Friday, June 24, 2016

Stampin' Addicts 2016 New Catalog Blog Hop

Yay!!  It is time for the New Catalog Blog Hop!   We each picked a favorite set to use and I went straight for the kitties.  As you can tell from the name of my blog I am partial to kitty cats and have had many many furry friends over the years.  Growing up on a farm we always had plenty of cats and kittens (and very few mice!)   Practically every childhood picture of me has a cat or two (or more) in it.
Our current "kitten" is a 23 pound pure white Norwegian Forest cat.   He is very playful... always popping up when you least expect it.  He has to be a part of everything.
Soft watercolors and hand-trimmed chevron paper
He gets into all sorts of trouble.  (He is a menace in my craft room!)
Baker's twine wrapped randomly around notched oval layer
He loves to sit on a lap.  (But he is so big he does not fit well!)
Lightly watercolored with Smoky Slate reinker
He is very vocal.   (Especially if he thinks you are not paying enough attention to him!)
Hand trimmed along lines of banner pattern.  
Kitty watercolored and popped up on dimensionals.
He is super friendly and bold.  (He has to greet everyone that comes to our house.  He particularly seems to love repairmen... he is right there checking out the dishwasher or the fireplace or whatever is being looked at.)
Just watercolored and mounted on patterned paper.
Kept it simple to highlight the soft watercolors.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Please click on the links below to check out fellow "addicts" favorite new catalog picks.

This way to Rhonda's Blog!

This way to Yapha's Blog!
Stamps:  Pretty Kitty
Paper:  Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate and Whisper White Card Stock,  A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink:  Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate and Pear Pizzaz reinkers,  Blushing Bride marker,  Basic Black Archival Ink
Accessories:  1/8" Smoky Slate Stitched Ribbon, Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals 
Punches:  Bitty Butterfly
Big Shot: Layering Ovals Framelits

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Stamp Review Crew: Flower Shop Edition

Welcome to the latest Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop!  This session we are reviewing the Flower Shop stamp set.  This one has been around a while (an oldie but goodie).  The Review Crew loves to dust off a set and come up with fresh new ideas!

When a new catalog comes out I always flip to the back and check out the Big Shot accessories.  Happy happy times when there are new Framelits especially for boxes and bags.  This time we have a super cute Popcorn Box Die.  I could not wait to make something with it.
I designed an easel card that folds flat for mailing.  (If you are putting it in a regular size envelope pay attention to the height of the flower arrangement.  Mine turned out to be just a tad too tall.  I will have to make a pretty matching envelope with the Punch Board!)
The vase and pull-out insert are made with the Popcorn Box Framelit.  
The many styles of flowers in the Flower Shop set give lots of options for different looks.  The first card is more realistic and second is more artsy.  I thought the pink smudgy abstract design of the Blooms and Bliss DSP looked like handblown glass and the textured flowers were a good contrast.

I did a video tutorial if anyone is interested in recreating this:

To continue with the Blog Hop please click on the buttons below.   Lots of great ideas for the Flower Shop set await!

This way to Kelly's Blog!

And this is the way to Nikki's Blog!


Stamps:  Flower Shop, Ready to Pop
Paper: Whisper White,  Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Night of Navy Classic Ink
Punches:  Pansy, 2-1/2 Inch Circle
Accessories:  Night of Navy Thick Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombo Adhesive
Big Shot:  Popcorn Box Thinlit 

Stamps:  Flower Shop, Ready to Pop
Paper: Whisper White,  Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink
Punches:  Pansy, 2-1/2 Inch Circle,  1 Inch Circle
Accessories:  Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombo Adhesive
Big Shot:  Popcorn Box Thinlit 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Places You'll Go Grad Card

Oh, the places you will go!   What a great sentiment for a graduation card.  
The globe is stamped, cut out and then lightly washed with very dilute Island Indigo and Wild Wasabi reinker.  I used the new Foam Adhesive Strips and Stampin' Dimensionals to give this some depth.  The globe is curved-- hard to see in the picture!

Stamps: Places You'll Go
Paper:  A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack,  Smoky Slate, Soft Sky and Whisper White Cardstock 
Ink:  Basic Black Archival,  Island Indigo and Wild Wasabi Reinkers
Accessories:  Stars Framelits, Foam Adhesive Strips,  Stampin' Dimensionals