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Butterfly Craze

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At least that is what I feel like I am in.  I seem to love every set with a butterfly in it!  I just participated in a non-Convention goer swap with the Stampin’ Addicts and I can finally post my card made with my latest butterfly set.  I received my box of lovely swaps and, wow, am I one lucky stamper!

I used Cajun Craze and Soft Suede as my colors for this one.  It originally had some Well-Worn DSP in the design which led to the colors, but the DSP was dropped and the colors stayed.  This palette speaks Fall and, quite honestly, I would love a little Fall weather right now!  I used the new hostess set, Precious Butterflies, and it is a beautiful set!  I used the new Soft Suede Taffeta Ribbon for the bow…love it!

I hope you have had a great week!  I’m hoping to spend a little more time stamping this weekend (since it is too hot to be outside).  Back next week with some more projects from the new catalog.  Thanks for dropping by!

Stamp:  Precious Butterflies; Paper:  Cajun Craze, Naturals Ivory; Ink:  Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Versamark; Accessories:  Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Soft Suede Taffeta Ribbon, Sponges, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

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Ribbon frame

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As I told you over the weekend, I’m back to show you more about the ribbon frame in the “friend” card.  It actually very simple to do and pretty fast.  Start with your Big Shot and cut a piece of OnBoard Chipboard and a piece of Very Vanilla card stock with the largest oval from the Ovals Die.  Stamp your image on the oval and set aside.

On the back side of your Chipboard oval, put down some Sticky Strip in small sections to cover the whole perimeter.  Leaving the ribbon attached to the spool, secure the end to a piece of Stick Strip leaving about 1/2″ (or desired width) sticking out.  Ruffle the ribbon and continue attaching to the Sticky Strip.  Once you get back to your starting point, place a little piece of Sticky Strip on the back of the starting ribbon and attach the two ends.  I concealed the joining spot on the front with a flower.

After I created the ribbon frame, I attached the stamped card stock and put the whole thing on the card with Dimensionals.  Hope you have fun with this cool way to add texture!  See you again soon!

Stamp:  All Holidays; Paper:  Early Espresso, Elegant Soiree, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso; Accessories:  Big Shots, Ovals Die, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Basic Pearls, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals

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Stampin’ Addicts Retiring Stamps Blog Hop

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Welcome to another blog hop courtesy of the stampers at Stampin’ Addicts!!  If you just came in from Kim Bolzenthal’s Stitchin’ and Stampin’ on Paper, I just know you are re-thinking your Last Chance order!  Her projects with Friends 24-7 are amazing!!

I am the last stop on today’s hop and my stamp set today is All Holidays.  It has been a favorite.  In fact, if you don’t have it I don’t know what you have done without it!  This has truly been a go-to set for me.  I have chosen three of my favorite stamps (well, really four but you can’t see one) to make my projects today.

My first card today uses the most wonderful focal image stamp!  I just love this sentiment and there are times when this one says it all.  I used the retiring Elegant Soiree DSP (one of my all time favorites) as a basis for the colors and accented the oval with flowers from Vintage Vogue.  I have some more details on the ribbon technique for you and will post more information about this card on Tuesday.  The sketch for this card is from a relatively new challenge, Try Stampin’ on Tuesday.

My next project uses the little “for you” phrase and this one has been a workhorse!  The beautiful font and the perfect size have insured heavy rotation since I first bought this set!  Today I have a Mini Milk Carton (cut with the Big Shot) decorated with the retiring Greenhouse Gala DSP.  I loved Daffodil Delight from the moment it was introduced in the 2010-11 Catalog and this paper features it prominently.  I love that I can stamp a little flower, pop on the sentiment and have a perfect tag ready to go!

Last, but certainly not least, is the “Peace Love Joy” stamp.  I have used the words together, I have used them separately (inked with a Stampin’ Write Marker)!  It isn’t the Christmas season unless this stamp has ink on it.  If you own little Dasher (and you should!), this font is a perfect combination.  I pulled out the last of my Deck the Halls DSP from last year’s Holiday Mini (retired) and some Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso.  I also made a double bow using the retiring Early Espresso ribbon.  You probably heard the sobs at your house when I read that the ribbon was retiring.  Thank heavens there are more lovely choices on the way!!  But I ordered some extra “just in case” and I suggest you do the same.  *smile*  Inside the card, I stamped the “Merry Christmas” sentiment because it, too, has been a staple.

