Saturday, July 25, 2015

Guy Greetings and a Convention Update

So, I am at Stampin' Up! Convention, and I am having a wonderful time connecting with a bunch of my stamping friends! We have such a great time, talking, laughing, eating, and seeing/learning new things. And swapping. Lots and lots of swapping!

 Here I am with a few of my friends! Angie Pegram, Rhonda Griffin, and Paula Wright. They are all fabulous ladies, and a blast to hang around with :)

And here is a card using some of the product from the Holiday Mini that will be starting on September 1st. I can't wait to get my hands on some of these lovelies!!

And this one.... I love the tree trunk embossing folder soooo much!

This is one of the cards I made for an organized swap at the Stampin' Addicts Meet & Greet. I had decided to only do a few small organized swaps this year. Time was definitely a factor, I only have so much of it, lol!
  1. I embossed several images from Guy Greetings in clear embossing powder on watercolor paper. 
  2. Then sponged on some Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe. I also masked off all but the right 1" edge of the inside of the card (the new Whisper White Thick cardstock-love!) and sponged it also. I stamped the sentiment in both colors also.
  3. Then spritzed the paper with some water to soften and blend the ink.
  4.  I let that air dry, then stitched around the edges. Adhere this panel to the card base.
  5. I then took a 2"x4½" strip of Tip Top Taupe and stamped the manly man in the same ink, then cut a dovetail in the end with my scissors. Then outlined the banner in white gel pen. 
  6. Next I stamped the "world greatest" sentiment on watercolor paper in Mint Macaron, then fussy cut it out. 
  7. Cut a 5¼" piece of Naturals Chevron ribbon and dovetail one end, adhere to the right side of the card, about 1" from the edge, then adhere the manly banner with Tear & Tape, and adhere the "world's greatest" banner with liquid glue.  
  8. Done!
Here is the inside. I can think of a few people to give this card to, can you?

If you want to create this card, or something like it, here is the supply list. Any questions, I am happy to help, just email me or leave a comment.

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Watercolor Wings Edition
For those who have just found us, I will give a quick intro to who we, the Stamp Review Crew, are and what we do. We are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators and every first and third Monday of the month, we feature a single stamp set with many different ideas. Who wouldn't want to see that?! The hops are always intact, so you can hop any time. Check out our blog for the master blog roll for this, and all of our past, hops!

July is hot, hot, hot in my part of the world, and butterflies are a welcome sight. The Stamp Review Crew is ready to wow you with this gorgeous set from the new Annual Catalog! There are 2 matching sets of framelits that work with this set, can you believe it?!

If you are following along in order, then you arrived from Heidi Baks' blog. Doesn't she do amazing work?!

My first project is a soft trio of butterflies on watercolor paper. I had dampened the paper before stamping the middle butterfly to add to the softness factor. I also took the coordinating dies and used them to make impressions, without cutting, over the butterflies. The bottom one slipped while I was running it through my Big shot with my very warped Premium Crease Pad. I may have used it a few times in the past ;) But I decided that it looks ok with the wonky impression. The sequins are from the Watercolor Wishes card kit, I just could not resist using them for this card!

Inside got a few more butterflies, and a thanks from the Another Thank You set, and isn't that a fun font!

One more shot, because it turned out so nice :) Can't waste a good picture!

Shhhh, don't tell, but this is one of my swaps for an organized swap at convention! I went a little crazy with the Iridescent Ice and the flutter of butterflies.

Interesting fact: a group of butterflies can be called a swarm, rabble, kaleidoscope, or flutter of butterflies! I don't know why there are so many choices, but there you are :)

I love how this stamps and looks on vellum. I skipped the biggest layer of the butterfly and instead let the vellum be the base color of the butterfly. It make the butterfly so vivid!

This is the version I maybe should have done for the swap, but I came up with it after I finished the swap. There is far less work to it and it has a cleaner look. Which one is your favorite?

This is the inside of both of the cars. I am going to be sending one of my copies to my daughter, I think she will like it very much :)

And this is the last one I have for you this time. It is a tea light or Hersey's nugget or jewelry box. I am sure you could come up with a few more uses for it :) I did a tutorial for these a while back, here is the link. I still make these a few times a year. There are so many ways to decorate them and so many things to use them for. I made this for a swap too, and there is a butterfly and a sentiment that says you warm my heart  from the Sheltering Tree set on the inside of the box, but I forgot to take a picture of that.

You can see all the supplies that I used for these projects below the previous and next buttons.

Next stop, Lisa Young! Another incredibly talented stamper! I am so thrilled to be on this Crew with so many talented stampers!

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

July 2015 Paper Pumpkin!

Oh, My, Gosh! I adore this month's Paper Pumpkin!! Succulents and tea! LOVE this one!! Check out the video preview that just posted!

Now I want this to be in my mailbox, today!!


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