Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Stamp Crew Review: Lovely as a Tree

It's time for another blog hop with The Stamp Review Crew.  I'm sure others have mentioned it, but our group was selected to make a display board for convention this year and it was so much fun working together to create this board, especially featuring stamp set that has been around for years: Lovely as a Tree. (The board also featured Flower Patch so watch for that in another upcoming hop).  Both of my projects were on the board so if you were at convention and wanted to get a closer look, here is your chance.  If you weren't at convention, then you get a chance to see projects from the display boards anyway.  (I call that a win-win!)

First, I have to say that I don't even own Lovely as a Tree and I think I'm the only demonstrator on the planet that doesn't.  It's a classic and still one of the top sellers for the company. Thankfully, this means that it was pretty easy for me to track down a set to borrow. (Thanks Erin!!)  Second, I try to work smarter, not harder, so both of these projects worked triple time: display boards, convention swaps and now here on the blog hop!

For my first card, I wanted to do something a little out-of-the-box and I wanted to use it for my "Something Old, Something New" swap at convention (older stamps paired with new items).  I have seen the pine tree from Lovely as a Tree used as a branch for hanging an ornament, so why not use it as a branch for a perching Halloween owl?

Colors: Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Basic Black and Whisper White.  Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Alphabet Rotary and Just Sayin'.  Big Shot: Word Bubbles Framelits.  Punch: 2" circle and Owl Builder.  Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Tangelo Twist Satin Stitched Ribbon.
And for my second project, I was thinking inside-the-box, or more precisely, a card-in-a-box.  And since we were suppose to use the new 2014-2016 In Colors with neutrals, I went with a Lost Lagoon and added some postmodern influences with the Back to Black Designer Series Paper:

Colors: Lost Lagoon, Whisper White and Basic Black.  Stamps: Lovely as a Tree and Perfect Pennants.  Accessories: Vintage Faceted Buttons, 1/8" Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Black Embossing Powder, Sweet Sadie Washi Tape, Back to Black Designer Series Paper.

I hope you've enjoyed this look at Lovely as a Tree and hope you've found some new ideas and ways to use this favorite stamp set.  To navigate through the rest of the hop, use the buttons below or go to The Stamp Review Crew for a complete list of hoppers.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Stampin' Addicts Blog Hop: Designer Series Paper
Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Blog Hop!  Today we are focusing on the beautiful Designer Series Paper that is in the new catalog.  During the month of July, all regular Designer Series Papers are buy three get one free!  This is a great deal!  If you are hoping in order, you've arrived from Cindy's Heart's Delight Cards and her wonderful projects with Park Lane Designer Series Paper.  If this is your first stop, everything is linked in a circle so you won't miss a thing. If you get lost along the way, head on over to Stampin' Addicts to see a full list of hop stops.

My projects use the Back to Black Designer Series Paper.  Who doesn't love black and white paper?  Here is a look at the entire pack:

And here are the two cards I made with it:

Colors: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White and Basic Black.  Stamps: Lots of Thanks.  Accessories: Back to Black Designer Series Paper, and Brights Candy Dots.

Colors: Pool Party, Basic Black, and Whisper White.  Stamps: Friends Who Know.  Big Shot: Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and Labels Collection Framelits.  Accessories: Pool Party 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Dazzling Details.
As you can tell, the prints and patterns in this pack are prefect to use together or on their own.  (And yes, they do go with more than blue tones, but I am on a blue kick right now).  I have another project I made with this paper that will be featured on the next The Stamp Review Crew Hop on July 21.  Be sure to come back and check it out then.

Now you are on to the next stop: Betty's Kitty Stamp Blog and her look at The Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Happy hopping and have a great day!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Endless Wishes Pinspiration

Have you heard the news?  The Endless Wishes Photopolymer Stamp is once again available to purchase.  This is such a cute stamp set, perfect for any celebration. Here's a card I made with it a month or so ago, right before it sold out the first time:

Colors: Pool Party, So Saffron, Night of Navy and Whisper White.  Stamps: Work of Art and Endless Wishes.  Big Shot: Star Burst Framelits.  Punch: 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  Accessories: Rhinstone Jewels.

I hesitated on whether or not to even call this a Pinspiration, because while it did start out as a CASE of this card by Kimberly Van Diepen, I changed it up quite a bit but I will give credit where credit is due!

Here is the entire set you get for only $13.95 and only while supplies last:

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Stamp Crew Review: Summer Silhouettes
So happy to be back in The Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop line up this week.  Love hopping along with this group.  Today, we are featuring the Summer Silhouettes stamp set.  You are in for a real treat as each of the stops shows new and traditional ways to use this fun stamp set.  I have one of each to share with you today as well:

First a more traditional use of this stamp set:
Colors: Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White and Coral Calypso.  Stamps: Summer Silhouettes and Banner Banter.  Big Shot: Hamburger Box XL Bigz Die.  Punches: Little Labels Punch Pack and Petite Curly Label Punch.  Accessories: Coral Calypso Seam Binding Ribbon and Rhinestone Jewels.
This was the first time I actually used this new die.  It's a lot of fun.  And the long stamp from Summer Silhouettes is perfect for stamping a border around the edge of the box top.

Now for something a little less traditional:
Colors: Blackberry Bliss, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Basic Black and Wild Wasabi.  Stamps: Sweet Stuff, Summer Silhouettes, Something to Say and What's Up?  Big Shot: Deco Labels and Oval Framelits, Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Punch: 2-1/2 Circle and Pennant Punch.  Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers, Blendabilites, Candy Dots. 2014-2016 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack. 
I need to give all the credit for this card to my friend Erin who was visiting me last week from BC.  I told her I needed an "out of the box" idea for this card and she immediately thought of using that stamp as a witch's broom and putting the little ballerina from Sweet Stuff, colored to look like a witch, riding on top of it.  She's brilliant, huh? 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  Be sure to leave a little blog love in the comment section or pin something to Pinterest if you are so moved.  Now you are off to all the other great stops on the hop.  Use the buttons or list below to navigate your way around.
  1. Holly Krautkremer
  2. Dawn Tidd 
  3. Paula Wright  
  4. Cindy Beach
  5. Tanya Boser  
  6. Heidi Baks  
  7. Lisa Young 
  8. Ann Schach 
  9. Adriana Benitez 
  10. Wendy Weixler  
  11. Deb Currier 
  12. Nancy Smith

Monday, June 30, 2014

Work of Art Pinsperation

Several weeks ago, Stampin' Up! pinned a simple, yet darling card by Dawn Bourgette using the stamp set Work of Art on Pinterest. I knew it would be perfect for my All-You-Can-Stamp Buffet so I put my own twist on it:
Colors: Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush and Basic Black.  Stamps: Work of Art and Another Thank You.  Punch: Project Life Corner Rounder.  Accessories: 2013-2015 In Color Designer Sequins
This was a quick card that my customers just loved.  I also offered the "Hello There" stamp that Dawn used on her card and a birthday greeting as well. 

I am running out of projects from my last class to show you so it's time to get back to the stamp room and create something new!  (Like my convention swaps which I haven't even started yet.)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Something for Baby

Here's another card I made with the Something for Baby set.  This was the baby card offered at my All-You-Can-Stamp Buffet a few weeks back and I used it for a swap this week too:

Colors: Smoky Slate, Whisper White and Coral Calypso.  Stamps: Something for Baby and That's the Ticket.  Big Shot: Large Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Ovals, Labels and Baby's Firsts Framelits.  Punch: Ticket Duo Builder. Accessories: Many Marvelous Markers, Mini Brads, Festive Paper Piercing Pack.
These colors must be right on trend for babies this year because I just got a shower invitation for a much younger, hipper new mom to be and it was these exact colors.  (So she'll be getting this card when I go to the shower this weekend).  I'm trying not to feel too old going to this shower since this new mom used to babysit my oldest when he was a baby.

Don't forget that the Something for Baby Bundle includes the stamp set and the matching Baby's First Framelits and when you buy them together, you save 15%.  And who doesn't love that!?!?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hostess Exclusive Set: Bloom with Hope

Have you checked out the Hostess Section of the new catalog?  The stamps there are just fabulous this year and there is something there for every taste.  One that I knew I wanted to have is Bloom with Hope.  There are six images and five greetings in this set and it's just gorgeous!  Here is a card that my customers got to make with it at my All-You-Can-Stamp Buffet:

Colors: Blushing Bride, Baked Brown Sugar, and Very Vanilla.  Stamps: Bloom with Hope.  Big Shot: Fancy Fan Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Punches: Scalloped Tag Topper, Itty Bitty Accents Punch, Project Life Corner Rounder.  Accessories: 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Pearl Jewels, and Venetian Crochet Trim.

This set also has a Happy Birthday stamp that comes with it and I gave my customers the option of using that instead of With Sympathy.  For the ribbon at the top of the tag, I used a marker to color directly on Whisper White 1/4 Cotton Ribbon.  I love that this ribbon is so soft and easy to use.  It does come in Blushing Bride and that is what my customers used at the class, but I love that you can color it any color in a pinch. (Since I hadn't ordered the Blushing Bride ribbon when I was designing for the class).

I was very sad to see the Vintage Crochet Lace retired from the last catalog, but I do like the Venetian Crochet Trim that you can see peeking out from the Baked Brown Sugar Piece.  It adds a nice texture to your project.

