3-D Projects

Vintage Leaves -- 2017 Desktop Calendar

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Every year I make a desktop calendar for friends and family as a Christmas present.  Last January I shared the 2016 desktop calendar with my Stamp Club members and they asked that I design a 2017 calendar for them to make near the end of the year.  This is the calendar that we made at the November Stamp Club meetings and I decided that I would also use this design for the calendars I would gift for Christmas.  Unfortunately, time constraints prevented me from completing the calendars in time for Christmas.  I know that there were many who were disappointed that they did not receive their calendar at the family Christmas party.  Sigh...  

Today I [finally] finished making and shipping the calendars for family and friends so I decided to share the calendar with you.

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To begin, layer the Whisper White cardstock layers centered on top of one another using a bit of repositionable adhesive between each layer.  The Vintage Leaves stamp set was used for this project and the largest leaf was stamped first using Pear Pizzazz ink with Crumb Cake ink added to the edges of the image using the Rock & Roll technique.  To do this, gently roll the edge of the Pear Pizzazz inked stamp image onto the Crumb Cake ink pad and then stamp the image onto the cardstock.  Be sure to clean the stamp between each inking.  This first leaf image was stamped three times in a triangular pattern.  

The next largest leaf was stamped second using Old Olive ink with Soft Suede ink added to the edges of the image using the Rock & Roll technique, stamping the leaf three times in a triangular pattern.  The next leaf is the larger of the two smaller leaves which was stamped three times in a triangular pattern using Always Artichoke ink.  The smallest leaf was stamped three times in a triangular pattern using Cajun Craze ink.

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There are five (5) leaf images in the Vintage Leaves stamp set.  So far the two largest and the two smallest leaves were used to create the background.  The middle sized leaf was used to stamp on the mini tear off calendar.  I found these calendars through Taylored Expressions.  The image was inked with Pear Pizzazz ink, stamped off onto scrap paper, and then stamped on each page of the calendar -- reinking and stamping off for each page of the calendar AND changing the orientation of the stamp image on each page of the calendar.  The calendar comes mounted on a piece of chip board, so with the added weight and the tear off action each month, Tear & Tape adhesive was used to adhere the chip board to a slightly larger piece of Soft Suede cardstock.

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The stamped background stack of cardstock was carefully pulled apart and each piece mounted on a slightly larger piece of Soft Suede cardstock.

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The three pieces were adhered, centered on top of each other, matching the stamped images.  The background piece was inserted into the calendar case (I purchase the cases in bulk from Calendar Case) and the tear away calendar adhered at the center of the background using Tear & Tape adhesive with the bottom edge of the tear away calendar resting on top of the lip of the case base.

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There are times when I need a background for a project and just don't have the background stamp, textured impresssions embossing folder, or designer series paper that will work.  That's when I look for stamp sets like Vintage Leaves where I can use Versamark or a specific palette of colors to create just the background required.

Calendar measurements --

Whisper White:  7" x 4", 6" x 3", 5" x 2"; Soft Suede:  7-1/4" x 4-1/4", 6-1/4" x 3-1/4", 5-1/4" x 2-1/4", 2-1/2" x 3-1/4"

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Supplies I used to make this calendar --

Stamps:  Vintage Leaves; Inks:  Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede; Cardstock:  Soft Suede, Whisper White; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Tear & Tape; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer; Other:  Landscape calendar case (http://www.calendar-case.com/proddetail.php?prod=CC-LS), Mini Tear Off calendar (https://www.tayloredexpressions.com/supplies/calendars.html)


Stamp Review Crew -- Botanical Blooms

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop for the Botanical Blooms stamp set.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Stamp Review Crew is a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from around the world who bring you great ideas for a single stamp set the first and third Mondays of the month.  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 Heidi Baks' blog--Heidi always has such great ideas!  If you're traveling backwards through the hop, you've just visited with Val Moody and found some great inspiration for your next project.

Due to unforeseen time constraints, I have only one project to share with you this time.  

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Supplies I used for this project -- 

Stamps:  Botanical Blooms, Thankful Thoughts; Inks:  Early Espresso, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, Versamark; Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Peekaboo Peach, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Playful Palette Stack; Embellishments:  5/8" Burlap ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, Embossing Buddy, Clear Stampin' Emboss powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Botanical Builder Framelits

I'll be sharing the how-to's for this project in a couple of days, so be sure to return to see the liner for the inside sentiment area and the coordinating decorated envelope.  

