Our new collection is called Color Me Grateful, and it offers a variety of images for making cards that celebrate the little details in nature and in life, details that can seem so simple—maybe often overlooked—but that can bring joy to you and to your card recipients. There are three juicy sets in all, and we hope you’ll be here with us to see what we’re revealing each day, til we pop the cork on release day with a big ole blog hop August 1st. You’re not going to want to miss any of the colorful fun, led by the women whose cardmaking prowess is only second to their kindness and loving hearts, my Bloom Brigade design team! I am so grateful for their gorgeous contributions and I know you’re going to not want to miss a single peek.
We kick off today with a set whose blossom-laden focal image was first introduced in April of this year in our Instant Garden digital collection. (You can read the story behind Flowering Branches right here!) One of the most fabulous facets of trees that explode into flower in the springtime, they then are covered in lush leaves all summer, then many take on exquisite fall color, and THEN, as if they just can’t stop giving, giving, giving to their admirers (like us, and you know, the birds and the bees) they are covered in little fruits! When I first drew this set, I went ahead and put three seasons of bounty into the images — flowers, leaves, and fruit all at once. Which is what makes this set work practically year-round. Take a look at Happy Crabapple!
This image has been so popular as a digi — and truly, it colors up so nicely that I think it might be difficult to make it look bad. It’s just that fizzy and fun. In our clear stamp version, I’ve done a little pruning, so that you can stamp the large image of flowering crabapple branches, but then you can add little “tufts” of fruits, leaves, and flowers with smaller accent images. Or you can save the big image for later and only use the tiny ones! They are the perfect size for a quick color-up!
Sentiments in Happy Crabapple invite you to see things in new way, to find happiness and gratitude by looking at a situation differently. To keep the faith. We all need those little reminders every now and again. And you know, sometimes I stamp the messages from my stamp sets on post-it notes and place them around my computer monitor just for that very purpose! I’m sure you all could come up with a bit more creative solution than that, but it’s the spiritual nudge I need some days. :)
Oh, hey look!! The Bloom Brigade is breezing in to show us some of the many ideas you can try with this set of flowering, fruit-laden clusters and happy sentiments.
TAKE IT AWAY, BLOOMIES!