Hostess gift fun!

I had a wonderful time a few nights ago making up a hostess gift for a workshop I had yesterday (*hi Ilonka*) and thought I would share the pictures of what I made. I was, as I often am, inspired by my friend and fellow demonstrator Marelle, when she came up with some ingenious ways to use the Big Bold Birthday set in ways that give it even greater versatility than it has already!  Based on this post of Marelle's, and also this one (the second picture - scroll down!!), I had a bit of a play with the set to see what sort of variety I could get out of it too!  I made the following 5 different cards, then boxed them all up with their matching envelopes and gave them to Ilonka at her workshop yesterday as a little 'thanks for letting me come over to play'!

big bold pink cupcake

This first card I actually demonstrated as part of the workshop and is similar to cards that I have made with this set before.

"Pink/Brown Big Bold Cupcake" Paper: Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Berry Bliss DSP Inks: Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink, Pixie Pink, So Saffron, Versamark Accessories: Two-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Stampin' Dimensionals

big bold blue gift

This one uses the exact same layout, I just changed the colours and the stamps used so that it's more boy-ish!

"Blue/Green Big Bold Gift Card" Paper: River Rock, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Fall Flowers DSP Inks: Soft Sky, Old Olive, Versamark Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals

big bold bright balloons

This one is a bit of a step away from my usual comfort zone in terms of colour!  It's also a fairly standard use for the stamp set, but one thing I did here is use the not-quite-square shaped solid stamp to make a background along the strip of Green Galore that is under the ribbon.

"Big Bold Bright Balloons card" Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore, Whisper White Inks: Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore, Versamark Accessories: Tempting Turquoise grosgrain ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

big bold single flower

These last two are my favourites :)  This one uses the little gift bow stamp in the same way Marelle did to make the sweet little flower.  This is cut out and mounted up with a Barely Banana brad as the centre.  The stem is the Happy Birthday border stamp that I also used as the balloon strings in the previous card and the leaves are the flame of the little candle stamp!  Oh, add the sneaky inclusion of Polka Dot, a bit of Prints DSP and some ribbon....job done!

"Big Bold Single Flower card" Paper: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Old Olive Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Rose Red Prints DSP Inks: Rose Red, Old Olive Accessories: Certainly Celery wide grosgrain ribbon, Soft Subtles brads, Stampin' Dimensionals

big bold flower pot

For this one I used the odd shaped solid background as a flower pot, stamper the little flower in three different colours and once again used the happy birthday wording as stems, masking the flower pot first so that the stems stopped there.  The leaves are the candles flames again, coloured in slightly with an aquapainter and ink.

After I had layered the stamped image onto the pieces of Cameo Coral and Summer Sun (with a little tab of Old Olive grosgrain as tiny feature!) I was just going to mount it onto the backing card with some dimensionals, but it looked kind of boring, so grabbed the dotted rectangle stamp from the set, and using my Stamp-a-ma-jig for perect placement, stamped myself a little rectangular background that I mounted the stamped image onto.  Then I was happy :)

"Big Bold Flower Pot card" Paper: Old Olive, Cameo Coral, Summer Sun, Whisper White Inks: Old Olive, Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, Summer Sun, Really Rust Accessories: Old Olive wide grosgrain ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

So there you have it - five very different cards made from a single stamp set.  I had SO much fun making these and I encourage you to have a fresh look at the stamps you have and think outside the square in terms of how you could use them to stretch their versatility a little bit further!  Either that, or stalk Marelle's blog and get ideas from her like I did!  She's awesome!!