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Christmas Trees

Hi there!

Here's the third project I featured during the Stampin' Addicts Holiday Catalog Blog Hop the weekend of August 17-19.  The focus of my projects for the Blog Hop is the Border Banter stamp set.  So you may be wondering where the border stamp was used on this project.  [Hint:  Take a closer look at the bottom half of the card front.]

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I would love for you to think that I was able to stamp the chevron image side-by-side with enough precision to correctly align all the lines; but that is definitely NOT the case.  The chevron image was stamped five times on Whisper White cardstock using Cherry Cobbler ink and each stamped image cut out with Paper Snips close to the outside edges of each stamped image.  Then the five images were lined up side-by-side, with one image pointing up and the next pointing down, and adhered to a base piece of Whisper White cardstock beginning at the center of the cardstock and moving outward to the left and right edges.  The overhang was trimmed away with Paper Snips to the size of the base piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The base cardstock was adhered to the lower half of a Gumball Green cardstock panel.  A piece of Snow Festival Designer Series Paper was adhered to the top half of the Gumball Green cardstock panel.  Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding ribbon was wrapped around the panel where the Snow Festival and chevron panel meet and knotted on the front of the Gumball Green cardstock panel.  The Gumball Green cardstock panel was adhered to the Cherry Cobbler card front.

The garland tree image from the Pennant Parade stamp set was stamped seven (7) times on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and the trees punched out with the straight side pennant of the Petite Pennants Builder punch.  A single scallop edge pennant was punched from Whisper White cardstock.  The tree stand image from the Pennant Parade stamp set was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock three times using Early Espresso ink.  The tree stands were cut out with Paper Snips.  A tree stand was adhered on top of the Snow Festival Designer Series Paper just above the ribbon knot and the short edge of the Whisper White scallop pennant adhered atop the tree stand.

Five of the punched garland trees were scored from the tip of the tree to the bottom edge to fold the trees in half.  The trees were then adhered together (right side of one tree to left side of the next).  The outermost left side and outermost right side was adhered at the center of the Whisper White scallop edge pennant.  The remaining two garland trees were adhered to the right and left of the center tree and the remaining tree stands adhered below the left and right trees.  Three stars were punched from Silver Glimmer Paper using the small star punch from the Merry Minis Punch Pack and adhered at the top of each tree using Mini Glue Dots.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  A strip of Gumball Green cardstock was punched three times using the tree punch from the Merry Minis Punch Pack and adhered along the top edge of the Whisper White cardstock.  The tree images from the Merry Minis stamp set were stamped inside the punched out trees using Gumball Green ink and the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.  Two of the punched out trees were adhered in the non-punched area of the Gumball Green cardstock using Mini Glue Dots.  The "merry merry merry merry merry" image from the Border Banter stamp set was stamped across the bottom edge of the Whisper White liner using Cherry Cobbler ink and the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.  [You'll note that the line of "merry"s was adhered along the bottom edge of the liner for the sample shown above.  This is because I did NOT use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig on the liner and had to replace it with the strip adhered along the bottom edge.]

A lovely sentiment from the More Merry Messages stamp set was inked using the brush tip of the Cherry Cobbler and Gumball Green Stampin' Write Markers and stamped near the upper center of the liner.

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The garland tree image from the Merry Minis stamp set was inked with Gumball Green ink and stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  The "merry" image from the Pennant Parade stamp set was inked with Cherry Cobbler ink and stamped next to the garland tree.

I hope you found some inspiration for using the fun images contained in the Border Banter stamp set.  I had a great time designing the projects featured during the Stampin' Addicts Holiday Catalog Blog Hop.

Please come back to visit soon.  I have a list of projects that are waiting for blog posts to be written using products from the Holiday Catalog and the 2012-2013 Catalog.  I'm hoping to get those posts published in the next few weeks.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Border Banter, Merry Minis, More Merry Messages, Pennant Parade; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Gumball Green; Stampin' Write Markers:  Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green; Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Petite Pennants Builder punch, Merry Minis Punch Pack, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Border Banter Congratulations

Hello again!

