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Blending the New with the Old

Plays on words are so much fun. Even when I came up with the title of this blog post, I didn't realize how accurate it was until I thought again about the card I'm featuring today. Read more to see where I'm going with this...

The most amazing package came to my door last week! It was filled with ink pads and stamp sets and paper, oh my! The best part? Almost everything in the box is brand new! The new Designer Series Paper (DSP) - always a top favorite of mine - was the first thing I wanted to pull out of the box! (Incidently, do you love DSP, too? You're going to want in on my paper share! Read more here.)

After the box arrived, I was preparing for my monthly swap. I wanted to use a bit of new product, but I wanted to pair it with some current product already in the catalog but carrying over to the new one. New In Colors! That's where I'd start. They're so pretty!

I don't know if you know this about me, but I. Love. Green. I am beyond excited that there isn't one, but TWO new greens in the In Color collection this year! Woohoo! So you guessed it, Green for my swap card! When I went through my stamp sets that are carrying over, I found the perfect one:

I already had a bunch of stitched rectangles left over from another project, so I was going to use those for my focal point. I wanted to make a beachy scene using the palm trees in the Timeless Tropical stamp set. I started by using Blending Brushes to apply "sand" and "sky" to the stitched rectangle with Crumb Cake and Pool Party ink.. Blending...get it? We now circle back to the title of this blog post: "Blending" the New with the Old. See? A fun play on words. :)

Then I inked the palm trees with Crumb Cake and my NEW Soft Succulent Stampin' Write Markers and stamped them in the sand, followed by a little "hello" in Soft Succulent ink. Such a pretty color!

Add some pieces of Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen, and Mint Macaron cardstock for some color blocking, some brand new Genial Gems in a beautiful Mint Macaron, a layer of Crumb Cake cardstock, and a Thick Basic White card base to finish this eye-catching card.

It's been awhile since I've played with Timeless Tropical, but when I paired it with these fabulous new colors, it came alive for me again! Blending the new with the old makes a lot of sense, eh?

Stamping blessings!


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