Friday, June 11, 2010

WELCOME TO THE LAST CHANCE HOP!

Greetings, and welcome to Stampin' Addicts Last Chance Blog Hop, featuring stamp sets that Stampin' Up! will be retiring the end of this month when the new catalog comes out.  I'm always sorry to see some things go, but also excited, because I know I will find new favorites to love!  I am offering blog candy, too, so be sure to check the bottom of this post for details.

This is stop number 17 on the tour, and if you've been following in order, you just arrived from Kim's blog, Stitchin' n Stampin' on Paper, which featured Bella's Bloom.  Weren't the card holder and seed packet holder fabulous?

I am showcasing Spring Song, which is just too cute for words.  I love that the birds are kind of a neutral image, which can be used on cards for just about any occasion.  The first card has a Ruby Throated Hummingbird.  I painted over him with Champagne Mist Shimmer paint to try and give him an iridescence, like the flying jewel he is! (Click on the photos to see larger images.)

Stamps: Spring Song, Tiny Tags, Bella Toile - Cardstock: Shimmery White, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Basic Black - Ink: VersaMark, Blush Blossom, Soft Suede, Cameo Coral, Old Olive, Rose Red, Basic Black - Accessories: Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Gold Smooch Spritz, Curly Label Punch, Square Lattice embossing folder, Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot, Blender pens

The little birdie image on the next card made me think of a finch, so I looked up images of Goldfinches to try
to get the coloring right.  I think he looks kind of cold, like he's huddling on that branch.  You probably can't see it, but I used a dot of Crystal Effects on his eye, and it looks like he's really looking at you with his shiny little eye!

Stamps: Spring Song, Teeny Tiny Wishes - Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Kraft (Crumb Cake), Summer Sun, Shimmery White, Vellum - Ink: Basic Black, Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Garden Green - Accessories: Hemp Twine, Blender pens, Crystal Effects, Distressed Texture Plate, Big Shot, Paper Cutter w/ scoring blade, Paper Piercer, Color Spritzer Tool

For my last card, I used the hummingbird image again, but wanted to go a little bolder in the color scheme.  I looked for hummingbird photos, and thought the Rufous Hummingbird would go nicely with the (retiring) Cameo Coral base that I wanted to use.  The image was stamped on Watercolor Paper, using black Staz-On ink, then I used a blender pen and ink pads to color the bird and blossoms.  That background paper is called Pink Flamingo, and it's also retiring the end of the month. This card is going to my grandmother for her 95th (!) birthday next week!!!

Stamps: Spring Song, Elements of Style, Teeny Tiny Wishes - Cardstock: Cameo Coral Textured, Basic Black, Whisper White, Watercolor Paper, Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper - Ink: Jet Black Staz-On, VersaMark, Basic Black, Really Rust, Soft Suede, Real Red, Cameo Coral, Garden Green, Summer Sun - Accessories: Blender Pens, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch
The next stop on the tour is Cheryl's blog Love to Stamp & Scrap, where she is featuring Embrace Life.  Check out her cards and card organizer!

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Thanks so much for coming by!

This blog tour was organized by the good people at Stampin' Addicts, where the motto is "Positively Creative! Positively Stampin' Up!"  This is the best online community to visit if you love Stampin' Up!!!  It's free and open demonstrators and customers alike....anyone who loves Stampin' up! If you've never been there, be sure to check it out.  We'll be lookin' for ya!

MY BLOG CANDY GIVEAWAY:
I'm giving away this Happy Moments (new, unmounted clear mount) stamp set.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me which card you like the best, and why!  I'll use Random.org to choose a winner Monday morning and announce it then.  Please, no "anonymous" comments - you must at least give your name, otherwise I won't know who you are!

34 comments:

  1. I really like how you made the images POP with color on your projects! Great job!

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  2. Wow, I like all 3 of your cards today!

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  3. The coloring on all of these are amazing. I think I like the first one best (I am waiting patiently for my first hummingbird to show up for the season). Simply gorgeous!

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  4. Wow! Gorgeous creations Cindy!! Wonderful work!

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  5. What gorgeous projects! Your watercoloring is spectacular!

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  6. Oh you can't make me pick just one! They're all amazing! Your coloring is absolutely beautiful and I love the way you mix your textures. If I HAVE to pick one, I'd say the first just because I think the things I just mentioned are just stunning on that card.

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  7. WOW! These are absolutely gorgeous!!!!! I think your grandmother will LOVE her card :)

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  8. Great coloring! And I love that Presto DSP in your first card with pink - very subtle!

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  9. I like the second one, I never remember to use the texture plates.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Ilene B.

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  10. Lovely watercoloring! I love them all. So many pretty details on each.

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  11. I really like them all but if I must pick a favorite it would be the goldfinch. They are all great! The goldfinch just strikes me as being good for any occasion.

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  12. I like the pink card best--the color is pretty and the popped-up image looks nice.

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  13. My goodness, you have taken this set to a whole new level! Stunning work!

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  14. dawna (Paws2Ink)June 11, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    Lovely work, as usual! I love the gold-finch card!

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  15. Gorgeous cards, I really love how you caught the coloring of the goldfinch. Thanks for sharing your lovely cards.

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  16. Hi, Cindy. All beautiful, but the pink one is my favorite. Debbie(aka Cambystamper)

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  17. LOVE the gold finch card!! It's beautiful, love the velum overlay.
    TFS!
    Vicky

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  18. I really liked the goldfinch card, we get a lot of those here where I live. You did a good job of making it look like the ones I see in my backyard. Plus, I liked they way you used the different textures on the card.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  19. I love them all, but the middle one is my favorite- a finch! So great!

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  20. Love them all! The first one is too gorgeous for words, very elegant!

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  21. All of your cards are wonderful, but if I have to choose one, it would be the first one. It is so elegant!

    Jamie
    okicrafter@yahoo.com

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  22. **hmmmmm** all great.. I would go witht the happy b-day card.. luv the colors you used and b-days are always fun.. thanks for the opportunity
    (mitz_zee@yahoodotcom)

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  23. Beautiful work, Cindy; your color choices were wonderful, too. Happy Birthday to your Grandmother, too :)

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  24. Cindy WOW great cards and I didn't like this set at all! lol You blew it out of the water. Your last card is awesome!

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  25. Cindy, I love the first card best because the sketch you used is so cute!

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  26. Love your cards. I have the hummingbird and have yet to use it. Thanks for the ideas. I love the idea of the gold finch - our state bird! Thanks for sharing. Here is even my address in case I do win!

    Chris R. from Iowa

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  27. I can only pick one? Oh man. That's a tough one. I guess I'll go with the Ruby Throated Hummingbird. It so soft and pretty. It makes me think of sitting on the front porch with my Grammie watching the hummingbirds dance by.

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  28. great projects-i love the hummingbird!

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  29. Gorgeous cards! I love them all.

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  30. I love the Goldfinch best. Linda S

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  31. Beautiful, Cindy! I love your coloring on the birds, especially the first one!

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  32. Wowzers! You mean I have to choose which card I like the best? That is tough, but.... I really love hummingbirds. I think they are a close to God's perfection as you can get. I have several that fly around my flowers all summer and I just love watching them so the first one and the last one would be my favorite. Also if I could win these stamps it would definitely make my day.
    Hugs,
    Sally

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  33. Each card is beautiful!! I hadn't liked that set before ... but you did wonders with it!

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