Sunday, August 14, 2016

Stamp Review Crew: Jar of Love Edition

Hello and welcome to the latest Stamp Review Blog Hop!  We are an international group of Stampin' Up demonstrators who have joined together for bi-monthy hops to bring you great ideas for a particular stamp set.  This time we are each using the sweet set called Jar of Love.

I was recently invited to a picnic-themed bridal shower.  The adorable Mason jars in this stamp set were just perfect!   I used the color theme from the invitation to make the card and matching package decoration.  When I arrived it was so fun to see that each table was decorated with a Mason jar filled with fresh pink and yellow flowers- I really wish I had thought to take a picture!

Older Mason jars were a pretty blue which I attempted to recreate by layering vellum over Soft Sky cardstock.
I haphazardly pleated a piece of the wrapping paper and used it to ground the jar and tie the package and card colors together.
Watermelon Wonder hearts are sandwiched between the vellum and the Soft Sky cardstock.  I used the largest jar for the card and the middle-sized jar for the package decoration.
It was a bit hard to photograph the package and the card together!

Thanks for stopping by!  Now please click on the buttons below to continue with the hop.   We have a big hop this time with oodles of cute, cute ideas!

This way to see Charlene's great creations!

This way to Heidi's sweet projects!

Stamps:  Jar of Love,  Hardwood
Paper:  Vellum. Early Espresso, Soft Sky and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink:  Early Espresso, Soft Sky, Watermelon Wonder, So Saffron, Pear Pizzaz
Big Shot:  Everyday Jars Framelits
Punches:  Confetti Hearts 
Accessories:  5/8" Burlap Ribbon,  Watermelon Wonder 5/8" Mini Striped Ribbon, Gold Sequin Trim

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Triple Spinner Card

An idea for a triple spinner popped to mind as I was checking to see what other size punches might work for Circle Spinner Cards.  The three hearts zip around the adorable little hedgehogs.

I did not add an underlying color layer this time as I wanted the stark contrast of black and yellow.   Using punches for this made it really quick.  Use a 2" punch to punch three holes in the DSP and a 1-1/4" punch for the middle circles. This joyful card will fit in business size envelope.  The cardstock base is 8" X 9", scored at 4".  The DSP layer is 3-1/4" X 8-1/4". 

If you did not see yesterday's video tutorial for how make Circle Spinner Cards be sure check it out HERE

Stamps:  Love You Lots (Hostess)
Paper: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie and Tempting Turquoise Cardstock,  Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper,
Ink:  Basic Black Archival, Melon Mambo and Pink Pirouette Stampin' Write Markers
Punches:  1-1/4" and 2" Circle,  7/8" Scalloped Circle (retired)
Big Shot:  Baker's Box Thinlit (the heart)
Accessories:  Adhesive Strips, 1/4" Adhesive Dots (Non- SU), Brights Enamel Shapes, pennies

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Circle Spinner Cards - A Splitcoaststampers Video Tutorial

Today is an exciting day as I have the privilege of being a guest tutorial author on Splitcoaststampers!

My tutorial is on the construction of Circle Spinner Cards.  Once I got started I ended up with lots of  ideas for different ways to make these.  (I even have a triple spinner card I will be sharing tomorrow so be sure to stop by again then!)

I show a variety of products that can be used for making spinner cards.  You probably have some of these things already in your craft room; there are lots of possibilities!

First up are a couple of cards made with nesting circle dies or framelits.    The key is to look for combinations of dies that give a 3/8" gap for the spinner to move freely but not jump out.
This pinwheel looks great as a spinner!
Although the perspective of the photos make it a bit hard to see,  this second card uses larger diameter circles than the one above.
A 3/4" circle wrapped with baker's twine makes a cute ball of yarn!
I tried using nesting oval dies.  Works great!
Have fun with different designer papers to create a scene!
Next I looked through my die collection to see what else might be a possibility.  I found some flower dies that would work too.  With a shape like this the spinner does not move as freely but it is still a fun interactive card.
You can use buttons instead of pennies for the spinner mechanism

Punches can also work!  Again just look for a 3/8" gap.  A 1-3/4" and a 2-1/2" punch will do the job.  I really like using punches for making these.   It is quick and you can easily punch specific designs from the paper for cute accents.
Choose constrasting designs and colors for the under layer to make it pop
A wash with a Wink of Stella Glitter Pen makes the butterfly shine!
You can see the complete written and video tutorial by going to SPLITCOASTSTAMPERS.  There is a specific gallery set up for your Spinner Cards.  I look forward to seeing your projects and of course love to hear your comments.

