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Stamp Review Crew -- Spooky Cat

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Spooky Cat 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 Betty'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 Lou's project and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything)

I have two projects to share with you.

Now that all my kids are grown and my grandchildren live out of state, I don't get too worked up about Halloween anymore.  However, many of the folks in my stamp clubs love Halloween so I look for fun projects to make for them every year.  These projects were designed for my September stamp clubs and were a huge hit.  The first project uses the Treat Tubes as the base for a tag featuring the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper, Vintage Crochet Trim, and the branch Thinlit from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  The large tag uses the Scalloped Tag Topper and Triple Banner punches and the small tag uses the 1-3/8" circle punch to create the arch and the 1/8" handheld circle punch to create the hole for the Linen Thread.

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Spooky Cat; Inks:  Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand; Cardstock:  Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Painted Autumn; Embellishments:  Treat Tubes, Black Rhinestone Jewels, Vintage Crochet Trim, Linen Thread; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Fine Tip Glue Pen; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Scalloped Tag Topper punch, Triple Banner punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, 1/8" handheld circle punch, Big Shot, Seasonal Layers Thinlits

I really like the cat image in this stamp set created with all the fun Halloween-themed words and phrases.  The wall is created with Embossing Paste that was sponged to give a grungy look (as were all the other elements of the card front).  The pumpkins were cut out from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper.

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Spooky Cat; Inks:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Soft Suede; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Painted Autumn, Wood Textures Stack; Embellishments:  Jute Twine; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Cat punch, Starburst punch, Embossing Paste, Palette Knives, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Sponge Daubers

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, if applicable.  

Be sure to visit all the stops on this week's hop to find more ideas for using the images included in the Spooky Cat 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. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Lauren Alarid
  3. Stesha Bloodhart
  4. Ann Schach
  5. Natalie Lapakko
  6. Charlet Mallett
  7. Tanya Boser
  8. Sue Plote
  9. Mike Funke
  10. Cindy Elam
  11. Betty Traciak
  12. Mickey Roberts

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Inky Friends Inking Up The Season Blog Hop -- Snowflake Sentiments

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Welcome to the Inky Friends Fall Projects Blog Hop.  We are a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who have gathered to introduce you to the Winter-themed products from the Holiday Catalog.  To see the line up of Stampin' Up! artists participating in the hop, click here.  If you are traveling forward through the hop, you've arrived from Sarah's blog where she featured projects using the Brightly Lit Christmas stamp set.  If you are traveling backwards through the hop, you just saw some great projects made by Yapha using the Seasonal Lanterns stamp set.  It really doesn't matter which way you travel through the blog hop, though; all the blogs are linked in a circle and eventually you'll visit all the stops by clicking on the NEXT or PREVIOUS buttons contained in every blog post.  I hope you enjoy your travels!

I have two projects to share with you featuring the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set and the coordinating Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits for the Big Shot.  I love the beautiful sentiments included with the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set and the Swirly Snowflake Thinlits are just amazing!

My first project uses the stamp set and Thinlits along with the gorgeous Year of Cheer Specialty DSP.  It was really hard to get a good picture with all the sparkle and shine on this card.

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Supplies I used to make this project -- 

Stamps:  Snowflake Sentiments; Inks:  Basic Black Archival; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Gold Foil Sheets, Thick Whisper White, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Year of Cheer Specialty; Embellishments:  Silver Metallic Edge ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Everyday Label punch, Big Shot w/Multipurpose Platform, Swirly Snowflake Thinlits

The last few weeks have been rather crazy with taking care of some life change things for my Mom and then this week she was in the hospital.  So I was unable to make additional projects for the hop.  However, I made another card recently using this stamp set and Thinlits so I thought I'd add it here.  If you look for a blog post on September 1st, you'll find all the details for making this card.

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Supplies I used to make this project -- 

Stamps:  Snowflake Sentiments, Labels to Love; Inks:  Old Olive, Real Red; Cardstock:  Old Olive, Real Red, Whisper White, Shimmery White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper; Embellishments:  Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Foam Adhesive Strips; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Everyday Label punch, 1/8" handheld circle punch, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Multipurpose Platform, Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits, Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

I'll be back soon with the details for making the first project, so please return for another visit.  

To visit the next stop on the hop, click the NEXT button to visit with Yapha and projects made with the Seasonal Lanterns stamp set or the PREVIOUS button to visit with Sarah for projects made using the Brightly Lit Christmas stamp set.

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Stamp Review Crew -- Beautiful You

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Beautiful You 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 Mike'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 Linda's project and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything)

I have two projects to share with you.

The Beautiful You stamp set contains some lovely line drawings that lend themselves to a wide variety of creative treatments.  The projects I created for this hop feature paper piecing and two-step stamping.  This first project uses the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper to paper piece the dress and umbrella and for the background layer.  

