Happy Fri-yay, people! I’m very pleased to have you here on this month’s Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop for January. If you’re hopping in order then you will have arrived here from our fabulous guest designer for the month, Jo Stubbings. Always a thrill to have someone so talented on board as a temporary teamie.
Our theme this month is good old ‘Straya (that’s Australia, for those of you who speak a more proper form of English). We are coming up on Australia Day, which, regardless of how you feel about the current debate about the date, is when we celebrate all that is wonderful about our great Southern land. Australia is wild and diverse and complicated and beautiful and at the moment there is a lot of heartbreak and suffering happening all over as well, so I am feeling very reflective about this Australia Day. I think it is for this reason that my first instinct for cards for this month’s hop was to make something a little subdued.
These first two cards use as their feature the gorgeous kangaroo and koala stamp from Animal Outing. On this card, I have stamped the image and coloured it with Stampin’ Blends, on the next one I have cut it straight from the retired matching DSP (I love colouring but I also love it when there’s coordinating DSP and all the work is done for you!). The background was created by blending some Rococo Rose and Terracotta Tile inks with the Basic Pattern Masks from the holiday catalogue. I love how much variation both these inks can produce depending on how light or dark you use them and how they interact with each other. The foliage is all using retired dies, I’m sorry to say, but from two sets I love and still reach for all the time, Petal Passion and May Flowers. The sentiment is from a My Favourite Things set (Greetings & Salutations) that has all sorts of useful sentiments and I just couldn’t go past it for the “I would be lost without you” when the kangaroo is carrying his koala buddy around.
The same stamp set provided this “Thanks for being my someone” sentiment which also works so well with this image and with the feel I was going for with these cards. The background for this card was made by taking the negative piece after I had cut out the foliage and using it as a mask, with Old Olive and Pretty Peacock ink. This was an experiment while it was all sitting out on my desk but I really liked the way it turned out so used it.
After my two subdued cards, I wanted to make something a bit more celebratory and fun. This card takes that a little literally, haha. I used Granny Apple Green and Daffodil Delight inks for a traditional Aussie green and gold scheme, then a vellum heart, this cute die-cut Australia from Couture Creations, and the Celebrate word die in gold glimmer paper.
This again was the end result of a vague idea for something else that I had that didn’t quite work out, so I was just grabbing elements and layering them until I landed on something I was happy with.
Now, these two little guys were a lot of fun to make. Let’s see if you are better than my kids at figuring out what they are meant to be. Heather guessed a jam jar and Sammy (who has toast and vegemite nearly every morning for breakfast) guessed a juice bottle but said “they look really great, Mum!” (What this tells me is that my kids aren’t nearly involved enough in making breakfast around here).
I used a cut file on my Silhouette Cameo to cut the jar pieces from Basic Black and Daffodil Delight cardstock. For the smaller jar, the Tailored Tag punch fits perfectly as the label and for the larger jar, I hand cut the label in a similar shape. They are cards that open up but they will probably end up in my memory planner as a keepsake for Australia Day because they are just so cute.
Whatever you are up to this long weekend I hope you thoroughly enjoy it. I’m planning on a quiet weekend at home before the rush that will be the last week of school holidays.
Next up on our team hop is the gorgeous Lisa, hop along to see what she has to share with us.
Thanks for stopping by,
Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop
January 2020 – Australia