Friday, July 11, 2014

Stampin' Addicts Designer Series Paper Blog Hop

Welcome to the last stop on the Stampin' Addicts Designer Series Paper Blog Hop!  Weren't all those papers and projects LOVELY???

The paper that I am showcasing is a bit different in that it is a speciality paper.    Stampin' Up usually offers one or two speciality papers in each catalog.  These papers always have some unique feature such as glittered accents, die cut sheets, vellum patterns, etc.  The Gold Soiree Specialty Paper is beautiful!! It has gold metallic ink printing, a smooth finish and a lightweight flexible paper.  (Please note:  This speciality paper is NOT part of the Buy 3-Get 1 Free offer that is Stampin' Up's July special.)

My project is a small gift ensemble:
Card, gift box and treat holder
The gold metallic ink on the speciality paper really adds pizzazz to this star studded card.  It is hard to tell from the photograph but each of the papers has a soft gold luster.
Gold Foil and Gold Glimmer Paper add even more glitz
One thing to note is that the paper has a gloss finish and classic ink will not dry on it.  After stamping the image on the leftmost star above I used clear embossing powder to set it.

Because the paper is lightweight and flexible it curves beautifully for bows.
For Box:  Cut cardstock 7-3/4" X 8-1/2"
Score at 2" and 5-3/4" on the short side.  Score at 3-1/4" and  5-1/4" on the long side.
Adding DSP to a pre-made box is a quick dress up. 
Both bows can be made from one 6" X 6" piece of paper.  Cut the paper into 1/2" strips.  Stack six strips together and staple in the center.  Place a glue dot on the end of a strip.  Bend in half to form a loop and adhere as shown.
Repeat this with all the strips.  For the treat box bow add an extra dot to join the circle.  For the half bow, adhere each end loop to the box top.

That is it for me this time!  If you started here or in the middle of the hop you will want to continue around the circle to see all the projects.  Click on the buttons below to continue on your way.   The NEXT button will take you to Yapha's bright and cheery Flower Pot DSP projects and the PREVIOUS button will take you to Paula's dramatic black and white Back to Black projects. Also you can click on the banner at the top of the page to see the complete blog roll.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Stampin' Addicts Blog Hop: 2014-2015 New Catalog

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts New Catalog Blog Hop!   We have prepared a super selection of projects using all new products from the 2014-2015 Catalog for you!!  Our blogs are permanently linked so you can hop around the circle or you can click on the banner above to access the complete blog roll.

As an Army Mom I was so excited to see the For Your Country set in the new catalog.   It was #1 on my list to order!  Looking through the catalog I found other patriotic products to coordinate with it-- the Be the Star stamp set with matching star framelits, Maritime Designer Series Paper and Night of Navy Seam Binding.

My first project is a star-studded wreath.  I covered a press-board wreath base with the Night of Navy Seam Binding and then added lots of DSP and stamped stars die cut with the Star Framelits.  Little bits of cotton and taffeta ribbon are tucked in for accents.
Second is an extended step display with three sections.    I adapted the directions for a side step card from a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers.  (I will edit this post with directions as soon as I am able.  I was a bit pressed to get this done in time for the hop!) Edit:  I have not forgotten about this... just have not had time to take pics and a write up the directions!!
This is a picture of our son - we are looking forward to him being home on leave before too long!
Also I stamped the "Hoo-ray!" sentiment from the Be the Star set twice and cut out the letters to spell "Hooah!".
Side view
Thank you for stopping by.  Please click on the links below to continue the hop.  The previous button will take you to Holly's pretty Flower Patch projects and the forward button will take you to Yapha's cute Hot Diggety Dog projects.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Purple Perfect Peacock

Purple Perfect Peacock... that is a bit of a tongue twister!   Now I know that peacocks are not really this color but it is fun to come up with different color combos using the Blendabilities markers.
I love the combo of Rich Razzleberry marker with the Blackberry Bliss paper from the Park Lane Designer Series Paper.  When looking through papers in the new catalog the one that really attracted my attention was this dark purple floral design.  So it was a natural choice that my first card would include it.

The detail in the Perfect Peacock stamp is incredible!  So fun to add layers and layers of color. If you click on the photo it will enlarge to see the color gradient and variation a bit better.
I used the Blendabilities markers for several other things on this card as well.  The "bow" is white ribbon that I colored with the darkest Coastal Cabana marker and then pulled apart the strands.
And the rhinestones are colored with the darkest Rich Razzleberry marker.
I thought the sentiment from the Flower Patch photopolymer stamp set fit this card BE YOU TIFULLY!

Stamps:  Perfect Peacock, Flower Patch
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tempting Turquoise Classic, Blendabilites: Coastal Cabana, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive
Paper: Whisper White, Park Lane Designer Series Paper
Big Shot: Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits
Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, 3/8" Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon (retired)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Stamp Review Crew: Everything Eleanor Edition

Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew's latest blog hop.  Our stamp set this time is the elegant Everything Eleanor set.  You can click HERE for the complete blog roll or follow the links at the bottom of the page to hop from blog to blog.

The hummingbirds have returned with the flourish.  We have several pairs that fight for the right to drink from our feeder.  They dive-bomb each other as they are feeding and zip back and forth over the area.  These cute feisty little things were my inspiration for this birthday card.
The flower is colored with Coastal Cabana and Daffodil Delight Blendabilities.  I have been pleasantly surprised that the Coastal Cabana markers look great with a variety of other blues.  Here the flourish and hummingbird wings are Lost Lagoon- a new 2014 In-Color.

The punch art hummingbird is created with the Bird Builder punch and Elegant Butterfly punch.
I thought it would be helpful to show how I trimmed the bird punch as I had to experiment a bit to get the shape of the hummingbird body right.  The tail becomes the hummingbird beak.
Trim away the tummy and head portions.  Use the tail piece to create the beak.
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Stamps: Everything Eleanor, Apothecary Art (sentiment)
Ink: Lost Lagoon and Blackberry Bliss Classic, Memento Tuxedo Black, Coastal Cabana and Daffodil Delight Blendabilities
Paper: Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss, Cherry Cobbler
Punches: Bird Builder, Elegant Butterfly
Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, White Chalk Marker

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Swallowtail Celebration

The vibrant colors of the Blendabilities markers make this butterfly look so lifelike.
For something different on the card front I trimmed the butterfly along the right edge.  Because the markers do bleed through to the other side, I added a second full layer of Whisper White cardstock on the inside that is trimmed just a smidgeon smaller than the original layer.  This also made the card a nice heavier weight as just a single layer of Whisper White is fairly thin.

The sentiment is stamped on the inside layer.  I was looking for a birthday-type sentiment with a pretty font and I came up with one from the long retired Send A Celebration set.   This set has some line images that would be great colored with the Blendabilities so you may be seeing some more cards from this set in the future.

This is the back of the card.  It is a bit easier to see the cut away from this view.
Stamps: Swallowtail, Send A Celebration (retired)
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Blendabilities (Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight assortments)

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Stamp Review Crew: Wetlands Edition

Welcome to the latest Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop.  At each stop you will see ideas using the Wetlands stamp set.  We have our blogs permamently linked in a circle but if you encounter any difficulties just click on the banner above to be taken to a complete list of Stamp Review Crew members and blog links.

For my project I paired the nature-themed Wetlands stamp set with two NEW In-Colors, paper from a NEW Designer Series Paper Stack, a NEW stamp set and a NEW Big Shot die all of which will be available beginning June 1 in the NEW catalog.
Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey are two of the five new In-Colors. Blackberry Bliss is a dark purple that depending on the color it is with can look very masculine or distinctly feminine.  Coupled with Hello Honey and Sahara Sand it works well for a desk set that would be great for Father's Day (even with the pink notepads!)

On the first three items below, the swashes of Sahara Sand are stamped with the wonderful new Work of Art stamp set.  I can tell already that the brush stroke images of this set will be ones that I reach for many times.
6-1/2" X 10-1/2" paper,  scored at 1 and 5-1/2" on short side,  2-1/2",  3-1/2" and 9-1/2" on long side.
Just a tiny bit of the new Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack can be seen peeking out behind the goose on the pencil cup.  Oh and I almost forgot-- the satin Hello Honey ribbon is NEW too!  
This little paper clip holder is made with the new Hamburger Box Die.   I have been having great fun with this die and just learned a fantastic tip for assembling it from Jackie Susnik.  Instead of making the "V" fold pleats at the corners,  use a scissors to clip one side of the "V" and treat it as a tab.  Then it is very quick to fold on the remaining scorelines and adhere the tabs.  It cuts the assembly time WAY down and the tabs hold it securely.  That little tip just took this up a notch in my book!
I added a very simple post-it note holder to round out the set.
3-1/2" X 11" paper, scored at 1", 4-1/2" and 8"

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Hamburger Box Critters - Set Three

The critter collection continues to grow!
First we have a little lady moose with dreamy blue eyes and and pouty lips.  The soft colors and tiny hearts on the new Lullaby DSP are a whimsical addition to the herd.
Next is a not-so-scary bat.  Those little fangs couldn't hurt anyone could they?
And last to the picnic is a ladybug.  The body is made with the red-checked Maritime DSP which reminds me of a picnic tablecloth.

Here are a few tips for creating each:
For the eyelashes snip partway into a one inch wide strip of black cardstock with the Fringe Scissors.  Roll around the barrel of a pen to curl.  Glue to eyelids which are circles cut in half.

To make the lips,  use tip of the Mosaic punch to make the upper and lower lip indentions.  Use a scissors to round off the sharp edges.  Cut in half lengthwise.

For the wings, use the largest smooth Circle Framelit.  Cut the circle in half.  Score 1/2" from the end.   Starting at the scoreline,  punch the upper wing with the Large Oval Punch and the lower wing with 1-1-1/4" Circle Punch.

The black wing section is the "leftover" piece when the largest Circle Framelit is used to cut two circles that almost overlap.  You could also use the 2-1/2" Circle Punch to make this.

Moose Punches Etc:
Eyes: Small Oval, 1/4" Circle,  1/8" Handheld
Eyelid: 1" Circle
Eyelashes: Fringe Scissors
Lips: Large Oval, Mosaic
Antlers: Autumn Accents Die
(Cardstock colors: Lullaby DSP, Rose Red, Whisper White, Basic Black, Sahara Sand)

Bat Punches Etc:
Eyes: 3/4 Circle, 1/2" Circle, 1/8" Handheld
Fangs: Petite Pennants Builder
Eyes: Small Oval, 1/4" Circle
Wings: Largest Circle Collection Framelit (cut in half), Large Oval, 1-1/4" Circle
(Cardstock: Basic Black,  Whisper White, Rose Red)

Lady Bug Punches Etc:
Head: Second smallest Ovals Collection Framelit
Eyes:  Small Oval (cut in half), 1/4" Circle (cut in half) 3/4 Circle, Owl Builder Punch (middle circle for pupil)
Mouth: Extra Large Oval
Cheeks: 1/8" Handheld
Spots: 1/4" Circle
Wing section: Largest Circle Collection Framelits.  (Could also use 2-1/2" punch)
Antennae:  Modern Label ( cut in half lengthwise), Boho Blossom
(Cardstock: Maritime DSP, Basic Black, Whisper White, So Saffron, Pool Party)