Sunday, April 16, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Cool Treats Edition

Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop!  The "Crew" is an international group of Stampin' Up demonstrators.  We have regular blog hops on the first and third Mondays of the month and feature a different stamp set each time.  It is a great way to gets lots of ideas for a set -- the variety and creativity always amazes me.  I learn something new every time from other crew members!

This time we are featuring the fun Cool Treats set.  This set is so cool it has its own suite of products that coordinate!  I used the Tasty Treats Speciality Designer Series Paper and the Sprinkles Embellishments for a birthday gift bag and card.
The gift bag is made with the Gift Bag punch board and is adapted to fit full size cards.  (I used a tutorial by Diane Dimich.)
The shaker element can be detached from the bag as a little keepsake.
I was starting to run out of time before the party so I took advantage of the speciality DSP.  Several of the designs have a cool raised glossy elements and make a quick card look extra special.
I put a few cards in that I had made earlier and was ready to go!
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Stamps:  Cool Treats
Paper: Pool Party and Whisper White cardstock,  Tasty Treats Specialityl Designer Series Paper
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Big Shot:  Layering Squares Framelits Die
Accessories:  Sprinkles Embellishments, Cupcakes and Carousels Embellishment Kit, Foam Adhesive Strips, Watermelon Wonder Striped Ribbon, Brights Enamel Shapes
Tools:  Gift Bag Punch Board

Friday, March 31, 2017

Lift Me Up Birthday Trio

I had some bits and pieces of the Carried Away Designer Series Paper and matching cardstock on my craft table that were leftovers from other projects.   They were the starting point for these three birthday cards.

Those tiny bits became the paper piecing for the balloon, the hearts and the clouds.

The view-from-the-air pattern was my favorite from this pack.    So cute for a suspension card!
(TIP:  Metallic thread works well for the suspended element.  One strand is thin and it spins quickly when wound up and released.    Wind up the balloon before putting it in the envelope and it will spin when the recipient pulls it out.)

The DSP squares on this tall card were leftover from a sampler project I made.    The sentiment piece is die cut with one of the sections of the Up and Away Thinlits for something a little different.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Oh, So Succulent Edition

Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop!  This session we are featuring the super trendy set Oh, So Succulent.   I am so glad you are here and I hope you enjoy all the creative ideas the Crew has to offer!

I went for a clean and simple design this time using vanilla, black and grey.  Just a touch of the dotted Urban Underground Designer Series Paper mounted on black cardstock and flowers cut with matching framelits make this an easy one to do!
This is a larger card - 4" X 9-1/4" and fits in a business size envelope.  I like the extra space a bigger card gives for layouts.  And there is more room for writing a message inside!

I cut the back 4" X 9-1/4" and the front 4" X 11".  The front is scored at 9-1/4" and adhered to the back section.  Then I glued a panel on the inside to cover the overlap.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please click on the buttons below to continue on your way to more Oh, So Succulent projects!

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Stamps:  Oh, So Succulent
Paper: Very Vanilla and Basic Black cardstock,  Urban Underground Designer Series Paper
Ink: Basic Gray and Basic Black Archival 
Big Shot:  Succulents Framelit Dies

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Rose Wonder Edition

Welcome to the Crew's review of the lovely Rose Wonder stamp set.  Rose Wonder is a beautiful line art stamp set that can be used for so many cool techniques.   I decided to try a completely new thing for me.  Painting on fabric!
For the black fabric I stamped with Whisper White Craft Ink and on the white fabirc I used Basic Gray Archival.  Since I painted over the lines they are not seen in the finished project and it is not a big deal if those wash out.  

I used a metallic fabric paint by Lumiere which is soft and washable once it is heat set.  The flower is just two colors- a purple and a white.  I painted each petal separately starting with the full strength color then mixing in some white and finished with white.  In the center I have some smaller petals that are all purple or all white so they don't run together.  
The leaves were done in a similar fashion with green and white paint.  This was really fun and actually simple to do.  I am not confident with shading so I looked on Pinterest at several samples of how people had shaded this stamp with watercolors to give me an idea of where to place the dark color.  Once I had done a few petals I got the hang of it.  Both came out very pretty- I kind of like the one on the black fabric a bit more as the contrast of metallic and black is more pronounced.
I have been missing sewing (especially in the winter I get the bug to sew!) and made these into oversized potholders.   My potholder/hot pad collection is pretty lacking at the moment so these will be put to immediate use.  

Stamps:  Rose Wonder
Ink: Whisper White Craft Ink, Basic Gray Archival Ink.  Lumiere -Halo Violet Gold, Pearl White and Metallic Olive Green
Accessories:  Paint bushes, fabric, heat resistant batting, thread

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Faceted Basket Projects and Video Tutorial

The basket I designed using the Pyramid Pals Thinlits is the featured tutorial on Splitcoaststampers this week!  
There are several variations:
A basket
A favor box
A clutch purse

Here a couple others:
Birthday theme

Classic blue purse

Baby theme
I came up with this idea about a year ago.  In making it multiple times have discovered some tips and tricks for simplifying the construction and using paper with different patterns.  This updated tutorial includes those additional suggestions. 
For the written tutorial please click HERE.  There is link to the gallery as well to upload a picture of your project!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Lift Me Up Edition

Hello and welcome to the latest Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop!   This session is focusing on the super popular stamp set Lift Me Up.  Come fly around the world as our international crew showcases this light and happy set.

