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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 -- She Believed She Could...

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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 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.

When I saw the flying pig in the This Little Piggy stamp set, I was immediately reminded of a manager I interfaced with frequently when I worked at the Kennedy Space Center.  She had flying pigs hanging from her office ceiling to provide a not so subtle dig at a couple of issues she dealt with pretty much on a daily basis:  the first was having her ideas taken seriously working in a predominantly male field and the second for the effort it took to advance as a woman in the engineering and aerospace world.  In the 23 years that I worked there, this manager advanced a few more times and actively mentored women engineers to guide them through the convoluted paths of the "boys club".  

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This card begins with a card base of Dapper Denim cardstock.  A piece of Dapper Denim color gradation paper from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack was covered with the cloud mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks and Embossing Paste applied to the paper using a palette knife.  [Tip:  Be sure to remove the mask from the paper and IMMEDIATELY rinse the Embossing Paste and palette knife as once the embossing paste on the mask and palette knife dries it cannot be removed.]  Set the paper aside to dry for approximately 30 minutes (it make take longer depending upon the thickness of the embossing paste).  [Tip:  If you decide to speed up the drying process, you can use the Heat Tool on the low setting but be aware that applying the Heat Tool to Embossing Paste will cause it to bubble up a bit.  Of course, with clouds, this is actually a pretty cool effect.]

Once the Embossing Paste is dry, mat the paper with a slightly larger piece of Silver Foil Sheets and adhere at the center of the card front.

Using Basic Black ink, stamp the "She Believed She Could..." sentiment on a strip of Whisper White cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink.  Cut a banner tail to the right of "Could..." and mat the Whisper White cardstock with a slightly larger banner of Silver Foil Sheets.  The banners were adhered at the lower left corner of the paper with the left ends of the banners flush with the left edge of the paper.  The bottom of the Silver Foil Sheets banner is 1/4" above the bottom edge of the paper.  A bow made from Silver 1/8" ribbon was adhered at the left edge of the banner using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.

The flying pig image was stamped on a piece of Powder Pink cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink and cut out with Paper Snips.  The image was reinked and stamped on Shimmery White cardstock.  The wings part of the image were cut out and adhered over the wings of the Powder Pink flying pig.  The flying pig was adhered at the right center of the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The clouds mask was placed over the liner and Smoky Slate ink was sponged over the mask to create clouds on the upper half of the liner.  Soft Sky ink was sponged around and between the clouds.  The "So She Did..." sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Basic Black Archival ink.

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The clouds mask was placed over the envelope flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  [Tip:  Place a scrap piece of paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to prevent ink from straying to the body of the envelope.]  Smoky Slate ink was sponged over the mask to create clouds.  The mask was removed and Soft Sky ink was sponged around and between the clouds.

When I created the clouds background for this card, it was actually the first time I had used the product.  Since that time I've had a couple more opportunities to use Embossing Paste and my skills have improved with practice.  One of the things that you may have noticed on the background above is that there are lines and gaps in the embossing paste that are not consistent with clouds.  I learned that if I had made a couple more passes with the palette knife to smooth out the embossing paste a little bit more I would have eliminated those lines and gaps.  Of course, leaving those lines and gaps may actually add character to other backgrounds you create using the other masks in the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  Give it a try!

Card Measurements -- 

Dapper Denim:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Powder Pink:  2" x 3"; Whisper White:  1/2" x 2-7/16", 4" x 5-1/4"; Shimmery White:  1-1/2" x 1-1/2"; Silver Foil Sheets:  4" x 5-1/4", 3/4" x 2-5/8"; Color Theory Designer Series Paper Pack:  3-3/4" x 5"; Silver 1/8" ribbon:  6"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  This Little Piggy; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky; Cardstock:  Dapper Denim, Powder Pink, Whisper White, Shimmery White, Silver Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Color Theory Pack; Embellishments:  Silver 1/8" ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, Embossing Paste, Palette Knives, Pattern Party Decorative Masks; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


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