Sunday, August 20, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Window Shopping Edition

Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the cute stamp set Window Shopping. Our international crew has some really fun stuff to show you!!  (You can click on the banner below for a full list of members and more info.)
One of my delights in stamping and crafting is making gifts for others and especially creating coordinating gift sets.   When I recently finished a couple of potholders one of which looks like bacon and eggs I thought it needed some coffee to go with it.   But since this present will be mailed it is a little hard to include a cup of coffee.  So... I made a coffee-themed card.
The Window Shopping set had the PERFECT dotted background stamp to go with the dotted fabric of my potholders.
Isn't that just the best match?  Stampin' Up's products are right on-trend and coordinate so well with other industries.

Oh and I used a Stampin' Up product to make my potholders too.
The bacon and eggs potholder is a chenille method which requires multiple layers of fabric that is stitched down and then cut open.  I hand cut all the eggs whites which was not bad but the idea of hand cutting all the egg yolks did not sound like fun.   So I used the Layering Circles Framelits to cut them!   I could only cut one layer of fabric at a time but hey it was a whole lot faster and more accurate than I could do by hand for sure!

And speaking of time savings here is a tip for stamping the Happy Birthday.
The stamp has the two words together but I separated them on the card.
You could selectively ink up each word and stamp them but to save time I hid the extra words behind the dotted layer.  To do this I first stamped the dotted layer (I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the dots).  Then before adhering that layer down I made a pencil line where it would be and stamped Happy Birthday twice, once with the "Happy" above the line on the left and the "Birthday" below the line on the right.  When the dotted layer was in place the extra words were covered up!

Another little detail is that the tiny heart topper on the coffee cup is Bermuda Bay cardstock colored with a Bermuda Bay marker to give the same coloration as the tone-on-tone stamping of the dots.

Here is the complete set!  This card could be done in any color scheme to match whatever gift you have.
Thanks for stopping by!  To continue to hop along click on the buttons below.   I am in between two sweet friends named Holly this time so either way you hop you will see wonderful projects by Holly:)

Card Supplies:
Stamps:  Window Shopping, Coffee Cafe'
Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Cajun Craze and Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Bermuda Bay Classic Ink, Bermuda Bay and Cajun Craze Stampin' Write Markers, Basic Black Archival Ink
Big Shot:  Coffee Cups Framelits
Punch: Mini Heart (retired)
Accessories:  3/8" Bermuda Bay Chevron Ribbon, Corrugated Elements, Stampin' Dimensionals
Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig

Bacon and Eggs Potholder:
Pattern:  Simple, Fun & Quickly Done by Terry Atkinson
Fabric: Polka Dot:  Basic Mixologie by Studio M for Moda    Solids:  White, Rust, Turquoise and Yellow Kona Solids
Big Shot:  Layering Circles Framelits (third smallest circle)

Diamond Point Block Potholder:
Fabric:  Polka Dot:  Basic Mixologie by Studio M for Moda    Solids:  White, Rust, Turquoise and Yellow Kona Solids
Accuquilt Dies: Half Square Triangle 2" finished (55316), 4" Quarter Triangle (value die-55018), Chisel  2" X 4" finished (55734)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Whole Lot of Love Wedding Card

We attended a sweet outdoor wedding recently and this is the card I created using the Whole Lot of Lovely suite.   The delicate combo of Powder Pink and Whisper White on the floral paper is so pretty and the shimmery Powder Pink ribbon, Dazzling Diamond Glimmer Paper and the gold Mini Sequin trim gave it a special sparkle.
A couple of tips for making this card:  Use the Layering Circle Framelit that is just a smidgen bigger than the Eastern Medallion Thinlit.  Nest the two together on top of the white paper and use a Post-it note to hold them in place before running it through the Big Shot.  Use that same Layering Circle Framlit to then cut a circle of Powder Pink cardstock to layer behind the white diecut.  This makes the delicate white medallion stand out on the floral paper.
Happy stamping!

