Our Puttin’ on the Glitz Blog Hop is over! Thank you so much for all your encouraging comments. I’ll leave my projects up for a bit longer, until my next ones are ready to go!
A big welcome to everyone coming by this here blog spot. This post was part of my first ever blog hop. Here’s how my project preparations all began…
The original plan was to make a couple of cards and a 3D off the page item. I took a slightly different route. Why? Firstly, I mostly only ever make cards. Secondly, I did attempt to make something to hang on the wall, and while the vision in my head looked great and achievable, the reality was a bit different. Lets just say I had some technical issues, and things got messy. LOL.
Even card making got challenging for me, with plan A and plan B both ending up in the bin (and embossing powder all over my table, floor and cuttlebug). So taking a deep breathe, I took my different path. I made a set of five cards instead.
So how did these five cards come about? Lately, I’ve been reading on forums about some stampers having issues with unused stamp sets, and too many supplies. So I gave myself a personal challenge to grab an unused stamp set from my shelf , and use it. The set I chose is Natures Nest by Stampin’ Up! I’ve only ever used it to make one card and I’ve owned it for about a year now. It’s a set that definitely needs to get out a bit more. I also found some left over co-ordinating cardstock from another card making project which I liked, so I decided to limit myself to the three colours in that selection.
So now I have my stamp set and my colour palette. Next thing to decide is technique and layout. Since the artwork of the stamps was rather detailed I wanted the cards to be very simple with a lot of uncluttered’ space, and I also wanted a layout that would accomodate all five stamps from the set, so I chose a simple square-in-a-retangle design. For technique I went with my favoured paper piecing, but this time I heat embossed the image in gold to give the image a little bit more dimension. The final part of the card was the decorative ledge I created for the square panel to sit on. It is a gold embossed image from SU!’s Carte Postale set.
Here in Australia we are having our summer, and I found this to be a very seasonally appropriate set of images for this time of the year. The dragonflies are buzzing, the birds are raising their young, the peacocks out at the farm are dropping their tail feathers and I even saw a turtle bobbing around in some recent flood waters. Yes, I know the image I used is a tourtise, but I’ve got creative liecence here, LOL. And if I lived anywhere near a beach I’d have shells to look at too!
So what did I achieve? I made good use of a neglected stamp set, I used up some excess card stock and paper scraps, and by using a simple design I created a lovely set of note cards to give as a gift. It’s my mother birthday soon, so I’ll give these to her. I also stamped up some envelopes to match. Super easy!
I hope you liked my little offering today. Hope you all have a lovely day!