Saturday, June 13

Sneak Peek - Circle Circus

I want to give you a Sneak Peek at a new set - Circle Circus - a versatile combination of whimsical circles that are sure to make your head 'spin'. Have you ever heard the song that goes, "Make new friends, but keep the old..."? (I just know there are some fellow Girl Scouts out there!) With everyone tightening their budgets I think it's important to maximize the supplies and stamps that you purchase. Combining a few new stamp sets and accessories with your existing supplies will rejuvenate your creativity and give your projects a fresh feel.

I inked up three circles in Kiwi Kiss and stamped onto Whisper White. Don't you love the fun patterns? For a twist, I decided to create a topiary flat note.
  • The card base is a 4" x 9.25" piece of textured Kiwi Kiss cardstock layered with a Baja Breeze matte and a modern Baja print from Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper collection.
  • Using a Corner Rounder, I rounded 2 opposing corners of the Baja layers. I love the subtle shape this gives.
  • Striped Baja Breeze Grosgrain runs across the bottom and creates a simple loop on the right side. I emphasized the loop by adding a sassy button - complete with Linen Thread accent.

  • I zipped a piece of (2.75" x 6.25") Cameo Coral thru. my Big Shot Machine using the Swiss Dot embossing folder from Cuttlebug. TIP: The Big Shot Starter Kit (116314), as featured on page 193 in the current Idea Book, will NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE AFTER JUNE 30th. If you are interested in purchasing this awesome kit filled with everything you need to get you started with die cutting, be sure to order NOW. And don't forget: All orders over $250 automatically earn additional HOSTESS BONUS rewards - that's $45++ in FREE merchandise!
  • My polka-dotted Cameo Coral was layered atop a Kiwi Kiss matte, corner rounded, and embellished with a Round Tab Punch. The 'Life' sentiment was isolated from a John Lennon quote included in the Full of Life set. I simply colored on the stamp with a Chocolate Chip marker, stamped, and punched - voila!
  • My flower pot was created in a few easy steps:
  1. Cut a 2" square and score the top half inch.
  2. Fold your flap down and adhere. Using a ruler or other straight edge, mark an angle for one side of your flowerpot. Trim along this line.
  3. Use your trimmed corner and flip it over. (I shaded mine in Chocolate Chip so you could better see it.) Adhere and trim.
  4. Tada! A perfect pot ready for 'planting' and embellishing.

I added a quick strip of Chocolate Chip for a 'trunk' and popped my circles using punches. (1.75", 1.25", and 1") They were adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Note: I added my topiary to the gallery at Color Throwdown - a place for great color inspiration!

Did you notice that I said I made a simple flat note today? I quickly added a piece of Whisper White to the back - perfect for note writing, and tied everything together with the full sentiment placed at the top. A nice change, don't you think?

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Stamps: Circle Circus (available July 1st), Full of Life (111500)

Paper: Kiwi Kiss Textured Cardstock - 12x12 astd. In Colors (111345), Baja Breeze (111352), Cameo Coral (100475), Kraft (107070), Chocolate Chip (102128), Whisper White (100730), Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper (115123)

Ink: Kiwi Kiss (111835), Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker (100071)

Tools: Corner Rounder (109047), Circle Punches: 1-3/4" (112004), 1.25" (104403), 1" (109046), Round Tab Punch (108340), Big Shot Machine (1113439), Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder

Sassy Somethings: Button Bouquet (112092), Baja Breeze 5/8" Striped Grosgrain (111375), Linen Thread (104199)


Margaret said...

This is too cute, Denise! You've made me reconsider the Circle Circus set! I like your color choices, too!

Your fellow Pal,


Ann Schach said...

This is so cool! As always, a super job!

Mary Fish said...

Love the rounded "opposing" corners. Great details on the flower pot. The interior is a wonderful surprise. Great job! Hugs,


Kim said...

Great card Denise. Love all the detail you put into it!

Melissa said...

Congrats on being a guest stamper! Love the card and thanks for letting us know how to make that cute pot!

Patti said...

Denise, if I didn't already (luckily!) have all of these ingredients to case your card, I'd run out and BUY them now! SOOOO cute! Very clever!

Shawn said...

This is a stunning card!!! LOVE your 'out of the box' thinking! Found your blog through Mary Fish''re now in my Google Reader list. Can't wait to see what you come up with next. ;o)

Miss Boo (a.k.a. jen70) said...

I love your card! Thanks for the directions for the vase. I'll have to try that! I can't wait to be able to order Circus Circles!

Barbara said...

Very creative use of those circles!! Thanks for playing the Throwdown! Hope to see you again next time!

Tammy Hershberger said...

OMGosh, this is cute! I love how you used those circles! Thanks for playing the Throwdown!

LeAnne said...

Very cute! Into my favs it is going for future CASEing! Great easy way to highlight this new set that I love so much!
Thanks for sharing with us!

dpkennedy said...

This is so sweet! I love the flower pot and the buttons are adorable! Thanks so much for playing the CTD!

broni (waterchild12) said...

What a wonderful way to use this great new set! I need to introduce mine to some ink!! Thanks for playing with us!

Kim said...

Love your card...great design! Blessings, Kim xXx

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