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Inky Friends Time To Sale-A-Brate Blog Hop -- Hello Cupcake

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Hello!  And welcome to the Inky Friends Time To Sale-A-Brate! Blog Hop.  I'm so glad you stopped by.  This is the first stop on the hop; however, all the blog posts are linked so that whether you move forward or backwards through the hop, you'll be able to visit all the stops to see some of the great items available to you for FREE with a qualifying order during Sale-A-Bration.  To see the lineup of talented Stampin' Up! Demonstrators participating in this hop, click here.

My blog post features the Hello Cupcake stamp set.  I have three project ideas to share with you.  [Note:  The Hello Cupcake stamp set is a Photopolymer stamp set.  For best stamping results, use the Stampin' Pierce Mat below the area to be stamped.]

My first project uses the stamp set to create a simple Valentine's card.  

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The card base is Thick Whisper White cardstock.  The greeting was stamped near the bottom of the card front using Early Espresso ink.  Then the cupcake base was stamped above the greeting using Crumb Cake ink.  There are two stamps that comprise the top of the cupcake:  a thin piece that nests onto the top of the cupcake base that can be the color of the cake or a layer of icing.  I chose to make the entire top of the cupcake icing because that's the best part...right?  I think so!  The thin piece was stamped first using Lovely Lipstick ink and then the second swirly icing piece was stamped immediately above the top edge of the thin piece using Lovely Lipstick ink.  The heart pick was stamped at the top of the icing using Call Me Clover ink.  The sprinkles were stamped with Call Me Clover ink.

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The inside of the card was stamped with the "Sprinkled With Love" sentiment near the top center using Early Espresso ink.  The heart pick was inked with Lovely Lipstick ink, then a Blender Pen was used to remove the ink from the pick stem, and the heart stamped randomly at the upper left corner and lower right corner. 

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The Medium Whisper White Envelope flap was randomly stamped with the heart pick (minus the pick stem) using Lovely Lipstick, Call Me Clover, Early Espresso, and Crumb Cake inks  [Note:  Place a piece of scrap paper between the envelope flap and body of the envelope to keep the stamping confined to the envelope flap.]

Supplies I used to make this card --

Stamps:  Hello Cupcake (Sale-A-Bration); Inks:  Call Me Clover, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Lovely Lipstick; Cardstock:  Thick Whisper White; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Blender Pen; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

Card Measurements --

Thick Whisper White:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length

My second project is a cute birthday tag to attach to a gift package or gift bag.  Alert!!  This project uses a boatload of punches.

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This tag begins with a cardstock base of Thick Whisper White cardstock.  The Tailored Tag punch was used to punch 7 tags from a 6" x 6" piece of Highland Heather Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper.  If you look at the bottom edge of the tag, you can see that the tags were arranged on the tag front so that the ends of two tags line up with the center point of the tag above it and below.  A smidge of white space is visible between the tags to break up the patterns.  Note that there will be overhang all around the tag base--just trim it off with Paper Snips using the edge of the tag base as a guide.  Punch one end of the tag base with the Scalloped Edge Tag punch. 

A piece of Highland Heather cardstock was punched with the Starburst punch and adhered near the bottom edge of the tag.  The "Happy Birthday" greeting from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Lemon Lime Twist ink and punched with the Classic Label punch.  A piece of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock was also punched with the Classic Label punch and layered under the punched Whisper White so that a thin bit of Lemon Lime Twist is visible at the bottom left and bottom edge of the Whisper White.  The tags were then adhered near the bottom edge of the Highland Heather Starburst punch.  

The cupcake base was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Crumb Cake ink.  The thin strip of cake/icing stamp was stamped directly above the cupcake base using Lemon Lime Twist ink.  The combined image was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered to the Highland Heather Starburst immediately above the "Happy Birthday" tag.  The swirled icing image was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Lemon Lime Twist ink, cut out with Paper Snips, and adhered over the top of the cupcake base using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The smallest size of Pearl Basic Jewels were added to the icing image to create sprinkles.  The tag was finished with a length of Lemon Lime Twist ribbon from the Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack (another Sale-A-Bration item!).

Supplies I used to make this project --

Stamps:  Hello Cupcake (Sale-A-Bration), Itty Bitty Greetings; Inks:  Crumb Cake, Lemon Lime Twist; Cardstock:  Thick Whisper White, Highland Heather, Lemon Lime Twist; Designer Series Paper:  Gingham Gala 6" x 6"; Embellishments:  Pearl Basic Jewels, Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack (Sale-A-Bration); Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Classic Label punch, Scalloped Tag Topper punch, Starburst punch, Tailored Tag punch, Stampin' Pierce Mat

Project Measurements -- 

Thick Whisper White:  2" x 4-1/4"; Highland Heather:  2" x 3"; Lemon Lime Twist:  1" x 3"; Whisper White:  1" x 3", 2 @ 2" x 3"; Gingham Gala 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper:  6" x 6"; Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack:  9"

My third project uses the stamp set to create a birthday card with a fun fold.

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This card begins with a card base of Thick Whisper White cardstock (4-1/4" x 11").  The card is scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length to fold the card in half.  Then the bottom edge of the card front was folded back to the center fold (or score at 2-3/4" from the bottom edge and fold back to the fold line at the center).

The large and small scribble flower images were randomly stamped on a piece of Daffodil Delight Gingham Gala 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper.  The Designer Series Paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Balmy Blue cardstock.  A piece of Balmy Blue ribbon from the Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack (Sale-A-Bration) was wrapped around the Designer Series Paper/Balmy Blue cardstock and knotted near the left edge.  The Designer Series Paper/Balmy Blue cardstock were adhered at the center of the folded back flap of the card front.

The "Sprinkled With Love" greeting was stamped near the bottom edge of a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Early Espresso ink.  The cupcake base was stamped immediately above the greeting using Crumb Cake ink.  The thin strip of cake/icing was stamped immediately above the cupcake base using Balmy Blue ink.  The Whisper White cardstock was matted with a slightly larger piece of Early Espresso cardstock.  The left 1/3 of the focal point was adhered to the folded back flap of the card front centered along the fold line.  The swirly icing image was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Balmy Blue ink.  The sprinkles were stamped on top of the icing using Early Espresso ink.  The swirly icing was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered above the cupcake base using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was stamped with the "Celebrate Your Day!" sentiment using Early Espresso ink near the upper left center.  The large and small scribble flowers were randomly stamped along the right edge using Daffodil Delight ink.

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The large and small scribble flowers were randomly stamped across the Medium Whisper White Envelope flap using Daffodil Delight ink.  [Note:  Place a scrap piece of paper between the envelope flap and body of the envelope to keep the stamping contained to the envelope flap.]

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Hello Cupcake (Sale-A-Bration); Inks:  Balmy Blue, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso; Cardstock:  Thick Whisper White, Balmy Blue, Early Espresso, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Gingham Gala 6" x 6"; Embellishments:  Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack (Sale-A-Bration); Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Stampin' Pierce Mat; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

Card Measurements -- 

Thick Whisper White:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 2-3/4" and 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Balmy Blue:  2-1/2" x 4"; Early Espresso:  2-5/8" x 3-5/8"; Whisper White:  2-1/2" x 3-1/2", 1-3/4" x 2-1/2"; Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper:  2-1/4" x 3-3/4"; Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack:  9"

I hope you were inspired to give add the Hello Cupcake stamp set to your Sale-A-Bration Wish List.  You can earn the Hello Cupcake Sale-A-Bration stamp set for FREE with a merchandise order of $50 USD. 

Now it's time to see more of the great items you can earn for FREE during Sale-A-Bration.  If you are traveling forward through the hop, click on the Next button below to see Kris' projects using the Butterfly Elements.

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Inky Friends Blog Hop -- Thankful For ... Designer Series Paper

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Hello!  Welcome to the Inky Friends Blog Hop where each of the hop participants has identified a Stampin' Up! item that they are "Thankful For...".  I'm sharing my thankfulness for Stampin' Up!'s wonderful Designer Series Paper.  To see the lineup of awesome Stampin' Up! Demonstrators participating in the hop, click here.  All of the stops on the hop are linked in a circle.  If you are traveling forward through the hop, you've arrived from Cindy's blog where she is sharing her thankfulness for AquaPainters.  If you are traveling backwards through the hop, then you're arriving from Sharleen's blog where she's sharing her thankfulness for the Making Everyday Bright stamp set.  

One of the best features of Stampin' Up!'s line of products is the color coordination.  This means that for a specific Stampin' Up! color, that color is the same whether you are looking at ink (Classic Stampin' Pads, Stampin' Blends, watercolor pencils, Stampin' Write Markers, etc.), cardstock, embellishments (ribbons, Stampin' Emboss powder, button, brads, etc.), or Designer Series Paper.  For Stampin' Up's Designer Series Paper, they take this color coordination a step further by ensuring that the designs and prints used in a specific package of Designer Series Paper coordinate for the group of colors used together in the paper pack.  For me, this is an awesome thing.  I just let the colors in the paper determine the colors I want to feature when I use that piece of paper to make a card, gift bag, tag, or scrapbook page.  I call this "letting the paper do the work".  To illustrate, let's look at the Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper.  The colors used for the prints in this amazing package of paper are:  Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron, Petal Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide, and Whisper White.  Recently, I wanted to feature this paper and the coordinating stamp set, Rooted In Nature, for a stamp club project to demonstrate a technique using Stampin' Write Markers.  Here's the card I designed.

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However, I quickly realized that I with only two sheets of each print in the package of Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper, I had to come up with a couple of alternate versions of the card.  So I created a second card using the same color grouping of Garden Green, Old Olive, and Soft Suede.

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Since the first card featured a leaf print on the Designer Series Paper, I mimicked that by adding a randomly stamped leaf (using Soft Suede ink) on the wood grain paper used for this card.  But I still didn't have enough for all the folks in my Stamp Clubs.  So I created a third version of the card; but this time I had to adjust the colors.

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The colors for this card are Tranquil Tide, Shaded Spruce, and Soft Suede.  But it's still a leaf print and it's still the same tree image used and it's still the same markering technique.  The paper is "doing the work". 

So, here's how these cards were made:

  • The card front of the card base (Garden Green for the first two cards or Tranquil Tide for the third card) was embossed with the Big Shot using the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  • The Designer Series Paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Soft Suede cardstock
  • Two pieces of Crumb Cake Classic Weave ribbon were folded in half with the loops extending beyond the top left edge of the Designer Series Paper/Soft Suede panel.  The ribbon ends were adhered behind the panel using Scotch tape.  The panel was then adhered to the card front with the top, right, and bottom edges of the panel 1/4" from the top, right, and bottom edges of the card front
  • For the first two cards, the leafy area of the tall tree image (Rooted In Nature stamp set) was covered with Old Olive ink using the side of the brush tip of the Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker.  For the third card, Tranquil Tide ink was used
  • For the first two cards, Garden Green ink using the side of the brush tip of the Garden Green Stampin' Write Marker was applied to random areas of the leafy area and along the straight line at the bottom of the tree trunk.  For the third card, Shaded Spruce ink was used
  • Soft Suede ink using the side of the brush tip of the Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker was applied to the trunk areas running through the center of the leafy areas and to the tree trunk.  Note that the brush tip of the Soft Suede marker will pick up the green inks already on the stamp surface and carry them along the tree trunk.  This is OK.  In fact, it's great because tree trunks are generally a mixture of browns and greens.  To remove any remaining green ink on the brush tip, just squiggle the brush tip on a scrap piece of paper until it shows only Soft Suede
  • Huff on the stamp image to remoisten the ink and stamp on Very Vanilla.  Mat the Very Vanilla with a slightly larger piece of Garden Green (for the first two cards) or Tranquil Tide (for the third card) to create the focal point.  Adhere the focal point to the Designer Series Paper with the left edge of the focal point 3/8" from the left edge of the Designer Series Paper and 5/8" from the top and bottom edges of the Designer Series Paper
  • For the first two cards, use the side of the brush tip to ink the Be Strong (Soft Suede) Be Happy (Old Olive) Be You (Garden Green) image.  Huff on the stamp to remoisten the ink and stamp on Very Vanilla.  Using Paper Snips, cut each rectangle and adhere near the bottom right of the focal point using Foam Adhesive Strips.  For the third card, use  Soft Suede (Be Strong), Tranquil Tide (Be Happy), and Shaded Spruce (Be You) 

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The inside sentiment area of the first two cards was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The "You Are Wonderful" image was stamped at the upper center using Soft Suede ink.  The tree image, colored with Old Olive, Garden Green, and Soft Suede Stampin' Write Markers (using the same process used for the focal point) was stamped at the lower left corner of the liner (with part of the left side of the tree stamped off the side of the liner to leave more room to write).  

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For the first two cards, the tree image was colored with the Old Olive, Garden Green, and Soft Suede Stampin' Write markers (using the same process used for the focal point) and stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope.

The inside sentiment area and envelope of the third card is the same as the first two cards except that the tree is colored with Tranquil Tide, Shaded Spruce, and Soft Suede markers.

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Card Measurements --

Garden Green/Tranquil Tide:  4-1/4" x 11"; Soft Suede:  3-1/8" x 5-1/8"; Very Vanilla:  2-1/4" x 3-3/4", 1-5/8" x 2", 4" x 5-1/4"; Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper:  3-1/2" x 5", Crumb Cake Classic Weave ribbon:  2 @ 2-1/2"

Another example of the Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper in action are these cards designed for a blog hop in August.  The papers used feature the colors of:  Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron, and Petal Pink.

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You can see that just like in the cards above, the Designer Series Paper is "doing the work".  This time the colors in the paper determined the colors I used for the accents around the greeting:  Cajun Craze, Mint Macaron, and Petal Pink for the card on the left, and Blackberry Bliss, Grapefruit Grove, and Petal Pink for the card on the right.  I have to say that I would never have come up with these color combinations on my own, but they are just yummy!  For more information about how these cards were made, click here.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  To continue the hop, click on the NEXT BLOG button to go to Sharleen's blog or the PREVIOUS button to go to Cindy's blog.

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Supplies I used to make these cards -- 

Stamps:  Rooted In Nature; Inks:  Soft Suede; Stampin' Write Markers:  Regals (Garden Green, Old Olive), Neutrals (Soft Suede), 2017-2019 In Color (Tranquil Tide); Cardstock:  Garden Green, Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Nature's Poem; Embellishments:  Crumb Cake Classic Weave ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Foam Adhesive Strips; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Multipurpose Platform, Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Stamp Review Crew -- Dashing Deer

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Dashing Deer 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, third, and (sometimes the fifth) 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 Kelly'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 Debra's project and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything)

One of the most beautiful stamps introduced in the 2018 Holiday Catalog is the large deer in the Dashing Deer stamp set.  I just love the beautiful details etched into the red rubber of the stamp that translate into an amazing stamped image.  For this card, I couldn't help but use it as the focal point.

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This card begins with a card base of Real Red cardstock.  A piece of the All is Bright Designer Series Paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Gold Foil Sheets and then adhered at the center of the card front.  A length of Striped Burlap ribbon was folded under at the left end (using Mini Glue Dots to hold the fold in place) with a banner tail cut into the right end of the ribbon.  The ribbon was adhered across the Designer Series Paper using Mini Glue Dots with the top edge of the ribbon 2" below the top edge of the Designer Series Paper.  

A piece of the All is Bright Designer Series Paper (the reverse side of the piece already adhered to the card front) was die cut with the Big Shot using the 2-7/8" circle framelit and matted with a piece of Gold Foil Sheets die cut with the Big Shot using the 3" scallop circle framelit -- both framelits from the Layering Circles Framelits.  The circles were adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals with the left edge of the circles 1/4" from the left edge of the Designer Series Paper and the top edge of the circles 5/8" from the top edge of the Designer Series Paper. 

The large deer image was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Crumb Cake ink and die cut with the Big Shot using the corresponding framelit from the Detailed Deer Thinlits.  The deer was adhered to the circles using Stampin' Dimensionals (deer body) and Mini Stampin' Dimensionals (head and antlers).  

