Friday, October 7, 2016

Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts 2016 Winter Holiday Blog Hop!

Click along as we highlight our favorite Christmas and Winter sets in the new Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  Should you get lost or want to chat about the hop, here is a link to the chat thread on the Stampin' Addicts website: Chat Thread

If you're hopping in order, you've arrived from Betty's Kitty Stamp Blog. I love her adorable designs and gift packaging ideas with the Yummy Little Christmas set.

First is this little Tic Tac Holder using the Mini Tic Tac Holders from the dollar store.  I didn't know tiny Tic Tacs existed until I saw a video of Halloween ones by Laura Heindl.  Such a cute idea, and they aren't so much larger than the Tic Tac box that they will fold over, wrinkle and rip like the old style used to back in the day.

 I thought it would be cool to punch through and show the Tic Tacs as I'd seen done many times in the past with the larger Tic Tac boxes, so I made the Basic Black and Tempting Turquoise one using the Star of Wonder Set.  (The Merry Christmas is not from this set. the project needed a smaller sentiment, so I cut it from the Beary Merry Christmas in the Cookie Cutter Christmas set because I wouldn't use that sentiment.)  Tempting Turquoise is a nice match for the Berry Flavor of Tic Tacs, and the package was placed upside down so that the Tic Tacs would show rather than the label.  

( I couldn't resist letting the snowman from the Snow Place stamp set photobomb the picture!)

Next, I made this card with gold embossed stardust trails using the MOJO Monday Sketch MOJO 468. I loved the gold on black look, but I added Crushed Curry under the Star to give it more gold depth. 

It is difficult to see the Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper which matches nicely. Maybe this second picture will help if one clicks on it?

Now I know you'll enjoy Sara's Creations with the Christmas Pines set.  Beautiful cards and her Painter's Tray is so lovely. See them on her blog: Lily's Ink Pad

Monday, October 3, 2016

Cable Knit Leaves Stampin' Up! Fall Card

I used the Copper Embossing Powder to accentuate the leaves and added the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder for a cuddly look.  Not sure you can see the lace peeking from under the sentiment, but it adds a little pizzazz to the simple card.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Stampin' Addicts 2016 Stampin Up! Fall Holiday Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts 2016 Stampin Up! Fall Holiday Blog Hop!

I hope you'll enjoy our little hop through our own personal favorites in the new Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  Should you get lost or want to chat about the hop, here is a link to the chat thread on the Stampin' Addicts website: Chat Thread

If you are hopping in order, you've arrived after seeing Twila's eerily cute designs with the Spooky Fun stamp set on her Stamp A Little Longer Blog.

For my first card, I used the Vampire from the Cookie Cutter Halloween set with the adorable Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper. I also use the Halloween Night Orange and Black Baker's Twine for the Bow and the Halloween Night Enamel Dots at the top left.

The next card is floss or twine style spinner. I continued to show the nice variety that the Halloween Night Designer Series paper has in it. The spinning center has 3 sides: Dracula, Mummy and Skeleton suit Trick or Treaters. 

I've seen a couple of these little Dracula coffins online by Martha Inchley and Jana Weaver, but neither had detailed instructions.  I'm not sure I did them right, but trimming the depth of the house down and adding a 1/2 inch wide band of cardstock around it worked fairly well.  I love being able to put a Reeses' pumpkin under Dracula inside them.

Your best bet for instructions is to continue to Betty's blog here on the hop. Her coffins are awesome!!

Finally I have the Mojo Monday sketch for this week, MOJO463 . I used the scarecrow for a happy fall card and more of the Halloween Night DSP.

Now, it is time to continue to Sara's Lily's Ink Pad Blog for her creepy-cool designs with the Jar of Haunts Set.


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fruit Salad Fresh Fruit Stampin' Up! card

A friend of mine is having to wait and LONG time for her birthday card since we'll make this card at class this week before I send it to her.  Sorry!  I like the way the Pool Party "flowers" (They are used for the inside of citrus slices, too.) cool off this hot palette of color.

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert designed this layout which is a great take on an easel card, I think.

Check back tomorrow for a blog hop!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Stampin' Fiesta MOJO459

The Mojo Monday sketch MOJO459 is perfect for the adorable Birthday Fiesta set.  Such a great way to show off the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper and the fun little llama.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Best Birds Z fold Double Direction Card

I love the stamp set Best Birds, and I finally had a chance to play with it recently.  I made a male blue bird and a purple finch and took some liberties lightening their colors.  I used the Thick Whisper White cardstock so that the birds and branches would stand strongly since they are only attached to the card by a glue dot.  Now I'll have to decide where to display the card.


