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Stamp Review Crew -- Wood Words

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Wood Words 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 Natalie'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 Tanya's project and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything)

I have three projects to share with you.

Over the weekend I conducted my Christmas Card classes.  Since I'm still in the Christmas mode, I thought that I'd make a Christmas card using some of the items from the Wood Textures Suite, which includes the Wood Words stamp set.  In addition to the Wood Words stamp set, you'll see the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper and the Copper Trim.  The greeting comes from the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set.

WoodWords_ChristmasWishes

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Holly Berry Happiness, Wood Words; Inks:  Versamark; Cardstock:  Thick Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Wood Textures Stack; Embellishments:  Copper Trim; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Embossing Buddy, Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool

Since I was on a holiday theme, I wanted to see what a Valentine's Day card would look like.  In addition to the stamp set and the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, the hearts were die cut using the heart framelit from the Wood Crate Framelits dies.  The greeting for this card comes from the Labels to Love stamp set.

WoodWords_Love

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Labels to Love, Wood Words; Inks:  Crumb Cake, Real Red; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Wood Textures Stack; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Everyday Label punch, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Wood Crate Framelits

My final project features the colors from the Delightful Designer Series Paper used for the card front panel.  A Stamp-a-ma-jig was used to line up the roosters on the strip of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper and the tag was die cut using the tag framelit from the Wood Crate Framelits dies.

WoodWords_ThankYou

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Wood Words; Inks:  Tranquil Tide; Cardstock:  Calypso Coral, Tranquil Tide; Designer Series Paper:  Delightful Daisy, Wood Textures Stack; Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Tranquil Tide Finely Woven ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Big Shot w/Magnetic Plate, Wood Crate 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 Wood Words 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. Mickey Roberts
  2. Tanya Boser
  3. Holly Krautkremer 
  4. Debra Burgin 
  5. Charlet Mallett
  6. Betty Traciak
  7. Kelly Kent 
  8. Stesha Bloodhart
  9. Linda Callahan
  10. Cindy Elam
  11. Lou Kitzelman
  12. Sue Plote 
  13. Heidi Baks
  14. Natalie Lapakko

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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.

PaintedHarvest_2018Calendar

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.

PaintedHarvest_HappyChristmas

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 

Robertssiggy


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.

SookyCat_HappyOwloween_Front

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.

SpookyCat_TrickOrTreat

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

Robertssiggy


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.  

BeautifulYou_WishingYouBrighterDaysToCome

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.  

BeautifulYou_LifeLooksBeautifulOnYou

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

Robertssiggy


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".  

ThisLittlePiggy_SheBelievedSheCould

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.

ThisLittlePiggy_SheBelievedSheCould_Liner

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.

ThisLittlePiggy_SheBelievedSheCould_Envelope

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