Friday, January 22, 2016

Stampin' Addicts Blog Hop: 2016 Occasions Catalog

Welcome to the 2016 Occasions Catalog Blog Hop!  Some of us Stampin' Up demonstrators from the Stampin' Addicts group have joined together to plan a blog hop with a sampling of products from the new catalog.  We have our blogs linked but you can also click HERE for the complete blog roll.  You will not want to miss a thing!

The one set that I could not wait to experiment with was the Playful Pals Bundle which has a whole bunch of stamps (50 to be exact!) to mix and match to create animals and a coordinating thinlit set to make a petite little pyramid box.

I created a collection of valentine projects.

First is an ornament made by adhering two pyramid boxes together at the bases.  The hearts on the side are punched from one of the patterns in the Love Blossom DSP Stack.

Next are tiny treat holders (so cute!) made with the side triangles from the pyramid box.
And last but not least... some little critters.  Of course there had to be a few cats in there!
Thanks for hopping with the "Addicts"  Please click on the buttons below to continue on your way.    The NEXT button will take you to Mickey's celebration with the Party with Cake set and the PREVIOUS button with take you Yapha's totally cute Bear Hugs projects.

Stamps: Playful Pals, Bloomin' Love, Groovy Love
Paper: Crumb Cake, Rose Red, Garden Green and Whisper White Cardstock, Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink:  Rose Red Classic, Basic Black Archival, Stampin' Write Makers: Rose Red, Chocolate Chip
Big Shot: Pyramid Pals Thinlits
Punches: 1-3/8 Circle,  7/8 Scallop Circle, Word Window, Large Oval, Sweetheart, Confetti Hearts Border, Owl Builder and Cupcake Builder (for eyes)
Accessories Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit, Bow Paper Clips, White Baker's Twine, 1" X 8" Cello Bags

Friday, January 1, 2016

Stampin' Addicts Blog Hop: Sale-a-Bration 2016

Happy New Year!  It is 2016... can you believe it??!!  We have a Stampin' Addict Blog Hop to start the year with a bang featuring all new Sale-a-Bration goodies!

Flowering Fields is a pretty little line art stamp set that features flowers from around the world.  My concept for this project was to create a set of cards with one layout and four techniques.  Clear mount stamps are perfect for this as the entire card can be stamped at once and the layout remains consistent.   I started by arranging the stamps on the largest clear acrylic block in a pretty pattern then stamped away!

The first one is simply colored with Stampin' Up markers.

The second one uses the Spotlight technique.

This one uses the new Wink of Stella Gold Glitter Brush Pen to color in the images.  It is lovely on Crumb Cake cardstock.

The last is a stepped up version that has two techniques (so I guess there are actually five techniques!)  First is a rainbow effect achieved by coloring the stamp with markers.  Start with the lightest marker and slightly overlap the colors.  Quickly stamp before the ink dries.   Then the blue halos are created using a mask from the left over rubber that comes with the stamp set.  Pull off the foam layer from the leftover rubber, place the mask over the corresponding flower and sponge Soft Sky ink through the hole.

Thanks so much for starting your new year with the Stampin' Addicts!  Click on the buttons below for more stampin' inspiration.

This way to Twila'a blog  

This way to Yapha's blog

Stamps: Flowering Fields, A Dozen Thoughts, Number of Years
Paper: Thick Whisper White and Crumb Cake, Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper
Ink: Black Archival Ink,  Stampin' Markers- Blackberry Bliss, Calypso Coral, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive
Punches:  3/4", 1" and 1-1/4" Circle
Big Shot: Large Numbers Framelits
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Pen

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Festival of Trees Edition

Merry Christmas everyone!  I am so happy you are joining us for the The Stamp Review Crew Festival of Trees Blog Hop.  The SRC is a group of international Stampin' Up demonstrators who do bi-monthly reviews of a chosen stamp set.  It is a great way to see a wide variety of ideas for a single stamp set.

My goal was to come up with a non-holiday card using this stamp set.  I was also curious what the coordinating Tree Punch would look like if the points were placed tip-to-tip.  My end result was a color wheel card.  I thought this would be fun for the art-loving friends in my life.
Tips to recreate:

  • Lay out nine stamp pads and a Stampin' Scrub.
  • Stamp the stylized tree image nine times on Whisper White cardstock cleaning the stamp between each color.
  • Punch each tree with the Tree Punch.  Trim away the trunk.
  • Adhere the images tip-to-tip on a folded Whisper White cardstock base with the bottom of one tree at the fold line.
  • Trim the cardstock base to create the shaped card.  
  • Color the sentiment with markers starting with the lightest colors and slightly overlapping the adjacent color. Stamp on Whisper White cardstock. 
  • Diecut the sentiment and a piece of Basic Black cardstock with the heart from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit set.
  • Add a "bow" of Baker's Twine.
The tree in the upper right is the one that I used
Thank you so for joining "The Crew" for our hop!  Please continue on by clicking on the buttons below for more Festival of Trees projects.
This way to Nikki's blog
This way to Bronwyn's blog

Stamps: Festival of Trees, Work of Art
Paper: Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Watermelon Wonder, Real Red, Melon Mambo (both ink pads and markers)
Big Shot: Mini Treat Bag Thinlits (for the heart)
Accessories:  Baker's Twine Combo Pack

