Friday, September 25, 2015

Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday Blog Hop
Last month you got to see the Stampin' Addicts feature the Fall and Halloween items in the Holiday Catalog, now we are back to showcase the Winter Holiday items in the book.  I get to show you one of the great bundles in the catalog: the Holly Jolly Greetings Stamp Set and the Christmas Greeting Thinlits.  I'm a sucker for these word thinlits and I love it when Stampin' Up gives us a stamp set to compliment the thinlits so well.

Colors: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Silver.  Big Shot: Christmas Greetings Thinlits.  Accessories: Silver Thread, Winter Wonderland Embellishments, Silver Foil Sheets, Holiday Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper.
When you are mass producing holiday cards, sometimes simple is best, right?  This one is about as simple as they come.  I love the Holiday Fancy Foil Designer Vellum. Here I layered the Snowflake print over the watercolor stripes from the Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper for a soft winter scene.  And the Winter Wonderland Embellishments are so pretty and sparkly in real life. 

Colors: Real Red and Whisper White.  Stamps: Holly Jolly Greetings.  Big Shot: Christmas Greetings Thinlits.  Accessories: Holiday Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, Red Foil Sheets, Winter Wonderland Embellishments, Basic Jewels Rhinestones, Silver 1/8" ribbon.
My second card is a bit more stepped up.  Here I used the large snowflake stamp from Holly Jolly Greetings to stamp on Whisper White in Real Red.  Then I placed the shiny candy-cane striped vellum over the top.  I love how the foil on the vellum perfect matches the Red Foil Sheets in the Holiday catalog to add a little extra shine to the card.

Colors: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, and Very Vanilla.  Stamps: Holly Jolly Greetings.  Big Shot: Christmas Greeting Thinlits, and Banner and Oval Framelits. Punch: Banner.  Accessories: Mini Muslin Bags, Dots Decorative Mask, Sponge Daubers, Stamping Sponges, Gold Glimmer Paper, Gold Cording Trim, and Clothespins.
Here I wanted to try something a little different so I used the Merry die cut as a mask and sponged all around it with Cherry Cobbler ink to make the focal point for the tag for this treat bag.  I used a stamping sponge instead of a sponge dauber because I wanted it to look softer like the dots on the muslin bag (which I did apply with daubers). 

Colors: Old Olive, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Coral Calypso, Pacific Point and Mint Macaron.  Stamps: Holly Jolly Greetings and Kind of Eclectic.  Big Shot: Christmas Greetings Thinlits, Lots of Labels and Oval Framelits. Punch: Bitty Butterfly.  Accessories: Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Pack, Metallic Foil Doily, Basic Jewels Pearls.
It's always an extra bonus when you can find a non-holiday use for items from the Holiday Catalog.  Here I used the Holly Jolly Stamps and Christmas Greetings Thinlits to make a sympathy card.  I cut Peace out twice, once in Basic Black and once in Calypso Coral and layered them together to add a drop shadow to the word to really make it the focal point of this card.

And now that I've convinced you that you need this bundle, I'll send you on your way!  To navigate through the hop, click on the buttons below.  If you get lost along your way, visit Stampin' Addicts for a complete list of participating blogs.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Stampin' Addicts Fall Holiday Blog Hop: Witches' Night
It's been way, way too long, but the Stampin' Addicts generously invited me back to play in the Fall Holiday Blog Hop!  These gals are some of my favorite people and they always have so many wonderful ideas, so I am overjoyed to be participating in this hop.  We are featuring fall-themed products from the brand new Holiday Catalog that debuts next week.

I'm featuring Witches' Night stamp set and the Witching Decor Project Kit.  I am in love with this kit.  So much fun and so much easier than some of the home decor kits we've had in the past.  And the stamp set is perfect for Halloween tags and decor.  So here we go:

Colors: Basic Black, Cajun Craze, Delightful Dijon, Kraft, Tangelo Twist, Very Vanilla and White.  Stamps: Witches' Night and Vintage Leaves.  Accessories: All paper and embellishments from the Witches' Decor Kit.
So cute, right?  This is the kit the way it is intended to be put together.  All the pieces are die cut for you and ready to stamp, ink and put together.  The only thing I did differently than the kit instructions is the leaves. When I took the leaf die cuts out, I realized they matched up perfectly with the Vintage Leaves stamp set that is in the annual catalog.  So instead of just inking and distressing the leaves, I stamped them first and then inked and distressed them.  It added a bit of time to the project, but still reasonable for an afternoon project.

Colors: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, and Very Vanilla.  Stamps: Witches' Night.  Big Shot: Lots of Label Framelit Dies.  Accessories: Witches' Decor Kit and Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper.  Non-Stampin' Up!: Gift Bag
There were so many pieces left over from the kit after the hat was done that I started playing around with them to turn them into something else. Here I took the paper fringe, the extra Spider Web Doily, and some of the die cuts and added a few things from my stash to create a Trick or Treat bag.  Can you imagine your little witch carrying this around with her on her Halloween rounds?  So fun!
Colors: Kraft, Basic Black, Whisper White and Blackberry Bliss.  Stamps: Witches' Night.  Accessories: Witches' Decor Kit, Clothespins, Happy Haunting Washi Tape, and Kraft Tag a Bag Gift Bags. 
Still more pieces left for this little goody holder using the Kraft Tag a Bag Gift Bags from the Annual Catalog. There are only two Spider Web Doilies in the kit, but never fear, you can buy a whole package of these things and believe me, you will want them.  Here I cut up the doily to put just sections of it around the edge of the die cut. 
Colors: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango and Very Vanilla.  Stamps: Witches' Night.  Big Shot: Lots of Labels and Square Pillow Box Framelit Dies.  Accessories: Spider Web Doilies, Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper.
This project really only uses one piece from the Witches' Decor Kit (that little black 31 that is popped up on the tag) but I wanted to show one more tag with this stamp.  This time I stamped the bird again in black and then carefully cut him out to layer over the top of the image.  And this little square pillow die is also in the Holiday Catalog and is so cute and so easy to put together.  You will love it.

