Friday, September 25, 2015

Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday Blog Hop
Last month you got to see the Stampin' Addicts feature the Fall and Halloween items in the Holiday Catalog, now we are back to showcase the Winter Holiday items in the book.  I get to show you one of the great bundles in the catalog: the Holly Jolly Greetings Stamp Set and the Christmas Greeting Thinlits.  I'm a sucker for these word thinlits and I love it when Stampin' Up gives us a stamp set to compliment the thinlits so well.

Colors: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Silver.  Big Shot: Christmas Greetings Thinlits.  Accessories: Silver Thread, Winter Wonderland Embellishments, Silver Foil Sheets, Holiday Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper.
When you are mass producing holiday cards, sometimes simple is best, right?  This one is about as simple as they come.  I love the Holiday Fancy Foil Designer Vellum. Here I layered the Snowflake print over the watercolor stripes from the Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper for a soft winter scene.  And the Winter Wonderland Embellishments are so pretty and sparkly in real life. 

Colors: Real Red and Whisper White.  Stamps: Holly Jolly Greetings.  Big Shot: Christmas Greetings Thinlits.  Accessories: Holiday Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, Red Foil Sheets, Winter Wonderland Embellishments, Basic Jewels Rhinestones, Silver 1/8" ribbon.
My second card is a bit more stepped up.  Here I used the large snowflake stamp from Holly Jolly Greetings to stamp on Whisper White in Real Red.  Then I placed the shiny candy-cane striped vellum over the top.  I love how the foil on the vellum perfect matches the Red Foil Sheets in the Holiday catalog to add a little extra shine to the card.

Colors: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, and Very Vanilla.  Stamps: Holly Jolly Greetings.  Big Shot: Christmas Greeting Thinlits, and Banner and Oval Framelits. Punch: Banner.  Accessories: Mini Muslin Bags, Dots Decorative Mask, Sponge Daubers, Stamping Sponges, Gold Glimmer Paper, Gold Cording Trim, and Clothespins.
Here I wanted to try something a little different so I used the Merry die cut as a mask and sponged all around it with Cherry Cobbler ink to make the focal point for the tag for this treat bag.  I used a stamping sponge instead of a sponge dauber because I wanted it to look softer like the dots on the muslin bag (which I did apply with daubers). 

Colors: Old Olive, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Coral Calypso, Pacific Point and Mint Macaron.  Stamps: Holly Jolly Greetings and Kind of Eclectic.  Big Shot: Christmas Greetings Thinlits, Lots of Labels and Oval Framelits. Punch: Bitty Butterfly.  Accessories: Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Pack, Metallic Foil Doily, Basic Jewels Pearls.
It's always an extra bonus when you can find a non-holiday use for items from the Holiday Catalog.  Here I used the Holly Jolly Stamps and Christmas Greetings Thinlits to make a sympathy card.  I cut Peace out twice, once in Basic Black and once in Calypso Coral and layered them together to add a drop shadow to the word to really make it the focal point of this card.

And now that I've convinced you that you need this bundle, I'll send you on your way!  To navigate through the hop, click on the buttons below.  If you get lost along your way, visit Stampin' Addicts for a complete list of participating blogs.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Stampin' Addicts Fall Holiday Blog Hop: Witches' Night
It's been way, way too long, but the Stampin' Addicts generously invited me back to play in the Fall Holiday Blog Hop!  These gals are some of my favorite people and they always have so many wonderful ideas, so I am overjoyed to be participating in this hop.  We are featuring fall-themed products from the brand new Holiday Catalog that debuts next week.

I'm featuring Witches' Night stamp set and the Witching Decor Project Kit.  I am in love with this kit.  So much fun and so much easier than some of the home decor kits we've had in the past.  And the stamp set is perfect for Halloween tags and decor.  So here we go:

Colors: Basic Black, Cajun Craze, Delightful Dijon, Kraft, Tangelo Twist, Very Vanilla and White.  Stamps: Witches' Night and Vintage Leaves.  Accessories: All paper and embellishments from the Witches' Decor Kit.
So cute, right?  This is the kit the way it is intended to be put together.  All the pieces are die cut for you and ready to stamp, ink and put together.  The only thing I did differently than the kit instructions is the leaves. When I took the leaf die cuts out, I realized they matched up perfectly with the Vintage Leaves stamp set that is in the annual catalog.  So instead of just inking and distressing the leaves, I stamped them first and then inked and distressed them.  It added a bit of time to the project, but still reasonable for an afternoon project.