Stamps:  Lots of Love
Paper:  Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper, Powder Pink and Whisper White cardstock, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
Ink: Powder Pink Classic Ink
Big Shot:  Eastern Medallion Thinlits, Layering Circles Framelits
Accessories:  3/8" Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon, Gold Mini Sequin Trim, Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, July 14, 2017

Inky Friends New In-Color Blog Hop

Welcome to our second Inky Friends Blog Hop!  We are a group of long time stamping friends that have reorganized to bring you fresh ideas for Stampin' Up products.   Our hop today focuses on the five new In-Colors that were introduced at the beginning of the month.  These colors are available for two years and always are right on trend.

Berry Burst is a bold color that is lovely for a wedding or bridal shower card either as a monochromatic card
Wedding card with matching gift enclosure
or as a tiny accent color.
Bridal shower card with coordinating package tag
I find I am using the Wood Words stamp set and matching Wood Crate thinlits often.  It is an awesome all-around combo that works for so many different occasions -both masculine and feminine.  
The Berry Burst ribbon can be pulled apart for a delicate accent
So glad you have hopped by today!  Please click on the links below to see more of the Friends In-Color inspirations.  Twila has some terrific projects coming up next!

Did you see Staci's lovely projects?  Click below to see them!

Supplies for Monochromatic Card
Stamps:  Wood Words
Paper:  Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack,  Berry Burst and Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Berry Burst Classic Ink
Big Shot:  Wood Crate Framelits, Sweet and Sassy Framelits
Accessories:  Stampin' Dimensionals

Supplies for Rooster Crate Card
Stamps:  Wood Words, Hardwood
Paper:  Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, Old Olive, Soft Suede and Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Berry Burst, Old Olive, Soft Suede and Early Espresso Classic Ink
Big Shot:  Wood Crate Framelits
Accessories:  5/8" Burlap Ribbon, 1/2" Finely Woven Berry Burst Ribbon

Friday, June 23, 2017

Inky Friends 2017-2018 Annual Catalog Blog Hop

Welcome to the first ever Inky Friends Blog Hop!  Our group will be hosting occasional "special event" blog hops with a different focus each time.  For our first blog hop, each member has chosen a stamp set from the new 2017-2018 Stampin' Up annual catalog.

The hardest part was picking which new set to use:)  I settled on the Sunshine in My Pocket set with the matching Pocket Framlits.

I recently reorganized my sewing room and have been dreaming of some quilts I would like to sew. I guess that has carried over to my stamping as the first thing that came to mind for the Sunshine in My Pocket set was a quilt card.
Cutting these with the framelits made the corners match perfectly.  Probably the easiest "Y seam" quilt I will ever make!

The Stitched Shapes Framelits also coordinate nicely- I used one to die cut the sentiment.

For the next card I tried a new color combo- Flirty Flamingo and Tranquil Tide with Whisper White.
The pocket is open at the top to tuck in even more goodies.
Well thanks so much for taking time to check out our new Inky Friends blog hop! We will have our blogs permanently linked so you can always click thorough at any time.   We have more hops planned for the future that you won't want to miss!

Next up is Sara's sweet projects with "Sharing Sweet Thoughts".  Or you can hop the other direction to Cindy's terrific ideas for "Oh So Eclectic".  If you happen to get lost click HERE to find the complete list of hop participants.

