Friday, August 29, 2014

Stampin' Addicts 2014 Fall Holiday Blog Hop: Four Feathers
Can you believe that the summer is almost over?! It is time to think about crisp fall weather and all of the fun activities and crafts that go along with it, and the Stampin' Addicts are at it again with a preview of the Holiday Mini! We are just featuring the Fall holidays in this hop and will do the winter holidays later :)
If you are following along in order, then you just arrived from Tina's blog where she featured the Color Me Autumn DSP. So pretty, right! And if you get lost, simply go the Stampin' Addicts chat thread for this hop to get back on track, or just to chat!

My first project is a birthday card using the Four Feathers bundle. I used the Skinny Mini Alpha stamps to make the "BIRTHDAY" and the "happy" is from Endless Wishes.
  • Stamps: Four Feathers, Endless Wishes, Skinny Mini Alphabet
  • Ink: Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate, Tangelo Twist, Momento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Whisper White, Tangelo Twist, Smoky Slate
  • Other: Big Shot with Four Feathers framelits and Chevrons embossing folder, Signo white gel pen, dimensionals
I stamped some more feathers inside the card also to finish it off.

Next up is a hamburger box treat box. I simply stamped the box before assembly.
  • Stamps: Four Feathers, Countless Sayings
  • Ink: Soft Sky, Smoky Slate
  • Paper: Soft Sky
  • Big Shot with Hamburger Box die

My last project are these cute little thank you cards. I made them in 2 sizes, 3x3 and 2½x2½ to use all the scraps from the 8½x11 paper I cut them from. First I brushed some color onto a piece of watercolor paper with an Aquapainter and the coordinating ink color. I let that dry and then I stamped the feathers in Smokey Slate and the "thanks" in Black.
  • Stamps: Four Feathers, Another Thank You
  • ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, Hello Honey, Smoky Slate, Momento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, Hello Honey, Watercolor
  • Other: Aquapainter
Here are the Hello Honey versions.

And the Strawberry Slush  versions. I really love how these turned out!

Now it is time to go check out what Paula is doing with Freaky Friends, I can't wait to see :)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Stamp Review Crew: Daydream Medallions Edition

Wow, summer is nearly over. We still have a little more time for "daydreaming" though :) This edition of the Stamp Review Crew is featuring a fun collection of fancy circles that just so happen to coordinate with the Floral framelits. Now, we pick out our set months in advance, so it is just a coincidence that there is a Big Shot Bundle special going on right now. But, isn't it convenient!

As always, you can find the blog roll on the StampReviewCrew blog and that the links always take you directly to the posts you are looking for. If you have missed any of our hops, you can go back and hop through them at any time!

If you are following along in order, then you just left Lisa Young's blog-isn't she amazing?! I am stop #8, and I am typing this when I am supposed to be packing stuff up for our vacation trip to a lakeside cabin! Yes, I am a procrastinator!

Here is my idea. I embossed the Crumb Cake panel with the new Polka Dot embossing folder, then stamped each raised polka with the smallest medallion. Then, I wanted a really big "hello" so I pulled out my Epic Alphabet set. Being able to see through the stamps makes it a breeze to spell things out and have them line up! LOVE that! I used the Fringe scissor to give it a little jazz.
  • Stamps: Daydream Medallions, Epic Alphabet
  • Ink: Early Espresso, Old Olive, Tangelo Twist, Coastal Cabana
  • Paper: White, Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, Tangelo Twist
  • Other: Big Shot with Polka Dot embossing folder and Ovals framelits, Project Life Corner Rounder punch, Fringe Scissors, Occasions Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercer and Mat, Signo white gel pen, dimensionals
 Inside, stamped more medallions along the bottom of the card.

And hopefully on this picture you can see the embossing!

