Sunday, May 3, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Butterfly Basics

Welcome to the latest edition of the Stamp Review Crew's Blog Hop!  This time we are showcasing the lovely Butterfly Basics stamp set.  We have a wonderful variety of projects to share!  We always have our blogs permanently linked so you can hop at any time.  You can also see the complete blog roll on our Stamp Review Crew website and while you are there check out some of our past hops.  There is a gold mine of creative ideas!

My project today is very simple.   In fact it is so simple I am almost embarrassed.  But there is a good reason!  Actually several good reasons!

You may have heard that Stampin' Up is retiring all My Digital Studio products including software and all digital downloads.  I am a HUGE MDS fan and I am so grateful for having been introduced to digital scrapbooking via My Digital Studio.   I use it for many things the most important of which is our family scrapbooks.  Each year I design one all-encompassing book of our family's activities and then print four copies.  One for my husband and I and one for each of our three children.

To me these scrapbooks are the crown jewels of my personal crafting.  I love reliving each memory as I work on these and delight in creating a lasting treasure for my children.

Now for the reason for my SIMPLE project!  My life was very hectic to say the least last year and I got very behind.  I am racing to complete our 2014 scrapbook.  Through the end of May all printing is 30% off and I am on a mission to finish this book!

The second reason is I wanted a simple layout so the pictures would be the main focus.   Butterfly Basics to the rescue!  These stamps added just the right touch of femininity yet look trendy in black and white.

Click on the photo to see the detail
This was incredibly fast!  Wish me luck in getting the rest of the book done as quickly!

Thank you for indulging me in my chatty post!  Now to continue on for more Butterfly Basics inspiration please click on the buttons below.  Both Jennifer and Debra have beautiful projects.  I admire how both these ladies add simple and artistic little touches to their projects that always surprise me!

Debra's Blog

Jennifer's Blog

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Zoo Babies

Welcome to the Stamp Crew Review blog hop!  We are focusing on the Zoo Babies stamp set this time and these little critters just plain ADORABLE!  You can see the full blog roll by clicking HERE to visit the Stamp Review Crew home page.  Our past hops remain permanently linked so you can view them at your leisure.  (And check out any that you may have missed!)

Zoo Babies is a set that has been around for a while but what we Review Crew members love to do is take an older set and give it a new look.  One really cute new stamp set in the Occasions Mini is called From the Garden.  That set is a perfect compliment to Zoo Babies in that the petite leaves and foliage are just the right size for adding a background setting for the Babies.
The sweet giraffe now has leaves to nibble:
Her cute little bow is another image found in the From Your Garden set.
The impish monkey can swing from a vine:

And the alligator is happily hanging out in a weed patch.
This petite little oval is also part of the set and perfectly frames the word "baby" from the Zoo Babies set.
Because From the Garden is a clear photopolymer set it is a breeze to stamp all the delicate details in just the right place!

The rest of the Crew has more wild and wonderful things to share.  Please click on the buttons below to continue on your way.  The NEXT BLOG will take you to Tanya's terrific projects.

And this PREVIOUS BLOG button with pop you back to Kerry's cute creations.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Painted Petals

Welcome to the latest Stamp Review Crew blog hop!  Our stamp set this session is the dreamy Painted Petals set.   Watercolor images are one of my very favorite styles.  In fact, two of my first stamp purchases were SU!'s Roses in Winter and Watercolor Mini's.  

Painted Petals has that same lovely "old-fashioned" watercolor feel.  I chose to keep my card and bookmark set very simple to focus on that.
This is a one layer card stamped on Naturals White cardstock.  There were two advantages to using the Naturals White compared to Whisper White cardstock in this instance.  It is a heavier weight making a nice card base and it is not quite as smooth as Whisper White.  That tiny bit of roughness adds to the softness of the stamped watercolor effect.

To add depth to the flowers I first inked the stamp with Strawberry Slush ink and then added highlights with a Rose Red marker directly to the stamp.   A Stamp-a-ma-jig was essential in getting the perfect alignment.  I love my Stamp-a-ma-jig!  It sounds a bit paradoxical but I find it relaxing to stamp with a Stamp-a-ma-jig so I can view and precisely place images in the exact spot to get a pleasing and balanced placement.  I have to admit I used to be hesitant to reach for my SAMJ thinking the extra step was a nuisance,  but I find I have far fewer "mistakes" and am much happier with the end result when using this wonderful tool!

