one of the smallest stitched rectangle dies and adhered directly to the card background, while "happy" was fussy cut and popped up on Dimensionals.

The card inner has a piece of Very Vanilla card-stock mounted on another section of the same DSP from the Sea & Sand DSP packet, which in turn was mounted inside the card on the So Saffron card base. A coloured butterfly and a couple of other partial pieces that had been trimmed off the front frame were added to the inner panel. The C6 Very Vanilla envelope isn't pictured here, but butterflies were stamped on the corner of the envelope using Crumb Cake Classic Stampin ink.

Thank you so much for visiting Valley Inspirations with Andrea. I loved creating this card to share with you. The second card, using the centre piece (pictured above), is underway. I had hoped to show both cards but unexpected work consumed my creative time.

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 Made, where she hosts the links to the participating blogs so you can find everyone's So Saffron 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 So Saffron projects on show.

I hope to see you again next week when members of the team share projects that hero Soft Sea Foam from the SU Subtles Colour family. I so love this colour so am looking forward to creating with it during the week.

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

Andrea 💕🐾


  1. Andrea, what an incredible card! What really makes this for me (apart from your incredible blending) is the addition of the coloured basic pearl jewels - amazing!

  2. Amazing! Using the Sand and Sea DSP in the background has really added wow to your card. I never did get to try this technique, but am inspired by your card.

  3. This is such a beautiful detailed card, Andrea, and I just love your use of colour. Gorgeous!

  4. Your card is beautiful Andrea and the floating frame never disappoints. Gorgeous DSP colours that coordinates nicely with your coloured butterflies and foliage.

  5. This is just gorgeous! So beautiful! The colours are exquisite and the floating frame is perfect. Love this so much.

  6. A stunning example of the Floating Frame technique! The butterflies look amazing, and I am in awe of your fussy cutting!

  7. I really thought you had created that background yourself and I was in awe of it, then I read that it is DSP!!! I love this technique and what better stamp set to use it with. Fantastic colour choice too.

  8. Just beautiful Andrea. Gorgeous colours and perfectly chosen to showcase not only the colour but this stunning technique that I’m yet to try. I cannot wait to see what you create with the left over piece.


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