Saturday, September 20, 2014

Partridge & Pears














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Blackberry Indigo Watercolor - Perfect Blend

What is your favorite stamp set in the current Stampin' Up! catalog? I think I've mentioned it before, but Perfect Blend is mine! This sweet little set is inexpensive, has this sketchy coffee cup image along with two great sentiment stamps and is so fun to paper piece and color.

For this card using Perfect Blend stamp set, I stamped and Heat Embossed the cups on Watercolor Paper and then flooded them with watercolor in Blackberry Bliss and Island Indigo. I used the Aquapainter with a lot of water and wet paper, lifting color from ink pressed onto a stamp case for a pallet. Then I stamped and Heat Embossed the lids onto Naturals Ivory cardstock, cut everything out and layered the pieces onto a Big Shot Embossed piece of Blushing Bride cardstock. Of course, the 'coffee & friends' sentiment was the perfect one for this card and I tied it onto the Chevron Ribbon with a piece of Early Espresso Baker's Twine.

This card was one of my swaps for a Favorite Stamp Set swap at a recent Excite & Unite Event Stampin' Up! event in Littleton recently. What a great group of ladies and a fun day talking stamps, Stampin' Up! and of course - swaps!



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Monday, September 15, 2014

Happy Hannukah from Stampin' Up!

The Happy Hanukkah stamp and sentiment is so completely gorgeous! This image is offered as a single stamp in the new Holiday Catalog from Stampin' Up! I stamped it in Memento Black ink and then went over the swirls and curls and lines with a few Blendabilities markers. The Happy Hanukkah sentiment is added as a layered banner with some tiny Silver Brads and tied off with a long bow of Silver Ribbon.












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Monday, September 8, 2014

Partridge & Pears Swap Card

Partridge & Pears stamp set is one of the stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog from Stampin' Up! that immediately caught my eye. I have been coloring these leaves and pears and that partridge all week! I used Sahara Sand on this partridge - do you think that is the 'correct' color for him? Or maybe bolder, brighter colors would be more appropriate for this Christmas bird.
With Gold Heat Embossing and a few swipes of Gold Encore Ink and Gold Heat Embossing on the sentiment I thought this card didn't need a lot in the way of embellishments. These sweet little buttons are from the Holiday Catalog, Nordic Designer Buttons.




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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Shaker Cards with the August Paper Pumpkin

Here are some Shaker Cards I made with the August Paper Pumpkin from Stampin' Up! These monthly kits come complete with project instruction and all the supplies, excluding adhesive and scissors, to create awesome cards and 3-d items. All of the design, color, measuring and cutting has been done for you. The August kit included materials to make several small and large cards with die cut pieces, banner strips, envelopes, an adorable stamp set, a  Hello Honey Ink cube and sequins, brads, linen thread and glue dots and dimensionals, too!


Each month a fully designed project kit arrives in a delightful box filled with stamps, ink, and paper—everything cut and ready to go so you can skip to the fun. Just think of it as creativity in a box. Paper Pumpkin subscriptions are $19.95/per month, however new subscribers can use the promotion code HALFOFF2 to receive the first two months for 1/2 off! But this 1/2 off offer is only until September 10th!




Here are the envelopes I made for these Shaker Cards. The fun colors and patterns came with the kit, including the circle die cuts, Silver Brads and Linen Thread.

To make the Shaker Cards, I simply adhered a piece of Window Sheet to the back of the 'Smile' die cut pieces. Then I added a foam edging around the entire word, or in the case of the smaller cards I added this edging around the die cut hearts and stars.  I used the edge pieces of our Stampin' Dimensionals to create my foam edging as well as the Foam Shaker Rings. Then I put some tiny beads (the smaller cards) or gold and pink sequins (the larger cards) inside the foam edging, removed the backing and adhered the piece to the pre-printed card bases.






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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Santa & Co Mini Cards & Circle Thinlets Box


I love playing with the Visions of Santa stamp set and as I said before, I can't color one of these whimsical Santas without laughing to myself. He's so cute in his pajamas doing his silly dance. I made the 4 different Santa images into sweet 3 x 3 mini cards, each with its own Nice, Naughty or Fabulous tag.

Becky Cowley shared an adorable Circle Thinlets Box last year and I used her easy instructions to create this Visions of Santa box. I added the label die cut from the Circle Thinlets die to the box front with Stampin' Dimensionals under the bottom half of the label. This created a latch for the top flap of the box to tuck into to stay closed.





















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Friday, August 29, 2014

Stampin' Addicts Fall Holiday Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Fall Holiday Blog Hop, featuring Fall Holiday projects with stamps and products from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. This new Holiday Catalog goes live on September 1, 2014 and features some beautiful new stamp sets, designer series papers, kits and embellishments for all your Fall and Winter Holidays. The Fall Holiday Blog Hop includes Autumn, Halloween and Thanksgiving inspiration. 
Watch for the Stampin' Addicts Winter Blog Hop coming October 10th.

I am featuring the My Digital Studio Halloween Bites Designer Kit. I have only used my MDS program a few times, but the Halloween Bites Designer Kit caught my eye because when my son and I make Halloween treats we are making SO MANY of the same item and creating digitally makes duplication much quicker and easier. Also, I always love a good candy wrap!


