Sunday, February 16, 2020

Stamp Review Crew: 2020 Sale-A-Bration

Welcome!  The "Crew" is changing it up a bit for this blog hop.  Normally we all use the same stamp set but this time we are using the pretty products available during Sale-A-Bration.

For more stamping inspiration click here to see all past archived hops!

One of the very popular things this Sale-A-Bration has been the impressionist-inspired Lily Pad collection.  I have always loved Impressionist paintings and have been thrilled when I have had the opportunity to see exhibits in real life.  The colors are so vibrant and the layers of paint are incredibly textured.

The colors of the Lily Impressions paper really are beautiful and IRL are even more 
vibrant than a photo can capture.

On a recent shopping trip I purchased something that the sales person wrapped in the prettiest bluish-green tissue paper.  It sure looked like Stampin' Up's In-Color Pretty Peacock.   I thought it would be fun to incorporate the tissue paper in my projects.

The main flower has Flirty Flamingo ink sponged in the central area to add depth.

To make the tear drop accent on the card, I stacked about twenty layers of the green tissue paper on top of a piece of cardstock,  then put the die from the Lily Pad Dies on top.  When it was run through the Big Shot it compacted all the layers.  I then painted it with Elmer's glue thinned with water and let it dry overnight.

 I love how thick and textured the compressed tissue paper turned out!

I also made several lily pads using the same 
tissue paper/cardstock sandwich but with only three layers of tissue paper. 

These were not as tightly compressed and so they crinkled more when the glue was added
giving a really cool surface to the lily pads.

Thanks a bundle for stopping by!  Please click on the links below to continue with the blog hop.

This way to Lauren's lovely projects!

Click here to see Nikki's cute creations!

Stamps: Lovely Lily Pad
Paper:  Pretty Peacock, Petal Pink, Blackberry Bliss and Melon Mambo Cardstock,  Lilly Impressions Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Melon Mambo and Blackberry Bliss Classic Ink
Accessories:  Perennial Essence Vellum Cardstock, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombo Glue, Elmers Glue/water
Big Shot:  Lily Pad Dies,  Stitiched Nested Label Dies

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Stamp Review Crew: So Many Stars

Welcome to the So Many Stars edition blog hop presented by the Stamp Review Crew!   I do hope everyone had a lovely weekend... here in the US we enjoyed a long Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  So much to be grateful for!

So Many Stars is a beautiful and delicate Christmas stamp set... especially when combined with the coordinating die set.

I thought it would be fun to experiment with a non-holiday card style to stretch the use of this gorgeous set beyond the traditional season.  In fact I jumped ahead to spring by using the Country Club Designer Series paper.   This fun paper will be available in January in the upcoming Mini Catalog.

The front "Happy Birthday" is inked with the coordinating colored Stampin' Write Markers and adhered to a Clear Window Sheet.  This lets the fun paper peek through!

I used Stampin' Blends to color in one of the line drawings from the DSP.   Coloring with the Blends is one of my very favorite techniques and I was happy to see how well they worked on the Designer Series paper.  One tip:  Use a very light touch and go fairly quickly so the juicy markers do not soak into the paper too much.

For the inside I used the "Hoping all your CHRISTMAS WISHES come true" sentiment.  By using Stampin' Write Markers I was able to easily omit a word making it into a birthday greeting.

Thanks so very much for stopping by!  Please click on the links below to continue on to see the super creative work of the SR Crew!

This way to Holly's cute creations!

This was to Stesha's beautiful blog!

Stamps: So Many Stars, Itty Bitty Birthdays
Paper:  Night of Navy, Crushed Curry, Poppy Parade and Whisper White Cardstock, Country Club Designer Series Paper
Stampin' Write Markers:  Garden Green, Poppy Parade,  Crushed Curry and Night of Navy
Accessories:  Window Sheets, Mini Glue Dots
Punches:  Classic Label
Big Shot:  Stitched Stars Dies,  Stitiched Rectangles Dies

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Stamp Review Crew: Dino Days

Welcome to a very fun blog hop presented by the Stamp Review Crew!  We have the adorable little dinosaurs of the Dino Days stamp set making their way around the world with our international group of Stampin' Up demonstrators.   

As always we have our blogs permanently linked so you can easily jump from blog to blog.  And we have a super website that archives all of our past blog hops!

The base is 5-1/2" X 11",  scored at 4-1/4", 7" and 9-3/4".
I added a 3-1/2" X 4-3/4" kick stand scored at 3/4" on the back to help it stand.

Stamping on Designer Series Paper and a tiny row of braid adds a bit of interest on a mostly monochromatic card.

Fluffing out the tassels on the Woven Thread Trim makes some vegetation for the dino to hide in!

So very glad you chose to stop by!  Please click on the buttons below to continue on to more delightful Dino Days projects!

This way to Linda's lively little dino's!

Or this way to Kelly's cute creations!

Stamps: Dino Days
Paper:  Crumb Cake Cardstock, Woven Threads Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy and Basic Black Archival
Stampin' Markers:  Rich Razzleberry
Accessories:  5/8" Woven Thread Trim, 3/16" Braided Linen Trim, Stampin' Dimensionals
Punches:  Tailored Tag

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Stamp Review Crew: Stitched All Around

Happy Labor Day!  Hope you are having a relaxing day with family and friends.  Many Stamp Review Crew members are taking a break this session but we have a mini blog hop for the stamp set Stitched All Around.   The hop is short and sweet but big on fun ideas!

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.

Many of my blog followers know that I am also a quilter/ sewing enthusiast so this set is right up my alley.  It inspired me to add some hand stitching.  Very relaxing to do!
Tip: Click on the photos to enlarge to see the detail!

I used the patterns on the DSP to guide the placement of the stitching.

Perfect for a country wedding!
Here I used the matching dies to emboss the background and die cut the stamped image.

Thanks so much for joining us for this little hop!  Please click on the buttons below to continue on:

This way to Jay's blog!

This way to Mary's blog!

Stamps: Stitched All Around
Paper:  Crumb Cake Cardstock, Neutrals 6x6 Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Versa Mark
Accessories:  5/8" Woven Thread Trim, Nature's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals, White Embossing Powder, 
Big Shot:  Stitched Labels

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