In May our friends Bruce and Lynsey invited us to accompany them on a trip to Chamonix, France to go on a week long hike called the Tour du Mont Blanc. Since we were with them in Europe at the time on a Stampin' Up! Grand Vacation that took us to Spain, France and Italy, we never dreamed that we would be able to return to France so soon.
However, miraculously thing worked out and we were able to travel with them to accomplish this bucket list adventure where we will hike in the Alps through Switzerland, France and Italy.
We arrived in Geneva, Switzerland and the first thing I noticed at the airport was this beautiful flower shop with all these colorful flowers.
Just across from the Flower shop was this pastiery shop where I couldn't pass without taking a photo of these amazingly beautiful sweet treats.
These beautiful treats reminded me of some beautiful creations my friend Kim Williams had recently stamped. Kim was a presenter at our On Stage event a few months ago and Kims presentation featured some amazing cards that she created with a brand new stamp set called Fresh Fruits.
The stamp set is great and has gorgeous coordinating card stock called Fruit Stand that is featured on all of Kim's cards. Kim inspired me to use this set and paper to create a gift for Lynsay to thank her for telling us about Chamonix and for inviting us on this adventure with her. I'll share that project in my next post but until then I have asked Kim if I could feature her projects in todays blog post so you could see first hand what beautiful creations you can make with the Fresh Fruits stamp set and coordinating Fruit Stand Designer Paper.
Which is the stamp? Which is the paper? In this card the way that Kim placed the stamps it almost appears to be a sheet of colorful paper but the only Designer Paper on this card is a small striped strip on the left edge. In this sample Kim masked an area of the card by placing a thin piece of scrap paper and then stamping over it. When she removes the paper there is an unstamped strip of watercolor paper exposed that a perfect focal point for her greeting.
This is the same masking technique Kim uses on this strawberry card.
However in this sample she simply uses the Designer Paper to create a little banner accent which is embellished with a jeweled rhinestone
These strawberries look good enough to eat. Here are a couple more Strawberry card samples..
Again, I can hardly tell if this background was made with Designer Paper or the stamp. If you like to create colorful and delicious back grounds then this is the set for you. I like how Kim used the Designer Paper to stamp her greeting and even lined up her Happy Birthday right across the striped paper, using it just like a piece of notebook paper.
This sample below shows more of the strawberry Designer Paper and shows a cool embossing technique on the stamped strawberries that are featured in a punched out circle focal point. Kim embosses the entire circle to give it a highlighted shiny finish.
This next card featuring the peaches uses the same embossing technique plus adds some colorful washi tape and a larger piece of the beautiful peach accented Designer Paper that is really colorful and pretty.
I also love the sentiment on this card, "I'm here for you". This is something that Kim definitely has shown to me time and time again. She is a loving friend to so many and gives so much to show others how she unselfishly loves and cares for them.
This final fruit sample also shows the embossed stamped fruit focal point but this time it features the pear. This card shows not only one side of the pear designer paper but also the reverse side which has polka dots and the card is finished off with a piece of our new in color ribbon.
The other day after spending an amazing day in the mountains we were cold and stopped to get a cappuccino at a cafeteria in the mountains.
My husband came back to the table with this.
This was a little more than just the cappuccinos that were ordered but Delicious and Beautiful, just like Kim's fruit cards.
Did you know you can also create flower cards with this set too?
Here is a simple sample of a flower card that Kim made that uses the same masking technique as the first card I shared. Its so great that the Fresh Fruit set has such versatility that you can create cards that feature Fresh Fruits and Flowers!
Speaking of flowers, they are absolutely beautiful here. Chamonix is an absolutely breathtaking colorful place. We fell in love with it just minutes after walking through the town center. The bright and colorful flowers are so vibrant in contrast to the beautiful, glistening snow capped mountains.
There is beauty everywhere you turn!
And as you walk through the town you smell delicious food coming out of the many cafe's as well as many beautiful people all geared up and heading out for amazing adventures on a playground called Mont Blanc.
I feel so honored and blessed to have been able to experience this place. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Lynsey so again, in my next post you will see how I used the Fruit Stand Designer Paper to create a small gift with her in mind.
Until then I just want to say a special mahalo to my friend and featured guest artist Kim Williams for sharing all these fabulous Fresh Fruit and Flower projects that coordinated so well with my early adventures in Chamonix, France.
Thank you so much Kim for being a featured guest artisan on my blog this week and for sharing these Fresh Fruit and Flower creations. I wish I could thank you by sending a box of these adorable cookies I saw in Switzerland.
They are happy, sweet and cute, just like YOU.