Hello! You know that saying, ‘the years are short but the days are long’? Well for me right now the days are feeling pretty short too! I can’t believe we’re past the middle of June already. This blog hop really snuck up on me. After being so organised last month setting themes and dates for the rest of the year, and even planning for my card to be used in a class and in a kit at a team retreat, I then forgot all about this hop.
So here we are, on the third Friday of the month, getting together for the Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop. This month’s themes is ‘Out with the Old’, which follows on from last month’s ‘In with the New’. The Stampin’ Up! Catalogue schedule is set up so that the new annual catalogue launched at the start of May, but the January-June Mini Catalogue continues to the end of this month. When a catalogue finishes, there are always lots of items that retire so this hop we’re sharing with you items that will no longer be available after the end of June. (If there’s something on your wish list grab it now!)
I’ve made my card using the Ride the Range bundle – a great addition to your stash for masculine cards featuring country scenes. The windmill die alone makes it a good investment – it looks just like the windmills you see all through farming land in Western Australia.
I used Crumb Cake cardstock for my card base and the feature panel on the front. My Pinewood Planks embossing folder came out of retirement to add the woodgrain texture. The windmill and fence are cut from Early Espresso cardstock, with some gorgeous watercolour effect paper from the Beauty of the Earth DSP.
The rancher and his cattle were stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and coloured with blends. The curve of the hill was achieved with a Die from the Open Ranges dies, and the clouds too. This bundle really does have you covered with a great range of elements for creating a scene!
Most times with my cards I put a sentiment on the front that matches the occasion – I find it hard to use those just because type sayings. But this time I liked ‘Blaze Your Own Trails’ for the front and added Happy Birthday inside. And I learned from one of the ladies at my class that I had the horseshoe up the right way – did you know open end up means good luck?
Have you got everything you wanted from the January-June Mini Catalogue? Some of the retiring items’ prices have been reduced by 50%! It’s worth taking a look.
Have you got any sets where it was just one thing that sold you on the whole bundle?
Get ready for some Papercraft and Chai, next to share their creation with you is my very lovely friend, Sana.
Thanks for visiting!