Hello! I'm so glad you stopped by to visit. I'm sorry the posts have been a little thin of late. It's a good news/bad news kind of thing. I've been busy with workshops and beginning the SASS Stamp Club, so I have lots of new ideas to share with you; but need to conduct the workshops and Stamp Club meeting, too! All of that is the good news. The bad news? Running out of time to write up the blog posts!
I'll start with the project that has the shortest product life span: a couple of scrapbook pages made with the Tropical Party stamp set and the Island Oasis Designer Series Paper.
I'm really going to miss being able to demonstrate this stamp set! It has such fun images and it's so versatile! I designed these pages for the first meeting of the SASS Stamp Club (SASS = Sunday Afternoon StamperS). Our first meeting was a couple of weeks ago and I have to say that this is a really fun group of papercrafters!
We'll start with the left-hand page. The Old Olive base page was randomly stamped with the palm frond using Old Olive ink. At the top of the page is a piece of striped paper from the Island Oasis Designer Series Paper. A piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock was punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch to transition the line between the Designer Series Paper and the base page. In the upper right corner of the striped paper rests a couple of stamped flowers made by stamping the large flower image with Daffodil Delight and a second time with Tempting Turquoise. Then the small flower image was stamped with Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight. The small and large flowers were cut out, the petals rolled up with the bone folder, and then stacked together with a Brights brad; one in Tempting Turquoise and one with Rich Razzleberry. The flowers rest on a couple of palm fronds stamped with Old Olive. The top flower is adhered to the page with a Stampin' Dimensional and the bottom flower with Mini Glue Dots.
The lower left corner is decorated with three Bitty Buttons. Each Bitty Button is threaded with Linen Thread that's knotted on the top of the button. Crystal Effects is used to adhere a piece of cardstock punched with the Bitty Button's coordinating punch from the Bitty Shapes punch set: Tempting Turquoise cardstock is used for the 4 petal button, Pumpkin Pie cardstock is used for the circle button, and Rich Razzleberry is used for the scallop circle button. Once the Crystal Effects has dried, a Mini Glue Dot is placed on the back of each punched cardstock/button and then placed on the Old Olive base page.
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The right hand page repeats the design of the left hand page, it's just flipped! Instead of two flowers resting on top of two palm fronds, now there are three flowers resting on top of three palm fronds. The large flowers were stamped in Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, and Rich Razzleberry and the small flowers were stamped in Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, and Tempting Turquoise. Two of the flowers were joined with Tempting Turquoise brads and one with a Rich Razzleberry brad. This time, the flower on the left is adhered with a Stampin' Dimensional and the other two flowers with Mini Glue Dots. At the top right corner, there are two Bitty Buttons; this time a circle button with a punched circle of Rich Razzleberry cardstock and a 4 petal button with a punched 4 petal flower of Daffodil Delight cardstock.
The nice thing about scrapbook pages designed in this way is that you can continue a photo or photo montage across the center of the page leaving the top and bottom border areas for titles and journaling. You can further embellish the pages by scattering some stamped flowers and palm fronds among the photos. You may want to avoid using brads on these flowers so that you don't risk scratching or denting the photos with the brads.
Of course, if you're not a scrapbooker, you may be wondering how to use these pages for a card. The easiest way is to just think about the 3" x 6" area of each of these pages that includes the Designer Series Paper as the card front. Then move the Bitty Buttons inside the 3" x 6" card front. For the right hand page, the Bitty Buttons would be located along the lower right border with a simple sentiment placed just above the buttons. For the left hand page, the Bitty Buttons would be located along the top left edge of the card front with a simple sentiment stamped just below the buttons. I would recommend using Rich Razzleberry ink for stamping the sentiment on Whisper White cardstock and punched out with the Word Window punch. The selected sentiment would most likely come from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set. It's just so versatile! Just like the Tropical Party stamp set.
As a reminder, both the Tropical Party stamp set and the Island Oasis Designer Series Paper are only available through August 31st. Please be sure to contact me to order these great products before they are no longer available.
Stamps: Tropical Party; Inks: Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise; Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper: Island Oasis; Embellishments: Brights Brads (Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry); Bitty Buttons (Circle, Scallop Circle, 4 Petal Flower), Linen Thread; Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Crystal Effects; Tools: Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch; Other: 6" x 6" Page Protectors