It's a combo that I really liked but gave me no inspiration at all. Usually I get a feeling for the combo and what will be best suited to it, but this one, it just left me with crickets. I really had no idea of what I was going to do until I went to Ikea last Sunday. Whilst I was there I found these awesome placemats, awesome for 2 reasons; the patterns and the fact that I can just wipe them clean. So my idea was formed, I was just going to copy the polka dot pattern, changing the Ikea colours with the challenge colours. All was going well until I realised that I didn't have a solid polka dot that was just the right size. I tried it with a star patterned dot but it wasn't quite working. So, back to the drawing board.
Whilst working with the star dot, I had a thought to use its coordinating die and do some partial die cutting to cut the edge of the card. Good idea but what was I going to use for cutting plates, my normal ones were too big and wouldn't work with the partial die cut thing. So I tried some cardboard from one of my SU delivery boxes. Not quite thick or sturdy enough. So I tried adding an extra cardboard shim. Still not quite thick or sturdy enough. Then I thought, what about one of my clear blocks? It was certainly going to be thick enough but would it work, cause I only had one and still needed to use some cardboard to protect the rollers in my die cut machine. With nothing to lose, I flipped open the tabs on the platform and ran it though and this was the result
Woo Hoo - it worked, but it did put some marks in my clear block. It took me some time to decide on exactly which sentiment I would use - I'm still not convinced this one was the best choice.
Then, whilst working on that card, I wondered what would happen if I flipped the big star spot over and stamped using the back of the stamp. Check this out
Bingo - just the sized dot I was looking for. So instead of 1 card I ended up with 2. Love it when that happens :)
Well, that's it for me today. Thanks for visiting and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team's awesome creations.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend
Stamps: Boy Basics - Simple Circles, Birthday Basics (PaperTrey Ink)
Ink: Marina Mist, Sahara Sand, Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso (SU!)
Cardstock: Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories: Big Shot, Simple Circles die (PTI), Acrylic Block