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Seaside Shore -- Ahoy, There!

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Today's post is a follow up to last week's Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Seaside Shore stamp set.  To see a line up of the Stampin' Up! Artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

One of the first things you think of when you see the images included with the Seaside Shore stamp set is an underwater scene.  For this card, I decided to watch the fish swim through an aquarium window.

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This card begins with a card base of Basic Gray cardstock.  A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was embossed with the Big Shot using the Seaside Textured Impressions embossing folder (with the squiggly wave lines going horizontal).  Pool Party ink was lightly sponged across the squiggly wave lines to bring them into higher relief.  The three fish images were stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Calypso Coral for the Tang, Tranquil Tide for the Angelfish, and Basic Gray for the Moorish Idol.  Wink of Stella Glitter Brush was brushed over the vanilla areas of the Moorish Idol and Angelfish and over the striped fin areas of the Tang.  Once the Wink of Stella dried, the fish were cut out with Paper Snips.  The sea grass image was stamped twice on Very Vanilla cardstock using Lemon Lime Twist ink.  A Blender Pen was used to color the sea grass images with Lemon Lime Twist ink squeezed to the inside top of the ink pad lid.  Wink of Stella Glitter Brush was brushed over the sea grass images.  The sea grass was cut out with Paper Snips once the Wink of Stella dried.

The sea grass images were adhered along the bottom right edge of the embossed Very Vanilla cardstock using Mini Glue Dots.  Mini Glue Dots were used to adhere the Moorish Idol fish among the leaves of the sea grass, the Tang to the left of the sea grass, and the Angelfish above the sea grass with the top fin of the Angelfish 3/8" below the top edge of the cardstock.  A piece of Window Sheets cut to the same size as the cardstock was adhered over the scene using Mini Glue Dots.

Strips of Silver Foil Sheets were adhered along the left and right edges of the Window Sheets using Mini Glue Dots with the outer edge of the Silver Foil Sheets extending 1/16" beyond the outer edge of the Window Sheets.  Two strips of Silver Foil Sheets were cut the width of the scene (including the Silver Foil Sheets strips adhered along the right and left sides) with the ends cut at 45 degree angles toward the center and adhered along the top and bottom edges of the scene using Mini Glue Dots to complete the window frame.  The framed aquarium window was adhered at the center of the card front.

The "Hoping Your Day Goes Swimmingly" greeting was inked with the brush tip of the Tranquil Tide Stampin' Write Marker for the "Hoping", "Day Goes", and "Swimmingly", the Calypso Coral Stampin' Write Marker for "Your", and the Lemon LIme Twist Stampin' Write Marker for the water drops to the left of "Your" and to the right of "Goes" then stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  [Tips:  1.  When inking images with Stampin' Write Markers, use the side of the brush tip for more consistent application of ink to the stamp image.  2.  Be sure to exhale over the inked image - "huff" - before stamping to make sure that all of the ink is moistened.]  The greeting was die cut with the Big Shot using the Layering Ovals Framelits (1-7/8" x 2-3/4").  The greeting was matted with piece of Calypso Coral cardstock die cut with the Big Shot using a scalloped oval die from the Layering Ovals Framelits (2-1/8" x 3").  The two die cuts were adhered together and then adhered to the Window Sheets along the left side of the window frame with the top of the matted greeting 1-1/4" from the top of the window frame.

The "Ahoy, There!" banner was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Lemon Lime Twist ink and cut out with Paper Snips.  The banner was adhered just above the top of the matted greeting using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals (one placed behind the "A" in "Ahoy" and the other placed above and behind the "E!" of "There!".

