I say it often and I will say it again. The thing I love about Stampin’ Up! is beyond the inks and paper, it is the people and relationships I have developed over the past 12 years. This post is another testament to that, I was asked by the delightfully talented Kelly Kent to tag onto her team blog hop. I am honoured to join the Paper Adventures crew as we share creations with theme of “goodbyes”. I kind of love having a theme to design to and excited to see how others interpret “goodbyes”.
For me, I needed to make a farewell card to a friend about to start a new adventure and I also used the chance to use some products that are retiring from the Stampin’ Up! product range. You may have heard the news that the Big Shot is on the retiring list personally, I am looking forward to see what Stampin’ Up! are developing to replace it with. Accessories to the Big Shot are also retiring and that meant I needed to give the Big Shot Embossing Mats a little time in the spotlight.
Also, I want to highlight the stamp set I have used on the front, Ribbon Of Courage again so easy to overlook but I am keeping this set for a long time after it retires June 3rd. The verse “Live every moment, Laugh every day, Love with all your heart” and perfect creating for my friend Sandra.
I have just added a couple of pictures to show how simple it is to use the mats. You get three I only ever use the white and grey mats with my base platform at the very bottom, the cardstock and dies face down, lastly add one clear plate.
Round it through the Big Shot just once, lift up the die and you can see the texture it creates. On my card, I flipped the layer over and used the debossed side.
Inside the card, I have stamped the greeting from Ribbon Of Courage which is the same set as the front. The glitter gold hearts are cut from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies which are in the current Occasions catalogue and SO easy to overlook. I am not (normally) one to use hearts on my creations, I brought this Framelit set just for the scallop die and find myself using different elements from the collection often.
Next up on the Paper Adventures blog hop is Siobhan Fitzsimmons