This set is so fun to use in conjunction with the Carried Away paper that is a free Saleabration item. I used the paper as a jumping off point for this 12 X 12 decor piece.
The Layering Squares Thinlits were a huge help in making the backgrounds.  I used a variety of sizes and a few scallops too.

Then came the fun part of deciding what stamping and embellishing to do.
Selective inking of portions of sentiments with markers

Trimming a doily to create a frame

Using thinlits to paper piece the balloon

Thanks so much for flying through our blogs!  Please click on the links below to continue on your journey.

Stamps:  Lift Me Up 
Paper: Melon Mambo, Watermelon Wonder,  Peekaboo Peach, Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Smoky Slate and Whisper White cardstock,  Carried Away Designer Series Paper (2017 Salabration)
Ink: Melon Mambo, Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Peekaboo Peach classic inks and markers
Big Shot:  Up and Away Thinlits, Layering Squares Framelits
Accessories:  Lace Doilies, Cupcakes and Carousels Embellishment Kit, Basic Rhinestones, Brights Enamel Shapes, Sprinkles Embellishments

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Sunshine Sayings Edition

Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew's latest blog hop.  The SRC is an international group of Stamping' Up demonstrators who present a bimonthly blog hop featuring one stamp set.

We are under the direction and awesome coordination of Tanya Boser.   Tanya is amazing!  She keeps us all organized and on track and does so with grace and humor.  Not only that--she is incredibly talented and recently received the distinction of being asked to join the elite Stampin' Up Artisian Team!   She is one awesome friend and today's card is for her.  (I do hope that she looks in her mailbox before checking the blog posts as I was a bit late getting this mailed out!)

The Crew is featuring the Sunshine Sayings stamp set.  It is one of my favorite go-to word sets and can be combined with so many others stamps.  I couldn't resist using the Saleabration set Hey, Chick for Tanya's card.
Tanya's cards always include a fun decorated interior that carries over the theme of the card front. I used the matching Party Animal Designer Series Paper and Washi Tape on both of mine.   I masked a few of the phrases to get the wording I wanted.  A bunch of greetings for a person who does it all! Tanya lives in Minnesota and as a fellow Northerner I know a bit a sunshine is a welcome sight on these cold winter days:)

Thanks for stopping in!  Please click on the buttons below to continue on your way to more Sunshine Sayings!

Stamps:  Sunshine Sayings, Hey, Chick (2017 Salabration)
Paper: Whisper White cardstock,  Party Animal and Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper
Ink: Basic Black Archival Ink.  Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, Real Red and Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories:  Party Animal Designer Washi Tape

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: SAB Free For All

Ready for some fun!  The Stamp Review Crew is changing it up for this bonus blog hop.  Instead of all using one stamp set we are using any of the 2017 Saleabration products.  And we have a TONS of ideas!

I love Stamping' Up kits for two reasons.  First the predesigned projects are so relaxing to make!  Sometimes I like (I should say NEED) to wind down with crafting late at night but don't want to have to think too hard.  I end up with some really cute things without having to go into go into thinking mode.   The other reason is the kit elements are perfectly coordinated so if I choose to make a different project I have a great head start.

Today I have an alternative project that is still super easy to make.  
This is two cards adhered together so that there is a pocket in the middle.   It makes a perfect photo frame with a place for hidden journalling.   I tried to keep any additional supplies to a minimum.  A doily, die cut saying, a bit of ribbon and a scrap of cardstock.

Also it is double-sided!  You can have pictures on both sides and flip it around.
This side uses only an additional stamp set for the Hello Sunshine.  The rest is all included in the kit.

To make this cut the flap off the bottom of one of the cards.
Fold a second card on all score lines and adhere one on top of the other.
I think I will be making a more of these to send to family!

So glad you have joined The Crew for our Salabration Free For All!   Please click on the links below to see more fab ideas!


Kit:Pretty Pockets Card Kit
Stamps:  Sunshine Sayings
Paper: Pool Party and Pacific Point Cardstock
Ink:  Calypso Coral and Pacific Point Classic Ink
Big Shot: Sunshine Wishes Dies 
Ribbon: Cupcakes and Carousels Embellishment Kit

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Playful Pals

Welcome to our latest Stamp Review Blog Hop!  Every first and third Monday of the month the SRC hosts a hop featuring ideas for one Stampin' Up stamp set.

This session we are using Playful Pals which is a fun builder style set for creating all kinds of animals.  I had a blast making these silly guys.
I got kind of primary school art-ish with these cards and pulled out collage materials.   The sheep's body is a cotton ball pulled into shape.  I also used a few products from the new Party Animal suite- the DSP, washi tape, ribbon and cute little party hat embellishments.
For the goofy bird I glued yellow and orange feathers to a cardstock circle and added the stamped features.   The "Happy Birthday" stamp used on both cards is from the Saleabration set Designer Tee.  
Thanks for stopping by!  Please click on the links below to see more Playful Pals projects!

Stamps:  Playful Pals,  Designer Tee (2017 Salabration)
Paper: Pacific Point, Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry, Basic Gray and Whisper White cardstock,  Party Animal Designer Series Paper
Ink: Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango and Basic Gray
Punches:  Balloon Bouquet
Big Shot:  Pyramid Pals Thinlits.
Accessories:  Emerald Envy 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Party Animal Designer Washi Tape, Party Animal Embellishments, White Bakers Twine