Hey, crafty friends! Even though we tend to release products to match up with certain holidays, it doesn’t mean that you have to use them for just that theme. I have quite a few things in my crafty stash that make their debut for a certain time of year, but are things that I can use all year round.

Take a closer look at the products that you have that seem to be designed for a certain theme and see if you can use them for other holidays or occasions. The Taylored Expressions Creative Team is great for inspiration to use your stamps and dies in different ways. This week, we are continuing our One Product Three Ways feature. The team was challenged to take one product (a stamp set or die) and create 3 projects to show you how you can use that product at least 3 different ways.

Today, Keia Shipp-Smith has three projects to share today using the Hearts in Bloom Background stamp. This trendy and whimsical design is large enough to cover your entire card front and creates a beautiful backdrop for so many different sentiments. It was originally released this last December with our new Valentine products, but this stamp can be used for so much more than Valentine’s Day!

Keia’s projects have so many fun and creative ideas for using the Hearts in Bloom Background stamp. Let’s take a closer look at what she created:

On this first project, Keia stamped the Hearts in Bloom Background stamp onto Sugar Cube cardstock and colored it with Copic markers. Instead of using the whole image on her project, Keia cut the design in half to make a wide floral border design.

Keia added a die cut “hello” sentiment to her project using the Framed Script – Hello die along with a few blooms from the Floral Frenzy stamp set colored to coordinate with the border element.

On this next project, Keia used the Hearts in Bloom Background stamp in a few different ways. First, she added the design to a die cut “K” monogram from the Initially collection and colored it in with Copic markers.

Don’t you just love the butterfly that Keia added to the monogram “K” using the Simply Stamped – Butterflies stamp set and coordinating dies? It’s so fun and pretty! Stamping the butterfly in orange tones really makes it pop out on this card where purple is a dominant color.

Keia also used the Hearts in Bloom Background stamped in Lavender Glaze for a background design. Stamping a background in a pastel or neutral color adds to the design without overpowering your project.

And finally, Keia created a pretty floral frame on this card created with the Hearts in Bloom Background stamp. The image is stamped on Sugar Cube cardstock and colored with Copic markers and then Keia used a Petite Scallop Square Stacklets die to cut out the center of the stamped design.

The die cut “thanks” sentiment created with the Thanks Script and Thanks Script Backer dies is attached over the frame opening along with a few flowers from the Floral Frenzy stamp set that are colored to coordinate with the frame design.

The Hearts in Bloom Background stamp has so many possibilities – it’s not just for Valentine’s Day! Here are the ideas that Keia shared with you today:

  • Cut the colored background image in half to create a wide floral border for your project.
  • Add the design to a die cut shape, like a monogram letter.
  • Stamp the design as a background in a subtle pastel or neutral color.
  • Use another die, like a shape from the Stacklets die collection, to cut out the center of the design to create a frame.

I will be back again tomorrow with another One Product Three Ways feature from Melody Rupple. Thank you for stopping by today and stop back again tomorrow!

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