Sunday, December 20, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Festival of Trees Edition

Merry Christmas everyone!  I am so happy you are joining us for the The Stamp Review Crew Festival of Trees Blog Hop.  The SRC is a group of international Stampin' Up demonstrators who do bi-monthly reviews of a chosen stamp set.  It is a great way to see a wide variety of ideas for a single stamp set.

My goal was to come up with a non-holiday card using this stamp set.  I was also curious what the coordinating Tree Punch would look like if the points were placed tip-to-tip.  My end result was a color wheel card.  I thought this would be fun for the art-loving friends in my life.
Tips to recreate:

  • Lay out nine stamp pads and a Stampin' Scrub.
  • Stamp the stylized tree image nine times on Whisper White cardstock cleaning the stamp between each color.
  • Punch each tree with the Tree Punch.  Trim away the trunk.
  • Adhere the images tip-to-tip on a folded Whisper White cardstock base with the bottom of one tree at the fold line.
  • Trim the cardstock base to create the shaped card.  
  • Color the sentiment with markers starting with the lightest colors and slightly overlapping the adjacent color. Stamp on Whisper White cardstock. 
  • Diecut the sentiment and a piece of Basic Black cardstock with the heart from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit set.
  • Add a "bow" of Baker's Twine.
The tree in the upper right is the one that I used
Thank you so for joining "The Crew" for our hop!  Please continue on by clicking on the buttons below for more Festival of Trees projects.
This way to Nikki's blog
This way to Bronwyn's blog

Stamps: Festival of Trees, Work of Art
Paper: Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Watermelon Wonder, Real Red, Melon Mambo (both ink pads and markers)
Big Shot: Mini Treat Bag Thinlits (for the heart)
Accessories:  Baker's Twine Combo Pack

Friday, December 18, 2015

Home for Christmas Gift Tin

Turquoise and red together make one of my favorite Christmas color combos- bright and festive yet a bit non-traditional.   And of course I love anything retro so the vintage-y Santa images of the Home For Christmas DSP got center stage on this gift tin.
The glitter ribbon is a sneak peek of a new product coming in the 2016 Occasions Stampin' Up catalog.  There are some pretty spring things that coordinate with it in the catalog that goes live in January but I thought it was merry match for this project.
The tags on the top and side are stamps from the Merry Everything set.
Stamps: Merry Everything
Paper: Home For Christmas DSP
Ink: Real Red, Pool Party
Punches: Note Tag, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
Big Shot: Ovals Collection
Sneak Peek Accessories: Pool Party 3/8" Glitter Ribbon, It's My Party Enamel Dots (both of these will be available starting in January 2016)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Cherry On Top Baby Cards

Tis the season... for babies!  Both family and friends have welcomed beautiful little ones recently.  The Cherry On Top Design Series Paper Stack has petite patterns just perfect for bolder colored baby cards.
Adding the babies names is an extra special touch.

Adorable coordination for twins!
Both cards use the Something for Baby stamp set and matching Baby's First Framelits.

Stamps: Something for Baby
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry
Paper: Thick Whisper White cardstock, Cherry On Top DSP Stack
Big Shot:  Baby's First Framelits,  Circles Collection Framelits, Little Letters Framelits
Punches: 1" Square, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
Accessories:  Cherry On Top Washi Tape, Bermuda Bay Bakers Twine, Calypso Coral Bakers Twine (retired)

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Jingle All the Way Edition

Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop!  This session the crew is reviewing the Jingle All the Way stamp set.  As always we have our blogs permanently linked so you can always return anytime the mood strikes!

The best thing about Christmas is having all my kids home!   We are counting the days until we are together again.  It has been a year since we have all been in one place at the same time.   My kids always look forward to a white Christmas too especially as some of them live in areas that get no snow.  So as I was mulling over what to make for this hop I decided to make a snowy scene with the "home for Christmas" sentiment.
I used the Sleigh Ride Egdelits to cut the top of three strips of Whisper White cardstock, rolled them into tubes nesting one inside the other and put them in a purchased snow globe.  I embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder, attached it to the base and added a line of 1/8" gold ribbon at the top.  This pretty shiny gold ribbon perfectly matches the shine of the gold embossing giving a touch of elegance to this simple project.

