Sunday, October 15, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Spooky Cat Edition

Welcome to the latest Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop.  At each stop you will see ideas using the fun Stampin' Up set Spooky Cat.  We have our blogs permamently linked in a circle but if you encounter any difficulties just click on the banner above to be taken to a complete list of Stamp Review Crew members and blog links.

My spooky projects are all based on the same simple box.  

The little box perfectly fits both a kleenex pack

and fun size candy bars.

By turning three of the boxes on their side I made a mini set of shelves.   A stylish witch needs all her potions and hats organized of course!

The Spooky Cat set has so many cute little stamps.  I feel like I barely scratched the surface using them.  That is one of the wonderful things about the Stamp Review hops... other members will have oodles more samples using all the spooky goodies!  Click on the buttons below to see them all!

Directions for the little box:  
Cut cardstock 2-1/4" X 7"
On the long side score at 2-1/4", 3-1/4", 5-1/2" and 6-1/2"
Turn and score at 1-1/4 along the length.
Cut on the lower scorelines to form tabs and fold into a box.
The handles are 3/4" in width.  I just eyeballed the length for both little baskets.

This way to Mickey's projects!

This way to Cindy's blog!

Stamps:  Spooky Cat
Paper:  Spooky Night Designer Series Paper, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla cardstock
Ink:   Pumpkin Pie, Fresh Fig and Wild Wasabi Classic Ink, Basic Black Archival Ink
Punches: Cat and Classic Label

Friday, October 13, 2017

Inking Up the Season Blog Hop

Welcome to the Inking Up the Season Blog Hop brought to you by Inky Friends!  We have a great little hop planned that features winter holiday stamp sets from the 2017 Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog.  

For more info about the Inky Friends stamping group and a list of blog participants please click on the banner below.  

My little project is a set of place card holders for your holiday table using the Season to Sparkle stamps and matching Chandelier Thinlits.
For each holder I snipped off the top and bottom of three chandelier diecuts and glued them back to back leaving the tops unglued to have a space to insert the place card.

The tiny candle stamps are so cute!  I added diagonal lines to them with a marker to make them striped.
There are a bunch of itty bitty stamps in this set for a super variety of occasions.  I think someone really had fun designing this set!

Thanks a bundle for stopping by today!  Please click on the buttons below to see more wonderful wintery ideas!

This way to Sharleen's Merry Little Labels projects

This way to Sara's Smitten Mitten projects
Stamps:  Season to Sparkle, Thoughtful Banners
Paper:  Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper, Garden Green and Whisper White cardstock
Ink:  Garden Green and Real Red Classic Ink,  Garden Green and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Markers
Big Shot:  Layering Ovals Framelits, Chandelier Framelits
Accessories:  Fine Tip Glue


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Beautiful You Edition

Hello and welcome to the latest Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop!   Our international crew highlights one Stampin' Up stamp set on each blog hop.  Hops are the first and third Mondays of the month and are a great way to get lots of ideas for using a set!   

If you click on the banner below you will be taken to the Stamp Review Crew website which has a complete list crew members and you can see all the past hops as well.
Our stamp set this time is the Beautiful You set with lovely sketched figures and lots of sentiments. I used a combination of masking and paper piecing to make this Halloween card.
To make her hat and dress I stamped the image on a piece of Merry Little Christmas Designer Series paper.  (I used Versamark Ink and Clear Embossing Powder.)  When I cut it out I extended the hat into a point to make a witch's hat.
The pretty stamped jewels are from the Season to Sparkle stamp set
Next I stamped the figure on Vanilla Cardstock masking off the right side.    I then I masked the left side and stamped again putting her leg in a position touching the ground.  I liked that this gave her a very "in charge" stance.

On the inside I did a bit of masking as well to change the "Happy Birthday, Gorgeous" to "Halloween".

Beautiful You stamps used
Season to Sparkle stamps used

Thanks so much for hopping with the Stamp Review Crew.  Please click on the buttons below to see more BEAUTIFUL projects!

To Cindy's BEAUTIFUL projects!

To Karen's BEAUTIFUL projects!

