Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wood Rose Hamburger Box

A couple of weeks back, I showed a project I made with the Hamburger Box die on The Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop.  Today I have another one for you:

Colors: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Coral Calypso, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Pear Pizzazz.  Stamps: Hardwood and Perfect Pennants.  Big Shot: Hamburger Box Bigz XL and Spiral Flower Originals. Punch: Fun Flower.  Accessories: Tea Lace Doilies, Coral Calypso Seam Binding Ribbon.  
I haven't had a chance to use the Spiral Cut Flower die in the past few months.  Here I cut two of them out: one out of Coral Calypso and one out of Crisp Cantaloupe.  Then I wound them up together (after breaking up the paper fibers with a bone folder) to make a single rose monochromatic rose.  it was still missing something, so I added some leaves by punching just a section of the Fun Flower punch.

This is just one of the projects being offered at my August Stampin' Buffet.  It would be perfect to fill with a little treat for your child's teacher for Back to School or really, it works for so many occasions.  Sign up to come to my class today!

This is also a great time to mention that starting on Friday, August 1, Stampin' Up! is offering a special on the Big Shot. If you purchase one during the month of August, you can choose from one of 5 different stamp set/framelit bundles absolutely free! And if you already own a Big Shot, you can still purchase the bundles (not offered in the current catalog) at a 15% savings.   I will have more details on this offer next week.  

Monday, July 28, 2014

July Paper Pumpkin Kit and Promotion

I've been a little more MIA than I'd care to admit lately.  It seems to coincide with exactly when my younger son got out for the summer. (He's on year round so he went all the way until July 3 this year).  He is very high maintenance (must take after someone else in the family).  I also went to Stampin' Up's Convention and came back with lots of great ideas.  But now I am just rambling.  I really do have something important to share with you today.

It's been a couple of months since I posted about Paper Pumpkin.  But July's kit is SOOOO cute!  In the little orange box that arrived in my mailbox was all the parts and pieces to make six cards and six cute little gift boxes.  I am saving some of the parts and pieces for my next class, but here are the samples I made:

All paper, stamps and accessories from the July 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit.

Here's a closer look at each:

Isn't this kit fabulous? For the first time, I will be offering a Paper Pumpkin Sampler at my August Stampin' Buffet.  You will be able to make a card and a box from this months kit for $3.  But supplies are limited so if you want to make one or two, you will need to RSVP quickly!

Also right now, Stampin' Up! is offering a sweet deal: 50% off the first two months of kits for new subscribers.  Just visit the Paper Pumpkin Website and use the promo code: HALFOFF2.  This offer is good until September 10, but trust me, you will want to do it before August 10. We got a sneak peek at August and September kits at convention and they are spectacular.  And if you like Halloween, then you will really not want to miss out on the August kit. And once you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, you will be able to go back and purchase previous kits that you've been missing out on all this time. What are you waiting for?  Go do it!

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