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Beautiful You; Inks:  Early Espresso; Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Painted Autumn; Embellishments:  Gold Metallic Edge ribbon, Metallic Enamel Shapes; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips

My second project features two-step stamping with the addition of the Daisy Delight Stamp set for the daisy and leaves and the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper for the background.  

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Beautiful You, Daisy Delight; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Soft Suede; Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Delightful Daisy; Embellishments:  Old Olive Mini Chevron ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, 1/2" circle punch, Daisy punch, Decorative Ribbon Border punch, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Layering Ovals Framelits

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 Beautiful You 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. Mike Funke
  2. Mickey Roberts
  3. Linda Callahan
  4. Kelly Kent
  5. Heidi Baks
  6. Tanya Boser
  7. Charlet Mallett
  8. Nikki Spencer
  9. Martha Inchley
  10. Yapha Mason
  11. Ann Schach
  12. Holly Stene
  13. Karen Gooch
  14. Betty Traciak
  15. Cindy Elam
  16. Stesha Bloodhart
  17. Natalie Lapakko

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This Little Piggy -- Hogs & Kisses

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Today's post provides the how-to's for creating one of the cards designed for the Stamp Review Crew Bonus Hop featuring the This Little Piggy stamp set.  To see a line up of all the Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

I was cleaning off my desk and my piggy cards slipped out of the stack of projects to post on my blog.  I'm so sorry that I haven't gotten these posted!  So we'll begin with the piggy covered in kisses.

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This card begins with a card base of Old Olive cardstock.  A panel of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Soft Suede cardstock.  A piece of Powder Pink cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the scalloped oval (2-1/2" x 3-1/2") from the Layering Ovals Framelits.  The scalloped oval was adhered to the Designer Series Paper at the center left (the top of the scalloped oval is 3/4" from the top of the Designer Series Paper and the left edge of the scalloped oval is 3/8" from the left edge of the Designer Series Paper).  A piece of Burlap ribbon was adhered across the center of the scalloped oval and the Designer Series Paper/Soft Suede mat with the ends of the ribbon adhered behind the Soft Suede mat.  The Designer Series Paper/Soft Suede mat were adhered at the center of the card front.  Three of the lightest color 4 mm Old Olive Glitter Enamel Dots were adhered in a row at the lower left front corner of the Designer Series Paper (the bottom of the dots are 3/8" above the bottom edge of the Designer Series Paper).

A piece of Watercolor Paper was stamped with the Hogs & Kisses piggy using Basic Black Archival ink.  The paper was spritzed with water and the piggy colored with inks and the Aquapainter:  Powder Pink for the pig body, Smoky Slate as an outline outside the pig body, Old Olive for the grass, and Soft Suede for the ground.  Note that the Powder Pink was used to cover the entire pig in a light wash and then more color was added to darken some areas of the pig and to create shading.  

The piggy image was stamped on a Post-It Note so that the piggy's feet reside on the area that has repositionable adhesive on the back.  The inside of the piggy was cut out as shown below and placed over the watercolored pig (make sure the watercolor paper is completely dry).

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The kisses stamp was randomly stamped over the pig body using Soft Suede ink.  The watercolor paper was die cut with the Big Shot using the oval shape (2-3/8" x 3-1/4") from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  The watercolored pig was adhered centered over the Powder Pink scalloped oval using Stampin' Dimensionals.  

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  A strip of Soft Suede cardstock was adhered behind the top edge of a strip of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper so that 1/16" of the Soft Suede cardstock is visible.  A strip of Powder Pink cardstock was punched with the Decorative Ribbon Border punch and adhered behind the Soft Suede strip so that the scallop edge extends above the top edge of the Soft Suede strip.  These pieces were adhered along the bottom edge of the liner so that the left, bottom, and right edge of the strips are flush with the left, bottom, and right edges of the liner.

The "You Make Me Happy" sentiment, which is part of the dancing pig image, was inked with the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker and stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The cardstock was matted with a slightly larger piece of Soft Suede cardstock and adhered at the upper center of the liner.

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A piece of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper was adhered to the flap of a Medium Very Vanilla Envelope.  The edges of the paper were trimmed to match the envelope flap using Paper Snips.

I'll be back soon with another of the cards made for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the This Little Piggy stamp set.  I had so much fun working with these piggies!

