Hello! Happy 2020 and welcome to our first Paper Adventures Team hop of the year. The theme is ‘Australia’ and I can’t wait for you to see what fun creations the team are sharing tonight.
We’re joined by guest designer Jo Stubbings – thanks for hopping with us Jo! Jo is a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from NSW who I met through the Just Add Ink design team. I love her use of colour and know you will too!
There’s a few Aussie contributions in the current Stampin’ Up! range including the cute kangaroo & koala duo in the Animal Outing set, but I couldn’t go past the koala in the new Bonanza Buddies stamp set (Birthday Bonanza suite). I used him for my Just Add Ink card last week and as hard as I tried to use something different for this hop, I kept going back.
Koalas are native to Australia and only found on the east coast of Australia – unless in captivity. They eat only eucalyptus leaves and despite looking very cute, their claws are quite sharp and dangerous. Most people are surprised by how heavy koalas are when they have a cuddle.
I inked the koala in Smoky Slate and stamped his eyes & nose in Memento Tuxedo Black. The Bonanza Dies coordinate perfectly to cut him out.
The Bonanza Dies are actually one of my favourites from the Jan-June Mini Catty because they have so many options. Not only can you cut out the animals in the stamp set, but there’s a stitched tag die (yeesss! I’d buy the set just for this!) and some super cute bunting.
I’ve used the tag die together with a stitched rectangle cut out to create a shaker tag. Cut the top piece with the rectangle to create a window and cover the window with Window Sheet. Using Foam Adhesive Strips, adhere to a tag base. Make sure to pop some super cute shaker pieces in the middle. I’ve used From My Heart Faceted Gems, gold sequins and Night of Navy stars I made using the retired Stars Border Punch.
I picked DSP for this card in a red & blue theme, picking up the essence of the Australian flag. I love DSP and always make sure I have all the patterns. The easier way to do this is with a DSP sampler which I release each catalogue. This card features blue stripe & red watercolour patterns from the Peaceful Poppies DSP (Jan – June mini) and dark blue watercolour from the Lily Impressions DSP (Sale-A-Bration).
The final touches for this card were the Australian flag (printed from my computer and attached to a toothpick) and the ‘welcome’ sentiment from Animal Outing. I thought this would make a great card for someone who is spending their first Australia Day (coming up on Sunday 26th Jan) in Australia.
The layout for this card was inspired by the Mojo Monday sketch which popped up on my Facebook feed earlier in the week. I love sketches – they are a great starting point to get creative. Click here to visit the Mojo Monday post.
For a bigger dose of Aussie fun, keep hopping and see what the rest of the team have made including our guest designer, Jo Stubbings, who is next on the list.
Wishing you all a wonderful Australia Day! For those in Australia, enjoy having Monday off too! May there be lots of crafty hours in the mix!!!