I think this will make a fun card to make at class in August.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

CASE of the Stampin Up! catalog Fruit Crates

The fruit crates on page 148 are the perfect thing to replace my glue and pen storage on my stamp table for classes.  I first saw a tutorial by Peggy Noe, but since she used the old doilies, and I  wanted to use the new ones, I tweaked it a bit.  I think it is closer to Stampin Up's measurements too because it is 8-1/2 inches by 3 inches scored at 2-1/2 at each end. Then the side slats are 1 by 4-1/2 inches scored at 1/2 inch at each end.  I also reduced the size of the designer series paper to 2-1/2 inches square.

I also used the hardwood background stamp to add woodgrain to the slats and the end.  And since the photo was taken, I've punched the handles with the new Classic Label Punch.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Traditional Mini Popcorn Box Holder Stampin' Up!'s new die

So I had to do the obvious Popcorn box and use the die that cuts the "larger at the top, smaller at the bottom" stripe....We'll make this box at class this week.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Two America cards for July

I believe the first horizontal easel card below, the Swirly Birds vine as a flag card, was first made by Kim Jolley, but if you are the originator, please comment, and I will change it.  It is a wonderful idea!

Of course I made changes from the ones I saw on Pinterest. I added the Soft Sky behind the impressionistic flag and made it have more of a waving-type look. I used the "Thank You" sentiment and banner from the set and punched with the matching duet punch. I'll send this to my friend's husband who is in the Oklahoma National Guard after class is over next Thursday (though it will be late for the 4th this year).

The sailboat card has an ocean that is "white with foam" and a Happy Birthday sentiment which can be changed of course.  I was tempted to draw some seagulls in the sky, but I was afraid I'd mess up the card. :)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Stampin' Addicts 2016-2017 New Catalog Blog Hop Shooting Star Bundle

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts 2016-2017 New Catalog Blog Hop!  I hope you'll enjoy our little hop through our own personal favorites in the new Stampin' Up! Catalog.

Should you get lost or want to chat about the hop, here is a link to the chat thread on the Stampin' Addicts website: Chat Thread

If you are hopping in order, you've arrived after seeing Betty's sweet creations with the Pretty Kitty Stamp Set on her Kitty Stamp Blog.  Wow! What beautiful coloring and designs!

I chose the Shooting Star Bundle because I love to make motion cards.  This bundle has an array of cute stamps with matching framelits for convenience as well as the round and curved slot motion pieces. (Image directly below is from and by Stampin' Up!)

First, I made this card for my husband for our 20th Anniversary.  He liked it very much, but he may be biased. :)  I used Soft Sky, Whisper White, So Saffron and Basic Black for a simple color scheme that lets the Honeybee Spinner Shine. For added shine, I used clear Wink of Stella on the bees' wings. The sentiment banner is from the Popcorn Box Thinlits. You can see the penny ever so slightly. We'll pretend I did that so that you could see how I made it. :)

This card needs a bit of an explanation...It is for my cousin and her husband who have been missionaries in Cameroon, Africa for the last 24 years.  In the next year or so, they will transition to Togo, Africa, so I thought the Spread the Love sentiment from last year's Ronald McDonald House Set, Sprinkles of Life, made a perfect card to give to her. I punched the sentiment using the Classic Label punch. Then, I put a rhinestone bling on Togo for fun.  The heart is the second smallest from the new Sweet & Sassy Heart Framelits, and I used the Happy Heart Embossing folder to complete the theme.

Finally, I made this card using the other spinner/slider option which I learned (from Stampin' Up!) works best as a rainbow rather than a smiley.  We don't want the slider image to get stuck in the bottom of the depression. :)  I used Basic Black, Whisper White and Crushed Curry Cardstock as well as the Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron and Crushed Curry Markers.  The Lucky Stars embossing folder was my background, and I added Gold Wink of Stella to each star on the card--both on the black and on the slider image piece.

Sparkly as it was, it was missing something, so I added three of the gold stars from the Metallic Enamel Shapes, and for the sentiment I used the Duet Banner Punch. I slide the sentiment to the left rather than punching right in the middle and used the "negative" to make the basis of the point on the right side of the sentiment. I had to trim just a bit too though.

Now, it is time to continue to Sara's Lily's Ink Pad blog to see the Always an Adventure Bundle in action. I LOVE that diorama card!