I wanted to take the chance to say a big thank you for all the comments, messages, likes and support after my very reflective post yesterday (if you missed it, you can read it here). In keeping with my aim to simplifying my stamping activities, I’m not responding individually, but I wanted you to know that you touched my heart and made me feel very special.
It’s very fitting that my first post on the new journey is a Paper Adventures Team Hop. These ladies are the heart and soul of my stamping experience. If you ask most Stampin’ Up! demonstrators what keeps them going, it’s usually the friendships. Making connections with like-minded crafting addicts is such a fabulous part of this adventure.
We welcome this month’s guest designer – Ellen Woodbridge. Ellen is a demo on the east coast who has the most beautiful smile and infectious laugh. I’ve been lucky enough to attend a few events with Ellen and it’s always a joy to see her. She’s pretty talented at this stamping thing too!!!
The theme for today’s hop is photo inspiration. We’re all creating something that has been inspired by this sweet image (credit: Amy Shamblen).
I love hearts and flowers together, so this photo appealed instantly. I love all the extra details – the different types of flowers, the colours, the little ladybugs at the bottom. There’s so many points of inspiration and I know the team is going to come up with some great projects to share.
I used the idea of making a heart from flowers to start my card. One of my favourite DSPs from the Annual Catalogue is Pressed Petals. The colours & beauty of this DSP caught me by surprise – because it certainly didn’t stand out in the catalogue to me. I love the floral patterns, the burlap design and the way the sheets complement each other. The DSP is lightweight paper style which means the pack contains double the number of sheets as usual – that’s a win!!!
This card was a slight personal challenge to use the collage sheet in this pack. I often find them the hardest to work into cardmaking. But it occurred to me that when you cut up the floral bouquets from each section, they can be used quite creatively! I’ve snipped and spliced to recreate a heart shape inspired by the photo.
The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set
This card then inspired another version, where I used one of the floral segments from the collage page of the DSP with a heart outline from the Be Mine Stitched Dies.
Although Rich Razzleberry isn’t one of the coordinating colours in this pack, I love the way it brings out the purple tones of the DSP. The floral page I’ve used in the background of this card is my favourite from the pack.
I decided to keep this card sentiment free so I can use it for any occasion.
If you could see the weather right now, you’d be amazing that I managed to sneak these photos in this morning. The weather luck was on my side! I prefer photos in the natural light – you get to see so much of the detail.
Thanks for joining us for this month’s team hop. Next up on the hop is my beautiful friend Siobhan Fitzsimmons who is sharing a very personal project made using daisies!
Click here to shop online for the products used in my cards:
Dies: Be Mine Stitched
Stamps: Itty Bitty Greetings
Embossing: Subtle Embossing Folder
DSP: Pressed Petals
Colours: Rococo Rose, Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake & Soft Suede
Tools: Paper Snips
Ellen Woodbridge (guest designer)