Sunday, May 7, 2023

Creation Station: Dots & Spots

Hello everyone! I've been absent from the Creation Station blog hops for a while...but I'm back for the May hop. I've enjoyed the Design Team's creations these last months and have missed playing along with them. 

The new Stampin' Up catalog has launched and I'm excited to share a project that just about meets our May theme of Dots & Spots. My project uses products from the Zoo Crew Suite on pages 46 and 47. I love, love, LOVE the cutie-patootie animals in the Zany Zoo stamp set and Zoo Crew Designer Series Paper. Each of the 6 sheets of DSP is a separate theme: dance, music, nature, hobbies, party, and transportation and each is backed with a great black and white pattern. So cool! But what's even cooler is that the Zany Zoo Dies will also cut out some of the animals from the DSP! But did I do that? Oh no, that would have been too easy! I fussy cut some animals for my note cards. Let's take a look!

Aren't these critters adorable?! I had a bunch of 3"x3" envelopes, but no note cards, so I made my own from Thick Basic White Card Stock, cut 6"x3" and scored at 3". I used all of the coordinating colors from the DSP for my first layer: Lemon Lime Twist, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Lemon Lolly, Petal Pink, and Pool Party. The first layer is cut to 2-7/8"x2-7/8", embossed with the Metal Plate 3D Embossing Folder, and adhered to the card base with Stampin' Dimensionals. The next layer is a Basic White Square cut with one of the Stylish Shapes Dies and adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals. I fussy cut each animal and also adhered them with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Each card is embellished with one of the two ribbons included in the Zoo Crew Suite's Ribbon Duo Pack along with a Basic Black Baker's Twine Bow (from the Baker's Twine Essentials Pack). I used the smallest banner in the Stylish Shapes Dies to cut a black and White DSP banner as well as the sentiment banner. I used a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to color a single word from the "Zany Zoo" stamp set and stamp onto the banner.

But this is a "Dots & Spots" hop. Where are thee dots and spots, you may ask. Well, I added three Basic Black Classic Matte Dots to each card!! And if you look closely, there are dots on several of the black and white DSP sheets.

Here's a closer look at each card.

A set of cards like this needs a little box to go along with it, right? Well, I've got you covered<-- see what I did there. I made this super simple box for the cards. Click on the tutorial link at the top of my blog to see the cutting measurements.

Here's a little PROTIP for you: when stamping on colored card stock, sprinkle on Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder and set it with the Heat Tool. That will really make your sentiment POP!

I hope you enjoyed the Zoo Crew Suite and my sweet little project! As always, you can click on the thumbnails below my signature and order your supplies to make these cards and accompanying box. 

For more inspiration, keeping hopping around our blogs. Up next is the super talented Yvonne Spikmans-Van Bruggen.

Product List
Paper Snips

Note Card Box Tutorial

This box is super easy to make!

  1. Cut card stock at 5-1/2" by 5-1/2" for the lid.
  2. Cut card stock at 5-3/8" by 5-3/8" for the box.
  3. Score both the lid and box at 1" on all 4 sides.
  4. Cut and bevel as shown in the picture below.
  5. Apply adhesive as shown and fold the flaps to create the box or lid.
  6. Decorate as desired!