Be sure to visit all the stops on this week's hop to find more ideas for using the images included in the Botanical Blooms stamp set as the focal point for your projects or as an accent to your focal point image.  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. Jessica Williams 
  2. Bronwyn Eastley 
  3. Bruno Bertucci 
  4. Martha Inchley 
  5. Mike Funke 
  6. Kelly Kent 
  7. Dawn Tidd 
  8. Heidi Baks 
  9. Mickey Roberts 
  10. Val Moody 
  11. Nikki Spencer 
  12. Holly Krautkremer 
  13. Tanya Boser 

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A Decorated Gift Box -- Choose Happiness Blog Hop Followup

Hi There & Happy Friday!

Today's post discusses the final project featured during last weekend's Stampin' Addicts Retiring Stamp Sets Blog Hop where I showcased the Choose Happiness stamp set.  If you didn't have time to travel through the hop, I hope you'll do so.  There are so many great ideas!  You can see the blog hop line up by clicking here or you can begin at the first stop of the hop by clicking here.  All the stops on the hop are linked so you'll travel in a circle and end up right where you began.

I made two cards for the blog hop and a gift box.  Monday's blog post discussed the Sympathy card, Wednesday's post included the techniques used to make the Friendship card with the drape fold, and this post features the decorated gift box.

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This project begins with a Takeout Box (Retiring List) randomly stamped with the leaf image from the Choose Happiness stamp set (Retiring List) using Versamark ink.  Once the ink dried, the box was assembled.  

A number of scraps of Very Vanilla cardstock were stamped as part of decorating the box:

  • The "For You" image from the Tag Talk stamp set was stamped using Basic Black Archival ink and punched with the Label Bracket punch (Retiring List).  A small hole was punched just above the "F" in "For" using the 1/16" circle handheld punch and a piece of Linen Thread looped through the hole
  • The flower image from the Choose Happiness stamp set was inked with Hello Honey ink (Retiring List--Sold Out) and the edges rolled across the Tangelo Twist ink pad (Retiring List--Sold Out) (Rock & Roll Technique), immediately covered with Iridescent Ice Stampin' Emboss powder (Retiring List--Sold Out) and the powder melted with the Heat Tool.  The flower was cut out with Paper Snips and the edges of the flower rolled up with the Bone Folder
  • The flower image from the Choose Happiness stamp set was inked with Hello Honey ink and the edges rolled across the Lost Lagoon ink pad (Retiring List--Sold Out) (Rock & Roll Technique), immediately covered with Iridescent Ice Stampin' Emboss powder and the powder melted with the Heat Tool.  The flower was cut out with Paper Snips and the edges of the flower rolled up with the Bone Folder
  • The "happy birthday" greeting from the And Many More stamp set (Retiring List) was stamped with Basic Black Archival ink.  The "my friend" greeting, also from the And Many More stamp set, was stamped immediately below the "happy birthday" greeting using Hello Honey ink.  The greetings were die cut with the Big Shot using the largest of the Bitty Banners Framelits

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A 2" x 5" piece of Basic Black cardstock was punched at both ends with the Ornate Tag Topper punch.  The Embossing Buddy was swiped across the punched cardstock and the leaf image was randomly stamped across the cardstock using Versamark ink.  The ink was covered with Iridescent Ice Stampin' Emboss powder and the powder melted with the Heat Tool.  The two flowers were adhered to the tag:  the first flower near the top right corner of the tag using Mini Glue Dots, and the second flower adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals to the left of the first with the top edge of the second flower approximately 1/3 of the way below the top edge of the first flower.  The greeting banner was adhered across the open area of the tag below the flowers with the bottom edge of the banner approximately 1" above the bottom edge of the tag.  A 27" length of Very Vanilla 5/8" Satin ribbon was threaded through the top punched hole in the tag so that the middle of the ribbon length is at the punched hole.  This piece will wrap around the belly band of the box.

The belly band for the box begins with two 2-3/4" x 10" pieces of Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper (Retiring List).  The pieces were adhered together to create one long piece.  The assembled box was placed along the paper with the back center of the box across the adhered section.  The ends of the paper were brought to the top of the box and adhered where the ends of the paper overlap each other (the paper is adhered together, but not adhered to the box so that the paper can slide off the box).  A 16" length of 1-1/4" Burlap ribbon (Retiring List) (with the edge stitching removed with Paper Snips) was wrapped around the box at the center of the paper band with the ends of the ribbon overlapping on the top of the box.  The ends were adhered together with Tear & Tape Adhesive.