Once I completed this card, I had it sitting on my work table for a couple of days and realized that adding a few of the clear iridescent sequins here and there to the embossed cardstock for bubbles would have been a neat touch.  Another thought that occurred to me was that this window frame would have made a cute Shaker Card using the iridescent sequins.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  Another aquarium window was created using the same process as used for the card front with the exceptions that:

  • A plain oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits (2-1/8" x 3") was used to cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock prior to embossing with the Big Shot using the Seaside Textured Impressions embossing folder
  • The same plain oval was used to die cut a piece of Window Sheets to cover the scene.  Rolled up Mini Glue Dots were used to adhere the Window Sheets to the cardstock
  • The window frame was created with two Layering Ovals Framelits placed one inside the other to cut a piece of Silver Foil Sheets (2-1/8" x 3" for the outside and 1-7/8" x 2-3/4" for the inside).  The frame was adhered to the Window Sheets with rolled up Mini Glue Dots

The aquarium window was adhered near the upper center of the liner.  The "Congrats" banner was created using the Banners for You stamp set.  The banner was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Basic Gray ink.  The "Congrats" greeting was stamped inside the banner using Calypso Coral ink. [Tip:  The Banners for You stamp set is a photopolymer stamp set.  The best stamping images are achieved when you place a Stampin' Pierce Mat underneath the cardstock prior to stamping.]  The banner was die cut with the Big Shot using the corresponding banner framelit from the Bunch of Banners Framelits.  The banner was adhered below the window using Stampin' Dimensionals.

SeasideShore_AhoyThere_Envelope

The three fish images were randomly stamped over the back flap of a Medium Very Vanilla Envelope.  Calypso Coral ink for the Tang, Tranquil Tide ink for the Angelfish, and Basic Gray ink for the Moorish Idol.  The bubbles were randomly stamped in the open areas using Pool Party ink.  [Tip:  Place a piece of copy paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to ensure that images are stamped only on the envelope flap.]

The neat thing about this card is that it works for folks of all ages.  Just change the message on the banner inside the card to make it specific to an event or just to say "hello".

Card Measurements -- 

Basic Gray:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Calypso Coral:  2-1/4" x 3-1/4"; Very Vanilla:  2@ 4" x 5-1/4", 2-1/4" x 3-1/4", 1" x 2", 4 @ 1-1/2" x 2", 4 @ 1-1/2" x 2-1/2", 1-1/4" x 3-1/2"; Silver Foil Sheets:  2-1/4" x 3-1/4", 2 @ 1/4" x 5-1/2", 2 @ 1/4" x 4-1/4"; Window Sheets:  4" x 5-1/4", 2-1/4" x 3-1/4"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Seaside Shore, Banners For You; Inks:  Basic Gray Archival, Calypso Coral, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush; Stampin' Write Markers:  2017-2019 In Color (Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide), Subtles (Calypso Coral); Cardstock:  Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla, Silver Foil Sheets, Window Sheets; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Blender Pens, Sponge, Big Shot w/Multipurpose Platform and Magnetic Platform, Seaside Textured Impressions embossing folder, Layering Ovals Framelits, Bunch of Banners Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Seaside Shore -- I Love To Talk To You

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Today's post is a followup to last week's Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Seaside Shore stamp set.  To see the line up of Stampin' Up! Artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

One of the stampers that inspires me is good friend and Stampin' Up! Artisan, Tanya Boser.  [Tanya is also the driving force behind the Stamp Review Crew.]  She frequently uses stamp images to create repetitive backgrounds that are fun and eye-catching.  When you look at the images in the Seaside Shore stamp set, you immediately think of an aquatic scene.  For this card, I wanted to create a background that enhanced a simple focal point.

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This card begins with a card base of Fresh Fig cardstock.  A panel of Crumb Cake cardstock was swiped with the Embossing Buddy and stamped with rows of the large scallop shell and large starfish images from the Seaside Shore stamp set using Versamark ink.  The images were covered with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, the excess powder tapped back into the container, and the embossing powder melted with the Heat Tool.  The panel was matted with a slightly larger piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.

