Sunday, August 2, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Crazy About You

Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Crazy About You edition!  Fun stuff awaits at every stop!!

Remember making torn paper collages in grade school?  There was something so satisfying  about tearing, arranging and pasting bits of colorful paper.   Working on this had that same feel.  Perhaps in part because this was one of those projects that I was not sure where or what I was creating at the start.  One thing just led to another!
I started with the collage piece.  Tearing, scrunching and glueing bits of Cotton Paper on a base of card stock.  Next I covered this with a piece of acetate Window Sheet, stamped it and added the diecut.
After mounting the collage on a black base I added Cotton Paper flowers 
and Washi Tape doubled on itself to make faux ribbon for the handle and the banners on the bottom. 

A couple of tips for recreating:
  • Spread a thin layer of Crystal Effects on the Window Sheet before sandwiching the tissue.  The Crystal Effects dries perfectly clear.
  • Use Staz-On Ink to stamp on the acetate.  
  • Seven layers of Cotton Paper makes a nice full flower.  Lay the Cotton Paper on a piece of plain typing paper and punch through both pieces.  Makes punching the Cotton Paper so easy!
  • For the bottom banners cut a piece of Washi Tape twice the length of the your desired finished banner.  Stick the tape to the bottom front of the project, then fold it on itself finishing with a bit stuck to the back of the project.  Then use a sharp scissors to snip some of the banners on an angle and notch a few others.

Thanks a bundle for stopping by!  Please continue on with the hop by clicking on the buttons below.

This way to Nikki's blog!

This way to Yapha's blog!
Stamps:  Crazy About You
Paper:  Basic Black and Cucumber Crush  cardstock,  Cotton Paper Assortment
Ink: Staz-On Jet Black, Cucumber Crush Classic
Big Shot:  Hello You Thinlits
Punches: 1-1/4" and 1-3/4" Scallop Circle
Accessories: Cherry On Top Washi Tape

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Watercolor Wings

Welcome to the newest edition of the  Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop.    Watercolor Wings is our featured stamp set for this round.  With every new catalog there is usually one stamp set that really stands out to me as a favorite and Watercolor Wings was it for me this time.  If it is not already one of your favorites I am sure it will be after you see the projects the Crew have created!

My card this time has a Clean & Simple front
with a surprise pop-up on the inside.

I am rather excited about the pop-up mechanism.  It is super simple!  I enjoy figuring out alternative ways to use products-especially dies and framelits.  I often think I am more logical than artistic when it comes to crafting.  My background is science and math...can you tell?  :)

Here is a side view of the pop-up.
I did make video for this card as it is easier to demonstrate than explain.  My video skills are not great though.  This is only my third video and it has been so long since my last one that I completely forgot how the editing software works!  I fumbled my way through so please excuse all the flubs.  This is out of my comfort zone!

Thanks for joining us today!  Please click on the links below to see more wonderful Watercolor Wings creations!

This way to Dawn Tidd's blog

This way to Mike Funke's blog
Stamps: Watercolor Wings Photopolymer
Cardstock:  card base: Whisper White Thick Cardstock 5-1/2" X 8", scored at 4-1/4"
                   front layer: Whisper White Cardstock 4" X 5-1/4"
                   scraps: Whisper White, Blushing Bride
Ink: Classic Ink-Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride, Wisteria Wonder   Blackberry Bliss Stampin' Write Marker
Framelits:  Cutie Pie, Bold Butterfly
Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig
Accessories: White 5/8" Organza Ribbon

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Sprinkles of Life

Welcome to another Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop!  Every first and third Monday crew members share creations using a selected stamp set.  This time we are using the super popular Sprinkles of Life set.

Sprinkles of Life has images for lots of occasions (birthday, friendship, thanks) and most of the seasons as well (spring, summer and fall).  There are no specific wintery type images so I thought it might be fun to see if I could come with a way to use it for that season as well.
This little snow gal has a hat made with the upside down ice cream cone,  tree branches for arms, a raindrop for her carrot nose, and flowery buttons (ok that may be a bit of stretch for winter but I thought they were cute!).  The rays of the sun are the candle stamp!  The little birdie and the sentiment are all from this set too.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please click on the links below to continue on for tons more inspiration.