Colors: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, and Very Vanilla.  Stamps: Witches' Night.  Big Shot: Lots of Label Framelit Dies.  Accessories: Witches' Decor Kit and Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper.  Non-Stampin' Up!: Gift Bag
There were so many pieces left over from the kit after the hat was done that I started playing around with them to turn them into something else. Here I took the paper fringe, the extra Spider Web Doily, and some of the die cuts and added a few things from my stash to create a Trick or Treat bag.  Can you imagine your little witch carrying this around with her on her Halloween rounds?  So fun!
Colors: Kraft, Basic Black, Whisper White and Blackberry Bliss.  Stamps: Witches' Night.  Accessories: Witches' Decor Kit, Clothespins, Happy Haunting Washi Tape, and Kraft Tag a Bag Gift Bags. 
Still more pieces left for this little goody holder using the Kraft Tag a Bag Gift Bags from the Annual Catalog. There are only two Spider Web Doilies in the kit, but never fear, you can buy a whole package of these things and believe me, you will want them.  Here I cut up the doily to put just sections of it around the edge of the die cut. 
Colors: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango and Very Vanilla.  Stamps: Witches' Night.  Big Shot: Lots of Labels and Square Pillow Box Framelit Dies.  Accessories: Spider Web Doilies, Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper.
This project really only uses one piece from the Witches' Decor Kit (that little black 31 that is popped up on the tag) but I wanted to show one more tag with this stamp.  This time I stamped the bird again in black and then carefully cut him out to layer over the top of the image.  And this little square pillow die is also in the Holiday Catalog and is so cute and so easy to put together.  You will love it.

And FYI, there are still several sheets of leaf die cuts left for me to use on another fall projects from the kit as well as a few more tags and black rhinestones.  And I also love that the die cuts in these match up perfectly with framelits we already have in the Annual Catalog.  That way if you make a mistake and run out of pieces (hard to do since there are so many), you can still finish your project. It is very much worth the $22 US price tag.

I hope you've enjoyed my take on this fabulous kit and stamp set.  Thanks for stopping by and hopping along with us.  To navigate through the rest of the hop, click the buttons below, or visit Stampin' Addicts for a complete list of participating blogs.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Stampin' Addicts Occasions Catalog Blog Hop
It's time for the Stampin' Addicts Occasions Catalog Blog Hop!  I've been so busy lately that I haven't had a lot of time to blog or even create.  But I love the Stampin' Addicts so I make sure that if I do anything, it is this blog hop! If you are hopping in order, than you are arriving here from Kim's Stitchin' n' Stampin' blog and her fabulous take on Butterfly Basics.  If this is your first stop, all the blogs are linked in a circle so you won't miss a thing.  If you get lost along the way or want to chat it up, you can click on the banner and head to Stampin' Addicts.

There is a plethora of stuff to love in this catalog.  (We won't talk about how much I've already spent!)  But today I'm showcasing one of my favorites: the Crazy for You bundle.  It is available in wood or clear mount as well as photopolymer if you want to save a few bucks.   It is a set of word Thinlits and a stamp set that helps you complete the thought.  Here are just a few projects I've made with it recently (paired with lots of other new stuff):

My first card was inspired by a card in the Sale-A-Bration brochure featuring the fabulous Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The paper has a glossy print that resists ink so you can use all kinds of fun techniques to add color to it.  Here I spritzed it and then added a little more ink with a sponge to deepen the colors.
Colors: Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral.  Stamps: Crazy for You.  Big Shot: Hello You Thinlits.  Accessories: Best Ever Accessory Pack (SAB Exclusive), Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper (SAB Exclusive), Tea Lace Paper Doilies. 
 My second card is for Valentines:
Colors: Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black.  Stamps: Crazy for You.  Big Shot: Hello You Thinlits.  Punches: Hearts Border and Sweetheart.  Accessories:  Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack, Handheld Stapler and Silver Mini Staples. 
Next is a pocket card using the new a Mini Treat Thinlit Dies.  My nearly 12 year old son helped me design this one, telling me it needed that cute little flower in the corner.   Love it when he is helpful.
Colors: Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky and Crisp Cantaloup. Stamps: Crazy for You.  Big Shot: Hello You and Mini Treat Bag Thinlits.  Punch: Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack.  Accessories: Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper, White Jute Ribbon, Soft Sky Seam Binding, Pearl Jewels, Handheld Stapler and Mini Silver Staples.
Last, I have a simple little tag to go on a baby gift:

Colors: Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Kraft, and Whisper White.  Stamps: Crazy for You.  Big Shot: Hello You.  Punches: Ornate Tag Topper and Small Oval.  Accessories: Sweet Dreams Washi Tape, White Jute and Hello Honey 3/8" Satin Stitch Ribbon.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my projects today.  Now you are off to Yapha Mason's blog and her take on the new alphabet stamp set.   Don't forget to leave a little blog love along the way!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Stampin' Addicts Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop
Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop!!  Sale-A-Bration is my favorite time of the year for Stampin' Up!  So many fun new things to get for free!  If you are hopping in order, than you've arrived here from Rhonda's The Stampin' Bunny look at the Irresistibly Yours Paper.  Now I have some great ideas what to do with the package that is currently sitting in my craft room. All the blogs are linked together in a circle, so if they is your first stop, you won't miss anything.  And if you get lost along the way, you can always head over to Stampin' Addicts for a complete list of hop stops.