Hope you're enjoying the Summer heat in a breezy place with a cool, refreshing drink in hand.  It's definitely a scorcher out there!  Here in Florida, all the local news breaks are concerned with Isaac and how it will affect the weather in the coming days.  As with most tropical storms, it continues to move to the West and the impact to the East Central Florida area seems to be lessening with every weather advisory.  However, with all the intense theatrics of the local weathermen, you'd think we were going to be blown away in the next 20 minutes.  It gets old pretty quickly.

Here's the second of the three projects I shared during last weekend's Stampin' Addicts Holiday Catalog Blog Hop

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This card begins with a piece of Early Espresso Core'dinations cardstock embossed in the Big Shot with the Argyle Textured Impressions embossing folder and lightly sanded across the raised embossing using the Stampin' Sanding Block.  Two stamp images from the Border Banter stamp set were stamped on a piece of Natural 7/8" Cotton Ribbon:  the row of diamonds image was stamped side-by-side across the top and bottom edges of the ribbon using Pumpkin Pie ink and the "Congratulations" image was stamped across the center of the ribbon using Tempting Turquoise ink.  Sticky Strip was placed at each end of the ribbon and the ribbon placed across the embossed cardstock approximately 3/4" from the bottom edge.  The ends of the ribbon were folded to the back of the embossed cardstock and pressed in place.  The embossed cardstock was adhered to the front of the Crumb Cake card base.

Three images from the Daydream Medallions stamp set were stamped on First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The 1" small filigree image was stamped with Daffodil Delight ink, the 2" curlique image was stamped with Tempting Turquoise ink, and the 3" vine image was stamped with Pumpkin Pie ink.  The images were die cut using the Big Shot and their corresponding frame from the Floral Frames Framelits.  The petals of the die cut flowers were rolled up with the Bone Folder and adhered on top of each other.  Two pieces of First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper were die cut using the Little Leaves Sizzlits and Old Olive ink sponged on top of the die cut leaves.  The stems of the leaves were adhered near the upper left center of the embossed cardstock and the floral focal point adhered over the leaves.  A Pumpkin Pie Brights Designer Button was threaded with Linen Thread and adhered at the center of the Daffodil Delight flower layer using Mini Glue Dots.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The 3" vine image was stamped at the lower left corner using Pumpkin Pie ink.  Two of the Daydream Medallion images were stamped on pieces of First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper:  the 2" curlique medallion was stamped with Tempting Turquoise ink and the 1" filigree medallion was stamped with Daffodil Delight ink.  These images were die cut using the corresponding frames from the Floral Frames Framelits, the petals rolled up using a Bone Folder, the layers adhered together, and the layers adhered at the center of the stamped 3" Pumpkin Pie medallion.  A piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock was punched with the scallop circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack and adhered at the center of the Daffodil Delight layer.  A piece of Linen Thread was tied into a bow and adhered to the punched circle using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.

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The three medallions were stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope:   the 3" vine medallion using Pumpkin Pie ink, the 2" curlique medallion using Tempting Turquoise ink, and the 1" filigree medallion using Daffodil Delight ink.

I was really pleased with how this card turned out.  Even though Brights colors were used for the stamping, the card seems to have a "masculine" feel.  I tend to struggle to make cards for guys, so I'm tickled that this one just fell into place.  Hooray!

By the way, it's not too late to see all the great projects featured during the Stampin' Addicts Holiday Catalog Blog Hop.  Just click here to begin and follow the prompts at the end of each post to continue through each stop on the hop.  I'll be back tomorrow with my final project from the hop, the Christmas card.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Border Banter, Daydream Medallions; Inks:  Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso Core'dinations, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  First Edition Specialty; Embellishments:  Brights Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Natural 7/8" Cotton Ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots, Sticky Strip; Tools:  Paper Cutter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Stampin' Sanding Block, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (scallop circle), Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Little Leaves Sizzlits, Floral Frames Framelits, Argyle Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Frightening Feline Scrapbook Page

Hi there!

