Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Twisted Swap: Oh Cr**!

I picked up the Unity stamp set Just Stinkin' Cute last year for a twisted swap, and the today was the day stamp meets paper.  I needed a funny birthday card for my brother-in-law, so this was a good time to create my twisted swap for last weekend's Hudson Valley Shoebox Swap.

I did a bit of stamp surgery to isolate the "oh crap" phrase.  Inside the card, surgery on a stamp from the Here for You set provided the inside sentiment of "Sorry I don't have something more profound or poetic or sentimental to say."  Hubs helped me pull this all together - awww!

I added some Fine Tip Glue Pen adhesive to the heart for a nice, shiny coating.  I still needed to fill some space, so colored pearls always fits the bill, even when it is a poop card.  :)  This is the third card I've created using Freshly Made Sketches #278.  I gotten a lot of use out of that sketch!

Stamps: Just Stinkin' Cute (Unity), Endless Birthday Wishes, Here for You, Work of Art, Gorgeous Grunge; Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP; Ink: Crumb Cake, Tip Top Taupe, Chocolate Chip, Copics; Accessories: Pearl Jewels, Confetti Hearts Border Punch, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Dimensionals.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

ATC Swap: Is It Spring Yet?

After getting 20+ inches of snow a couple weeks ago, I was inspired to make an artistic trading card (ATC) that expresses our feelings over here in the Northeast.

Often we get snow around Easter; that's not new.  Getting dumped on... well, that's making it hard for the bunny to find the houses.  Perhaps this is why we need colored eggs, in order to find them in the snow.

The sentiment in Diane Zechman's Cookie Crumbs set called Snow Friends often describes how I feel about this time every year.  I know I'm not the only one with all the wishful-thinking beach pictures friends on posting on Facebook.

Stamps: Basket Bunch, Branch Out, Snow Friends by C.C. Designs; Paper: Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, Emerald Envy, Marina Mist, Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White, Back to Black DSP; Ink: Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Tip Top Taupe, Basic Black Archival, Pink Pirouette marker, Peekaboo Peach marker, White Gel Pen; Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds, Cupcake Builder Punch, Sponge, Dry Wall Tape, Basket Builder Framelits, Big Shot.

Monday, March 27, 2017

8th Annual Hudson Valley Shoebox Swap

This past weekend we got together for another Hudson Valley area shoebox swap. What fun!! Have a gander at my shoebox project.  My focus was on Sale-a-Bration products Inside the Lines DSP and metallic ribbon.

The "love" sentiment is a stack of three die-cuts, and there's a few rhinestones spattered about.  This card uses Freshly Made Sketches #279.

Pro Shopper Tip #1: Sale-a-Bration ends on March 31.

Pro Shopper Tip #2: Watermelon Wonder is one of the 2015-2017 In Colors which is retiring in May.

Stamps: Sunshine Sayings; Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black, Whisper White, SAB Inside the Lines DSP; Ink: Versamark; Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels, SAB 3/8" Metallic Ribbon, White Embossing Powder, Banner Punch, Sunshine Wishes Dies, Big Shot.

Here's some festive Easter table favors & goodie bags for the ladies. I used Carried Away Sale-a-Bration DSP for the goodie bags.

The table favors are utilizing the Basket Bunch set, Basket Builders framelits, and Playful Palette DSP. 

So wonderful to share crafts, good food, and company with the lovely ladies!  I truly enjoyed the day, even if my back is screaming today.  Thank you all for coming!


Sunday, March 26, 2017

SSC149 Succulent Shadow Box Card & Blog Candy!

Time for another color challenge on Sunday Stamps.  A fun way to incorporate 3-dimensional flowers into a card could be by making a shadow box card.

There are many instructions out there for shadow boxes; I happened to use this video.  Then I added the "cover" to make it into a card.

I layered colors on my leaves.  The large flower starts with Wisteria Wonder CS, inked with Whisper White Craft ink, followed by Mint Macaron, Perfect Plum, or Concord Crush ink.  The smaller flower is Pistachio Pudding CS, inked with Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Lost Lagoon, and Not Quite Navy inks.

Here is this week's challenge colors.  Use at least three colors and a neutral.  I hope you can swing by and join us!

