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Stamp Review Crew -- Painted Harvest

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Painted Harvest 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 Karen'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 Rochelle's project and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything)

I have two projects to share with you.

My family gathers together for a family Christmas celebration the weekend following Christmas.  My gift to my family members every year is a handmade calendar.  This is the calendar for 2018.  (Please don't tell my family, though...)  The bright sunflower is perfect for the triple-layer background.

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Painted Harvest, Colorful Seasons; Inks:  Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz; Cardstock:  Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Crushed Curry Baker's Twine (Retired), Old Olive Baker's Twine; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Tear & Tape, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Stampin' Pierce Mat; Other:  2018 Tear Off Calendar (Taylored Expressions), Landscape Desktop Calendar Case (Calendar Case)

I've been seeing a number of Christmas cards featuring wreaths made using the sunflower petals.  This card was inspired by a card made by fellow 3-2-1 Stamp Team member, Beth Daniels.

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Painted Harvest, Labels to Love; Inks:  Garden Green, Real Red, Wild Wasabi; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Garden Green, Real Red, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Merry Music Specialty; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Everyday Label punch, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Big Shot, Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

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 Painted Harvest 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. Heidi Baks
  2. Lou Kitzelman
  3. Natalie Lapakko 
  4. Charlet Mallett
  5. Mike Funke
  6. Martha Inchley
  7. Bronwyn Eastley   
  8. Karen Gooch 
  9. Mickey Roberts
  10. Rochelle Blok 
  11. Tanya Boser 
  12. Stesha Bloodhart 
  13. Debra Burgin 
  14. Adriana Benitez
  15. Nikki Spencer  
  16. Ann Schach
  17. Kelly Kent 

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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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Carols of Christmas -- Deck the Halls Take 2

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I hope that you've had a chance to look over the Holiday Catalog.  With so many great new products, it's a little overwhelming to make a decision, isn't it?  I know I had that problem.  If you haven't had a chance to look at the Holiday Catalog, you can find it at the right sidebar of this blog page.  If you'd like a paper copy and live in the United States, I'd love to send you one.  Please e-mail me using the link on the right sidebar and I'll get one to you.

The Carols of Christmas stamp set was an early release from the Holiday Catalog and there have been lots of ideas out in the blog-o-sphere using this stamp set and the coordinating Card Front Builder Thinlits dies for the Big Shot.  Here's a card I designed for my August Stamp Clubs that features the Carols of Christmas stamp set.  This card uses the same design as the previous card made using this greeting (click here to see that card).  The difference is the background and the embellishments.  

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This card begins with a card base of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  A panel of Whisper White cardstock was randomly stamped with the poinsettia flower using Cherry Cobbler ink.  The small leaf stamp was stamped next to each of the flowers using Garden Green ink.  Be sure to move the leaf around the flowers so that it's not in the same general place for every flower.

Note that the leaf stamp has a space between the two leaf and single leaf sides of the stamp so that the leaves can sit on either side of a flower petal.  Since this is a red rubber stamp set, many of my stamp club members were concerned that they could not see where they placed the leaf stamp.  For this project, I advised them to note where the space was on the stamp label, then identify a flower petal to "surround", and just stamp.  While this was a creative stretch for many of them, they soon realized that as long as the leaves were near the flower, everything was OK.  Especially after they completed the card front.  This is because once the focal point is placed on the card front, the background is just that -- background.

The background panel was matted with a slightly larger panel of Garden Green cardstock.  The two panels were adhered at the center of the card front.

The "Deck The Halls" greeting was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Garden Green ink.  The flourished straight line image was stamped above "Deck" and below "Halls" using Cherry Cobbler ink.  The greeting was die cut with the Big Shot using the largest of the square Stitched Shapes Framelits.  The greeting was matted with a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock die cut with the Big Shot using the largest of the scalloped squares from the Layering Squares Framelits.  A piece of Gold 1/8" ribbon was folded in half and adhered behind the Cherry Cobbler mat so that the ends of the ribbon extend below the greeting.  The greeting was adhered at the upper center of the card front with the top, left, and right edges of the scalloped die cut 3/8" from the top, left, and right edges of the Whisper White background panel.

A piece of Gold 1/8" ribbon was tied into a bow and adhered at the upper center of the scalloped square mat using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.  Paper Snips were used to trim the ends of the Gold ribbon extending below the greeting.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The poinsettia flower was stamped three times at the upper left and lower right corners of the liner using Cherry Cobbler ink.  The leaf image was stamped near each of the flowers using Garden Green ink.  The "Best Wishes for the Season" sentiment from the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Garden Green ink.

