Festive Friday: Hello My Friend

Jan 11, 2019 | Hello, Just Because & For You Cards | 0 comments

Festive Friday: Hello My Friend

Jan 11, 2019 | Hello, Just Because & For You Cards | 0 comments

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

Ever send a card just to say hello?

No? Why not?! Don’t you just love going to the mailbox and finding a surprise other than a credit card bill? I’m sure there’s someone in your life that would love to get a happy mail surprise too! Now that we’re post-holidays, most people don’t think of sending a card unless it’s for a birthday, Mother’s/Father’s day or maybe an anniversary. Let’s take some time to break that trend and fill up people’s mailboxes with sunshine!

Festive Friday has a fun inspiration topic this week – Belly Laugh Day! It’s time to pull out any pun-filled or joke sentiment stamp sets, to create a fun card (that you should mail to someone this week!). Of course, if you don’t have any pun or joke stamp sets, you can go for the “or” option with some stitching elements – either real stitching or faux. Don’t forget that we’ve changed up our challenge and all of our DT members provide a tutorial for their project – Instant CASE-worthy projects that you can Pin for reference!

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • CASE one of the DT projects and add your own twist to our designs. Of course, if you blog about it, we would love for you to mention the Designer as your inspiration for your project.
  • Try your hand at adding stitched elements to your design. Of course, there are stitched dies, but you could also use a paper piercing tool to make your own faux patterns, or even use a sewing machine or needle and thread to add real stitching.

Here’s my take:

For the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0025). Featuring: Altenew Mega Greetings & Mega Hello die, Photo Play Paper Memories. #nicolewatt #pmretreat #hello #justbecause #altenew

I am without any punny or joke style stamp sets at the moment, so I opted for the “or” option, adding in a nice stitched element, and some real stitching for added detail. Let’s get on with the Party Plan!

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

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Stamps: Mega Greetings (Altenew), 
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Solar White 110lb (Neenah), 4 1/2″ x 5 3/4″ remembrance Collection, Memories pattern (Photo Play Paper), 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ – Pink Frosting CS (Bazzill Smoothies), 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ – Gold Glitter CS (Kaisercraft), scrap of white CS
Inks: Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink(Ranger)
Accessories: Autumn Afternoon Sequins (28 Lilac Lane), gold thread (Coates)
Other: Mega Hello die (Altenew), Big Shot (Sizzix), Stamp Positioner (Tonic) and/or acrylic blocks, Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables (Lawn Fawn), adhesive backed foam

Party Plan

(your step-by-step guide to CASE-ing this design)

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″. Set aside.
  2. Diecut the Memories patterned paper with the largest Stitched Rectangle die. It’s easy to add real stitching now! Just use the diecut stitching as a guide to work in some optional gold thread stitches. I just did the lower left corner, but you could go all the way around if you want!
  3. DIecut the Mega Hello from gold glitter paper. I used a full 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece so I can use the reverse for another card. Don’t forget to save the cutout pieces to add back in later..
  1. DIecut another sentiment from Pink Frosting cardstock.
  2. Adhere the glitter hello offset from the pink one to make a shadow.
  3. Adhere the finished diecut element to the patterned paper element. Adhere the panel to the card base.
  1. Stamp the sentiment on some scrap white CS using Cracked Sapphire Distress Ink.
  2. Snip the words “My” and “Friend” from the stamped sentiment.
  3. Adhere the snipped words to the card base. “Friend” was adhered to the base and “My” was popped up with some adhesive backed foam.
  4. Add a few sequins and mail off your card!

Now it’s your turn to link up!

Now that you’re all inspired, what will you create? The clock is ticking away for #FF0025 and we want to see your design. Link up your project over at Festive Friday and you might just be named a Festive Fave!

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