Monday, November 29, 2021

Stamp Review Crew - Whimsical Trees

Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew's Whimsical Trees 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 today since it's the fifth Monday. If you landed here from Mike's blog, Stampin-Style, welcome! There are seven of us today, and I can't wait to see what everyone made with my favorite set from the Jul-Dec mini catalog!

Whimsical Trees is a 10 piece cling stamp set, and it coordinates with the 13 piece Christmas Trees Dies. It's all part of the Whimsy & Wonder Suite on page 25 and, sadly, it is not going to carry over. So if you want it, you better grab it while you can!

I had so many ideas and came up with four cards, but one of them didn't quite make the cut. It seemed like a good idea in my head, but turned out really blah. Sooo, I have three cards to share today. The first one focuses mainly on the dies, and I paired it with the beautiful Peaceful Place Specialty DSP.

Winter days can be gray and gloomy, so I kept the color palette gray, but not gloomy! I added a pop of red with the greeting and ribbon.

The Real Red Sheer Ribbon can be trimmed down to just the narrow strips on each edge to make tiny bows!

The next card features Christmas trees stamped and heat embossed and wrapped with gold cord. 

The main tree in front was stamped with Evening Evergreen, then a Blender Pen was used to smear some of the color around. The ornaments were heat embossed in gold and a Gold Metallic Specialty Paper star was added.

The other trees were stamped in Soft Succulent and adhered to the Ornate Layers die cut. A bit more gold metallic paper was tucked behind, and a few of the extra stars were added as well.

The last card I think is my favorite. The evergreens were stamped with (what else?) Evening Evergreen with some stamped off and some full strength. The blue sky was added with a Blending Brush and Misty Moonlight ink, very lightly buffed on. 

The white heat embossed "snow" was actually the ornament stamp! I thought it looked great with the tree images that looked like snow is falling in front of them.

After stamping, coloring and die cutting the holly, I stamped and fussy cut the greeting and popped them all up over a vellum label from the Seasonal Labels Dies. A silver cord bow completed the card.

That's all I have for today for today, so click NEXT to see what Charlet at Painted Orange has made! Or you can go back and check out Mike's projects if you are so inclined. *grin*

Saturday, November 27, 2021

CCM Saturday Blog Hop - Deck the Halls!

Today's Create With Connie & Mary Saturday Blog Hop theme is Deck the Halls with Christmas greenery. Now that Thanksgiving is over we can focus on decorating for the upcoming holidays. I have my tree up but not fully decorated yet, and the mantle is still a work in progress, but it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here!

I finally inked up the Festive Foliage background stamp and it makes a perfect backdrop for the greeting and fussy cut holly from Happy Holly-Days. I added a little subtle shading to some of the Soft Succulent greenery stamped on Soft Succulent cardstock with a Dark Soft Succulent Stampin' Blend.

The holly sprig was colored using Stampin' Write markers to color the stamp, then filled in with Stampin' Blends. A few accents were added with a Stampin' Chalk Marker.

That's my share for today. Click the Next button to jump over to Debbie at Debbie Henderson Designs, or the Back button to see what Lori at Loritamarie Crafts has made!

Stampin' Up! products used:

  • Stamps: Festive Foliage and Happy Holly-Days
  • Paper: Basic White, Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen, Gold Metallic Specialty Paper
  • Ink: Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen Classic Stampin' Pads - Real Red and Evening Evergreen Stampin' Write Markers - Dark Soft Succulent, Light Evening Evergreen, and Dark Real Red Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Chalk Marker
  • Accessories: Holly Border Punch, Ornate Layers Dies, Gold Holly Leaves

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Tutorial Tuesday - Whimsical Trees

Happy Tuesday (and short work week to all you workers)! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and, if you're into that sort of thing, snag some great Black Friday bargains! I hate crowds, so I'll be doing my shopping from the comfort of my living room, LOL. 😁

•    Stamp Sets: Whimsical Trees (156330)
•    Cardstock: Basic White (159276), Mossy Meadow (133676), Pear Pizzazz (131201)
•    Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (132708) and Stampin’ Blends Combo Packs Mossy Meadow (154890), Cherry Cobbler (154880)
•    Tools & Accessories: Christmas Trees Dies (156339), Hippo & Friends Dies (153585), Seasonal Labels Dies (156299), Glittered Organdy Ribbon (156408)
•    Designer Paper: Whimsy & Wonder Specialty (156329)
•    Card Base: Basic White 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored & folded at 4-1/4"
•    Cardstock #2: Pear Pizzazz 3-1/4" x 4-1/2"
•    Cardstock #3: Mossy Meadow 3-3/4" x 5"
•    Cardstock #4: Scraps of Basic White for ornaments, holly, & greeting
•    Designer Paper: 3-1/2" x 4-3/4"
•    Adhere Pear Pizzazz to Mossy Meadow cardstock, then both to card base.
•    Stamp, color, and die cut ornaments and holly using Christmas Trees Dies.
•    Stamp and die cut greeting using Seasonal Labels Dies.
•    Die cut center of DSP using the 2" x 3" octagonal label from Hippo & Friends Dies.
•    Adhere ornament “strings” to DSP with liquid glue, then add Stampin’ Dimensionals around all edges and behind ornaments. Adhere to card base.
•    Affix holly to DSP with dimensionals.
•    Add ribbon at lower right (glue dots work well).
•    Adhere greeting over ribbon with dimensionals.

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Saturday, November 20, 2021

CCM Saturday Blog Hop - Giving Thanks

Today's Create With Connie & Mary Saturday Blog Hop theme is Thanksgiving and gratitude. Although I count my blessings year-round, this is the time of year I really appreciate my many blessings. A roof over my head, family and friends nearby, good health, and a new puppy that's a sweetheart of a handful.... *wink*

I wanted to keep it fairly simple today, so I chose the Love of Leaves stamp set and Stitched Leaves dies. A quarter sheet of Very Vanilla cardstock was embossed with the Timeworn Type folder, then die cut with a Stitched Rectangle die and the Stitched Leaves outline die.

I heat embossed (gold) the large leaf on another piece of Very Vanilla and trimmed it down to fit behind the die cut layer. The top layer was adhered with dimensionals to the heat embossed layer and then glued to the Soft Suede card base.

I'm so sad to see that the Heartfelt Wishes greeting set is going to retire! I love its large scripty font; it really makes a statement. The greeting was stamped on Very Vanilla with Soft Suede ink, matted on some more Soft Suede cardstock and popped up on dimensionals. (I'm happy to see the Brushed Metallic Dots are carrying over!)

That's my share for today. Click the Next button to jump over to Debbie at Debbie Henderson Designs, or the Back button to see what our new Design Team member, Lori at Loritamarie Crafts has made!

Stampin' Up! products used:

  • Stamps: Love of Leaves and Heartfelt Wishes
  • Paper: Very Vanilla and Soft Suede cardstock
  • Ink: Soft Suede and VersaMark
  • Accessories: Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine, Heat Tool, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder, Stitches Leaves Dies, Brushed Metallic Adhesive-backed Dots, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Friday, November 19, 2021

Control Freaks Thanks & Gratitude

The Freaky theme this month is Thanks & Gratitude - and I have SO VERY MUCH for which I am overwhelmingly thankful. If you just landed here from Melissa's blog, RubberFUNatics, welcome! We have seven very thankful Freaks for this hop, so let's get going!

I only have two cards to share today, because a certain new puppy is keeping me out of the craft room. Seriously, I had forgotten how much a puppy is like having a toddler in the house. If they're being quiet, you better go check what they're up to! So...on to the first card....

I was a little disappointed to see the Pretty Pumpkins bundle isn't carrying over since it's really been growing on me lately. Ah, well, there will be new goodies to distract me soon enough. I thought the wheat pattern in the Harvest Meadow DSP (also retiring) would be the perfect background for the colored pumpkins.

That wheat straw looking stuff behind the pumpkins is an unraveled bit of Gold Fine Art Ribbon. I brushed a little Crumb Cake on the DSP behind the pumpkins to make them stand out a bit more. The Early Espresso die cut greeting is from the Word Wishes Dies in the annual catalog, and I'm happy to say the Brushed Metallic Adhesive-backed Dots are carrying over!

The next card will give you a sneaky peek at some goodies from the 2022 Jan-Jun Mini that starts Jan. 4th! The first thing you might have noticed is the floral bunch from the Blessings of Home bundle, which is part of the Heart & Home Suite Collection. Gosh, I love coloring, and this set is right up my alley!

Next you might have noticed the watercolor-washed embossed background. That's the Hive 3D embossing folder, also part of the Heart & Home Suite Collection (along with a bunch of other cool stuff!).

If you're wondering about the little label with the greeting from A Wish for Everything, that is from the die set that goes with the Bouquet of Love Hybrid Embossing Folder in the J-J mini. Oh, I cannot wait until you see all the new products coming soon!

Up next is Debbie, at Debbie Henderson Designs. I just love her sense of design, and frequently say "Oooo!" out loud when I see something she created. 😊

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