Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Stamp Review Crew: Thoughtful Branches


Welcome to the first Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We will be sharing our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  I'm pretty psyched about this limited-edition bundle, Thoughtful Branches & Beautiful Branches thinlits.  This set is only available for purchase August 2 - 31, while supplies last, so don't delay ordering yours!

You've probably arrived from the fabulous Bronwyn Eastley's blog.  Her projects are always a knock-out!

I won't be holding any events in August, so no opportunity to show this set to my ladies.  I thought it would be nice to pull together some note cards to stick into their order bags from July.

My hydrangea flower is double layered to make it look very full, as well as dimensional.  This card is pretty flat and perfect for mailing.

Stamps: Thoughtful Branches; Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White, 2011-13 In Color DSP; Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: White Baker's Twine, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Brick Wall EF, Beautiful Branches Thinlits, Big Shot.

This set is pretty versatile, from flowers to trees, and I'm just loving the details on the thinlits!  Can you see how the inside of the hydrangea flowers (or leaves if you are making a tree) are cut out with the thinlit?  What an easy and fabulous way to add dimension to a card!  And my response when I saw the tree trunk/branches thinlit shape?  YES!  I've been wanting a tree outline die!

I wanted to make a white-on-white card, so I'm going for the full subtle look with a clear-embossed sentiment.  White-on-white can be so elegant!  This sketch comes from Fab Friday #91.

Stamps: Thoughtful Branches; Paper: Whisper White; Ink: Versamark; Accessories: White Baker's Twine, Clear Embossing Powder, Banner Triple Punch, Beautiful Branches Thinlits, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Another useful item with this set is the Big Shot Die Brush (#140603).  Just run the brush over the die, once you run it through the Big Shot, and the little pieces just fall right out.

I'm a sucker for tall, skinny stick trees... reminds me of my beloved Canada.  So I had to make something with them.

Here I stamped with Versamark, and then stamped again slightly lower with Memento Tuxedo Black, and then emboss with clear embossing powder.  From there you can brayer or sponge.  The layout is from Less is More Sketch #18.

Stamps: Thoughtful Branches; Paper: Dapper Denim, Whisper White; Ink: Dapper Denim, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark; Accessories: White Baker's Twine, Clear Embossing Powder, 3/4" Circle Punch, Brayer, Sponge, Softly Falling EF, Beautiful Branches Thinlits, Big Shot, Post-it Notes, Dimensionals.

Make sure you check out the next stop to see what Shana at Stree-Free Stamping put together with the set. Her projects are always so lovely!

 



Don't forget about Bonus Days!  Receive a $5 coupon to use August 2 - 31 with every $50 purchase in July.  Use your coupons to help you grab up this set!



Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fun and Fancy Free Control Freaks Blog Tour

Welcome... It's time to hop along with the super fabulous Control Freaks group!  This month's theme is "Fun and Fancy Free", also known as "anything we are working on".  You've probably arrived here from Julie Davison's blog.  Her projects are always so lovely!

My focus today is on the stamp set Birthday Fiesta, which we used at Stamp Club.  OMGosh, this little guy is so cute!

The background circle uses the ink smash technique, to make it stand out a bit more while bringing in some of the suite colors.

After struggling a bit with the layout, I let it mellow on my desk a few days.  It's a take on Freshly Made Sketches #241.

Stamps: Birthday Fiesta; Paper: Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Tip Top Taupe, Very Vanilla, Festive Birthday DSP, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Emerald Envy, Chocolate Chip; Accessories: Melon Mambo Thick Baker's Twine, 2-1/2 Circle Punch, Water Spritzer, Fiesta Time framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

I've been wanting to get this llama together with the fringe scissors.

I "fringed" strips of Chocolate Chip card stock and glued them to a base, and then I die-cut the llama shape.  He really is a profile or silhouette, as I am not sure how to add some face details to him.  Recognizable, none-the-less.

I again used the ink smash technique, along with some splattering, for the background.  Ink smash really is a great way to easily incorporate some watercolor quickly.  The layout is from Freshly Made Sketches #245.

Stamps: Birthday Fiesta, Thoughtful Banners; Paper: Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Festive Birthday DSP, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Crushed Curry, Hello Honey, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip; Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels, Fringe Scissors, Water Spritzer, Watercolor Brush, Fiesta Time framelits, Big Shot, Sewing Machine, Thread.

Finally I wanted to share the card(s) I made for our Control Freaks New Catalog swap.  Lots of Birthday Fiesta Suite goodness.

I sewed the mini pompom trim on.  I know... crazy, huh?  The Watercolor Wash stamp works great as a subtle sky background.

