Sunday, February 1, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Celebrate Today Edition
It is Stamp Review Crew time again, and this time we are featuring a stamp set from the Occasions Mini! This is a super fun set, and it has coordinating dies, who doesn't love those?! It is perfect for birthdays of all ages, baby stuff, and even weddings and graduations! That's a lot to pack into one set :)
If you are following along the hop in order you just came from Mike Funke's blog. He always has a fun twist to his creations, and great instructions, don't you think?! If you started here, don't worry, 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 :)

First up, I have this soft and neutral baby card. I am still in love with watercolor, so there is plenty of that happening here :) I used the Friday Mashup Sketch #195 for this card. Here is how I made this card.
  1. Stamp the balloon dots all over a 3"x5½" panel of watercolor paper with Versamark ink, then heat emboss with White embossing powder. Of course, you want to wipe with the Embossing Buddy before you start :)
  2. Use Aquapainter and So Saffron, Tangelo Twist, and Pool Party reinker to make the stripes of color. Set aside to dry.
  3. On the left hand side of a 3¾"x5½" panel of Tangelo Twist, stamp the baby banner 3 times in Tangelo Twist ink. 
  4. Cut out 2 banners from vellum cardstock, they may need to be different sizes depending on what sentiment you use on the inside of the card.On the first banner, stamp "baby" in Versamark and sprinkle Pool Party embossing powder on it, tap off excess. Stamp "baby" again and sprinkle with Tangerine Tango embossing powder, tap off excess. Stamp baby" again and sprinkle with Crushed Curry embossing powder. I think you get the picture :) When the banner is covered in babies, heat set the embossing powder. On the second banner, stamp the sentiment for the inside of the card in Versamark and emboss with Crushed Curry powder.
  5. Lightly glue the watercolored panel to the Tangelo Twist panel and sew with zig zag stitch on one side and straight stitch on the other, then stitch the vellum banner to the panel.
  6. Tie some White Baker's Twine around the bottom of the panel, add a knot of Coastal Cabana Twine, and adhere some Coastal Cabana sequins with Crystal Effects. 
  7. Adhere completed panel to the card front with dimensionals. 
  8. Stamp off and then stamp the 3 colors of dots on the inside lower right corner, then stitch the second vellum sentiment banner over the dots. DONE!
 Here is the inside of the card. I think I went a little overboard on the dots inside, but the vellum banner softens it up.

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pThis card is much more simple, although it is also a watercolor card :) This time I stamped the "HAPPY" and the "birthday" repeatedly in Versamark and embossed with White embossing powder. Then I took my Aquapainter and used Crushed Curry, Pool Party, and Real Red ink from the lids of the inkpads to color on the circles of color. (I used the Nacho Average Color Challenge #126) Then I set it aside to dry. I ended up trimming the panel down to 3¾"x5" and matting on Crushed Curry.

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Inside I just stamped the words in each color again. This was a pretty quick and simple card to put together, and I really like how it turned out!

Then I could not resist playing with the Mini Treat Bag die with this, and made this one with a balloon window. I even gold embossed some confetti onto the window sheet :)

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I am thinking that a message could be written on the back of this note card and a gift card could be attached to the stamped side.

That is all I have for you this time, and now we head off to Holly Krautkremer's blog to see what fabulous-ness she has come up with!
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Linda Callahan said...

Your projects are fabulous! This is a great set! I love the watercoloring and oh that embossed vellum - and stitching - wow! All that a shaker card too - wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Stunning..each and everyone of the projects! You really hit a home run with the Celebrate Today set! I feel some CASE-ing coming on!

Dawn Tidd said...

Amazing projects, Tanya! I think each & every one of them is over the top!! I'll be CASEing these!

Bronwyn Eastley said...

What a great line up of projects - very clever and 'out of the box' creations.

Anonymous said...

I really like these a LOT. Each one is stunning. The second one is my favorite that is a very cool idea.

Heidi Baks said...

Waving hi, Tanya! What a fun baby card, inside and out! Love the vellum. Thanks for joining the Friday Mashup this week.

Cynthia said...

OMG, These projects are great! I love the challenge card with the embossed dots and color choices! Thanks for playing along with us at The Friday Mashup!

Anne Hayward said...

Love the embossed/watercolored Happy Birthday circles. Great idea!

Carol Carriveau said...

These cards are wonderful, bright, pretty and good for many occasions! Love that you created your own DSP...and the velum banner with the multi color sentiments is really a winner!

Mike said...

Tanya, what a unique collection of cards. You were certainly thinking outside the box when you created these! Love them all!

Kathya said...

Tanya, what awesome projects you have created! Beautiful! I really love how you used the Nacho colors on your card, so creative! Thank you for creating with us at Nacho Average, hope you will join us again.

Jenny Engelke said...

Wow, Tanya! There are so many awesome projects here! Congrats on being Top Nacho too!

Martha Inchley said...

Super cute projects! I love all the embossing techniques. Thanks for Sharing.


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