Friday, July 29, 2011

Stampin' Addicts New Catalog Mega Blog Hop

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July is an exciting time for Stampin' Up fans as that is when the main catalog is released with a bundle of new stamp sets and supplies. Members of the Stampin' Addicts online group have joined together to showcase some of these in this weekends BLOG HOP.   You can click on the Blog Hop link to see all the participants or you can follow the links at the bottom of this post as all the hop participants are linked in a circle.

If you have been hopping in order you will have just seen the oh-so-talented Lisa Young's wonderful projects featuring the Creative Elements stamp set.  I am sure you have all added that set to your wish list now haven't you?

I am delighted to showcase the Sunflower background stamp.  Now I have a disclaimer... with the hot, hot weather we have been having I could not think fall colors and stamping yet.  The Shasta Daisies in my perennial garden have been blooming abundantly and low and behold---all my sunflowers turned into daisies!  I do love this stamp and as the leaves start to turn I am sure you will see sunflowers on some of my projects but for now.... it is time to enjoy SUMMER!
My first project is a get well gift basket and card.  The basket contains tissues,  a tea bag holder and of course....chocolate.  The card is a larger size - 7x7 - to have enough room for a group to sign and write messages to the recipient.  I thought the yellow paper from the Domestic Goddess DSP pack looked like rays of sunshine so I used that as the background for the card.
I stamped the "Sunflower" with Whisper White Craft Ink on glossy white cardstock and heat embossed it with White Embossing Powder.  Then I used a sponge dauber and applied Daffodil Delight and Pool Party Classic Ink to the image.  A quadruple looped bow adds a splash of color and texture.
Next up is a modern art version of the daisy.  I stamped and heat embossed the image with White Embossing Powder on Basic Black cardstock and then cut it into squares.  I played with the pieces until I found an arrangement I liked and then mounted each on Daffodil Delight.
My last daisy inspired project is a refreshing summer drink card.  You will never guess how I made the glass.... it is made with the new Petite Pocket Big Shot die!!  I will have a complete tutorial for how to make it as well as measurements and details for the other projects next week so be sure to stop back.

EDIT:  The tutorial is done and can be found HERE.

Now it is time to hop on to Yapha's blog to see the Occasions Alphabet set.  And a huge THANK YOU to Yapha for organizing this hop. Your the BEST, Yapha!!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Round Ribbon Edge Tutorial

I could not resist another project with using the Domestic Goddess Designer Series paper.  The floral design in the bottom left corner was the starting point for this card. The color of the image is Calypso Coral but I paired it with a Tangerine Tango background and ribbon to give it a little pop.
Both colors are in the same family with Calypso Coral being more muted; the contrast between the two colors adds interest but still gives a monochromatic effect.
I used the 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon across the card and as well as an edging for the butterfly medallion. The butterfly images are from the Precious Butterfly hostess stamp set.
Both images are stamped with Calypso Coral on Whisper White and punched with the 3/4" and 1-3/4" circle punches.  The center is popped up on a dimensional.  Rhinestones on the design in the corner and the central butterfly add a tie-in.  

Here is a quick tutorial for how to make the round ribbon edging:
1. Stamp and punch the larger circle image.
2. On the back generously apply snail adhesive or sticky strip to the edge.
3. Cut a length of ribbon in half.
4. Apply ribbon to the back so that the scallops are evenly sticking over the edge and the dots do not show.
5. Add a bit more adhesive to the end where they meet and overlap the ends slightly to finish.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

2011-2012 Catalog Blog Hop

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Only 3 more days until the Stampin' Addicts New Catalog Mega Hop!  It is always so much fun when a new catalog is released and so many new stamps are available.  Stampin' Addict demonstrators have been working on some super projects to show off their new goodies.

I will be featuring the beautiful detailed Sunflower background stamp. (I LOVE flower stamps!!)   So be sure to come back starting Friday at noon to see what everyone has to share!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Summer Colors

My new favorite colors are Pool Party and Calypso Coral- perfect for a cool summer project.
This card features the new stamp set Language of Friendship and the Designer Frames embossing folder.
The 2-Step Bird punch and the Boho Blossom punch coordinate with the stamp set so there is no cutting!  I used re-inkers to color the designs before punching so all the little pieces were easy to keep track of.   I really like how the embossed oval adds a bit of texture.
The new 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon also adds a delicate layer.  

Supplies:  
Paper: Calypso Coral card base, Domestic Goddess DSP
Stamps: Language of Friendship
Ink: Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Daffodil Delight re-inkers
Accessories:  2-Step Bird punch, Boho Blossom punch, Designer Frames embossing folder, 3/8" Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Hang in There Get Well Card

When a box of new stampin' supplies arrive it is so hard to decide what to use first.  (That is really a very fun problem... I'm not complaining!!)  The bold designs of the Domestic Goddess DSP caught my eye so this is first card made with all new goodies from the 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog.
Once again I made larger card to fit in a business size envelope.  I find that is a great size to really show off large designs and it has lots of room for a message inside.

The base is 8" X 9", folded in half so the finished size is 4" X 9".   The DSP is cut 1/4" shorter on each side.  A little piece of satin ribbon on the left ties in the black.

I stamped the "Get Well Soon" sentiment from the new Delightful Dozen set, cut it out and put it on the tee shirt.
Isn't the mini clothespin cute???  Such a fun little embellishment.  The ribbon is Daffodil Delight 1/8" taffeta that I coated with Crystal Effects and coiled around a skewer.  I ended up with pretty sticky fingers doing it but I really like the finished look.

I will have more new things to show soon..... See you!