Monday, May 29, 2017

Color Theory Grad Card

Dr Seuss books are a staple at our house...well worn and loved.  At one time I had the entire book of Dr Seuss ABCs memorized because I read it so many times to the kids.!  That is why I have a special fondness for this stamp set for graduation cards.  
I coupled the set with the new Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack for a clean and simple card.  Do you see the blue ombre' for the globe?  I wish there were bunches and bunches of that particular paper in the stack!  It is lovely for sky, water, and snow scenes.  The little strip of paper at the bottom and on the left are from that stack as well.  All the little bits and pieces of it are just as cool as the big ones!

Stamps:  Places You Will Go
Paper:  Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, Thick Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Basic Blace Archival
Big Shot:  Layering Circles Framelits, Stars Framelits 
Accessories:  Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Happy Balloons

Two birthday cards today with the same layout.  They both use the Nailed It stamp set.
The card below I created awhile ago when prepping for the Nailed It edition of the Stamp Review Crew but did not post it as the paper was already sold out.  I decided to post is now so I would be able to record the dimensions and not forget them.  It often takes me a few tries to get a layout I am happy with.  Aggravating if I forget to write down my measurements before I send it to someone!
Measurements:
Upper left panel:  1-3/4" X 2-1/2",  layer: 1-1/4" x 2-1/4"
Lower left panel:  1-3/4" X 2-3/8"
Right panel: 2" X 5"

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Thoughtful Banners Edition

It's the third Monday of the month so it is time for another Stamp Review Crew blog hop!   This session is focusing on the incredibly versatile sentiment set Thoughtful Banners.

The release of the 2017-2018 annual Stampin' Up catalog is near (June 1) and one of the nifty perks of being a demonstrator is being able to preorder select items before the release date.  My project combines Thoughtful Banners (which is carrying over to the new catalog) with some preorder goodies.
I have "Happy Mother's Day" on my card but with all the words that are in the Thoughtful Banners set you could make this for almost any occasion.  Thoughtful Banners is a photopolymer set so the stamps can be bent to fit the space on the banner.
 
Also I used the flowers from the new set Wood Words.   The layout could just as easily be made into a masculine card by changing the center stamp and colors.  This card is monochromatic and highlights the lovely new In-Color Berry Burst.  The color variation of the four banners is created by stamping on the Color Theory Designer Series Paper that looks like a paint chip.  So pretty when layered on the ombre paper!

Thanks for hopping along with the "Crew" today!  Please click on the links below to see all the Thoughtful Banners projects we have prepared for you.

This way to Dawn's blog!
 

This way to Kelly's blog!

Stamps:  Thoughtful Banners, Wood Words
Paper: Berry Burst cardstock, Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink: Berry Burst Classic Ink, 
Big Shot:  Layering Ovals Framelits
Accessories:  2017-2019 In-Color Bitty Bows, Basic Pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Nailed It Edition

Welcome to the latest Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop!  Our international crew highlights one stamp set on each blog hop which are the first and third Mondays of the month.   A great way to get many ideas for using a stamp set!

This time we are using the set Nailed It.  The tools and sentiments are super for masculine cards.  I however chose the little itty bitty smile stamp as the focus for my project.  By punching the tiny smiles stamped on bright colors with the 1/4" circle punch I got M&M's!  Milk chocolate M&M's are my favorite so I mounted the "candies" on a Chocolate Chip piece of cardstock.
The sentiment was done by selectively inking up just a few letters or words with a marker.   For example "so" is from the stamp that says "sorry".  By looking at all the words in a stamp set you often can come up with new combinations or words--a great way to stretch the usefulness of a set!
To keep the circle theme going I used Whisper White Mini Pompom Trim and colored it with markers.
Thanks for stopping by!  For more ideas click on the links below.  Next will take you to Jessica's cute project and Previous to Tanya's terrific take on the Nailed It stamp set!

This way to Jessica's Blog!


This way to Tanya's Blog!
Stamps:  Nailed It
Paper: Pacific Point, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin, Pie, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, and Pool Party cardstock,  Eastern Palace Speciality Designer Series Paper
Ink: Pacific Point Classic Ink, Versamark, Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point and Real Red Stampin' Write Markers
Big Shot:  Large Polka Dot embossing folder (retiring)
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder, Whisper White Mini Pompom Trim (retiring), Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine (retiring)

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!
Thanks for hopping with the "Crew".  To check out more cool projects click on the links below:

NEXT to Heidi's Blog:

PREVIOUS to Mike's Blog:

Supplies:
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!

 
This way to Charlet's blog!



This way to Nikki's blog!

Supplies:
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.  



                                             
Supplies:
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.




Supplies:
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