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Sunday, June 9, 2013

IBS New Release - French Country

This is the second post for today.  To see "Sunset in the City," please go here.  (Or scroll down.)


Oh WOW, today is the day the designers at Inspired By Stamping showcase the fabulous and oh so versatile stamp set, French Country, a wonderful set that includes corners, a border strip, silhouettes and this wonderful sunflower image, plus a frame which coordinates with the Fancy Labels I die set.  I absolutely love, love, LOVE this stamp set for it's elegant French Country flair.  Ooo la la!!!

Is that not just the most gorgeous in-your-face sunflower ever??  I knew immediately I wanted to color it with alcohol markers.  It's easy to get that blended look as there is lots of room on the petals and leaves.  I applied a deep, yellow-gold glitter around the green center for some added sparkle.

Here's a closer look.  Now check out the "designer" paper to the left.  I looked and looked for some paper in my extensive stash but couldn't find any, so I made my own on white paper by swiping black and dark red ink pads over it until I was satisfied, then I dabbed deep yellow distress ink on top.  Instant and perfectly coordinated dp!

The bottom strip was stamped with the border strip from the set.  Perfect.  I used IBS Satin Ribbon in Scarlet for the bow.

I didn't feel there was room on top for a sentiment, so I put it inside instead.  This sentiment is from yesterday's showcase, "Big Notes in French II" .  I love the IBS Big Notes series - they say a lot with so little effort.

The rooster is from French Country, and there's that harlequin border stamp again.  SO useful.

Thank you for joining me, and please stop by and visit the other designers as well for their various interpretations of this fabulous stamp set.  And don't forget - tomorrow is the Big Release of all stamp sets!

French Country
Shea (that's me!)

Happy crafting!

A few useful bits of information...
  • All sets will be available for purchase on June 10th, 7 p.m. Brisbane time (5 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) in the IBS store
  • Free shipping on all orders over $25 for 48 hours only -- June 10th, 7 p.m. Brisbane time to June 12th, 7 pm Brisbane time (5 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) -- code word is June Release
  • Save 15% on a bundle of all 6 stamp sets
  • Chance to win that day's featured stamp set(s) EVERY DAY during the release party, from June 6th - June 10th!  Just leave a comment at owner Joanna Munster's blog each day for your chance to win. (Each winner will be randomly selected.)


Maureen Merritt said...

Beautiful Shea! Your coloring is amazing. I love what you've done to the center of your flower and the unique "patterned paper" you created. A true masterpiece!

Shani Thomas said...

Gorgeous, Shea!!! Both of them! And your coloring of the sunflower is just stunning! Fantastic job!!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Beautiful coloring - and background!

Leah said...

So lovely Shea! Love the pattern paper you chose with your gorgeous sunflower and I love the inside too :)

Sonia said...

Love it! What a great look you created making your designer paper!

Kelly Lloyd said...

Beautiful bright happy card
Hugs Kelly

lisa808 said...

Gorgeous, inside and out!

Kristie Goulet said...

Amazingly colored sunflower, Shea! Love your homemade DSP! Love it!

~ Kendra ~ said...

Beautiful card inside and out!! Love your coloring of the sunflower, so beautiful!!

Cindy Lawrence said...

Beautiful, Shea! Your coloring and eye for design is just SPOT ON. I am loving everything you make! Hope all is well with you and yours! Big hugs to you, my sweet friend!

Donna Ellis said...

Delightful card, Shea - you convey so much happiness and beauty through the color choices and vivid combination of designs in the background! LOVE your deep, rich, WONDERFULLY lush colors - they are so lavish, and yet, pure "mother nature". Your sun flower has gorgeous shading, too - beautiful card, Shea, a true work of art! (inside and out)

Tina said...

Holy moly, your coloring is fantastic and really helps the sunflower stand out. Impeccable.