Supplies for Quilt Card
Stamps:  Pocket Full of Sunshine, Flourishing Phrases
Paper:  Petal Garden Designer Series Paper, Old Olive cardstock
Ink: Old Olive Classic Ink
Big Shot:  Pocket Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits
Accessories:  Stampin' Dimensionals

Supplies for Pocket Card
Stamps:  Pocket Full of Sunshine
Paper:  Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper, Flirty Flamingo, Tranquil Tide and Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Tranquil Tide Classic Ink
Big Shot:  Sweet and Sassy Framelits
Accessories:  3/8" Striped Flirty Flamingo Ribbon, Delicate White Doilies

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Paper Bracelet and Gift Box Video Tutorial

One of my tutorials is this week's feature on Splitcoaststampers!  Make a bracelet and matching gift box using scrapbook paper.  
Both written and video instructions are included. There is a gallery where you can post your version too!
Stamps:  Eastern Beauty
Paper:  Dapper Denim and Very Vanilla cardstock, Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist and Dapper Denim Classic Ink
Big Shot:  Eastern Medallions Thinlets
Punches:  1" and 1-1/4" Circle
Accessories:  Liquid Adhesive, snail adhesive, pencil, .5 elastic beading thread, Mini Tassels Assortment

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Labeler Alphabet Edition

Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop!  Join us on a trip around the world as our international team shows many new ideas for this session's stamp set.
This time we are focusing on a stamp set that makes personalizing a project so easy... the Labeler Alphabet.

I have had a crossword style project in mind for a while but never seemed to get to it.  The Crew's focus on this set was just the nudge I needed to actually get it done!
There are online crossword generators that could be used to do this but since I had in mind the way I wanted it to look I used graph paper to pencil in our names.  I only had to play around with a couple of layouts before I got one I liked.   Stamping was really easy with the clear photopolymer stamps!
I used a combination of Stampin' Dimensionals and Foam Adhesive Strips to mount the elements so this has a lot of depth and pretty shadows.  

Now that I have made one and found out it really does not take that long I think these would make really neat personalized gifts for others.

So glad you hopped by today!  Please click on the links below to see more of the Crew's projects using this fun alphabet set.

This way to Charlet's Blog

And this way to Heidi's Blog

Stamps:  Labeler Alphabet
Paper:  Soft Sky and Tranquil Tide cardstock, Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper
Ink: Basic Black Archival Ink
Accessories:  Gold Library Clips, Crushed Curry 3/8" Mini Chevron Ribbon, 3/8" graph paper (non-SU)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Lovely Thinking of You

Two of the new In-Colors that are pretty together are Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide.   Lovely for a soft and serene "Thinking of You" card.
I enjoyed playing around with the watercolor-like graphics of the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP - dots, lines and florals.
Stamps:  Lots of Love
Paper:  Powder Pink, Tranquil Tide and Whisper White cardstock, Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper
Ink: Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide Classic Ink
Big Shot:  Layering Circles Framelits, Stars Framelits 
Accessories:  Gold Sequin Trim

Friday, June 9, 2017

Love You to Pieces

I reorganized my sewing room (wow was it in need of that!) and now I will hopfully be sewing a bit more.   Having everything organized is very motivational.  

As I was working I had to stop and look at my collection of retired Stampin' Up fabrics.  They are so pretty!  I wanted to make something right away but I made myself finish all the organizing first-- work before play:)  

My first little project was a potholder for my sweet sister-in-law's birthday using the Stampin' Up Springtime Vintage fabric.  I sent it with a quilt card I made a while back- I have been waiting for the perfect person to send it to!   

Christmas of 2013 I gave her a basket made with this same fabric.  It has only taken me three and a half years to make the matching potholder!

That basket has been one of my most pinned projects.  (Details about the basket can be found HERE.)
This has been a post with all retired things but I am patting myself on the back for getting organizing done and am happy to rekindle a love of sewing!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Color Theory Grad Card

Dr Seuss books are a staple at our house...well worn and loved.  At one time I had the entire book of Dr Seuss ABCs memorized because I read it so many times to the kids.!  Oh, the Places You'll Go was another favorite.  That is why I have a special fondness for this stamp set for graduation cards.  
I coupled the set with the new Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack for a clean and simple card.  Do you see the blue ombre' for the globe?  I wish there were bunches and bunches of that particular paper in the stack!  It is lovely for sky, water, and snow scenes.  The little strip of paper at the bottom and on the left are from that stack as well.  All the little bits and pieces of it are just as cool as the big ones!

