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

Friday, September 14, 2018

2018 Holiday Showcase Blog Hop

Welcome to the Inky Friends blog hop!  We have a great line up showcasing new stamps and products from the brand new Stampin' Up Holiday catalog.

I am so happy to have had a chance to stamp a few cards with the adorable line art set Trick or Tweet.

Instead of using DSP, I made my own with the great background stamp Buffalo Check.  I applied an oval mask over the stamped images before stamping the background.

Of course if there is a kitty stamp you know I have to have it!

Each card is a single layer with the exception of the tiny cut out pumpkin.  I know it is probably silly but one product that I am delighted to have is the itty bitty Mini Stampin' Dimensionals! They are the best thing to be able to add a little extra to a card by elevating a tiny image.  The new colors of the Stampin' Blends so fun too!  Blackberry Bliss is definitely my favorite... such a rich deep purple!

On this last card I did a little extra sponging of some additional inks on the background.   I started with Crushed Curry, then added some Pumpkin Pie and Blackberry Bliss.

Thank you for hopping along with My Inky Friends today!   Please click on the buttons below to continue on your merry way!

This way to Paula's cute creations!

This way to Sharleen's pretty projects!!
Stamps: Trick or Tweet, Buffalo Check
Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock
Ink:  Blackberry Bliss, Pumpkin Pie, Call Me Clover and Crushed Curry Classic Ink,  Momento Black Archival
Stampin' Blends:  Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Soft Suede, Ivory
Accessories: Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
Non- SU:  Post-It note masking paper

Friday, August 10, 2018

Suite Designs Blog Hop

Welcome to the Inky Friends Suite Designs Blog hop!  We have a quick little hop for you showcasing some of the pretty coordinated suites from the annual Stampin' Up catalog.    Inky Friends also hosts design challenges.  Click on the banner below to go our website where we have a complete list of designers and challenges.

Both Yahpa and I are showing off the super cute Animal Expedition suite.  It is so cute that we are doubling the fun on this one!   

With school just around the corner I chose to make a little back-to-school combo.
The animals are just waiting to be colored with new back-to-school  crayons!
A small composition notebook inked with tropical shades from the In-Color collection.
Corner bookmarks made from Stampin' Up Medium Envelopes.
2" x 8" cello bags filled with yummy tropical dried fruit.
(Each project is simple to do...  if you would like step-by-step how-to's scroll to the bottom of the post for pictures and directions. )

To continue hopping and to see more Suite Designs please click on the buttons below:  

This way to Rhonda's Delightfully Detailed projects.

This way to Yapha's fun Animal Expedition projects.
Stamps: Animal Expeditons
Paper:  Whisper White Cardstock
Ink:  Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove and Call Me Clover Classic Ink Refills,  Un-inked Stampin' Spots, Black Archival Ink
Accessories: Medium Whisper White Envelopes, 2" X 8" Cello Bags
Big Shot:   Animal Friends Thinlits
Non- SU:  Post-It note paper

To make the notebook cover:
1.  Cut the paper 1/2 inch smaller than the cover of the notebook.  Round two of the corners with a scissors.  (The notebook I used was 5" X 7".  The paper was cut 4-1/2" X 6-1/2".)

2.  Stamp animals in Basic Black Archival Ink.

3.  Use the coordinating Animal Friends Thinlits to cut masks from Post-it note paper.  Cover the stamped animals with the masks.

4.  Using Classic Ink Refills (Call Me Clover,  Grapefruit Grove and Pineapple Punch)  add ink to Un-inked Stampin' Spots.

5.  Stamp randomly on the paper using the Call Me Clover Stampin' Spot.

6.  Stamp in between with Grapefruit Grove.

7.  Fill in the remaining area with Pineapple Punch.

8.  Remove the masks and the animals reappear!

To make the bookmarks:
1.  Cut the bottom two corners of a medium envelope on 45 degree angles using a Stampin' Trimmer.

2.  Adhere animals that have been stamped and cut with the matching thinlits.

To make the ombre treat topper:
1.  Ink the "Wild about you" stamp with the Pineapple Punch Stampin' Spot.
2.  Touch a few areas with the Grapefruit Grove Stampin' Spot.
3.  Add tiny touches of Call Me Clover ink.  (A little goes a long way!)
4.  Stamp in center of a 2" X 2-1/2" piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Stamp around the edges with the Stampin' Spots.


Friday, July 13, 2018

Carnival of Colors Blog Hop

Welcome to the Carnival of Colors Blog Hop presented by My Inky Friends!  We have a rainbow of projects that are just so fun!   

Stampin' Up has recently released a whole new set of colors both in the core color collection and in the In-color collection.  There are so many to chose from it hard to know which to play with first.  It is like going to an amusement park and trying to decide which attraction to ride.   You know you will eventually go on them all but you have pick just one to start with.     Luckily our carnival includes lots of colors and since we have our blogs linked in a circle you don't have to choose... you can just jump in anywhere!

Petal Pink is the lovely color for my carnival attraction.   I think it is tends toward a light salmon color... quite different from a true pink.  The tranquility of the color made me think of the Artfully Folded stamp set.  

I used a fold idea from one of the very first card classes I attended when I was beginning to explore stamping as inspiration.  (I still have the card.  Seems like a long time ago... there have been a lot of cards made since then :)

It is a little different style in that the Petal Pink background is a quarter sheet of cardstock and the Very Vanilla layer is the hinged part for writing on.   (Measurements are 4-3/4" X 7", scored at 3-1/2")   My photos are not up to par for this post as my camera is acting up.  I used my phone and the Very Vanilla looks white.  The actual ones look more muted.

Both of these cards are done with stamping only-- no Designer Series Paper.  I had planned to add some Petal Pink sequins and other embellishments to these but ended up liking the simplicity of them just as is.  

Well it is time to hop on to next color attraction!  Holly has used the beautiful Balmy Blue for a sweet baby card and Rhonda has the dreamy Soft Sea Foam in her delicate projects.

This way to Holly's Blog

This way to Rhonda's Blog

Supplies used:
Stamps: Artfully Folded (hostess)
Paper:  Petal Pink, Granite Gray , and Very Vanilla Cardstock
Ink:  Basic Gray and Petal Pink Classic Ink, Petal Pink Stampin' Marker
Accessories: Gray Granite 1/2" Textured Weave  Ribbon, 
Big Shot:   Stitched Shaped Framelits
Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Board