Stamps: Oh So Succulent, Hardwood BG; Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Mint Macaron, Wisteria Wonder, Crumb Cake, Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White, Succulent Garden DSP; Ink: Mint Macaron, Lost Lagoon, Not Quite Navy, Perfect Plum, Concord Crush, Soft Suede, Whisper White Craft; Accessories: Delicate White Doilies, White Baker's Twine, Sponges, Succulent Framelits, Basket Builder Framelits, Big Shot.

And BLOG CANDY!  I have some more to give away.  Please leave a comment here by Sunday, April 2.  And join me on Facebook. I will be picking a random winner on Monday, April 3.  Make sure you have your email linked to your commenting profile so I can contact you or stop by here to check for the winner.  U.S. residents only, please.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sale-a-Bration ~ Final Days ~ New Items!!

Hey Everyone, only a few more days to enjoy Sale-a-Bration freebies.  And Stampin' Up has added seven more items to the list of SAB items you can pick from for FREE with a $50 order.  Everyone likes more choice, right?

Here are the additional items you can choose from:


A reminder, 3-month prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription is also on sale.

3-Month Prepaid Subscription (137859) $59 $55 USD

Here are the Sale-a-Bration brochures:

The SAB card tin and glimmer paper assortment have unfortunately sold out.  Make sure to grab your favorite SAB items before they are gone!  Sale-a-Bration ends March 31!!




Sale-a-Bration quick reference table:

Avant Garden
Avant Garden
Carried Away DSP
Carried Away DSP
So Very Much
So Very Much
Delicate Details
Delicate Details
Inside the Lines DSP
Inside the Lines DSP
3/8
3/8" Metallic Ribbon
Tasty Trucks
Tasty Trucks
Any Occasion
Any Occasion
Hey, Chick
Hey, Chick
Designer Tee
Designer Tee
Pretty Pocket Card Kit
Pretty Pocket Card Kit
Reverse Words
Reverse Words
Make a Medallion
Make a Medallion
In Color Cardstock
In Color Cardstock
Party Animal DSP
Party Animal DSP
Succulent Garden DSP
Succulent Garden DSP
Tasty Treats DSP
Tasty Treats DSP
Party Animal Washi
Party Animal Washi
Seaside Embossing Folder
Seaside EF
Sparkle EF
Sparkle EF

Monday, March 20, 2017

Blog Candy Winner!

We have a winner for last week's blog candy.

The random number generator picked our winner.

The winner is Miranda, and you can visit her at the Crafty Critter.

I'll have another blog candy giveaway on Sunday, so make sure you come back and comment for your chance to win!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Stamp Review Crew: Oh So Succulent


Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  We're playing with another Occasions set, Oh So Succulent, and coordinating Succulent framelits.  If you are following the blog hop order, you have just come from the amazing Bruno Bertucci's blog.  I always love his take on our chosen stamp set!

I put together a quickie for Stamp Club this past week.

This is a two-step stamping set, meaning there is an outline stamp and a "fill" stamp.  The fill images were stamped off once, and this card uses Freshly Made Sketches #278.  The terra cotta pot comes from the Basket Builder framelits, and the edges, including an additional "lip" layer, were sponged for some depth.

Stamps: Oh So Succulent; Paper: Calypso Coral, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White, Succulent Garden DSP; Ink: Calypso Coral, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Mint Macaron, Old Olive; Accessories: Delicate White Doilies, Sponge, Succulent Framelits, Basket Builder Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Without reinventing the wheel, I creating the same card with a more masculine flavor (for my green thumb father-in-law's birthday).

In place of the doily, I created a shadow by watercoloring a bit of Tip Top Taupe ink.

Stamps: Oh So Succulent; Paper: Calypso Coral, Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White, Succulent Garden DSP; Ink: Calypso Coral, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Tip Top Taupe; Accessories: Aquapainter, Sponge, Succulent Framelits, Basket Builder Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

I had great plans for things to make for this hop.  But this stamp set was one I was given (without the framelits) to create display samples last fall for Stampin' Up's OnStage convention, so I have already played with it a fair amount.  I have to admit creating with the framelits is A LOT more fun!  When you get a chance, check out the details of the other samples I previously posted with this set.

Up next is the very talented Rochelle Blok.  Let's check out what fun projects she has put together with this week's set.