Sunday, August 1, 2021

We Create August Blog Hop School Daze

Welcome to the We Create August Blog Hop and this month our theme is School Daze. It's hard to believe that soon kids will be going back to school to start a new year. Hop along with our design team members as they share their projects and ideas to help inspire you.
Going back to school is a time full of emotions - excitement, anxiety, happy to see friends, sad that the Summer is over. I can remember my own kids getting ready for their first day of school and it was always a time of confusion mixed with a little stress as we prepared for the new school year. So I decided to create a card that would be encouraging and cheerful that would help someone face that first day with just a little more confidence, knowing someone loved them and was there for them. I chose to use the new Counting Sheep stamp set and coordinating Sheep Dies, both from the Sale-a-bration August-September 2021 Catalog, that launches August 3rd. You can earn both of these products for Free with a qualifying order during Sale-a-bration. I paired them with the Pattern Party Designer Series Paper, which is a Host Reward product that you can also earn Free with a qualifying party/order. 
Products Used: 
Counting Sheep stamp set (item #156591) Sale-a-bration Reward
Sheep Dies (item #156600) Sale-a-bration Reward
Pattern Party Designer Series Paper (item #155426) Host Reward
Hippo & Friends Dies (item #153585)
Coastal Cabana Cardstock (item #131297)
Crushed Curry Cardstock (item #131199)
Pumpkin Pie Cardstock (item #105117)
Poppy Parade Cardstock (item #119793)
Basic White Cardstock (item #159276)
Memento Tuxedo Black Pad (item #132708)
Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush (item #141897)
Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends Combo Pack (item #154904)
Petal Pink Stampin' Blends Combo Pack (item #154893)
Color Lifter (item #144608)
Stampin' Dimensionals (item #104430)
Coastal Cabana Cardstock
Card Base - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (Scored at 4 1/4")
Large Layer die cut with Hippo & Friends Dies
Basic White Cardstock
Layer 1 - 5 1/4" x 4"
Piece for stamped sheep image die cut with Sheep Dies
Sentiment Layer die cut with Hippo & Friends Dies
Pattern Party Designer Series Paper
Background Layer - 5" x 3 3/4"
Crushed Curry Cardstock
Sun die cut with Sheep Dies
Balloon die cut with Sheep Dies
Poppy Parade Cardstock
Balloon die cut with Sheep Dies
Pumpkin Pie Cardstock 
Balloon die cut with Sheep Dies
This card design focuses on bright colors to contrast with the Basic White for the sentiment label and the sheep image. I love the bold, bright stripes of the designer series paper and chose the colors for the cardstock from this pretty paper. I layered the designer series paper onto the Basic White cardstock layer and then attached it to the Coastal Cabana card base with Stampin' Dimensionals. For the sentiment layer, I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then adhered it to the Coastal Cabana layer. I attached these layers to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals to pop it up. For the sheep, I stamped the image onto Basic White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used Petal Pink and Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends Markers to add color. I used the Color Lifter to blend the Smoky Slate on the sheep's body. Using the coordinating Sheep Dies, I die cut the sheep and adhered it to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals, so that it slightly overlaps the sentiment label. To decorate the card, I die cut the sun and one of the balloons from Crushed Curry cardstock, another balloon from Pumpkin Pie cardstock and the final balloon from Poppy Parade cardstock. I attached the sun to the upper left side of the sentiment label and the balloons were attached with Stampin' Dimensions under the balloons and the strings adhered under the hoof of the sheep to hide the ends. To finish off the design, I colored the balloons, sun and sheep image with Clear Wink of Stella for a touch of shimmer.  
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I hope that my card design will help inspire you to get creative and brighten someone's day. The July-December 2021 Mini Catalog and Sale-a-bration August-September 2021 Catalog both launch August 3rd, with amazing new products to help spark your creativity.
Now it's time to visit Cheryl's blog and see what she has to share with us this month. Just click on the Next button to visit her blog. Please leave us a comment and let us know what you liked about our projects. I hope you enjoy the rest of our blog hop. 

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Happy Stamping,

Tricia Butts
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  1. Lol! This is adorable!Great card Tricia!

  2. I LOVE the bright happy colors and the sparkly balloons! And your sheep is colored so well!

  3. So fun. love the bright colors. The coordinating dies are the bomb. That little sheep owns it!