This project is a notebook I picked up in a supermarket which was reduced as a clearance line. It had a sturdy hardback cover and spiral binding, but a not very inspiring cover design, so perfect candidate for some DSP love. I loved covered pencils idea too ever since I saw it online - just purchase some round wooden pencils and wrap your DSP round them - easy, and they look something special all dressed up!
The papers I have used for my gifts are from the Floral District pack. Lovely bright designs (not that my photography shows it too well with the poor lighting conditions today!) which are bolder than my usual choices, but I was drawn to the colours used in these papers and the flower blooms on them.
One of the colours in the palette for these papers is Baja Breeze which is a colour leaving us in the refresh. It's sad, but there are some lovely new colours coming, including some new blues to keep us all happy. Now, I have used the Pool Party ruffled ribbon on my notepad, not a true colour co-ordination, but I just love this ribbon (this too is retiring) with the end of the catalogue.
A lovely layered Big Shot Fun Flower on the notepad shows off the rest of the designs in the pack as do the Boho Blossom smaller flowers. I finished off the flower with a button from the artisan kit and a large pearl. For the 'Notes' heading I have used the Broadsheet Alphabet stamp set which is retiring. This a fantastic alphabet set and each letter is a beautiful unique design. It has been great for initials on cards and projects whilst it has been in my collection as the letters work so well just on their own as stamps.
The label and sentiment for the pencil box were from the Just Believe stamp set, yes yet another one on the retirement list.
The second project to show you today, using the same papers, but with an alternative palette is this lovely birthday card I made recently. I love the colours on this. The green is the Lucky Limeade which is also leaving us in the refresh. I really wasn't sure about this one in the In Colours 2012-2013 set, but it really did grow on me and I think I will miss it's vibrance. Here I have teamed it up with Rose Red for my birthday card. This card was made on a not-too-sunny day I remember feeling lifted by the colour combination.
The stamps for the 'tweeties' are from the Aviary stamp set, also retiring at the end of the catalogue period next week. I think there will be some tweet love still in my house as I don't think I am ready to part with this set just yet. The banner is made from simple Pennants from the Pennants Builder Punch and the flowers are from the Big Shot Floral Fusion sizzlits. This card was a really quick win for a birthday celebration and I was really pleased with the results and how easy it was to put together.
That's quite a list of items which I have used for these projects which are retiring, but to list them all in one place, they are:
Floral District DSP Papers
Baja Breeze Colour items
Ruffled Ribbon - Pool Party
Broadsheet Alphabet stamp set
Just Believe stamp set
Aviary stamp set
Lucky Limeade colour items
Floral District DSP
Made for You stamp set
Remember, the retiring items are only available whilst stocks last and until 30th June. Don't miss out if there is something here you have loved and have not realised is going.
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