Saturday, May 11, 2019

Gator Birthday

Quick post today!   This goofy grinning gator made a fun birthday card.  He is colored with Stampin' Blends in the bright color combo of Call Me Clover, Mango Melody and Lovely Lipstick.

Stamps: Hey, Valentine, Itty Bitty Birthdays
Paper:  Whisper White, Mango Melody Cardstock, In-Color 6 x 6 DSP
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black Archival, Lovely Lipstick Classic Ink
Stampin' Blends:  Csll Me Clovert, Mango Melody, Lovely Lipstick and Daffodil Delight
Accessories:  Stampin' Dimensionals,
Punches:   Tailored Tag
Big Shot:  Stitched Rectangle Framelits

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

3D Frame Tutorial

Today is a fun day!   I have a tutorial that is featured on Split Coast Stampers!!  You can see the written tutorial by clicking HERE and there is also a gallery of projects that others have made using the tutorial HERE. 

This project was inspired by an acrylic photo frame that I saw in a store.  I thought I could adapt it as a great way to show off some pretty stamped stuff:)

It is super easy to make and you can use whatever Big Shot dies you have for the openings.

The butterfly display above uses three different Big Shot dies.
This origami theme uses one die run through the Big Shot several times.
And this smaller version uses a single die.
The video is short and sweet.  If you make one please leave me a link to your project.  I would love to see it and welcome you comments too!!

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Stamp Review Crew: Apron of Love

Hello!  Stamp Review Crew members have a mini blog hop this session for the sweet stamp set Apron of Love.   We have a wonderful website with an archive of past hops that are chock full of inspiration.  You can access it by clicking on the banner below.

I have two very different projects to share using the Apron of Love stamp set.

The first is inspired by the Retro Modernism style of art.  One of our past vacations was to Palm Springs and we really had fun going through the art galleries and stores.   I thought it would be fun to see if I could make something in this style with the rectangle stamp from the set.

Bermuda Bay, Pool Party and Calypso Coral are the perfect retro color combo!
Since the stamps in this set are photopolymer I could see through the stamp to come up with an over-lapping pattern.   Then came the fun of choosing colors and filling in the spaces.  I love the way it turned out!

The second project is the one I had in mind when I bought this set.  My daughter is an AVID baker. She has a special notebook that she keeps with recipes that she has created or has adapted in her own way.  This notebook is a treasure-trove of goodness!  I wanted to make an insert for the front pocket to surprise her.

I gave it to her today and she was delighted!

This will go inside the clear pocket on the front of the binder
to keep it from getting splattered when the chef is at work!

I do not always buy the coordinating thinlit dies but for
this set it really is a must. The detail in the dies really enhance the stamps
and are so much more detailed than I could ever cut by hand.

I put the die on the gingham DSP at a 45 degree angle
 to create the bias pattern on the apron.

The little flowers are so darn cute!  I used the retired tee shirt die
--too perfect for this as she has a bunch of cooking tee shirts!
I love her little handwritten changes.   Her creations are amazing!!

So glad you could join us for our little hop today!  Please click on the links below to continue.
This way to Charlet's cute creation!

Or this way to Dawn's delightful projects!

Retro Card: 
Stamps: Apron of Love, Itty Bitty Greetings
Paper:  Whisper White, Pool Party and Calypso Coral Cardstock 
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black Archival, Stampin' Blends
Big Shot:  Sparkle Embossing Folder

Recipe Binder Cover:
Stamps: Apron of Love
Paper:  Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo and Petal Pink Cardstock. Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper 
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo Balmy Blue Classic Ink
Big Shot:  Layering Ovals Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Apron Builder Thinlits

Friday, March 29, 2019

Hoppy Birthday

Light-hearted birthday cards are my favorite to send.  I used the sale-a-bration stamp set So Happy Together combined with the birthday cake from the Amazing Life set to make a fun little scene.  

A quick scribble of alcohol marker for the grass and sky complete the scene.

I pulled out a couple of past SAB sets for this one.  
Fun to use older stamps with new colors and paper!

Frog Card:
Stamps: So Hoppy Together,  Amazing Life
Paper:  Whisper White  anf Call Me Clover Cardstock,  In-Color 6 x 6 DSP
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black Archival, Stampin' Blends
Big Shot:  Stitched Rectangles Framelits

Chicken Card:
Stamps: Hey Chick,  Custom Tee
Paper:  Whisper White and Call Me Clover Cardstock,  In-Color 6 x 6 DSP
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black Archival, Stampin' Blends
Big Shot:  Stitched Rectangles Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Stamp Review Crew: Butterfly Gala Edition

Time for another edition of the Stamp Review Crew!  On the first and third Monday of each month Crew members share their personal take on a chosen stamp set.  This time it the pretty Butterfly Gala set.  What better time to bring out the butterflies and think (wishfully!) of spring?  Past hops are archived on our SRC blog which you can see any time of year by clicking on the banner below.

