Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Santa Paws Birthday Card

There are quite a few stamp sets with cats in the new catalog and of course most of them found there way onto my preorder.  The Santa Paws set will be so fun for Christmas projects but I wanted to see if it could be used for non-Christmas things as well.   I came up with this Birthday card.  The bright colors did the trick I think.

Also I wanted to use the Merry Music Speciality Designer Series Paper to go with the singing cats but it looks very Christmassy or at least wintery.  After looking at all the designs I chose one piece that has some snowflakes sprinkled about.   
I discovered I could hide the snowflakes under circles of cardstock.  The remaining designs look more like retro starbursts than snowflakes so that worked out great.

The Black and White Ribbon is new as well and really goes well with the primary colors.  

Stamps:  Santa Paws, Confetti Celebrations
Paper:  Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper, Real Red, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Basic Black Archival Ink
Markers: Real Red, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Basic Gray, Going Gray and Crumb Cake
Big Shot:  Layering Circles Framelits
Punches: 1/4' Circle, 1/2" Circle
Accessories:  7/8" Basic Black Striped Ribbon, Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, August 25, 2017

Inky Friends: Suite Designs Blog Hop

Welcome!  Our Inky Friends group has a unique blog hop prepared for you!  We are highlighting the many beautiful suites of products in the Stampin' Up Annual Catalog.  

I chose the Wood Textures Suite which has the awesome stamp set Wood Words (one of my favorites in the whole catalog),  a super framelit set that makes a wood crate,  wood grain DSP and really cool copper trim.

For todays projects I am switching the wood grain paper with the seasonal Spooky Night DSP to make a Halloween set.  All of these projects would be really cute with the Wood Textures paper too! Hmm... I may need to make another set of these:)

First I made a test tube treat holder with the Wood Crate Framelits.  I made two inserts to fit inside the crate to hold the test tubes in place.  The inserts are two crates cut off at the first rung.  I punched holes in the bottom before assembling them.  Both are turned upside down and fit inside. One sits at the bottom of the crate and one near the top to hold the tubes upright.
The image from Wood Words is embossed on the front before assembling

Next is a little treat box that holds one Hershey Nugget.  I made a tiny box by scoring a 2" x 2-1/2" piece of cardstock 1/2" from each side.  Then I adhered the "ends" of the crate diecut to the sides. I thought the "Fresh Treats" sentiment from the Wood Words set was cute with the potion bottle punched from the DSP.
Pull the front and back together with Copper Trim

This is a treat topper to fit on top of a 2" wide cello bag for Halloween treats.  The Copper Trim is pretty cool when pulled apart.  It creates a spider web look and holds it shape really well.
The moon is copper embossed.  

Last but certainly not least--a kitty card!  It is a super simple card using the Spooky Night paper and the sentiment from Wood Words. 
A kitty for Kittystamp!

Thanks for hopping with Inky Friends!  Please click on the links below to see more sweet suite projects!

To Sara's Just Add Color projects

To Cindy's Color Theory projects 

Stamps:  Wood Words
Paper:  Basic Black and Thick Very Vanilla cardstock.  Spooky Night Designer Series Paper
Ink: Basic Black Archival Ink, Versamark
Big Shot: Wood Crate Framelits
Punch: 3/4" Circle, Cat Punch
Accessories:  1/4" Copper Trim, Copper Embossing Powder, Treat Tubes, Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Window Shopping Edition

Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the cute stamp set Window Shopping. Our international crew has some really fun stuff to show you!!  (You can click on the banner below for a full list of members and more info.)
One of my delights in stamping and crafting is making gifts for others and especially creating coordinating gift sets.   When I recently finished a couple of potholders one of which looks like bacon and eggs I thought it needed some coffee to go with it.   But since this present will be mailed it is a little hard to include a cup of coffee.  So... I made a coffee-themed card.
The Window Shopping set had the PERFECT dotted background stamp to go with the dotted fabric of my potholders.
Isn't that just the best match?  Stampin' Up's products are right on-trend and coordinate so well with other industries.

Oh and I used a Stampin' Up product to make my potholders too.
The bacon and eggs potholder is a chenille method which requires multiple layers of fabric that is stitched down and then cut open.  I hand cut all the eggs whites which was not bad but the idea of hand cutting all the egg yolks did not sound like fun.   So I used the Layering Circles Framelits to cut them!   I could only cut one layer of fabric at a time but hey it was a whole lot faster and more accurate than I could do by hand for sure!

And speaking of time savings here is a tip for stamping the Happy Birthday.
The stamp has the two words together but I separated them on the card.
You could selectively ink up each word and stamp them but to save time I hid the extra words behind the dotted layer.  To do this I first stamped the dotted layer (I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the dots).  Then before adhering that layer down I made a pencil line where it would be and stamped Happy Birthday twice, once with the "Happy" above the line on the left and the "Birthday" below the line on the right.  When the dotted layer was in place the extra words were covered up!

Another little detail is that the tiny heart topper on the coffee cup is Bermuda Bay cardstock colored with a Bermuda Bay marker to give the same coloration as the tone-on-tone stamping of the dots.

Here is the complete set!  This card could be done in any color scheme to match whatever gift you have.
Thanks for stopping by!  To continue to hop along click on the buttons below.   I am in between two sweet friends named Holly this time so either way you hop you will see wonderful projects by Holly:)

Card Supplies:
Stamps:  Window Shopping, Coffee Cafe'
Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Cajun Craze and Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Bermuda Bay Classic Ink, Bermuda Bay and Cajun Craze Stampin' Write Markers, Basic Black Archival Ink
Big Shot:  Coffee Cups Framelits
Punch: Mini Heart (retired)
Accessories:  3/8" Bermuda Bay Chevron Ribbon, Corrugated Elements, Stampin' Dimensionals
Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig

Bacon and Eggs Potholder:
Pattern:  Simple, Fun & Quickly Done by Terry Atkinson
Fabric: Polka Dot:  Basic Mixologie by Studio M for Moda    Solids:  White, Rust, Turquoise and Yellow Kona Solids
Big Shot:  Layering Circles Framelits (third smallest circle)

Diamond Point Block Potholder:
Fabric:  Polka Dot:  Basic Mixologie by Studio M for Moda    Solids:  White, Rust, Turquoise and Yellow Kona Solids
Accuquilt Dies: Half Square Triangle 2" finished (55316), 4" Quarter Triangle (value die-55018), Chisel  2" X 4" finished (55734)