Monday, December 16, 2013

The Stamp Review Crew: Perfect Blend Edition

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday. What feels better when the weather turns chilly than a cozy, hot drink? With that in mind, we turn our focus to the fun stamp set Perfect Blend.

This is the first stop from the top, but if you are hopping around in a circle, you have just come from Rita's beautiful blog.  Today I am folding in this week's Friday Mashup challenge, a non-holiday, winter project with embossing, into my hop project.  I was just inspired by Holly's challenge photo!

Here's the front -

And the inside - Did I tell you I was in college for 10 years?  I spent many an hour pouring over books with cups of coffee, often with wintery weather blowing outside.  There is some type of bittersweet comfort for me every time I make a coffee-stained book card.

The instructions for the inside pop-up book card was redesigned for an A2 card by shoebox swap friend Diane Zechman

Stamps: Perfect Blend, Yippee-Skippee!, Wahoo (September Paper Pumpkin), Gorgeous Grunge, Coffee mug (for coffee ring); Paper: Coastal Cabana, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Winter Frost DSP, Soho Subway DSP, Modern Medley DSP; Ink: Coastal Cabana, Island Indigo, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake; Accessories: Linen thread, Naturals designer button, 2-1/2" Circle punch, Sponges, Chevron EF, Perfect Polka Dot EF, Woodgrain EF, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

I wanted to make a Via Travel Pouch to coordinate with the coffee cup image, and leaning towards a vintage look, I ended up with this kinda funky, eclectic packet.  Here's the front -

Unwrap the twine from the vintage brads and flip up the front cover to reveal -

I was going for a look similar to the "You Are Here" regional collector's mug, and after the project was complete, I found it matched the New York mug pretty well.  The graphics on the Soho Subway background paper was too large for my project, so using the MDS digital paper, I zoomed out and printed on copy paper.

Stamps: Perfect Blend, Fabulous Phrases; Paper: Summer Starfruit, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Soho Subway DSP; Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso; Accessories: Linen thread, Antique brads, Regals Collection button, Wide Oval punch, Sponges, Bitty Banners framelits, Squares Collection framelits, Big Shot, Soho Subway DSP MDS download, Dimensionals.

Make sure you check out the next stop to see what lovelies Cindy at Stamps, Paper and Ink put together with the set. Thanks for stopping by!


The complete hop list:
    1. Heidi Baks
    2. Cindy Beach
    3. Beth Beard
    4. Adriana Benitez
    5. Tanya Boser
    6. Jill Coleman
    7. Shana Gaff
    8. Yapha Mason
    9. Mary Rindal 
    10. Ann Schach
    11. Nancy Smith
    12. Martha Stewart
    13. Dawn Tidd
    14. Lisa Young 
    15. Kerry Willard Bray
    16. Rita Wright


      stressfreestamping said...

      Adorable projects! The book pages on the inside of your first card are clever and unexpected! Love the coffee stain on them! The DSP that you chose for your second perfect is just perfect. I love the little pouches that you created!

      Tanya Boser said...

      LOVE the graduation card, complete with coffee stains and a clever use of the streaky stamp from Gorgeous Grunge to make pages! I spent a lot of time poring over text books too, but not 10 years....yet, lol!
      That travel packet is awesome too! I love how we can use MDS to make things fit our projects too :)

      Martha said...

      All I can say are your cards are gorgeous!
      And, the pop out book card is amazing. Love all the details and colors. You did yourself proud with the eclectic vintage look too. Well done!

      Pops world said...

      Super beaty the landscape in the cup. lovely idea.

      Anonymous said...

      Goodness, both projects are fabulous. I absolutely love the pop up book card - so clever! The colors and patterns on the card holder are so fun and I really like how you added the pocket for the sugar. TFS!

      Jill Coleman said...

      Heidi both of your projects are so cute. Love the little pop out book and the coffee holder is awesome - love the papers and the design.

      Ann Schach said...

      Oh my gosh, Heidi! I love both of the projects...but I am definitely going to have to make some of the hot chocolate holders! How cool is that!

      Dawn Tidd said...

      Super projects, Heidi! That card is awesome with the cute pop-up. And I love the coffee holder too. So clever to match it to the mug..perfect!

      Yapha Mason said...

      Both of these projects are amazing!! But oh my word, I love, love, love that pop-up book inside!! Wow!!

      Unknown said...

      The pop-up card is awesome and I love the coffee holder. Great gift idea.

      Beth Beard said...

      Your projects are all wonderful! That little book is adorable!

      LynnsLocker said...

      Wow...awesome! This is the best blog hop and such a great idea to show case one stamp set. I love it!!! Thanks for sharing with us. Lynn G.

      Add Ink and Stamp said...

      I love books and I love the pop up book card! That is so creative! Both cards are outstanding, Heidi.

      Tara Bourgoin said...

      Love this Heidi! The inside of the first card is amazing. I have to try that...

      MaryR said...

      wow fabulous projects! I love the first card with the fabulous wintery colors and the great layout, including the popup book. But the second project with the via pocket card, including a place for sugar - adorable!

      Cindy Brumbaugh said...

      Heidi-- all those brains and creativity, too! I just love your creations! These perfect blend cards are fantastic- I am really drawn to the Soho one- WOW! I just made my first tea dispenser using your tutorial. Thanks so much for your inspiration in the card blogging world;)

      Rita W said...

      I love these, Heidi! That book is just amazing and I love the idea of the Via pouch. What an awesome little gift idea!