Now it is time to go see what Paula has in store for us!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Stamp Review Crew: Flower Patch Edition
We are back with the other half of the projects we made for our display board at convention, plus a few that just did not fit on the board :) We don't usually feature any brand new stamp sets, so this is a special occasion.
And remember, you can always find the blog roll on the StampReviewCrew blog and that the links always take you directly to the posts you are looking for. If you have missed any of our hops, you can go back and hop through them at any time!
 If you are following the blog in order, then you just arrived from Kerry Willard Bray's blog, love her stuff! Or maybe you came from Wendy Weixler's blog? She is a late addition to the hop and there may be a slight glitch in the blog roll this morning :) And I have a few projects to share myself!

This is page one of a two page layout. I wanted a layout with the "headshots" of all of our members on the board. You will notice there are a few "not pictured" names. I had to have a signed photography release form for each of the people pictured in order to use it on the display board.

And this is page two! I love seeing all of those wonderful faces together, don't you?! Now I just can't wait for the opportunity to meet them all in person :) I already know several of them personally, but not all.
  • Stamps: Flower Patch, Back to Basics Alphabet, Epic Alphabet, Skinny Mini Alphabet
  • Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Silver Encore
  • Paper: Sahara Sand, Naturals White, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist
  • Other: MDS Word Bubble punch and e-cutter, Big Shot with Flower Fair framelits, Burlap and Natural Chevron ribbons, Signo white gel pen,Silver Dazzle and Chalk Stampin' marker, dimensionals

How about a quick and easy card. This is another of those cards that popped into my head and into a card in 10 minutes! I really love it when that happens :) This one made it on the display board too.
  • Stamps: Flower Patch
  • Ink: Hello Honey,  Lost Lagoon, Early Espresso
  • Paper: Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White
  • Other: Signo white gel pen, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, dimensionals, sewing machine and thread
The next bunch of projects did not get done in time for the display board, but I was on a roll with this set! I know that I have made these little treat/gift bags before, but they bear repeating. This is a lunch sack folded with the edges adhered to create a front pocket with a bag. First I stamped the sentiment with the borders. Then I masked it off and stamped a variety of flowers, then I added a few Crushed Curry embossed flower centers. I am so excited about this embossing powder, by the way! I have wanted a vibrant yellow embossing powder for a long time :) Actually, this is the second one I made. The first one I made, I dropped an inked up stamp on and ruined it.... oops!

Here is a side view, so you can see the bag part filled, and the fact that an A4 card will fit in the front pocket. This is the third bag I made, and I added a couple other details to this one.

I added some retired Ruffled ribbon and Sweater trim as a handle, and a white strip for the sentiment. This one has a different combo of flowers, which I think I like better.
  • Stamps: Flower Patch, Borderettes
  • Ink: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Mossy Meadow, Versamark
  • Paper: Whisper White, brown lunch sack
  • Other: Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Crushed Curry embossing powder, Pistachio Pudding Ruffled Stretch ribbon and White Sweater Trim
I know, this post is getting really long. Hang in there, this is the last project. I love the fun feel of this card! Chevrons are still very popular, and a little ombre effect to go with it.
  • Stamps: Flower Patch, Work of Art
  • Ink: Wild Wasabi, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Early Espresso
  • Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe, Naturals White, Whisper White
  • Other: Big Shot with Flower Flair framelits, Dazzling Details, dimensionals, Signo white gel pen, Wild Wasabi stitched ribbon (retired), sewing machine and thread
 Inside, I added more leaves and a diecut flower to cover up a goofed stamped flower. Sometimes I can fix up a goof :)

I should explain all of the retired ribbon usage. I recently found an amazing buffet at Goodwill that I am now using in my craft room. One of the great things about this buffet is all of the fabulous storage it has. This thing is huge! I will have to show it to you all sometime. I put all of my ribbon in one of the drawers. It is a big drawer, about 3' long and 1½" deep, and it is plump full. In fact, there were 4 rolls and 2 cards of ribbon I just could not get to fit into that drawer. And I now realize that I don't need any more ribbon, at least until I use a bunch of it up! No more hoarding! And then there are the embellishments, and retired stamp sets that I no longer use... anybody want to come do a craft room purge with me?   ;)

Ok, now it is time to head over to the next stop, Nancy Smith!
or maybe

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Stamp Review Crew: Lovely as a Tree Edition
Welcome! This is a pretty exciting hop for all of us, as we are hoping to see a lot of new visitors. We got to be part of convention in a very special way, we were picked to do a display board! So we chose to feature 2 stamps sets, a new one, and an old but current favorite. How could we not pick Lovely as a Tree?! It has been a consistent favorite since its release in 2001!

If you are following along in order, then you just arrived from Wendy Weixler's blog where she really rocked this set! Don't worry, if you get lost, just pop over to the Stamp Review Crew blog to see the full blog roll and get reoriented. You can also check out all of our past blog hops. The links will always take you directly to the posts you are looking for so you can enjoy every hop anytime!

This is the card I sent to convention for our very own Display Board, how exciting is that! I stamped the tree in Momento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored it using the new Blendabilities markers in Old Olive and the Skin Tones colors. Imagine it colored for fall!
  • Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Something to Say
  • Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Old Olive, Bronze, and Mocha Blendas
  • Paper: Raspberry Ripple, Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss Moonlight DSP paper stack
  • Other: Burlap ribbon, Candy Dots, dimensionals, sewing machine and thread

How about a little closer view of the coloring that I did. It was sooo easy! For the leaves and grass, I started with the darkest tone and then the middle, then the lightest. For the trunk, I started with the Bronze (lighter), then added the Mocha accents.
As you can see, I also trimmed the finished side edges off the burlap ribbon and frayed all 4 edges.
While we only sent card fronts to convention for the Display Board, I made my own copy of this card and lined the inside with white cardstock to write on. I also added the top of the tree and colored it. :)

Next up to inspire you is Paula Wright, and I know she will not disappoint!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Stamp Review Crew: Summer Silhouettes Edition
Welcome to this edition of the Stamp Review Crew! If this is your first time, then hey! We are so glad you found us! If you have been hopping with us for a while, so glad to see you back :) This dedicated group of demonstrators hosts a blog hop the first and third Mondays of every month and we all use the same stamp set to show you a variety of ways to use it. The blog hop is always set up in a loop, and the links will always take you straight to the link you are looking for. If you get lost, or would like to see the hops you have missed, you can find it all on the Stamp Review Crew blog. This time, we are featuring Summer Silhouettes. If you are following along in order, you just arrived from Cindy Beach's blog. Woo-hoo, that girl can stamp!
We are in full summer swing right now and it seemed like a good time to pull out a floral set :) There is a nice variety of floral images to work with in this set, and I bet that we will find a way to sneak some masculine stuff in even!

I went a little crazy creating my own DSP on this card, but I think it pulls together nicely. First I stamped the branch of leaves image all over the card base in Whisper White and added little gold berries with the Gold Stampin' Dazzle marker that is available again in the main catalog! I was regretting not buying it when it was in the Holiday Mini.  I stamped the lattice motif repeatedly on the Baked Brown Sugar,  die cut and embossed a circle of Crumb Cake, then added little gold flowers in the debossed spaces, and stamped flowers in Crumb Cake and Gold ink on a White circle. The frilly edged piece is vellum die cut with an Edgelit.
  • Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, Four You, Project Life Point and Click
  • Ink: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Gold Encore
  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White, Vellum
  • Other: Big Shot with Circle and Cards and Labels framelits and Finishing Touches Edgelit and Modern Mosaic embossing folder, Signo white gel pen, Gold Stampin' Dazzle marker, Gold Satin ribbon, Gold 1/8" ribbon, Natural Chevrons ribbon, Dimensionals
A little peek inside and you see another branch of leaves and berries. 

Now it is time to go see what beauties Heidi Baks has come up with! She always thinks outside the box :)

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