I have a thing for circles. I like the patterns they create, and I like combining different sizes of them--just look at my blog header if you need any confirmation of this fact.
So it should be no surprise that I chose a set called Circle Circus from the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog preorder that was made available to demonstrators on the 1st. The circles above are of the new In Color Collection, and here are the names of the six (from top left): Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, and Dusty Durango. These will be available, ALONG WITH COORDINATING STAMPIN' WRITE MARKERS, July 1. Woot!
Circle Circus has 10 different circle patterns in a variety of sizes, but there were two I was drawn to immediately. The interlocking circle was the one I inked first; I wanted to see if I could make a pattern with it. It turned out I couldn't--at least not without a lot of work with the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig (SAMJ). I was too antsy to do all that, so I started just stamping and cutting. This one can be punched out with the 1.25" circle punch, and I did that. But I was wanting to see what more this set could offer than strictly circles...and I found a flower among these circles. You'll see it in a minute if you don't already.
This is the other circle I found intriguing. I created a circular background pattern using a Papertrey Ink (PTI) set awhile back, and I wanted to see if I could produce something similar. I did a practice run using retiring Tangerine Tango, and I liked it! So I pulled out my Basic Black classic ink pad and the SAMJ and recreated what I'd just made. I colored the eye-shaped spot created by the intersecting circles with the new markers. What a treat! Such an improvement from reinkers and blender pens.
Combine these two, and this is the result. I love the modern look, and the circle "flowers" really pop when placed with Stampin' Dimensionals. The sentiment is from Flight of the Butterfly.
As fast as this month is going by, July 1 will be here before you know it, and you'll be able to see the whole catalog and its goodies! Let me know what you think of this set and the new colors.