Tuesday, March 20, 2018

ATC Swap: Insect Display Board

I've had this ATC in mind for about a year now, since the Beetles & Bugs set was released in last year's Occasions catalog.  I'm glad that I often sketch out a prototype idea ahead of time, which I can grab later when I'm rushing.

I got my husband on the case to find me to realistic bug photos for coloring purposes.  He didn't mind.  Boys will be boys.  :)

I did some paper piecing on the bug bodies, and to make them shiny, I heat embossed the entire pieced part with clear embossing powder.

Stamps: Beetles & Bugs, Nailed It, Labeler Alphabet, Linen BG; Paper: Soft Suede, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Acetate; Ink: Sahara Sand, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Stampin' Dazzle Gold Marker, Copic Markers; Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Sponge, Build It Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Monday, March 19, 2018

9th Annual Hudson Valley Shoebox Swap

This past weekend we got together for another Hudson Valley area shoebox swap. What fun!! Here is the project I put together for my shoebox project.

I took this opportunity to dig into some fun supplies I bought and have yet to use ~ the Birthday Bash washi sheets.  This card is based on a bright and colorful one created by Cindy Schuster.

Stamps: Simply Wonderful, Off the Grid BG; Paper: Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper; Ink: Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay; Accessories: Crushed Curry Baker's Twine, Birthday Bash Washi Sheets, Sweetheart Punch, Banner Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.

Here's some festive St. Patrick's Day table favors & goodie bags for the ladies. As typical, I used the FREE Sale-a-Bration paper, Bubbles & Fizz, for the goodie bags.

The table favors use the Cookie-Cutter Christmas set and Cookie Cutter builder punch. 

Stamps: Cookie-Cutter Christmas, Itty Bitty Banners; Paper: Cajun Craze, Whisper White, Coffee Break DSP; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics Markers; Accessories: Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Bitty Banners Framelits, Big Shot.

An overview of all the wonderful cards -

So wonderful to share crafts, good food, and company with the lovely ladies!  Such an enjoyable day.  Thank you all for coming!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Stamp Review Crew: Bubble Over

Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop: Inspiring you one stamp set at a time

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 hop focuses on the Occasions Catalog set, Bubble Over, which coordinates with the Bottles & Bubbles framelits.  If you are following the blog hop order, you have just come from the very talented Holly Krautkremer's blog.  Aren't her projects always beautiful?

Yesterday was the Hudson Valley Shoebox Swap, which I host every year in Millbrook, NY.  I've been busy creating swaps, including some for the favorite "Twisted Humor Swap".  It was natural to combine that effort with this week's featured stamp set.

I searched around for a humorous beer card on the interwebz.  This one was pretty perfect.  Leaning towards masculine, I'm resisting the urge to embellish further.  Men probably don't like bows on their beer.  This card uses Freshly Made Sketches #327.

Here's the inside punch line.

Stamps: Bubble Over; Paper: Lemon Lime Twist, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Bubbles & Fizz DSP, Silver Foil Sheets; Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Soft Suede; Accessories: 3/4" Circle Punch, Bottles & Bubbles Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

In case you missed it, here are couple past samples I created with Bubble Over.

Stampin' Up! Bubble Over

Hop on over to the fabulous Charlet Mallett's blog to see what fun projects she has put together with this week's set.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Cookie-Cutter Sweet Home & Catalog Items for SAB

For stamp club, we always make a project from the annual catalog.  I've had Sweet Home on my list for a while, but it's really a set that works best with the coordinating Home Sweet Home thinlits.

Ok great, so it's easy to put together a fun gingerbread house.  Pairing with the gingerbread man from Cookie-Cutter Christmas is a no-brainer.  So that results in a Christmas in March card?!  So not like me!  But we'll go with it.

I used the Rainbow Builder Framelits for the fluffy snow die-cut and clouds.  Kinda looks like cotton balls you might find under a Christmas tree, simulating snow, which is actually perfect for this cartoon-like card.  The round bubbles feel happy.

