So the new annual catalogue launch went smoothly yesterday with no major issues reported. It was a busy time for me, tinged with sadness as I put away the retired catalogue. It’s like saying goodbye to an old friend. On the plus side I’ve always found that new products bring added options for the ones carrying over. This became immediately obvious to me yesterday as I combined an old (but still available) favourite, Campology, with the new He’s All That Stamp Set, and two new die sets for good measure.
I have to be honest though and say that this project didn’t start with a stamp set at all. It was actually the Blossoming Happiness Dies that I wanted to play with. You see, as well as the dies that coordinate with images from the Happiness Abounds Stamp Set, it has two edge dies. These immediately caught my attention and I’d probably have bought the set for these alone.
So I began buy cutting two 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ pieces of Very Vanilla Card. Then from the Blossoming Happiness Dies I chose the edge die with the small round holes. Using the Cut & Emboss Machine I cut along one of the short edges on each of my card pieces. Instantly I had pages from a spiral bound notepad!
Next from the He’s All That Stamp Set I chose the round sentiment “Every day with you is an adventure”. Using Early Espresso ink I stamped the sentiment onto some Very Vanilla Card. Then I cut it out using the coordinating die from the All That Dies set.
For my card base I decided to use Crumb Cake Card. After cutting and scoring it one my Paper Trimmer I folded the card along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. I also cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Card to line the card, but first it all needed to be decorated using the Campology Stamp Set
If I’d buy the Blossoming Happiness Dies just for the edge dies, I’d buy Campology just for the large trees image. In fact I actually did just that, so it’s no wonder that’s what I reached for next.
Using Mossy Meadow ink I stamped the trees on the left side of one of my notepad pieces. I also stamped part of them in the bottom corners on the Very Vanilla card liner piece. Then I did the same thing on the front of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope.
Finally to turn the simple image into a scene I reached for some Blending Brushes. For the sky I couldn’t help but use my new favourite blue, Starry Sky. Then along the ‘ground’ I just use the same Mossy Meadow ink I’d used for the trees.
I was almost ready to put it all together, but I decided that my wanted to add some interest to the card base. So I took some Saran Wrap and scrunched it up into a ball. Then I lightly tapped the ball onto a Crumb Cake ink pad and then onto the front of the card base. I repeated this process over the whole card front, then did the same with Mossy Meadow and Early Espresso inks. The results was a sort of camouflage effect that complimented the tree scene perfectly.
With that done I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to fix the decorated liner to the inside of the card base. Then I attached the two notepad pieces to the front at an angle. Finally I added the sentiment on top with Stampin’ Dimensionals and my latest Campology adventure was complete.
This project turned out even better than I’d hoped and I love the notebook edging. It’s also great to rediscover older stamp sets like Campology and bring new ideas to life. Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think.
Campology really is versatile and I’ve used that tree image in winter scenes too, as shown in my blog post Campology for Christmas cards. Sadly the Snowman Season Stamp set used on that project has now retired but you’ll get the general idea.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the He’s All That Stamp Set and All That Dies using a single ‘bundle’ item number. Buying the bundle saved me 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I also bought the Blossoming Happiness Dies in a bundle with the coordinating Happiness Abounds Stamp Set (not used today). I’ve included links to both bundles below in case you want to explore these options.