Stamps:  Beautiful You,  Season to Sparkle
Paper:  Spooky Cat and Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper, Basic Black and Very Vanilla cardstock
Ink:  Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie and Elegant Eggplant Classic Basic Black Archival Ink, Versamark Ink
Big Shot:  Layering Ovals Framelits, Chandelier Framelits
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder, Black Rhinestone Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, September 8, 2017

Inking Autumn Blog Hop

Welcome to the Inky Friends Inking Autumn Blog Hop!   We are a group of friends who are also Stampin' Up demonstrators and we are all excited about the new Holiday catalog.

We have each chosen a favorite stamp set or paper from the catalog with a fall theme.   With our weather in Michigan feeling like fall this has been an easy one to get in the mood for.   Our nights have been chilly, the kids are back in school and stores just put out the Halloween candy.  Time for Halloween decor and treats!  The Spooky Cat stamp set has a bunch of fun stamps and can you believe it...I didn't even use the cat images!
Halloween ornaments and treat holders
There are quite a few two and three step stamps in this set.  Since they are photopolymer it is very easy to line them up.
This owl is a three step stamp... body, feet & beak, eyes and words
This hat is a two step stamp.  I used gold embossing on the buckle.
The words are so fun for treats!
I used the 2 inch cello bags to hold a mini candy bar.
My personal favorite is this tiny hanging box that holds one Hershey nugget.

Thanks so much for hopping along with us!  Next month we have another hop planned for all the wonderful winter products.  See you soon!

To Rhonda's Spooky Night Projects 

To Sarah's Pick a Pumpkin Projects
Stamps:  Spooky Cat
Paper:  Spooky Night Designer Series Paper, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie and Very Vanilla cardstock
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink, Basic Black Archival Ink, Versamark Ink
Big Shot:  Layering Circles Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits
Punches: 1" Circle
Accessories:  Gold Embossing Powder, Black Vintage Crochet Trim, Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine, 2" Cello Bags, Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Santa Paws Birthday Card

There are quite a few stamp sets with cats in the new catalog and of course most of them found there way onto my preorder.  The Santa Paws set will be so fun for Christmas projects but I wanted to see if it could be used for non-Christmas things as well.   I came up with this Birthday card.  The bright colors did the trick I think.

Also I wanted to use the Merry Music Speciality Designer Series Paper to go with the singing cats but it looks very Christmassy or at least wintery.  After looking at all the designs I chose one piece that has some snowflakes sprinkled about.   
I discovered I could hide the snowflakes under circles of cardstock.  The remaining designs look more like retro starbursts than snowflakes so that worked out great.

The Black and White Ribbon is new as well and really goes well with the primary colors.  

Stamps:  Santa Paws, Confetti Celebrations
Paper:  Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper, Real Red, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Basic Black Archival Ink
Markers: Real Red, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Basic Gray, Going Gray and Crumb Cake
Big Shot:  Layering Circles Framelits
Punches: 1/4' Circle, 1/2" Circle
Accessories:  7/8" Basic Black Striped Ribbon, Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, August 25, 2017

Inky Friends: Suite Designs Blog Hop

Welcome!  Our Inky Friends group has a unique blog hop prepared for you!  We are highlighting the many beautiful suites of products in the Stampin' Up Annual Catalog.  

I chose the Wood Textures Suite which has the awesome stamp set Wood Words (one of my favorites in the whole catalog),  a super framelit set that makes a wood crate,  wood grain DSP and really cool cooper trim.

For todays projects I am switching the wood grain paper with the seasonal Spooky Night DSP to make a Halloween set.  All of these projects would be really cute with the Wood Textures paper too! Hmm... I may need to make another set of these:)

First I made a test tube treat holder with the Wood Crate Framelits.  I made two inserts to fit inside the crate to hold the test tubes in place.  The inserts are two crates cut off at the first rung.  I punched holes in the bottom before assembling them.  Both are turned upside down and fit inside. One sits at the bottom of the crate and one near the top to hold the tubes upright.
The image from Wood Words is embossed on the front before assembling

Next is a little treat box that holds one Hershey Nugget.  I made a tiny box by scoring a 2" x 2-1/2" piece of cardstock 1/2" from each side.  Then I adhered the "ends" of the crate diecut to the sides. I thought the "Fresh Treats" sentiment from the Wood Words set was cute with the potion bottle punched from the DSP.
Pull the front and back together with Copper Trim

This is a treat topper to fit on top of a 2" wide cello bag for Halloween treats.  The Copper Trim is pretty cool when pulled apart.  It creates a spider web look and holds it shape really well.
The moon is copper embossed.  