Thank you so for stopping by.  Please click on the links below to continue on with the hop.  The crew has done a wonderful job with this lovely festive little stamp set.

This way to Mike's blog!  

This way to Rochelle's blog!

Stamps: Jingle All the Way
Paper: Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Versamark
Big Shot: Sleigh Ride Edgelits
Accessories:  Gold Embossing Powder, 1/8" Gold Ribbon
Non-SU!:  Make It Christmas brand snow globe (purchased at Hobby Lobby)

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Happy Scenes Edition

Welcome to the latest edition of the Stamp Review Crew's Blog Hop!  This time we are showing off the Happy Scenes stamp set.  For our hops Crew members always have their blogs linked so you can return at any time.  You can also see the complete blog roll on the our Stamp Review Crew Website.

Halloween Peeps are all rage.  They are cute on their own but even cuter when incorporated into a hand-stamped display.
This little ghosty sits on top of a box made with the Gift Box Punch Board.  He is a bit top heavy so I filled the box with Candy Corn.  (Just makes it even more yummy!)
 Here is a closer look at the box and tag.
For the tombstones I made a simple pocket and added the decorated label at the back.
Here are a few tips for re-creating these:
  • For the Peeps Ghost- For the box use a 6" X 6" inch piece of Designer Series Paper and follow the directions for the first box listed on the Gift Box Punch Board instructions.
  • Stamp the spider web, then fold the box on the scorelines.  Note where the tabs cross and use the 1/8" Hole Punch to make an opening for lollipop stick.  This took a little bit of trial and error at first.  
  • Candy Corn in the box gives it weight and helps the stick to remain upright.
  • The tag framelit is from the Curvy Keepsake Box Framelit set.  Stamp the Boo first,  add the Washi tape then run it through the Big Shot.  
  • Use the tip of our Paper Snips to make a small hole in the center of a Spider Web Doily before sliding it onto the lollipop stick.

  • For the Peeps Tombstones- Cut a piece of DSP 4" X 5-1/4".  On the 4" side, score at 5/8" and 1-1/4".  Fold on scorelines and use pieces of Washi Tape at the sides to form a pocket.
  • Stamp and color the image.  Glue sections of a Spider Web Doily at the sides.  Cut with largest Deco Label Framelit.  Adhere to the back of the pocket.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please click on the buttons below to see more ideas.  The Next Blog button will take you around the world to Jessica's cute creations and the Previous Blog button will let you hop to on over to Linda's lovely work.

Stamps: Happy Scenes
Paper: Whisper White cardstock, Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink: Basic Black
Big Shot: Deco Labels Collection Framelits, Curvy Keepsake Box Framelits
Accessories: Spider Web Doilies, Happy Haunting Designer Washi Tape, Tangerine Twist Stampin' Up Marker, Linen Thread
Tools: Gift Box Punch Board, Simply Score Board, 1/8' Hole Punch
Non-SU!:  Peeps Marshmallow Ghosts,  Peeps Marshmallow Tombstones, 6 inch lollipop sticks, Candy Corn

Friday, September 25, 2015

Stampin' Addict Blog Hop: Holiday Catalog Winter Edition

Welcome to Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday Blog Hop!   This hop is focusing on the wintery products in the Stamping' Up 2015 Holiday Catalog.   I tell you it was hard to pick which stamps to buy this time.  There are so many many wonderful ones as you will see as you hop along.

My little ensemble uses the Jingle All the Way stamp set and the coordinating Sleigh Ride Edgelits.
Different shaped cards are always fun.   This one is easy to do!  
To make it:  Score and fold a 4-1/4" X 11" piece of cardstock in half.  Open it flat and place it on a Big Shot Magnetic Plate.  Place the left end of the Edgelit so it just touches the scoreline and run it through the Big Shot.  Cut on the scoreline to trim away the upper portion of the card front.
I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to align the words with the curve and added a Baker's Twine bow.