I decided upon a circle spinner card to add some movement to the lovely butterflies.

Originally I planned to add more embellishments.   I pulled out the matching organdy ribbon and flower sequins which looked very inviting but I ended up liking the simplicity of just the gingham paper and sentiment.

The bright colors of the Stampin' Blends are all the decoration needed for this one!

Circle spinners are super fun and easy!  You can find my video tutorial for them with lots of variations HERE.

Now it is time to continue to the next stop on the SRC hop.  Please click on the buttons below!

 Hop this way to Kelly's blog 

or jump back to Jay's blog!

Stamps: Butterfly Gala
Paper:  Whisper White, Mango Melody and Daffodil Delight Cardstock 
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black Archival
Stampin' Blends:  Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie and  Basic Black
Accessories:  Stampin' Dimensionals, Adhesive Strips, Mini Glue Dots
Punches:  Butterfly Duet, 3/4" Circle
Big Shot:  Layering Circles Framelits

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Stamp Review Crew: A Little Wild Edition

Hello and welcome to a Stamp Review Crew blog hop that is a little wild (and a lot adorable)!  We are featuring the incredibly cute stamp set  A Little Wild.

I think this is a record for me to have participated in three hops in a row!  We had incredibly cold weather in the Midwest this past week.  Everything shut down meaning a bit more time to get some stamping done.  Plus there have been several new babies.  Perfect timing!

This set has images for the front and back views of the critters.  I wanted to take advantage of that and decided to make an offset accordion fold card so the little guys could be seen from both sides

The base is 5-1/2" X 12", scored at 4-1/4", 7-1/4" and 10-1/4"

Peeking around the corner!

The little bear is playing Hide and Seek... "You can't see me"!

Cute ending!  

So glad you were here for our wild little hop!  Please click on the buttons below to continue.

This way to Charlet's blog!

Or this way to Jenny's blog!
Stamps: A Little Wild
Paper:  Whisper White, Balmy Blue and Mint Macaron Cardstock, Gingham Gals Designer Series Paper
Ink:   Momento Tuxedo Black Ink,  Mint Macaron Classic Ink
Stampin' Blends: Light and Dark Balmy Blue, Light  and Dark Mint Macaron, Light and Dark Basic Gray,  Light Daffodil Delight, Light Pumpkin Pie, Light Petal Pink
Accessories: Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack (Sale-a-bration)
Punches:   1" and 1-1/4" Circle

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Stamp Review Crew: Sale-a-Bration 2019 Edition

The Stamp Review Crew has a bonus hop this month!   The format is a little different for this hop.  Instead of each member creating with the same stamp set as we usually do this time we are all using different Sale-a-bration sets.   As always though we are archiving the hop for future reference.  Please click on the banner below to see past hops and to check out the bios of the crew members.

Coloring with Stampin' Blends is so relaxing and I throughly enjoyed using them with the By the Bay Sale-a-bration stamp set.

The main image seemed a bit intimidating at first but was once I started it was very easy.  Just use a very light touch.  The results are remarkable in person!
The background layer is printed vellum from the Floral Romance
Speciality DSP and adds a very special elegance.
Lots of texture!
The fancy swirls from the Beautifully Detailed Laser-cut
Speciality paper look like ocean waves.

So glad you stopped in today!  Please click on the buttons below to continue on to more great Sale-a-bration stamp ideas!!

The way to Linda's lovely projects!

This way to Mickey's marvelous masterpieces!

Stamps: By the Bay (Sale-a-bration)
Paper:  Whisper White and Crumb Cake Cardstock, Floral Romance Speciality Designer Series Paper, Beautifully Detailed Laser-cut Specialty Paper
Ink:   Momento Tuxedo Black Ink,  Petal Stampin' Marker, 
Stampin' Blends: Ivory, Light and Dark Crumb Cake, Light Highland Heather, Light Rich Razzleberry, Light Daffodil Delight, Light Balmy Blue, Light Old Olive
Accessories: Natures Twine Pack, Frosted Flower Embellisments,  Stampin' Dimensionals
Big Shot:  Stitched Labels Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits,  Stitched Rectangles Framelits