And in some extra exciting news, I am now a Design Team member for the wonderful digital designer Pattie Gomez from Pattie’s Creations. Such a huge honor to be chosen as part of her team. Thank you, Pattie!
This month’s challenge at Pattie’s Creations is to make a Father’s Day or Graduation project. I have chosen the Hang Thirty image for my project:
I printed the image onto white cardstock and then fussy cut around the edge and cut out all the little pieces so that the background would show through. The image has been coloured with Copic markers and stamped using the Be The Star stamp set from Stampin’ Up! The background was created by sponging some Pool Party ink around a cardboard mask cut from one the Word Bubbles Dies (now retired), and a layer of patterned paper from my stash for the water. And the sand is a thin layer of cork.
This week at Just Add Ink is a sketch challenge…. my favourite type of challenge!
And yes, I have finally done some stamping!
Here is the sketch:
I have used some of the papers from the Trim the Tree paper stack for this card, which I just love, but then I have always loved traditional Christmas colours. The stars are from the Be The Star stamp set, and have been embossed in gold onto Cherry Cobbler Cardstock, and layered over some gold foil.
After weeks of being too unwell to do much of anything, it is really lovely to feel like doing some crafting, and to have the energy to do it! 🙂
I imagine I am not the only one who finds the Stampin’ Up! catalogue an ongoing source of ideas and inspiration, so when I found out about a new challenge that has just started up, called CASE-ing the Catty Challenges, I had to take part. What a great idea!
This week’s challenge is to use the Gift and Packaging section (Pages 6 – 23) of the catalogue to find some inspiration, or even to copy something directly from the catalogue. Well, if you can’t find some inspiration in that section there must be something wrong! I didn’t know which idea to start with!
So I am going to show you two boxes that I have decorated, and also link you to a previous post where I have used the catalogue as inspiration for some boxes.
Firstly, I liked the weaved strands of ribbon on the long yellow box on Page 15, so I wanted to give that a try.
I have then added a star, gold embossed onto Night of Navy cardstock, with a white star layered underneath. The ribbon going lengthwise goes under the acetate layer, so that the box can still be opened easily.
And the second gift box was inspired by the ribbon on the square yellow box, also on Page 15. I had fun with this one too, but in the end it’s not all that difficult. I have used some of the Chevron Ribbon (Page 207).
These Tag a Bag Gift Boxes are available to purchase (Page 201), include the box base and an acetate sleeve, and make for fabulous easy packaging ideas.
And if you missed some of the boxes that I posted up recently, you can have a look here.
Such a useful, versatile and fun stamp set, Be The Star is my focus stamp set for this month, and therefore the stamp set you will receive if you are taking part in Stamps in Your Letterbox in July. It’s a great stamp set for cardmaking and scrapbooking, for children of all ages, boys and girls, masculine cards, and definitely Christmas cards.
I have combined Be The Star stamp set with the Stars Framelit dies, the zigzag stamp out of the Work of Art stamp set, splatters from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, some of the great new black and white Baker’s Twine and some Washi Tape out of the Everyday Adventure Project Life kit, but you could just as easily use one of the other Washi tapes available (page 190 of the catalogue). The colour combo I have used for this card is Basic Black, Whisper White and Bermuda Bay.
The first month of Stamps in Your Letterbox is ready to go!
For those of you who have already signed up, yours are in the mail on the way to you, and I will be emailing a PDF to you in the next couple of days. I am running a little behind this month, but be sure that you will still get heaps of ideas and inspiration for using your new stamps.
And for those of you who are wondering what I am talking about, you can get all the details here.
This months feature stamp set of Stamps in Your Letterbox is the “Be The Star” stamp set (Page 93 of the catalogue), and I am going to be showing you lots of ideas during the month to use this stamp set.
Today’s card uses the colours Crumb Cake (Kraft), Very Vanilla, Night of Navy and Pistachio Pudding. The Pistachio Pudding layer has been stamped with the Hardwood Background stamp with Crumb Cake ink, then stamped with the little stars in Night of Navy ink. The Happy Birthday stamp comes from the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit, and I have inked it using markers in the two colours. Then tie some Linen thread around the small panel before adhering it the front of the card. The stars have been hand cut and popped on with some dimensionals.
If you haven’t yet signed up for this months Stamps in Your Letterbox, there is still time to do so, just leave a message or comment and I will get back to you.