I also used the Edgelits to add a layer to the front of two Curvy Keepsake Boxes made with Home For Christmas Designer Series Paper.  The designs of the Home For Christmas paper make a pretty background for the miniature scenes.
Then of course the boxes needed to be filled!  The little stamped images are just the right size to fit on the bottom of Hershey Kisses.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please click on the buttons below to see more wonderful winter projects!
This way to Tanya's wonderful
Winter Wishes projects

This was to Twila's  terrific
Happy Scenes projects
Stamps: Jingle All the Way
Paper: Home For Christmas Designer Series Paper, Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Pool Party, Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow
Big Shot: Sleigh Ride Edgleits, Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits
Punches: 3/4 Circle
Accessories: Early Espresso Seam Binding, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Crazy About You

Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Crazy About You edition!  Fun stuff awaits at every stop!!

Remember making torn paper collages in grade school?  There was something so satisfying  about tearing, arranging and pasting bits of colorful paper.   Working on this had that same feel.  Perhaps in part because this was one of those projects that I was not sure where or what I was creating at the start.  One thing just led to another!
I started with the collage piece.  Tearing, scrunching and glueing bits of Cotton Paper on a base of card stock.  Next I covered this with a piece of acetate Window Sheet, stamped it and added the diecut.
After mounting the collage on a black base I added Cotton Paper flowers 
and Washi Tape doubled on itself to make faux ribbon for the handle and the banners on the bottom. 

A couple of tips for recreating:
  • Spread a thin layer of Crystal Effects on the Window Sheet before sandwiching the tissue.  The Crystal Effects dries perfectly clear.
  • Use Staz-On Ink to stamp on the acetate.  
  • Seven layers of Cotton Paper makes a nice full flower.  Lay the Cotton Paper on a piece of plain typing paper and punch through both pieces.  Makes punching the Cotton Paper so easy!
  • For the bottom banners cut a piece of Washi Tape twice the length of the your desired finished banner.  Stick the tape to the bottom front of the project, then fold it on itself finishing with a bit stuck to the back of the project.  Then use a sharp scissors to snip some of the banners on an angle and notch a few others.

Thanks a bundle for stopping by!  Please continue on with the hop by clicking on the buttons below.

This way to Nikki's blog!

This way to Yapha's blog!
Stamps:  Crazy About You
Paper:  Basic Black and Cucumber Crush  cardstock,  Cotton Paper Assortment
Ink: Staz-On Jet Black, Cucumber Crush Classic
Big Shot:  Hello You Thinlits
Punches: 1-1/4" and 1-3/4" Scallop Circle
Accessories: Cherry On Top Washi Tape

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Watercolor Wings

Welcome to the newest edition of the  Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop.    Watercolor Wings is our featured stamp set for this round.  With every new catalog there is usually one stamp set that really stands out to me as a favorite and Watercolor Wings was it for me this time.  If it is not already one of your favorites I am sure it will be after you see the projects the Crew have created!

My card this time has a Clean & Simple front
with a surprise pop-up on the inside.

I am rather excited about the pop-up mechanism.  It is super simple!  I enjoy figuring out alternative ways to use products-especially dies and framelits.  I often think I am more logical than artistic when it comes to crafting.  My background is science and math...can you tell?  :)

Here is a side view of the pop-up.
I did make video for this card as it is easier to demonstrate than explain.  This is only my third video and it has been so long since my last one that I completely forgot how the editing software works!  I fumbled my way through so please excuse all the flubs.

Thanks for joining us today!  Please click on the links below to see more wonderful Watercolor Wings creations!

This way to Dawn Tidd's blog

This way to Mike Funke's blog
Stamps: Watercolor Wings Photopolymer
Cardstock:  card base: Whisper White Thick Cardstock 5-1/2" X 8", scored at 4-1/4"
                   front layer: Whisper White Cardstock 4" X 5-1/4"
                   scraps: Whisper White, Blushing Bride
Ink: Classic Ink-Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride, Wisteria Wonder   Blackberry Bliss Stampin' Write Marker
Framelits:  Cutie Pie, Bold Butterfly
Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig
Accessories: White 5/8" Organza Ribbon

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Sprinkles of Life

Welcome to another Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop!  Every first and third Monday crew members share creations using a selected stamp set.  This time we are using the super popular Sprinkles of Life set.

