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

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Stamp Review Crew: Forever Lovely Edition

Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop!  It has been ages since I have been able to stamp and I am delighted to be participating in this wonderful group again.   All of the Crew's past hops are archived on the Stamp Review Crew website.   I have been enjoying catching up a few that I missed- what a wealth of creativity!   You can click on the banner below to see them too!

This edition of the SRC is focused on the delicate stamp set Forever Lovely.   It is one Stampin' Up's Distinktive stamp sets which create detail and color variations with just one stamp.

I used the Distinctive stamp with multiple flowers and the corresponding stamp which adds all the little background pieces.  I inked up just a portion each to create a lovely focal point.

The flowers were stamped with the darker Gorgeous Grape ink
and the background was stamped with lighter Highland Heather.

Even after 12 years as a Stampin' Up demonstrator I am still delightfully surprised when I discover how nicely SU products coordinate --even those that are not particularly designed as a suite.   I had two such moments when making this card.  

The Forever Lovely stamp set is part of the All My Love suite which has beautiful Designer Series Paper specifically designed to coordinate. But look how nicely it also goes with the Botanical Butterfly paper which is part of the free goodies for Sale-a-Bration!
The roses on the DSP are just perfect for this stamp.
The second little delight was discovering how the Sale-a-Bration organdy ribbon layers over the 1/4" Mini Striped Ribbon.  
The stripes of Gorgeous Grape peeking through add a nice little contrast
of pattern and rich color to the delicate organdy.
Use a tiny bit of Tombo glue at the edges to hold the ribbons together.

Now it is time to check out even more ideas for the Forever Lovely set!  To continue with the hop please click on the buttons below.

This way to Stesha's blog.

And this way to Lou's lovely creations.  

Stamps: Forever Lovely
Paper:  Whisper White, Gorgeous Grape, and Highland Heather Cardstock, Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper (SAB)
Ink:  Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather Classic Ink,  Highland Heather Stampin' Marker
Accessories: 1/4" Mini Striped Gorgeous Grape Ribbon, Highland Heather Organdy Ribbon (SAB),  Glitter Enamel Dots
Big Shot:  Stitched Labels Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Paper Wreath Tutorial

I am delighted to have another tutorial featured on SplitcoastStampers!   These paper wreaths are so pretty made with double sided paper and are quite easy to do.  You just need a sharp blade in your paper trimmer.   By the time I had made prototypes and finished wreaths for both tutorials my trimmer had quite a workout! 

It is really fun to see how the alternating paper lengths create the rings of the wreath.  I also varied the width of the cut strips on the three wreaths.    For this centerpiece I made cuts at 3/8" intervals.
I liked the effect of using striped paper.
 It would be cute to fill the center container with candy canes.

A wider cut gives a more rustic look.  The strips on this fall wreath are cut at 1/2" intervals.
I think one like this in bright spring colors with a Easter themed image would be pretty.

A slimmer cut gives a more delicate look to the wreath.  The strips for this one are 1/4".  You do need to be more careful when cutting such thin strips but it is worth it!
Fun plaid!
The written tutorial and links to the gallery can be found on the SplitcoastStampers site.   Below is the video tutorial.  Be sure to upload a picture to the gallery if you make one!  I would love to see them and welcome your comments!

3/8" Strip Candy Cane Centerpiece
Paper: Festive Farmhouse

½” Strip Fall Wreath
Stamps:  Country Home
Paper:  Country Lane Designer Series Paper, Whisper White Cardstock
Ink:  Momento Black Ink, Blackberry Bliss Ink Refill
Alcohol Markers:   Stampin’ Blends:  Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive, Soft Suede
Accessories:  Whisper White 3/8” Classic Weave Ribbon
Big Shot :  Stitched Shapes Framelits

¼” Strip Plaid Christmas Wreath
Paper:  Festive Farmhouse
Accessories:  Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Buffalo Check Edition

Time for a new edition of the Stamp Review Crew's Blog Hop!  We are changing it up slightly this session as we are featuring a single background stamp rather than a stamp set.   Just wait until you see the wide range of ways Crew Members have used this wonderful classic patterned stamp!

