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That's the Ticket -- Stampin' Addicts Spring Catalog Blog Hop

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Spring Catalog Blog Hop.  I'm joining forces with my friends at Stampin' Addicts to show you some of the awesome new products in the Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog.  We are all joined by links provided in each blog post so that you can travel forward or backwards through the hop.  So take some time out from the post-Christmas craziness and journey through all the stops on the hop.  If you are already traveling forward through the hop, you have arrived here from Kim Bolzenthal's Stitchin' and Stampin' on Paper blog with her beautiful projects featuring the Collage Curios stamp set (the stationery set is fabulous!).  If you are traveling backwards through the hop, then you've arrived from Yapha Mason's blog, Rubber Stamping & Card Making with Yapha where she features the Oh Whale stamp set (I particularly love the baby bib card--too cute!). 

My stop features the That's the Ticket stamp set.  This is one of those go-to stamp sets for when you need a little something to make a themed project come together.

One of the first things I remember making with paper, scissors, and glue was Valentine's cards.  Mom would put out lots of construction paper, scraps of ribbons, her button bowl, tubes of glitter, paper doilies, and other odds and ends that she had stashed away.  Let's just say that after 6 kids had finished with their Valentines the dining room was pretty sparkly!  This Valentine pocket doesn't have sparkle, but I think it has lots of heart.

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There are a couple of other new products from the Spring Catalog included in this project:  More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper for the hearts and Primrose Petals Core'Dinations cardstock for the pocket die cut with the Big Shot and the Petite Pockets Bigz XL die.

Sometimes you need make something quickly for a birthday.  The diagonal-striped banners from the Heart's a Flutter stamp set, die cut with the Big Shot using the coordinating Heart's a Flutter Framelits, add the bright colors.

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There are five event-specific images in the That's the Ticket stamp set.  The remaining three images allow you to have some fun.  One has lines that you can use for a quick personal message and another is designed to look like an admission ticket.  The third is blank at the center; so I used that image with the Fabulous Phrases stamp set to add a sentiment to the card front of this card.

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The Heart's a Flutter stamp set and coordinating Heart's a Flutter Framelits provides the scalloped Art Deco-looking banners across the top of the card front. 

Note:  For all of the projects shown above the ticket image was cut out with Paper Snips and matted with a piece of cardstock punched with the Ticket Duo Builder punch. 

I hope that you've found some paper crafting inspiration with these projects.  Stop back by next week -- I'll have more information about how each of these projects were made.

Now it's time to see more design inspiration from more of the talented Stampin' Addicts artists.

To travel FORWARD to visit with Yapha, click here to see fun projects with the Oh Whale stamp set.

To travel BACK to visit with Kim, click here to see great ideas for using the Collage Curios stamp set.

Have fun!!

Robertssiggy


Catching Up with Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Catching up seems to be all I do these days.  It's just that time of the year. I have a bunch of projects to share with you that I designed for Christmas, but now it's probably too late for you to be able to make them.  Bummer!  But that doesn't mean that you can't save the ideas for next year!  Or use the basic card design for other projects that you make during the year.

So for this post, I'm sharing the cards that I featured for my annual Christmas card classes.  If you need specifics about how these cards are made, please contact me and I'll send you the step-by-step instructions. 

I'll start with my favorite:  Snowflakes in Blue.

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Stamps:  Delighful Dozen; Inks:  Baja Breeze, Island Indigo; Cardstock:  Baja Breeze, Glossy, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Shimmery White, Champagne Glimmer Paper, Silver Glimmer Paper; Designer Series Paper:  Snow Festival; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge or Sponge Daubers, 1/2" circle punch, BoHo Blossoms punch, Scallop Trim Border punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Snow Flurry Bigz die; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

This card evokes a vintage feel:  Vintage Ornament Tag.

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Stamps:  Bells & Boughs, Lovely as a Tree, More Merry Messages, Ornament Keepsakes; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Gumball Green; Stampin' Write Marker:  Crumb Cake; Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso Core'Dinations, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Be of Good Cheer; Embellishments:  Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Seam Binding ribbon; Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine; Adhesive:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Color Spritzer Tool, Sanding Block, 1/2" circle punch, 1/4" circle punch (retired), Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Large Scallop Edgelits, Holiday Ornament Framelits, Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope

The third card was super simple and used a variety of the Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Papers for the upper area of the card front so that each one looked different:  Greetings of the Season.