Last but certainly not least--a kitty card!  It is a super simple card using the Spooky Night paper and the sentiment from Wood Words. 
A kitty for Kittystamp!

Thanks for hopping with Inky Friends!  Please click on the links below to see more sweet suite projects!

To Sara's Just Add Color projects

To Cindy's Color Theory projects 

Stamps:  Wood Words
Paper:  Basic Black and Thick Very Vanilla cardstock.  Spooky Night Designer Series Paper
Ink: Basic Black Archival Ink, Versamark
Big Shot: Wood Crate Framelits
Punch: 3/4" Circle, Cat Punch
Accessories:  1/4" Copper Trim, Copper Embossing Powder, Treat Tubes, Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Window Shopping Edition

Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the cute stamp set Window Shopping. Our international crew has some really fun stuff to show you!!  (You can click on the banner below for a full list of members and more info.)
One of my delights in stamping and crafting is making gifts for others and especially creating coordinating gift sets.   When I recently finished a couple of potholders one of which looks like bacon and eggs I thought it needed some coffee to go with it.   But since this present will be mailed it is a little hard to include a cup of coffee.  So... I made a coffee-themed card.
The Window Shopping set had the PERFECT dotted background stamp to go with the dotted fabric of my potholders.
Isn't that just the best match?  Stampin' Up's products are right on-trend and coordinate so well with other industries.

Oh and I used a Stampin' Up product to make my potholders too.
The bacon and eggs potholder is a chenille method which requires multiple layers of fabric that is stitched down and then cut open.  I hand cut all the eggs whites which was not bad but the idea of hand cutting all the egg yolks did not sound like fun.   So I used the Layering Circles Framelits to cut them!   I could only cut one layer of fabric at a time but hey it was a whole lot faster and more accurate than I could do by hand for sure!

And speaking of time savings here is a tip for stamping the Happy Birthday.
The stamp has the two words together but I separated them on the card.
You could selectively ink up each word and stamp them but to save time I hid the extra words behind the dotted layer.  To do this I first stamped the dotted layer (I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the dots).  Then before adhering that layer down I made a pencil line where it would be and stamped Happy Birthday twice, once with the "Happy" above the line on the left and the "Birthday" below the line on the right.  When the dotted layer was in place the extra words were covered up!

Another little detail is that the tiny heart topper on the coffee cup is Bermuda Bay cardstock colored with a Bermuda Bay marker to give the same coloration as the tone-on-tone stamping of the dots.

Here is the complete set!  This card could be done in any color scheme to match whatever gift you have.
Thanks for stopping by!  To continue to hop along click on the buttons below.   I am in between two sweet friends named Holly this time so either way you hop you will see wonderful projects by Holly:)

Card Supplies:
Stamps:  Window Shopping, Coffee Cafe'
Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Cajun Craze and Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Bermuda Bay Classic Ink, Bermuda Bay and Cajun Craze Stampin' Write Markers, Basic Black Archival Ink
Big Shot:  Coffee Cups Framelits
Punch: Mini Heart (retired)
Accessories:  3/8" Bermuda Bay Chevron Ribbon, Corrugated Elements, Stampin' Dimensionals
Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig

Bacon and Eggs Potholder:
Pattern:  Simple, Fun & Quickly Done by Terry Atkinson
Fabric: Polka Dot:  Basic Mixologie by Studio M for Moda    Solids:  White, Rust, Turquoise and Yellow Kona Solids
Big Shot:  Layering Circles Framelits (third smallest circle)

Diamond Point Block Potholder:
Fabric:  Polka Dot:  Basic Mixologie by Studio M for Moda    Solids:  White, Rust, Turquoise and Yellow Kona Solids
Accuquilt Dies: Half Square Triangle 2" finished (55316), 4" Quarter Triangle (value die-55018), Chisel  2" X 4" finished (55734)