Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – Hostess Sets

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I hope you’re all enjoying your paper adventure so far. Thank you for being here, whether you’re starting with me or you’ve hopped along from Coriana’s beautiful creations.

I LOVE host sets. They are such awesome value – this year’s All In the City set with 60 (!!) stamps for $28.00 being an obvious example. They’ve also often ended up being some of my favourite and most used sets.

When I first looked through this year’s catalogue it was two of the host sets that had me really excited – All In the City, with it’s huge collection of little buildings and cars and cute sentiments, and Tranquil Tulips for those beautiful two step tulips. And I absolutely love both of them.


The tulips are just a delight – you can make gorgeous cards so quickly and easily with them. The two step stamps work beautifully and really make the images pop.


I’ve used the small leaf from the set to stamp a background in matching Tranquil Tide on the first card, and fussy cut and set the tulips up on dimensional for a bit of pop on the second card.


My go to decoration for the inside of cards at the moment (because you can’t forget to pretty up the insides – it’s one of the delights of a handmade card!) is a couple of strips of coordinating wash tape but in the other card I used a (retired) project life card which was trimmed down to fit.

The other host set I am having so much fun with is undoubtably the best value in the catalogue – All In the City. I think every time I look at this set I see another little element I hadn’t noticed before.


This card was made for the Just Add Ink challenge last week, although children intervened as usual and I didn’t get to post it to the challenge in time 😛 But I loved the colour combination so stamped repeating elements in Versamark. I love the effect of this technique.



The sentiment is from the host set from last year’s Occasions catalogue, Iconic Occasions. Again, it’s a host set that I’ve had so much use from, it has a great collection of sentiments.

And for my final set for this week’s blog hop (I told you I’ve been loving these host sets) I was inspired by the cards made with this set in the catalogue on page 222.


I’ve used one of my absolute favourite techniques here – you ink up the stamp in Versamark, then ink, then use clear or (in this case) iridescent ice embossing powder and emboss. You can effectively emboss in any colour this way  – and for the fireworks on this card it really does look like sparkly fireworks.


Of course the fussy cut and raised house and tree were always part of the original design, not at all in order to hide some poor stamping done right at the end of the card making process, oh no. Why would you even think that?


Being a wrapping junkie who especially loves custom wrapping and tags this set also lent itself to making some wrapping paper to match with kraft paper.


Yes, that’s wool. My wrapping supply box contains many oddments 🙂 And those mini gold library clips have to be one of my favourite things from this year’s catalogue.


I think it makes a pretty cute set.

Next up on this particular paper adventure is the super talented and lovely Narelle – click through to see her creation using her host set of choice.



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