Monday, January 14, 2019

Kindred Stamps: Electrifying!



Hello friends! Tanya here with a quick and easy Valentine idea. I combined the Swirl Stencil with the Electrifying! stamp set to whip these up.



First the hearts were die cut. Then the Swirls were sponged on with Lovely Lipstick ink. Then the sentiment was stamped in black ink.



Then this sassy lady was colored with Copics. Do you love the pink jacket?!



The same process here, but this time I got some fingerprints and smudges in the swirls. So, I sponged lightly over the whole thing! I think I still like it.



And coloring both of these characters was quick. I must be getting better (read faster) at picking colors, ha!
A person could really create a large pile of these pretty quickly. The sentiments in this set are perfect!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Kindred Stamps: Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls



I am so happy to be able to join the Design Team for a second term, and hope to bring you many fabulous ideas to inspire your own creativity!

This time I get to play with the Day of the Dead stamp set. I realize it is not the season, but really. Sugar skulls are beautiful all the time! I couldn't resist creating a background showcasing those skulls.


I chose 4 colors of Copic markers and alternated the parts they colored on each skull. Then I decided the background needed to be a light gray, so I took N0 and N1and colored it.

Then I just had to add a bit of sparkle to the sugar skulls, so I used Clear Wink of Stella over all of them!

The sentiment is white heat embossed on black cardstock, and backed with some silver glitter paper.


Inside, the sugar skull is simply stamped in Smoky Slate ink with a sentiment from the set underneath in Versafine Onyx Black.

I am going to get a bit deep here, but I believe that we all need to come to terms with death and mortality, of those around us and our own. By reminding ourselves that it is an inevitable part of life, and not something to fear, maybe we can learn to help our loved ones through their ends with as much peace, and as much joy, as possible. Yes, that is the nurse in me. Death comes to us all. Let us celebrate the lives already lived, remembering the ones that have passed with more joy than heaviness. AND to value our elders, their amazing stories, and experiences.

Now, go create some of your own stories! (and creations) 😉

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Stamp Review Crew: Fabulous Flamingo

https://stampreviewcrew.blogspot.com/2018/11/first-frost.html
I know, I know. It's the middle of winter! Why flamingos?! Well, because we wanted to, darn it! 😁 And our Southern Hemisphere crew members deserve to create stuff appropriate to their current season too. And I can dream of warmer climes while our local weather is anything but warm. So Fabulous Flamingo, here we come!

https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/product/143758/fabulous-flamingo-photopolymer-stamp-set?dbwsdemoid=2010774


For the newbies:
What is the Stamp Review Crew, you ask? We are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that gets together to do a blog hop on the first and third (and sometimes on a fifth) Monday of each month. For each hop we chose a single stamp set for us all to use, and then we let our creativity loose! We have a blog with all of the hops archived, so you can hop through any of the hops any time. Click here to go to the blog to see all of the hops! To go to the specific post for this hop, click here, or on the banner above.

If you are following along in order, then you have just arrived from Heidi Baks and her amazing creations!


 
I had this thought in my head for a framed flamingo on an action wobbler that I just could not let go. So here it is!!

I envisioned a salmon-y pink for this flamingo, I used Grapefruit Grove with Flirty Flamingo, and it was perfection!

Of course, I had to get the  Rectangle Stitched framelits, so I created a frame with the 2nd and 3rd largest dies.


Behind the flamingo is a background sponged in Coastal Cabana, then the legs stamped in Flirty Flamingo dabbed with black ink.

Texture was added with Embossing Paste applied over it using a Pattern Party mask.

And the flamingo body was fussy cut so it could be added with an Action Wobbler. 


The sentiment strip is some Thick Whisper White sponged with Grapefruit Grove, spritzed with Pearlized water, and cut with a Rectangle Stitched framelit.

Inside was lightly sponged with Grapefruit Grove, and the sentiment was added.


 
Then I got to thinking that the water image would be a great vertical repeating pattern. And then thought it looked like an abstract representation of a cardiac rhythm.

So, it was inked with Powder Pink, dabbed some Poppy Parade on the inked stamp with a sponge, and stamped onto a piece of Powder Pink cardstock. A bunch of times. Alternating the Poppy Parade sponging between the center and the ends.

Then I needed to play with some of my new goodies, and the Be Mine Stitched framelits were just what the doctor ordered!  😉

The sentiment is white heat embossed on the die cut heart.

The background panel is sponged with Powder Pink and spritzed with Pearlized water, and for-real stitched.

The clusters of hearts started as Thick white cardstock sponged with Poppy Parade and then die cut. The fall out hearts are put to work also.

Inside, I stamped the water image the same way as on the heart, and added this amazing sentiment from the Sale-A-Bration set, Part of My Story.

There is another fall out heart put to use here. I have a bunch of them to use in future projects!

The ideas for this set just started flowing, and I hope to get some more of them put to paper real soon. Until then:

Next up is Stesha Bloodhart. I am sure she will have some stunners!





Sunday, December 30, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Love What You Do

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Here we are, at the end of the year. What a good time to reflect. And a great time to use the Love What You Do stamp set!



What is the Stamp Review Crew, you ask? We are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that gets together to do a blog hop on the first and third (and sometimes on a fifth) Monday of each month. For each hop we chose a single stamp set for us all to use, and then we let our creativity loose! We have a blog with all of the hops archived, so you can hop through any of the hops any time. Click here to go to the blog to see all of the hops! To go to the specific post for this hop, click here, or on the banner above.

