Friday, January 22, 2016

Stampin' Addicts' Stampin' Up! 2016 Occasions Catalog Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts' Stampin' Up! 2016 Occasions Catalog Blog Hop.  It is such fun to see everyone's ideas with the new stamp sets and Big Shot items!

If you are hopping in order, you've arrived after seeing Heidi's lovely designs on her Running with Scissors Blog. 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

I'm using the Rose Garden/Rose Wonder Bundle for my creations....There are so many amazing things you can do with the main image of this stamp set and die cuts that I've decided to list them for you!

First with the Rose Garden thinlits, you can cut the main image from black, white, gold, silver or a color of cardstock with green leaves. You could then, use it as is, sponge or water color a white die cut, or you could also fill the voids with colored cardstock, glimmer paper, designer series paper, vellum or shimmer paper.  You could also just use it as a mask and sponge around the Rose Image Die Cut.

With the stamp set you could heat emboss it, and then emboss resist, watercolor, sponge or color with your favorite coloring technique.  I plan to try them all eventually!

My first cards use Stampin' Up!'s card design from page 19 of the catalog.  I used Daffodil Delight and So Saffron as well as Watermelon Wonder and Calypso  Coral.  I like the stained glass look of black with this die cut especially.  I made this orange card about a month ago, but sadly, another blogger has already posted a picture of this idea. Great minds think alike I guess, so I decided to go ahead and post.

I found that using the Mono Multi liquid glue worked best for me for this card.  I used the Fine-Tip Glue Pen when I first tried it, and I found I had a bit of "seepage" on the the card base at the top of the flower.  Sadly, the adhesive eraser removes the Mono Multi easily, but didn't remove the "shiny" look of the dried Fine-Tip Pen's glue at all.  The Mono Multi also gives you more time to put your pieces into the voids.  The Fine-Tip Glue Pen dries very quickly.

After you've made one of the cards above, you are left with some lovely green and yellow line die cuts which can (and should :) ) be made into a card.  I made the So Saffron and Pear Pizzazz into a simple sympathy card and the Daffodil Delight and Old Olive into a Thank you Card. The "with Sympathy" sentiment is cut out using the great new label die in this bundle, and I'm weird in that I think sympathy cards should not be embellished much.

Finally, I "Winked" the line rose stamp with Wink of Stella Clear and intentionally smeared the Real Red and Old Olive a bit. It would be fun to play with this in every color a rose is, I think and to try adding more ink here and there.  I especially like the way the Wink of Stella looks just directly on our cardstock as shown here on the Real Red.  I'm easily amused. :) 

Now, it is time to continue to Sara's blog to enjoy her lovely designs with the Going Global set and Going Places Product Suite on her Lily's Ink Pad blog.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Easel Stampin' Up! Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Die Card

Sorry for the sideways picture of this feminine Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Die Easel card.  It was odd for me to try to photograph the Happy Valentine's Day sentiment at the same time as the front of the card.

The Precision Base Plate was definitely required for me on this one since neither of my Big Shots would cut the die through without it.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Bear Hugs Stampin' Up! Set Card

Bear Hugs can be fun, and I hope you'll like this card....All cut outs are done with the Big Shot.  The inside says "It's for you" and has a pink heart with "love you" on it.  It would be great as a Valentine or as an encouragement card I think.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Stampin' Addicts' Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts' Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop.  We'll show our favorite items to help you choose favorites to receive free with each $50 Stampin' Up! purchase you make from January 5 until March 31, 2016.

If you are hopping in order, you've arrived after seeing Twila's cutie pie design with the Honey Comb Happiness set on her Stamp a Little Longer Blog. 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

Some of the items are for a limited time...including the set that I (as well as the next hop stop after mine) chose to highlight. The Sky is the Limit set is only available through February 15, so you'll need to choose it early if you like it as well as I do.  I love the masculine possibilites as well as the fun sayings.

First, I made this slider card. Stamped on Soft Sky, I used Chocolate Chip for the sentiment and biplane and then, the White Chalk Marker and the new Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush over the White Chalk marker for the clouds and little heart trail.  The inside is stamped with a Valentine wish....There is a rhinestone bling on the nose of the plane in keeping with the glittery nature of the card. This card is quick and still fun I think.

Pulling the slider makes the plane line up with the heart trail....

Next, I combined the set with the Going Places designer series paper stack. I considered using some Vanilla Twine to connect the plane to the sentiment as a banner, but I chickened out....The Mossy Meadow and Basic Black with Very Vanilla make a very masculine design in my opinion.

Now, soar along to Heidi's Running with Scissors Stamper Blog for more high flying fun.