Friday, April 30, 2010

Stampin' Addicts Summer Mini Blog Hop Tropical Party

Welcome to the Stampin Addicts Summer Mini Blog Tour! Join us on Stampin' Addicts for Stampin' Up! samples, discussions, information and of course FUN!  You may have arrived from Heather's blog featuring her cute projects with the First Day stamp set. If not, the tour is circular. You'll get there eventually if you click at the end of each blog hop post. If you somehow get lost along the way, just click HERE and there is a list of the blog hop sites, in order.

The new Summer Mini from Stampin' Up! is available for ordering from  May 1 through August 31, and as usual Stampin' Up! demonstrators were allowed to order ahead so that we can showcase these fun sets.  One of the great sets I chose to preorder was Tropical Party. I added the Island Floral Bigz Big Shot Die and the Island Oasis Designer Series Paper as well, so today I have a few little projects to share.

First up are these Drink Umbrellas that were so easy to make using the Scalloped Circle Big Shot Die and the fresh and fun Island Oasis Designer Series Paper.  I'll have a tutorial (with  step by step pictures) for you back here on my blog on Monday, so check back if you're interested!

You'll notice you can make them more masculine by cutting of the scallops and keeping the top of the skewer free of a flower (Pumpkin Pie floral), keep them simple with just a scalloped Designer Series Paper umbrella and trio flower punch on top (Rose Red floral) or layer a cut layer over a scalloped layer. I embellished the So Saffron umbrella with the small flower from the Island Floral Bigz Die and a rhinestone brad.


I created a super casual outdoor Luau set with the Bigz Die and Designer Series Paper as well.  A Fancy Favor Big Shot Die box created a holder for the plastic silverware with the large flower layered on the bold and flowery Island Oasis DSP.  Coordinating patterns for the umbrella, straw flower embellishment and placemat would make each guest feel so special, and the napkin ring completes the display. 


Oh, you don't typically make placemats for your outdoor entertaining? I admit I don't either, so I converted the placemat into a Scrapbook Layout for our trip to Hawaii....that was almost four years ago!

Now I feel like a genius rather than a four-year-slacker because this new paper is perfect for tropical pictures! :) Strangely, most of my pictures are landscape, and I didn't want to lose the scenery/cut them very much.  I balanced the horizontal with vertical lines and am happy with the result. Tons of pictures on one layout....yes, I do that sometimes.


Enjoy more of the islands on this Tea-Stained card. I even used a color that will be returning for next year...My Favorite-Baja Breeze! The white gel pen is easy to use to make the coconut really stand out against the background.


Continue your Summer Tour with a stop at Holly's Blog for her creative Christmas interpretations of the Island Floral Bigz Die. Thanks for touring with Stampin' Addicts!

34 comments:

Krystal (skdeleeuw) said...

What fun party accessories! I love those little umbrellas. Too cute!

HeathersHobby said...

Ronda, I love the little umbrellas! I can't wait for the tutorial!

Tina said...

Love the umbrellas. TFS!
Tina
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Kim said...

OMGosh! So cool! I'll have to case a few ideas for a stampin' party.

Cindy said...

Rhonda, I was floored by those adorable drink umbrellas, but when I got to the part about converting the placemats to SB pages, you killed me! Sheer genius. Thank you so much for some great ideas for summer entertaining!!!

luv2stamp said...

Such ingenious ideas! Love it, thanks for sharing.

Barbara Welch said...

Rhonda, the drink umbrellas are the best. I love the entertaining ideas. Will be checking back for that tutorial on Monday.

Lindam530 said...

Rhonda...I LOVE the umbrellas and the last card too...is so soft and pretty! Great job!

Lora Oliver said...

OMG! Love it all!!! The umbrellas are my fave, though. Great job!

Melissa said...

Oooh, what fun projects!! I too can't wait to see the tutorial for the umbrellas!

mauistamper said...

Rhonda, those umbrellas are fantastic! Good thing it's Aloha Friday, no work 'til Monday...can't wait til Mai Tai Time!!

Anne

MaryR said...

rhonda, GREAT projects and I just love your coconut tea-stained card and the scrapbook page

lisa808 said...

Love those umbrellas--I'll be back for the deets. tfs

Lisa N said...

Love your tropical ideas! Can't wait to try some of them.

WebDeb said...

I'll be back to learn how you made the umbrellas -- totally fab!

Debadoo said...

Super fun projects!! Those drink umbrellas are adorable and what a great SB layout.
Deb B.

Amy said...

Wow, Rhonda! Fabulous projects! Love 'em! You really are a genius!

Michelle said...

AWESOME! What a clever idea, turning the place mat into a page!

JennP said...

WOW thos drink umbrellas are FABULOUS!!! do you have a tutorial for that?

Holly/catrules said...

Wow what a fun party accessories!! Love your scrapbook page! Great job!

Holly / Ink PaperStamps said...

Love the parade o' punch parasols, Rhonda--who needs stem charms when you're packing your own custom parasol?

And the gel pen sets off the coconut card to perfection!

Only one problem with your stop, girl: where's the invitation to this luscious luau? You know all your SA buddies will be checking their mailbox for it now. . . .

PaperFairyKris said...

I can't stop thinking about the coconut card. I must make it today!

Sara Mattson-Blume said...

Great set of projects. I love how easy it to create projects that coordinate with Stampin' Up! The card is cool. I like that tea stained technique.

Yapha said...

Those umbrellas are fantastic! I can't wait to get this set and that paper!

Carmen said...

My favorite is that last card!! And super clever about turning those placemats into scrapbook pages!

Sharon Field / Created By You said...

How fun are these!! Table settings, umbrellas, scrapbook pages and more.. LOVE this new designer series paper!

Jen Timko said...

Love the umbrellas! Such great ideas!

Trina Caraway said...

Party at Rhonda's! Very cute projects.

Allison said...

These are all so adorable! I'll be back to check out how to make those umbrellas. :-)

Tinkerin In Ink said...

I LOVE the drink umbrellas and will definitely be checking those out on Monday! you did a fabulous job!

Heidi Baks said...

Cute ideas, Rhonda!

Twila said...

OMgosh! Rhonda, how fun your projects are. Love the little umbrellas and the scrap pages. Great job.

Mickey Roberts said...

All of your projects are awesome!

Lisa Young said...

You are so clever Rhonda! What great ideas especially the umbrellas! And I really love the tea stained card - beautiful!