If you are following along in order, I am the first stop. If you started somewhere in the middle, you arrived from Kelly Kent's blog. She is so amazing! 😁

Here is another Mini Treat Bag project. They were still available on the clearance rack until recently. So sorry. But this translates to a card very easily.

The paper is from the Garden Impressions DSP stack, and I think the florals from the set coordinate well with the patterns in the paper.

I also used some new product, namely the Rectangle Stitched framelits! The Tin Tile embossing folder is perfect in the background.


The flowers are white heat embossed on watercolor paper, colored with an aquapainter and ink from the lids of Lovely Lipstick and Shaded Spruce ink pads, then fussy cut.


The insert is stamped too, and with the large background image, it was easy to create the watercolor wash look.

Next up is Holly Krautkremer with her masterful layering!



Sunday, December 16, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Barn Door

Well, hello SRC blog weekend! Boy, these sure sneak up on me quick lately. I had just finished working 6 out of 7 days, and making a trip out of town to take my stepfather to an appointment, when I got a text warning me that my oldest son and family were coming for the weekend and would probably beat me home! Then on Saturday, one of my sons asked if I had any blogging deadlines this weekend. THAT is when I realized I did indeed have a deadline, and that I was not even sure which set I was supposed to use. I tell you. But, I managed to pull together a project to share using the Barn Door stamp set and coordinating dies.



These are available in the Annual Catalog, so if you need to wait for the new year for you stamping budget to return, you can!

If you are following along in order, you just arrived from the talented Heidi Baks' blog. 

I love a blue door. LOVE. And I would have one, if it looked good on my house. I will have to settle for a blue door card.

The door is watercolor panel with a Pacific Point wash in layers, and the door stamped in the same color, then clear heat embossed. The handle is silver heat embossed.

There is a die that cuts the door out for you too. 😁

The square wreath was a scrap of watercolor paper sponged with Call Me Clover ink, then spritzed with water. And die cut 3 times before layering them together for some dimension. 


The sentiment is from the Peaceful Noel stamp set, and is silver heat embossed also.

I don't think you can see it in the photos, but the background panel is embossed with the Subtle embossing folder.

There are still red rhinestones available, but I did not purchase any. So I used a Cherry Cobbler Blends marker to color some of the rhinestones that I do have.


The sentiment is again from the Peaceful Noel stamp set. I would love to play with that set some more, but I don't think I will get to it before the new year. That's OK. I tend to make more Christmas cards in January, February, and July than any other time of year. 😆

Are you ready for the next "door" to open?! Off you go to check out the fabulous Cindy Elam!

https://www.heartsdelightcards.com/2018/12/the-stamp-review-crew-barn-door.html

https://runningwscissorsstamper.blogspot.com/2018/12/the-stamp-review-crew-barn-door.html




Sunday, December 2, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Alpine Adventure

https://stampreviewcrew.blogspot.com/2018/11/first-frost.html
Ahh, winter is here! What better time to play with the gorgeous Alpine Adventure stamp set. It is perfect for Christmas and all things snowy. There is an awesome coordinating die set too.


What is the Stamp Review Crew, you ask? We are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that gets together to do a blog hop on the first and third (and sometimes on a fifth) Monday of each month. For each hop we chose a single stamp set for us all to use, and then we let our creativity loose! We have a blog with all of the hops archived, so you can hop through any of the hops any time. Click here to go to the blog to see all of the hops! To go to the specific post for this hop, click here, or on the banner above.

If you are following along in order, I am the first stop! But if you started somewhere in the middle, you just arrived from Sue Plote's blog. She took a break for a while, and this is her first hop back. Be sure to give her a warm welcome back!

I just had to combine this set with the Snowfall thinlits, which are sadly no longer for sale. However, if you have them, you can certainly use them!

This is an ornament, so it had to be sturdy. Each element is actually 3 layers of diecut paper glued together.

And the snowflake was painted with watered down Frost White shimmer paint.

The greeting is Copper heat embossed on a Stitched Details diecut.

The little wooden snowflake? That is from last year's Holiday Mini, and is the first time I have used them! Do you have some in your stash?

This is the first of 2 sleds I made. There is no layer between the Galvanized Tin paper and the Wood Textures DSP layer. It looks great! But I like more. And isn't that wreath sweet?!

This sled has 2 layers of white cardstock under the Wood Textures DSP layer. LOVE.

And the snowflake is Frost White shimmer painted also.

I actually took several quarter sheets of paper and painted them with some shimmer paint mixed with a little water, then did the die cutting. Much easier, and so beautiful!

Did you know you can stamp over the shimmer paint too?

This is a cocoa packet made with the Mini Treat Bag die, which is still on the clearance rack. I am telling you, this is a workhorse die in my stash. I use it all the time. At the time of the writing of this post, it was still available on the clearance rack for $24 USD.

And the embellishment on the front is also an ornament! This time I used the white glitter paper. I can't remember what we are calling it now, but it used to be the Dazzling Diamonds glitter paper.

Here you can see the insert card, which is stamped with the skis. 

Look at that dazzling snowflake! And the gorgeous Nordic details on the snowshoes. 

I made a bunch of all of these ornaments and brought them with me when we went to the hospital for the latest grandbaby's delivery. We gave them to the medical staff taking care of our daughter and granddaughter. 

 This is the sweet Eva (A-va) Jane! She was born on Nov. 25th at 8:26pm. She really is a sweet baby, only cries a few squeaks before she calms right down. We are so excited to add this baby to the family! 

OK, enough grandma gushing, time to head to the next stop!

Next up is Stesha Bloodhart, who recently achieved the honor of being chosen for Artisan Design Team for 2019! Congratulations Stesha, you are a true Artisan!



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