The "I Love To Talk To You About Anything Or Nothing" greeting, from the So Many Shells stamp set, was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Fresh Fig ink.  The greeting was die cut with the Big Shot using the Lots of Labels Framelits (1-3/4" x 2-7/8").  A piece of Fresh Fig cardstock was die cut with the same Lots of Labels die used for the greeting.  The Fresh Fig die was cut in half vertically and each half adhered behind the left and right ends of the greeting die cut so that 1/8" of the Fresh Fig die cut extends beyond the right and left ends of the Very Vanilla die cut, aligning the top and bottom edges of the Fresh Fig die with the Very Vanilla greeting die.  The 1/8" handheld circle punch was used to punch holes 1/8" from the right and left ends of the Very Vanilla greeting die.  

Stampin' Dimensionals were placed at the four corners of the back of the die.  Copper Trim was folded in half and the loop inserted into the left hole in the die and the ends pulled through the loop.  The die was adhered at the center of the Crumb Cake panel and the ends were wrapped around the back of the Very Vanilla panel to the front of the Crumb Cake panel and then inserted into the hole on the right side of the die (with the ends of the Copper Trim coming up from behind the die).  The ends of the Copper Trim were tied into a bow on top of the greeting die cut.  The panel was adhered at the center of the card front.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The "That's What Makes You Really Something" sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Fresh Fig ink.  A large scallop shell, and the large and small starfish images were stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Versamark (swipe the cardstock with the Embossing Buddy first).  The images were covered with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, the excess tapped back into the container, and the embossing powder melted with the Heat Tool.  The embossed images were cut out with Paper Snips and adhered around the greeting with Mini Glue Dots (the Mini Glue Dots were rolled up for the starfish images).  Note that you could stamp the images directly onto the liner; however, you want to make sure the Fresh Fig ink used for the sentiment is completely dry before swiping the embossing buddy over the liner prior to stamping the images.

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The large and small scallop shell images and large and small starfish images were randomly stamped over the back flap of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope using Fresh Fig ink.  Be sure to place a piece of copy paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to ensure that the images are stamped only on the envelope flap.

I'll be back in a couple of days with the instructions for creating an aquatic scene with the Seaside Shore stamp set.  I hope you'll stop by to visit.

Card measurements -- 

Fresh Fig:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length, 2-1/2" x 3-1/2"; Crumb Cake:  3-3/4" x 5"; Very Vanilla:  2-1/2" x 3-1/2", 2" x 2", 2 @ 4" x 5-1/4"; Copper Trim:  30"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Seaside Shore, So Many Shells; Inks:  Fresh Fig, Versamark; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Fresh Fig, Very Vanilla; Embellishments:  Copper Trim; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, 1/8" handheld circle punch, Embossing Buddy, Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Lots of Labels Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Bunch of Blossoms -- You Matter To Me

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Today's post provides the how-to's for making one of the projects created for last weekend's Inky Friends Blog Hop featuring the 2017-2019 In Colors.  To see a line up of the Stampin' Up! Artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.  The color I chose to highlight was Powder Pink.  

This is the first project I made for the blog hop and it was a bit more detailed than I had envisioned but I'm very pleased with how it turned out.  Sometimes you just need to go with the creative flow to see where it leads you.  I will warn you though, get comfy...this is probably the longest post I've ever written as there are a boat load of details to this card. 

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This card begins with a card base of Powder Pink.  The 6-flower stamp from the Background Bits Host stamp set was randomly stamped all over the card front using Versamark ink.

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The background piece for the card front begins with a piece of Watercolor Paper lightly spritzed with water (lightly blot off any water puddles with a paper towel).  The Brushstrokes background stamp was inked with Powder Pink ink, stamped on a scrap piece of paper, and then stamped onto the Watercolor Paper.  

The remainder of the stamping on the Watercolor Paper uses the Background Bits Host stamp set using Sweet Sugarplum ink.  Stamp the row of medallions image across the bottom of the Watercolor Paper with the bottom edge of the image 1/2" above the bottom edge of the Watercolor Paper.  Ink the 6-flower image, stamp off, and then stamp at the right side of the paper immediately above the row of medallions; re-ink, stamp off, and stamp just slightly above center along the left edge of the paper; and re-ink, stamp off, and stamp at the upper right corner of the paper (most of the image is off the paper).  Ink the rows of script image, stamp off, and stamp along the left side of the paper just below center with the bottom of the image 1/2" above the row of medallions and about 1/3 of the image off the paper.  Re-ink the rows of script image, stamp off, and stamp along the right edge of the paper with the top of the image 7/8" below the top edge of the paper and about 1/5 of the image off the paper.  Mat the Watercolor Paper (when it's completely dry) with a slightly larger piece of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock.

Using the Decorative Ribbon Border punch, punch a piece of Silver Foil Sheets just slightly longer than the right edge of the Sweet Sugarplum mat and trim the ends with Paper Snips to round them with the pattern of the punched images.  Adhere the punched border behind the right edge of the Sweet Sugarplum mat.  Adhere the background piece to the card front with the top and right sides of the Sweet Sugarplum mat 1/2" from the top and right edges of the card front.

Now it's time to make the flower.  The Bunch of Blossoms stamp set is a photopolymer set that allows you to add layers of color to a single image.  [Tip:  To achieve the best stamping results, always use the Stampin' Pierce Mat below the cardstock when stamping with photopolymer stamps.]  

Stamp 6 large flower petals on Whisper White cardstock using Powder Pink ink:

  • Ink the large petal solid image, stamp off on a piece of scrap paper, and stamp on the cardstock
  • Ink the large petal partial solid image and stamp directly over the large petal solid image
  • Ink the large petal outline image and stamp directly over the two previous images (lining up with the large solid image)
  • Punch out the petals using the large petal part of the Blossom Builder punch
  • Using a bone folder, curl the outside edges of the petals down and the points of the petals up

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Punch a 1" circle from Whisper White cardstock and adhere three petals in a triangular pattern.

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Adhere three more petals in a triangular pattern to cover the remaining white space on the punched circle.

Stamp 5 small flower petals on Whisper White cardstock using Powder Pink ink:

  • Ink the small petal solid image, stamp off on a piece of scrap paper, and stamp on the cardstock
  • Ink the small petal partial solid image and stamp directly over the large petal solid image
  • Ink the small petal outline image and stamp directly over the two previous images (lining up with the small solid image)
  • Punch out the petals using the small petal part of the Blossom Builder punch
  • Using a bone folder, curl the outside edges of the petals down and the points of the petals up

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Adhere the small petals side-by-side at the center of the flower.  Ink the solid star center shape with Sweet Sugarplum ink, stamp off, and stamp on Whisper White cardstock.  Ink the star center outline shape with Sweet Sugarplum ink and stamp directly over the star center solid shape.  Punch out using the star shape from the Blossom Builder punch and adhere at the center of the flower.  Ink the solid round center shape with Sweet Sugarplum ink, stamp off and stamp on Whisper White cardstock.  Ink the center dots image with Sweet Sugarplum ink and stamp at the center of the solid round center image, re-ink and stamp at the center again.  Punch out using the round center shape from the Blossom Builder punch and adhere at the center of the flower.

Adhere a medium sized silver Metallic Foil Doily at the upper right corner of the Watercolor Paper.  Adhere the flower at the center of the doily.

Using Lemon Lime Twist ink, stamp the leaves (3 large leaves and two small leaves) and the stem on Whisper White cardstock:

  • Ink the large leaf solid image, stamp off, and stamp on cardstock
  • Ink large leaf outline image and stamp directly over the large leaf solid image
  • Cut out large leaves with Paper Snips
  • Use Bone folder to curl one side of the leaves up and the opposite side of the leaves down
  • Adhere the large leaves around the flower by applying adhesive to the bottom tips of the leaves and sliding under the bottom layer of large flower petals; two on the right side of the flower and one on the lower left side of the flower
  • Ink the solid stem image, stamp off, and stamp on cardstock
  • Ink the line stem image and stamp directly over the solid stem image
  • Use Paper Snips to cut out stem
  • Adhere stem below flower using Fine Tip Glue Pen, sliding the tip of the stem under the bottom row of large flower petals
  • Ink the small leaf solid image, stamp off, and stamp on cardstock
  • Ink the small leaf outline image and stamp directly over the small leaf solid image
  • Punch out the leaves using the small leaf shape on the Blossom Builder punch
  • Using Bone Folder, roll the sides of the leaves down and the bottom point of the leaf up
  • Adhere small leaves to stem using Mini Glue Dots

The "you matter" and "to me" greetings, from the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set, were stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Sweet Sugarplum ink.  The greeting was punched out using the 1" circle punch and matted with a piece of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock die cut with the Big Shot using the smallest scallop circle from the Layering Circles Framelits.  A silver heart from the Metallic Enamel Shapes was placed to the right of "me".  The greeting was adhered near the lower right corner of the background piece using Stampin' Dimensionals with the right edge of the matted greeting 1/8" from the right edge of the Watercolor Paper and the bottom edge of the matted greeting level with the bottom edge of the row of stamped medallions.

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The inside sentiment area was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The 6-flower image from the Background Bits Host stamp set was inked with Powder Pink, stamped off and stamped twice near the upper center of the liner.  The "Grateful for a friend like you" sentiment, from the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set, was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Sweet Sugarplum ink.

A strip of Whisper White cardstock was stamped to resemble the background piece on the card front:

  • The Brushstrokes background stamp was inked with Powder Pink ink, stamped off, and stamped on the cardstock
  • The row of medallions (Background Bits) was stamped across the bottom of the cardstock using Sweet Sugarplum ink with the bottom of the image 1/8" above the bottom edge of the cardstock
  • The 6-flower image (Background Bits) was inked with Sweet Sugarplum ink, stamped off, and randomly stamped across the cardstock; re-inking and stamping off for each stamping
  • The rows of script image (Background Bits) was inked with Sweet Sugarplum ink, stamped off, and stamped at the left side of the cardstock with 3/4 of the image off the paper
  • The rows of script image was inked again, stamped off, and stamped at the right side of the cardstock with 1/2 of the image off the paper

A piece of Silver Foil Sheets was punched with the Decorative Ribbon Border punch and adhered along the top of the cardstock, trimming the left and right sides of the punched border flush with the cardstock.  A narrow strip of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock was adhered over the top of the punched border, trimming the left and right sides of the punched border flush with the cardstock.  The cardstock strip was adhered to the liner, aligning the bottom, left, and right edges of the cardstock with the bottom, left, and right edges of the liner.

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The row of medallions (Background Bits) was stamped vertically along the left front of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  The 6-flower image was stamped over the row of medallions using Powder Pink ink.

If you've made it this far I congratulate you!  I don't know about you, but I'm tired!  And I was tired when I finished making this card, but at the same time, I felt energized with the beautiful results.  I know that when I gift this card the message conveyed by the card will have a significant impact on the recipient of the card.  And that makes the effort worthwhile.

Card Measurements -- 

Powder Pink:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Sweet Sugarplum:  3-1/4" x 4-1/4", 1-1/2" x 1-1/2", 1/4" x 4"; Whisper White:  1-1/2" x 1-1/2", 1-1/2" x 8-1/2" (lg petals), 1-1/2" x 5-1/2" (sm petals & centers), 1-1/2" x 5-1/2" (leaves), 3/4" x 3" (stem), 4" x 5-1/4", 1-1/4" x 4"; Watercolor Paper:  3" x 4"; Silver Foil Sheets:  2 @ 1" x 5"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Bunch of Blossoms, Brushstrokes, Background Bits (Host); Inks:  Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum, Versamark; Cardstock:  Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White, Silver Foil Sheets, Watercolor Paper; Embellishments:  Metallic Enamel Shapes, Metallic Foil Doilies; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Fine Tip Glue Pen; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, 1" circle punch, Blossom Builder punch, Decorative Ribbon Border punch, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Layering Circles Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


This Little Piggy -- Party Time Gift Bag

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Today's post provides the how-to's for making one of the projects created for last weekend's Inky Friends Blog Hop featuring the 2017-2019 In Colors.  To see a line up of the Stampin' Up! Artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.  The color I chose to highlight was Powder Pink.  