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Stamps:  Bells & Boughs, Greetings of the Season, Petite Pairs; Inks:  Early Espresso, Riding Hood Red; Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Cherry Cobbler Core'Dinations, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Be of Good Cheer; Embellishments:  Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sanding Block, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Large Scallop Edgelits, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Delicate Designs Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope

I always include one card in non-traditional colors.  This one features Primrose Petals:  Framed Ornament.

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Stamps:  Greetings of the Season, More Merry Messages, Ornament Keepsakes; Inks:  Primrose Petals; Cardstock:  Pink Pirouette, Primrose Petals, Whisper White, Shimmery White; Designer Series Paper:  2012-2014 In Color Pack; Embellishments:  Primrose Petals 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, 3/4" circle punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Holiday Ornaments Framelits, Holiday Frame Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

The fifth, and final card, seemed the most fun and festive:  Season's Greetings.

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Stamps:  Merry Mini's, More Merry Messages; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Illuminate Glimmer Watermark; Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Snow Festival; Embellishments:  Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Extra Large Oval punch, Scallop Edge Border punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Window Frames Collection Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

There are lots of great Christmas wishes contained in these cards.  I wish them all to you with the prayer that you will have a wonderful holiday with those you treasure most.

Robertssiggy


Shimmery Snowflakes

Hi there!

Today's post features snowflakes.  Not that we ever see any in this part of East Central Florida... [Well, to be truthful, we do see them but they are manufactured for an event; like the snowflakes I saw at Disney's Hollywood Studios this past weekend while walking through the street sets decorated with the Osborne Family Lights.]  This project was inspired by a scrapbook page featured in Stampin' Success, a magazine published for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators, that featured the Stampin' Spritzer with reinkers and alcohol to create custom backgrounds.

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For this 8" x 8" scrapbook page, I used Frost White Shimmer Paint and 70% Rubbing Alcohol (in a mixture of 3 small drops of paint in a spritzer 80% full of alcohol).  The Snow Flurry Bigz die was used to create snowflakes from thin cardboard or chipboard that were scattered across the Night of Navy base page.  Then the paint/alcohol mixture was spritzed over the page.  There are a few things to remember:  1.  Be sure to mix the paint/alcohol mixture thoroughly by gently moving the spritzer back and forth multiple times, 2.  Do a test spritz on a piece of scrap paper to make sure that the spray nozzle is pointed correctly and to judge how near or far you need to be from the paper (close = large drops or splotches; farther back = mist), and 3.  Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area [VERY IMPORTANT!!].  Using 70% Rubbing Alcohol for this mixture does have one small disadvantage:  the water content will tend to buckle the paper a bit.  You can avoid this by using a higher percentage rubbing alcohol; however, be advised that with the Shimmer Paint, the higher the alcohol percentage, the more likely the mixture will be splotchy rather than misty.

The snowflake at the upper right corner of the page was made from Shimmery White cardstock (largest snowflake), Champagne Glimmer Paper (medium snowflake), and Silver Glimmer Paper (smallest snowflake).  The layers were adhered together and to the base page with Mini Glue Dots.  The center of the snowflake features a large Vintage Faceted Designer Button with a Large Jewels Basic Pearl adhered to the center bowl area of the button.  Mini Glue Dots were used to adhere the button to the center of the Silver Glimmer Paper snowflake.  Strips of Champagne, Silver, and Red Glimmer Paper were adhered across the bottom of the page.

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A page embellishment was made by stamping "Peace on Earth" (Greetings of the Season stamp set) on Shimmery White cardstock and punching it out with the Extra Large Oval punch.  The sentiment was adhered to the center of a piece of Red Glimmer Paper punched with the Decorative Label punch using Stampin' Dimensionals.  More Stampin' Dimensionals were placed on the back of the Red Glimmer Paper to adhere to the base page after the photos have been placed.

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Here's a Christmas card made using elements from the scrapbook page.  You can see the spritzed snowflakes on the card front and the die cut snowflakes; the only change is the size of the Vintage Faceted Button (the smallest sized button) and the size of the pearl adhered to the center bowl area of the button (the largest size pearl in the Jewels Basic Pearls).  The scrapbook page embellishment was adhered near the bottom of the card front.  A piece of Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta ribbon was threaded between the two pieces of the embellishment, wrapped around the card front, and knotted at the right of the embellishment.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Strips of Champagne, Silver, and Red Glimmer Paper were adhered along the top and bottom edges of the liner.  A Christmas greeting (from the Petite Pairs stamp set) was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Night of Navy ink.

