Stella Ruby Baby!

Today was another big shopping day for me. An Archiver's just opened in my area and since my mother in law gave me a coupon I had to go check it out. And since it was just across the street, I figured I might as well go to the LSS and see if they got their shipment of the new Basic Grey papers in... and they are finally here!

This card uses the beautiful new Basic Grey Stella Ruby paper. I just fell in paper love! If I only had the Wild Rose stamp set, I'd be in stamping heaven! :) I received this flower image from Jojot on the CCRAK (Challenge Chaser RAK) chain over on SCS. When you receive the chain card, you also receive two images. You then make two cards with those images and send two RAK's out each with two images for the next person to join in on the fun. This is the first card I made and I thought the image matched my paper pretty well. Sorry, I have no clue who makes the image, so if anybody knows, please clue me in!

ETA: Thanks to Jan J. for the name of this image: Funky Cone Flower by Embossing Arts Company.

I started by coloring the image in with prismacolors and mineral spirits and then accented the swirls with my gold gel pen. I then used some new Fruit Punch stickles on the flower petals, Ice stickles on the flower center and Crystal stickles on the stem. Next I mounted the image on Chocolate Chip and cut around it.

For my punch challenge I used one of my favorite punches - the Stampin Up notch punch. When I first saw this punch in the catalog I thought, what a dumb punch! But now, I think it is one of the classiest punches around. Everytime I'm searching for just a touch of elegance I pull it out and wrap some gold cord around the notches - and voila instant frame. I also used my scalloped square punches for this card. One of my favorite techniques with these squares is to piece them together. I punch one full one and then line up my punch to overlap the punched out shape, so I end up with a perfectly fitted rectangle (one full and one partial) that are very hard to tell they are pieced together.

For the final touch on this card, I added some organdy ribbon around the scalloped rectangle.


  1. Stella!!!! Steeeellllaaaa! Absolutely gorgeous! Love all the glittery touches and that cut out flower!

    I was just at Archiver's yesterday and indulged myself in the new BG Phoebe papers! The whole new BG line is just killing me it's so pretty! Be warned...Archiver's is an addiction!


  2. I work at an Archiver's and trust me, there's not a day I don't buy something when I work there.

  3. aaahhhh.....gorgeous!! OK OK...I'll try using some patterned paper on a card, but just this once!! (wink) And the CCRAK/image chain is awesome! Thats a great way to spread the love!!


  4. DOH!! Not only is she using PP, she is using my FAVORITE!!! THREE HAIL JULIE'S!!!
    I love love love it!! It is soooo classy and dee-vine!! Did I mention I LOVE IT??!?!?!?

  5. Totally stunning! I love that paper! And you're right.... you need Wild Rose.... LOL! I'm beginning to think it's a good thing we don't have Archivers out here.....


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