Here is the video!  This one was quite an undertaking.  All sorts of things kept happening during the video taping.  I should have made a blooper vid---I think it would be as long as the actual video!  Thank goodness for editing software!

Pinwheel Card
Stamps:  Crazy About You
Paper:  Basic Black and Whisper White Cardstock.  Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Basic Black Archival Ink.  Stampin’ Write Markers – Emerald Envy, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry
Accessories:  Brights Enamel Shapes

Kitty Card
Stamps: Pretty Kitty, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper:  Dapper Denim and Whisper White Cardstock, Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper
Ink:   Archival Ink- Basic Black.  Classic Ink- Dapper Denim, Melon Mambo and Wild Wasabi.   Stampin’ Write Markers- Pink Pirouette and Melon Mambo
Accessories:  Thick Baker’s Twine

Bear Card
Stamps:  Bear Hugs
Paper:  Dapper Denim, So Saffron and Whisper White Cardstock.  Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Basic Black Archival.  Indigo Island, Soft Sky, Peekaboo Peach and Early Espresso Classic Ink.  Stampin’ Write Marker-Pink Pirouette.
Punches:  Classic Label
Big Shot:  Bear Hugs Framelits, Popcorn Box Thinlits
Accessories:  Gold Wink of Stella

Flower Card
Stamps:  Pun Intended, Crazy About You
Paper:  Dapper Denim, Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizzaz, Tangerine Tango and Whisper White Cardstock.  Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Archival Basic Black Ink.  Dapper Denim, Tangerine Tango and Peekaboo Peach Classic Ink.  Stampin’ Write Markers – Peekaboo Peach and Island Indigo
Punches:  One inch Circle
Big Shot:   Dahlia Nestabilities
Accessories:  Brights Enamel Shapes, Gold Wink of Stella

Butterfly Card
Stamps:  Watercolor Wings
Paper:  Indigo Island, Mint Macaron and Whisper White Cardstock.  Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Island Indigo, Mint Macaron and Sahara Sand Classic Ink
Punches:  2-1/2” and 1-3/4” Circle
Big Shot:  Butterflies Thinlits, Layering Ovals Framelits
Accessories:  5/8” Burlap Ribbon

Strawberry Card:
Stamps:  Sunshine Sayings
Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizzaz,  Real Red and Whisper White Cardstock.   Fruit Stand Designer Series paper.
Ink:  Watermelon Wonder Classic Ink
Punches:  Elegant Butterfly
Accessories:  5/8” Watermelon Wonder Mini Striped Ribbon, Gold Wink of Stella

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Stamp Review Crew: Flourishing Phrases Edition

Welcome to the another Blog Hop presented by the Stamp Review Crew!  We are a group of Stampin' Up demonstrators who have banded together to showcase a selected stamp set every two weeks.  This time we are using the super versatile set Flourishing Phrases.

I needed a good-sized treat holder for so I modified the Popcorn Box slightly.
For the standard Popcorn Box two panels are cut and adhered together. For this one I used three,  creating a six-sided box.
The sentiment is backed with two die cuts from the coordinating Flourish Framelits.  Many of the sentiments in this set are two part... so you can put one inside of the card or easily do a two-color layout.
The large flower has three colors of ink (Mint Macaron, Pool Party and Indigo Island) sponged on before stamping.  

So glad you visited today!  Please click on the links below to continue with the hop.

This way to Mike's Blog!

This way to Shana's Blog!

