Monday, July 19, 2021

Control Freaks Animal Antics

The Freaks' theme this month is Animal Antics and I can't wait to see what the Freaks have created because we have so many great animal stamps! If you just landed here from the very talented Debbie's blog, Debbie Henderson Designs, welcome! There are seven of us on this hop, so there is sure to be something to tickle your fancy.

I was reeeeallly tempted to use the animal-theme stamps from the upcoming Jul-Dec Mini Catalog (squeeee!), but I want to save them for my 12 days of Christmas in July that starts later this week. 😁 🎄 💓 So, I'm focusing on two stamp sets from the annual catty; Nature's Beauty and Pampered Pets (in this household also known as spoiled-rotten brats, lol).

Up first is Nature's Beauty. I wanted to keep the color scheme a muted wintery gray to coordinate with the absolutely stunning Peaceful Place Specialty DSP coming August 3rd in the Jul-Dec Mini. Hey, I never said I wasn't going to use products from the new mini, just not the animal stamps, hee-hee!

The rabbit image was perfect for this because it wasn't too large and fit in front of the silver-tipped evergreens. He was colored with Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends, with a tiny bit of Flirty Flamingo inside its ear. The greeting is also from the new catalog in a set called Peaceful Deer (which you will be seeing more of in the 12 Days.....) A couple strips of Silver Foil Specialty paper, a swirl of silver Simply Elegant Trim, and some Silver Epoxy Essentials completed the card.

My second card just makes me smile all over my face! I adore that kitty image in Pampered Pets, but I wanted to use it on a holiday card. What to do, what to do? Merriest Frames Hybrid Embossing Folder & Die to the rescue! Isn't that embossed die cut just the most beautimous thing ever?!

I added some Mint Macaron, Mossy Meadow, and Polished Pink to the die cut with Blending Brushes and Sponge Daubers. The stitched rectangle with the image is also in the Merriest Frames bundle, and a Polished Pink 2-1/8" x 2-7/8" mat fits perfectly behind it. After stamping the feline in Basic Gray, I stamped again on a sticky note to cut a mask. Then I added Polished Pink behind her with a Blending Brush. The greeting, stamped in Basic Gray, is from Merriest Moments which is part of the bundle with the embossing folder & dies.

I HAD to add something shiny, of course, and the Artistry Blooms adhesive-backed sequins did it perfectly. And see that tiny bow on her royal highness' neck? That's a narrow strip of the Polished Pink Open Weave Ribbon held on with a tiny dot of Shimmery Crystal Effects.

That's all the goodies I have to share today. Up next is the amazing Bree, at Craft-somnia Momma.

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Tutorial Tuesday on a Monday - Daisy Garden

Since I’ll be having surgery on my hand tomorrow, I’m posting the Tuesday Tutorial a day early. I don’t know how long it will be before I can use my hand, so I figured I’d get some things done ahead of time and scheduled…. because I’m super organized like that. *SNERK!* (I tried really hard to say that with a straight face, really I did!) 🤣

•    Stamp Sets: Daisy Garden (155079), Inspired Thoughts (155536)
•    Cardstock: Thick Basic White (159229), Fresh Freesia (155613), Polished Pink (155710), Basic White (159276)
•    Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black (132708), Fresh Freesia Blends (155518), Polished Pink Blends (155520), Daffodil Delight Blends (154883), Granny Apple Green Blends (154885)
•    Tools & Accessories:  Double Oval Punch (154242), Polished Pink Open Weave Ribbon (155714), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Stampin' Seal (152813)
•    DSP:  2021-23 In Color 6x6 DSP (155641)

•    Card Base:  Thick Basic White:  4-1/4" x 11"
•    Cardstock #2: Fresh Freesia:  3-1/4" x 5"
•    Cardstock #3: Basic White:  3" x 4-1/2"
•    DSP:  Polished Pink plaid:  4" x 5-1/4"
•    Scraps of Basic White and Polished Pink cardstock

•    Score Thick Basic White at 5-1/2" and fold to form card base.
•    Adhere Polished Pink DSP to front.
•    Stamp Daisy Garden image on 3" x 4-1/2" piece of Basic White, color with Stampin’ Blends listed above.  Cut to three 1-1/2" x 3" pieces.
•    Adhere stamped pieces to 3-1/4" x 5" Fresh Freesia layer, allowing 1/8" between pieces.
•    Wrap 20” Polished Pink Open Weave Ribbon around panel and tie a bow.  Add panel to front of base card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
•    Stamp Thinking of you greeting with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on scrap Basic White cardstock, punch with Double Oval Punch.
•    Layer smaller oval on larger Scallop Oval punched from scrap Polished Pink cardstock.  Adhere over ribbon with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Sunday, July 18, 2021

Stamp Review Crew - Whale Done

Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew's Whale Done edition! The "Crew" is made up of a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world who pick a stamp set or bundle to highlight on the first and third Mondays of each month, with a bonus hop if there is a fifth Monday. If you landed here from Charlet's blog, Painted Orange, welcome! There are five of us today, so it will be a short hop....but I'm sure with lots to inspire you!

Whale Done is a 15 piece photopolymer stamp set that makes building sea scenes easy, AND there is a coordinating Whale Punch so you don't need to fussy cut the whale!

My first card is going out to someone special who IS kind of a big deal to me. I don't want to mention names and spoil the surprise, though.

I used the Bark 3D embossing folder because I thought it would look like water ripples, but it really just looks like bark to me, LOL. The seaweed and coral did have to be fussy cut, but that was easy.

The next card is for my honey. He's been my rock for over 46 years and I can't imagine what my life would have been like without him!

I used Blending Brushes to create the under water scene, then stamped the seaweed, coral, fish and seahorses in black to make them really pop.

I LOVE the Be Dazzling Specialty Paper that is part of next month's Sale-a-Bration! You can be sure it will be making an appearance on some of my Christmas cards. *grin*

That's my share for today, so jump on over to see what the amazingly talented Heidi at RunningW Scissors Stamper has made!