The white candies were heat embossed, and the gingerbread man's eyes are made shiny with a drop from the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

I carried the fun round clouds to the inside as well, and also used the sentiment from Cookie-Cutter Christmas for the inside.

Stamps: Sweet Home, Cookie-Cutter Christmas; Paper: Emerald Envy, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Basic Black, Whisper White, Wood Textures DSP; Ink: Real Red, Emerald Envy, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Whisper White Craft; Accessories: Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Clear Embossing Powder, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, Owl Builder Punch, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Home Sweet Home Thinlits, Rainbow Builder Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Starting tomorrow, March 15, Stampin' Up! has added some catalog items to the list of FREE Sale-a-Bration choices.  End Sale-a-Bration with a bang by grabbing all the FREE stuff before they are gone.  Be sure to use the codes IN THIS FLYER below to redeem your FREE gifts.

Pro Sale-a-Bration Shopping Tips:
  • Sale-a-Bration ends on March 31.
  • The 2016-2018 In Colors are retiring in May, which include Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, & Sweet Sugarplum.
Hope you'll join in the fun before the Sale-a-Bration items are gone for good.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

SSC174 Magical Mermaid

Hello All!  Time for another Sunday Stamps sketch challenge. This week's sketch is brought to us by Claire.

In an attempt to bang out my last stamp club card, I combined this sketch with the Occasions set Magical Day.

We haven't tried the Brusho Crystal Colour yet, so I used that for the background.  With water, I thoroughly wetted some watercolor paper, then sprinkled on blue and green Brusho crystals.  I spritzed more with water so it really pooled and blended, and then set aside to dry.

Here's this week's sketch.

Stamps: Magical Day; Paper: Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Emerald Envy, Tranquil Tide, Very Vanilla, Myths & Magic DSP, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Cajun Craze, Emerald Envy, Bermuda Bay, Sahara Sand, Basic Black; Accessories: Emerald Envy Metallic Thread, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, Brusho Crystal Colour, Corner Rounder Punch, Water Spritzer, Watercolor Brush, Magical Mates Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

SAB 2018: Springtime Foils

I finally got a chance to sit down and play with some goodies from the 2nd Sale-a-bration release.  Using Fab Friday #131 sketch and an older color combination #331 from the Paper Players, I put together a quick and easy notecard.

The Springtime Foils DSP has beautiful silver, gold, and rose gold (!) embossed paper, and it is nice thick quality.  Coloring is simple and easy with the Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.  In this case, I colored and cut out a flower & leaves from the paper.

The Basket Weave embossing folder is part of the Blooming Basket bundle, available for FREE with a $100 order, and it is sure to become a staple in my stampin' supplies.

Paper: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Springtime Foils DSP, Copper Foil Sheets; Ink: Pink Pirouette, Old Olive Stampin' Blends; Accessories: White Baker's Twine, Banner Triple Punch, Stapler, Basket Weave Embossing Folder, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Both these items, along with the rest of the Sale-a-Bration items, are available through March 31.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

The Stamp Review Crew: High Tide

Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop: Inspiring you one stamp set at a time

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This week we are focusing on a lovely nature / masculine / silhouette set from the main catalog, High Tide.  If you are following the hop in order, you have just arrived from the lovely Lou Kitzelman's blog.

I wanted to focus on the stamps other than the lighthouse, and I was feeling a bit lazy.  Instead of creating a background from scratch, I grabbed a Crushed Curry ombre sheet from the Color Theory DSP pack and worked from there.  Putting spare DSP to a good use is always a plus.

Tangerine Tango was added to the background by brayering and sponging.  I repeatedly stamped the ground and grass stamp images with Smoky Slate and Basic Gray ink to fill in the empty spots.

I also used my friend Jen's fun sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches for this card.

Stamps: High Tide, Lemon Zest; Paper: Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Color Theory DSP; Ink: Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Versamark; Accessories: White Embossing Powder, 3/4" Circle Punch, Brayer, Sponge.

In case you missed it, here are a couple previous samples I have created with High Tide.

Stampin' Up High Tide

Hop on over to the fabulous Stesha Bloodhart's blog to see what fun projects she has put together with this week's set.