The decorated tag was placed on top of the box with the folded length of ribbon on top and the ribbon wrapped around the box to thread the ends of the ribbon through the punched hole at the other end of the tag.

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The ends of the Very Vanilla ribbon were tied into a bow and the ends of the ribbon trimmed to banner tails with Paper Snips.  The "For You" tag was tied to the bow.

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Decorated gift boxes provide a unique opportunity to present a gift beautifully.  I keep a supply of embellished gift tags for gift boxes and gift bags made using left over items from card and scrapbook projects.  It's a great way to use those stamped items that might have been tossed and a great way to use up leftover scraps of Designer Series Paper and ribbon.

We're down to the final couple of weeks of the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog and Occasions Catalog.  The Retiring List has some items already sold out, but there are lots more still available and many discounted up to 50%.  Now is the time to check the list to make sure that you have purchased any remaining items from your Wish List before they are Sold Out or Retired.  For the Retiring Accessories (paper, ink, embellishments, Big Shot items, punches, etc.) once these items are Sold Out they are gone for good.  For the Retiring Stamp Sets, they will be produced until May 22nd.  After that date, stamp set availability is limited to stock on hand.  You can see the Retiring Accessories and Stamp Sets at the Stampin' Up! On Line Store by clicking on the Order Stampin' Up! Online button near the upper right sidebar of this blog page or by visiting my on-line storefront.  Just click on the Retiring Products hot links to see all the great items available.

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The 2016-2017 Annual Catalog goes live on June 1st.  If you don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and would like to receive a catalog from me, please be sure to contact me using the Email Mickey button on the right sidebar of this blog page, provide your contact information, and I'll make sure a catalog is mailed to you.

Have a great weekend!

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this project --

Stamps:  And Many More, Choose Happiness, Tag Talk; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Tangelo Twist, Versamark; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Typeset Specialty; Embellishments:  Linen Thread, 1-1/4" Burlap ribbon, Very Vanilla 5/8" Satin ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Tear & Tape; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Embossing Buddy, Iridescent Ice Stampin' Emboss powder, Heat Tool, 1/16" circle handheld punch, Label Bracket punch, Ornate Tag Topper punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Bitty Banners Framelits; Other:  Takeout Boxes


Stampin' Addicts Retiring Stamp Sets Blog Hop -- Choose Happiness

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Hello and Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Retiring Stamp Sets Blog Hop!  A number of very talented Stampin' Up! Demonstrators will be bringing you a bunch of really great projects showcasing some of the stamp sets that are retiring from the 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  I'm sure you're going to find some really fun ideas so grab a soft drink and a snack and get ready to hop!  It really doesn't matter which direction you travel through the hop, because all the stops are linked and eventually you'll end up right where you started--here!  To see the full line up of blog stops on the hop, just click here.

However, if you're traveling through the hop going forward, you've just arrived from Rhonda's blog, The Stampin' Bunny, where she showcased the Zoo Babies stamp set.  I just love her projects!

If you're traveling through the hop in reverse order, then you've arrived from Betty's blog, Kitty Stamp, where she presented projects using the Corner Garden stamp set.  Aren't the projects lovely?

The stamp set I chose to highlight is Choose Happiness.  I have two cards to share with you with two very different emotions tied to them.  Here's the first one--

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I've been wanting to try the drape fold and decided to include it with this card.  Additional items from the Retiring List used on this card include:  English Garden Designer Series Paper, Whisper White Stitched Satin ribbon, Label Bracket punch, Hello Honey Classic ink, and Mossy Meadow Classic Ink.  I love the fun and happy feel of this card.

Here's the inside of the card.

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The second card goes to the other end of the emotion spectrum.

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I actually made a version of this card a couple of years ago and wasn't happy with it, so this was a good opportunity to improve on the design.  Additional items from the Retiring List include:  Word Window punch, 1-1/4" Burlap ribbon, Blackberry Bliss Classic Ink, Lost Lagoon Classic Ink, and Mossy Meadow Classic Ink.

Here's the inside of the card.  You can see another item from the Retiring List, the Petite Pairs stamp set.  I'm really going to miss this stamp set.  It's one of my go-to sets.

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My third project is a gift box using another retiring item, the Takeout Boxes.

