Sunday, May 1, 2016

Stamp Review Crew: Blended Bloom Edition

http://stampreviewcrew.blogspot.com/2016/05/stamp-review-crew-blended-bloom-edition.html
We are really challenging ourselves this time, as the Blended Bloom set is really a single stamp! But, I am confident that we will come up with some very interesting ways to use this stamp :) And what better timing? Perfect for some May flowers, and for the upcoming US holiday, Mother's Day.

Remember you early hoppers, we work out the kinks on Sunday evening my time, so if you run in to links that don't work, or incomplete posts, come back after midnight, US Central Time and it will be working just fine.

If this is your first time hopping with us, then I should tell you that we are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that gets together every first and third Monday of the month to feature a single stamp set. We share lots of ideas for that set to get you excited and inspired :) You can check out the master blog roll on our home blog, and find all of our past hops, and all of the links will take you directly to the posts you are looking for!

If you are following along in order, then you just arrived from Shana Gaff's blog. Such fun stuff, right!!

Now, I just returned from our vacation this week and went back to work, so I was really glad I had some projects in reserve that I have made over the last several months. Unfortunately, I may not remember all the details lol!

For my first card, I stamped the flower in Stazon on some watercolor paper and used an Aqua-painter to color it in Mint Macaron, Hello Honey, and Soft Suede. The flower is die cut with an awesome die from Dies by Dave! Then I cut out some Happy, and picked a fun pattern from the Go Wild DSP stack.

I must have been in a Mint Macaron mood when I made these, lol! This time I used the stamp in the background and as a focal image. I watercolored again, but this time just one color in the center, Soft Suede, I believe.

This last one has some retired stuff on it, I made it last spring and just never shared it. I think I used the retired In-Color Lucky Limeade to watercolor the flower, and Tangelo Twist and Crushed Curry. I think some Wink of Stella would add a lot to these flowers too!

OK, I have to go have a birthday breakfast with my youngest son, Geoffrey. He turned 20 today! I will add the links to the supplies later :)

Now, off we go to see what treats Nikki Spencer has in store for us!

http://nikkispencer-mysandbox.blogspot.com/2016/05/stamp-review-crewblended-bloom-edition.html

http://stressfreestamping.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-stamp-review-crew-blended-bloom.html


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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Stamp Review Crew: Balloon Celebration Edition

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Does it feel like a party in here? Because it feels like a party to me!! I am loving this trend of balloons everywhere! Mind you, I can't be around the real thing due to my latex allergy, but I still think they are fun and cute and festive :) And the ones I stamp won't bother me at all :)

Remember you early hoppers, we work out the kinks on Sunday evening my time, so if you run in to links that don't work, or incomplete posts, come back after midnight, US Central Time and it will be working just fine.

If this is your first time hopping with us, then I should tell you that we are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that gets together every first and third Monday of the month to feature a single stamp set. We share lots of ideas for that set to get you excited and inspired :) You can check out the master blog roll on our home blog, and find all of our past hops, and all of the links will take you directly to the posts you are looking for!

If you are following around in order, then you just arrived from  Rochelle Blok's blog. Isn't she amazing?!

OK, I have to admit that when I first saw these circles, I thought of citrus fruit. And that was totally the look I was going for here. But, I really think they look like those little drink umbrellas too! Or regular umbrellas for that matter, lol! What do you think? Maybe I just have drinks on the brain since as I am writing this my suitcase it out waiting for me to pack it up to go on a cruise :) Yes, my friends, while you are enjoying the post-convention buzz, and the fabulous Stamp Rview Crew blog hop, I am on a cruise in the Caribbean! Ahhhh, the warm sea breeze and a million fun things to do! OK, I must return to this blog post. I might be making you all envious, lol!

I stamped these circles in a slightly random pattern on watercolor paper with Archival Black ink, then I used an Aquapainter and ink squeezed out of the pads into the lid to color them. While they were still wet, I dabbed the centers of the circles to make them lighter, and I may have added more color to the outer edge of a few of them with the Aqua-painter too. I just happened to have some vellum strips already embossed with the Happy Birthday greeting on my desk, and it worked perfectly! Just stitched it right on there!

I added more circles inside and first triedto color them with my blender pen. It was a little dry, so I switched to the Aqua-painter again, making sure there was not a lot of water on the actual brush when I colored. I combined sentiments from Balloon Celebration and And Many More... which I think is perfect for the vibe of this card!


Ok, time to float on over to Sue Plote's blog where she will amaze and delight us all!

http://thispinkrooster.blogspot.com/2016/04/balloon-celebration-stamp-review-crew.html





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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Stamp Review Crew: White Christmas Edition

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Ok, I realize it is April and most people are snow-free by now. You might even be planting a garden! But odds are, my yard still looks like this! And why not use the atmosphere to inspire some fun wintery cards :) OK, I am sure we will all come up with some non-wintery uses for the White Christmas set. That is kind of our specialty, thinking outside the box. You will have to let us know how we do :)

Remember you early hoppers, we work out the kinks on Sunday evening my time, so if you run in to links that don't work, or incomplete posts, come back after midnight, US Central Time and it will be working just fine.

If this is your first time hopping with us, then I should tell you that we are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that gets together every first and third Monday of the month to feature a single stamp set. We share lots of ideas for that set to get you excited and inspired :) You can check out the master blog roll on our home blog, and find all of our past hops, and all of the links will take you directly to the posts you are looking for!

If you are hopping along in order, you just came from Nikki Spencer's blog. That's some beautiful stuff right there, my friend!

First up is a fun spring card. I knew that I wanted to add some budding leaves on these trees, and then I spotted that adorable little bird in the set. It quickly became a Bluejay! This scene was stamped in Archival Black ink on Watercolor paper, then an Aqua-painter is used to add color to the sky and grass, and to make the bird a bluejay. I added a little gray to the tree trunks to add some pizzazz. The sentiment is from this set also, I just cut off the Christmas part. I saved it of course :)


Next I wanted to create a simple guy card. No frills, just lots of graphic impact. So, white embossed animals on Crumb Cake! I will decide what sentiment to use when I figure out who to send it too :)

Now it is time to "run" on over to Heidi Baks' blog! I can't wait to see the amazing stuff she has for us this time :)

http://runningwscissorsstamper.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-stamp-review-crew-white-christmas.html


http://nikkispencer-mysandbox.blogspot.com/2016/04/stamp-review-crewwhite-christmas-edition.html



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