Thanks so much for joining us for our Blog Hop.  Now please click on the links below to continue on your way to see more wonderful projects with the Painted Petals stamp set.  Click "Next Blog"  to see the talented Mike Funke's creation or "Previous Blog" to view Nancy Smith's lovely projects.   Our next hop will be two weeks from now when the Crew will return to review another stamp set!

Supplies:  Stamps: Painted Petals, Paper: Naturals White Cardstock, Ink: Strawberry Slush Classic Ink, Rose Red Stampin Write Marker, Wild Wasabi Classic Ink, Blackberry Bliss Classic Ink,  Tools:  Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Mini Cadbury Egg Basket

Need a really quick Easter gift?  This little basket of a dozen candy eggs is super simple!

I designed this to fit these Mini Cadbury Creme Eggs.

Here is how to make one:
1. Cut a 4-1/2" by 9" piece of DSP or card stock.  
2. Score at 1 inch on each side.  
3. Trim on the score lines to form tabs and adhere with strong adhesive such as Sticky Strip or Fast Fuse. 
4.  Add a 1" by 11" handle.
5.  Decorate as desired 
Supplies:  Simply Wonderful Stamp Set, Costal Cabana Classic Ink, Best Year Ever Accessory Pack, Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper, Costal Cabana Cardstock, Costal Cabana Thick Bakers Twine, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Basic Rhinestones

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Sheltering Tree

Welcome to the Sheltering Tree edition of the Stamp Review Crew's bi-weekly blog hop.

I have not participated in the hops (or even stamped) in quite a while as I was caring for my mom through her journey with end stage cancer. The sentiment from the Sheltering Tree stamp set is particularly meaningful as we were blessed with so many wonderful friends and family who surrounded us with love.

It was therapeutic to create this framed artwork remembering the many, many acts of kindness bestowed upon us.

I used the Chalkboard Banner Kit and added just a few other embellishments.  The background is made with layered DSP banners that come with the kit and the tree is embossed on one of the chalkboard pieces.
Thank you for stopping by.  Please click on the links below to see all the other beautiful creations our crew has prepared with this lovely stamp set.

Supplies:  Chalkboard Banner Kit, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim,  Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Gold and Melon Mambo Embossing Powder, 6" X 8" frame (Non-SU!)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Status Update

I have been absent from blogging for quite a while.  My mom was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and my life quickly became consumed in caring for her and my dad.   Days were filled with tests,  procedures, hospitalizations, setting up my house to take care her, in home nursing visits, coordinating family members and finally caring for her in an inpatient hospice setting.  We had moments of sadness and tears and moments of sweet joy as we spent precious time together.  My mom is now in her new heavenly home.  We all miss her so.
I will continue to be busy in the weeks/months ahead helping my dad and family with many things.  I am not sure just when I will return to regular crafting.  I hope to have time to post here and there but I am trying to keep my expectations low as we get back on track.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday Blog Hop

Several weeks ago the demonstrators from Stampin' Addicts hosted a blog hop featuring the fall items from the 2014 Stampin' Up Holiday catalog.  The catalog has so many wonderful things we could not fit them all in one hop so this weekend we have Part Two of the hop showing off the winter products.

I am using the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Framelits Die.  Of course this die can be used to make a little envelope just the right size for a gift card.  And you can use it as a pocket on cards or scrapbook pages.  Here are two more ideas:

Join four diecuts end to end and then into a circle.  Fold the flaps down.   Add a square of cardstock to the bottom and you have a super cute, super quick box.

Cut away three of the tabs and you have a either a barn shape or a silo shape depending on which tabs you remove.

I created a framed snowy farm scene with the pieces.  I used the Festival of Trees stamp set and coordinating punch as well.  The straw in the haymow is frayed bits of Hello Honey Satin Ribbon. 

Here is a visual for creating the barn and silo shapes:
In this orientation, remove the side and bottom tabs to make a barn.
For a silo, orient the diecut in this direction and remove the side and bottom tabs.

Now it is time to see what other wonderful winter wonders our members have created.  Please click on the buttons below to continue.   The Next button will take you to Mary's Blog and her happy Holiday Home goodies and the Previous button will take you to Kim's cute Curvy Keepsakes projects.