Today I thought I’d share a last project using something from the Holiday Catalogue. The month has flown past and the catalogue finishes on Thursday 31st – so it’s a fond farewell to many of the fabulous products in there! I’ll be doing my last order either tonight or tomorrow most likely – so let me know ASAP if there’s anything you can’t live without! A number of items are carrying over so will still be available next month, but I can let you know which ones they are if you tell me you want to order them. More details will be available on those, in the next seasonal catalogue, coming very soon. Of course, right now, any orders of $120 product or more, qualify for a free Sale-A-Bration gift as outlined in my last post. Thank you to those of you who have already taken advantage of the promotion – there’s a whole bunch of goodies on it’s way right now 🙂
So anyway, I thought I’d be good and try to use up a bunch of scrap strips of patterned paper from the Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack from the Holiday catalogue. This one is not carrying over so likely won’t ever be available again! I don’t know if this was a huge seller for us here in NZ since we don’t really “do” Halloween (sure there are always kids knocking on my door wanting free candy on the official night but as far as everyone decorating their houses and dressing up and sending cards and treats – nope!). However, I think this paper is really good for masculine cards too – with some fabulous geometric patterns it was perfect for the layout I had in mind! Those of you who know me well, know that right now I’m particularly taken with chevron patterns. So I love these, even if that bold chevron is in Tangerine Tango, which normally has me cringing!
This was a really simple card to make and you could do this with any of our DSP packs – simply change the colours of the cardstock to match the patterned paper. The card is quite “busy” already with all those patterns so didn’t need much added to it, it was really quick and easy to make. My inspiration for the way I did the sentiment (from the Word Play stamp set) was our Ticket Duo Builder punch – while that was actually too small for this sentiment, that’s where I got the idea for how to highlight it. I stamped the saying on a strip of Very Vanilla and used one of my smallest circle punches (the one from the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack) to do the notches in the corners. Same thing with the black mat, I just cut the cardstock into a slightly bigger rectangle to start with.
The finishing touch is a couple of pewter brads from our metallic brad pack. Yes, I’m actually using them – I do have hoarding tendencies when it comes to our brad and button assortments… but I can always buy more, right? This card (and more of the same if I can concentrate enough to go back and make some!) will probably be heading over to my sister in the US at some stage. She is very good and sends out a lot of thank you cards. Unlike me – I love making cards but I am terrible at writing inside them and sending them off!
Ooh – on a completely different note, check out this little gift that Stampin’ Up! sent me – a pin commemorating their 25 years of making a difference. How cool is this?! I will have to think of some way to do my own celebrations for the 25 years… although I’m just a baby really, I’m nearly up to 6 years as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator (and loving it still!). Any suggestions for how to mark the occasion are most welcome!
Well, I had planned to post this up this morning, but other things have distracted me today. Like the fact I can’t get our new cordless phone to work properly (sigh… and it’s NOT my technophobia this time!) and the two 8 year olds who have been dancing and singing their way around my house today. Much as I have enjoyed the holidays, I’m counting the days until school goes back and I can concentrate and work undisturbed! Some of you have asked me when I’m starting back up with my classes – soon, I promise! Keep an eye on my calendar schedule, over to the right —->
I hope you like today’s card!