Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Stamp Review Crew: Country Home

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 a fun fall set from Holiday Catalog set, Country Home.  If you are following the hop in order, you have just arrived from the fabulous Holly Krautkremer's blog.

I love me some cattails.  In fact, I attempted to preserve some cattails this summer.  Even though I had sealed them, they started exploding while we were away.  I hear they made quite a mess in the house, and my son blamed the cat.  Awwww!

So, I'll have to settle for the paper version of the cattail bouquet.

I used Freshly Made Sketches #352 for this card.

Stamps: Country Home; Paper: Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Country Lane DSP; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Blends; Accessories: Chicken Wire Elements, Braided Linen Trim, Banner Punch, Tin Tile Embossing Folder, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, e-cutter, Dimensionals.

I signed up for this set at our upcoming downline meeting.  Since it is shoebox format at a local restaurant, coloring images can be time consuming.  Rather, I thought I would focus on the Faux Patina technique.

Shoebox swap friend Diane Hughes was reading my mind when she paired this technique with the new Tin Tile embossing folder.  I used white acrylic paint, colored with Bermuda Bay reinker, as a base for mine.  This card uses Freshly Made Sketches #353.

After heat embossing my card, I promptly dropped it in the kitchen sink.  Can you tell?  Eh, character.

Stamps: Country Home; Paper: Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Country Lane DSP; Ink: Crushed Curry, Blackberry Bliss, Soft Suede, Versamark, Bermuda Bay Reinker; Accessories: Linen Braided Trim, Copper Embossing Powder, Acrylic Paint, Sanding Block, Sponge, Brayer, Tin Tile Embossing Folder, Big Shot.

Hop on over to Cindy Elam's blog to see what gorgeousness she has put together with this week's set.

 




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Sunday, September 9, 2018

SSC187 Tropical Poppy Mint

Hello Everyone.  I'm late getting my challenge card up this week for Sunday Stamps.  This week is a color challenge.

I'm suffering from a terrible headache all this weekend.  Not really sure what's going on, but if I die, know that I love you guys!  Ok, it's not that bad, but I'm just trying to bide my time until this pain decides to march back out of my life.

This card uses Paper Craft Crew Challenge #306.  Thank you to Lela, Serenity_Stamper on Splitcoaststampers, for inspiring me to use blues with the Tropical Chic set.

Here's this week's color challenge.  Use a minimum of 3 colors and a neutral of your choice.

Stamps: Tropical Chic; Paper: Poppy Parade, Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla; Ink: Poppy Parade, Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron, Island Indigo, Night of Navy; Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, White Embossing Powder, Sponge Dauber, Basket Weave Embossing Folder, Tropical Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.




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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Holiday Catalog!!

Hey Everyone,  Did you hear the Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog is open for business?  OMG, such beautiful products - something for everyone!  Click on the photo below to take a look for yourself.

(Click on photo to download PDF file.)

Does anyone need a Holiday catalog? Let me know, and I'll pop one in the mail for you.




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Sunday, September 2, 2018

The Stamp Review Crew: Waterfront

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 a carry-over from the Occasions Catalog, Waterfront.  This set gives a perfect artistic look to a project with watercolor-like images.  If you are following the blog hop order, you have just come from the very lovely and talented Adriana Benitez's blog.  Aren't her projects always beautiful?

When I look at this set, I see either a tropical beach scene or out-west mountain scene.  Thinking about our yearly trip to Quebec, I'm inspired by an East Coast or Midwest lake view, with tree-covered "hills".  You know, green mountains.

I went with a slightly fancier fold for this card, similar to a front-opening invitation, held closed with Braided Linen Trim.

Here's a better look at the front.

I brushed dilute Night of Navy ink over Whisper White card stock for the lake.  I added a little bit of Soft Suede ink to the background mountains with a sponge dauber.  The sun rays were made with a Post-It Note and sponging.

Here's a photo of the location I had in mind, Lac des Quinze in Quebec.

ETA 9/8/18: While we were up in Quebec, I took a time lapse of the sunrise, which is what I had in mind when I created the card.

Stamps: Waterfront; Paper: Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede, Whisper White; Ink: Crushed Curry, Tranquil Tide, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Soft Suede; Accessories: Braided Linen Trim, Sponges, Watercolor Brush, Post-It Notes.

Another Waterfront card I've shared previously used the black ice technique.

Stampin' Up! Waterfront

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

 




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Sunday, August 26, 2018

SSC186 Jinx, You Owe Me a Coke!

Hi Everyone!  It's time for another sketch challenge from Sunday Stamps.  Today's card... can you recognize this cola product?

I traced a Coca-Cola silhouette on my Cameo Silhouette e-cutter (as if it was made for this exact purpose!), and cut out several layers, Whisper White, vellum & Real Red, to create the bottles.  I sponged the layers with Early Espresso ink.

Here's this week's sketch by Melissa.  I hope you'll consider joining us.

Stamps: Bubble Over; Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Stacked with Love DSP, Sending Love DSP, Vellum, Silver Foil Sheets; Ink: Early Espresso, Versamark; Accessories: Glitter Enamel Dots, White Embossing Powder, Sponge, Bottles & Bubbles Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, e-cutter.




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Sunday, August 12, 2018

SSC185 In Memoriam...

Hello Stampers!  It's Sunday, and that means time for another Sunday Stamps challenge.  This week is a color challenge.

The Stamparatus is key for being able to stamp the image multiple times.  I inked up the stamp with Mango Melody and stamps.  I followed up with applying Pumpkin Pie ink to certain areas with a Sponge Dauber and stamping.  This selective coloring can be done multiple times.

For the Bokeh Dots background, which is one of Stampin' Up's distINKtive sets, it works well to use a brayer when inking up the images.  I used a rubber brayer to apply the first coat of color.  Again with the Stamparatus, I stamped again after sponging on some Blueberry Bushel ink.  The layout is courtesy of Freshly Made Sketches #349.

I ended up putting together a second card with a watercolored background (which was actually my first background attempt).

This card is in honor of our old fancy goldfish, Nemo, who just passed away last night.  I think he was nine.  He leaves behind his grieving tank-mate, Dory.  Here they both are, in happier times, back in 2012.  He is predeceased by a sibling, Flipper.

Here's this week's challenge. Use a minimum of 3 colors and a neutral of your choice.

Stamps: All the Good Things, Bokeh Dots; Paper: Very Vanilla, Whisper White; Ink: Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie, Balmy Blue, Blueberry Bushel; Accessories: Metallic Pearls, Best Route Washi Tape, Rubber Brayer, Sponge Dauber, Sponge, Dimensionals.




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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Feb 2017 PP: Many Happy Birthdays Flamingo Party

Hi Everyone!  Summer is starting to wind down, and we finally have gotten our pool deck finished so we can have a pool party or two before the season is over.  We can finally have Missy's birthday party (who's birthday was back in April!).

Back when February 2017's Paper Pumpkin kit came out, I had already ear-marked it for her next birthday.  It has such a fun slider invitation card in there.  With the Pool Party and Flirty Flamingo color scheme, a flamingo-themed pool party seemed quite natural.

The invitation was straight forward, and you can see the thank you cards were created using the kit and embellished with flamingos.

Stamps: Fabulous Flamingo, Tropical Chic; Paper: Tranquil Tide, Night of Navy, Whisper White; Ink: Lovely Lipstick, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Granny Apple Green, Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, Versamark, Basic Black Marker; Accessories: February 2017 Paper Pumpkin Many Happy Birthdays, White Embossing Powder, Tropical Thinlits, Big Shot.

Here's a peek at the flamingos enjoying the pool.



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And here's the slider card in action.



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