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 :)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Stampin' Addicts New Catalog Blog Hop: Kinda Eclectic
OH, yeah! New catalog time! A bunch of us from Stampin' Addicts would like to highlight a few of the new sets and products from this catalog for you and give you some ideas on how to use them :) The hop is set up in a loop and you can start anywhere, but if you get lost you can always get reoriented here. You can also share your thoughts and chat with the blog owners on the chat thread!

If you are following the hop in order, you just came from Yapha Mason's blog where she featured Hot Diggity-Dog. Fun projects, right! I am stop #7 and I am featuring Kinda Eclectic. As soon as I saw it in the new catalog, I knew I had to have it!

How about a little ombre effect with the distressed dots stamp! I inked up once with Lost Lagoon and just kept stamping. I did have to breathe on the stamp for the last couple of impressions, but I think it worked out well :) And now I see that my middle Candy dot is crooked. I will have to fix that! And Friday Mashup! challenges us this Friday to make a card with a word bubble!
  • Stamps: Kinda Eclectic, Just Sayin'
  • Ink: Lost Lagoon, Sahara Sand, Early Espresso
  • Paper: Sahara Sand, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White
  • Other: Big Shot with Project Life Cards and Labels framelits and Word Bubble framelits, Hello Honey ribbon, Candy Dots, Signo white gel pen , Dimensionals
I used a Mojo Monday sketch for this card. I was not lovin it at first, but It finally pulled together and now I am trying to figure out who I can send it to!
  • Stamps: Kinda Eclectic, Lots of Thanks
  • Ink: Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Early Espresso
  • Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey
  • Other: Big Shot with Circle framelits and Lorge Dots embossing folder, Elegant and Bitty Butterfly punches, 1" Square punch, Gold Sequin trim, Blackberry Bliss ribbon, Signo withe gel pen, Dimensionals
Last up is a 10 minute card! I wanted a field of butterflies, and this color combo just jumped out at me! It is surprisingly pleasing!
  • Stamps: Kinda Eclectic, Four You
  • Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Tangelo Twist, Baked Brown Sugar
  • Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe, Tangelo Twist, Whisper White
  • Other: 1" Square punch, Signo white gel pen, Dimensionals, sewing machine and thread
Now it is time to go over to Debra Burgin's blog and see what wonderful things she has done with An Open Heart!

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Stamp Review Crew: Life in the Forest Edition
Welcome to the 15th edition of the Stamp Review Crew! We have now been doing this for 6 months now, and I am lovin' every minute of it! If this is your first time hopping with us, welcome! If you have been a faithful follower, we sure appreciate your support :)

This time we are featuring a fun set that really seemed to get popular after the song What does the Fox Say became a hit. The MDS version has been out since 2012, but the rubber stamp version came out in the Occasions Mini this winter/spring and got carried over into the main catalog for this year, woo-hoo!

I am stop #8 this time, and if you are following along in order, you just came from Kerry Willard-Bray's blog, didn't she come up with some awesome ideas?! Our hops are alway set up in a loop, so it really doesn't matter where you start. But if you get lost and need to see the whole blog roll, or you just want to see all of our hops, check out the main blog for our group here.

OK, now it is time to see what I came up with!

For my first card, I wanted to make a funky "You are so unique" kind of card. I thought I had a stamp with that sentiment, but I could not find it for the life of me, lol! So I compromised and used the sentiments from one of the sets from the new catalog :) I used a blender pen to color the mushrooms. I can't wait for the brown Blendas to come out :) I added little white dots on the mushrooms with a white gel pen.
My daughter used to love to go out in the woods surrounding our house and take pictures of mushrooms, among other things. There are some really beautiful ones! And people go morel mushroom hunting in the spring here too. I really love mushrooms, they are so yummy in so many ways!

See the little mushroom on the inside of the card? I think this one turned out the best!

I took us out of the forest with this one and played with one of the new photopolymer sets to create my own DSP. If you can't tell, I made this the day I got my box of new goodies from this year's annual catalog :)
This little hedgehog/porcupine dude is so darn cute! Why do I think cuddly with all of those spikes?! I have sure pulled enough porcupine quills out of our various dogs' faces (and one butt), you would think I would hate them. But it isn't their fault that our dogs have to attack their carcasses! We used to have a neighbor who shot every porcupine he found, then didn't dispose of the bodies. We pulled quills out of one dog thirteen times. THIRTEEN! She wasn't a very smart dog. Protective, and loving, but not very smart. We were really glad when that neighbor moved away (or was arrested-not sure which) and the group home bought that property :)

OK, I know you all have seen the cards with the raccoon acting as a parachute for the mouse, but I just had to do my own version! I really need a "just dropping by" sentiment for this card, lol! Amanda, Geoffrey's girlfriend, loved this card! I love that she is a nerd like us :)I think my daughter will get a kick out of this one too.

It's time to head on over to Lisa Young's blog to see what beauties she has created!

  • Stamps: Life in the Forest, Work of Art
  • Ink: Real Red, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Real Red, Whisper White
  • Other: Big Shot with Woodgrain and Decorative Dots embossing folders, Ovals framelits, Wide Oval punch, Blender Pens, Occasions Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercer and Mat, Signo white gel pen

  • Stamps: Life in the Forest, Four You, And Many More
  • Ink: Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Gold Encore, Momento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana
  • Other: Big Shot with Circle and Starburst framelits and Arrows embossing folder, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercer and Mat, Signo white gel pen, White Baker's Twine, In-Color Sequins, Dimensionals
  • Stamps: Life in the Forest, Just Sayin'
  • Ink: Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Baked Brown Sugar, Smoky Slate, Momento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White
  • Other: Big Shot with Word Bubbles framelits, Blender Pens, Signo white gel pen, Dimensionals

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Come on, Everybody is doing it...

Indeed, I am seeing this bloom colored with Blendabilities all over the net! It is awful fun to color :) I actually created this card about a month ago, after I got my new toys with the preorder. Then I found myself quite tied up with family stuff and with all of the organizing that goes along with the Stamp Review Crew, and my poor little blog has been so neglected. I don't anybody but me noticed though, as there are so many sources of inspiration out there!
Well, I have a moment now, and thought I better get right on it and post something that has nothing to do with a blog hop, lol!

I love blue and yellow together, you may have noticed that :) The yellow I used here is the new Hello Honey. I really like it! And I think I can find ways to make Coastal Cabana serve any season!
I did color the bloom with the Coastal Cabana set of Blendabilites. Those markers are so easy to work with, I am now looking for more stamp images to color. I used to avoid the line art stamps in general because I did not like how things turned out when I colored them. (Watercoloring does not count- that is so easy and messy on purpose, it all looks good!) But now I like how my projects look when I color them, with the Blendas :) I colored a Simply Pressed Clay Blossom with the Blendas too and as you can see, it took the color very well and is a nice vibrant color!
  • Stamps: Blended Bloom, various PTI sentiments
  • Ink: Hello Honey, Momento Tuxedo Black, Coastal Cabana, Tangelo Twist
  • Paper: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, Hello Honey
  • Other: Project Life COrner Rounder punch, Tangelo Twist Satin ribbon, Simply Pressed Clay and Blossoms Mold, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Signo white gel pen, Blendabilities Markers, Smooch Illuminate Accent Ink (no longer sold by SU), sewing machine and thread
 Here is a peek inside to see the blooms I stamped in the lower right corner.

And how about a peek at my son David and his darling son, Cameron! This is from about 3 weeks ago. Cameron is wearing one of the outfits I bought for him. I went sooooo overboard buying clothes for this little guy! I think I bought a whole wardrobe at first, lol! I had to take a bunch back as he would never have worn it all.
I love this picture because it shows what a handsome man my son is, and who doesn't think a father snuggling with his son isn't the most beautiful thing in the world?!
I promise, I will show you more pictures of this little tike, don't you worry :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Paper Crafters Sampler: Betrothed

You are going to love all of the beautiful wedding projects in this month's Sampler! Here is what Melanie has to say:

"Our June Sampler is dedicated to all those lovely couples tying the knot.  "Betrothed" offers beautiful hand-stamped card ideas for the wedding couple, creative tablescapes and a special bridal tea ensemble."
 As you can see in this sneak peek of my project, I got my inspiration from a set of sweet tea cups that I found at my favorite vintage market :) My project is not the "special bridal tea ensemble" that Melanie mentions above, though.
Check out sneak peeks of the other projects, or purchase the sampler here: Paper Crafters Sampler

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Curry Island Plum

Since I now have most of my gardens planted and it has been raining for the past several days, I am finally trying to do some challenges again this week! It has been far too long. The new Stampin' Up! Annual catalog debuted on Monday, and there are so many goodies in there! I haven't even place my first order yet. I keep changing my mind about what I want to get first, and how much I want to spend. Demo math may come in to play, lol!
I am using this week's challenge from Nacho Average Challenge, but I did sneak in a little Blackberry Bliss :)

I pulled out one of my favorite sets from the Holiday Mini. This set made it into the annual catalog. Do you recognize it? It is Truly Grateful. I know a lot of people think of it as only a autumn or Thanksgiving set, but it is so much more! I love all the woodiness :)
I randomly stamped the log slice over the card base, then colored some of them in with a blender pen and reinker. I think it looks pretty interesting. I almost hated to cover it up with the main image, lol!
  • Stamps: Truly Grateful, Petite Pairs
  • Ink: Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Perfect Plum
  • Paper: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Perfect Plum
  • Other: Big Shot with Deco Labels framelit and Decorative Dots embossing folder., Signo white gel pen, 1-3/8" Circle and 1" Square punches, Blender Pen, Blackberry Bliss Satin ribbon and Gold Baker's Twine, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercer and Mat, Dimensionals, Candy Dots
 I stamped some more log slices and colored a few on the inside, and finished the sentiment there.

So, what do you think? Too busy, interesting, or just right? I love to hear from anyone who visits my blog! So don't be shy, leave me a comment :)
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