Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Just Because | Be Inspired Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to another Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop. You are currently visiting Tanya Rees in Central Victoria, Australia. If you are following the hop, you may have arrived here having just visited Louise Sharp. If you are just joining us be sure to click on the "Next" button at the end of this post and hop all the way through to see all the inspiring shared by the Be Inspired Design Team using this month's theme, Happy Mail/Just Because.

Who doesn't love getting happy mail! I once heard a fellow Stampin' Up! demo say "A card is a hug with a fold in the middle" and while its great to receive cards on your birthday and Christmas, finding an unexpected "Just Because" card in your mail box really is like receiving a hug in the mail. 

I've had the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and coordinating dies sitting on my shelf for a couple months now and just haven't had a chance to play with them, so they were to obvious starting point for this project. I also wanted my Happy Mail project to be bright. I had a special person in mind for this card and when I think of her, I think of bright colours so I've gone with a combo of Melon Mambo, Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green and Night of Navy. 

I did, however, encounter one small problem when putting together my card. I had envisioned Night of Navy and White stripes behind the cluster of flowers and sentiment panel and had my mind set on using this stripe pattern from the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper pack, but since it has been my favourite pattern in the pack (I always have one fav) I didn't have a large enough panel to fill the card front. After trying (and ditching) other alternatives, When I turned to Instagram for some inspiration I came across a few projects by the Just Add Ink Design Team and their sketch challenge this week solved the problem for me. Following the sketch below I was managed to cut what DSP I had left into some strips and layered them on the card front with a small gap in between each one.

Well that is it for me. I best be off to the post office to send this "hug" to a very special person. I hope I've inspired you to create and send some happy mail yourself. Next up in the hop is Janneke de Jong with a super special project. 

- Tan xx

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  1. I love your bright happy colours Tanya, they are perfect for happy mail and pop wonderfully against your navy striped background (love your solution to make that work for you!). Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week. Kim :)

  2. This is a real great card, looks like a cool summer breeze, so refreshing and beautiful..

  3. Such a pretty posy of flowers Tanya and I love the details and vibrancy of each element. So clever to find a way to make the DSP work for you and you'd never know that was the case either. Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week.

  4. I couldn't agree with you more, Tanya! A "just because" card is so special - and this one is a beauty! I love that you paired these sweet flowers with this (otherwise masculine) paper. Beautiful arrangement of flowers, too! Love!

  5. This is just so pretty Tanya. That is the perfect way to use the DSP. So great to be able to use every little last strip! 'Just Because' cards really do brighten up someone's day. On that note ..... a belated thank you for your gorgeous card that arrived in my letterbox. It really did give me a lift - we are packing to move house next week and it came at just the right time. Thank you and thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week. x

    1. Thank you so much. Ooh I'm glad it arrived before you moved, you'll have to be sure to send me your new address

  6. You have to love navy & white teamed with pretty flowers. So fresh & happy. Would definitely make a lucky person's day. Glad the JAI sketch came to your rescue. Thanks for playing along.
    Di :)