Friday, December 18, 2015

Home for Christmas Gift Tin

Turquoise and red together make one of my favorite Christmas color combos- bright and festive yet a bit non-traditional.   And of course I love anything retro so the vintage-y Santa images of the Home For Christmas DSP got center stage on this gift tin.
The glitter ribbon is a sneak peek of a new product coming in the 2016 Occasions Stampin' Up catalog.  There are some pretty spring things that coordinate with it in the catalog that goes live in January but I thought it was merry match for this project.
The tags on the top and side are stamps from the Merry Everything set.
Stamps: Merry Everything
Paper: Home For Christmas DSP
Ink: Real Red, Pool Party
Punches: Note Tag, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
Big Shot: Ovals Collection
Sneak Peek Accessories: Pool Party 3/8" Glitter Ribbon, It's My Party Enamel Dots (both of these will be available starting in January 2016)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Cherry On Top Baby Cards

Tis the season... for babies!  Both family and friends have welcomed beautiful little ones recently.  The Cherry On Top Design Series Paper Stack has petite patterns just perfect for bolder colored baby cards.
Adding the babies names is an extra special touch.

Adorable coordination for twins!
Both cards use the Something for Baby stamp set and matching Baby's First Framelits.

Stamps: Something for Baby
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry
Paper: Thick Whisper White cardstock, Cherry On Top DSP Stack
Big Shot:  Baby's First Framelits,  Circles Collection Framelits, Little Letters Framelits
Punches: 1" Square, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
Accessories:  Cherry On Top Washi Tape, Bermuda Bay Bakers Twine, Calypso Coral Bakers Twine (retired)

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Jingle All the Way Edition

Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop!  This session the crew is reviewing the Jingle All the Way stamp set.  As always we have our blogs permanently linked so you can always return anytime the mood strikes!

The best thing about Christmas is having all my kids home!   We are counting the days until we are together again.  It has been a year since we have all been in one place at the same time.   My kids always look forward to a white Christmas too especially as some of them live in areas that get no snow.  So as I was mulling over what to make for this hop I decided to make a snowy scene with the "home for Christmas" sentiment.
I used the Sleigh Ride Egdelits to cut the top of three strips of Whisper White cardstock, rolled them into tubes nesting one inside the other and put them in a purchased snow globe.  I embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder, attached it to the base and added a line of 1/8" gold ribbon at the top.  This pretty shiny gold ribbon perfectly matches the shine of the gold embossing giving a touch of elegance to this simple project.

Thank you so for stopping by.  Please click on the links below to continue on with the hop.  The crew has done a wonderful job with this lovely festive little stamp set.

This way to Mike's blog!  

This way to Rochelle's blog!

Stamps: Jingle All the Way
Paper: Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Versamark
Big Shot: Sleigh Ride Edgelits
Accessories:  Gold Embossing Powder, 1/8" Gold Ribbon
Non-SU!:  Make It Christmas brand snow globe (purchased at Hobby Lobby)

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Happy Scenes Edition

Welcome to the latest edition of the Stamp Review Crew's Blog Hop!  This time we are showing off the Happy Scenes stamp set.  For our hops Crew members always have their blogs linked so you can return at any time.  You can also see the complete blog roll on the our Stamp Review Crew Website.

Halloween Peeps are all rage.  They are cute on their own but even cuter when incorporated into a hand-stamped display.
This little ghosty sits on top of a box made with the Gift Box Punch Board.  He is a bit top heavy so I filled the box with Candy Corn.  (Just makes it even more yummy!)
 Here is a closer look at the box and tag.
For the tombstones I made a simple pocket and added the decorated label at the back.
Here are a few tips for re-creating these:
  • For the Peeps Ghost- For the box use a 6" X 6" inch piece of Designer Series Paper and follow the directions for the first box listed on the Gift Box Punch Board instructions.
  • Stamp the spider web, then fold the box on the scorelines.  Note where the tabs cross and use the 1/8" Hole Punch to make an opening for lollipop stick.  This took a little bit of trial and error at first.  
  • Candy Corn in the box gives it weight and helps the stick to remain upright.
  • The tag framelit is from the Curvy Keepsake Box Framelit set.  Stamp the Boo first,  add the Washi tape then run it through the Big Shot.  
  • Use the tip of our Paper Snips to make a small hole in the center of a Spider Web Doily before sliding it onto the lollipop stick.

  • For the Peeps Tombstones- Cut a piece of DSP 4" X 5-1/4".  On the 4" side, score at 5/8" and 1-1/4".  Fold on scorelines and use pieces of Washi Tape at the sides to form a pocket.
  • Stamp and color the image.  Glue sections of a Spider Web Doily at the sides.  Cut with largest Deco Label Framelit.  Adhere to the back of the pocket.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please click on the buttons below to see more ideas.  The Next Blog button will take you around the world to Jessica's cute creations and the Previous Blog button will let you hop to on over to Linda's lovely work.

Stamps: Happy Scenes
Paper: Whisper White cardstock, Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink: Basic Black
Big Shot: Deco Labels Collection Framelits, Curvy Keepsake Box Framelits
Accessories: Spider Web Doilies, Happy Haunting Designer Washi Tape, Tangerine Twist Stampin' Up Marker, Linen Thread
Tools: Gift Box Punch Board, Simply Score Board, 1/8' Hole Punch
Non-SU!:  Peeps Marshmallow Ghosts,  Peeps Marshmallow Tombstones, 6 inch lollipop sticks, Candy Corn