Sprinkles of Life has images for lots of occasions (birthday, friendship, thanks) and most of the seasons as well (spring, summer and fall).  There are no specific wintery type images so I thought it might be fun to see if I could come with a way to use it for that season as well.
This little snow gal has a hat made with the upside down ice cream cone,  tree branches for arms, a raindrop for her carrot nose, and flowery buttons (ok that may be a bit of stretch for winter but I thought they were cute!).  The rays of the sun are the candle stamp!  The little birdie and the sentiment are all from this set too.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please click on the links below to continue on for tons more inspiration.

This way to Rochelle's sweet ideas:

Or this way to Tanya's adorable project:
Stamps:  Sprinkles of Life
Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White and Watermelon Wonder cardstock, Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Basic Gray, Watermelon Wonder,  and Pumpkin Pie Markers
Punches: Hearts Border, 1-1/4" Circle, 1-3/8" Circle, 1-3/4" Circle
Accessories: Brights Candy Dots, Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Treat Bag Framelit Triangle Box

Stampin' Up has a challenge for demonstrators this month to use at least two punches on a project.   This is what I came up with - a triangle box made with the Mini Treat Bag Framelits.
The pink heart of the focal design is punched with the Sweetheart Punch.  The larger taupe heart behind the pink one is die cut with one of the framelits that comes with the Mini Treat Bag.  Love all the extra framelit bits and pieces included with this set!  I used the Hearts Border Punch for the strip at the top but there is a similar piece that comes with the Mini Treat Bag Framelits as well.  Either would work for this project!
The triangle box is easy peasy!  Here is how to make it:
1.  Diecut three pieces of card stock with the largest Mini Treat Bag Framelit.
2.  Angle cut the tab as shown.  (You don't need to be exact.  These get folded under and will not be seen.)
3.  Place Tear Tape or Fast Fuse Adhesive on the skinny tab (the one on the left in this picture)  Adhere the three diecuts end-to-end and then join into a triangle.
4.  Fold in the bottom flaps and adhere to form the box bottom.  

Cardstock: Basic Black, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder
Designer Series Paper: Go Wild DSP Stack
Punches:  Sweetheart Heart, Hearts Border
Big Shot: Mini Treat Bag Framelits
Accessories: Neutral 5/8" Chevron Ribbon

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Petite Petals

The Stamp Review Crew is group of demonstrators that host blog hops where we each create a project or projects using the same stamp set.  It is always a delight to see the wide range of possibilities from a single set.  I especially love it when the one chosen for us to review is kind of a quiet little set that does not draw attention to itself.  These are easy to overlook when browsing through the catalogs.  Today's set is one of these unobtrusive little sets.

Petite Petals has six little flowers each with a different style from realistic to watercolor, ornate to country.  And there is a bundle with a coordinating punch so the possibilities just keep growing!

I chose the realistic stamp to make a wedding card with Whisper White cardstock and Soft Suede ink.
The flowers are so delicate.
For the sentiment I used the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  In my opinion this is another hidden gem in the catalog.  I have had this set for a long time but it still one that I go to all time-- a sentiment for every occasion.  
I played around with several ideas for the shape of the card base until I came up with one that seemed  just right.   The scoreboard is helpful for angling the card front.
I am including the instructions if you are interested.  If not please scroll to the bottom of the post to find the buttons to continue on with hop to see all the ideas the Crew has in store!

1.  Cut a 8" X 8-1/2" piece of card stock.  Score the 8" side at 4".  Fold the card in half.
2.  Place the folded card on the Magnetic Platform with the largest smooth Circle Framelit positioned as shown.  
 3.  Run it through the Big Shot only until the circle is halfway through.  Stop and back up.  This cuts just the top of of the circle.  Your card now looks like this:
 4.  Open the card and lay it on the Scoreboard with the Diagonal plate in the place.  Place the tip of the stylus at the edge of the curve and score the diagonal line.
5.  Cut on the diagonal line.  Here is the resulting card base.  You can score a grid on the front or leave it plain.  
Have fun!  I would love to see your ideas with this fun card shape!

Thanks for hopping with the Stamp Review Crew!

Next for Tanya's sweet projects:

Previous for Mike's bold and bright eye-catcher:
Cardstock: Whisper White
Stamps: Petite Petals, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Soft Suede
Punches:  Petite Petals
Framelits:  Circles Collection, Deco Labels
Tools:  Simply Scoreboard,  Diagonal Plate
Accessories: Basic Pearls