Thursday, September 25, 2014

Holiday Catalog Swap Blog Hop

Welcome to the Fun n' Crafty holiday catalog swap blog hop!

My card features the Letterpress Winter stamp set. The frame is stamped in Hello Honey ink and the sentiment is stamped in Lost Lagoon. This set is photopolymer, so it is easy to line things up. The base card is Smoky Slate. The Lost Lagoon layer is embossed with the Decorative Dots embossing folder to add some texture and echo the dots in the DSP piece. The DSP is from the Moonlight DSP stack and is mounted on a piece of Basic Gray card stock. I colored the basic rhinestones with the medium Daffodil Delight blendability marker.

Make sure to check out the other blogs in our hop for more holiday catalog inspiration:

Monday, September 15, 2014

Lunch Box Love Notes #1

One of the things I like to do for my daughters is to put a little love note or card into their lunch boxes for them to find when they eat lunch at school. I thought I would do a quick share of the cards I made tonight to slip into their lunches for tomorrow.

My daughter J adores the color pink and particularly loves flamingos, so the new Flamingo Lingo stamp set from Stampin' Up! was a must have in our household. Her card features the flamingo image and sentiment from the set. The background is embossed using the Decorative Dots embossing folder and the flamingo image was cut out with the Labels Collection framelits. The small flower is made with two layers of the flower punch from the Itty Bitty Accents punch set.

My daughter K loves cats, so the retired Cool Cat stamp set came out for her card. The DSP I used was from last year's annual catalog, but K's favorite color is "rainbow colors." I thought this DSP was fitting. She also loves the silver glimmer paper, so I incorporated it too. The oval collection framelites made it easy to cut out the cat image as well as the mats. I added basic rhinestones to add more glitz and a bow tie made with the heart shape on the Owl Builder punch. 

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fun 'N Crafty September Blog Hop

Welcome to the September Fun 'N Crafty blog hop! This month, we are featuring projects using products from the new Stampin' Up! holiday catalog. The cards I am sharing for the hop all feature the Letterpress Winter stamp set. 

My first card uses one of my new favorite colors-Lost Lagoon. It goes well with the gold embossing powder and paper. I punched out the top circle and used the circle framelits to cut the other circle. The scallop circle is also punched out and then I used my piercing tool to add the pierced detailing around the outside. The background piece of card stock was embossed with the dots embossing folder to add some texture.

The next card uses the beautiful frame stamp in the Letterpress Winter stamp set. The great thing about this set is that is is photopolymer, which makes it easy to stamp the sentiment in the center of the frame. The background paper is from the Trim the Tree DSP stack. The images are stamped in Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green. I colored the basic rhinestones with the medium Cherry Cobbler Blendability marker.

This card is another take on the same design, switching the background DSP for just an accent strip and turning the design vertical. This DSP is also from the Trim the Tree stack. I used the dots embossing folder to add some texture on the Sahara Sand background.

My last card is a thank you card using the frame and thank you sentiment from Letterpress Winter. The DSP is from the All Abloom DSP stack from the annual catalog. I stamped the frame in Lost Lagoon and the sentiment in Hello Honey. The basic rhinestones were colored in with the dark Daffodil Delight Blendability marker. I wanted to show the versatility of this set, since it can be used all year round. There is also a "You're Invited" stamp in the set.

Make sure you have visited all the blogs in our hop!

Here is a list of blog hop participants this month:

1. Sara G of 1200 Some Miles
2. Tobe B. of The Craft Sea
3. Pam W of Stinky Tofu
4. Jennifer B. of Northwest Stamper
5. Angela M of Stamp with Angela (you are here!)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Bright and Beautiful Christmas Card

Today's card features the Bright and Beautiful Bigshot bundle from Stampin' Up! The bundle features the Bright and Beautiful stamp set from the upcoming holiday catalog which launches on August 28th and the Stars Framelits set.

I stamped on Bermuda Bay card stock with Silver Encore ink for both the stars and the sentiment. Silver glimmer paper cut out with a framelit provides a nice accent behind the stamped stars. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up the layers of the star as seen in the side view below. The stars embossing folder coming soon in the holiday catalog was used to provide some additional texture to the background of the card. Basic rhinestones add an extra touch of bling.

Materials used in this card:

Thursday, August 7, 2014

CYCI30 With A Sneak Peak Of The Upcoming Holiday Catalog!

Today's card was created for Can You Case It #30, a sketch challenge. You can find the blog post for this challenge and lots of inspiration here.

Mr. Brown, aka the UPS man, dropped off a package today with my pre-order items from the upcoming Stampin' Up! holiday catalog. Demonstrators were able to start placing orders on August 1st while the catalog will go live for customers on August 28th. I decided to ink up one of my new stamp sets and use paper from the new Trim the Tree DSP stack. I really like the size of the DSP stacks and find that they are perfect for making cards.

The stamp set featured in this card is the new For All Things stamp set. I really like the fall sentiment I used above. There are also "Grateful For You" and "Give Thanks For All Things" sentiment stamps, making this quite a flexible stamp set. I am planning on using it for general fall cards for my girls' teachers, thank you cards, and Thanksgiving cards. The angled tag topper punch was used to create the Sahara Sand tag. I folded and then stapled a piece of Early Espresso card stock punched out with the Modern Label punch. A great new tool coming in the holiday catalog is a stapler with mini staples. I found it really easy to use and think the staples are the perfect size for cards! I bought a small stapler from another paper crafting company and had a lot of trouble with it jamming, so I was happy to find the new one from Stampin' Up! works well.

Current products used for this card are pictured below. Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. Comments are always appreciated!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Fun 'N Crafty August Blog Hop

Welcome to the August Fun 'N Crafty blog hop! This month, we are featuring projects using the Big Shot. My Big Shot is one of my favorite crafting tools! The Big Shot and all the available dies make it easy to get the fussy cutting look without all the fussy cutting work, which is perfect for me since my fussy cutting skills are not the best.

Today's card uses the Daydream Medallions stamp set and the Floral Frames framelit dies. During the month of August, you can buy the bundle and save 15% on this stamp set and coordinating dies. I stamped the two largest medallions from the stamp set in Memento tuxedo black ink then cut them out with the framelit dies. The sentiment stamp in the center is from the Chalk Talk stamp set. I punched it out with a circle punch then matted it with a larger circle punched out of Basic Black card stock. The background paper is the Typeset specialty DSP. I accented the medallions with pearls to add a little bling

To give the card some dimension, I used Dimensionals to pop up each of the layers of my floral medallion. The side shot below gives you a better sense of that dimension. It makes the card "pop" a little more in person than the pictures can show.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Make sure to visit all the blogs in our hop. Stacey's blog is up next!

Blog hop participants:

1. Tobe B. of The Craft Sea
2.Angela M of Stamp with Angela
3. Stacey L. of A Work of Carte
4. Pam W of Stinky Tofu
5. Jennifer B. of Northwest Stamper

Saturday, August 2, 2014

CYCI29-A Color Challenge

Today's card was made for the challenge over at Can You Case It? You can find lots of inspiration over at the CYCI blog. This week's challenge is a color challenge featuring the colors below:

The new koala stamp came to mind immediately, but another stamper had already used it for her card. Since I prefer to be original, I decided to look through my stash and see if inspiration struck. I came to the Swallowtail stamp and thought it would look great inked up with these colors.

I experimented with coloring it a few different ways and ended up inking up a clear block, stamping it with my So Saffron stamp pad, then spritzing it with rubbing alcohol. I then stamped it to create the background on the Whisper White paper. Staz-on was used to stamp the butterfly on the So Saffron/Whisper White background. I then used my blender pens and Pool Party and Smoky Slate ink to add a little more color to the butterfly. It looked a little grungy to me, so I continued the theme with Gorgeous Grunge used to stamp Smoky Slate blotches onto the Smoky Slate card base. The sentiment if from Perfect Pennants. I decided to mount the butterfly layer off center and like how it turned out!