Friday, May 10, 2013

Stampin' Addicts 2013 Retiring Stamp Sets Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Retiring Stamps Blog Hop!  Join us as we offer a last hurrah to our favorite stamp sets that are retiring this year. If you are following the hop in order, you've arrived from Kim Bolzenthal's blog, Stitchin' N Stampin' on Paper on which she highlighted the French Foliage set.  If not, don't worry you can make it there by clicking through the stops or by visiting the Blog Hop Thread on the Stampin' Addicts website.
I chose the Greeting Card Kids set for a couple of reasons...I needed to make the projects I made, and I thought the set was SO adorable that I'm going to keep it.
This card is for my daughter for her Fifth Grade Graduation.  I made it in the school colors (Red, White and Blue), but I used Pacific Point to brighten it a little.  The little scholar's diploma (I masked off the Valentine heart in her hand.) is just typing paper, and her hat was made using the large Itty Bitty Banner framelit and punching it with the 3/4 inch circle punch so that it followed the shape of her head.  I made a trapezoid for the top, but decided against a tassle. I was afraid I wasn't up to the challenge.  Blender pen was used for her dress and shoes while markers were an easy choice for the remainder of the coloring.  Chevron for a background with some rickrack from the Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die made it look a little more fun.  The "Happy Graduation" sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.
This card will be cute for the Fifth Grade Graduation page of her scrapbook too.

Next, we have our favorite students with the "teacher" sentiment from another retiring set, Family Reunion.  It is so nice to have all those words available when they are needed.  The Thank U (rather than Thank You) from the A Round Array set is sort of funny for a teacher card, but it was the perfect "Thank You" for this great layout, MOJO292 from the MOJO Monday blog.

Next, I decided to make Reese's Peanut Butter Cup holders for the teachers, but I thought I'd make a Christmas design to show you all as well.  I love the new In Color, Pistachio Pudding cardstock with Real Red and also with Pink Pirouette.  I rolled the new Gingham wheel on the main layer to add old fashioned charm. The new Artisan Label punch is perfect to fold in half for the pull tab as well...  The Thank You is from the new 2013-2014 hostess set, Express Yourself.  These great new items aren't available until May 31st, but I think you'll want to buy them because they are so versatile!

I hope you've enjoyed visiting the Greeting Card Kids with me. Now it is time to enjoy Tanya's handsome and energetic creations with the "I Dig You" set on her blog, Tinkerin in Ink.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

MOJO292 Made by Emma

My daughter, Emma made this for her teacher for Teacher Appreciation Week...Emma loves penguins, and she wanted to use the MOJO Monday Sketch that she saw on one of my cards.

She used the Zoo Review stamp set penguin with the Thank You from the Express Yourself  Hostess Set. She also used the new In Color Pistachio Pudding as well as Tempting Turquoise and Marina Mist.

Pistachio Pudding Wildflower Meadow

I think this will be a little simpler for new stampers and old stampers alike than the Wildflower Meadow card posted below. :)  It is so quick and easy to ink the Wildflower Meadow stamp with Pistachio Pudding ink, emboss with the Wildflower Meadow folder, and add a ribbon and sentiment.  I chose the "Happy Birthday" from the Label Love set and added an extra Pistachio Pudding punched piece to the top and bottom of the image for emphasis.
Then just a bit of clear Dazzling Details glitter glue to bling it up a bit.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Learn To Stamp Party June 1st 1:00 p.m. and Wildflower Meadow Card

Join me on June 1st at 1:00 p.m. for a FREE introduction to stamping party.  It would also be a great time to pick up your New 2013-1014 Stampin' Up! Catalog even if you already know how to stamp since I'll definitely be here.  (The catalog is free to you if you've placed an order with me in the past year. It is $5 and refundable if you place an order later.) 

We'll talk about some stamping basics, make a card (similar to the one shown below, but this one takes too long) and have a snack.  You are welcome even if you've stamped before, and I haven't seen you for a while. I'll also have my retired stamps available if you want to shop...many with a new lower price.

For this card, I used the Round Array Stamp set and punch for the sentiment, Markers in Real Red, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive and Crushed Curry (It was a brighter yellow and matched the Daffodil Delight ribbon better.), and the Wildflower Meadow Background stamp.  I used both the Wildflower Meadow Embossing Folder and the Square Lattice Embossing Folder to add texture and depth. I only wish I'd stamped on Naturals Ivory instead of Whisper White--I think that would have created a cool natural look with the Linen Thread.