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Let's Go Shopping

My mind has been bursting with ideas for the Garden Meadow stamps and die set. One of those ideas was to pair it with the Let's Go Shopping stamps & dies. In my little German town we have a bakery close to me called The Backerei. Our downtown is full of the quaint little shops depicted in the Let's Go Shopping stamp set & dies. And right downtown is an arch right over one of our streets. So this card is my interpretation of the bakery, our downtown and the arch.

This was actually my second attempt. I'm not very good with coloring, especially with the Stamp' Blends© in teeny spaces. So I went with my Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pen. I admit when I first saw the light fixture stamp I thought it was paint rollers or funnels. LOL. Today I stamped them in VersaMark and embossed them in Bronze Embossing Powder. Then I colored them in with the Bronze Stampin' Blends marker, it comes in a set with the Vanilla Stampin' Blend.

I wanted the background to be brick, like our downtown buildings, so forgive me for using our retired Brick & Mortar embossing folder. I used Crumb Cake card stock and inked up the embossing folder with Crumb Cake stamp pad before running it through my Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine. It gives the embossed image a bit more definition.

I ran the embossed card stock through the machine again using the arch from the Garden Meadow dies. The outside I popped up on some Dimensionals and put it on the card base. I glued the inside of the arch to the card base. I like using Multipurpose Liquid Glue for this so I can move it around a bit to get it centered. Everything else is from the Let's Go Shopping stamp & die set.

This is my next card is the first card where I did a bit of cheating by using the Designer Series (Pattern) Paper (DSP). Well, truth be told my first attempt was stamping and coloring with my Stampin' Blends, but it was worse then a kindergartner, so it went in the round file. Then I turned to the DSP.

I certainly like the bakery better in this one! I fussy cut these buildings from the DSP, except for the potted flowers and the die cut leaves. It looks a little bit more finished.

As I'm looking at this, I'm getting another idea. This Garden Meadow die and the Brick & Mortar embossing folder would make a great Pizza Oven!!!!

These two sets have been so much fun to play with! Now, onto the reason that I bought Garden Meadows for........ after I work on some Valentines.

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