This pretty flower (stamped 3 times) was in an exclusive stamp set offered July 1st - 31st.  Oops!  I forgot about that for an hour or so while making this card. But I decided to show it to you anyway because it gave me REASON TO SMILE, which oh-by-the-way, is the name of the set!

Loving Thoughts

I used the So Saffron Stampin' Write Marker to color the petals, and the Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker to color the stems.

Loving Thoughts2

Then I cut slivers of the So Saffron Card Stock and threaded the button holes for another touch of color.

Loving Thoughts3

Also note the awesome antiqued background... It was achieved by using Early Espresso Core'dinations Card Stock in the Woodgrain Textured Embossing Folder, then rubbing a Designer Sanding Block over the top. 

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SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES:  Reason To Smile Stamp Set (Discontinued), Loving Thoughts Stamp Set #125843-W / #125845-C, So Saffron Card Stock #105118, Very Vanilla Card Stock #101650, Early Espresso Core'dinations Card Stock #127848, Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad #101406, Soft Suede Stampin' Pad #126978, So Saffron Stampin' Write Marker #119700, Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker #119702, Stamping Sponge #101610, Woodgrain Textured Embossing Folder #127821, Designer Sanding Block #124304, Natural Designer Button #127554, Glue Dots #103683.


So even though this set is not available now, you can pick a different flower and get a similar look.  Then you'll also have a reason to smile.

 Linda Aarhus, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



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What a wonderful creation Miss Linda! And you showed us so many other cool products we can get that imagining another image is no problem at all. Your card is indeed giving me a reason to smile. Wonderful color combos and textures always have that effect on me. :D
You also have me missing our various oval dies. :( Ah well...hopefully SU will bring some new ones out in future. Maybe as framelits?

Well Linda, You give me a reason to smile and your card is beautiful. Have a lovely day.
Hugs, Bev

Linda, I LOVE your cards. They are very straightforward with just the right touch of embellishment and subtle integration of the trendy stuff.

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