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"Peace on Earth" was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Night of Navy ink.

I'm really pleased with the way these projects turned out.  It's hard to see in these photos, but the shimmer and shine from the papers and the spritzed Shimmer Paint create a truly lovely effect.  And very reminiscent of a snowfall on a clear night.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Greetings of the Season, Petite Pairs; Inks:  Night of Navy; Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Shimmery White, Champagne Glimmer Paper, Silver Glimmer Paper, Red Glimmer Paper, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta ribbon, Large Jewels Basic Pearls, Jewels Basic Pearls; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Stampin' Spritzer, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Decorative Label punch, Extra-Large Oval punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Snow Flurry Bigz die; Other:  Page Protectors, Medium Whisper White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Rubbing Alcohol (70% or 91%), thin cardboard or chipboard (suggest the thin cardboard placed inside the Designer Series Paper)


Fall Foliage

Hello!

Fall is a somewhat nebulous thing in East Central Florida.  We do have some trees that lose their leaves, like sycamores and crepe myrtles, but we don't have the spectacular colors that you find in the Northern areas.  Unfortunately, we don't have the noticeable change in weather that is also associated with Fall, so we look forward to a day or two here and there where the temperatures drop into the low 80s and we can open the windows and enjoy the fresh air moving through the house.  Believe me, it makes a difference.

Here's a card that features one of my favorite stamp sets for Fall...French Foliage.

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This card begins with a panel of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The top 2/3 of the cardstock was randomly stamped with the leaf images from the French Foliage stamp set using Cajun Craze (largest leaf), Early Espresso (smallest leaf), and Always Artichoke/More Mustard (medium leaf).  To ink the medium leaf with the two colors, ink one half of the leaf image with the lighter color (More Mustard) by laying half of the stamp face along the edge of the ink pad.  Then turn the stamp 180 degrees and lay the opposite side of the stamp face along the edge of the darker ink pad (Always Artichoke).  Crumb Cake ink was used for the splotches image stamped randomly between the leaves.

A piece of Early Espresso Core'Dinations cardstock was embossed in the Big Shot using the Woodgrain Textured Impressions embossing folder and sanded with the Stampin' Sanding Block to reveal the lighter Crumb Cake-colored core of the cardstock.  The embossed panel was adhered to the bottom of the leaf stamped Very Vanilla panel and the edges of the combined panel were sponged with Cajun Craze ink.  A piece of Victoria Crochet Trim was adhered over the top edge of the embossed panel and then a piece of Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta ribbon was wrapped around the panel and knotted on the front, slightly off center.  The combined panel was then adhered to a piece of Cajun Craze cardstock (the edges sponged with Cajun Craze ink) and then to the Always Artichoke card front (the edges sponged with Always Artichoke ink).

To finish the card front, a piece of Always Artichoke cardstock was die cut in the Big Shot using the smallest of the Apothecary Accents Framelits.  The edges of the die cut were sponged with Always Artichoke ink and the die cut adhered to the Very Vanilla area of the combined panel using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The medium leaf was inked with More Mustard ink and the edges rolled across the Always Artichoke ink pad (a technique called Rock & Roll) then stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The Thank You sentiment, from the Petite Pairs stamp set, was stamped at the center of the leaf using Early Espresso ink and the leaf cut out with Paper Snips.  The leaf was adhered to the die cut using SNAIL.  Some of my stamp club members decided to use Stampin' Dimensionals to add a little more interest.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  You can see the leaf images and splotches stamped randomly across the top 1 1/2 inches of the liner, using the same process that was used for the card front, and the edges of the liner sponged with Cajun Craze ink.  The sentiment, from the Petite Pairs stamp set, was stamped just below the leaves using Early Espresso ink.

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The flap of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope also features the randomly stamped leaves and splotches with the edges of the flap sponged with Cajun Craze ink.

It's hard to remember that Fall has a couple more weeks when folks are decorating for the Winter holidays--until it's time to drag out the leaf blower and the rake to find the lawn.  Enjoy these last few days of Fall; the Winter will be here soon enough.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  French Foliage, Petite Pairs; Inks:  Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, More Mustard; Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso Core'Dinations, Very Vanilla; Embellishments:  Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta ribbon, Victoria Crochet Trim; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Stampin' Sanding Block, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Woodgrain Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope