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Old Color Rules are Out!

Let's first take care of some breaking news: on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, Stampin' Up!® is offering 15% off all 2022-2023 Annual Catalog stamp sets (excluding only the host sets)! Say what??

This is so fun! It's a great way to stock up on those stamp sets you have on your wish list that just haven't gotten to the top. Place your order Thursday, between midnight and midnight your time in my online store.

Here is the list, complete with sale prices:

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Let's get down to the beautiful project for today...

Don't wear blue with green. Orange and red together are the worst. No brown with gray. I have always been careful to follow these rules when dressing myself, from little on. Did you grow up with these color rules, too?

As these rules have gradually changed over time, I have been known to experience some discomfort when seeing the above colors together. However, those days of discomfort are basically gone, and I'm calling a revamp to old color rules. They are OUT! Why? I'd say a lot of my acceptance comes from beautiful Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!® that just so happens to combine formerly forbidden colors. One of those Designer Series Papers from the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog is Abigail Rose. Combining Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Petal Pink, Smoky Slate, and Very Vanilla is now elegant. Yes, black and gray, combined with browns is accepted, and, dare I say, gorgeous!

I recently made a book fold card using the tulip paper, top center, and I think it turned out absolutely beautifully. I even colored the tulips with Stampin' Blends Markers. You really need to check it out, if you haven't already. You can see it here.

For the card I made for this blog post, though, I decided I needed to step outside the former color rules to use Crumb Cake and Smoky Slate on the same card. This is the paper that convinced me that was going to be ok.

It's a little hard to tell in this pic, but those are little Crumb Cake flowers in the tiny circles, and the background is in Smoky Slate. Put these two papers together,

and it truly is unbelievable how gorgeous this color combination is, especially considering it broke the old rules.

I do love the ease of the brown and gray together on this card, but I think my favorite thing is the tag. The tag die, the flower dies, the matte dot, the ribbon, the twine...the combination just brings the whole card together.

Crumb Cake cardstock:

-5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

-2 1/2" x 4 1/2" for the tag

Smoky Slate cardstock:

-1/4" x 4"

Very Vanilla cardstock:

-2 1/2" x 5" for the flower pieces

Abigail Rose Designer Series Paper:

-1 1/4" x 4"

4" x 4"

And guess what! You get a free tutorial for this card by clicking the file below. Enjoy, and please let me know if you have any questions.

Shaded Summer September 2022
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Happy stamping!


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