Have you ever had one of those days where you thought you were being super organised and on top of things, only to find the exact opposite? Well that’s been me today. For more than a week I’ve been planning my contribution to a blog hop involving a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from around the world. The blog post was done and my part of the Tutorial PDF completed. All I had to do was wait until 3pm Atlantic Time for it to go live. Unfortunately, it’s only now I’ve realised that I’ve confused my days. It should have been scheduled for the first MONDAY in the month, not the first of the month! Argghhh! So that meant making another project in double quick time, and then writing a whole new blog post. Hopefully better late than never…
BITS AND PIECES
This was one of those days when I was going to let the bits and pieces in my craft studio guide my project.
I pulled out the Hand-Penned 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack and in among the scraps I found a small piece. This pretty floral pattern was just 2″ x 2-3/4″ but much too nice to waste.
So next I grabbed my file pocket of Basic Black Card scraps. I found a piece a little bigger than the DSP and trimmed it down to 2-1/8″ x 2-7/8″. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I mounted the DSP onto it.
Taking my cue from the DSP I then decided to use Pale Papaya Card for my tag base, and pulled out those scrap pieces. These were larger and one in particular inspired me. It was 3-1/4″ wide and when I placed the layered DSP against it I liked the wide border it created. All I had to do was trim the length. Instead of making a flat tag I decided to create a folded one, but not the usual square. So I cut the Pale Papaya Card at 3-1/4″ x 5″ and scored it on the long side at 2-1/2″. Finally, after folding the card along the scored line I sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
Now to turn it into a gift tag I needed the Detailed Trio Punch. I opened up the tag, placed it under the oval hole option with the crease just to the right of the centre mark, and punched. Then I threaded some white twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack through the hole and tied it in a simple knot.
Although Pale Papaya is light enough for any writing to be clearly seen I decided to add a small piece of Basic White Card. So I found a scrap piece and trimmed it to 2″ x 2-3/4″ before gluing it to the inside of the tag.
Then I added the layered DSP to the front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
DAYS TO REMEMBER
For my sentiment I turned to the Day’s To Remember Stamp Set, and found “It’s your day!”.
On a scrap of Basic White Card I stamped the sentiment using VersaMark ink. Then I sprinkled the sticky ink with Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder and tapped off the excess. After removing some stray specks I melted the rest using my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
I was almost done but just needed to cut out the sentiment and a mat layer for it. Falling back on a firm favourite I reached for the Ornate Frames Dies and the two small ‘squares’ with shaped corners.
Using my Mini Cut & Emboss Machine I cut the sentiment using the smallest of my two chosen dies. Then with the other die I cut some Pale Papaya vellum from the 2021-2023 12″ x 12″ Shimmer Vellum pack.
To add even more sparkle I cut a small piece of 3/8″ Glittered Organdy Ribbon and folded it in half. Then with a Mini Glue Dot I fixed the folded ribbon to the centre of the DSP layer.
That just left the two die-cut pieces and using liquid glue I mounted the sentiment onto the vellum. Once I added the assembled sentiment to the front of the tag with Stampin’ Dimensionals my project was complete.
I have to say that I love how this tag turned out, especially since I was really just reaching for scraps and throwing them together. Despite my success, I’d like not to have another one of ‘those’ days for while.
LAST CHANCE AND CLEARANCE RACK
Today saw the start of the Last Chance promotion with products retiring from the July to December Mini Catalogue now only available while stocks last. We also saw the Clearance Rack refreshed with items that have been retired for some time. Stocks are very limited so make sure you check these out and place your order online before they really are gone for good.
Now if you’ll excuse me I think I need to go and lie down in a darkened room…