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Hello papercraft friends. Today it's time for another Your Creative Connection global Stampin' Up! showcase. In this round #YCC106, my global friends and I are creating with our favourite Designer Series Paper (DSP). I'm really looking forward to visitig each person to see which paper pack they chose. I tried to guess for a few, let's see how well I have done.

My choice was Perennial Essence Designer Series paper. As soon as I saw this paper launched at OnStage Live in New Zealand I was IN  LOVE. Not only because of the colours and beautiful imagery, but the Monet like look of the paper. I was lucky enough to have a trip to Paris booked with a friend 3 months after On Stage, and we had already booked our tickets to visit Monet's Garden in Giverny.

Perennial Essence B

Perennial Essence DSP is a 12x12" sized pack with 6 double sided designs. The imagery on this paper was actually handpainted by the artists at Stampin' Up! The designs are so soft and beautful and it coordinates with at least eleven different Stampin' Up! colours: Balmy Blue, Blackberry Bliss, Blueberry Bushel, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Petal Pink, So Saffron and Whisper White. It is also part of the Perennial Essence suite, so has coordinating items (see links list at end of post).

Perennial Essence A

The sad bit is though, as this paper has been around for a year, it is retiring on June 2nd or until supplies last, whichever is earliest. If you want to buy it, I would get in fast. I jumped in today and purchased some more myself as I am not ready to see it go yet and want to use it for my Monet's Garden mini album (retiring products lists for the 2020 Annual Catalogue and 2020 January to June Mini Catalogue are linked towards the end of the post).

I had originally planned to make 1-2 cards for this post, but once I started playing I made 6 cards in an afternoon. I used Crumb Cake as the base on four of them, and Purple Posy on the other two. Neither of those colours are on the official coordinating colours list for this DSP (these are listed in the catalogue net to each DSP, in the online store and also on the packing cardboard on the paper pack itself), which shows you how versatile this paper is.

Stampin' Up!  Perennial Essence DSP 2020 cards by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia for YCC106

For these first two cards, I have just used one cardfront sized piece of patterned paper. I think this sheet is my favourite in the whole pack. You could even frame it. To complete these cards, I have used die cut labels from the Detailed Bands Dies and greetings from the Ornate Thanks and Band Together stamp sets. You will see the layered and slightly crumbled little flowers on a few of my cards. Those were made using dies which are included in the Ornate Border Dies (all links at end of post).

Stampin' Up!  Perennial Essence DSP 2020 cards by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia for YCC106

Stampin' Up!  Perennial Essence DSP 2020 cards by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia for YCC106

For these next two cards, I just cut two different patterned rectangle pieces of the DSP both ways on the diagonal, and then  interchanged two pieces. For this first one, I used the Ornate Frames dies for a big thank you.

Stampin' Up!  Perennial Essence DSP 2020 cards by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia for YCC106

In this second card I used the Detailed Bands dies again, with the greeting from Band Together stamp set (these products can be purchased as a bundle).

Stampin' Up!  Perennial Essence DSP 2020 cards by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia for YCC106

My final two cards are both the same, so I will just show you one of them. In these cards, I adhered the paper strips to the Petal Pink cardstock and then placed that through the Subtle 3D embossing folder. The effect of doing that is AMAZING with this paper. It looks like a painted canvas. To finish these cards off, I offset two medium daisys and placed an adhesive Perennial Essence Floral Centre in the middle (the floral centres are another thing I added to my order today - they are so realistic). The greeting is from Peaceful Moments in the 2020 January to June mini catalogue, and I have cut it out with the Timeless Label Punch.

Stampin' Up!  Perennial Essence DSP 2020 cards by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia for YCC106

Before we head off around the world to visit my crafty demonstrator friends, I wanted to share a couple of special pictures with you from my visit to Monet's Garden in Giverny. This was a dream destination for a garden lover like me to visit, and it didn't dissapoint! I can't wait to complete my mini album and will be sure to post pictures here on my blog when I do.

Monet Garden 1

Moents Garden 2

Now it's time to head off around the world (luckily we have virtual travel like this in times of social isolation), and visit my lovely global demonstrator friends to see which DSP is their favourite. Next we are off to visit Dawn Olchefske in Minnesota, USA.


If you get lost anywhere along the tour, here is a list of all the Your Creative Connection posts today.

Jenn Tinline - Canada

Jennifer Pauli - Germany

Janneke Dijkstra - de Jong - Netherlands 

Michelle Last - UK 

Claire Daly - Australia

Dawn Olchefske - USA 

Barbara Meyer - Austria 

Kristine McNickle - New Zealand


Retired Products Lists Out Today - Some items reduced up to 60% off

Retiring product links here are for those products retiring permanently on June 2nd (or sooner if they sell out) from the 2019 Annual Catalogue and 2020 Jaunary to June Mini Catalogue. Three things to remember about these lists:

  • The products are only available until sold out, or June 2nd, whichever comes first. There will be no backorders on these products.
  • Even if product bundles are carrying over, the 10% discount price WILL NOT carry over (but there will be new bundles in the new cataloge at the 10% price).
  • It's first in best dressed. Some products sell out fast. 

View the retiring products lists in the online store 

Download Retiring Products 2019 Annual Catalogue PDF

Download Retiring Products 2020 January to June Mini Catalogue

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Beautiful Cards, Claire!

What a beautiful cards Claire ;O)

This is one of my favourite DSPs too! I love all the designs you made with it!

You certainly have an artistic touch with the beautiful Perennial Essence DSP. I love it combined with the scrolly frames and sentiments. So pretty.
Thanks for sharing the lovely photos of Monet's garden. Wish I could visit it someday.

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