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.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Stampin' Blendabilities are Here!

Have you been waiting to get your hands on the entire collection of Stampin' Up!'s new alcohol markers?  Well, the wait is over.  You can now order all 12 color collections and the Skin Tone Assortment and other Stampin' Blendabilities' accessories.

How do they work? Here is a quick video from Stampin' Up! that shows you some tips:

Want to try them out for yourself?  I am offering two different projects at my August Stampin' Buffet that feature these markers. Today, I'm sharing with your one that was inspired by a card made by Connie Collins for the Artisan Design Team at Stampin' Up!:

Colors: Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Whisper White, Old Olive, Hello Honey and Coral Calypso.  Stamps: Hello There. Punches: Petite Petals and Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack.  Accessories: Coastal Cabana Blendabilities, Back to Black Designer Series Paper, Occasions Paper Piercing Pack, 1/8" Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon.
Here I used the the Coastal Cabana Stampin' Blendabilities to color directly on the Back to Black Designer Series Paper just like Connie did. (Brilliant idea!)  I love how it totally changes the look of this paper. I started with the darkest color at the top of the shape and then added the lighter tones to it to give it a shaded look.

I will be showing the second card on my blog next week (but you can see it now on the class page linked above).  In the mean time, you can head on over to MY ONLINE STORE to purchase your own set of Stampin' Blendabilities!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wood Rose Hamburger Box

A couple of weeks back, I showed a project I made with the Hamburger Box die on The Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop.  Today I have another one for you:

Colors: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Coral Calypso, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Pear Pizzazz.  Stamps: Hardwood and Perfect Pennants.  Big Shot: Hamburger Box Bigz XL and Spiral Flower Originals. Punch: Fun Flower.  Accessories: Tea Lace Doilies, Coral Calypso Seam Binding Ribbon.  
I haven't had a chance to use the Spiral Cut Flower die in the past few months.  Here I cut two of them out: one out of Coral Calypso and one out of Crisp Cantaloupe.  Then I wound them up together (after breaking up the paper fibers with a bone folder) to make a single rose monochromatic rose.  it was still missing something, so I added some leaves by punching just a section of the Fun Flower punch.

This is just one of the projects being offered at my August Stampin' Buffet.  It would be perfect to fill with a little treat for your child's teacher for Back to School or really, it works for so many occasions.  Sign up to come to my class today!

This is also a great time to mention that starting on Friday, August 1, Stampin' Up! is offering a special on the Big Shot. If you purchase one during the month of August, you can choose from one of 5 different stamp set/framelit bundles absolutely free! And if you already own a Big Shot, you can still purchase the bundles (not offered in the current catalog) at a 15% savings.   I will have more details on this offer next week.  

Monday, July 28, 2014

July Paper Pumpkin Kit and Promotion

I've been a little more MIA than I'd care to admit lately.  It seems to coincide with exactly when my younger son got out for the summer. (He's on year round so he went all the way until July 3 this year).  He is very high maintenance (must take after someone else in the family).  I also went to Stampin' Up's Convention and came back with lots of great ideas.  But now I am just rambling.  I really do have something important to share with you today.

It's been a couple of months since I posted about Paper Pumpkin.  But July's kit is SOOOO cute!  In the little orange box that arrived in my mailbox was all the parts and pieces to make six cards and six cute little gift boxes.  I am saving some of the parts and pieces for my next class, but here are the samples I made:

All paper, stamps and accessories from the July 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit.

Here's a closer look at each:

Isn't this kit fabulous? For the first time, I will be offering a Paper Pumpkin Sampler at my August Stampin' Buffet.  You will be able to make a card and a box from this months kit for $3.  But supplies are limited so if you want to make one or two, you will need to RSVP quickly!

Also right now, Stampin' Up! is offering a sweet deal: 50% off the first two months of kits for new subscribers.  Just visit the Paper Pumpkin Website and use the promo code: HALFOFF2.  This offer is good until September 10, but trust me, you will want to do it before August 10. We got a sneak peek at August and September kits at convention and they are spectacular.  And if you like Halloween, then you will really not want to miss out on the August kit. And once you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, you will be able to go back and purchase previous kits that you've been missing out on all this time. What are you waiting for?  Go do it!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Stamp Crew Review: Lovely as a Tree

It's time for another blog hop with The Stamp Review Crew.  I'm sure others have mentioned it, but our group was selected to make a display board for convention this year and it was so much fun working together to create this board, especially featuring stamp set that has been around for years: Lovely as a Tree. (The board also featured Flower Patch so watch for that in another upcoming hop).  Both of my projects were on the board so if you were at convention and wanted to get a closer look, here is your chance.  If you weren't at convention, then you get a chance to see projects from the display boards anyway.  (I call that a win-win!)

First, I have to say that I don't even own Lovely as a Tree and I think I'm the only demonstrator on the planet that doesn't.  It's a classic and still one of the top sellers for the company. Thankfully, this means that it was pretty easy for me to track down a set to borrow. (Thanks Erin!!)  Second, I try to work smarter, not harder, so both of these projects worked triple time: display boards, convention swaps and now here on the blog hop!

For my first card, I wanted to do something a little out-of-the-box and I wanted to use it for my "Something Old, Something New" swap at convention (older stamps paired with new items).  I have seen the pine tree from Lovely as a Tree used as a branch for hanging an ornament, so why not use it as a branch for a perching Halloween owl?

Colors: Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Basic Black and Whisper White.  Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Alphabet Rotary and Just Sayin'.  Big Shot: Word Bubbles Framelits.  Punch: 2" circle and Owl Builder.  Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Tangelo Twist Satin Stitched Ribbon.
And for my second project, I was thinking inside-the-box, or more precisely, a card-in-a-box.  And since we were suppose to use the new 2014-2016 In Colors with neutrals, I went with a Lost Lagoon and added some postmodern influences with the Back to Black Designer Series Paper:

Colors: Lost Lagoon, Whisper White and Basic Black.  Stamps: Lovely as a Tree and Perfect Pennants.  Accessories: Vintage Faceted Buttons, 1/8" Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Black Embossing Powder, Sweet Sadie Washi Tape, Back to Black Designer Series Paper.

I hope you've enjoyed this look at Lovely as a Tree and hope you've found some new ideas and ways to use this favorite stamp set.  To navigate through the rest of the hop, use the buttons below or go to The Stamp Review Crew for a complete list of hoppers.