I hope you all enjoyed the Stampin' Addicts Holiday Catalog Blog Hop last weekend.  So many awesome ideas!  If you didn't have time to hop through all the stops, it's not too late to visit.  Just click here and follow the prompts near the end of each post to proceed to the next stop on the hop.

As promised, I'll be sharing a bit more detail on the projects I featured during the blog hop using the Border Banter stamp set.  The first one is the 8" x 8" scrapbook page.

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Two of the Border Banter stamp set images were used to create the border at the top and bottom of the Pumpkin Pie cardstock scrapbook page using Pumpkin Pie ink.  The line of dots image was stamped first side-by-side along the bottom and top edges of the scrapbook page.  Because I was using the Clear Mount version of this stamp set I didn't need to use a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig for placement.  You can see that there's a slight wave in the line, but I think it adds to the fun of the page.  The "Spooky Creepy Crawly" image was stamped side-by-side below the line of dots across the top of the page and above the line of dots across the bottom of the page.  Next, I stamped the line of dots below the "Spooky Creepy Crawly" line of images at the top of the page and above the "Spooky Creepy Crawly" line of images at the bottom of the page.  Soft Suede ink was sponged along the edges of the scrapbook page.

Two 1 1/2" strips of Very Vanilla cardstock were randomly stamped with the spider web image from the Wicked Cool stamp set using Soft Suede ink.  The edges of the Very Vanilla cardstock strips were sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The strips were adhered along the top and bottom edges of a piece of Soft Suede cardstock (the edges sponged with Soft Suede ink) cut to fit in between the borders stamped at the top and bottom of the page.  The photos for this scrapbook page would be placed across the Soft Suede cardstock.

The Frightening Feline single stamp image was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Staz-On Jet Black ink.  The spider web image was stamped along the top and left edges of the cardstock using Soft Suede ink and the edges of the Very Vanilla cardstock were sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The Very Vanilla cardstock was double matted with Soft Suede and Pumpkin Pie cardstocks, the edges of both mats sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The focal point was adhered at the lower right corner of the scrapbook page using Stampin' Dimensionals.  Small Jewels Basic Rhinestones were adhered to the feline's face for eyes and a piece of Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta ribbon bow was adhered at the "neck" of the feline with a Mini Glue Dot.

If I were making a two page spread, the page shown above would be the right hand page.  The left hand page mirrors the right hand page.

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This time the stamping on the focal point uses only stamp images from the Wicked Cool stamp set.  The boots, hat, and bats images were stamped on the Very Vanilla cardstock using Staz-On Jet Black ink.  The open areas on the hat band and the socks for the boots were filled in using the pen tip of the Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Marker.  The bats image was inked once and stamped three times without reinking to create a bit of dimension for the flying bats.  The spider web image was stamped around the bottom and left edges of the cardstock using Soft Suede ink.  The edges of the cardstock were sponged with Soft Suede ink.

At the upper left corner of the page, the Halloween sentiment from the Delightful Dozen stamp set was inked with the brush tip of the Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black Stampin' Write Markers, stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, and punched out using the Decorative Label punch.  The edges of the punched image were sponged with Soft Suede ink and the lower third of the punched image adhered behind the Soft Suede cardstock.  The "2012" was hand-written under the sentiment using the pen tip of the Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Marker.

I'll be back tomorrow with another Border Banter project featured during last weekend's Stampin' Addicts Holiday Catalog Blog Hop.

Robertssiggy


Stamps:  Border Banter, Delightful Dozen, Frightening Feline, Wicked Cool; Inks:  Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Staz-On Jet Black; Stampin' Write Markers:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie; Cardstock:  Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Embellishments:  Jewels Basic Rhinestones, Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter, Paper Snips, Sponge, Decorative Label punch; Other:  Page Protectors


Border Banter -- Stampin' Addicts Holiday Catalog Blog Hop

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Hi Everyone!  Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Holiday Catalog Blog Hop.  I haven't posted for a few weeks and am so glad to be back to share some fun ideas with you featuring products from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog (you'll note that product from the Holiday Mini Catalog will be shown in bold red font). If you've been following the hop from the beginning, you're arriving from Kim Bolzenthal's Stitchin' n Stampin' on Paper blog where she showcased the Winter Memories stamp set with some amazing Christmas cards with a vintage feel.  If you're traveling backwards through the hop, then you've arrived from Yapha Mason's blog, Rubber Stamping & Card Making with Yapha, where she shared some stunning projects using the Jewish Celebrations stamp set.

The Border Banter stamp set will be featured at this stop of the Blog Hop.  I've always been drawn to stamps that can be utilized to create borders because, at heart, I'm a scrapbooker and borders are the easiest way to frame a scrapbook page and set the tone of the the story the page will tell.  So we'll begin with a scrapbook page.

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You can see the "row of dots" and "spooky creepy crawly" images stamped with Pumpkin Pie ink in rows along the top and bottom edges of the Pumpkin Pie base page.  Strips of Very Vanilla cardstock were stamped with the spider web from the Wicked Cool stamp set using Soft Suede ink.  The spider web strips were adhered to the top and bottom edges of a piece of Soft Suede cardstock.  The photos would be adhered in the area between the strips of spider web.  The Frightening Feline image was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Staz-On Jet Black ink.  The spider web image was stamped around the left and top edges of the kitty using Soft Suede ink.  The image was matted with Pumpkin Pie and Soft Suede cardstocks.  Jewels Basic Rhinestones and a Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta ribbon were added to the kitty to give her a classy look.

The second project is a Christmas Card featuring the "chevron arrow" image.

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The "chevron arrow" image was stamped five times on Whisper White cardstock using Cherry Cobbler ink and cut out with paper snips.  The images were lined up side-by-side and adhered to a second piece of Whisper White cardstock and the excess trimmed off the edges to create a patterned "paper".  This "paper" was placed at the bottom area of a piece of Gumball Green cardstock.  At the top area is a piece of Snow Festival Designer Series Paper.  Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon was wrapped around the papers and cardstock and then adhered to the Cherry Cobbler card front.  Garland tree images from the Pennant Parade stamp set were stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Gumball Green ink, punched out with the Petite Pennants Builder punch, and adhered to the upper area of the card front.  I'll have more information about how the center tree was made next week.  Stars were punched from Silver Glimmer Paper using the star punch from the Merry Minis Punch Pack.

The Border Banter stamp set isn't just about the Holidays, though.  Here's a card that can be used for a variety of situations or events because it just says "Congratulations". 

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The "diamond" and "congratulations" images were stamped on a piece of Natural 7/8" Cotton Ribbon using Pumpkin Pie and Tempting Turquoise inks and adhered across a piece of Early Espresso Core'dinations Card Stock embossed with the Argyle Textured Impressions embossing folder and the Big Shot.  The cardstock was lightly sanded across the raised embossing using the Stampin' Sanding Block to bring up the Crumb Cake-colored core of the cardstock.  The floral focal point was created using the Daydream Medallions stamp set with the coordinating Floral Frames Framelits and the First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The leaves are also die cut from First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper using the Little Leaves Sizzlits.  A Brights Designer Button with Linen Thread resides at the center of the floral focal point.  I'll provide additional information about how this card was made next week.

I hope you've found inspiration for creating fun projects using the Border Banter stamp set.  There are so many great new products in the Holiday Catalog, so be sure to continue through the Blog Hop to see many more great ideas. 

To continue the NEXT stop on the hop, click here to go to Yapha's blog, Rubber Stamping and Card Making with Yapha, to see her creations using the Jewish Celebrations stamp set.

To return to the PREVIOUS stop on the hop, click here to go to Kim Bolzenthal's blog, Stitchin' n Stampin' on Paper, to see her creations using the Winter Memories stamp set. 

Robertssiggy