So I have finally broken my Oh Happy Day Card Kit open today. I remember when I got the Watercolor Wishes kit last year that I meant to make only one card with it and had so much fun that I ended up putting together the whole kit in one sitting! I had a feeling this might happen again with the new colorful card kit Stampin' Up! added to its annual catalogue this year, so I waited until today to crack it open, even though I've bought it on my first new catalogue order.
I absolutely love the new Oh Happy Day kit just as much as I loved the Watercolor Wishes one. I was torn between making the suggested cards and using the kit contents to make up new stuff with. I finally ended up doing both: making the full-size cards as suggested and using the smaller cards to design my own projects.
As I was about to make the regular-size card with the flower background, I thought i was such a beautiful design (the background florals and the flower die-cut) that I decided I wanted to keep those to myself. And from this thought was born the idea to make a Project Life page using the kit elements. I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. I even managed to include the kit's stamp set by stamping "I Love You" on a heart I die-cut with the Sweet & Sassy Framelits dies. I used the back of one of the smallest cards to die-cut the heart, and the big heart on the front of the trifold card was used on my title insert (top right).
The only element that did not come from my Stampin' Up! supplies is the gold leafing that I did around the heart at top. The kit includes a lot of gold elements and I decided to give golf leafing a try using our Heat 'n Stick Powder. I need practice with this technique, but it was a nice way to add a bit of interest to my page.
The title was stamped with the new Brushstrokes Alphabet (a nice size for Project Life inserts) and the date was added with the Date It Project Life stamp set. The font is so nice, it almost looks like it was part of the die-cut instead of something I stamped myself! This stamp set is very versatile: not only does in include the months in two different sets of font, it also has the season. And the numbers go up to 31, so you don't have to line up the numbers individually to create your dates. It saves time, but it also makes lining up way easier. In this instance, to stamp 2012, I only had to use 20 and 12 and line them together, so getting the spacing right was way easier than when I use four stamps. Since I had the last Project Life date set, I was hesitant to get this one, but seeing how beautiful the font is on this page, I'm glad I did.
Stampin' Up! Supplies
Stamps: Brushstrokes Alphabet, Project Life Une date (Project Life Date It), Une belle journée (Oh Happy Day)
Card Kit: Oh Happy Day
Ink: Basic Black Archival, VersaMark
Big Shot: Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies, Happy Heart Embossing Folder
Accessories: Project Life Corner Punch, Melon Mambo Stampin' Write Marker,
Stampin' Dimensionals, Neutral Candy Dots, Mint Macaron/Black Baker's Twine,
1/8" Handheld Circle Punch, Black Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat 'n Stick Powder,
Gold Leafing (non-SU!)