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I wanted to combine some sparkle with some natural fibers and I think I accomplished just that with this box and the belly band.  Additional items from the Retiring List include:  the And Many More and Tag Talk stamp sets, Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper, 1-1/4" Burlap ribbon, Very Vanilla Satin ribbon, Ornate Tag Topper and Label Bracket punches, Iridescent Ice Stampin' Emboss powder, Bitty Banners Framelits for the Big Shot, Hello Honey Classic Ink, Lost Lagoon Classic Ink, and Tangelo Twist Classic Ink.

I'll be back next week with the how-to's for each of these projects.  Now it's time to travel to the next stop on the hop!

If you are moving FORWARD, then you'll be visiting Betty Traciak where she will be showing you projects featuring the Corner Garden stamp set.  Be prepared to be WOW'd!

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If you are moving BACKWARDs, then you'll be visiting Rhonda Griffin and seeing some very cute ideas for using the Zoo Babies stamp set.  You're going to love it!

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Have a great weekend!

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for these projects -- 

Friendship Card

Stamps:  Choose Happiness; Inks:  Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow; Cardstock:  Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Gold Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  English Garden; Embellishments:  Whisper White Stitched Satin ribbon, Metallic Foil Doilies; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Label Bracket punch; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Post-It Note

Sympathy Card

Stamps:  Choose Happiness, Hardwood, Petite Pairs, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey. Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Soft Suede; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Embellishments:  Classy Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, 1-1/4" Burlap ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, Blender Pen, Word Window punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits; Other:  Medium Crumb Cake Envelope 

Gift Box

Stamps:  And Many More, Choose Happiness, Tag Talk; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Tangelo Twist, Versamark; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Typeset Specialty; Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Very Vanilla Satin ribbon, 1-1/4" Burlap ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Embossing Buddy, Iridescent Ice Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, 1/16" circle handheld punch, Label Bracket punch, Ornate Tag Topper punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Bitty Banners Framelits; Other:  Takeout Boxes


Project Kit -- Tin of Cards

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It's a special week in my neck of the woods.  My husband's 65th birthday is tomorrow and I'm so excited for him!  Him?  Not so much...  I think he should be as he was convinced that he would never live to this birthday, but that's a whole 'nother story.  In any case, I have some things planned for him this weekend that should make him feel pretty darn special.  So we'll see how it goes.

Today's post is about a really lovely project kit from Stampin' Up!  In fact, it's featured on the cover of the Stampin' Up! Catalog:  the Tin of Cards Project Kit.  It looks pretty cool on the catalog cover, but in real life it's even better!  This kit has the ingredients for 16 cards and envelopes, dividers for a greeting card organizer, and the actual tin in which to organize the cards.  The coordinating stamp set, Tin of Cards, has some really lovely stamp images that can be used for a wide variety of projects but I'm especially fond of the number of word images that can be used for pretty much any occasion for which you'd make a greeting card.  In my book, that makes the stamp set an exceptional value.  Here's the entire kit assembled.

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Here are the 9 file tab dividers to organize the greeting cards in the tin.

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Here is the first of the four card designs.  This one is pretty simple with the wooden word bubble; but the combination of wood and glitter is adorable.

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The second card design has a rectangular cutout with a printed transparency window under the butterflies.

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The third card design features a gold foil sheet with horizontal cutouts.  I like the idea of stamping on the card front inside the cutouts.

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The fourth card design has a large cutout on the card front with a printed panel of paper behind the cutout.  The colors on the paper are so bright and cheerful!

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All of these cards were made pretty much as directed on the instruction sheet that comes with the kit using the recommended ink colors and the coordinating stamp set.  It took me a little over two hours to make all of the cards and the dividers so you can see that you'll have a good start to filling your box with cards that will be available right when you need them.  Plus, there's plenty of room in the box for more cards!  

Of course, don't make the kit so that you can keep the cards...Send them out!  Put a smile on a loved one's face and mail them a card that you've made.  It will make their day!

And if you're looking for a great gift for Mother's Day, Secretary's Day, Wedding, or other special event, an assembled Tin of Cards Project Kit would put you right at the top of the "Best. Gift. Ever." list!

Now I'm rolling over to my crafting table to make a birthday card for my husband!

Have a great weekend!

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this project kit --

Project Kit:  Tin of Cards; Stamps:  Tin of Cards; Inks:  Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron, Staz-On Jet Black; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Tombow Multi, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Bone Folder, Paper Snips