Friday, January 31, 2014

Stampin' Addicts SAB Blog Hop: Petal Parade

The best time of the year Stampin' Up! year has arrived again! Two whole months of extra free stuff that is only available during the annual Sale-A-Bration promotion. And since we want you to have lots of great ideas for all the new goodies, here we are again with a blog hop featuring the free stuff you can earn with your purchases Jan 28-Mar 31, 2014. If you get lost, or just want to chat about the awesome hop and SAB freebies, check out this thread at Stampin' Addicts.

I have the luck and the honor to be the fist stop on this hop, but if you started somewhere in the middle, you probably arrived here from Holly Krautkremer's blog where she is featuring Petal Parade also! LOVE her work!

I am featuring Petal Parade this time, and I have to say that I got a lot more use out of it than I initially thought I would.

This first card is one I made for a swap, and I was going for a monotone with a splash of gold look. Crisp Cantaloupe and Calypso Coral go together beautifully here, don't you think?

On this card, I was playing around on some scraps of paper, and ended up really liking the way it turned out. The colors are Primrose Petals, Coastal Cabana, Pear Pizzazz, and Crushed Curry. I used Core'dinations for the embossed panel and rubbed my Gold Encore pad over the distressed embossing to give it a bit of "tarnish".

How about using the Secret Garden framelits with this set? I did use the Secret Garden stamp for the Crushed Curry die cut flower, but the layer over that is the large round flower wet embossed with Pool Party embossing powder, then the center is colored with a blender pen, then it is cut out with one of the Secret Garden framelits. I love how the tine banners have the sentiment stamped on them. Those are from the newest photopolymer stamps sets: Countless Sayings I & II.

No, those little banners are not punched with the new punch, but they sure could be! And the Decorative Dots embossing folder is another goodie from SAB. This is my favorite of these four cards, I love the colors!

That's all from me folks! Time to go check out what Heidi Baks has whipped up for us. She always has fabulous projects and I can't wait to see what she has come up with :)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Stamp Review Crew: Chalk Talk Edition

Hello again! Are you having a great time hopping along?! We sure hope so :)

If this is the first time you have stumbled on to a Stamp Review Crew blog hop, then let me summarize who we are and what we do. We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators who want to show you how much you can do with one stamp set. We will feature one stamp set with each blog hop, and each stop on the hop will show you a different idea using that set!

 I am stop #4 on this hop, and if you are following the hop from the beginning, then you arrived here from Adriana's blog. Did you love her ideas? I know I did :) She is a pretty awesome stamper!

If you get lost at any point, you can always click back over to the Stamp Review Crew site to see the full blog roll.

 I've been seeing a lot of ideas with Chalk Talk lately, and I have to confess, I don't own these stamps! I bought the digital download version, and found that I was able to size them for the framelits very easily, which is sooo cool!
I got a little help from this sketch from Retro Sketches. I love challenges, they are such great tools for inspiration :)

I was aiming for a wedding card, and I think this could work. For a trendy, modern-rustic theme. I used Silver Encore ink for the Hardwood. I used some long sticky notes, which I have had in my stash of Drug Rep freebies from my days of working in the clinic. I thought you might find them amusing ;) They are the perfect length for sponging a starburst effect on the cardfront!

Isn't this hilarious! OK, enough of the sidetracking :)

Now, it's time to go check out Debra Burgin's blog and her fantastic use of Chalk Talk!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sweet and Spicy!

No challenges were used on this card. Unless the challenge I gave myself... to use the newest photopolymer stamp sets from Stampin' Up! along with something from the Occasions Mini :)  I have been a little low on the creative juices lately sadly. I hope to get them flowing again soon!

I wish I could say my family has kept me busy with a bunch of fun things lately, however it is just the usual busy everyday stuff going on. We really don't leave our house unoccupied much in the coldest parts of the year as we heat with wood. The house gets mighty cold if someone isn't around to load the woodstove! But hey! We made it above 0° as a high temp last week, and for more than one day!!

Just long enough for my blinkers and windshield wipers to thaw out. Yes. My blinkers froze. I would turn them on and there was no blinking happening! No, I was not low on "blinker fluid", as some smart-ass paramedic joked ;) It was the strangest thing! A little frightening too. I did not want to drive in town until they started working again. I even called the mechanic and he had never heard of that happening before. Keep in mind, this is the brand-spanking new car I bought in May. (I love my new car :) It has remote-start and heated leather seats!) I just hope it doesn't happen again!

OK, enough rambling! I bet you want to see this little ole' card!

I was originally trying for a picture frame look with the marker lines, but clearly I did not line them up properly with the corners of the main image :) So I decided to keep adding more marker lines until it looked like rays of sunlight.
I also wanted to use to layers of the Hardwood image, overlapping was the plan. But they are flipped! I think it worked out better this way. One of the Hardwood images is stamped in Summer Starfruit and the other is stamped in Gold Encore ink. It looks so much better in real life than it does in this picture. LOVE it!
I colored in the letters with a blender pen. I pulled the color combo from the Soho Subway DSP colors. But I did not use the DSP :)
  • Stamps: Hardwood, Countless Sayings 1, Countless Sayings 2
  • Ink: Summer Starfruit, Island Indigo, Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Soft Sky, Gold Encore, Stazon Jet Black
  • Paper: White, Summer Starfruit, Soft Sky
  • Other: Blender Pen, ruler, sewing machine and thread
What?! I didn't use the Bog Shot? OR a white gel pen?! Something must be wrong with me! ;)
 I think I should have made the "me" image a darker color and the ampersand an lighter color. But such is life!

What do you think of the Hardwood stamping? Love it, hate it...take it or leave it! Share your thoughts!


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