Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Stamp Review Crew: Lift Me Up

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This time we are stamping with a set I've already gotten a ton of use out of, Lift Me Up, which also coordinates with the Up & Away thinlits.  If you are following the blog hop order, you have just come from the amazing Valerie Moody's blog.  Her projects are always awesome!

I was playing with a few old Virtual Stamp Night challenges on Splitcoaststampers over the holidays.  One challenge asked for a quick one-layer card (HCE06).  Well, other than I can't resist mounting it on a thicker card base, here's how the challenge ended up.

Using some masking, the card has some depth to it without worrying too much about seeing the background through the larger balloon.

Stamps: Lift Me Up; Paper: Mint Macaron, Whisper White; Ink: Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Watermelon Wonder; Accessories: White Baker's Twine, Post-It Notes, Sponge.

In Stamp Club last month, I wanted to incorporate a Double Z Fold card in some way.   Lift Me Up is a good candidate set for this fold, as the fold gives some depth to the stamped images.

I altered the measurements a bit so the actual depth of the card wouldn't be too large.  The card base is 4-1/4 x 9-5/8", scored at 2-5/8 & 4-5/8".  The bottom strip is 1-1/2 x 9-5/8", scored at 4-3/4 & 6-3/4".  The Sale-a-Bration paper with the map image is the perfect backdrop.

Here's the card closed and opened.

Stamps: Lift Me Up; Paper: Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Whisper White, Carried Away DSP, Succulent Garden DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper; Ink: Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, Night of Navy, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels, White Baker's Twine, Up & Away Thinlits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Up next is the very talented artisan Tanya Boser.  Let's check out what fun projects she has put together with this week. 


Sunday, February 12, 2017

SSC146 Fringed Fiesta

Hello All!  Time for another Sunday Stamps challenge; this time a sketch challenge.

At our recent demo meeting, my downline Margie brought a shoebox project with the cutest layout with fringed layers.  I was so enamored that I incorporated it here into this week's Sunday Stamps sketch.

These warm colors just make me happy.

Here is this week's sketch by Annette.

Stamps: Birthday Fiesta; Paper: Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi, Emerald Envy, Pumpkin Pie, Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White, Festive Birthday DSP; Ink: Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip; Accessories: Emerald Envy Baker's Twine, Fringe Scissors, Fiesta Time Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Paper Pumpkin Gurus: Adoring Arrows Tutorials

Have you been thinking about trying out a Paper Pumpkin subscription, especially since a 3-month prepaid subscription is currently on sale?  Now is a great time to join!  Not only would this prepaid subscription qualify you for a FREE Sale-a-Bration item, but you will be enrolled in my Paper Pumpkin Club!

One benefit of the Paper Pumpkin Club is alternative ideas and projects.  What better way to get more use out of your Stampin' Up product?  As part of this exclusive group of demonstrators, the Paper Pumpkin Gurus, I provide my Paper Pumpkin subscribers with 11-13 FREE private tutorials & exclusive project ideas each month.  Each tutorial includes all measurements and full supply lists.  Here's a sneak peek at the January's alternative projects. 

Full-size instructions and photos come with each project (click to enlarge).

I put my January kit to good use creating slightly simpler Valentine treat boxes for my daughter's class.

Want in on the additional kit ideas every month?  You can subscribe with me to receive the additional benefits of the Paper Pumpkin Club, as well as get all these wonderful ideas every month.  *Important: Sign up by February 10 to start your subscription this month. 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Stamp Review Crew: Sunshine Sayings

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  Today we stamp with another set from the main catalog, Sunshine Sayings and coordinating Sunshine Wishes dies.  If you are following the hop in order, you have just arrived from Mike Funke's blog.

I have used the sentiments from Sunshine Sayings many times to complement my other cards, but I have yet to break out the Sunshine Wishes dies.  Such a shame!

I had a photo of my daughter sitting on my desk from a previous project, and I thought it would be fun to combine Sunshine Sayings with Splitcoaststampers' Mix-Ability Challenge #209, Brr! Make It Frosty!, which is a mixed media challenge to add something sparkly.

I often make a half-page journal entry with these mixed media challenges in my retired This & That journal.  But, you know, any creativity journal will do!  Or you can incorporate ideas onto a scrapbook page.  To make it a true mixed media page, I added embossing paste through the Hearts Decorative Mask to create some fun texture.

Stamps: Sunshine Sayings; Paper: Basic Black, Neutrals DSP Pack, Watercolor Paper, Red Glimmer Paper; Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Real Red, Versamark; Accessories: Blushing Bride Sequin Trim, White Embossing Powder, This & That Journal, Hearts & Stars Decorative Masks, Embossing Powder, Sunshine Wishes Dies, Big Shot, Sewing Machine, Thread.