As always, we have our blog permanently linked so you can enjoy this and all past hops at anytime.   If you click on the banner below you will be taken to the SRC website with details of crew members and a full listing of past stamps the "Crew has reviewed"!

Buffalo Check is such a great classic pattern.   It can be rustic, sleek, subtle or bold depending on color and tone choices.   I used this stamp recently for a whimsical card set with brighter Fall/Halloween colors on a light colored background.    The effect was fun and energetic.

I thought this time I would go for a more stately look with dark ink on a rich colored background.  I experimented and found the lovely combo of Blackberry Bliss ink stamped on Rich Razzleberry paper.
The classic colors and plaid made me think of a designer purse.  
I would love to have one IRL in these colors!
Of course the purse needed a few things to go inside...
Mini composition notebook and Hershey Nuggets (YUM!)
I finished this little gift set off with a very simple card in keeping with the minimalist theme.
TIP:  Use a thin line of Tombo Multipurpose Glue to adhere the  Braided Linen Trim
Oh I do wish I had more time to create with this lovely stamp!  Since I do not (sigh) I will be looking longingly at all the creative goodness of the my crew members!  Please click on the buttons below to check them out!

This way to Mickey's Blog!

This way to Linda's Blog!

Here is a glimpse of the card set I made last week with the Buffalo Check stamped with bright colors.  Love, love this plaid!!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Buffalo Check, Pressed Flowers (Host Set)
Paper:  Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White cardstock,  Country Lane Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Blackberry Bliss
Big Shot:  Stitched Shaped Framelits
Accessories: 3/16" Braided Lined Trim,  Stampin' Dimensionals
Non- SU:  Post-It note masking paper

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Country Home Edition

Hello and welcome to the latest Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop!   Our international crew highlights one Stampin' Up stamp set on each blog hop.  Hops are the first and third Mondays of the month and are a great way to get lots of ideas for using a set!   Click on the banner below to see a complete list of Crew members and see all the past hops which we keep active.  So many creative things to see and enjoy!

We have a beautiful stamp set to show off this session.  The Country Home stamp set is part of the lovely designer suite Country Lane.  Whether you have just the stamp set or the complete suite you will have a bundle of ideas once you click through the Crew's creations.

Growing up on farm, harvest was the highlight of year.  I still drive out of my way to find fields of ripe wheat and always am delighted when I see combines harvesting the crop.  I really enjoyed making this harvest themed set!

Blackberry Bliss is one of my all time favorite Stampin' Up colors and I am really enjoying that it is prominently featured in the Holiday catalog.   I love the rich color!   That fact that we now have a Blackberry Bliss Stampin' Blend makes me happy.   I have been using it for Halloween projects too!
I have a tutorial coming soon for making this wreath!
The Braided Linen Trim reminds me of stalks of wheat.
My past tutorial for making this mitered frame can be found HERE
TIP:  After coloring the milk can with Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends
 use the Color Lifter to distress a few areas .

Thanks so very much for joining us for this Country Home Blog Hop.  Please click on the buttons below to see more of the Crew's creativity.  

This way to Stesha's stunning creations!

This way to Charlet's sweet project!
Stamps: Country Home
Paper:  Whisper White Cardstock, Country Lane Designer Series Paper, Vellum Cardstock, Galvanized Metallic Paper
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black Archival, Calypso Coral and Blackberry Bliss Classic Ink,  Blackberry Bliss Re-inker
Stampin' Blends:  Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Color Lifter
Accessories: Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, 3/16" Braided Linen Trim, Faceted Dots, Clear Embossing Powder, Whisper White 3/8" Classic Weave Ribbon
Big Shot:  Tin Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder