Sunday, September 16, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Country Home
Now that everyone has had a chance to at least look at the new Holiday Mini products online at least, let's begin the play! We are going to start with Country Home. It is just so autumnal, and so fun to color! It is a lovely opening act.

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 Lauren Alarid's blog, and I am certain that her project was stunning!

OK, I will be the first to admit that this is a time consuming card to make. There are layers and layers of techniques and fiddling. But I love it!! And I would absolutely make this card again. Because it was fun. And that is what this craft is all about for me. And probably you too.

I started this with a 4¼"x5¾" panel of white cardstock, and stamped the botanical image four times. I left a section about 1¼" wide open in the center for the sentiment.

The botanical arrangements were colored with Stampin' Blends in Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, and Daffodil Delight. I also used some of the Bright Copper shimmer paint to add color to the berries with a watercolor brush.

And yes. I did fussy cut this. I have been doing it more lately, and I have to say, I really don't mind it anymore. I will still buy dies if they are available, but I won't shy away for the fussy cutting anymore.

(disclaimer: I still have the first version of the Stampin' Blends and only have 3 sets of the new ones, so the colors may be slightly different if you use the newest version. But equally lovely, I am sure!)

The sentiment strip started as white cardstock, and was sponged with Pumpkin Pie and Cherry Cobbler, then spritzed, and Copper Heat embossed with the sentiment.

The background was created by applying a wass of Crumb Cake and watered down Bright Copper shimmer paint onto a watercolor paper panel. This was dried with a heat tool (because I am always in a hurry), then spattered with the shimmer paint. And then it was embossed with the Tin Tile embossing folder (on my top five list for this catalog!).

Isn't that Bright Copper shimmer paint stunning on the Crumb Cake?! I adore this stuff!!

This card started with white cardstock covered with watered down Bright Copper shimmer paint. When it was dry, Texture Paste was applied through a Pattern Party mask. I was going for something a little more simple this time. I am not sure I succeeded.  😏

The botanical image and the milk can were stamped individually on watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx Black ink, the clear heat embossed. The images with watercolored with ink from the lids of various ink pads, and the berries are again the Bright Copper shimmer paint.

The images were then fussy cut and adhered together.

There is also a 1/8" strip of Copper foil paper along the edge of the textured panel.

The shimmer on this background is awesome in real life. LOVE. I think I will be using the shimmer paints loads and loads this season.

Were did I get the little sentiment diecut? From Bunch of Banners! I love it when I find something in my stash that works perfectly!

You maybe can't see it in these photos, but the back white panel is embossed with the Subtle embossing folder. 

I love how crisp the black sentiment looks on the Crumb Cake!

Tell me what your favorite thing about these cards was in the comments, I would love to know!

Next up is Linda Callahan, and I can't wait to see what she makes with this set. I am sure it will be gorgeous!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Inky Friends Holiday Showcase: Takeout Treats
Hello friends! Are you ready to explore the Holiday catalog? I bet you are! The Holiday catalog is always my favorite with my favorite season on the horizon. Plus, when it gets cold outside, I have more time to play with my crafting goodies. OK, really that is in like, January, but I can make Christmas cards in January. I have to prepare for the coming season, right?!

My Inky Friends and I are each picking a favorite item from the Holiday catalog to feature, so you will get lots of ideas for a variety of products in this catalog.

If you are following along in order, you have just arrived from Sara Mattson-Blume's blog where she used Alpine Adventure (which I love and can't wait to play with when it comes in my next order on Tuesday!) Sara is also the master organizer of these hops, kudos to her hard work!!

I chose the Takeout Treats bundle. I think this thing is going to be a hit! It is just big enough to put a few candies in, is quick to assemble, is self closing and easy to open and close repeatedly, and the stamps are truly for all occasions!

Let's start with a simple treat box for any occasion and is gender neutral.

The diecut sentiment panel was white cardstock sponged with Crushed Curry (actually leftover from another project-yeah me!) and Gold heat embossed.

I did use the Diagonal Stripes background stamp in the Stamparatus on the box pieces, masking each section off with a piece of masking tape and copy paper. This kept the pattern going in the same direction.Would I do this for a dozen treats? Heck no! But for a special one or two. Yes. Yes, indeed!

You can use the same die I used for the sentiment panel to create a window in the box. I backed this one with vellum, you do have to trim off a bit of one of the side flaps to do this, or it will show through the window.

I will be filling this little box with chocolate kisses. If I could find them wrapped in green foil, it would be perfect! You know the theme, Snowman kits with cocoa and marshmallows, and reindeer poop with chocolate covered anything. SO many ideas!!

I sponged the box and stamped words from the set all over. This would work for just about any of those themes I mentioned earlier 😁

These boxes really are quick and easy, so here is one more super simple one. You could make a pile of these really fast!

OK, so we do need at least one card idea with this bundle! Here is a rather gender neutral, dare I say masculine, card!

The background is a watercolor wash of the Gray Granite with the hearts stamped in Lovely Lipstick, Cajun Craze, Grapefruit Grove, and Crushed Curry. Then spattered with water and dried, and spattered again with Bright Copper shimmer paint that is mixed with a little water.

Some Corrugated Sahara Sand layered with a vellum heart and banner Copper heat embossed with more images from the stamp set, and the card is done!

Next up is Sharleen Luciano with the Frosted Floral suite. I can't wait to see what magic she creates with it!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Kindred Stamps: Video Game Brothers

So Kindred Stamps does these wonderful takes on lots of different pop culture things, and these Video Game Brothers are so fun! I remember my husband and his best friend playing this game for hours when we were first married! I can still hear the music, lol.

And kids today know these games, so this is the perfect set to create cards and treats for all ages.

My oldest grandchild turned 15 last week, so I had to make something he would appreciate. He Loved the Red Fellow!

I pulled out some retired supplies from my stash, and they worked perfectly! The star and the banner were sponged with Crushed Curry and Blueberry Bushel inks, then diecut with the Mini Treat Bag dies, which is also what I used to create this envelope/bag.

Then we have the Green Fellow. Equally fun and will be appreciated by another video game lover in the future!

Then there is this squatty little Mushroomhead Fellow. I found some paper that kind of looks like mushroom caps! You finally get to see the card insert here, with the Pipe Flowers. They were colored with Copics, then cut out and glued to the card.

Last, we have this sweet princess! There are lots of birthday princesses that would love to get her!

Now, go buy this set! 😁 Video Game Brothers

Thanks for stopping by, and leave me a note! I love to hear from you all! Blogger is being weird lately, and I don't get email notifications for the comments anymore. Still trying to track down that issue. So I will reply to questions in the comments, instead of in email. Sorry.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Kindred Stamps: Stay Golden

Hello friends! Shall we play with some sassy old ladies, and try out a new action card? I think we shall! Stay Golden from Kindred Stamps seems to go perfectly with the Tropical Escape Suite from Stampin' Up! I mean, it is like they were made for each other!!

I did make a video showing how to make this card, and it also shows 2 other cards made with the same suite of products.

Measurements for slider components:

Pocket Pieces: cut two at 3¾" x 4½"  (9.5 cm x 11.4 cm), score the 3¾" (9.5 cm) edge at 3½" (9 cm)
Inside Slider Base: cut one at 3-3/8" x 4¼" (8.5 cm x 10.8 cm), create notches in the 3-3/8" (8.5 cm) end, 3/8" in and from each side.
Slider Strip: one at 2¼" (5.7 cm) x at least 10" (25.5 cm) long
Slider Panels: two at 2¾" x 4" (7 cm x 10.2 cm)

The sentiment on the front is stamped on a piece of white card stock sponged with Granny Apple Green ink, then spattered with water. A Stitched oval vellum piece is behind the sentiment to add a little more fancy.

The sentiment on the inside is just perfect!! Audra from Kindred Stamps did a marvelous job with this set!

The leaves on the sides are stamped in Soft Stone ink from Papertrey Ink on the Soft Stone card stock.

The mother daughter duo is on the left hand panel. They were colored with Copics. Here is the list of what I used:

Hair: W1, W2
Skin: E00, E30, R20
Mom dress: RV29, R59 and C1, 0
Glasses: W5
Bag: W2, W3
Shoes for both: C5, C7
Daughter Clothes: C1, C2, C5, C7
Bangle: Y15

And the two sassy pseudo-sisters! Here are their Copic colors for this card:
Sister on the left:
Hair: W1, E50, E70 (kind of a weird combo. On the other two cards I used the same as the mom/daughter)
Dress/shoes: G21, G85
Sister on the right:
Hair: E30, E31, E33
Dress/shoes: R02, R05
Skin for both: E00, E30, R20

And there it is, all put together! I think I have found another favorite interactive card technique. And that there will be quite a few sassy old ladies in my stash of cards.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Waterfront
Welcome to my favorite time of the year!! I adore autumn. But, all I can think of right now with this stamp set is all things tropical! Maybe I am not really ready for summer to be over quite yet after all, lol.

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 Linda Callahan's blog.

I did a grid of sponged Gray Granite here, just using the edge of some scrap paper. Then I filled the grid with little beach cabanas or cabins.

The sentiment is Copper heat embossed on vellum, and stitched it onto the panel.

We love coffee mugs here, and tend to get one from wherever we go. I just had to make a tropical one. The backgroun was sponged in Mango Melody and Poppy Parade, spritzed with water, and heat set.

The doily behind the cup is vellum cut with and Eastern Medallion dies. The Coffee Cup dies helped create the cup shape so quickly!

That is all I have for you this time. I sure had fun!

Next up is Mike Funke. He always surprises me with his awesome ideas!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Kindred Stamps Release Blog Hop: Happy Haunting!

Oh my gosh! It is Kindred Stamps release time!! And it is such a great one!! I get to feature a stamp set that is all about the a certain ghastly ghost in striped pants. Don't say his name! You may end up singing about Mr. Tally Man!

My first project is a treat box that I sponged and stamped to make it look like there was a ghost rising out of the mist. 

I did this on all four sides, with the ghost rising higher on each panel. 

Then I colored the image with some Copics, cut him out, and popped him on the box. A few dabs of Morning Dew Nuvo drops added just the right touch. 

When I first got this set, I stamped out a bunch of images and started coloring them from memory. I initially thought the girl was the green skinned receptionist in the movie. So that is where this color scheme came from. I still really like her.

The Tufted embossing folder and clear on black embossed stripes are supposed to give this a theatrical feel. And I could not resist the Red Berry Nuvo drops, they matched perfectly!

Quick tip: if your ink pad is a little too juicy, and you start to lose some of the details in the image (like the teeth on mister striped pants), use a sponge to dab off some of the excess ink before you stamp it down. Worked wonders from me!

Last up is this fun card! I wanted something that would appeal to the goth child that my daughter is, but is not really a Halloween card. I dug out a retired embossing folder for the web. 

My Copic coloring on this little lady is much better on this card, don't you think? Practice does really help 😉

We have six new stamp sets, new shaker packs, and a couple new stencils coming out Friday, August 24th at Kindred Stamps, that we think you'll fall in love with as much as we have! Come join us on our team's blog hop for a chance to win a $10 store credit; make sure you leave comments on each blog to be entered. Join our Facebook Fan Club to be kept in the loop about giveaways, share your projects, and see all of ours!

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