One week from today the new Mini Catalogue will go live, along with the second Sale-A-Bration promotion of 2021. So it’s about time I gave you some sneak peeks of what you’ll be able to buy starting August 3rd. I thought I’d start simply with some gorgeous paper from the Peaceful Place Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack.
SNOWY CABIN SCENE
There’s so many great designs in the Peaceful Place Specialty DSP pack it was hard to know where to start. In the end I chose the sheet with the snowy cabins and cut a piece 3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″. While it’s great as it is, I decided to add just a touch of colour to the design using dry Watercolor Pencils.
I began by colouring the walls of the A-shaped cabins using Old Olive. Next the walls of the cabins with the covered porch were coloured with Early Espresso. Then I added Basic Gray pencil to the front wall of the remaining cabins.
Changing to the Pacific Point pencil I coloured some of the shadows in the snow, and on the roofs on some cabins. Then along the fences I added a little Early Espresso, before finishing off with the fox in a combination of Early Espresso and Pumpkin Pie.
Once the colouring was complete I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to fix the DSP to a 3-7/8″ x 5-3/8″ piece of Basic Black Card.
From there I considered making a card but instead decided it would make a great cover for a photo album. So I removed and measured the boring covers from a 4″ x 6″ pocket photo album bought at the Dollar Store. Then I cut two pieces of Basic Gray Card exactly the same size and glued my layered DSP in the centre of one of them. The other piece of Basic Gray Card slid right into the back cover pocket of the album.
Now all I needed was a suitable sentiment to add to the cabin scene and I knew exactly where to look. From the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set I chose “These are the moments we’ll look back on with joy”.
I began by stamping the sentiment onto some Basic Black Card using VersaMark ink. Next I sprinkled the sticky ink with white embossing powder from the Basics Stampin’ Emboss Powder pack. Then I tapped off the excess powder and removed a few stray specks. Finally, once I was happy, I melted the rest of the powder using my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
After the embossing had cooled I chose a die from the Tasteful Labels Dies that fitted the sentiment beautifully. What’s more when I die-cut it with my Mini Cut & Emboss Machine the die also added a subtle embossed line around the inside edge.
When I began to look at exactly where on my cabin scene I wanted to put the sentiment I realised that it needed something to ‘ground’ it. So I cut a piece of Gray Granite 1/4″ Shimmer Ribbon and fixed it across the scene using Tear & Tape Adhesive. Then with the ribbon in place I simply glued the sentiment over the top.
With that done I slipped the assembled layers into the front cover pocket on the album and my first sneak peek project was complete.
A PEACEFUL PLACE
Peaceful Place Specialty DSP contains twelve 12″ x 12″ sheets (two each of six double-sided designs). One of the designs is an all-over scene that’s perfect for a scrapbook page, but could also be used for card making. One design has a large border of trees running across the top and bottom of the sheet. Another has a design in that divides the sheet into four 6″ x 6″ panels. Six of the designs include silver foil, while the other six don’t. None of the designs scream “Christmas” which means they can be used for other occasions too. The choices provided by this pack are simply brilliant.
The colours used in the pack are really simple; Basic Black, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate and silver (foil), with Basic White. This makes it easy to pair with other colours if you want.
I’m sure this DSP will be incredibly popular so my advice is to make sure it’s on your first order. I already have a feeling I’ll need to order a second pack.
Now I’m off to play with some more new products. I hope you’ll come back tomorrow to see my next Mini Catalogue sneak peek.
Meanwhile here’s a quick look at all the designs in the Peaceful Place DSP pack.
YOUR OPINIONS PLEASE
I’ve been concerned for a while that the default text size for my blog appears small (on my computer at least). None of my blog readers have mentioned it being a problem but that doesn’t mean you haven’t considered it… So, as an experiment today, I’ve manually increased the size of the text and I’d love to know your thoughts…
Do you prefer the new size text.
Or the old default size?
Do you even see a difference?
If you could spare the time to leave me a comment below and share your thoughts I would be very grateful.
It might also be relevant whether you access my blog from a computer, tablet or phone. So if you would like to include that in your comment please do.
Cathy Dahl says
I love today’s project. I never thought of adding color to black and white dsp, gives it a whole different look.
I haven’t noticed any difference in the size of text on your blog, I’m reading it on my desktop.
Tracy Elsom says
Thank you for your feedback Cathy. Although the colouring is very subtle it does make quite a difference to the look of the DSP. Thanks also for letting me know about the font size too, I have a techie minded person giving me some advice on that later.