The "Happiest Christmas Wishes" greeting was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Real Red ink.  The greeting was die cut from the cardstock using the Big Shot with the large sentiment framelit from the Merry Christmas Thinlits.  The greeting was matted with a piece of Gold Foil Sheets die cut with the same sentiment framelit.  However, the sentiment framelit was cut in half horizontally with the top half adhered behind the top half of the sentiment die cut and the bottom half adhered behind the bottom half of the sentiment die cut with 1/16" of the Gold Foil Sheets die cut extending above and below the sentiment.  The sentiment was adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals with the right and bottom edges of the sentiment 1/4" from the right and bottom edges of the Designer Series Paper.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The "Remembering you this season with warm thoughts and a wish for everything merry." sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Real Red ink.  A strip of Designer Series Paper was adhered across the bottom edge of the liner with the left, bottom, and right edges of the Designer Series Paper flush with the left, bottom, and right edges of the liner.  A thin strip of the reverse side of the Designer Series Paper was adhered across the top edge of the Designer Series Paper with the left and right edges of the thin strip flush with the left and right edges of the liner and the top edge of the thin strip flush with the top edge of the wider strip of Designer Series Paper.  The smaller solid deer image was stamped along the top left edge of the Designer Series Paper strips using Crumb Cake ink.

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The "Happiest Christmas Wishes" sentiment was stamped along the bottom left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope using Real Red ink.  The small solid deer was stamped above "Happiest" using Crumb Cake ink.

Before I finish up this blog post, I want to mention that this is the first time I've used Designer Series Paper with photographic images for the prints as I worried that using the photograph in the background would overtake the focal point on the card front.  I'm glad to find out that my worries were groundless.  What I learned was that the print on the reverse side of the photographic print is a wonderful complement to the photograph making coordination with the photograph side of the paper amazingly easy.  I'm definitely going to be giving this type of Designer Series Paper a much closer look in the future!

Card Measurements -- 

Real Red:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Very Vanilla:  1-1/4" x 3", 2-1/2" x 3-1/2", 4" x 5-1/4"; Gold Foil Sheets:  3-1/4" x 3-1/4", 4" x 5-1/4", 1-1/4" x 3"; All is Bright Designer Series Paper:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8", 3-1/4" x 3-1/4", 1-1/4" x 4", 3/8" x 4"; Striped Burlap ribbon:  4-1/2"

Be sure to visit all the stops on this week's hop to find more ideas for using the Dashing Deer stamp set for your projects.  Just click on the NEXT or PREVIOUS buttons below to continue.

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Here's a list of the Stampin' Up! Artists participating in the hop --

  1. Debra Burgin 
  2. Bronwyn Eastley 
  3. Lou Kitzelman 
  4. Mary Haugen 
  5. Tanya Boser 
  6. Heidi Baks 
  7. Ann Schach   
  8. Holly Krautkremer 
  9. Lauren Alarid
  10. Cindy Elam
  11. Mike Funke 
  12. Charlet Mallett 
  13. Stesha Bloodhart
  14. Kelly Kent 
  15. Mickey Roberts

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Dashing Deer; Inks:  Crumb Cake, Real Red; Cardstock:  Real Red, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  All is Bright; Embellishments:  Striped Burlap ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Detailed Deer Thinlits, Merry Christmas Thinlits, Layering Circles Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Inky Friends Handmade Holidays Blog Hop -- Making Christmas Bright

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Welcome to the Inky Friends Handmade Holidays Blog Hop featuring items from the Stampin' Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog.  If you're like me, you've found loads and loads of Holiday wonderfulness in the catalog but may be wondering what you could make with these great stamp sets.  Stampin' Up! includes photos of great projects, but I'm always looking for more ideas.  This blog hop will certainly provide some great crafting inspiration.  To see the line up of the very talented Inky Friends Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who are participating in this blog hop, click here.  However, all of the posts for this blog hop are linked via NEXT and PREVIOUS buttons below, so you can start here and continue right through the hop.

