It’s time for another Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop – what fun! The Be Inspired Design Team is a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from all over the world who are excited to share our themed projects with you. I’m so honored to be a part of this group of talented stampers!
For today’s Be Inspired Blog Hop, we are sharing fun ideas for Happy Mail. There’s always a reason behind special mail – sometimes it’s just to let the recipient know how much we care. We’re sharing a huge variety of projects on today’s hop – and you’re going to want to see all of it. If you aren’t starting the hop here, then you probably just popped over from the amazing project shared by my talented Canadian friend Carolynn Sander.
Check You Out with Library Humor
Who doesn’t love Happy Mail? How about a library-themed card that says, “check you out” with a super-cute book worm. Here’s a look at my Happy Mail card that features Stampin’ Up!’s new Check You Out stamp set:
- What’s that brown thing on the front of your card? When we used to check out from the library, the books would have a pouch with a card in the front of each book. The librarian would stamp the date and write our name on the card (the librarian would keep the card and stamp the return date again inside the book). This tracked who checked out the book (“check out” – get it?) and when it. This has mostly been replaced with a barcode.
- What is a library? A library is a place where you can check out books to borrow them for a short period of time. Libraries house lots of information – but mostly books.
- What is a book? A book is a collection of printed words on paper that is bound together with many pages. A book can tell a story, provide information or serve to record history. Book worms love books.
- What is a book worm? A book worm is a friendly term for people who like to read.
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Check You Out. With my extensive opening, I’ve already explained all of the library humor in Check You Out. I love books, learning and scholarly humor, so this set really appeals to me. Here’s a look at Check You Out:Since the set does not come with dies or a punch (and I wanted to position my book work “just so” on my card), I traced around him with a pencil, cut him out my paper snips and then erased any leftover marks from the pencil. Much easier than eyeballing the border around this little guy:
- Build-a-Background of Books. I built a fun background of books with the three book images in this set – but I didn’t stamp each book, one after the other. Instead, I lined up each of the stamps on my grid paper and picked them all up on one block:I wanted a red-on-red tone but didn’t want to ink these up with red ink (it stains photopolymers more than other colors), so I inked the stamps with Versamark ink to give a watermarked look to the background.
- Colors. While the Call Me Clover book worm is a standout on this card, its the combination of Crumb Cake, Pool Party and Real Red that makes me so happy. This is a classic combination I will always love.If you like this combination of Crumb Cake, Pool Party and Real Red as much as I do, please save this for future reference:
Stamp Sets: Check You Out Papers: Crumb Cake, Pool Party, real Red, Thick Whisper White Inks: Call Me Clover, Real Red, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Tuxedo Black Memento, Versamark Accessories: 1″ Circle punch, Stitched Shapes Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals
I’m so glad you stopped by and hope you like my project. I also hope you’ll continue the Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop to see more projects that I’m sure you’ll love. The next stop is my lovely friend from the UK, Emma Goddard. Click on the banner below to continue through the hop:
In case you get off-track at any point during the hop, here’s a listing of all the participants in this hop:
- Louise Sharp
- Tanya Rees
- Janneke de Jong
- Jackie Aitken
- Manuela Geiswinkler
- Carolynn Sander
- Brian King
- Emma Goddard
- Stesha Bloodhart
Here are links to the products I used on today’s card: