Saturday, July 31, 2021

CCM Saturday Blog Hop - On the Ground

Today's Create With Connie & Mary Saturday Blog Hop theme is the opposite of last week's In the Sky theme. This time we're "On the Ground" so we can use anything normally found on the ground. Since I have Christmas on the brain, I immediately thought of snow! It's been so dang hot and humid here that I'm longing for cool, brisk weather.

Have you jumped on the Mini Slim bandwagon yet? I struggle with the full size slim line cards but the mini slims are a whole different story! There are slight variations in dimensions between designers, but I like the 3-1/4" x 6-1/4" size best because I can use a half sheet of 6" x 6" DSP as a background if I want.

But as you can see, I didn't use any DSP here. I made a mask from copy paper and used Blending Brushes to make the snowy hills, then stamped the trees in Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent. After making the greeting label, I stamped the rabbit on a scrap of Basic White, colored it with Blends and fussy cut it before popping it on dimensionals.

That's my share for today. Click the Next button to jump over to Libby Fens at Libby Stamps, or the Back button to see what Mary Brown at Stamper Camper's Corner has made!

Stampin' Up! products used:

  • Peaceful Deer photopolymer stamp set
  • Basic White and Soft Succulent cardstock
  • Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent, Basic Gray, Balmy Blue, and Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pads
  • Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends Combo and Light Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blend
  • 2021-2023 In Color Jewels
  • Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine and Tasteful Labels Dies
  • Blending Brushes, Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Tutorial Tuesday - Sharing Sunshine

Having a bad week, so my apologies for this being late.

•    Stamp Set: Sharing Sunshine (155631)
•    Cardstock:  Basic White (159276), Daffodil Delight (119683), Real Red (102482)
•    Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (132708), So Saffron (147109), Balmy Blue (147105)
•    Tools & Accessories:  Paper Trimmer (152392),  Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755),  Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Basic Borders dies (155558),  Blending Brushes
(153611), Messages die -heart (154422), Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (149653), Paper Snip Scissors (103579)
•    Designer Paper: Pattern Party-hostess for rainbow (155426), Beauty of the Earth for blue background (155841)

•    Card Base:  Basic White 8 ½” x 5 ½” ; score at 4 ¼”
•    Layer #1 Blue DSP:  5 ½” x 4 ¼”
•    Layer #2 Clouds:  5 ½” x 3” approximately – 3 pieces
•    Layer #3 Rainbow: 1” x 5” – may trim to shorten
•    Small piece Daffodil Delight for sun at least 2 ½” square
•    Small scrap Real Red for heart

•    Cut and score card base.
•    Attach blue DSP layer to front of card with liquid glue.
•    Die cut 3 cloud layers with the Basic Borders cloud die.
•    Lightly sponge cloud edges with Balmy Blue ink and Blending brush.
•    Stamp sun using  So Saffron  ink and fussy cut out.  Stamp face with Tuxedo Black.
•    Die cut heart from Messages die and attach to sun.
•    Arrange the 3 cloud layers and rainbow strip following photo for placement.  Trim to fit and overlap in pleasing manner.  Attach with liquid glue.
•    Stamp sentiment with Tuxedo Black on bottom cloud.
•    Attach sun with Stampin Dimensionals.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

CCM Saturday Blog Hop - In the Sky

Today's Create With Connie & Mary Saturday Blog Hop theme is anything that is normally found in the sky. I had all kinds of ideas - clouds, rain, snowflakes, the sun, rainbows, but ultimately settled on birds. We have so many varieties of birds here in East Tennessee, and I love looking out my craft room window at them. In fact, they can be quite distracting when I'm trying to get things done!

I pulled out an old favorite for this card; Free as a Bird. When it came out there was some lovely DSP that coordinated with it but, sadly, it's retired and I can't use it. (Not that I don't have three and a half packs, I just can't use it here, lol.)

I love the strips of yellow DSP over the Smoky Slate DSP, picking up the birds' colors. It's a good way to use up those little DSP pieces you can't bear to throw away!

That's my share for today. Click the Next button to jump over to Libby Fens at Libby Stamps, or the Back button to see what Mary Brown at Stamper Camper's Corner has made!

Stampin' Up! products used:

  • Free as a Bird cling stamp set
  • Basic White and Basic Black cardstock
  • Neutrals and Brights 6" x 6" DSP
  • Memento ink and Stampin' Blends: Dark Crumb Cake, Dark Smoky Slate, Dark Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight Combos, and Calypso Coral Combos
  • Matte Black Dots
  • Multipurpose Liquid Glue and Stampin' Dimensionals

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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