And along the same vein, a heart die-cut watercolor card.

I stacked three layers of "love" die-cuts to make the word thicker and pop out.

Stamps: Sunshine Sayings; Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Real Red, Basic Black, Watercolor Paper, Urban Underground DSP; Ink: Pink Pirouette, Watermelon Wonder, Versamark; Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels, White Embossing Powder, Sunshine Wishes Dies, Big Shot, Sewing Machine, Thread, Dimensionals.

Hop on over to Mickey Roberts's blog to see what fun projects she has put together with this week's set.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

3-D Thursday: Valentine's Day Yummy Monster

It's been a while since we've had a 3-D Thursday.  This week we had a downline meeting and shoebox swap, and I can't resist making some sort of crafty candy package for Valentine's Day.  Wouldn't these be cute (and easy!) for the kiddo's classmates?!

The little tent piece is 3 x 10", scored at 4-1/2" & 5-1/2".  The candies are Bubblegum Jelly Bellies.  This set Yummy in My Tummy has such cute monsters!  Make sure you check them out.

Stamps: Yummy in My Tummy; Paper: Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Sending Love DSP; Ink: Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Jet Black Stazon; Accessories: Blushing Bride Baker's Twine, 2 x 8" Cellophane Bags, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Aquapainter, Stapler, Circles Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Stamp Review Crew: Sale-a-Bration Free for All!

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  Today we have a special bonus hop focusing on FREE Sale-a-Bration products.  I love this time of year... first it's winter, so it is great time to stay indoors for some crafting.  And Stampin' Up always offers great products we can earn for FREE!!  You can check out all the Sale-a-Bration offerings HERE.  If you are following the hop in order, you've arrived from the fantastic Bruno Bertucci's blog.

I sat down to play around with Inside the Lines DSP.  Coloring the whole background can be overwhelming, so this paper is perfect for the spotlighting technique.

To warm up with this paper, I tried some watercoloring and also the pencils with a blender pen.  Both methods work, although I would recommend the blender pen option if you have a large area to color, resulting in less pilling and warping.  I used a subtle background stamp to help texturize the blank space.  This ended up being a take off Freshly Made Sketches #270.

In order to make the bumblebee pop, I stamped a larger bee from Dragonfly Dreams.  Tip: In order to raise the bubblebee up slightly, but not as high as with Dimensionals, use card stock circle punch-outs under the image to glue it down.

Stamps: Dragonfly Dreams, Endless Birthday Wishes, Netting BG; Paper: Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Inside the Lines DSP (SAB); Ink: Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels, Dazzling Diamonds, Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen, Aquapainter, Sponge.

Saturday was the start of the Chinese New Year festivities, with this year being the Year of the Rooster.  Is it a coincidence that there is a chicken stamp set in the Sale-a-Bration catalog?

I pulled together a few images from various sets to create a long, skinny Chinese New Year card for my upcoming downline swap.  A real fun card to make!

The chinese lanterns were watercolored, punched out, and then gold embossed with the eclectic stamp from Balloon Celebration.  Finally found a use for that image.  ;)

Stamps: Hey, Chick (SAB), Balloon Celebration, Celebrate Today, Weather Together; Paper: Crushed Curry, Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Sending Love DSP, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Jet Black Stazon, Versamark; Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, 1" Circle Punch, Aquapainter, Balloon Framelits, Big Shot.

Hop on over to Rochelle Blok's blog to see what she put together with some Sale-a-Bration items. Her projects are always beautiful!


SSC145 Spotlighting Poppies

Hello Everyone!  Time for another color challenge at Sunday Stamps.

The graphics for this week's challenge reminds me of the retired stamp Pleasant Poppies, and I also came across a card by Jen Timko a few weeks back at Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #270, which was perfect with the image.

The layout was perfect to allow for lots of yummy white space.

I've got a couple hints for you.
  • How to stamp and align the pieces perfectly?  Use a MISTI stamp aligner tool.  Layout and plan the pieces before stamping, marking the edges on the grid paper, for 1/8" matting of the Calypso Coral layer.  Stamp each piece individually.
  • See the Calypso Coral piece peeking out?  Make sure you back the rest of the top focal panel with Calypso Coral as well, and trim just to the edge of the Whisper White.  That will ensure there isn't any show-through of color from underneath as well as wrinkles in the card stock from a change in height.

Here's this week's color combination:

Stamps: Pleasant Poppies, Sunshine Sayings; Paper: Pink Pirouette, Calypso Coral, Early Espresso, Whisper White; Ink: Pink Pirouette, Calypso Coral, Tip Top Taupe, Timber Brown Stazon, Versamark; Accessories: White Baker's Twine, White Embossing Powder, Aquapainter.