Since I was a little girl, I have always loved strings of Christmas lights.  All the bright colors running along the edge of the roof, winding through the Christmas tree, framing the picture window, twinkling in the outdoor greenery.  These days the big bulbs have been replaced by tiny LED lights that are brighter, but for some reason I still like the large bulbs--even if they aren't as energy efficient.  When I first opened this stamp set, I thought about the colors I wanted to use for the bulbs and it occurred to me that the 2018-2020 In Colors of Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Lovely Lipstick, and Pineapple Punch were absolutely perfect!  

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This card begins with a card base of Call Me Clover.  The string of lights image was stamped across the card front repeatedly to cover the card front using Call Me Clover ink.  [Tip:  This stamp set is comprised of photopolymer images.  For best stamping results, place the Stampin' Pierce Mat below the cardstock.]  

A piece of Pineapple Punch cardstock was embossed in the Big Shot using the Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder--with the corrugation going vertical.  The embossed cardstock was adhered to the cardfront using Multipurpose Liquid adhesive with the top edge of the embossed panel 3/4" below the top edge of the card front and centered between the right and left edges of the card front.

The curved string image was stamped near the top of a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The four hanging stars image was stamped along the string using Pineapple Punch ink leaving space between the hanging lines for the bulbs.  The Whisper White cardstock was matted with a slightly larger piece of Lovely Lipstick cardstock and adhered at the center of the embossed Pineapple Punch cardstock using Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.

The "merry" light bulb was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Lovely Lipstick ink, the "and" light bulb using Blueberry Bushel ink, and the "bright" light bulb using Call Me Clover ink.  The bulbs were punched from the cardstock using the Christmas Bulb Builder punch.  The light bulb cap was stamped three times on Silver Foil Sheets using Staz-On Jet Black ink.  The light bulb caps were punched with the Christmas Bulb Builder punch.  A light bulb cap was adhered at the top of each light bulb using a Mini Glue Dot.  The bulbs were "hung" on the string using Mini Glue Dots.  Blueberry Bushel Grosgrain ribbon was tied into a bow and adhered at each end of the string using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.

The "Making Spirits Bright" greeting was stamped on a strip of Whisper White cardstock using Lovely Lipstick ink.  Paper Snips were used to cut the left end of the strip into banner tails.  The strip was adhered to the card front with the right end of the strip flush with the right edge of the card front and the bottom edge of the strip 1/2" from the bottom edge of the card front. 

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The "friends make the season shine" sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Blueberry Bushel ink.  The strings of small stars image was stamped along the left top edge of liner beginning at the left side and 1-1/2" toward the right edge shortening the length of the strings a bit with every stamping of the image.

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The "friends make the season shine" sentiment was stamped near the bottom center of the envelope flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Blueberry Bushel ink.  The strings of small stars image was stamped across the envelope flap from the left to right edge of the envelope flap; shortening the length of the strings around the sentiment.  [Tip:  Place a scrap piece of copy paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to keep the stamping contained to the envelope flap.]

One of the great things about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is that you have a community of demonstrators to tap into to share ideas.  This card was created for just that purpose:  as a swap card to share Holiday Catalog ideas with other demonstrators in my group (upline, downline, and sidelines).

Card Measurements -- 

Call Me Clover:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Lovely Lipstick:  2-3/4" x 3-3/4"; Pineapple Punch:  3-1/2" x 4-1/4"; Whisper White:  2-1/2" x 3-1/2", 1/2" x 3", 2" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; Silver Foil Sheets:  3/4" x 3"; Blueberry Bushel Grosgrain ribbon:  2 @ 8"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Making Christmas Bright; Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Lovely Lipstick, Pineapple Punch, Staz-On Jet Black; Cardstock:  Call Me Clover, Lovely Lipstick, Pineapple Punch, Whisper White, Silver Foil Sheets; Embellishments:  Blueberry Bushel Grosgrain ribbon; Adhesive:  SNAIL, Multipurpose Liquid, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Christmas Bulb Builder punch, Big Shot w/Multipurpose Platform, Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Stamp Review Crew -- Buffalo Check

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Buffalo Check background stamp.  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, third, and (sometimes the fifth) 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 Tanya's project and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything)

