Thanks for stopping by! Today's post is special - it's the monthly Stampers' Dozen Blog Hop featuring 13 12 wonderful Stampin' Up! Demonstrator "Leaders" from the US and Canada (one of us is still enjoying her time in Europe). Granted, you may already know that if you're coming from Janet's or Jodi's blogs.
How many new products can you cram onto a card? That seemed to be what I did when I created the card for today's blog hop! There are two new stamp sets, two new sets of framelits, four new embellishments, plus the new Designer Foil Accetate sheets. But, the result is one incredibly patriotic card, don't ya think? I actually showed this card to Mike when it was complete and his reaction was, "Wow, Patriotic"! So, I guess I nailed the theme!
When designing today's card, I actually worked hard to find some new stamp sets that weren't getting as much exposure as Swirly Bird. I'm guessing these two stamp sets may not have been at the top of your wish list.
The "celebrate" sentiment came from the new Ronald McDonald House Set, "My Hero" on the inside back cover of the catalog. That set certainly has an interesting mix of stamps for a variety of occasions. The sentiment was cut using the coordinating Cupcake Cutouts Framelits dies. I love that the little banner is scored when cutting so you can make it pop up like I did on my card!
The remaining stamped images came from the new "Superstar" stamp set. It caught my eye because I was looking for stars and festive images. And this one was perfect! I used the coordinating Stars Framelits and Layering Circles Framelits to cut the images.
The polka dot acetate may not be as obvious to you. In the catalog you'll notice that the foil is gold. But, if you flip it over the back is a silvery white! I could have used either on this card, but I decided to go with the silvery white side.
To adhere the acetate to the card, I actually used a fine line of glue from my Fine Tip Glue Pen along the edge that is hidden by the brand new Real Red Stitched Satin Ribbon. However, now that the card is together, I could have also hid some glue under the big circle.
The final embellishments were the stars from the Metallics, Brights, and Regals Enamel Shapes. I gotta admit, I was pretty sad when I realized the new enamel shapes weren't all circles when they came out. But, I now find it ironic that the first shapes I used out of the pack were the stars! I'm loving the variety! I used the Silver from the Metallics, the Real Red from the Brights, and the Night of Navy from the Regals.
Yep, this might be one of the most expensive cards I've ever made! I hope it inspires you!
All of the supplies used to create today's projects are shown below. Feel free to click on each image to learn more about each product or purchase them in my online store. There's also a nifty link on the bottom left that'll allow you to create your own printable list of all of the supplies!
If you get lost along the way, here is a list of everyone involved in the hop this month (note these links will take you to their blogs and not directly to the hop post):
Kristin Kortonick (YOU ARE HERE)
Stella MacKay (Not hopping this month)