Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Dotty About You with Lydia Evans Stamp Set and Cutaways with Kelly

Hi Folks! Kelly here from Notable Nest with a trio of cards featuring the newly released Dotty About You with Lydia Evans and the related Dotty About You with Lydia Evans Cutaways. I didn't get a chance to play with this set during release week, so I've been anxious to spend some time with it in my craft room. My intention was to only make one card, but I ended up with several ideas on how to use this versatile set that I'd like to share:
1) Use the scribble cutaway for a flower.  I love the large size of this scribble/flower, especially since it's large enough to stand on its own on the front of the card. So much easier to only cut one flower instead of 3 or 5. I used my all-time favorite panel die Essentials: Audrey Cutaways for the panel and the butterfly, and my all-time favorite sentiment set Sentimental: Love. The leaf is from In Bloom: Maggie's Roses Cutaways
I sponged some Catherine Pooler Tiara ink on the panel, then added all the elements. The sentiment is curved to match the flower, and I bent the wings of the butterfly up after gluing him down the middle of his body. 

 Although the leaf is from a completely different set, these outlined cutaways still go well together.


2) Make a modern bouquet.  In keeping with the flower idea, I stamped three spots on the Essentials: Noelle Cutaways panel. The scribbles are stamped in darker colors over the spots (although I'd like to try out the dots and explosions sometime soon.) This set also gives you the option to stamp three different sizes of spots/scribbles/dots, but I just went the easy way and stamped the same size. You definitely don't need to stress about where to stamp these spots, given the loose style they're designed in. They can overlap, be right next to each other, or be separate. It's hard to mess this one up!

The gold "hugs" is from In a Phrase: Hugs & Kisses with Angelica Suarez Cutaway and the embossed sentiment is a left-over from my first card (again from Sentimental: Love.) I've recently neglected putting patterned paper inside my cards ahead of time, so I made sure to get these ready to go. 

 3) Make a spotty background. This one turned out to be my favorite of the set. I got several of my Catherine Pooler Ink Pads out and just started stamping out from the center. 

When I was done I was stumped for a while on what to put on the front of the card. Quite honestly, I probably spent more time trying different things out for the front than I did to stamp the entire background! I settled on gold embossing the sentiment (from Wish Big with Evelin T Designs) onto vellum so you can still see some of the background stamping. The gold heart ended up being perfect in the middle ... not too large, not too busy, not too distracting, just right. 

This picture just makes me happy with all the bright colors, cheery patterns, gold embossing, and dotted inside.  Although I was thinking of using this card for a birthday, you could easily make this into a wedding card, and even use the wedding colors. 

Given that I only used the same colors, and same scribble stamp/cutaway, for these three cards, there sure are a million other possibilities on how to use this set. I can see getting lots of use out of this!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
- Kelly




  1. Love all these cards.. they are cheerful and pretty.. can't pick one , they are amazing.

  2. Really pretty..great designs with the same floral theme.

  3. A truly terrific trio of cards... AND I've got to say it I LOVE BIG BLOOMS!!

  4. Oh I am in love with these cards!! I love the design and the colors are FABULOUS!!!

  5. I really like all these cards so much! I bought this Stamp but have not used it yet so thank you for the inspiration!


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