And FYI, there are still several sheets of leaf die cuts left for me to use on another fall projects from the kit as well as a few more tags and black rhinestones.  And I also love that the die cuts in these match up perfectly with framelits we already have in the Annual Catalog.  That way if you make a mistake and run out of pieces (hard to do since there are so many), you can still finish your project. It is very much worth the $22 US price tag.

I hope you've enjoyed my take on this fabulous kit and stamp set.  Thanks for stopping by and hopping along with us.  To navigate through the rest of the hop, click the buttons below, or visit Stampin' Addicts for a complete list of participating blogs.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Stampin' Addicts Occasions Catalog Blog Hop
It's time for the Stampin' Addicts Occasions Catalog Blog Hop!  I've been so busy lately that I haven't had a lot of time to blog or even create.  But I love the Stampin' Addicts so I make sure that if I do anything, it is this blog hop! If you are hopping in order, than you are arriving here from Kim's Stitchin' n' Stampin' blog and her fabulous take on Butterfly Basics.  If this is your first stop, all the blogs are linked in a circle so you won't miss a thing.  If you get lost along the way or want to chat it up, you can click on the banner and head to Stampin' Addicts.

There is a plethora of stuff to love in this catalog.  (We won't talk about how much I've already spent!)  But today I'm showcasing one of my favorites: the Crazy for You bundle.  It is available in wood or clear mount as well as photopolymer if you want to save a few bucks.   It is a set of word Thinlits and a stamp set that helps you complete the thought.  Here are just a few projects I've made with it recently (paired with lots of other new stuff):

My first card was inspired by a card in the Sale-A-Bration brochure featuring the fabulous Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The paper has a glossy print that resists ink so you can use all kinds of fun techniques to add color to it.  Here I spritzed it and then added a little more ink with a sponge to deepen the colors.
Colors: Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral.  Stamps: Crazy for You.  Big Shot: Hello You Thinlits.  Accessories: Best Ever Accessory Pack (SAB Exclusive), Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper (SAB Exclusive), Tea Lace Paper Doilies. 
 My second card is for Valentines:
Colors: Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black.  Stamps: Crazy for You.  Big Shot: Hello You Thinlits.  Punches: Hearts Border and Sweetheart.  Accessories:  Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack, Handheld Stapler and Silver Mini Staples. 
Next is a pocket card using the new a Mini Treat Thinlit Dies.  My nearly 12 year old son helped me design this one, telling me it needed that cute little flower in the corner.   Love it when he is helpful.
Colors: Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky and Crisp Cantaloup. Stamps: Crazy for You.  Big Shot: Hello You and Mini Treat Bag Thinlits.  Punch: Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack.  Accessories: Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper, White Jute Ribbon, Soft Sky Seam Binding, Pearl Jewels, Handheld Stapler and Mini Silver Staples.
Last, I have a simple little tag to go on a baby gift:

Colors: Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Kraft, and Whisper White.  Stamps: Crazy for You.  Big Shot: Hello You.  Punches: Ornate Tag Topper and Small Oval.  Accessories: Sweet Dreams Washi Tape, White Jute and Hello Honey 3/8" Satin Stitch Ribbon.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my projects today.  Now you are off to Yapha Mason's blog and her take on the new alphabet stamp set.   Don't forget to leave a little blog love along the way!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Stampin' Addicts Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop
Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop!!  Sale-A-Bration is my favorite time of the year for Stampin' Up!  So many fun new things to get for free!  If you are hopping in order, than you've arrived here from Rhonda's The Stampin' Bunny look at the Irresistibly Yours Paper.  Now I have some great ideas what to do with the package that is currently sitting in my craft room. All the blogs are linked together in a circle, so if they is your first stop, you won't miss anything.  And if you get lost along the way, you can always head over to Stampin' Addicts for a complete list of hop stops.

Today, I'm showcasing a perfect little stamp set: Simply Wonderful.  This is one you will want to have in your collection, especially if you are a beginning stamper, because it has three perfect sets of greetings in it and a cute little flower to go with it.  (Don't look for that flower on any of my projects because it didn't make it on them. Oops!)

First up a card featuring a few other Sale-A-Bration goodies too that you are seeing a lot of on this blog hop on a Thank You card:

Colors: Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry and Sahara Sand.  Stamps: Simply Wonderful (SAB Exclusive).  Accessories: Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper and Accessory Pack (SAB Exclusives), Whisper White Baker's Twine.
 Next, I broke out some of the new Occasions Catalog items including the new Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and the chalk ink and chalkboard paper to make a little gift for a friend:
Colors: Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana and Black.  Stamps: Simply Wonderful (SAB Exclusive).  Big Shot: Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies.  Punches: Extra Large Oval. Accessories: Aquamarine & Rose Coral ColorBox Chalk Ink Pads, Chalkboard Paper, Chalk Marker, Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper and Accessory Pack (SAB Exclusive), Clothespin.
And last, I paired this set with some of the fun wedding card items in the new Occasions Catalog to make a window card:
Colors: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky, and Pistachio Pudding.  Stamps: Something Wonderful (SAB Exclusive) and Something Lacy.  Big Shot: Oval Framelits.  Accessories: Many Marvelous Markers.  Sahara Sand 7/8" Lace Trim.
Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop and be sure to leave a little blog love along the way.  Next stop is Holly's Rubber Redneck and her look at A Happy Thing.  She has me adding this step to my next order.  Happy Hopping!