Thursday, November 30, 2023

Stampin' Up! Party Pandas

I helped my daughter pull together for a panda-themed gift & card for her friend.  She paired the card with a stuffed animal and cute panda socks.

We used the Freshly Made Sketches #614.  Daughter was making fun of me always needed to go to a sketch to help with the card, but I find it usually results in a fun card you would have never created on your own without the prompt.

With the exception of the panda, we used supplies that were out on the desk - another fun part of the challenge.

Stamps: Party Pandas, Translucent Florals; Paper: Parakeet Party, Whisper White, Delightful Floral DSP; Ink: Parakeet Party, Pretty Peacock, Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Blends; Accessories: Flowers for Every Season Gems, Blending Brushes, Translucent Florals Dies, Die-Cutting Machine, Dimensionals.

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Sunday, November 26, 2023

SSC323 Ugly Christmas Sweater

Hi All!  This week's Sunday Stamps color challenge originated with an inspiration photo on my local running shoe store's social media,

which inspired me to make this card.  

In search of a graphic with a little bit broader color combination appeal, here's the resulting color challenge for this week.  I love the Nordic feel, and I might have to give it another go.  :)

Stamps: Knit Together BG; Paper: Real Red, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Whisper White; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Snow Globe Scenes Dies, Knit Sweater Dies, Layering Diorama Dies, Die-Cutting Machine, Dimensionals.

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Thursday, November 23, 2023

Stampin' Up! Forever Forest

Happy Thanksgiving All!  I've been doing the Catskills Fire Tower Challenge, which entails hiking to the six publicly accessible fire towers of the Catskills.  Of course, if you know me, bikes also have to be involved.  With that, I've had mountain range views on my mind. 

I was attempting to play along with Taylored Expressions gratitude challenge.  Using the Winter Meadow DSP color combination and the Forever Forest bundle, I started off with the TE sketch.

Here's the sketch -- didn't quite adhere to it completely in the end.

Stamps: Forever Forest, Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Background; Paper: Blueberry Bushel, Basic Black, Whisper White, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Pretty Peacock, Lost Lagoon, Misty Moonlight, Blueberry Bushel, Moody Mauve, Smoke Slate, Whisper White Craft, Versamark; Accessories: Clear & White Embossing Powder, Blending Brushes, Watercolor Brush, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Forever Forest Dies, Ovals Collections Dies, Die-Cutting Machine.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023

15th Annual Holiday Stamp-a-Stack

I'm so excited that our Running with Scissors Stampers group was able to hold the Annual Holiday Stamp-a-Stack again this year!  Each demonstrator designed an easily reproducible card for the attendees to recreate 3-4 times.  Attendees left with 12 handmade cards, ready for sending, as well as spent an enjoyable evening creating together.

I have several Christmas sets that haven't really seen ink.  For my card, I thought it would be fun to combine one of those retired sets with some current & new colors.

Stamps: Brightly Lit Christmas; Paper: Wild Wheat, Azure Afternoon, Pecan Pie, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Whisper White; Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White Craft; Accessories: Snowman Builder Punch, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Christmas Lampost Dies, Home Together Dies, Die-Cutting Machine, Dimensionals.

Here are the other cards from our group.  Arlene's:


And here's a hostess gift created using the directions from Darla Watson.

Supplies: Christmas Gifting Kit, Mint Macron CS, Presents & Pinecones DSP, Real Red Cotton Ribbon, Starbuck's Frappuccino Bottle.

I am so happy we were able to gather together again!  I hope you can join us next time!  If you would like to stay informed of future stamping events, please "follow" us on eventbrite and join our Facebook group.

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Monday, November 13, 2023

OnStage @ Home 2023

On Saturday, we attended OnStage @ Home demonstrator event from the comfort of our computers ~ very convenient!  

Before the event, the event swag box, celebrating Stampin' Up!'s 35th anniversary, arrived in the mail.

It included:
  • Notebook & pens
  • OnStage pin
  • Photo props
  • Socks (always love fun socks!)
  • Puzzle (desk toys are a good idea)
My downline swap using the sneak peek Bee Mine bundle was posted on the blog on Sunday.  Here are the additional samples we created during the event with the bundle.

This card has a funny side-eye expression. I'm wondering what other card I can use this emoji with... hmmm.

Super fun to stamp together, even virtually.  If you are thinking of joining Stampin' Up, there's a great join offer coming during Sale-a-Bration!

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Sunday, November 12, 2023

SSC322 Bee Mine

Hi All!  Welcome to the next Sunday Stamps challenge; today's a sketch challenge.  I'm using the new stamp & punch bundle, Bee Mine, from the upcoming Jan-Apr 2024 Mini Catalog.

For my card, I rotated the sketch 180o.  This card was heavily influenced by Mary Deatherage, and I want to thank her for her inspiration!

Here is this week's sketch by Annette.

Stamps: Bee My Valentine; Paper: Petal Pink, Sweet Sorbet, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Bee Mine DSP, Vellum; Ink: Petal Pink, Sweet Sorbet, Crushed Curry, Lemon Lime Twist, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark; Accessories: Loose Frosted Dots, Clear Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder, Bee Builder Punch, Deckled Rectangles Dies, Die-Cutting Machine.

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Monday, November 6, 2023

The Stamp Review Crew: Beary Cute

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 of the month.  This week we are focusing on an adorable Sep-Dec Mini Catalog set, Beary Cute, which also has an available coordinating punch.  If you are following the hop in order, you have just arrived from the blog of the very talented Terri Tank.

Merry Bold & Bright: Did you notice the rich, darker colors throughout the Mini Catalog?  But what about bright colors?  I wanted to dig into my Merry Bold & Bright DSP pack, which is full of bright and unexpected holiday colors.

Going with the non-traditional color scheme, I blended the background with Lemon Lime Twist ink and a die-cut from the Basic Borders Dies.

Stamps: Beary Cute; Paper: Shaded Spruce, Whisper White, Merry Bold & Bright DSP; Ink: Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist, Shaded Spruce, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Loose Frosted Dots, Blending Brush, Basic Borders Dies, Die-Cutting Machine, Dimensionals.

Northern Lights: I put together an iconic Arctic scene, avoiding a sentiment on the card front which would take away from the background.

Stamps: Beary Cute; Paper: Starry Sky, Pebbled Path, Very Vanilla, Whisper White; Ink: Soft Sea Foam, Mint Macaron, Shaded Spruce, Balmy Blue, Blackberry Bliss, Starry Sky, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Masking Fluid, Blending Brushes, Forever Forest Dies, Above It All Dies, Die-Cutting Machine.

Hop on over to Jay Soriano's blog to see what amazing creations he has put together with this week's set.


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