Card Measurements -- 

Old Olive:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length; Powder Pink:  3" x 3-3/4", 1" x 5-1/2"; Soft Suede:  4" x 5-1/4", 1/2" x 5-1/4", 7/8" x 1-1/4"; Whisper White:  4" x 5-1/4", 3/4" x 1-1/8"; Watercolor Paper:  3" x 3-1/2"; Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8", 1" x 5-1/4", 2-1/4" x 6"; Burlap ribbon:  6-1/2"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  This Little Piggy; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Old Olive, Powder Pink, Smoky Slate, Soft Suede; Stampin' Write Markers:  Basic Black; Cardstock:  Old Olive, Powder Pink, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Watercolor Paper; Designer Series Paper:  Delightful Daisy; Embellishments:  Burlap ribbon, Glitter Enamel Dots; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Aquapainters, Decorative Ribbon Border punch, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Post-It Note


Crafting Forever -- Do Something Creative Every Day

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Today's post provides the how-to's for creating one of the cards designed for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Crafting Forever stamp set.  To see a line up of all the Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

I mentioned in my post for the blog hop that I was initially drawn to this stamp set because of this jar of paint brushes.  When I saw the jar I immediately thought of my mother.  She is an artist who taught decorative painting all over the United States.  Virtually all of the painted items in my home were designed and painted by my Mom.  Unfortunately, Mom hasn't painted in years due to her health.

Recently, my Mom sold her home and we had to dismantle her work room.  Needless to say, this process was distressing for my Mom as she spent thousands of hours in this room designing and creating.  We kept her jar of brushes, though.  While going through all the items in her work room, we found a number of painted items that none of us had ever seen.  We asked Mom about them and she said that most were projects she had designed for publications that were never submitted for one reason or another.  Finding these items was a nice surprise and I think the discovery helped remind her that her work was well worth the investment of time and resources, that she met and mentored a large number of wonderful people, and that sharing her talent made a difference.   

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This card begins with a card base of Night of Navy cardstock.  A panel of Berry Burst cardstock was randomly stamped with the scissors and thread spool images using Versamark ink.  The Berry Burst panel was matted with a slightly larger panel of Soft Sky cardstock and the panels were adhered at the center of the card front.

The jar of brushes image was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink.  The image was re-inked and stamped again on a piece of Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper.  The jar part of the image was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered over the jar part of the jar stamped on the Whisper White cardstock.  The paint brushes, pencil, and craft knife in the jar were watercolored with Blender Pens and the following ink colors:  Berry Burst, Crumb Cake, Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Soft Suede, and Tranquil Tide.  [Tip:  With the Classic Ink Pad closed, squeeze the top and bottom of the ink pad together to push ink from the foam pad to the inside of the ink pad lid.  Pick up the ink with the tip of the Blender Pen and color the images.  However, when working on Whisper White cardstock, it is important to apply the color using light strokes and avoid over-wetting the cardstock as it will cause the cardstock to "pill" (the cardstock begins to disintegrate).]

The Whisper White panel was matted with a slightly larger panel of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and then a slightly larger panel of Night of Navy cardstock.  The panels were adhered at the upper left of the card front with the top and left edges of the Night of Navy mat 1/2" from the top and left edge of the Berry Burst panel.

The "Do Something Creative Every Day" sentiment was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink.  The cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the Layering Circles Framelits (1-5/8") and matted with a piece of Soft Sky cardstock die cut with the Big Shot using the Stitched Shapes Framelits circle (1-7/8").  The sentiment was adhered at the lower right corner of the focal point using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The "Crafting Forever! Housework Whenever." sentiment was stamped on a piece of Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper using Basic Black Archival ink and die cut with the Big Shot using the Stitched Shapes Framelits circle (1-7/8").  The sentiment was adhered at the upper center of the liner.

The scissors and thread spool image were stamped near the sentiment using Basic Black Archival ink and colored with the Blender Pens and the following ink colors:  Smoky Slate and Lemon Lime Twist for the scissors, and Berry Burst and Crumb Cake for the thread spool.

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A piece of Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper was adhered to the flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope and Paper Snips used to trim the paper to match the edge of the envelope flap.  The "Crafting Forever! Housework Whenever." sentiment was stamped at the center of the envelope flap using Basic Black Archival ink.

As far back as I can remember, I can see my mother creating:  painting, sewing, jewelry, paper crafting, and so much more.  Her style evolved over the years as she worked with different mediums and surfaces; fabrics, threads, and laces; beads, gems, and findings; papers, inks, stamps, and mixed media.  The consistent theme was her love of creating and sharing that love with those around her.  First with friends and family and then in classes and publications.  I think that example is what gave me the courage to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  It's all about sharing what you love.

Card Measurements -- 

Berry Burst:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8"; Lemon Lime Twist:  2-7/16" x 3-5/8"; Night of Navy:  2-9/16" x 3-3/4", 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length; Soft Sky:  4" x 5-1/4", 2-1/4" x 2-1/4"; Whisper White:  2-5/16" x 3-1/2", 2" x 2", 4" x 5-1/4"; Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper:  1-1/2" x 1-1/2", 2-1/4" x 2-1/4", 2-1/4" x 6"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Crafting Forever; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Berry Burst, Crumb Cake, Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide, Versamark; Cardstock:  Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Naturally Eclectic; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Blender Pens, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Layering Circles Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope