Sunday, January 18, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Valentine Free For All Edition
Are you ready for a little change of pace? Well, we at the SRC have decided to, just this once, use a single theme instead of a single stamp set! Valentines, here we come!

If you are following along the hop in order you just came from Debra Burgin's blog. Lovely, right! If you started here, have no fear, the hop goes full circle and you won't miss a thing. If you ever get lost along the way, you can find the full "map" on the Stamp Review Crew blog, just click on the banner at the top of this post. While you are there, be sure to catch up on any of the previous hops you may have missed :)

My first project is made using some Occasions Mini and some SAB goodies. The rainbow of colors on the background are made using Blendas on the Irresistibly Yours specialty paper from SAB this year. And the sentiment is from the You Plus Me set in the Occasions Mini. It is embossed in Black embossing powder on vellum, then sewn onto the card front panel. The hearts are made with Dazzling Diamonds and Champagne Glimmer paper, and Gold Foil paper. I first colored stripes of different colors on the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper with Blendas, then punched them out. 

And this is the same card, only this time I used Spots ink pads to swipe the color on. The Spots come in My Paper Pumpkin kits now, so you can't purchase them any other way at this time, but get the Paper Pumkpin kits, they are fantastic! You could also achieve this look using SU water-based markers.

Now it is time to hop on over to Lisa Young's blog so she can wow us with her pretty projects!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Stampin' Addicts 2015 Occasions Mini Blog Hop: Wood You Be Mine?

Another fabulous catalog has started and the Stampin' Addicts gang is here to show you a bunch of ideas with the new goodies! There are a lot of them in this new Mini, and I know that by the end of the sales period, I will have most of the sets!

There is, as always, a chat thread for this hop over at Stampin' Addicts, and you can get there by clicking on the banner above. There is also a master list of the blog hop stops there if you get lost along the way.

If you are following in order from the beginning, then you just arrived from Tina's blog where she did a fabulous job with the Hello Life set.

I am featuring the stamp set Wood You Be Mine? , no surprise there if you know me at all, lol! I live in the northwoods of Minnesota, near Bemidji.Timber has been a huge industry in our area since the pioneer days. Our local high school mascot is the Lumberjacks. I have 3 sons, and one of them has the nickname of Sasquatch as he is big, burly, and furry! He also cuts wood and clears brush as one of his side jobs. I had to get this set, lol!

So for my first project, I decided to make some Project Life style pocket cards. These will work perfectly with some high school activity pictures of any of my kids. If you have followed my blog for more than a year, you probably know that my youngest is a senior in high school and his "sport" is show choir, lol! However, my oldest son was an avid football player and I am sure I can find a few pictures of all of my boys in sports in middle school :)
I colored all of these images with a mix of Blendas and it was a lot of fun! If you look closely, you will see that the lumberjack has a rosy nose and cheeks. The flesh tones are all Crisp Cantaloupe in varying degrees of dilution. The beard is three of the Skin Tone Blendas.

Next up is a masculine (I think) love card. I wet embossed the lumberjack in Early Espresso embossing powder and the sentiment in Cherry Cobbler embossing powder on watercolor paper. Then I colored home with an Aquapainter and ink squeezed out of the inkpads onto the lids. I stamped the log slice on Naturals Ivory cardstock in Baked Brown Sugar. I ♥ how this turned out! AND I made 7 more of these to share in a swap :)
Do you like the varying tones in the beard? And the Crisp Cantaloupe as a flesh tone?

This time I was trying to capture a feeling of the northern lights in the background with sponging on watercolor paper and then spritzing and dripping water on it. There is some shimmer to it that I got from Vanilla Smooch Spritz. The lumberjack is colored with Blendas, same as the first project. The sentiment is from Guy Greetings. 

That is all for me, and now it is time to go check out what Twila Davis has in store for us!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Perfect Pennants Edition
It's a band new year and here we are with the first edition of Stamp Review Crew for 2015! We are using Perfect Pennants this time, and it is chock full of perfect sentiments. It coordinates perfectly with the Banners framelits too :)

If you are following along the hop in order you just came from Yapha Mason's blog. Lovely, right! If you started here, have no fear, the hop goes full circle and you won't miss a thing. If you ever get lost along the way, you can find the full "map" on the Stamp Review Crew blog, just click on the banner at the top of this post. While you are there, be sure to catch up on any of the previous hops you may have missed :)

 I was playing with some sponging and spritzing with water.
  1. I sponged some Sahara Sand and Hello Honey on Very Vanilla cardstock. 
  2. Then stamped the Handcarved BG in Sahara Sand over the top. Now it is time to spritz with water.And heat set to speed the dry time, if you are as impatient as I am :)
  3. Round the corners and add faux stitching with Signo white gel pen.
  4. Punch some Confetti Stars from Gold Foil cardstock.
  5. Cut out a 2½"x3" piece of Vellum and round the corners. Stamp a star in Crushed Curry, heat set to dry. Stamp the sentiment in Versamark, then sprinkle with Silver embossing powder on the upper portion and Gold embossing on the bottom portion of the sentiment and heat with heat tool.
  6. Lay a bunch of the star confetti under the vellum to the left of the sentiment, tape the vellum in place with a couple strips of Washi tape. Stitch to the panel created earlier.
  7. Adhere a few more confetti stars to the cardfront with Crystal Effects. Tie 3 lengths of Gold Baker's Twine around card. 
  8. Adhere panel to a Very Vanilla card base (that you have rounded the corners on), with LOTS of dimensionals, no saggy panels wanted :)
  9. Stamp a star in each color used on the inside of the card. Done!
 There's those colorful stars! I love all the knots in this twine. I think that this is an ok card design for a guy even :)

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Time to head on over to Cindy Beach's blog, I can't wait to see what she made!

Friday, January 2, 2015

2015 Stampin' Addicts SAB Blog Hop: Blendabilities

Welcome! We are so happy to share with you the goodies in this year's SAB selection! There are so many great things to get during this wonderful time of the year :) Remember, SAB starts on January 6th, so start making those lists.

If you are following along in order, then you just came from Holly Krautkremer's blog where she featured the stamp set A Happy Thing, and a wonderful job she did too!If you get lost, or just want to chat with your fellow hoppers, just click on the banner at the top of this post and it will take you to the official chat thread with the master list of bloggers.

I am the last stop on this hop, which means I am featuring the only thing in this SAB catalog that will still be available after SAB ends. BUT, it sure gives you a way to fill out your Blendas collection. I am going to show you several techniques or uses for the Blendas.

Here is a lunch bag treat bag with several uses for Blendabilities. I used the Pumpkin Pie set on this project. Let's start at the top:
  1. Color your Washi tape! I took a strip of the gold striped Washi and stuck it lightly to a piece of paper and colored it with the lightest Blenda, then stuck it to the bag.
  2. The rectangle was colored in an Ombre pattern with dark at the top, then I used the Color Lifter pen to make the polka dots. 
  3. Lastly, I did another Ombre effect on a small piece of white cardstock, then stamped the animal print heart from Groovy Love in Gold Encore ink. After the ink dried, I punched out the heart.
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Next up is this card insert for a Project Life layout. This is a 4x6 card. There are 2, maybe 3, techniques, depending how you count them :)
  1. I don't have this DSP pack, but I do have the digital version. So I printed it on Whisper white. To add color to the paper, I found a piece of plastic packaging and scribbled the Medium Daffodil, Wasabi, and Crumb Cake Blendas all over it, then spritzed with rubbing alcohol. Then laid the DSP over the top of the mess. Slickety-do-da! There are splotched and speckles, all in one step. Just clean the plastic with a paper towel and some alcohol.
  2. Alternately, you can color directly on the DSP with the Blendas for a more vibrant color. 
  3. Then I scribbled the darkest Daffodil onto the plastic, pour some Dazzling Diamonds glitter on top of the scribbles, and spritz or add a few drops of alcohol to it. Then set aside to dry. After it was dry, I put a stripe of Sticky Strip down on the project, then poured the colored glitter off the plastic onto the project, pressing it firmly onto the Sticky Strip. Ta-Da! Custom colored glitter!

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 Here is a fun berry basket, and a couple of plant picks with 2 more ways to use Blendas.
  1. The black pick was first embossed in white, then I colored the embossed images with the light Wasabi and Pirouette Blendas.
  2. On the white pick, I stamped the flower images in Momento Tuxedo Black ink, then used the dark Pirouette in the center petals, medium Pirouette on the next row of petals, then the light Pirouette on the outer petals. The leaves turned out much better than they deserve as I accidentally used the medium Olive with the light Wasabi :)

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 The night I made this card, I had been preparing to book our first cruise ever, so tropical weather and travel were heavily influencing me :) I think I will bring this with me to send to family while away on our trip.  I did use some of the DSP from the SAB catalog, stamping over it with Smoky Slate ink and the World Map stamp. And I accidentally sewed the Silver Foil Vellum to the card foil side down! Ack! But after I embossed the "hello" in Silver on it and the foil got a bit bubbled, I guess that was a good thing, lol! Only one new technique on this one, but 2 uses.
  1. I colored the camera with the Smoky Slate and Bermuda Bay Blendas and cut it out. 
  2. Then, with all 3 Bermuda Bays, a strip of Dazzling Diamond Glimmer paper was covered, then punched with the Star Confetti punch. Then the stars were carefully glued to the vellum with Crystal Effects.

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Well, either this was your last stop, or you started somewhere in the middle and you will be heading over to Heidi Bak's blog to see what she has worked with the stamp set Best Day Ever!

Be sure to leave some comments on your way through, we love to hear from you! I know it makes my day when someone has something to tell me :)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Stamp Review Crew: Mixed Bunch Edition

It is the third Monday of the month, so that means it is time for another edition of the Stamp Review Crew! This time we are featuring the fun floral set, Mixed Bunch. Ah, flowers. The snowflakes of summer  :)
  If you are following along in order, you just came from Holly Krautkremer's blog. Wow, right!
As always, if you get lost along the way, you can always find the right links on the official Stamp Review blog, and click here for the post for this hop. If you have missed any of the past hops, be sure to go to the official Stamp Review Crew site and catch up!

 I was suddenly inspired to create a card by one of my favorite mugs the other day. I got the mug when I visited Pike Place Market while I was in Seattle in September of 2011. I love this mug. And I think this card turned out pretty cool too :)

There was sponging and water spritzing, heat tooling, and water dropping involved along with stamping and heat embossing right over the watercolor effect.

The inside needs some love too :)

One of my favorite inks to use with watercoloring is the Pear Pizzazz ink. It bleeds out into so many shades of green and brown and has this incredible earthy feel to it. The flowers were stamped right over the dried watercoloring in Pear Pizzazz ink.
Then heat set one more time and wiped really well with the Embossing buddy, and wet embossed the "hello".

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Ok, now off to Beth Beard's blog. I know she will have something fabulous waiting for you!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Stamp Review Crew: Endless Wishes Edition

Yeah for another hop with the Stamp Review Crew! This is a very special hop for us as we started this adventure one year ago! And coincidentally, we featured a snowy set that time too :) I hope that you have found that we are getting even better with time.

If this is your very first visit, we are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that do a blog hop on the first and third Mondays of each month. Each hop features a different, and single, stamp set to give you fresh ideas and to show you just how much you can do with them. If I am your first stop, have no fear, you will not miss a thing as the hop goes full circle. If you get lost along the way, just click on the banner at the top to go to the official hop post and you will find links to all of the participants in this hop.

If you are following along in order, then you just arrived from Yapha Masons's blog, fantastic, right?!

Now, on to my projects. And I will be the first to admit that I went a little crazy making stuff for this hop.

 Some people have a thing flowers or butterflies, or llamas ;) Snowflakes are always a favorite of mine. I can't seem to pass up a snowflake set (or a leaf set for that matter, but that is another story, lol) to save my life. I don't get rid of them either! So of course I snapped this set up as soon as it came out last year.

For this card, I mounted the medium and small snowflakes on the same block and was able to ink them with the different inks and stamp at the same time. I got this tip from another stamper online, and I love it! Great time saver when you are making your own patterned paper, which I love to do :)

The circle is from Work of Art, and the little tiny star is from Wish Big, the July 2014 My Paper Pumpkin.  You can purchase this kit if you are a current My Paper Pumpkin subscriber and you missed the kit when it came out. There are several past kits and refills available to subscribers :)

The rhinestones are colored with Blendas. The shiny dots are Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink in Moonlight and Silver Fox. SU used to carry it and I have 2 bottles of each color we carried because I love it so much.You can still get it in a variety of online places.

Here is a little peel inside. I did try to keep this card pretty flat for mailing.

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 For this card, I took some watercolor paper and sponged it heavily with Night of Navy and Bermuda Bay, then spritzed with water to blend them a bit and create lighter speckles. This creates a wonderful night sky background. I dried it with my heat tool, and then stamped snowflakes in Versamark and embossed with Iridescent Ice. They did not show up as well as I had hoped they would, so I stamped them again with Silver Encore ink. Now that really popped! And with the Iridescent Ice shadows, wow! The vellum was stamped in Versamark, embossed once with Silver embossing powder, then sprinkled again while still hot with Iridescent Ice and heat set again. Gorgeous effect in real life. "Merry" was stamped in Silver Encore ink on Night of Navy paper, then trimmed to fit.

Some silver snowflakes, and a sentiment in Night of Navy and Bermuda Bay on the inside finish this off nicely.

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This time, I utilized one of the perks of using photopolymer stamps. Flipping the stamp over and stamping a solid shape of the image as a background for it! How awesome is that?!

The inside was treated with a pile of colorful snow also.

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That is all for me, now it is time to go see what Debra Burgin has in store for us!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Courage in Pink

So, I know I should have posted this last month. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I made these cards and some coasters that I was going to take to a local bar as an awareness moment. They will have to go next year.... But I was having a month of creativity without feeding the blog monster. That's what I affectionately say when I create stuff just to make some posts on my blog. Or is that just an excuse to spend time crafting? ;)

All of the stamps and the embossing powder I used are retired. But just because SU doesn't sell them anymore does not mean that they don't still work! Just that I can't sell them to you :) Unless I wanted to sell mine, which I don't :)

This card started sometime in September when I made about 6 different panels with watercolor paper and different watercolor techniques. I went a little wild with it. I am still quite enamored with this whole watercolor thing :) Beware! Then the panels all sat there for a while, as I admired their beauty and did not have the heart to cut them up or cover any of it up. Silly, I know.
In late October, I finally decided I have savored these panels long enough and started making some cards with them. I cut this panel in half and made 2 cards that are almost identical.

To create the panel, I first embossed the ribbon in Melon Mambo embossing powder all over. Then I sponged stripes of color onto the panel, alternating shades of pink (Pink Pirouette, Strawberry Slush, and Melon Mambo) with Smoky Slate. Then I took a mixture of water and Pearl colored Perfect Pearls and spritzed the whole panel, and dried it with the heat tool. Fantastic shimmer results!

The ribbon was stamped with Pink Pirouette, then Courage was embossed in Silver embossing powder. Diecut and paper pierce the oval, diecut a 2¼" circle, and one of the banners from the Project Life framelits set in Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.

I stamped all over the Pink Pirouette panel with the words in Pink Pirouette.

Inside, the ribbon is stamped in Pink Pirouette and then Hero is stamped in Silver Encore. I outline the inside panel with the white gel pen.

 Then I decided to put the second one on a white card base. I think I like this one better.

This one got outlined with the Silver Dazzle marker on the inside.

  • Stamps: Ribbon of Hope (retired), Words of Courage (retired)
  • Ink: Pink Pirouette, Strawberry Slush, Melon Mambo, Smoky Slate, Versamark, Silver Encore
  • Paper: Whisper White, Watercolor, Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer
  • Other: Big Shot with Ovals, Circles, and PL Cards and Labels framelits, Silver and Melon Mambo embossing powder, Silver Dazzle marker, Signo white gel pen, Occasions Paper Piercing Pack and Paper Piercer, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, dimensionals

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I discovered that the 2 retired sets that I used are actually available as MDS digital downloads too!
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