Sunday, July 3, 2016

Stamp Review Crew: Flourishing Phrases Edition

Welcome to the another Blog Hop presented by the Stamp Review Crew!  We are a group of Stampin' Up demonstrators who have banded together to showcase a selected stamp set every two weeks.  This time we are using the super versatile set Flourishing Phrases.

I needed a good-sized treat holder for so I modified the Popcorn Box slightly.
For the standard Popcorn Box two panels are cut and adhered together. For this one I used three,  creating a six-sided box.
The sentiment is backed with two die cuts from the coordinating Flourish Framelits.  Many of the sentiments in this set are two part... so you can put one inside of the card or easily do a two-color layout.
The large flower has three colors of ink (Mint Macaron, Pool Party and Indigo Island) sponged on before stamping.  

So glad you visited today!  Please click on the links below to continue with the hop.

This way to Mike's Blog!

This way to Shana's Blog!

Stamps:  Flourishing Phrases
Paper:  Mint Macaron and Whisper White cardstock,  Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper
Ink: Indigo Island, Pool Party, Mint Macaron Classic Ink
Big Shot:  Popcorn Box Thinlits, Flourish Thinlits, Lots of Labels Framelits,  Layering Circles Framelits
Tools:  Sponge Daubers
Other: Wooden skewers

Friday, June 24, 2016

Stampin' Addicts 2016 New Catalog Blog Hop

Yay!!  It is time for the New Catalog Blog Hop!   We each picked a favorite set to use and I went straight for the kitties.  As you can tell from the name of my blog I am partial to kitty cats and have had many many furry friends over the years.  Growing up on a farm we always had plenty of cats and kittens (and very few mice!)   Practically every childhood picture of me has a cat or two (or more) in it.
Our current "kitten" is a 23 pound pure white Norwegian Forest cat.   He is very playful... always popping up when you least expect it.  He has to be a part of everything.
Soft watercolors and hand-trimmed chevron paper
He gets into all sorts of trouble.  (He is a menace in my craft room!)
Baker's twine wrapped randomly around notched oval layer
He loves to sit on a lap.  (But he is so big he does not fit well!)
Lightly watercolored with Smoky Slate reinker
He is very vocal.   (Especially if he thinks you are not paying enough attention to him!)
Hand trimmed along lines of banner pattern.  
Kitty watercolored and popped up on dimensionals.
He is super friendly and bold.  (He has to greet everyone that comes to our house.  He particularly seems to love repairmen... he is right there checking out the dishwasher or the fireplace or whatever is being looked at.)
Just watercolored and mounted on patterned paper.
Kept it simple to highlight the soft watercolors.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Please click on the links below to check out fellow "addicts" favorite new catalog picks.

This way to Rhonda's Blog!

This way to Yapha's Blog!
Stamps:  Pretty Kitty
Paper:  Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate and Whisper White Card Stock,  A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink:  Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate and Pear Pizzaz reinkers,  Blushing Bride marker,  Basic Black Archival Ink
Accessories:  1/8" Smoky Slate Stitched Ribbon, Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals 
Punches:  Bitty Butterfly
Big Shot: Layering Ovals Framelits

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Stamp Review Crew: Flower Shop Edition

Welcome to the latest Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop!  This session we are reviewing the Flower Shop stamp set.  This one has been around a while (an oldie but goodie).  The Review Crew loves to dust off a set and come up with fresh new ideas!

When a new catalog comes out I always flip to the back and check out the Big Shot accessories.  Happy happy times when there are new Framelits especially for boxes and bags.  This time we have a super cute Popcorn Box Die.  I could not wait to make something with it.
I designed an easel card that folds flat for mailing.  (If you are putting it in a regular size envelope pay attention to the height of the flower arrangement.  Mine turned out to be just a tad too tall.  I will have to make a pretty matching envelope with the Punch Board!)
The vase and pull-out insert are made with the Popcorn Box Framelit.  
The many styles of flowers in the Flower Shop set give lots of options for different looks.  The first card is more realistic and second is more artsy.  I thought the pink smudgy abstract design of the Blooms and Bliss DSP looked like handblown glass and the textured flowers were a good contrast.

I did a video tutorial if anyone is interested in recreating this:

To continue with the Blog Hop please click on the buttons below.   Lots of great ideas for the Flower Shop set await!

This way to Kelly's Blog!

And this is the way to Nikki's Blog!


Stamps:  Flower Shop, Ready to Pop
Paper: Whisper White,  Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Night of Navy Classic Ink
Punches:  Pansy, 2-1/2 Inch Circle
Accessories:  Night of Navy Thick Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombo Adhesive
Big Shot:  Popcorn Box Thinlit 

Stamps:  Flower Shop, Ready to Pop
Paper: Whisper White,  Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink
Punches:  Pansy, 2-1/2 Inch Circle,  1 Inch Circle
Accessories:  Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombo Adhesive
Big Shot:  Popcorn Box Thinlit 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Places You'll Go Grad Card

Oh, the places you will go!   What a great sentiment for a graduation card.  
The globe is stamped, cut out and then lightly washed with very dilute Island Indigo and Wild Wasabi reinker.  I used the new Foam Adhesive Strips and Stampin' Dimensionals to give this some depth.  The globe is curved-- hard to see in the picture!

