Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Stamp Review Crew: Host Set Bonus Hop


Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  Today we have a BONUS hop, focusing on host/hostess stamp sets.  If you are following the hop in order, you have just arrived from Nikki Spencer's blog.

For my host set, I chose Pun Intended from the annual catalog.  I always love the cute and funny sets for a light and happy card.

Using the Petals & Paisleys suite from the Holiday catalog gives the card a real retro feel.  The sketch is from Sunday Stamps Challenge #136, of which I am now a co-owner (shameless plug).  I also covered the flash area with fine-tipped glue to give it a nice shiny finish.

Stamps: Pun Intended; Paper: Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Petals & Paisleys DSP, Copper Foil Sheets, Vellum, Champagne Glimmer Paper (retired); Ink: Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Copper Metallic Thread, Banner Triple Punch, Confetti Stars Border Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Sponge, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Stars Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Hop on over to Holly Stene's blog to see what fun projects she has put together with one of our host sets.

 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Control Freaks Happy Fall Y'All Blog Tour

Welcome... It's time to hop along with the fabulous Control Freaks!  This month we will be sharing Happy Fall Y'All projects.  With such back-to-school craziness, I am constantly telling myself to stop and enjoy September's indian summer before it is quickly gone.  Most likely it is quite warm where you are as well, but needless to say, it's time to get ready for crispy fall weather. 

You've probably arrived here from Amy Koenders's blog.  Her cards and style are just so yummy!

I had to get the Cookie Cutter Halloween set as soon as I saw it.  Such cute characters, and stamp-punch-done method is so easy-peasy!

Combining with Ghoulish Grunge (how fun is that background set??) and using Freshly Made Sketches #249, this was my first "play" card to get my feet wet.  I used clear heat embossing on the blood image to give the card a spooky effect.  With the Labeler Alphabet set, you basically can make any sentiment you want!

Stamps: Cookie Cutter Halloween, Ghoulish Grunge, Labeler Alphabet; Paper: Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Halloween Night DSP; Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Perfect Plum, Crushed Curry, Basic Gray, Basic Black; Accessories: Halloween Night Baker's Twine, Clear Embossing Powder, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, Aquapainter, Dimensionals.

And I was pretty happy with my Control Freaks swap sample, which we also made at Stamp Club as well.

Again I paired this set with Ghoulish Grunge backgrounds - so versatile!  Isn't that peeking mummy adorable?

I used the house die from the Home Sweet Home thinlits to create the coffin, by cutting along the score lines and cutting the roof peak off to straight edge giving a 2-7/8" coffin height.

Stamps: Cookie Cutter Halloween, Sweet Home, Ghoulish Grunge; Paper: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Vellum, Halloween Night DSP; Ink: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Versamark; Accessories: Halloween Night Baker's Twine, White Embossing Powder, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, Home Sweet Home Thinlits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Of course how can it be fall without Halloween (or harvest) treats?

You could dress up a bunch of these for special trick-or-treater guests or coworkers.  Quick, easy, cute!  Natalie Kennedy got me going on these, and they sure are fun!  The wrap on the snack size Kit Kat bar is 2-5/8 x 4".

Stamps: Cookie Cutter Halloween, Sweet Home, Acorny Thank You; Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla, Halloween Night DSP; Ink: So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Dapper Denim, Basic Black, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Halloween Night Baker's Twine, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, Home Sweet Home Thinlits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Jump over to LeeAnn Greff's blog to check out what fabulous ideas she has; they are always so creative!


Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Stamp Review Crew: Timeless Textures


Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This week's focus is a fabulous background set.  Paired with a separate featured set, Timeless Textures is a real workhorse and great supporting actor.  I'm so anxious to see what everyone creates, so let's get to it!

If you are following the blog hop order, you have just come from my friend Mickey Roberts's blog.  I just love her style!

I was in need of a 50th anniversary card, and the style of the set Number of Years blends perfectly with the vintage look of Timeless Textures.  Using Retro Sketches #231, here's the resulting card.

This set is perfect for layering and collage layouts.  The images work so well together, with just a change in color or tone, such as stamping off.

Here I stamped the grid background in Versamark and the dots and flourishes in Crumb Cake inks.  The numbers were heat embossed in gold.

Stamps: Number of Years, Timeless Textures; Paper: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Very Vanilla; Ink: Crumb Cake, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark; Accessories: Pearl Jewels, Gold Embossing Powder, Triple Banner Punch, Large Numbers Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Now make sure you check out the next stop to see what fun projects our fearless leader Tanya Boser has put together with this week's stamp set. 

 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Clearance Rack & Special Offers

Calling all scrapbookers and Project Lifers!  Today starts our third and last week of Special Offers.  Special Offers are weekly specials on selected items at 25% savings.

These Special Offers savings run through Wednesday, September 21, so don't miss out on some great deals!

ICYMI, the clearance rack has been updated!  CLICK HERE to check out all the savings... while supplies last.



Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A Birthday Worth Celebrating

Sharing a quick card today.  Someone I know is having a milestone birthday, although she doesn't look or act her age!

The vintage roses in the Number of Years set is exactly what I imagined when I first saw the Sweet Sugarplum In Color.  That dusty rose color is just awesome!

Love this color combination taken from the patterned paper pack Blooms & Bliss.

Stamps: Number of Years; Paper: Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla, Playful Palette DSP; Ink: Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry; Accessories: Pearl Jewels, Large Numbers Framelits, Big Shot.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

SSC135 Watercolor Expression of Love

Time for another Sunday Stamps challenge.  I had a bunch of fun with this one!  Such fun, bright colors.

I immediately though - yeah, balloons - but I resisted!  Use of Painter's Palette swatches would be great for these bright colors, but again I side-stepped and created an watercolor art canvas for my card.

This card uses Freshly Made Sketches #248.

Stamps: Painter's Palette, Sheltering Tree; Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Watercolor Paper, Island Oasis DSP: Ink: Real Red, Emerald Envy, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Early Espresso, Basic Black; Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels, Watercolor Brush, Stampin' Spritzer, Sponge, Squares Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Special Offers Week 2

Today starts Week 2 of three weeks of Special Offers.  For three weeks, Stampin' Up is offering weekly specials on selected items at 25% savings.

These savings run through Wednesday, September 14, so don't miss out on some great deals!