Stamps:  Flourishing Phrases
Paper:  Mint Macaron and Whisper White cardstock,  Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper
Ink: Indigo Island, Pool Party, Mint Macaron Classic Ink
Big Shot:  Popcorn Box Thinlits, Flourish Thinlits, Lots of Labels Framelits,  Layering Circles Framelits
Tools:  Sponge Daubers
Other: Wooden skewers

Friday, June 24, 2016

Stampin' Addicts 2016 New Catalog Blog Hop

Yay!!  It is time for the New Catalog Blog Hop!   We each picked a favorite set to use and I went straight for the kitties.  As you can tell from the name of my blog I am partial to kitty cats and have had many many furry friends over the years.  Growing up on a farm we always had plenty of cats and kittens (and very few mice!)   Practically every childhood picture of me has a cat or two (or more) in it.
Our current "kitten" is a 23 pound pure white Norwegian Forest cat.   He is very playful... always popping up when you least expect it.  He has to be a part of everything.
Soft watercolors and hand-trimmed chevron paper
He gets into all sorts of trouble.  (He is a menace in my craft room!)
Baker's twine wrapped randomly around notched oval layer
He loves to sit on a lap.  (But he is so big he does not fit well!)
Lightly watercolored with Smoky Slate reinker
He is very vocal.   (Especially if he thinks you are not paying enough attention to him!)
Hand trimmed along lines of banner pattern.  
Kitty watercolored and popped up on dimensionals.
He is super friendly and bold.  (He has to greet everyone that comes to our house.  He particularly seems to love repairmen... he is right there checking out the dishwasher or the fireplace or whatever is being looked at.)
Just watercolored and mounted on patterned paper.
Kept it simple to highlight the soft watercolors.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Please click on the links below to check out fellow "addicts" favorite new catalog picks.

This way to Rhonda's Blog!

This way to Yapha's Blog!
Stamps:  Pretty Kitty
Paper:  Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate and Whisper White Card Stock,  A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink:  Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate and Pear Pizzaz reinkers,  Blushing Bride marker,  Basic Black Archival Ink
Accessories:  1/8" Smoky Slate Stitched Ribbon, Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals 
Punches:  Bitty Butterfly
Big Shot: Layering Ovals Framelits

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Stamp Review Crew: Flower Shop Edition

Welcome to the latest Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop!  This session we are reviewing the Flower Shop stamp set.  This one has been around a while (an oldie but goodie).  The Review Crew loves to dust off a set and come up with fresh new ideas!

When a new catalog comes out I always flip to the back and check out the Big Shot accessories.  Happy happy times when there are new Framelits especially for boxes and bags.  This time we have a super cute Popcorn Box Die.  I could not wait to make something with it.
I designed an easel card that folds flat for mailing.  (If you are putting it in a regular size envelope pay attention to the height of the flower arrangement.  Mine turned out to be just a tad too tall.  I will have to make a pretty matching envelope with the Punch Board!)
The vase and pull-out insert are made with the Popcorn Box Framelit.  
The many styles of flowers in the Flower Shop set give lots of options for different looks.  The first card is more realistic and second is more artsy.  I thought the pink smudgy abstract design of the Blooms and Bliss DSP looked like handblown glass and the textured flowers were a good contrast.

I did a video tutorial if anyone is interested in recreating this:

To continue with the Blog Hop please click on the buttons below.   Lots of great ideas for the Flower Shop set await!

This way to Kelly's Blog!

And this is the way to Nikki's Blog!


Stamps:  Flower Shop, Ready to Pop
Paper: Whisper White,  Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Night of Navy Classic Ink
Punches:  Pansy, 2-1/2 Inch Circle
Accessories:  Night of Navy Thick Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombo Adhesive
Big Shot:  Popcorn Box Thinlit 

Stamps:  Flower Shop, Ready to Pop
Paper: Whisper White,  Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink
Punches:  Pansy, 2-1/2 Inch Circle,  1 Inch Circle
Accessories:  Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombo Adhesive
Big Shot:  Popcorn Box Thinlit 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Places You'll Go Grad Card

Oh, the places you will go!   What a great sentiment for a graduation card.  
The globe is stamped, cut out and then lightly washed with very dilute Island Indigo and Wild Wasabi reinker.  I used the new Foam Adhesive Strips and Stampin' Dimensionals to give this some depth.  The globe is curved-- hard to see in the picture!

Stamps: Places You'll Go
Paper:  A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack,  Smoky Slate, Soft Sky and Whisper White Cardstock 
Ink:  Basic Black Archival,  Island Indigo and Wild Wasabi Reinkers
Accessories:  Stars Framelits, Foam Adhesive Strips,  Stampin' Dimensionals