It has been nice having you stop by today.  If you started in the middle or with me, you can go on to Tanya Boser at Tinkerin in Ink for a fond farewell to From the Crypt.  She is stop number one on the hop!  Just wait until you see her pop-up boxes!  Where ever you began, just follow the loop around until you have seen all the awesome projects!  Don’t forget to drop back in on Tuesday for more information on my projects or you can subscribe to make sure you don’t miss a post (just look at my sidebar for more information).  Have fun hopping!


Clear Block Brayering

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I hope you enjoyed the Stampin’ Addicts Birthday Blog Hop over the weekend!  As promised, I am back with some more details on using your clear blocks as a brayer.  You may remember that I made my “First Edition Valentine” a couple of weeks ago and told you that I had not used my brayer for the edges.  Instead I used my clear block there, too.  I used this technique with my Hostess Club members and they loved it as much as I do!  They, too, appreciate that you don’t have to have another tool and can use something you already have in your stamping repetoire.  It is amazing how much this distressing adds to an embossed area for almost no additonal work!  And, contrary to what you may see in this post, I promise it works on paper other than Cherry Cobbler.  *smile*

Since this is so easy, I didn’t really take a lot of pictures.  Here is my embossed panel during the process of working on it.  Simple take one of your smaller clear blocks (smaller is easier to control) and ink up one side with your Whisper White Craft Ink.  Rub the inked side on your embossing.  If the middle of your panel needs to be “clean” of ink, just use a scrap piece of paper to mask it while you work.  I did that on my butterfly card but not on my First Edition Valentine since the middle was covered up.  Just keep inking and applying until you have the desired effect.  It is really that easy!!

I actually used this techniqe way back in the Stampin’ Addicts Holiday Mini Blog Hop on this card.  After embossing, I inked up my clear block with Basic Black Classic Ink and added the touched of color on the background layer.  So to answer questions before they are asked, both kinds of ink work.  There is definitely a randomness to this kind of application because the ink will not be even.  I actually got this idea when I was watching a video produced by Stampin’ Up on the Distressing Essentials Kit.  They used a flat stamp in the same way. 

I hope you have fun using this!  Please let me know what projects you make because I can’t wait to see them!  Because the butterfly card uses that amazing SAB set Bliss (Joie – French), it qualifies for the So Shelli challenge this month.  I continue to be thrilled with the coordination between the SAB sets and the mini/catalog sets!!  Thanks for dropping back in today.  I’ll see you again soon!

Butterfly card

Stamps:  Clearly For You, Bliss/Joie (SAB), All Holidays; Paper:  Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White; Ink:  Whisper White Craft Ink, Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler; Accessories:  White Organza Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Clear Blocks, Heat Tool

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Stampin’ Addicts Birthday Blog Hop

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Welcome to your next stop on the Stampin’ Addicts Birthday Blog Hop!!  I am in the middle of the hop so if you want to start at the beginning, simply click on the banner above for the list in order.  I hope you are enjoying this birthday celebration featuring techniques!  If you have been following the hop, you just came over from Debra Burgin’s Heartfelt Inkspirations.  Her polished stone technique is really fantastic (okay, everything she does is really fantastic)!!  Did you see that clock…oh my!!  My job today is to show you clear block stamping.  I was a little slow to get on board with the clear mount stamps but now I LOVE them!  I love the storage, I love the price and I love the clear blocks.  The best part…these clear blocks can be used as a stamping tool along with their “real” job of holding stamps.  You can click on any of my pictures to see them larger.

My first card shows how to use clear block stamps to add dimension.  I inked up my Block C with a Soft Suede Ink Pad and stamped it onto some Naturals Ivory paper.  I followed up with the airplane from Plane & Simple (Occasions Mini) over the center block in Early Espresso.  A little Linen Thread cinched with an Antique Brad added just the right touch.  I love this border stamp and the words from the stamp set are perfect to finish it off.

