It's been a while since I made one of these little squares of goodness. This piece has gone to my MIL for her special birthday, and I wanted to incorporate elements that reflected her interests - and her favourite colour: BLUE! These 16 elements are mounted on dimensionals over a stamped wooden background in an 8"x 8" frame.
Background: I stamped multiple images of our Hardwood background stamp in Crumb Cake onto Whisper White cardstock, then cut strips 1/2" wide to piece together the wood background so it extended to cover the full 8x8" background. The grain detailing is so forgiving, and I laid the strips like floorboards so the joins weren't all in the same spot.
Punches: I used the Postage Stamp punch (only available till June 2nd, or until sold out as it is 50% off on the retiring list) and also the 1" square punch for each square. The heart punch is our Sweetheart punch. I also used the Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly punches (can you guess where?), as well as the Bird Builder punch and Petite Petals punch for the flower. The hot air balloon and bunting were hand cut and the monogrammed "R" was cut using the Perfect Print Alphabet Bigz die (also 50% off on the retiring list until June 2nd).
Stamps L-R: Hardwood background, Collage Curios (retired NLA), By the Tide, Choose Happiness, Butterfly Basics, Postage Due (NLA), Papillon Potpourri, Groovy Love, By the Tide, Collage Curios (retired NLA), Choose Happiness, By the Tide, Collage Curios (retired NLA), Petite Petals, Alphabet rotary stamp, Postage Due (NLA), Celebrate Today
Cardstock: Whisper White, Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Night of Navy, Vellum cardstock
Ink: Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Night of Navy, Real Red
Acc: Adhesive pearls, dimensionals, linen thread, wooden embellishments (retiring), glitter, candy dot brad base, small heart punch (from Itty Bitty Accents punch pack)
All of the items used are Stampin' Up, lots are on the retiring list only available for a few more weeks, so if you see anything you like, purchase it via my online store or contact me to place an order.