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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Herb Expressions....Don't You Love It?!!

The tour is now over, but be on the lookout for our next tour! (Dates TBA.) Hope you had fun visiting all the posts. Although the links are now down, you can still see my post below.
This post features the beautiful, new release, Herb Expressions. It's lovely, earthy, and detailed, with both word stamps AND gorgeous images.....and I had such a fabulous time working with this set! Oh, and before we begin, please note that ALL materials used to create these samples are currently available from the brand-new Stampin'Up! Idea Book and Catalog!


This first sample in Mellow Moss and Lavender Lace has a watercolored look, but in reality it was simply created with markers and stamped onto Natural Ivory CS. Such a simple card with a bit of a WOW added in....see the textured background, which was sponged with Mellow Moss to give it a more dimensional look? I think this is my very favorite of all the Texturz plates....at least for today!


Stamps: Herb Expressions
Inks: Mellow Moss, Lavender Lace
CS: Natural Ivory, Mellow Moss, Lavender Lace
Misc: Textuz Plate (Kit #4), Big Shot, Kraft Corduroy Button, Elegant Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon, Lavender Lace & Mellow Moss Markers



For a totally different look my next sample is more delicate. The Whisper White background is also textured with the mini polka dot Texturz plate....can you see it? The scallop edge was created with the brand-new Scallop Square Die. How fun! This time I used my markers again to "ink" up my image, but "colored" in using a Blender Pen. And I know you can't tell, but the image on the scallop circle is popped up on Dimensionals. And don't you just LOVE that new luscious DSP, Cottage Wall?!! It's just so yummy!



Stamps: Herb Expressions
Inks: Old Olive
CS: Whisper White, Old Olive
Misc: Cottage Wall DSP, Blender Pen, Old Olive & Orchid Opulence Markers, Pennant Die (scallop circle), Texturz Plate (Mini Polka Dots from Backgrounds #1), Scallop Square Die, Big Shot, Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals




Every time I see samples made with this stamp set, it seems to be in shades of purple and green. So, I really wanted to try it in another color combo. One of my favorites of the new In Colors is Soft Suede. It is a brown shade just like it sounds, with an almost velvety look to it....you almost need to touch it to be sure it is really cardstock! It's definitely going to be my most used new color this coming stamp year! Keeping with the soft look, but this time, much more tailored, here it is paired with Certainly Celery and So Saffron. The image was stamped in Jet Black StazOn and simply colored in with markers, dotted in with a touch of Crushed Curry ink (I don't own the new In Color markers) and just a dab of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. This is definitely my favorite of these samples.....so much so, that I made 30 of these for a swap!



Stamps: Herb Expressions, Short & Sweet

Inks: Jet Black StazOn, Soft Suede, So Saffron, Crushed Curry

CS: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Soft Suede
Misc: Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke & So Saffron Markers; Paper Piercer & Template; 5/16" Neutral Jumbo Brads in Chocolate Chip; Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon in Soft Suede; Blender Pen (to add in a touch of the Crushed Curry Ink); Matchbox Die; Texturez Plate (Squares from Kit #4); Dimensionals; Sponge Dauber

Thanks again for stopping by....hope you enjoyed your visit. Please come back and visit again! If you missed the tour....or any portion of the tour, you can check the list of participants at http://www.royalblogtour.com/.

32 comments:

Sharon Field / Created By You said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards, Barb!! Purple and green just happen to be one of my very most favorite color combos. Love your ideas and samples.. will definately bookmark your page, and I'm sure others will too!

Jennifer Scull said...

such neat samples! I love this set and can't wait to get it for my very own!! :)

Carolyn said...

My favorite is the last one, too. so pretty and soft. thanks so much for sharing. I shall return.

ceashark at aol dot com
carolyn s

Yvon7 said...

Nice job. Very Pretty and elegant.

Carey said...

I don't think I could decide which one I like best. The layouts are great and I will definitely CASE them. Thanks for the inspiration.

StampinCathy said...

Your cards are so pretty. Thanks for this inspiring eye candy along this Royal Tour.

Elaine said...

Very nice cards, really love the last one

Heather A said...

Barb, thank you for sharing your lovely cards. I appreciate the comments & instructions that you took time to provide.

Tricia W. said...

Love the colors and subtle feel of the first card. Thanks...

Tricia

PunchDrunk said...

Beautiful samples! I love the delicacy of your cards :) Thanks for sharing your lovely creations!

TABray said...

Just beautiful, Barb. I will have to look at this set again.

Brenda Marshall said...

Love your suede card... now I want to go and play with those colors! Brenda

Lynda B said...

I love how beautiful and elegant your cards are.
Thank you for sharing.

myfairlady2511 said...

Great samples! I really like the Soft Suede card. That one will be great as we head into fall.

Thanks for sharing!

Julie A. said...

Beautiful cards Barb!

Thanks so much for sharing:)

rush8888 said...

the first card with the lavender is so delicate. i think you have helped me to make up my mind to put this on my wish list. you did wonders to showcase this stamp set!

dn said...

I've been eyheballing that set, love your three cards, the colors and layouts are great!

lisa808 said...

Lovely samples. Thanks for participating in this fun tour.

Bethany Keeney said...

Very cute and simple looking. Good job!

Katie J. said...

I really like your style. Thanks for sharing your great ideas! Katie J.

Sue said...

Wonderful cards you have here Barb. Lovely! TFS

Stampin_melissa said...

Such lovely cards! TFS!

Shelly Koskinen said...

These are gorgeous!!!

Kathy W said...

very sweet projects, would be great cards to demo!

Kate Cecil said...

I quick note to thank you for your beautiful samples!! Thanks for joining in on the fun.

Mary Davis said...

Great cards. Love your samples. I love this stamp set. Thanks for sharing your talent and being on the tour.

kksb said...

My favorite card is the first one.
they are all beautiful.

Deb said...

I love what you did with this set! Thanks for sharing!!

Debbie

mjjjjtw said...

Thanks for sharing your Beautiful cards with us and Thanks for the Blog Tour. Jayne

Susan said...

Your samples are some of my favorites on the tour.

Christina said...

Great cards!

amycara said...

Loved receiving one of these for my very own...I've already CASEd it for my stamp club using different stamps and background. THANKS, Barb!!

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