Hello! Welcome to the April hop for our Paper Adventures Team. The theme tonight is a fabulous photo inspiration.
The photo was taken by our resident team photographer Siobhan Fitzsimmons at her Hightrees property. She is surrounded by the most wonderful Australian native flora & fauna.
I didn’t feel I could do justice to these native mushrooms, so I’ve used the theme to create using the cutest craft mushrooms we have in the Stampin’ Up! Collection – the Snail Mail DSP!
Snail Mail is a whole pack of fun – mushrooms and snails as far as the eye can see. I’ve layered them on this super fun double slider card. Yep – two sliding snails!!!
I first made a card like this last Christmas at a class by Mandy Depiazzi. She saw the idea on Lisa Curcio’s blog and made this version (click here to see). I couldn’t decide which snail to make slide, so I added two tracks and attached a snail to each.
When you pull the tab on the right side of the card, the inner piece slides out and guess what? – another snail & mushroom combo!
It’s a little bit of fussy cutting for the pieces. The coordinating dies cut out some of the snails, but they can all be cut using your Stampin’ Snips.
The beautiful fonts of the birthday sentiment was the final touch for this card. You’ll find that cute happy birthday in the retiring Rustic Retreat stamp set. At the time of writing this, it was still available at an amazing 75% discount – jump online to see if it’s still available now.
You’ll also want to keep hopping and see what the rest of the Paper Adventurers have been inspired to create by Siobhan’s photo. The full participant list is below, but if click on the next button you’ll travel around all the blogs. From here it’s over to the wonderful Narelle Simm –
Hello Monday! I thought I’d be sharing this post with you as we embarked on the first day back at school for 2021 for the Little Miss Papercrafts. But, as the twists and turns of the pandemic would have it, we are in lockdown for the next 5 days. There will be a first day at school – just not this week! Fingers crossed the swift lockdown works and we’re back to normal programming soon.
I’m hoping that lockdown gives me lots of craft time this week and can’t wait to see the inspiration the Stamp Review Crew bring for today’s stamp set – the Snailed It bundle!
This is one of my favourite sets from the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue, so I can’t wait to see what the crew do with it.
I made these cards earlier in the month and have been saving them to share, knowing that this blog hop was coming up.
The first card – top left – was a card we made in my team class. It used the Snailed It stamp set, coordinating Snail Dies and the also coordinating Postage Stamp Punch.
The background for this card uses the Postage Stamp Punch together with the Painted Texture Embossing Folder. I punched the postage stamp shape first (x5) on Basic White cardstock and then put them all in the embossing folder to give them the lovely texture. Then I laid them out on the Basic White mat. I love the white on white effect!
The snail is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then coloured with Stampin’ Blends before being cut out with the matching die. I loved the little envelope, so included this in the top corner to house the sentiment – which is from the Punch Party stamp set. Punch Party is available for FREE on any order of $500 or more until the end of February 2021. The final touch was a couple of Opal Rounds. These fly under the radar a little in the catalogue – the gorgeous colour and shine is so hard to capture. But trust me when I saw you’ll want these little gems in your collection!
The second card I made in multiples to go with January orders for my customers.
We all joke about mail travelling by ‘snail mail’ these days, but it really is a wonderful feeling to open the letterbox and find happy mail in there.
The ‘happy mail’ stamp from this set has “enclosed” under the mail but I’ve taken to my stamp with a sharp craft knife and cut that part out. I’ve kept it, of course – which means I can add it back in if I need to, but I really love the flexibility of just having a happy mail stamp to use on the front of cards, and not just one designed for envelopes. The snail stamp also had a sentiment attached, but I snipped that off too so I could use the snail on its own. I know some people find it hard to cut up their stamps but I don’t even give it a second thought. If it makes the stamp set more functional for me, then it gets the snip! The stamps go back together so nicely if you are careful with how you cut them, so you’re sure to get so much more use from your stamps.
I’ve used lots of the same elements and styling in this card – the Painted Texture Embossing Folder, Postage Stamp Punch and of course, the Snail Dies for cutting out that cute little snail.
For more ideas on what to do with those snails, there’s projects to come – keep clicking on the next! From here, you’re heading over to the US to visit Linda Callahan…