I love love love the cards I have to share with you today! I found the idea when I was browsing on Pinterest, and it comes from Diana Gibbs. I liked it so much that I used all the ideas just with a change of sentiment and the colour of the bakers twine! I’m not sure that the colours of the Banner Blast stamped images are exactly the same, but they are certainly the same concept. So here they are:
The sentiments are generally from the brand new stamp set Perfect Pennants, with one from Yippee-Skippee. Perfect Pennants is made to match with the new banner framelits but I used the Chalk Talk Framelits to cut out the sentiments (see, I promised I would share soon!) and made a whole bunch of them, not only enough for the cards I made:
And for one of them I used the smallest die in the Chalk Talk set to create the tag top for when I fancy mixing things up another day when I get to craft some more!
It came out slightly wonky because I wasn’t using my magnetic platform for the Big Shot, but I’m sure it will be just fine when I come to use it and the slight wonk won’t be a problem 🙂
The colours I used are Raspberry Ripple, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo (for both the banner and the sentiments), Pear Pizazz and Pool Party. I love how they work together! The bakers twine is also Island Indigo, and the dinky banners are stuck down with Stampin Dimensionals to make them have more of a “fluttering in the breeze” effect. The background was embossed using the brand new Sale.A.Bration exclusive Decorative Dots embossing folder. I thought twice about getting this one, but now that I have it I see how neutral and versatile it is, and I love it! I can see me reaching for this one a lot if I need some extra texture, especially for backgrounds as it is not too structured.
You may or may not be able to tell from the pictures, but the sentiments are not actually attached to the cards (so don’t worry if they’re not actually straight – I didn’t check that too hard!), I just laid them out for the purposes of the photo. I now have 5 card bases with the lovely background and bunting string, and approximately 25 sentiment panels in a mix of the four sentiments shown, so I can quickly piece together a card with an appropriate sentiment at a moment’s notice! I will mount the sentiment onto the card using some more Dimensionals to help it stand out from the background.
One of the best things about this card is it only uses basic Whisper White cardstock, so is very easy on the purse strings for the consumable part of the design! I have used 3 SAB products on this particular card – the embossing folder, the dinky Banner punch and the coordinating Banner Blast stamp set. If you don’t have many ink pads then these stamps are ideal for inking up using the Stampin’ Write Markers. While the markers are a reasonable investment at almost £90, if you add just one more item (such as a pack of Whisper White cardstock) then you can earn two SAB items for free – for example the stamp set and punch! So SAB is a great time to invest in those tools that you have been drooling over for a while 🙂
When I made these cards I was happily sat stamping and punching while listening to a nice new audiobook by Stephen King, which is the follow up to The Shining (which was the film with Jack Nicolson, I’m sure you all know the poster if not the film! – If not, there’s a clue in a second). Not everyone’s cup of tea, I admit (though I had a couple of those throughout the evening, too!) but it made me very happy and I was quite contented finally getting to craft in peace again. I love having a plan of what I want to make before I sit down, as it makes me so much more productive and I don’t sit there staring at my stash not knowing where to start. For me, Pinterest is a great invention as it gives me tons of creative inspiration at my fingertips. I don’t “get” Facebook, but I *love* Pinterest!! On that note I’ll leave you with some potential inspiration for my next crafting session 😉 :
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