Saturday, June 18, 2011

Stampin' Addicts Retiring Sets Blog Hop

** If you are here for the Flag Day Giveaway winner drawing, please scroll down to the second post.**

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts official good-bye party, the Retiring Sets Blog Hop! Have you scoured through the retiring list? I recommend you mark up your catalog with all the retiring sets, and by all means, grab those talking to you before they are gone! If you have been following the blog hop in order, you have just come from Yapha's blog featuring the Bugs & Kisses. Weren't her projects adorable?

Today I'm featuring the stamp set Dream Gardens. I think this is such an elegant and artistic stamp set, and I have used this set for so many techniques, including split negative, faux mother of pearl, and lots of techniques suitable for silhouette images. This set is also perfect for smaller, technique-heavy items, such as ATCs, inchies, or as you will see below, Simply Adorned Charm inserts.

For my first project, I thought I would brayer with some new In Colors. I used the reflection technique here.

Stamps: Dream Gardens, Pocket Silhouettes; Paper: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White; Ink: Island Indigo, Pool Parade, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Versamark, Versamarker; Accessories: Clear embossing powder, Brayer, Sponges, Signo white gel pen, Post-it notes, Pearl jewels, Elegant Lines embossing folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Of course, the natural project for this set is any project having to do with tea. Here I made a little tea bag holder.

Left is the front view, and right is the inside view.

Stamps: Dream Gardens; Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Love Letter DSP; Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Versamark; Accessories: Black embossing powder, Basic Black taffeta ribbon, Scallop Trim border punch, Pearl jewels.

Hopefully no one will mind if I reuse a project from the past... I used this set to create Simply Adorned swaps for Convention last year. The special technique here is Poppin' Pastels, and this was one of my favorite uses for this set.

The left and right sides are the front and back of the charm insert, respectively. The swan comes from the geisha's kimono, and it was embossed in gold.

Stamps: Garden Dreams; Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black; Ink: Versamark, Basic Black; Accessories: Stampin' Pastels (Regal Rose, So Saffron), Gold embossing powder, Acrylic fixative.

And finally, my 3-D project, a fun little luminary.

Hopefully this is reminiscent of a Asian pagoda, at least that's what I was going for.

Stamps: Dream Gardens; Paper: Chocolate Chip, Basic Black, Vellum cardstock, Beyond the Garden DSP; Ink: Versamark; Accessories: Black embossing powder, Corner Rounder punch, Crimper, Stylus, Chipboard, Sticky Strip.

Don't forget to come back on Monday for more pictures and details on how to make these projects. If you aren't yet a member of Stampin' Addicts, you can sign up here. Make sure you check out the next stop to see what Lisa put together using Matchbox Messages. Her projects are always amazing.










The complete hop list:
1. Tanya (tanya27) -- From the Crypt
2. Sarah W. (WillsyGirl) -- Cardinal Christmas
3. Betty (kittystamp) -- Blowing Kisses
4. Rhonda (rhondag) -- Birthday Bliss
5. Holly K. (catrules) -- Always
6. Sara (lilyinkpad) -- Lots of Bots
7. Adriana (escape2stamp) -- Animal Stories
8. Yapha -- Bugs & Kisses
9. Heidi (hlw966) -- Dream Gardens
10. Lisa Y. (genesis) -- Matchbox Messages
11. Twila (tjdstampsalot) -- Pick a Petal
12. Kim (s1itcher46) -- Friends 24-7
13. Jennifer (jentimko) -- All Holidays

Thanks for stopping by!

27 comments:

Jen Timko said...

Heidi, your luminary is fantastic but I am really in love with your first card. Gorgeous, stunning...well you get the point.

Linda Callahan said...

These are just gorgeous - beautifully done! The first one is such a work of art!

Anonymous said...

Wow just beautiful! The first card blew me away. They are all gorgeous! Clever pagoda.
Kim B

Holly/Rubber Redneck said...

Heidi!!!!!!

Now you made me want this set!!!!!!!!! Beautiful projects!!! I love your 3D one very cool!!!

RhondaG -the stampin' bunny said...

Wow! Out of control projects! I love your work with the new In Colors, but the luminary is amazing too! And I always love tea--your holder is so cute! Fabulous work!

Regina said...

WOW! What stunning projects! Your little luminary is a fantastic work!

Adriana Benitez said...

Oh my gosh, these are great projects. And the luminary... beautiful details and such a great way to use this set!

Holly / InkPaperStamps said...

Oh Heidi, your techniques with this set are just jaw-dropping. . . .

Tanya Boser said...

Wow! These are all AMAZING! I really love the first card and the luminary, but they are all gorgeous!!! You are such a talented lady, and keep inspiring me with your imagination!

lisa808 said...

Stunning brayer card and fab luminary.

Melissa said...

Beautiful projects, Heidi! Love that luminary especially!

Deb B (Debadoo) said...

Wow, these are all stunning! I really love the tea bag holder, and wow that luminary is amazing! The one side looks like the Japanese rooms with the sort of vellum sliding doors. Love it!

Lisa Young said...

Wow! Heidi, these are truly works of art!. Your creativity never fails to amaze me!

Betty said...

Heidi these are just jaw dropping! I am soaking up all the little details....

Kim P said...

WOW! That first card is my favorite! Seriously beyond my skills! LL! Now I might have to order this! Enabler, you!

Rhonda Miller said...

These are all gorgeous.

Patti said...

Great projects. Love the luminary.

Tiffany Bauer said...

What awesome projects!! Love love love that luminary!! I will be showcasing it on My Crafty Picks #22 with a link back to your blog on 6-26-11. If you wish to decline please email me at trbauer@insightbb.com

Take care
Tiffany
www.mycraftyworld.blogspot.com

Cheryl said...

WOW!! This set never really did much for me... until NOW! LOVE that brayered/mirror image card and the luminary is absolutely awesome!

Yapha said...

Your projects are breathtaking! The first card is absolutely spectacular, and the luminary is brilliant!

Sara Mattson-Blume said...

Wowzer! They are all so good! Love the tea holder--great idea!

Twila Davis said...

Heidi, great work! Beautiful projects. That first card is gorgeous and the lantern is wonderful!

Kathy Knetter said...

wow! I never realy noticed this set before. Now I am sad it is retiring!!! great ideas!

Ret Cudmore said...

Heidi!! What beautiful projects you made with this set! WOW! is all I can say. Your cards are absolutely gorgeous, the lantern is cleverly creative and oh so pretty! I love, love the tea packet! Everything is so beautiful, great work!!

Mickey Roberts said...

Holy Cow! Such great projects and lots of really awesome ways to use this stamp set. Love all the special details you included.

Susan said...

AWESOMESAUCE!!!!! I notice colors I never heard of, are they new ones coming on board?
Susan


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Robbyn said...

All of them are great projects, but I LOVE the pagoda!