Today, I'm showcasing a perfect little stamp set: Simply Wonderful.  This is one you will want to have in your collection, especially if you are a beginning stamper, because it has three perfect sets of greetings in it and a cute little flower to go with it.  (Don't look for that flower on any of my projects because it didn't make it on them. Oops!)

First up a card featuring a few other Sale-A-Bration goodies too that you are seeing a lot of on this blog hop on a Thank You card:

Colors: Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry and Sahara Sand.  Stamps: Simply Wonderful (SAB Exclusive).  Accessories: Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper and Accessory Pack (SAB Exclusives), Whisper White Baker's Twine.
 Next, I broke out some of the new Occasions Catalog items including the new Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and the chalk ink and chalkboard paper to make a little gift for a friend:
Colors: Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana and Black.  Stamps: Simply Wonderful (SAB Exclusive).  Big Shot: Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies.  Punches: Extra Large Oval. Accessories: Aquamarine & Rose Coral ColorBox Chalk Ink Pads, Chalkboard Paper, Chalk Marker, Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper and Accessory Pack (SAB Exclusive), Clothespin.
And last, I paired this set with some of the fun wedding card items in the new Occasions Catalog to make a window card:
Colors: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky, and Pistachio Pudding.  Stamps: Something Wonderful (SAB Exclusive) and Something Lacy.  Big Shot: Oval Framelits.  Accessories: Many Marvelous Markers.  Sahara Sand 7/8" Lace Trim.
Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop and be sure to leave a little blog love along the way.  Next stop is Holly's Rubber Redneck and her look at A Happy Thing.  She has me adding this step to my next order.  Happy Hopping!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday Hop: Bright & Beautiful

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday Blog Hop!  It may seem like Christmas is a ways off, but it will be here before we know it.  And what better time to get your holiday crafting done than right now before all the craziness begins.  If you are hoping in order, then you are arriving here from Heidi's Running with Scissors Blog and her fabulous look at Festival of Trees.  If this is your first stop, you won't miss a thing because we are all linked together in a circle.  If you get lost along the way, head on over to Stampin' Addicts for a complete list of participating blogs.

I am featuring the Bright & Beautiful stamp set and coordinating Star Framelits.  I only had time to make two projects, but I hope you will get an idea how bright and beautiful this set really is.  The first is a window card so you get two pictures: the front and the inside.
Front of Card: Colors: Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, and Whisper White.  Stamps: Bright & Beautiful.  Big Shot: Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stars Framelits, and Project Life Framelits.  Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels.
Inside of Card: See above for supply list.
To make the card, I cut a window in the card front and then added a smaller window cut out of Soft Sky to the inside of that.  Then I stamped the larger star on the inside with the greeting and added some rhinestones.  Don't ask me where a person is suppose to sign this card. 

And this second project was in my head for a long time and I finally got it put on paper:

Colors: Gold, Silver and Very Vanilla.  Stamps: Bright & Beautiful.  Big Shot: Star Framelits.  Accessories: Silver 1/8" Ribbon and Gold Satin Ribbon, Brushed Silver Cardstock, and linen thread.
Here is a different look at the ornament that gives you a better idea of the dimension this ornament as to it. 
To make the ornament, I used the largest and second-to-largest star framelits to cut two of  the outside frames.  Then I stamped and die cut four of the medium stars and scored them down the middle.  I used mono multi glue to glue them together with a piece of linen thread through the middle so the inner star can move.  (You could also use dental floss or fishing line if you wanted it to be less noticeable.)

Thanks for stopping by today.  If you like what you've seen here, please leave a little blog love or pin away on Pinterest.  Now you are off to Debra's Heartfelt Inkspiration and her look at Ornamental Pines.  I just know she is going to convince you to buy this beautiful set!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Mosaic Madness
Welcome back for another The Stamp Review Crew blog hop. This time we are featuring Mosaic Madness.  Love all the projects this group puts together for these hops.  I will confess that I have a hard time with this stamp set.  I feel like all the projects I make with it end up looking the same.  So I am just as anxious as you are to see what new and different ways people came up with to use this set.