This project is all about the Powder Pink from the focal point piggies to the gift bag base.  I just love how this turned out AND it was so quick and easy to make!  Couldn't you just see these on tables as a party favor?

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This project begins with a sheet of Powder Pink cardstock cut to 7-1/2" x 11".  The solid circles image from the Playful Backgrounds stamp set was randomly stamped all over the cardstock using Powder Pink ink, re-inking the image before every stamping.  [Tip:  When using photopolymer stamps it's best to use a Stampin' Pierce Mat underneath the cardstock to achieve the best stamping results.]  The the cardstock was scored and punched (including the reverse punch for the ribbon handles) to create a Medium sized gift bag using the Gift Bag Punch board.  Using Tear & Tape, assemble the gift bag.  Thread Whisper White 3/8" Classic Weave ribbon through the holes punched along the top edge of the bag and knot the ends together inside the bag.  Then adjust the ribbon to make the handles hang evenly on the front and back of the bag.

The focal point on the front of the bag begins with a piece of Watercolor Paper.  Spritz a fine mist of water over the front of the Watercolor Paper (lightly blot off any water puddles with a paper towel).  Using the brush tip of the Tranquil Tide Stampin' Write Marker, apply ink to one side of the Window Sheet cut slightly smaller than the Watercolor Paper and press the Window Sheet to the center of the Watercolor Paper.  Use a very slightly wet Aquapainter to move the color around a bit, if required.  If the color is too light for your taste, repeat the process with the Window Sheet.  Set the Watercolor Paper aside to dry completely (or use a Heat Tool to speed up the drying process).

Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, stamp the "Party Time" greeting, from the Happy Birthday, Gorgeous stamp set, at the center of a piece of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock.  Using Paper Snips, cut banner tails to the right and left of the greeting.  Adhere the banner near the bottom of the Watercolor Paper with the bottom of the banner 1/2" above the bottom edge of the Watercolor Paper.

Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, stamp the pig standing on four legs and the pig standing on one leg (both piggies are from the This Little Piggy stamp set) on Powder Pink cardstock.  Using Paper Snips, cut out the pigs.  Adhere the pig standing on four legs directly above the banner to look like he's standing on top of the banner.  Adhere the pig standing on one leg above the pig standing on four legs so that the standing leg of the upper pig rests just behind the facing ear of the lower pig. 

Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, stamp the "Hooray" balloon image, from the Happy Birthday, Gorgeous stamp set, on a piece of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and punch out with the small balloon from the Balloon Bouquet punch.  Apply a Mini Glue Dot behind the bottom of the balloon and press a piece of Whisper White Baker's Twine onto the glue dot with 1/2" of the Baker's Twine extending above the glue dot and the rest hanging below the balloon.  Press a Stampin' Dimensional on top of the Baker's Twine and the cardstock at the back of the balloon.  Adhere the balloon at the upper right corner of the Watercolor Paper.  Apply a rolled up Mini Glue Dot behind the "arm" extending out from the dancing pig and wrap the Baker's Twine around the "arm" with the end of the twine dangling below the "arm".  Use Paper Snips to trim the twine.

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Looking at this project just makes me smile.  Which is the only reason I purchased this stamp set.  I'm not really a pig person, but there's just something about the expressions on the faces of these pigs that makes me happy.

