Thankful for triangles!


It’s Aimes here today with a couple of cards showing you how you can create a couple of different looks thanks the magical triangles from the Sohcahtoa stamp set. This stamp set is a firm favourite of mine; not only does it bring back memories finally cracking trigonometry with this simple word, it features one of the most versatile shapes for pattern building: the tremendous triangle! 😀

This humble, three-sided shape is a dream for pattern building thanks to its tessellating capability. The joy of having equilateral, right-angled and isosceles triangles in outline, solid and striped form in the Sohcahtoa set means that you can stamp the same pattern and change the look of it with ease and style.

First up, here’a a big and bold pattern featuring the equilateral triangle:


The sentiment (from the set, Many Thanks) was stamped first and the triangles were then stamped around it. I ensured that the sentiment space remained the same height as the triangle stamp which then called for no masking as I simply stamped triangles above and below the strip. If you mark the midpoint of the panel and stamp the central triangle of each line first, it makes things much easier and balanced.

Now for something on a smaller scale featuring the right-angled triangle:

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I’m going to be honest here: I’m terrible at making choices and that’s also true of sentiments. I couldn’t decide which sentiment to pick, so I stamped all three! I think this works as the form of repetition and each adjective starting with the same letter connects each sentiment. Well that’s my story anyway and I’m sticking to it! 😉

Well, I’m off to stamp some more patterns with my Sohcahtoa set. With different colours and different triangles to experiment with, the possibilities feel almost endless!

Thank you so much for stopping by today and happy stamping!


Turn a negative into a positive


It’s Aimes here today kicking off September with a little card that shows you a fun way to turn your negative die-cut scraps into a fun element of a design. I’m known for keeping all of my scraps and leftover bits and bobs after a creative session and when I say keeping scraps, I mean every. single. bit. So it makes me happy when I can use those scraps to create another card such as this one.

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This card uses the negative die-cut of the Doodle Blooms dies that I used for my previous project here. The Doodle Bloom dies come assembled together and although the idea is to separate them so you can use each individual die as you please, I kinda liked the pattern of them all secured together. It also means that one run through my die-cutting machine means lots of die-cut shapes to play with in addition to this large negative piece.

By simply layering a piece of cardstock underneath the negative die-cut panel you can create a fun patterned paper effect to complement any project. The hardest part is deciding what colour cardstock to use!

As always, here are a few more hints and tips about this technique and design:

  • Allow the negative areas to overhang the edges of the panel and trim away the excess to create what looks like a continuing pattern.
  • I love this sweet little sentiment from Many Thanks. I echoed the shape of it through the use of the circular sequins.
  • Without the sequins, the card was missing something. Instead of grabbing clear gems, I opted to add sequins and alternate the colours to balance the panels of the card design. The liner layout of them helps to keep your eye focused on the sentiment too.

I hope that my card inspires you to keep hold of your negative die-cut scraps and turn a negative into a positive by using it for a new project!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


A few of my favourite Altenew things!


Happy Friday! It’s Aimes here today with a little card that combines a number of my favourite Altenew goodies combined with a splash of sparkle and a fun idea using the Doodle Blooms dies.


As soon as I laid my eyes on those versatile Doodle Blooms dies I knew I wanted to create a fun focal point using them. I simply die-cut them and arranged them onto a die-cut circle. This was so easy! I didn’t separate the dies so I can use the negative die-cut piece for a future project too (watch this space!)

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The Wood Pallet Background stamp set is a firm favourite with me and enables you to create on-trend backgrounds with ease and style. For a bit of definition I decided to heat-emboss the design with clear embossing powder. Then it was simply a case of placing the Doodle Blooms focal point to the centre and layering some of my favourite elements on top including a fitting sentiment from Label Love!

I always like to include a couple of top tips with my projects so here a couple if you decide to try this for yourself:

  • I used Stick It adhesive sheets with my die-cuts which makes adhering them a simple and easy process!
  • Double up on 3D foam pads or tape on the reverse of the focal point if using a mini peg to allow the peg to sit onto the card front
  • I have a thing for adding big twine bows to mini pegs but those bow tails can misbehave! Simply add a couple of tiny dots of Glossy Accents to keep them in place and still retain that fun, whimsical feel they add

Well that’s all from me today! Thanks so much for stopping by today and  I hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🙂