How adorable is that vampire with his cape flashing open to reveal a sweet treat?! He has a two piece coffin as well, that he fits right into, with a fitted lid and more Halloween sentiments on it. The Halloween Bites Kit includes 5 pages of templates to make a vampire candy bar wrap, a coffin and coffin lid to house the vampire, and a page of belly bands (with and without bats) for nugget size candy.

On the Designer Kit template, each page has a text box of instructions, such as this example on the vampire page. As well as the templates, the MDS Halloween Bites Kit includes the belly band and vampire as embellishments and two bats, several Halloween sentiments and the coffin elements as stamps in the MDS program.

Here are few tips I learned as I played with this kit.
  • Add a text box of your child's name (or you!) next to the 'FROM:' on the vampire cloak before printing. 
  • Try copy weight paper, instead of cardstock for easier scoring. (I printed all the template pages onto copy weight paper and did not use the solid black page, designed to print on the back of the vampire page. Instead, I adhered the vampires to a piece of Basic Black cardstock and then cut them out.)
  • Adjust the margins of your page because the vampires use a narrow margin to fully print. (I set mine to 0" Borderless and also changed the Print Options/More Settings/Image Size to Custom.)

In addition to creating the Halloween Treats designed by this MDS Designer Kit, I also used the elements of the kit to create the banners and buttons for this blog hop. This led me to see the belly band and other pieces with additional possibilities and I created this fun Halloween scrapbook page. I dropped in photos from a past Halloween and even with my lack of MDS experience, this page came together pretty easily. I used a Sun Garden 12x12 photo layout and changed all the flowers and butterflies to bats. I re-colored the Scallop Trim piece, added photo mats, changed the title from FRIENDS to SPIRITS and added the script 'kindred' over it. Then I used an enormously enlarged bat belly band from the Halloween Bites Designer Kit to create the bat background along the top edge of the page. I like the framing effect it gives to the page, too. Finally, I went back, re-sized a few bats and added the Halloween sentiment in white.

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to click through to all the blogs on the Stampin' Addicts Fall Holiday Blog Hop. Use the Next and Previous buttons below to see more inspiration and ideas from Stampin' Addicts members.I also listed the Blog Roll at the bottom of this post. You'll find tons of creativity and inspiration! Happy Blog Hopping!





Stampin' Addicts Fall Holiday Blog Hop

1) Kim (s1itcher45) -- Season Snapshot Project Life -- Stitchin' n Stampin' on Paper
2) Carmen -- Frightful Wreath -- Stamping Addiction
3) Rhonda (rhondag) -- For All Things
4) Tina (tina123) -- Color Me Autumn DSP
5) Tanya (tanya27) -- Four Feathers
6) Paula (scrapshappen) -- Freaky Friends
7) Twila (tjdstamosalot) -- Motley Monsters DSP -- Stamp A Little Longer
8) Betty (kittystamp) -- Fall Fest Bundle
9) Holly (catrules) -- Halloween Street -- Rubber Redneck
10) Mary (nuhddad) -- Tee Hee Hee
11) Yapha -- Making Spirits Bright
12) Mary R. ( MaryR) -- Halloween Bites MDS Template




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Monday, August 25, 2014

Flamingo Lingo - Watercolor Wash

Another Flamingo Lingo card for me! I am in love with this stamp set and it is so unique, there isn't another one like it in the Stampin' Up! catalog.
This time I stamped and punched a big pile of the pretty flowers! To finish them off and give the petals a little curl, I put them on my Paper Piercing Foam Mat and draw tiny circles in the center of each one with the Embossing Tool from my Scoring Tool.

For this card I created a bold Watercolor Wash background for a Heat Embossed Flamingo to create a resist. First I stamped the flamingo in Whisper White Craft ink onto Watercolor Paper. I Heat Embossed this image with White Embossing Powder. Then I wet the Watercolor Paper with a Spritzer and put ink direct from the ink pads onto my largest Acrylic Block. The inked block is stamped onto the wet Watercolor Paper and pressed down for about 5 seconds to make sure it is nice and saturated. When it dried, I added a few water spots with my Aquapainter, just dripping a spot of water here and there.

Did you notice the colored pearl centers on the flowers? That is the Blendabilities marker colored onto our Jewel Pearls.








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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Making Spirits Bright Birthday - a Sketch Challenge


 Here's a birthday card using the Making Spirits Bright stamp set from the upcoming Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. I colored the birthday martini drink with a variety of Blendabilities and then covered it with Crystal Effects. This layout is from the Craft Project Central Sketch Challenge this month.
I like the tall narrow design of this layout - my card front measures 3 3/4 x 6".






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Friday, August 22, 2014

Making Spirits Brights - Pals Paper Arts Sketch


Making Spirits Bright is a fun new stamp set from the upcoming Holiday Mini Catalog from Stampin' Up! This stamp set includes martini and hurricane glass drink images and sentiments for several holidays and occasions, including Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's, Birthday as well as a due champagne toast image.

I love the these images and the fun sentiments with their play on words and the Pals Paper Arts PPA216 Sketch Challenge this week was a great layout for me to play with.

I colored the Christmas martini image with some Blendabilities Markers and then covered the hurricane glass, holly and ribbon with a thick layer of Crystal Effects.

{Inside}
Recipe:
Stamps: Making Spirits Bright
Cardstock: Basic Black, Real Red, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Red Glimmer
Ink: Memento Black, Blendabilities in Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Coastal Cabana, Flesh Tones
Accessories: Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Real Red Satin Woven Ribbon, Delicate Designs TIEF, Crystal Effects









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