Stamps: Birthday Fiesta, Watercolor Wash; Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo, Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White, Festive Birthday DSP; Ink: Soft Sky, Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, Melon Mambo, Chocolate Chip; Accessories: Mini Pompom Trim, Fiesta Time framelits, Umbrella Weather framelits, Big Shot, Sewing Machine, Thread, Dimensionals.

Jump over to the amazing Connie Babbert's blog to check out what fabulous ideas she has for us. 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

SSC131 Warm, Happy Flower

Time for another Sunday Stamps Challenge.  I must admit I did have some trouble with such combination of bright colors, so I limited myself to warm colors and neutrals.

When all else fails, watercolor!  I pulled out a retired line art flower image for my card.

Stamps: Happy Watercolor, Labeler Alphabet; Paper: Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Watercolor Paper; Ink: So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade, Basic Gray; Accessories: Linen Thread, Metallic Sequins, Aquapainter, Dimensionals.

Wanna see my other card?  Yeah, that's a reject.  Too bright for me!

Stamps: Swirly Bird, Sunshine Sayings; Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White; Ink: So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade, Emerald Envy, Versamark; Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Big Shot.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Another Swirly Bird Flower

I've been having fun making various Swirly Bird flowers, and I made another version of one for this month's stamp club.

This is a "make-up" card, as I had wanted to use this set at the Catalog Launch Party, but it just didn't come together in time.

I'm really loving mixing Peekaboo Peach with Calypso Coral.  Such warm colors!  The nice shine on the gold foil die-cut is clearly too shy to show up in my photos.  :/


Stamps: Swirly Bird, Sunshine Sayings; Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil; Ink: Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Versamark; Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Big Shot.

I felt just illustrating a flower card for club was selling the Swirly Bird stamp set short, as it is so versatile for many different type of cards.  I made some 3-1/2 x 3-1/2" notecards to highlight some other images you can make with this set.

A couple of these cards were adapted from ideas from Valarie Moody.  I wish we had time to make them all in class!  :(

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Bonus Days are Here!


Details:
  • Spend in July and earn bonus coupons for August!
  • Participants will receive a $5 USD/$6 CAD Bonus Days coupon code via email for every $50 USD/$60 CAD they spend in a single order (catalog price before shipping and tax). There is no limit to the number of coupons participants can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion. There is no limit on the number of coupons participants can use on an order during redemption.
  • Bonus Days coupons codes can be used in the checkout process during the redemption period.
  • An email address is required to participate in this promotion; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered to participants via email.
Dates:
  • Promotion period: July 7–31, 2016
  • Redemption period: August 2–31, 2016 

New, limited-time stamp set coming in August!  Earn in July and use your bonus coupons in August for the beautiful set Thoughtful Branches.



Product Name Retail
144328 Thoughtful Branches Bundle (ENG) $52.00 USD/$66.50 CAD
143539 Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer Stamp Set (ENG) $27.00 USD/$33.00 CAD
143538 Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies $31.00 USD/$41.00 CAD

https://my.stampinup.com/portal/docs/default-source/happeningnow/promotions/thoughtful-branches/thoughtfulbranches_flyer_jul0516_us.pdf?sfvrsn=2
Click above to see the stamp set and framelits bundle.



Sunday, July 3, 2016

SSC130 Fiesta Tag Time

Time for another Sunday Stamps Challenge, and this week we have a sketch.  I have Birthday Fiesta on my desk, so off we go building a card with the sketch.

The tag background is watercolored for some fun depth, and a few fun festive details are added.  I'm loving the bright colors in the suite.  I think I'm going to go with this design for my downline shoebox swap.

Stamps: Birthday Fiesta; Paper: Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White, Festive Birthday DSP, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Soft Sky, Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, Melon Mambo, Chocolate Chip; Accessories: Melon Mambo Thick Baker's Twine, Playful Palette Washi Tape, Watercolor Brush, Fringe Scissors, Banner Triple Punch, Circle Punches, Fiesta Time framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Jun 2016 PP: Triangular Shaker

As soon as I saw June's Paper Pumpkin kit, I thought shaker card!  What could be easier than adding sequins to an already-provided cello bag?

For my card, I cut a triangle-shaped hole with my craft knife, so the shaker pouch could be inside the card.  Nearly all materials for this card are in this month's kit, so I'm super happy with the alternative idea.  As always, I am sending the detailed instructions to my Paper Pumpkin Club subscribers.

We also used this kit as designed for a couple kiddo birthday parties Missy attended this past weekend.  The kid can make her own cards with very little help from me.  What's not to like?


You can start your own Paper Pumpkin subscription and join the club as well.  Or give a prepaid subscription as a gift!