For this week's Fall-to Layout:
Impress flower, SU! Thank you, various dots. Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple ink. Raspberry Ripple and Whisper White cardstock.
I spent some time with my new inks this afternoon. As predicted, I'm loving the 3 colours I used above.I ordered the cardstock pack so I could see them all, but only got the 3 inkpads used here - pretty sure I won't order Starfruit, and the jury's out on Primrose Petal. I find with these in-colours that you can often just get away with another permanent colour - do you find that? Except Cool Caribbean - I'm still sad that we don't have that one anymore!
As for the firm foam ink pads, I haven't really decided what I think. They are definitely different from the old pads and some of them are very juicy (there's ink EVERYWHERE - especially on my clear blocks). I tried different techniques for getting full coverage on the flower (wood-mounted rubber) - this is about the sixth one I stamped - Raspberry Ripple was not so juicy. It was certainly more than the 'tap-tap' that I've heard about, but not as much as the 'tap-tap-push-twist-tap-tap' that the old ones were. I tried the inks with both rubber and clear stamps. I think it's going to be an ongoing journey while I get used to them.
The "thank you" is from a set called "Made for You" - it's one of 2 (yes, only 2!) new sets that I bought. Still waiting for my catalogue (given up on Stampin' Up! mailing list - called my Demo who has sent me one, but it hasn't arrived yet).
All in all, a fun afternoon with my new goodies - let me know what you've ordered and what you think!