Tuesday, April 29, 2014

mayday! MAY DAY!

this week at shopping our stash we're celebrating the arrival of ♥MAY♥ after a particularly long, cold, winter with a burst of color and enthusiasm! let me give you the official brief:

May 1st is May Day. 
Use something inspired by the May Pole -- can be ribbon, something twisted, rainbow colors, or just something very tall and skinny -- LOTS of options!

there are also a few photos of may poles over at the SOS blog to get you thinking. this is my favorite...

 ...and i think you can see it inspired my card pretty literally:

(tapes... ok, there are LOTS and i know i won't hit them all, but i'll give it a go: my mind's eye, october afternoon, bazzill, hambly, teresa collins, heidi swapp, love my tapes, freckled fawn, recollections, oriental trading and... ok i THINK that's about it, but if there's one you really love, just ask me and i'll try to figure out whence it came, ok? patterned paper: prima; white glossy cardstock: paper accents; ink: colorbox + stewart superior; adhesives: staples brand gluetape runner, 3m foam tape, sewing machine)

of course, on the card, that's not ribbon, it's tape! i don't know about you, but lately i tend to grab for washi or deco tape in situations that previously would have called for ribbon. don't get me wrong, i still LOVE ribbon; but in a situation where texture isn't terribly important, i find that tape is just sooooooooo much easier to work with. i mean heck, for one thing, it's got it's own adhesive built right in, which is really very helpful! 

i tried to duplicate the color and exuberance of the ribbons on the pole by covering a panel of scrap cardstock with tape. to make sure that none of my selections would try to peel themselves off in future* i wrapped the ends of each tape around the back of the panel, and then i stitched the panel to my 6x6" card. i've got a diecut star raised on a layer of foam tape, and had planned to add a big "WOOHOO"** in black foam thickers, but despite trying a few fonts and a lot of different positionings, it just didn't look awesome; so i moved the sentiment inside the card, instead.

speaking of moving, i heartily recommend you hop over to SOS where there is loads more may day goodness to impress and inspire you! ciao, darlings! 

*because let's face it, not ALL tapes are created equal, and some stick a whoooooole lot better than others, don't they?
**this is a high school graduation card for our nephew andrew, of whom we are very fond and very proud! ♥♥♥


  1. Way to rock the washi goodness! WOWZA

  2. This is such a cheerful card! Love the mix of all the patterns and colors.

  3. Wow what a fabulous use of the tapes. Absolutely cheery card, your choice to use the sentiment on the inside was a great call.

  4. HOW did I not think of this?!?!?!?! I LOVE IT! LOOOOOOOOVE. So bright and Spring-y!

  5. so cool! You sure have a LOT of tape :)
    Love how you combined all the vibrant colors and patterns!

  6. I. Love. This. Card!!! What a fabulous way to use up your washi stash! (Like Leslie said: Why didn't I think of this!" LOL!) Your nephew is going to love this!

  7. Such an awesome bright sunshiny card for a great occasion! And OMG, so glad to know that I'm not the only one who gets to the 'adding the letters' phase & realizes that a) nope, none of these fonts 'goes' or b) how do I have that many colours of letters AND NOT THE ONE I WANT?!

  8. WOW!!!! Ya that washi tape is ALL kinds of awesome!!


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