For my next card I wanted the clear block to add a little color as a background.  It looks alot like reverse masking without having to cut a mask and sponge.  I inked up my Block D with Daffodil Delight and stamped it off before stamping it on Whisper White.  I stamped the flower from Every Moment over the yellow and then again onto another piece of Whisper White.  The top of the second flower was colored, then cut out and the stem on the clear block stamped piece was colored with Pear Pizzazz (direct marker to paper).  By cutting out the flower and placing it right on top clear block stamped stem, I have a faux outside the box look.  The sentiment for this card comes from Teeny Tiny Wishes…a set that covers almost any occasion.

Hint:  Put your card stock on a surface with a little give to it in order to get your best image (I used a pad of notebook paper).

For my last project today, I used the clear block in a totally different way.  One of the hardest things as a new stamper is having enough tools to create different looks.  Vintage and distressing are very popular now and your clear block can help you out.  You see all the white on the Framed Tulips border, I used a clear block to put it there!!  No brayer required!!  I will be back on Monday to show you more details on how to do this.  I love the Clearly For You set combined with the Sale-a-bration Set Bliss (mine is actually the French version, Joie).  My Organza Ribbon was curled a bit using a heat tool after the bow was tied (be careful…it doesn’t take long).  The very talented Lyssa over at Song of My Heart Stampers shows all the details on the ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by today!  On your next stop, Rhonda Griffin over at The Stampin’ Bunny is going to show you the Baby Wipe Ink Pad technique.  She even uses a clear block with her baby wipe on one of her projects!  Have fun on the hop and don’t forget to come back next week for more details and recipes.

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ColorLab 30 – Happy Birthday!

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Spring is in the air…at least over at the ColorLab Challenge this week.  It was even in the air for a while here in Virginia but winter decided to make a return.  Oh well, soon enough I’ll be planting my garden!  Take a look at the wonderful colors we have for you:

Around this time of year, whenever I see pink and green as a color combination I think of cherry trees.  I LOVE cherry trees!  I have one in my front yard and it is spectacular when it blooms.  In fact, the blooms on my tree are pretty much Pink Pirouette.  With that on my brain, there was no avoiding the fact that I had to pull out my retired Branch Out set.  It is one of the all time great sets, in my humble opinion! 

It is so easy to give the “cherry tree effect” with this.  I inked up the tree in Crumb Cake, the stamped on the leaves in Wild Wasabi and Pink Pirouette.  The Crumb Cake  patterned paper might look familiar since it is from the recently retired Deck the Halls DSP.  The bow is my first attempt at Sharon Field’s Double Loop Bow Method.  While I do like the end result, trust her when she says to start with a wider ribbon (Satin Ribbon would be my suggestion).  This has a different look than my typical double loop bows and I think it is pretty for this card.

You want to know who this birthday card is for??!!  It is for Stampin’ Addicts, one of my very favorite sites!!  They are celebrating their 2nd birthday and I am participating in a virtual card shower.  You can see some other fabulous birthday wishes on the Virtual Card Shower Thread.  But just wait, starting tomorrow (Feb 25th) there is a Techniques Blog Hop to continue the birthday celebration.  You won’t want to miss it!!


Stamps:  Branch Out (retired), Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Deck the Halls DSP (retired); Ink:  Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi; Accessories:  Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Glue Dots, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals

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Funky Photo Card

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As promised, I am back with some more specifics about my photo book from the Blog Hop this weekend.  The tutorial I based this on came from the ultra-talented (and totally generous) Sarah Wills.  Her blog has tons of ideas and I used her Scallop Square Die Mini Scrapbook Tutorial as the basis for my card.  I thought it would be a fun little something to make for my mom since she came to visit this week.

I started with a base of On Board chipboard knowing she would keep this to show to her friends.  I cut the chipboard into two 4 1/4″ squares and then cut four pieces of Old Olive card stock to the same size.  Using my Anywhere Glue Stick, I attached three of the pieces to the chipboard and left the last one off to allow for ribbon placement.  Just like Sarah’s instructions, I cut a piece of Chocolate Chip stock to 3 3/4″ x 11 1/4″ and folded it concertina style.  I decorated the two pages on each side using Funky Four and the Play Date DSP that coordinates with it.