The only way to get this set for yourself is to either host a party for you and your friends or place a hostess-qualifying order yourself.  When your party/order reaches $150 you get $25 to spend on any items in the book.  However, your money goes further when you use those hostess dollars to purchase Hostess-Exclusive Items.  For instance, the retail value on the clear mount version of Bloom with Hope is $27.95.  But when you use your hostess dollars to buy the set, you get it for only $17.  Contact me today, and let's get you on my calendar so you can get your own Bloom with Hope set!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Bloom for You & Fun Flower Punch

Wasn't the Stampin' Addict Blog Hop just fabulous this weekend?  If you missed out, you can still hop through the sites as they are all deep linked together.  Just start here.

Today, I have another card to show you that we made at my All-You-Can-Stamp Buffet.  This was actually an accidental card.  I intended to order the 2" circle punch with my first order but mistyped the numbers in and got the Fun Flower Punch instead.  We'll call it a happy accident.  I had it on my wishlist, just a bit further down.  Now that I had it, I had to order the Bloom for You stamp to go with it.  Here is what I made:

Colors: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey and Whisper White.  Stamps: Bravo and Bloom for You.  Big Shot: Lovely Lace Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and Project Life Framelits.  Punches: Fun Flower, 7/8" Scallop Circle. Accessories: Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack, 2014-2016 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack, Tea Lace Doily, White Baker's Twine, Vintage Facet Buttons, Stampin' Blendabilities. 
This stamp is a little tricky to line up with the punch because, like the Pansy Punch, the petals are each a little different.  But once you figure it out, it makes a beautiful flower. For the button in the middle of the flower, I used the darkest Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blendability and colored right on the button.  (Love that the alcohol markers work for coloring embellishments!)  I also love how the new Lovely Lace Textured Impressions Embossing Folder goes so nicely with the Tea Lace Doilies. Enjoy!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Stampin' Addict New Catalog Blog Hop: Sweet Stuff
Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts New Catalog Blog Hop!  Haven't all the projects just been amazing! I know I've added a few more things to my list after seeing all the projects.  If you are hoping in order, then you've arrived from Debra's Heartfelt Inspiration and her look at An Open Heart.  Now I want that one for sure.  If you are starting here, all the blogs are linked together in a loop so you won't miss a thing.

I'm featuring the new stamp set Sweet Stuff on my blog.  Stampin' Up! has offered similar stamp sets in the past, but this one caught my eye for some reason and I had to have it.  The set features twelve stamps: seven cute little images to color and five greetings.  I have four samples to show you today featuring most of stamps in the set.

Bee Card: Colors: Whisper White, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight.  Stamps: Sweet Stuff.  Punches: 1-1/4", 1-3/8" Circle, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle, Large Oval.  Accessories: Black Baker's Twine and Crystal Effects (wings), Stampin' Write Markers.
Ballerina Card:  Colors: Whisper White and Coastal Cabana.  Stamps: Sweet Stuff.  Big Shot: Fun Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Punches: Petite Petals and Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels, Stampin' Bendabilities
3x3 Miss You: Colors: Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana, Old Olive and Whisper White.  Stamps: Sweet Stuff.  Big Shot: Circle Card Thinlit Dies (chevrons).  Punch: Project Life Corner Rounder.  Accessories: Stampin' Blendabilities.

Birthday Box: Colors: Blushing Bride, Bermuda Bay, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White.  Stamps: Sweet Stuff.  Punches: Envelope Punch Board, Scallop Tag Topper, 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" Circles and Project Life Corner Rounder.  Accessories: Bermuda Bay1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain and 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Write Markers.

As you can tell, this set is perfect for so many occasions and especially nice for creating things for the young people in your life.   You can tell from the list of supplies under the picture I colored some with the old regular Stampin' Write Markers and some with the new Blendabilities.  I didn't necessarily do a lot of blending when I used the Blendabilities, but notice how smooth the color goes on, even when you are just coloring and image.  There is a definite difference between the two. Hopefully, they will be available for everyone to order soon.

So which project is your favorite?  Leave me a little blog love below and let me know what you think.  Then head on over to Mary's Stamping Happenings for a look at another new stamp set: Age Awareness.  Happy Hopping!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

New Fry Box Bigz L Die

The new catalog features both a new hamburger box die and a new french fry box die.  I knew I wanted to get one of these for my customers to try out at my All-You-Can-Stamp Buffet, but I debated back and forth over which one to choose.   Finally, I picked the fry box:

Colors: Bermuda Bay and Tangelo Twist.  Stamps: Work of Art and Regarding Dahlias.  Big Shot: Fry Box Bigz L.  Punches: Banner and Hexagon.  Accessories: Bermuda Bay 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.

So glad I picked this die.  It is so simple to put together and so cute! It was very popular at the class with lots of people making several for their coworkers or neighbors.  Love projects like that! I probably will still get the Hamburger Box die eventually, but for now, this will do.

Don't forget that Friday is the Stampin' Addict New Catalog Blog Hop.  You won't want to miss this one.  We'll see you then!