"Back in the day" before we had Designer Series Paper and embossing folders, creating a background for your focal point meant some creative stamping or a background stamp.  At that time, I had a pretty large collection of background stamps and making the decision on which background to use for a project held just a much angst THEN as the decision for which Designer Series Paper or embossing folder to use NOW.  That doesn't mean that I don't use background stamps anymore...it's just that they're not the first thing I reach for.  All that being said, when I saw the Buffalo Check background stamp in the Holiday Catalog, I was tickled to see it but wasn't sure how I would incorporate it into my projects.  So I did not order it with my Holiday Catalog pre-order.  However, when I began seeing projects online using this stamp, I started envisioning projects I could make with this stamp.  My Buffalo Check stamp arrived just a few days ago and I put it to good use right away.  This will be one of my October class projects.

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This card begins with a card base of Crumb Cake cardstock.  A panel of Mossy Meadow cardstock was stamped with the Buffalo Check background stamp using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  [Tip:  If you plan to stamp this image multiple times for a stack of cards, I would suggest using the Stamparatus to ensure that the image stamps straight.  (That's if you purchase the stamp in the Clear Mount configuration, of course.)]  A strip of paper from the Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Gold Foil Sheets and adhered across the stamped panel with the bottom edge of the Gold Foil mat 1-1/8" above the bottom edge of the stamped panel and the right and left edges of the paper strip/Gold Foil mat flush with the right and left edges of the stamped panel.  The panel was adhered at the center of the card front.

The wreath image from the Wishing You Well stamp set was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Mossy Meadow ink.  The "Season's Greetings" image was stamped inside the wreath -- just a bit above the center -- using Cherry Cobbler ink.  The wreath was die cut with the Big Shot using the "straight edge" 2-3/8" circle framelit from the Layering Circles Framelits.  The die cut wreath was matted with a piece of Gold Foil Sheets die cut with the Big Shot using the 2-1/2" scallop circle framelit from the Layering Circles Framelits.  Loops of Gold Metallic Thread were adhered behind the wreath and the wreath adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The bottom edge of the wreath mat is 1-1/2" above the bottom edge of the Mossy Meadow panel.

The bow image was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Cherry Cobbler ink and cut out with Paper Snips.  The bow was adhered at the bottom right of the wreath using a Mini Glue Dot.  Isn't this bow image AMAZING???  I just love the new DISTINKTIVE stamps.  The images are just stunning!

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  A thin strip of Gold Foil Sheets was adhered behind the top edge of a strip of Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper and the strips adhered across the bottom edge of the liner with the left, bottom, and right edges of the strips flush with the left, bottom, and right edges of the liner.  The "Season's Greetings from our home to yours" image, from the Merry Christmas To All stamp set, was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Mossy Meadow ink.

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The wreath image was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope using Mossy Meadow ink.  The bow image was stamped at the lower right corner of the wreath using Cherry Cobbler ink.  And the "Season's Greetings" image was stamped inside the wreath using Cherry Cobbler ink.

I've mentioned before that when I design Christmas cards, I like to make sure that the design is simple, the colors are vibrant, the message is meaningful, and that the card can be mailed with one stamp.  I think this card meets those criteria, don't you?

Card Measurements -- 

Crumb Cake:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Mossy Meadow:  4" x 5-1/4"; Very Vanilla:  3" x 3", 2" x 2"; Gold Foil Sheets:  1-1/2" x 4", 3" x 3", 3/8" x 4"; Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper:  1-1/4" x 4", 1" x 4"; Gold Metallic Thread:  60"

Be sure to visit all the stops on this week's hop to find more ideas for using the Buffalo Check background stamp 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. Tanya Boser   
  2. Ann Schach   
  3. Dawn Tidd    
  4. Cindy Elam 
  5. Holly Krautkremer   
  6. Bronwyn Eastley   
  7. Adriana Benitez   
  8. Heidi Baks   
  9. Debra Burgin   
  10. Mike Funke  
  11. Nikki Spencer   
  12. Mary Haugen   
  13. Stesha Bloodhart   
  14. Linda Callahan   
  15. Betty Traciak   
  16. Mickey Roberts   

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Buffalo Check, Wishing You Well, Merry Christmas To All; Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Festive Farmhouse; Embellishments:  Gold Metallic Thread; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Layering Circles Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope