Sunday, December 31, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Bella & Friends
Happy New Year! 2017 was a very eventful year for all of us, and 2018 promises to bring more! The Stamp Review Crew is helping you start the year with a stamp set that has been around for a couple years, but is so adorable! And has been in need of the spotlight for a while now 😊 Bella and Friends stamp set, with it's sweet little dog, parrot, and turtle! It is a great set to use with the new Blends.

For those who are new to the Stamp Review Crew, here is a little background. We are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that gets together on the first and third Mondays of every month to do a blog hop. Each hop features a single stamp set to give you loads of inspiration for that set! The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog, and you will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want! And you can click on the banner of this post to go to the master blog roll for this hop also.

If you are following along in order, you just arrived from Lou Kitzelman's blog. Her work is just beautiful!

To start my projects, I stamped all of the images out on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.

Not the thick version, the standard version. It seems to take the markers better.

Then I went to town with the coloring with my Blendas!

After I colored and cut them all out, then I started deciding what I wanted to with them all.

This parrot just seemed to need a fancy masked heart behind him.

I created a mask with the Sweet and Sassy heart die, sponged the first layer of Lemon Lime Twist.

Then I lay the medallion mask from Pattern Party pack over the mask and sponged a second layer of Lemon Lime Twist.

Shifted the medallion mask a bit, and sponged a third layer of Lemon Lime Twist.

Did this on the inside too, and added a sentiment from All Things Thanks to finish it off.

This card was made in the same fashion, but I smudged the panel with Cherry ink, so I die cut the heart, and flipped the panel. Adding a little texture with the the Pine Planks embossing folder was a fun touch too.

I was able to create a fluffy feeling to this dog's coat by adding the darker marker in a flicking motion.

Then I decided to play with the brand new White Shimmer Paste. Love it! The shimmer in real life is amazing. The fact that I could get some of it to show in the photograph speaks volumes for the amount of shimmer! I used the Ivory and Color Lifter Blends to color this nearly white puppy.

For the inside of this one, I stamped the balloon a few times and used a Blender pen with Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, and Pumpkin Pie ink for the lids of the inkpads.

Since I had so much fun with the White Shimmer Paste, I decided to play with the Silver Paste!

I didn't quite let the paste dry long enough when I laid the image strip over the top and die cut the circle. But I'm going to go with it!

And now, Adriana Benitez!! I love her clean style!

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