Here is the before and after of the front two pages.  I created a 2 1/8″ x 3 1/8″ panel for the picture I wanted to put in.  I then used the little leaf stamp from Funky Four as further embellishment.  I love that the DSP matches this image and simply cut a square for the facing page.

I then moved to the back and designed two more facing pages.  Again, I used some of the Play Date paper and a stamp from the set.  I initially made a square for the photo but then adjusted once I chose my picture.  I used a 1/8″ bigger panel behind it.

I connected these panels to my chipboard covered pieces using Sticky Strip (again, per Sarah’s suggestion).  I then decorated the front of the card.  All that was left was to attach my ribbon.  I lined up where the ribbon should go, attached it to the chipboard using Sticky Strip and then glued down the Old Olive Paper over the ribbon.

I love that this project comes together so quickly and makes such an nice little gift!!  Thanks, again, to Sarah for her generosity of ideas. 

Those who stamp with me know that I don’t make a lot of “3-D” projects.  I tend to be a little too practical, I think.  This went a bit outside the box for me so I’m going to enter it into the So Shelli Creative Challenge this month.  Shelli Gardner (CEO of Stampin’ Up!) challenged us to go outside our comfort zone.  I’m so glad I did!!  I think my mom is pretty glad too because she is already talking about showing this to her friends. *smile*

Thanks for stopping back in today.  I’ll see you later this week with another ColorLab challenge on Thursday and maybe something before then (if there are no snow days!).

Stamp:  Funky Four (113738), Say It Simply (122324); Play Date DSP (117168), Old Olive (100702), Chocolate Chip (102128), Whisper White (100730); Ink:  Real Red Marker (100052), Tempting Turquoise (100058), Chocolate Chip (100071), Old Olive (100079); Accessories:  Real Red Wide Grosgrain (109052), On Board Sheets (114320)

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Sale-a-brate with the Stampin’ Addicts!

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Welcome to the Stampin’ Addicts Sale-a-bration Blog Hop!!  I hope you are enjoying the projects you can make with all the FREE stamps available with the SAB promotion.  I know you loved Holly’s projects over at InkPaperStamps with Forest Friends!  She always has the best ideas.

I am going to show you some things I made with Funky Four.  Talk about a fun set!!  It is part of the “Family Organization Suite” and has matching designer paper called Play Date.  I have used that on a couple of things today because, let’s face it, they are made for each other!  FYI, you can click on any picture to see it in more detail. 

My first project is a quick card that uses the designer paper to create grass.  Ok, alternate universe grass but the bright colors are really perfect!  I just used my paper snips to create the hills using Play Date DSP and the Brights Paper Stack DSP.  I inked up the tree in Old Olive and Early Espresso, stamped on Whisper White and cut it out.  The sentiment comes from Teeny Tiny wishes and the punches (Word Window, Modern Label) are perfect for that set.  The sentiment, the tree and the yellow “grass” are all popped up on Dimensionals. 

I’ll admit that the next card is for someone of a certain sense of humor.  I certainly did not originate the idea with the mushrooms but I find it really funny!  The psychedelic  rick-rack paper comes from the Greenhouse Gala DSP.  I used my markers to color the mushrooms and sentiment is from Party Hearty.  I created a bow with my Pumkin Pie Narrow Grosgrain and cinched it up with thread through a Brights Button.  The sketch comes from Mary-Jo Price and is perfect for these little mushrooms!


Since I am limited on the number of pictures for the hop, I created a collage of my last project using My Digital Studio.  This is a mini photo book that uses a variation of a tutorial from Sarah Wills (she is stop number 5 on this hop, by the way).  I will give more specifics on my variation, plus a link to her instructions, on Monday.

I’m so glad you stopped by today and that you like these fun projects!  Your next stop on the hop is Holly at Rubber Redneck.  You will be so impressed with what she made using Ornate Blossom!  Thanks for hopping with me today.  I look forward to seeing you again soon!

Say it with Style!

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Happy New Year and welcome to my new followers!  I was so motivated by the weekend’s Stampin’ Addicts Occasions Mini Blog Hop and couldn’t wait to get stamping this week.  My first job this year to show you how to make the square frame from my hop cards.  While I would love to take credit for the idea, Sharon Field over at Created By You is the originator of the technique I used.  I had been playing around with ways to do this but she figured it out first!  I simply modified her instructions to make the square.  Since many people are visual learners, I have taken pictures of what I did.