Stamps:  Places You Will Go
Paper:  Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, Thick Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Basic Blace Archival
Big Shot:  Layering Circles Framelits, Stars Framelits 
Accessories:  Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Happy Balloons

Two birthday cards today with the same layout.  They both use the Nailed It stamp set.
The card below I created awhile ago when prepping for the Nailed It edition of the Stamp Review Crew but did not post it as the paper was already sold out.  I decided to post is now so I would be able to record the dimensions and not forget them.  It often takes me a few tries to get a layout I am happy with.  Aggravating if I forget to write down my measurements before I send it to someone!
Upper left panel:  1-3/4" X 2-1/2",  layer: 1-1/4" x 2-1/4"
Lower left panel:  1-3/4" X 2-3/8"
Right panel: 2" X 5"

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Thoughtful Banners Edition

It's the third Monday of the month so it is time for another Stamp Review Crew blog hop!   This session is focusing on the incredibly versatile sentiment set Thoughtful Banners.

The release of the 2017-2018 annual Stampin' Up catalog is near (June 1) and one of the nifty perks of being a demonstrator is being able to preorder select items before the release date.  My project combines Thoughtful Banners (which is carrying over to the new catalog) with some preorder goodies.
I have "Happy Mother's Day" on my card but with all the words that are in the Thoughtful Banners set you could make this for almost any occasion.  Thoughtful Banners is a photopolymer set so the stamps can be bent to fit the space on the banner.
Also I used the flowers from the new set Wood Words.   The layout could just as easily be made into a masculine card by changing the center stamp and colors.  This card is monochromatic and highlights the lovely new In-Color Berry Burst.  The color variation of the four banners is created by stamping on the Color Theory Designer Series Paper that looks like a paint chip.  So pretty when layered on the ombre paper!

Thanks for hopping along with the "Crew" today!  Please click on the links below to see all the Thoughtful Banners projects we have prepared for you.

This way to Dawn's blog!

This way to Kelly's blog!

Stamps:  Thoughtful Banners, Wood Words
Paper: Berry Burst cardstock, Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink: Berry Burst Classic Ink, 
Big Shot:  Layering Ovals Framelits
Accessories:  2017-2019 In-Color Bitty Bows, Basic Pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Nailed It Edition

Welcome to the latest Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop!  Our international crew highlights one stamp set on each blog hop which are the first and third Mondays of the month.   A great way to get many ideas for using a stamp set!

This time we are using the set Nailed It.  The tools and sentiments are super for masculine cards.  I however chose the little itty bitty smile stamp as the focus for my project.  By punching the tiny smiles stamped on bright colors with the 1/4" circle punch I got M&M's!  Milk chocolate M&M's are my favorite so I mounted the "candies" on a Chocolate Chip piece of cardstock.
The sentiment was done by selectively inking up just a few letters or words with a marker.   For example "so" is from the stamp that says "sorry".  By looking at all the words in a stamp set you often can come up with new combinations or words--a great way to stretch the usefulness of a set!
To keep the circle theme going I used Whisper White Mini Pompom Trim and colored it with markers.
Thanks for stopping by!  For more ideas click on the links below.  Next will take you to Jessica's cute project and Previous to Tanya's terrific take on the Nailed It stamp set!

This way to Jessica's Blog!

This way to Tanya's Blog!
Stamps:  Nailed It
Paper: Pacific Point, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin, Pie, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, and Pool Party cardstock,  Eastern Palace Speciality Designer Series Paper
Ink: Pacific Point Classic Ink, Versamark, Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point and Real Red Stampin' Write Markers
Big Shot:  Large Polka Dot embossing folder (retiring)
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder, Whisper White Mini Pompom Trim (retiring), Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine (retiring)