20 May, 2022

Ice Ice Baby

Matching the warm temperatures outside, I'll show you a summer-inspired card set today for my DT inspiration over at the Alphabet challenge blog. Our theme this fortnight is "die cuts", which should be an easy one if you have die cuts and a cuttlebug in your stash. None of which I have. Meaning, I'd have to either get as close as possible to the challenge theme by using punches, or improvise.
I picked the latter and searched the internet for die cut inspirations I could copy without actually using die cuts. The idea was to find one that would be easy enough to copy/imitate and still give a decent result. In the ends, I found this absolutely adorable popsicle over at Mavelu and gave it a try. 
I copied the outline on a patterned paper featuring a pink/orange arrangement of hippie flowers. The idea was to create a fun popsicle which I'd then place on a white background. I picked an embossed background to make it more interesting, and used a layer of orange cardboard in the background. The motif was then placed onto a kraft card base, and decorated with a couple of shimmering pearls. 
Since I liked the outcome so much, I immediately created another card using green hippie flowers this time.
I also had a look at my paper stash to find more papers that would look great as popsicles, and might start a little ice cream production soon :)
I decided to go against a sentiment in order to make the card suitable for different occasions. I'm not sure where it will end up, but it looks perfect for a child's birthday, a picknick, a pool party, or just a summer-ish "Hello" for a friend. 

krafty chicks: CAS
allsorts challengeblog: add some sparkle
as you like it: favourite food (given the warm temperatures outside, I'll go for ice cream on this one. We would only get it for special occasions as children, so it remains to be a treat even now that I can get it myself anytime I want. I like the cold refreshment ice brings during hot summer months, and will explore unfamiliar flavours to discover new favourite combinations. I'll get myself a popsicle from the supermarket when it gets really hot outside and I'm not home, but I have my absolute favourite in form of a little Italian ice cream parlor in my hometown and I will rather go without ice cream than "betray" them by buying it somewhere else. Because nothing is better than handmade, homemade Italian ice cream without any artificial additives. Among all the classics, they'll make sure to offer unique flavours on a daily basis, meaning one day it will be pear or persimmon, next day peach with basil or maybe raspberry with rosemary. I like how every trip becomes a surprise, literally, because you never know what will be on display.)
basteltraum: summer
can you handle the pressure: embossing with a twist "flowers"
crafty calendar: ATG 
crafty catz: ATG
creative moments: ATG with optional twist "summer's here"
double D challenges: monochromatic
intaas: 3 of something (3 shimmering pearls)
little red wagon: friends
love to craft: ATG 
morgans artworld: ATG
moving along with the times: birthday
path of positivity: celebrate something special about your friends (I'm not a spontaneous person in general and will prefer quality over quantity when it comes to friends, meaning I could maybe come up with a handful of friends if I try hard. On the positive side, I know that these friendships are true no matter what, and the best thing about them is that we can be ourselves, help each other, be serious and lift each other up, as well as have fun and just enjoy the moment.)
pennys papertake: ATG
scrapping4fun: ATG
sparklesmonthlychallenges: floral frenzy


  1. Fab lollipop cards - love how you improvised instead of using die cuts. These are really summery. Thanks so much for joining my challenge theme "add some sparkle" at Allsorts this week.
    Pauline xx

  2. Gorgeous. I like it. Thanks for joining the challenge of Creative Moments. Hope to see you again. Greetings Helma DT

  3. What a great idea they look really good. Thanks for taking part at Allsorts challenge.

  4. Gorgeous colours thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar hugs Sue x

  5. Fabulous summery cards- the lollies look great in the citrus colours! Thanks for joining in at Craft Catz this week.

  6. Two fabulous cards with these pretty papers and great idea to make your own die cuts. Thanks so much for sharing at Allsorts challenge this week!

  7. So cute! If your friends are as fun as these popsicles, then you must have a wonderful time with them! Great paper patterns. So happy you shared with us at Path of Positivity. Made my day! ~Katrina

  8. You sure found a very pleasing work-aroung. The decision to add the embossing to the bg layer was a great one. Thanks for joining us at Krafty Chicks.

  9. What fun popsiclles in those patterns. So glad you joined us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Arlene CT

  10. What a great idea for a card and super way to use up wee bits of design papers too :) Thank you for joining us at International Art & Soul this fortnight. Hugs Mimi xxxxxx

  11. Fun images and card. Thank you for sharing with us at CYHTP Embossing Challenge.

  12. Great project. Nice work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/

  13. Gorgeous cards
    Thank you for entering our Anything Goes Challenge atThrough The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge. Good luck Ginny
    My Blog As I do Rodos

  14. Super cute cards, I love the "hippy" patterns! Lots of great work here, and great take on the challenge. Thanks so much for playing along with us over at Double D, hope we see you back again soon!
    Judy~ DD DT

  15. Such a cute idea. Love Dawn x

  16. Cute CAS cards. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. Love to see you join in each month.
    ~ Gail CT

  17. Oh how cute! These looks SO YUMMY! lol Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Monochromatic’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often. We appreciate your support!!


  18. Thanks so much for playing in our challenge at Can You Handle The Pressure … we appreciate your support and hope to see you again next challenge!

  19. Your improvised die cuts look fabulous to me! The papers are wonderful for your popsicles too!

    Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon this week!

    Small Bits of Paper

  20. I just wish my ice cream looked like this! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful card with us at As You Like It Challenge!

  21. Gorgeous! I love the flowery papers that you used ­čśü. Thanks so much for playing along at Sparkles Monthly Challenge! Hugs Jo x

  22. Nice card! Thanks for joining us at A Place To Start!

  23. How cute! Clever use of the patterned papers.
    Thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog.
    Happy crafting!
    Catherine x DT

  24. Super card for summer occasions. Thanks for playing with us at Creative Moments.

  25. I love the simple design. Thanks for joining in our challenge at Sparkles Monthly Dawn S DT x

  26. Cute and so creative! This would be a fun way to use leftover papers! Thanks for sharing with us at A Place to Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner