Monday, January 9, 2012

Mixed Bunch Marimekko

It's snowing.
I knew it wouldn't last all winter long, these wonderfully warm temperatures, but I was REALLY hoping that the snow would miss us altogether this year. After being bombarded the past two years, I'm just not excited to see the white stuff coming down.
Don't get me wrong, I don't hate snow, not at all, it's lovely to look at and normally I'm happy for a snow day or two for our family. It gives us a chance to be lazy and curl up by the fire with a good book or a movie on the tv. I think I'm just snowed out for a little while.
Even our trip to Lowell this past weekend was snow free. Not a flake on the ground anywhere and the temps were in the 50's. That was awesome!

Emma's team skated beautifully, but still ended up placing 8th out of 11 teams. Frustrating, but they knew that they'd skated well, and honestly, that's what you hope for - that they are satisfied that they did their best.
I was way too busy to even think about posting while we were gone - sorry about that - but you guys know, the Mom stuff comes first!

So, because of the snow, today's card(s) are bright and cheerful and put me in mind of Summer - which I wish was here already!
Here, take a look:

The new stamp set, Mixed Bunch has so many design possibilities - I can't wait to really get some quality time playing around with it. There is a new matching punch that coordinates with all four of the flower images in the set too. Love that!

The cards I'm showing you today came out of my love for the Marimekko design style. If you're not familiar with them, they are a company based in Finland that deeply influenced design and fashion in the 60's and 70's. They are really known for their bright, bold design schemes. Most consider their style to be contemporary, but I consider it more eclectic because of it's ability to work in many design schemes.
Anyway, when I saw the boldest image in the stamp set, I knew right away that it would be killer done in some bold jewel tones, so I got busy creating!

The first card uses Concord Crush, Whisper White and a touch of Daffodil Delight - I've always loved purple and yellow together, how about you?

You can't see it, but I embossed the punched out flower with the New Melon Scented embossing powder. I stamped the flower using Elegant Eggplant Craft Ink, which coordinated nicely with the Concord Crush. Once I embossed it, I punched it out and layered it with Stampin' Dimensionals on the punched out Daffodil Delight Flower. I added a Basic Rhinestone to the center for a little bling. The Concord Crush Twill Ribbon is wrapped around the front of the card and tied off in a knot on the left.

I loved the design so much that I couldn't stop there, I had to make it again in another color combo.
Poppy Parade and Daffodil Delight.
Honestly, I can't decide which I like better. Opinions?

Here's a close up of the focal point:

So, there you have it - some bright, flowery fun for a cold, snowy day. I hope it's made you feel a bit sunnier today!
You can be sure you'll be seeing a lot of this stamp set here over the coming months. I know SU! has a lot of floral designs, but this one has a little bit of several different styles and the creative possibilities are intriguing to me.

Have a great evening everyone!

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  1. Stunning cards! The Concord Crush is my favorite.

  2. Very pretty cards, so crisp and clean looking.

  3. Concord is my choice but love both. thanks for sharing Robin!

  4. Just getting around to looking at some of these lovely posts! I like the Poppy Parade one better, because, despite how much i love purple, to me those are the real Marimekko colors!


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