This way to Rochelle's sweet ideas:

Or this way to Tanya's adorable project:
Stamps:  Sprinkles of Life
Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White and Watermelon Wonder cardstock, Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Basic Gray, Watermelon Wonder,  and Pumpkin Pie Markers
Punches: Hearts Border, 1-1/4" Circle, 1-3/8" Circle, 1-3/4" Circle
Accessories: Brights Candy Dots, Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Treat Bag Framelit Triangle Box

Stampin' Up has a challenge for demonstrators this month to use at least two punches on a project.   This is what I came up with - a triangle box made with the Mini Treat Bag Framelits.
The pink heart of the focal design is punched with the Sweetheart Punch.  The larger taupe heart behind the pink one is die cut with one of the framelits that comes with the Mini Treat Bag.  Love all the extra framelit bits and pieces included with this set!  I used the Hearts Border Punch for the strip at the top but there is a similar piece that comes with the Mini Treat Bag Framelits as well.  Either would work for this project!
The triangle box is easy peasy!  Here is how to make it:
1.  Diecut three pieces of card stock with the largest Mini Treat Bag Framelit.
2.  Angle cut the tab as shown.  (You don't need to be exact.  These get folded under and will not be seen.)
3.  Place Tear Tape or Fast Fuse Adhesive on the skinny tab (the one on the left in this picture)  Adhere the three diecuts end-to-end and then join into a triangle.
4.  Fold in the bottom flaps and adhere to form the box bottom.  

Cardstock: Basic Black, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder
Designer Series Paper: Go Wild DSP Stack
Punches:  Sweetheart Heart, Hearts Border
Big Shot: Mini Treat Bag Framelits
Accessories: Neutral 5/8" Chevron Ribbon

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Petite Petals

The Stamp Review Crew is group of demonstrators that host blog hops where we each create a project or projects using the same stamp set.  It is always a delight to see the wide range of possibilities from a single set.  I especially love it when the one chosen for us to review is kind of a quiet little set that does not draw attention to itself.  These are easy to overlook when browsing through the catalogs.  Today's set is one of these unobtrusive little sets.

Petite Petals has six little flowers each with a different style from realistic to watercolor, ornate to country.  And there is a bundle with a coordinating punch so the possibilities just keep growing!

I chose the realistic stamp to make a wedding card with Whisper White cardstock and Soft Suede ink.
The flowers are so delicate.
For the sentiment I used the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  In my opinion this is another hidden gem in the catalog.  I have had this set for a long time but it still one that I go to all time-- a sentiment for every occasion.  
I played around with several ideas for the shape of the card base until I came up with one that seemed  just right.   The scoreboard is helpful for angling the card front.
I am including the instructions if you are interested.  If not please scroll to the bottom of the post to find the buttons to continue on with hop to see all the ideas the Crew has in store!

1.  Cut a 8" X 8-1/2" piece of card stock.  Score the 8" side at 4".  Fold the card in half.
2.  Place the folded card on the Magnetic Platform with the largest smooth Circle Framelit positioned as shown.  
 3.  Run it through the Big Shot only until the circle is halfway through.  Stop and back up.  This cuts just the top of of the circle.  Your card now looks like this:
 4.  Open the card and lay it on the Scoreboard with the Diagonal plate in the place.  Place the tip of the stylus at the edge of the curve and score the diagonal line.
5.  Cut on the diagonal line.  Here is the resulting card base.  You can score a grid on the front or leave it plain.  
Have fun!  I would love to see your ideas with this fun card shape!

Thanks for hopping with the Stamp Review Crew!

Next for Tanya's sweet projects:

Previous for Mike's bold and bright eye-catcher:
Cardstock: Whisper White
Stamps: Petite Petals, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Soft Suede
Punches:  Petite Petals
Framelits:  Circles Collection, Deco Labels
Tools:  Simply Scoreboard,  Diagonal Plate
Accessories: Basic Pearls

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.