Friday, June 12, 2009

Bon Voyage Blog Hop!

*ETA: Time's Up! All blog Hop links have been broken. However, if you go to the forums at Stampin' Addicts Bon Voyage Blog Hop, you can find the list of all the blogs.*

Welcome to Port of Call #32 on the Stampin' Addicts 2009 Bon Voyage Blog Hop featuring Stampin' Up! Retiring Stamps Sets! You may have arrived here via Port of Sarah's Ink Spot. One announcement before disembarking: the Blog Hop links are only active through 11:59 pm Tuesday June 16; after that, many hostesses will post more details on projects you see today. Bookmark your favorite stops now--on return visits, you'll bypass customs & immigration and go straight to the fun!



My projects feature the fun and a little bit funky Big Deal Alphabet. I am so sad to see this alphabet set retire - I just love its round letters with some over-sized ones and some just a little smaller. It makes for fun titles for happy themed scrapbook pages and works great for card fronts as well. You can stamp it out straight and perfect with your Stamp A Ma Jig, or stamp them tight and loopy or even stamp them with overlapping letters; this alphabet is so accommodating to all kinds of titles and greetings.





This card is a great example of how versatile the Big Deal Alphabet is for helping you to create just the right focal point sentiment. I stamped the letters in Pacific Point ink onto the Bashful Blue card front and then gave them highlights them with the Signo White Gel Pen. I think the touch of white gives the letters a lot of dimension. Don't forget that the 2008-2009 In Colors, including this Pacific Point, are retiring as well at the end of this month.

TIP: To get the word centered on your card front, first stamp it onto Grid Paper. Then place the card front just above your stamped letters and center it. Finally, stamp the word onto your card front, using the Grid Paper sample as your guide.

Stamps: Big Deal Alphabet (retiring), Cheap Talk, Best Wishes & More (inside sentiment)
Paper: Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Whisper White, Good Morning Sunshine DSP (retiring)
Ink: Pacific Point (retiring), Really Rust Marker
Accessories: Three Blossom Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Mat Pack, Rich Regals Brads
, Signo White Gel Pen

Here is a more traditional sample of a scrapbook page using the Big Deal Alphabet set. I chose a background page of Chocolate Chip card stock and then stamped my title word in Whisper White Craft Ink. I used the Signo White Gel Pen to add a lot of texture to the letters by doodling down each letter and smearing the gel pen with my finger before it dried. Then I dotted the I's in the title with a half back pearl from the Pretties Kit secured with a Mini Glue Dot. A tiny bit of journaling below the photo and a few flowers from the Pretties Kit finish off this page.

Stamps: Big Deal Alphabet (retiring)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Almost Amethyst
Ink: Whisper White Craft
Accessories: Signo White Gel Pen, Pretties Kit




My final project is also a scrap booking one, but a mini album this time. I saw an 'Up Fold' album like this and had to give it a try. I just love the fun way it opens on the left side, but it also opens UP on the right side. I used the chipboard backing from a package of Designer Series Paper to help me with this. I had a lot of fun with this mini album and it came together so quickly and easily! The Big Deal Alphabet helped me create just the right title for the cover. This time I stamped the letters in Real Red Craft Ink and then embossed them with my Heat Gun and some Clear Embossing Powder.

If you'd like to see how I put this Up Fold Album together and take a peek at some of the inside pages, be sure to bookmark my blog and come back next week.

Stamps: Smarty Pants, Big Deal Alphabet (retiring), Short Order Numbers (retiring)
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, So Saffron, Jackpot DSP
Ink: Real Red Craft, Basic Black Craft
Accessories: Large Oval Punch, Round Tab Punch, Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain, Black Gingham, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun




Well, thanks for stopping at my blog on this Stampin' Addicts 2009 Bon Voyage Blog Hop! Now it's time to continue on to your next stop A Touch From the Heart.



If you would like to see more Stampin' Up! inspiration, be sure to visit the Stampin' Addicts website at stampinaddicts.com. Take a look in the gallery at Stampin' Addicts where I've uploaded several more scrap book pages featuring the Big Deal Alphabet Set.

30 comments:

Debbi said...

Great projects Mary! Awesome tip about stamping the words on grid paper first - very clever! The mini journal would make a great gift!

Dixie Finn said...

I love the mini albums and the tip about centering your words. Thank you.

Amy said...

Wow Mary! What a great post! The albums are fantastic, and so is everything else!

Beedubya said...

I love everything about this post! I'm totally coming back to see the flip book! TFS!

Brandi

RhondaG -the stampin' bunny said...

I will definitely be back to see the up fold album! Fantastic projects!

Chrisd said...

Great stuff, thanks so much!See you again...

Kathy said...

Loved stopping by! What great ways to showcase the alphabet! As always, beautiful work!

Michelle said...

OK, first of all, you used the fat bird which I LOVE and did something really cool to the letters. I'm like,"what set is that?" and realized it was Big Deal. The white lines really make it COOL!

Rhonda Langley said...

Love how you highlighted the "Laugh" sentiment! The mini album is awesome!!

Margaret said...

I like you you used the white gel pen to do some highlights on the letters.

Jean from jlfstudio said...

Lots of wonderful ideas and tips Mary! Can't wait to see the inside of the album!

Thanks for sharing the creativity and inspiration.

Hugs and blessings from a sister demo - Jean

Julie A. said...

Hello Mary-

Beautiful work! I love the "laugh" card. Thanks for the letter centering tip:)

Missi said...

Fun projects! I love this alphabet too! You've given me some great ideas!

Sharon Bridwell said...

Wow Mary!! I love all your projects! Great stuff lady!

Stacy said...

Mary - this is excellent - can't wait to see the inside of your mini book - I'm a sucker for a good mini book!

yaphastamps said...

I love that laugh card! It is great! I really like how you added to the letters with a gel pen!

inkpaperstamps said...

Oh Mary, what adorable projects! Love the way you used the gel pen to achieve different looks--really cool!

Angie (finger's inky girl) said...

cute projects mary! i'll be back to see the album directions, always looking for something new!

Twila said...

Mary, what a great job using this alphabet set. I love the first card and the last projects!

Debadoo said...

Great job Mary! Love that fold up album. Thanks for the tip on using the grid paper for centering.
Deb

Catrules said...

Mary the projects ROCK!! Way to go the card was soo cute, love the scrapbook page, the book rocks!

Comeka said...

All your projects are great but OH MY GOODNESS - Your Up Fold album is fantastic!

Paula said...

Love how you used that gel pen to highlight the letters. Awesome job on all the projects Mary.

Beth said...

Mary-these ROCK!! Figures, Big Deal never really caught my eye, but I LOVE the way it looks when you highlight it with the gel pen - gorgeous card!! I really like uncluttered scrapbook pages and yours is simply elegant, very lovely. Super cool scrap/flip/thingy, too-I'll definately stop back and check out the deets. TFS!!

Pammybaby said...

Very cute projects, Mary! And I can't wait to learn how to make that mini album!

Kat said...

Great Projects! I love the album, it is so creative.

Candace Lawlor said...

Love your projects Mary... I don't have this alpha but can definitely see the potential! Thanks for sharing!

Dawnmarie said...

I love what you did with the alphabets! I'm going to have to break down and buy one now!!

Diana said...

Very nice projects. Thank you for all of this. It is so much fun.

Renée said...

ooooh, love love love your projects Mary! The white gel pen in the first card gives the letters awesome movement. Fab! TFS :)

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