Saturday, April 13, 2024

CSF Saturday Hop - Bye Bye!

Today's Create With Stamping Friends Saturday Hop theme is to show the stamp/bundle that we are sad to see retire. Gosh, how can I choose? I'm losing thirty-eight! 😧 So, I closed my eyes and put my finger on the first page of the annual catalog Last Chance list, and it landed on Sending Smiles.

I used a couple of retiring products, as well as a new In Color and an Online Exclusive embellishment. I'm sure sorry to see that Glorious Gingham didn't carry over, though some DSP did.

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: Sending Smiles (retiring)
  • Paper: Basic White, Glorious Gingham (retiring), More Dazzle Specialty Paper (retiring)
  • Ink:  Petunia Pop (NEW In Color), Garden Green, Crushed Curry
  • Accessories: Sending Dies (retiring), Adhesive-backed Dragonflies & Birds (Online Exclusive)

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Thursday Challenge - CSF813

Our Create With Stamping Friends Thursday Challenge is a sketch this week. This was the perfect way for me to show off the upcoming new patterns in the color collections of DSP, and today I'm sharing one of the new In Colors - Pretty in Pink. Yes, it's a returning color, and I'm so happy it's back! This is the sketch we are working from today:

You might have noticed another color that's new, too. It's called Basic Beige, and it's a lovely light neutral color which is going to pair well with so many others!

I used a greeting from the new Country Flowers bundle, and die cut some flowers from the same bundle. I can see this one is going to be used a lot. 😊

If you look closely, you'll see the new In Color Shimmer Gems, too. They are perfect for adding a little subtle shine, and they aren't too bulky which is a bonus!

Saturday, April 6, 2024

CSF Saturday Hop - In the Spotlight

Today's Create With Stamping Friends Saturday Hop theme is highlight/color one area - and leave the rest neutral. We have a lovely new neutral color coming next month called Basic Beige, so I just had to use it for this card!

And I also had to use the upcoming Country Flowers bundle to make it! That whole suite is just so sweet....I can't wait for you to see it.

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: Country Flowers
  • Paper: Basic Beige, Basic White
  • Ink:  Basic Beige, Basic Gray, plus Stampin' Blends Combos: Sweet Sorbet, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green
  • Accessories: Country Flowers Dies

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Thursday Challenge - CSF812

Welcome to the NEW Create With Stamping Friends! Still the same look and creative team, but now without Mary Brown. I wish her fabulous new adventures as she hits to road to see America! This week our challenge is the colors Coastal Cabana, Berry Burst, and Petal Pink.

I had to use Everyday Details just works so perfectly for so many things. I was going to stamp it and color with Stampin' Blends until I realized we don't have Coastal Cabana Blends. D'oh!

So I heat embossed on watercolor paper instead, and used a water painter with ink to color the image. The greeting stamp says 'Wishing you so much joy on this special day' but I fussy cut it and left off the end. I'll be wishing the recipient joy, and it doesn't matter what day it is!

Product List

Monday, April 1, 2024

Stamp Review Crew - Enduring Beauty

Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew's Enduring Beauty 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 Jay's blog, welcome! There are seven of us today.

Enduring Beauty really took my fancy because not only is it a beautiful stamp set on its own, but it has matching dies AND decorative masks to make coloring a breeze! And it's being carried over to the new annual catalog, yippee!

I have two cards to share today. This first one revives the old Spotlight technique. I love how the background looks like an old black and white picture, but the strip is in bold color.

The blossoms were colored with Sweet Sorbet Stampin' Blends. I'll be sorry to see that In Color is retiring the end of this month. It's such a pretty red.

The second card is a soft feminine card in shades of Berry Burst and Bubble Bath. I thought a lacy-looking background would be nice, so I used the Distressed Tile 3D folder on the Deckled Rectangle cut cardstock.

A few pieces of Bubble Bath Sheer Ribbon and silver Simply Elegant Trim peek out from behind the blossoms. Sadly, both of those embellishments are retiring, too.

I did cheat a little and used greetings from Go To Greetings (also retiring) on both cards, because I needed those sentiments for the people I plan to send these to.

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

Saturday, March 30, 2024

CCM Saturday Blog Hop - Texture Time

Today's Create With Connie & Mary Saturday Hop theme is textures! Whether you use embossing paste and masks, embossing folders, or textured dies (like the grass die used here), there are plenty of ways to add texture to your project. I was actually going to use embossing paste, which I rarely do, but I can't find my palette knives. I know they're around here somewhere, so I refuse to buy more. You just know as soon as I ordered more, the original ones would show up, lol.

Three strips of Soft Sea Foam (1 1/4" x 5 1/4") were embossed with three different folders and adhered to the card base. Then one of the gorgeous scenes from the Meandering Meadows DSP was die cut with the arch. ( need to see this paper in person!) I used a Radiating Stitches die for the greeting to mimic the stitches on the arch.

After that, I just cut the grass layers from Garden Green, stamped and colored the wheelbarrow full of flowers, the watering can and garden tools, and then added some dragonflies to complete the scene! Did you know dragonflies are beneficial? They consume 10-15% of their own weight per day on insects like mosquitoes, termites, deerflies, horseflies blackflies, and midges. Too bad ticks aren't on the menu. 😬

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: Garden Meadow (Online Exclusive)
  • Paper: Basic White, Soft Sea Foam, and Garden Green Cardstock, Meandering Meadows DSP (Online Exclusive)
  • Ink:  Basic Gray, plus Stampin' Blends Combos Smoky Slate, Pebbled Path, Basic Black, Bubble Bath, Highland Heather, Melon Mambo, Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, and Old Olive
  • Accessories: Garden Meadow Dies (Online Exclusive), Radiating Stitches Dies, Basics 3D embossing folders, Fern 3D embossing folder, Fun Patterns embossing folders (Online Exclusive)