Project measurements -- 

Powder Pink:  7-1/2" x 11", 2 @ 2" x 2-1/2"; Lemon Lime Twist:  7/8" x 3", 2" x 3"; Watercolor Paper:  2-1/4" x 5-1/4"; Window Sheets:  2" x 5"; Whisper White Baker's Twine:  4"; Whisper White 3/8" Classic Weave ribbon:  24"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this project -- 

Stamps:  This Little Piggy, Happy Birthday, Gorgeous, Playful Backgrounds; Inks:  Powder Pink, Memento Tuxedo Black; Stampin' Write Markers:   2017-2019 In Color (Tranquil Tide); Cardstock:  Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Watercolor Paper, Window Sheets; Embellishments:  Whisper White 3/8" Classic Weave ribbon, Whisper White Baker's Twine; Adhesives:  Tear & Tape, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Aquapainter, Balloon Bouquet punch, Gift Bag Punch Board


Stamp Review Crew -- Seaside Shore

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Seaside Shore stamp set.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Stamp Review Crew is an international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who gather for a blog hop the first and third Mondays of the month to review a single stamp set.  The number of participants varies from hop to hop, but the ideas are plentiful as we take a stamp set through its paces.  By the time you've traveled through the hop, you are sure to find a number of innovative ways to use the featured stamp set.  So sit back, relax, and get ready to start pinning ideas to your Pinterest board!

To see the line up of artists for this week's hop, click here.  If you've already joined the hop and are traveling forward, you've arrived from Linda Callahan's blog where you were presented with an amazing project to inspire your creativity.  If you're traveling backwards through the hop, you've seen Heidi Baks' project and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything)

I have two projects to share with you.

My first project is a "window" into an aquarium.  Therefore, the slight "haze" you see over the water scene is a piece of Window Sheets.  The greeting sits on top of the Window Sheets.  It's hard to capture in the photo, but I added Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush on the Very Vanilla areas of the fish and to the sea grass.  I was composing this blog post in my mind as I was flying to Colorado on Friday and realized that I could have made this a Shaker Card with the addition of some of the new Iridescent Sequins OR added a few of the Iridescent Sequins on the embossed base to simulate bubbles.  

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Supplies I used for this project -- 

Stamps:  Seaside Shore, Banners For You; Inks:  Basic Gray Archival, Calypso Coral, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush; Stampin' Write Markers:  2017-2019 In Color (Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide), Subtles (Calypso Coral); Cardstock:  Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla, Silver Foil Sheets, Window Sheets; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Blender Pens, Sponge, Big Shot w/Multipurpose Platform and Magnetic Platform, Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Layering Ovals Framelits, Bunch of Banners Framelits

One of the people who provides a boat load of inspiration to me in my card making is Tanya Boser, the leader of the Stamp Review Crew and Stampin' Up! Artisan.  The background for this card was inspired by her frequent use of stamped patterned backgrounds.  These are the large starfish and large scallop shell stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder.  The beautiful sentiment comes from the So Many Shells stamp set.  The cardstock color of the card base and mat for the sentiment are Fresh Fig, a new In Color.  I think the shine from the copper embossing took overtook the color of the Fresh Fig in the photo.

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Supplies I used for this project -- 

Stamps:  Seaside Shore, So Many Shells; Inks:  Fresh Fig, Versamark; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Fresh Fig, Very Vanilla; Embellishments:  Copper Trim; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, 1/8" handheld circle punch, Embossing Buddy, Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Lots of Labels Framelits

With the heat of Summer, the Seaside Shore stamp set certainly puts me in the mood to head to the water.  If you aren't close to the shore, you may want to pull out this stamp set and get your beach on.

 I'll be sharing the how-to's for these projects very soon, so be sure to return to see the liners for the inside sentiment areas for each of these projects and the coordinating decorated envelopes.  

Be sure to visit all the stops on this week's hop to find more ideas for using the images included in the Seaside Shore stamp set for your projects.  Just click on the NEXT or PREVIOUS buttons below to continue.

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Here's the listing of all the artists on the hop:

  1. Tanya Boser 
  2. Juana Ambida
  3. Bronwyn Eastley 
  4. Kelly Kent
  5. Linda Callahan 
  6. Mickey Roberts
  7. Heidi Baks
  8. Ann Schach
  9. Adriana Benitez

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