Start with a 4 1/8″ x 4 1/8″ square and line it up so that you have equal spacing on three sides.  Roll it through the Big Shot and it will look like this:

Next, take the card stock and slide it down so that the bottom lines up with the bottom design of the folder.  You should be able to feel the design slide into the “grooves” and it will match up with the folder (except the unembossed bottom, of course).

It will look like this from the other side and you can check your placement.

As Sharon specifies, start to roll it through your Big Shot but only a little bit.  Estimate how much roll it takes to emboss only the bottom design (she says about 3/4 of a turn).  Then back the design out.  And here is the final square.  The pressure of the Big Shot flattens the previous design and forms the corners nicely!

My card from the Blog Hop was given away as a card set for Christmas so I “had” to create a new one, of course. 

I inked up part of the image from the Elements of Style stamp and then colored it in with Pink Pirouette, Rose Red and Basic Gray.  The sentiment is from the new set Say It Simply.  I brought in an Antique Brad because it went so well with the gray.  The ribbon, I must confess, is retired Basic Gray Taffeta.  Given that I have a ribbon “collecting” (okay, hoarding) problem, I am trying to use up some of my retired items.  To save you some time, the Basic Gray piece of the inner square is 3″ x 3″. 

This is also for the Creative Crew Catalog Focus Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  It is a challenge to use new items from the Mini.  Check out the link to see more fabulous projects from the Creative Crew.

Thanks for stopping in today.  I wish you a safe and happy new year filled with loads of creativity!

Stamps:  Say It Simply, Elements of Style; Paper:  Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White; Ink:  Basic Black, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Basic Gray; Accessories:  Big Shot, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Antique Brads, Basic Gray Taffeta (retired), Blender Pen, Dimensionals

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Stampin’ Addicts Occasions Mini Blog Hop

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Welcome to your next stop on the Stampin’ Addicts Occasions Mini Blog Hop!  I am so thrilled to have you drop by!  Didn’t you love Twila’s use of the new Eat Chocolate set over at Stamp A Little Longer?  I’ll completely understand if you need to go take a little chocolate break right now.  My job today is to give you a bit of an accessories preview.  I will be showing you the new Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the new Beveled Windowpanes, along with the new word set Say It Simply.  I’ll start with two cards that show the beautiful framing capacity of the Framed Tulips Folder.

On the first card, I used the debossed side.  I love that the embossing folder takes a basic card and simple layout and gives it a wow factor!  The words from the Say It Simply set use a font that has a great deal of flexibility and the words are the perfect size.  I finished it off with the new Baja Breeze Seam Binding (oh, yes…more colors of this lovely ribbon!) and a Crumb Cake button from the Neutrals pack.

Next is card that creates a more distinctive frame effect.  I love how this stamp from Elements of Style has a tulip shape in the flowers.  And yes, the frame is a square instead of the original rectangle.  Cool, huh?  I’ll give more details on that next week.  Crumb Cake Seam Binding this time to finish the card.

You’ll have to see these Beveled Windowpanes in person to understand how really cool they are.  They come in three different sizes and add such dimension.  For the first card, I used another hostess set (Silhouette Sentiments) on a small rectangle cut to match the inner raised part of the Windowpane.  I created a frame with the addition of a Baja Breeze piece cut to the same size as the full Windopane.  This was layered on Daffodil Delight stock and attached using the Daffodil Delight 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon.

I fell in love with the Play Date DSP because of the feature of being able to highlight numbers.  The little square Windowpane is conveniently the same size as the number so I just had to play with that!  I added Pear Pizzazz ribbon to attach it and left the rest of the card basic to leave the focus on the number (the inside is a birthday sentiment, of course).

I hope you like my projects with the new accessories and don’t overlook Say It Simply.  At $7.95, it is a must have!  Next up is an Oh Sew Suite look at the In Stitches Wheel and Sweet Stitches DSP with Sara over at Lily’s Ink Pad.  Thanks for stopping in and I hope to see you again soon!

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