Stamps: Places You'll Go
Paper:  A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack,  Smoky Slate, Soft Sky and Whisper White Cardstock 
Ink:  Basic Black Archival,  Island Indigo and Wild Wasabi Reinkers
Accessories:  Stars Framelits, Foam Adhesive Strips,  Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, May 13, 2016

2016 Retiring Stamp Sets Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Retiring Stamp Set Blog Hop!  It is time for some lovely stamp sets to retire to make way for new ones coming out in June in the Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.

The Corner Garden background stamp is a beautifully detailed design that is super for a variety of techniques.

For my first card I used just a small section of the stamp.  I heat embossed with White Embossing Powder on Sahara Sand cardstock and cut out the bottom right corner.   Mounting it on a dark DSP made it pop.  There are little touches of a couple of retiring ribbons to add a bit more texture.
For this sympathy card I stamped the whole image with Versamark on Sahara Sand, embossed with white and sponged on color before cutting it out.  I omitted some of the leaves when cutting to give a more simplistic design.   The Sahara Sand background gave a more sedate color palette than a pure white base would have.
This last card is a new technique for me and I absolutely LOVE it!  I followed the Vintage Watercolor tutorial from Splitcoaststampers.  What a relaxing project!  I was so happy with the results and I have to say my family really oohed and aahed when they say this one.  It was impossible to capture it on a photo (especially the fine distressing and spatters of Gold Wink of Stella).  If you click on any of the photos they will enlarge to better see the detail.
I experimented to see which Stampin' Up products would give an effect similar to the Non-SU products used in the tutorial.  I stamped the image with Early Espresso Classic Ink on watercolor paper.  Classic inks are water soluble so when touched or painted over with water they bleed.  Early Espresso bleeds with green and pink tones giving lovely multi-toned colors.  After going over all the images with a wet paint brush I went back and added touches of diluted reinker- Rose Red on some petals and Basic Black in the centers of the flowers.   

Once everything was dry I added some grid marks with a sparingly inked and spritzed stamp from Timeless Textures,  flicked specks of Early Espresso and Rose Red, added some water drops to smudge it more and finally added fine specks of glitter from the Wink of Stella Gold pen.  
A gold heart doily mounted on the inside peeks out from the angled front edge.
This was a longer post but I hope you enjoyed the details!    Please click on the buttons below to continue on with the blog hop to see the creative projects other "Addicts" have created!

This way to Yapha's Blog!

This way to Mickey's Blog!


Card #1:
Stamps: Corner Garden (retiring), Rose Wonder
Paper: Sahara Sand Cardstock, Going Global DSP stack
Ink: Early Espresso Classic Ink, Versamark 
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder, Linen Thread, 5/8" Chevron Ribbon (retiring), Venetian Crochet Trim (retiring)

Card #2:
Stamps: Corner Garden (retiring), Rose Wonder
Paper: Sahara Sand and Perfect Plum Cardstock
Ink: Perfect Plum and Old Olive Classic Ink, Versamark 
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder

Card #3:
Stamps: Corner Garden (retiring), Rose Wonder, Timeless Textures
Paper: Early Espresso Cardstock, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Early Espresso Classic Ink, Rose Red and Basic Black reinkers.
Accessories:  Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit (retiring)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Beautiful Ride Hershey Nugget Box Video Tutorial

Classic cars are a family hobby so when I saw the new catalog way back in January the Beautiful Ride stamp set was at the top of my wish list.    I immediately knew I wanted to make some little boxes with it and actually I did make these a couple of months ago but have not had a chance to get them posted.   
These little "Love Bugs" hold two Hershey Nuggets and are so fun to make that I ended up with a whole fleet of them!
It is a bit hard to see but I used the Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen for metallic accents on the mirror, door handle and hubcaps.

I did a quick video tutorial -- I hope to see lots of these little cars being made!
Stamps:  Beautiful Ride
Paper: Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron and Basic Gray cardstock, It's My Party Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink:  Basic Black Archival,  Stampin' Write Markers:  Basic Gray, Sahara Sand
Accessories:  Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Going Global Birthday

A quick masculine birthday card with the Going Global stamp set and coordinating Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack.
Frayed burlap ribbon and punched images popped up on Dimensionals add texture.
Stamps:  Going Global, Perfect Pairings
Paper: Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack, Cardstock- Basic Black, Lost Lagoon, Sahara Sand
Ink:  Basic Black Archival, Lost Lagoon Classic
Punches:  2" Circle, 1" Circle
Accessories:  1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon