Monday, August 29, 2022

Stamp Review Crew - Trees for Sale

Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew's Trees for Sale bonus hop! The "Crew" is 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, which there IS this month. If you landed here from Betty's blog, welcome! There are seven of us today, so there should be lots of inspiration for you.

Trees for Sale is a 17 piece photopolymer stamp set on page 39 of the Jul-Dec catalog. It HAD a coordinating Sale-A-Bration die set called Tree Lot Dies. Unfortunately, after I had made my projects for this hop the die set sold out. So there's a cautionary tale there - when SAB rolls around, if you see something you really want, don't wait until the last minute to get it, thinking it will still be available! Also, check back later this week for another idea with this set that doesn't use the dies, and a giveaway!

For my first card, I just had to use that adorably happy dog. My dogs love, love, LOVE the snow and race around like their tails are on fire. It's a hoot watching them, so I needed this little guy to have some snow to romp in.

The Basic Borders die set has a die that can be used as clouds, or in this case, snow drifts. The dog stamp is a solid stamp with no features, so after stamping him in Crumb Cake, I added an eye and nose with a Black Stampin' Write Marker.

The trees were stamped in Evening Evergreen and stamped off again for the lighter background trees. The Granny Apple Green DSP (Celebrate Everything) was stamped with a scattering of Soft Succulent snowflakes, and the label is part of the Labels Aglow Dies. Oh, and I almost forgot the silver baubles on the tree - Festive Pearls!

Up next is a Tahitian Tide watercolor wash backdrop for the strings of lights and the trees. The Stitched With Whimsy dies add a little framed texture. I used Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper for the trees as well, stamping first in Evening Evergreen, then using a Water Painter to pull the color down and out to resemble pine boughs.

The light strings were stamped in Smoky Slate and colored with Blends, and the greeting was heat embossed on Tahitian Tide.

If you look closely, you can see some shimmer to the little die cut stars. They were cut from Pearlescent Specialty Paper. I would have used glimmer paper, but the embossed bit in the middle didn't show as well.

That's all I have to share for today, so click "Next" to see what Mike created, or "Previous" to visit Betty again. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 27, 2022

CCM Saturday Blog Hop - Casing Lori De Groot

Today's Featured Designer CASE is Lori De Groot. I'm having so much fun browsing my fellow design team members' blogs, but they are all so talented it's hard to pick ONE card to CASE! I decided since I'm in Christmas card-making mode that is one would be perfect, both in layout and colors used - Merry Merlot, Petal Pink, Shaded Spruce, and Very Vanilla. Isn't it gorgeous?

Here is my take on her card, using the Cottage Wreaths bundle.

I really liked her Hive 3D embossed background but didn't think it was quite right for a Christmas card, so I used the Wintry 3D folder and embossed half of the Very Vanilla, then rotated the cardstock and embossed the other half. I thought I might have to cover the "seam" with ribbon, but you can hardly tell where the seam is!

Naturally, I had to add a little shiny stuff, so the ribbon and pearls did the trick.

That's all for today - see you next Saturday! Up next is Libby Fens at Libby Stamps. Or click the "back" button to go back to Lori at Loritamarie Crafts.

Stampin' Up! products used:

  • Stamps: Cottage Wreaths Bundle
  • Paper: Very Vanilla, Petal Pink, and Merry Merlot Cardstock
  • Ink: Crumb Cake, Shaded Spruce, and Merry Merlot
  • Accessories: Stylish Shapes Dies, Wintry 3D Embossing Folders, Gold & Vanilla 3/8" Stain Edged Ribbon, Festive Pearls

Saturday, August 20, 2022

CCM Saturday Blog Hop - Casing Melissa Davies

Today's Featured Designer CASE is Melissa Davies, and this is the card I chose to CASE. It was hard to choose just one!

I liked the layout of this one especially, but used Cottage Rose as the image, and watercolored it as a Peace Rose. 

I had forgotten about my Saddle Brown StazOn ink, which was the perfect choice for this watercolored image! I found the black was a bit too harsh for the soft look I was trying to achieve, but Saddle Brown worked perfectly.

After coloring it with Sweet Sorbet, Mango Melody, and Mossy Meadow, it was die cut and popped up on dimensionals over the Into the Clouds embossed background.

That's all for today - see you next Saturday! Up next is Libby Fens at Libby Stamps. Or click the "back" button to go back to Lori at Loritamarie Crafts.

Stampin' Up! products used:

  • Stamps: Cottage Rose Bundle
  • Paper: Basic White, Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper
  • Ink: Saddle Brown StazOn, Sweet Sorbet, Mango Melody, Mossy Meadow
  • Accessories: Into the Clouds Embossing Folder, Water Painters, Black & White 1/4" Gingham Ribbon, Adhesive-backed Seasonal Sequins, Baker's Twine Essentials Pack

Friday, August 19, 2022

The Control Freaks are Seeing Spots!

The Freaky theme this month is circles, spots, and/or spatters so this should be a fun hop! If you landed here from Melissa's blog, welcome! There are five of us this month, so it won't take too long to take the tour.

I had all kinds of ideas popping in my head, but I manage to narrow it down to just for Autumn and two for Winter. Since Autumn is up next on the calendar, let's start with that one! The Fond of Autumn bundle is so fun to play with, especially if you like to color, which of course I do. 😁

I combined all kinds of elements on this card, from a border die (Basic Borders) to the grid die behind the image (Chic Dies) to an embossing folder (Gingham), a little DSP, and spatters from the Color & Contour stamp set - whew!

I even colored some Fine Sparkle Gems to match the flower centers. I sure do love being able to make custom-colored embellies to coordinate.

Next is the Winter card featuring circles and polka-dots. That lovely dotted silver DSP is only available until the end of this month (while supplies last) as a Sale-a-Bration freebie with qualifying purchase.

I used the trees from the Peaceful Deer stamp set to create the winter sunrise scene. I forgot to leave enough room for the greeting, so I stamped some Vellum Cardstock and die cut the circle to lay over the scene letting it hang off the edge.

The last card was made with the Christmas Lights bundle and the coordinating Lights Aglow Specialty DSP. I love the Bokeh look of the background DSP. It's like looking at lights through squinted eyes.

The tree was stamped, heat embossed in gold, die cut with the outline die, then die cut again with the inner detail die. I added some red glimmer paper behind for extra sparkle.

I have to tell ya, those Festive Pearls are the perfect thing for trimming the tree! The greeting is from Brightest Glow, a fab collection of just greetings, and part of the whole Lights Aglow Suite.

That's all I have to share today, so up next is Bree, at Craft-somnia Momma. She's sure to have you seeing spots!


Monday, August 15, 2022

Stamp Review Crew - Bottled Happiness

Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew's Bottled Happiness edition! The "Crew" is 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 Mike's blog, welcome! There are five of us today, so the hop won't take long, but I'm sure it will be fun!

Bottled Happiness is a thirteen piece photopolymer stamp set, and it has a matching Vintage Bottle Punch that can be bundled with it to save 10%. There are also some adorable little Vintage Bottle Shaker Domes and Effervescent Elements (pg. 16 in the AC) to make shaker cards, which is what I did for my first card.

This went together so quickly, I was surprised! I started with a Merry Merlot card base and used a Blending Brush with Merry Merlot to create the background with two of the Artistic Mix Decorative Masks.

After punching the bottle in Basic White, I used Stampin' Write Markers (Merry Merlot, Polished Pink, Melon Mambo, and Granny Apple Green) to ink the two-step stamps and stamped above the bottle.

Adding the shaker dome was easy with the adhesive already to go on both sides...just adhere the bottle into the opening, add the shaker elements and a piece of Window Sheet to hold them in place, then pop it up on the card!

The next card uses the piece that I punched out from the first card. Photopolymer stamps made it easy to stamp exactly where I wanted using Evening Evergreen. After the bottle was stamped, I pressed it onto a VersaMark pad and heat embossed with clear powder so it looked like glass.

The background bottles were stamped in Soft Succulent. I cut down a strip of Natural Finish Ribbon to use behind the greeting and frayed the ends a bit. Speaking of the greeting, I was soooo tempted to add an S at the end, what with all those bottles in the background. 😄

The wine label was stamped in Crumb Cake and Evening Evergreen. I think that color combination is so perfect together!

I was feeling the holiday spirit (see what I did there? Heh.) when I made this last card. The need for glitz and glimmer overtook me! I started with the Lights Aglow Specialty Paper and used the colors as inspiration. The background bottle was stamped in Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen, then diluted Crumb Cake ink spatters were added, along with a few stars & sparkles from the Christmas Lights stamp set.

Originally the sprigs were going to be Crumb Cake, but I though gold greenery (goldery?) would look better. And to really make the card pop, a fussy cut Merry Merlot bottle to hold them.

That's all I have to share for today, so click "Next" to see what Charlet created, or "Previous" to visit Mike again!

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