My first project is not very original.  I like to think I used these stamps in a slightly different way than others have in the past, but not sure I really did.  I kept it very simple and relied on the Stamp-A-Majig heavily to create a border for this card with two of the stamps:

Colors: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo.  Stamps: Mosaic Madness and Chalk Talk.  Punches: Artisan Label and XL Oval.  Accessories: Stamp-A-Majig and Rhinestones.
And I will admit I cheated on this second project.  It was actually a project my club made last year when this stamp set first came out.  But I never did get around to sharing it on my blog back then so I get to share it with you today.  Here I used one of the border stamps from Mosaic Madness to decorate one of our Kraft Gift Boxes.  Notice I even stamped it on the ribbon:

Colors: Kraft, Soft Suede, Baked Brown Sugar and Naturals Ivory.  Stamps: Mosaic Madness and Label Love.  Big Shot: Labels Collection Framelits.  Punch: Artisan Label and Word Window.  Accessories: Kraft Gift Box, 7/8" Cotton Ribbon. 
Thanks for stopping by today for my take on Mosaic Madness.  If you like my projects, please feel free to leave a little blog love in the comment section below or share them on Pinterest. Now you are off to see all the other fabulous creations with this set.  Use the buttons below to navigate forward or backward or click the banner at the top of the page for a complete list of blog hop participants.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Stampin' Addicts Fall Holiday Blog Hop: Freaky Friends
Welcome to the 2014 Fall Holiday Blog Hop, brought to you by the Stampin' Addicts!  I just love fall and everything that comes with it so I am loving all the projects that all the Addicts came up with for this hop from the Holiday Catalog.  If you are hopping in order, than you've landed here from Tanya's Tinkerin' in Ink Blog.  I just love her style!  If this is your first stop on the hop, we are all linked together in circle so you won't miss a thing.

I'm showcasing the Freaky Friends stamp set, perfect for Halloween which is just two months away and will be here before we know it.  First up, a simple card that pairs the cute monsters from this set with a greeting from another set from the Holiday Catalog: Mingle All The Way.
Colors: Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Whisper White and Basic Black. Stamps: Freaky Friends and Mingle All the Way.  Accessories: Blackberry Bliss Stitched Satin Ribbon. 
Next up, a stepped up card inspired by a swap I received at convention from my good friend Missi Roeber. I knew I wanted to use this set to case her card.  I paired it with Good Greetings which is a special perk you can get for hosting a qualifying party from now until October 31.  Here is the card closed:

And here it is all opened up:
Colors: Basic Black, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Coastal Cabana.  Stamps: Freaky Friends and Good Greetings. Punches: 2-1/2" and 2" circle and 2-3/8" scallop circle and word window.  Accessories: Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper, and Bermuda Bay 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon.
And last but not least, a treat box featuring the new Gift Box Punch Board:

Colors: Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Basic Black, and Crushed Curry.  Stamps: Freaky Friends and Good Greetings.  Punches: Angled Tag Topper.  Accessories: Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper, White and Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim, Gift Box Punch Board.
I hope you've enjoyed this look at Freaky Friends.  If you have, please leave a little blog love below, or go ahead and pin them to your Pinterest boards. Now you are off to the next stop: Twila's Stamp A Little Longer Blog and her fabulous take on the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Daydream Medallions
Welcome back for another edition of The Stamp Review Crew.  This time we are featuring the Daydream Medallions stamp set. Love what everyone has shown us so far!  This is a great set because it has matching framelits.  And this month, you can buy them bundled together for an extra 15% off! 

I have two cards to share with you today.  The first is a Christmas Card.  I know it looks more like Gumball Green than Meadow Morning, but I promise, it is Meadow Morning:
Colors: Meadow Morning, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake. Stamps: Hardwood Background, Daydream Medallions.  Big Shot: Circle Framelits.  Punches: 2" circle, Word Window, and Modern Label.  Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Vintage Lace Trim, Pearl Jewels, Blendabilities.
For this card, I used one of the medium circle stamps, stamped it once on the paper, then rotated it just a titch (using my Stamp-A-Majig to line it up perfectly) and stamped it again.  I colored some of the smallest pearls with the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilites and added them to look like berries.

And the second card features a window:

Colors: Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Smoky Slate, and Pear Pizzazz.  Stamps: Daydream Medallions and Something to Say.  Big Shot: Floral Frames Framelits Collection.  Accessories: Smoky Slate Button, Window Sheet.
This one sort of just came together.  Once I got the largest of these medallions on the paper, I noticed that one of the matching framelits fit perfectly inside the image, just begging to be a window. So that is exactly what I did with it.

I hope you've enjoyed my take on this fabulous stamp set.  If you have, show a little love by leaving a comment below, or pinning it on your boards at Pinterest.  Now you are off for the rest of the hop and some more amazing ideas from the rest of the team. Use the buttons below to navigate forward or backward or visit The Stamp Review Crew for a complete list of participating bloggers.