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The poinsettia flower was randomly stamped across the flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Cherry Cobbler ink.  The leaf image was stamped next to each flower using Garden Green ink.  [Tip:  Place a scrap piece of paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to ensure that the stamping occurs only on the envelope flap.]

When you're thinking about making Christmas cards, it sometimes becomes a difficult decision whether to use one stamp set and make all the cards exactly the same (which can become tedious if you need to make a large number of cards) OR to purchase multiple stamp sets to make a variety of cards.  If you look at both of my Deck the Halls cards, you can see that the same colors were used for cardstock and ink for both cards; the Layering Squares Framelits and Stitched Shapes Framelits were used for both cards.  The background for the first card features an embossed panel vs the stamped background shown for this card.  The embellishment for the first card uses the Card Front Builder Thinlits to die cut the holly pieces and the second card features Gold ribbon.  Small changes, but a big difference in the look of each card.  

My message?  If you want to contain your costs for Christmas cards, do your research.  Use Pinterest, Google searches, Splitcoast Stampers, etc. to see all the great projects using the stamp set you're interested in to decide whether it will lend itself to the kind of variety that will ensure that the cards you make meet your vision of the kind of greetings you want to send your friends and family.

Card Measurements -- 

Cherry Cobbler:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length; Garden Green:  4" x 5-1/4"; Whisper White:  4" x 4", 3-3/4" x 5", 4" x 5-1/4"; Gold 1/8" ribbon:  2 @ 6" each

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Carols of Christmas, Holly Berry Happiness; Inks:  Garden Green, Real Red; Cardstock:  Garden Green, Real Red, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Gold 1/8" ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Layering Squares Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Snowflake Sentiments -- Wrapped in the Warmth of Christmas

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Today's a big day in the Stampin' Up! world.  It's the debut of the Holiday Catalog!  Therefore, today's post is a card I designed for a 3-2-1 Stamp Team full card swap using items from the Holiday Catalog.

My BFF, Terry, is a HUGE fan of snowflakes as she grew up in the Northeast.  She also attends my Christmas card classes each year; so I look for an item from the Holiday Catalog that features snowflakes.  This year's Holiday Catalog has a few items that feature snowflakes and you'll find them in the card below.

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This card begins with a card base of Old Olive.  A panel of Real Red cardstock, slightly smaller than the card front, was adhered at the center of the card front.

A piece of Whisper White cardstock was stamped with the label outline image from the Labels to Love stamp set using Old Olive ink.  The "Wrapped in the Warmth of Christmas" sentiment, from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set was stamped at the center of the label image using Real Red ink.  The 1/8" handheld circle punch was used to punch holes just inside the label outline at the center right and left edges of the label image.  Then the label image was punched from the cardstock with the Everyday Label punch.  A piece of Red Mini Tinsel Trim was folded in half and inserted into the hole at one side of the punched label, the ends threaded through the hole on the opposite side, and the loop snugged up against the cardstock.  This process was repeated for the opposite side of the label.  Stampin' Dimensionals were adhered at the back of the label.

A panel of Shimmery White cardstock was embossed with the Big Shot using the Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  The greeting label was adhered at the center of the embossed snowflake, the ends of the Mini Tinsel Trim folded to the back of the embossed cardstock, and the Tinsel Trim adhered to the back of the cardstock with Mini Glue Dots.  The embossed cardstock was adhered at the center of the card front using Foam Adhesive Strips (an alternate would be Stampin' Dimensionals; however, I like the Foam Adhesive Strips when raising a panel this large on a card front because the foam used for the foam strips doesn't compact as easily as the foam used for the Stampin' Dimensionals).

The large and small snowflake thinlits, from the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits, were used to die cut Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper with the Big Shot:  three large snowflakes and three small snowflakes.  A small snowflake was adhered at the center of a large snowflake with a Mini Glue Dot to create three snowflake embellishments.  These embellishments were adhered to the card front using Mini Glue Dots placed at the back of the large snowflake.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The "May the miracle of Christmas fill your heart with joy." sentiment, from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set,  was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Old Olive ink.  The three snowflake image, also from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set, was stamped above and below the sentiment using Real Red ink.  

The large snowflake thinlit was used to die cut Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper with the Big Shot.  This snowflake was adhered near the upper left corner of the liner with a Mini Glue Dot.

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The "Merry Christmas from our family to yours" greeting, from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set, was stamped near the upper center of the envelope flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Old Olive ink.  The three snowflake image was stamped below the greeting using Real Red ink.

I can't wait to show Terry this card.  The large snowflake embossed on Shimmery White cardstock is really beautiful--the photo just doesn't capture the sparkle embedded into the cardstock.  

You can find the Holiday Catalog along the right sidebar of this blog post.  Be sure to check out all the great new products for Fall, Halloween, Christmas, and Winter.  What's your favorite?

Card Measurements -- 

Real Red:  4-1/8" x 5-3/8"; Old Olive:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Shimmery White:  4" x 5-1/4"; Whisper White:  2" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper:  3 @ 1-1/4" x 2-1/2", 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"; Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack (Red):  2 @ 5-1/2"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

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; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Carols of Christmas -- Peace on Earth

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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 Carols of Christmas 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 you look at this card at first glance you will likely be reminded of the card in my last post as it takes advantage of "white space" to make an elegant statement.

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This card begins with a card base of Thick Very Vanilla cardstock.  A panel of Very Vanilla cardstock was swiped with the Embossing Buddy and the starry swoop from the Star of Light stamp set was stamped twice using Versamark:  the first stamping has the larger part of the swoop at the upper right corner with the smaller part of the swoop pointing toward the lower left corner, and the second stamping has the larger part of the swoop at the lower left corner and the smaller part of the swoop pointing toward the upper right corner.  [Tip:  When using photopolymer stamps, be sure to place the Stampin' Pierce Mat below the cardstock to achieve the best stamped images.]  The stamped images were covered with Copper Stampin' Emboss powder, the excess tapped back into the container, and the image heat embossed with the Heat Tool.  You can see in the photo below what the panel looks like after it has been embossed.  Don't worry about the overlap of the images at the center as that will be covered up.

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The embossed panel was matted with a slightly larger panel of Fresh Fig cardstock.  A length of Copper Trim was wrapped around the center of the two panels (each wrap is about 1" apart) and tied into a bow near the right center of the panels.  The panels were adhered at the center of the card front.

The "Peace on Earth" sentiment from the Carols of Christmas stamp set was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Fresh Fig ink.  The words were cut out with Paper Snips:  "Peace", "on" with the lines to the right and left, and "Earth"; trimming closely to the inked areas.  A piece of Copper Foil Sheets was die cut with the Big Shot using the largest of the circle Stitched Shapes Framelits (2-7/8").  The die cut circle was adhered to the left center of the card front with the left edge of the circle 1/8" from the left edge of the Very Vanilla embossed panel.  The "on" with the lines to the right and left was adhered across the center of the circle die cut.  Then the "Peace" and "Earth" were adhered above and below the "on", respectively, using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was stamped with the "May your Season be Peaceful, your New Year be Bright" sentiment from the Star of Light stamp set using Fresh Fig ink.  Once the ink was completed dry (just a couple of seconds), the area was swiped with the Embossing Buddy and the star/cross/diamond/dots image from the Carols of Christmas stamp set was stamped three times around the sentiment using Versamark ink.  The stamped images were covered with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, the excess tapped back into the container, and the images heat embossed with the Heat Tool.

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The envelope flap of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope was randomly stamped with the star/cross/diamond/dots image and the 4 dots in the shape of a diamond image from the Carols of Christmas stamp set using Fresh Fig ink.  [Tip:  Place a scrap sheet of copy paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to ensure that the images stamp only on the envelope flap.]

I love the elegant look of this card and that it uses non-traditional colors to convey a Christmas greeting.  I'll be back soon with the instructions for the final card I designed for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Carols of Christmas stamp set and coordinating Card Front Builder Thinlits.  That card is all about creating a Winter scene with the thinlits.  I hope you'll stop by to visit!

Card Measurements -- 

Fresh Fig:  4-1/8" x 5-3/8"; Very Vanilla:  4" x 5-1/4", 2-1/2" x 3"; Thick Very Vanilla:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Copper Foil Sheets:  3-1/4" x 3-1/4"; Copper Trim:  20"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Carols of Christmas, Star of Light; Inks:  Fresh Fig, Versamark; Cardstock:  Fresh Fig, Very Vanilla, Thick Very Vanilla, Copper Foil Sheets; Embellishments:  Copper Trim; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Embossing Buddy, Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Stitched Shapes Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope