Sum, Sum, Summertime Blog Hop

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Welcome to our August blog hop!  Today we are featuring projects that reflect summertime.  The weather here in Northern Illinois can get pretty hot and steamy about this time of year, but we’ve been having some really pleasant days this last week or so.  Temps in the mid to upper 70’s with very tolerable humidity.  Kind of rare for us – not that I’m complaining!

I can’t seem to put the Abstract Impressions stamp set down for very long.  Here’s another one, this time in purples and greens; yet another color combination that I love!  I recently held a Stamparatus class, and this was one of the cards I demonstrated.  I started off with a base that is 4.25″ x 11″, scored at 5.5″.  I ran the front through the Big Shot with the Subtle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  The flowers in the focal point were stamped in Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather; the foliage is Soft Sea Foam and Granny Apple Green.  That panel was layered over a piece of the Subtles 6″ x 6″ designer series paper – the thin striped Soft Sea Foam pattern and adhered over a length of Whisper White 5/8″ Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon that was attached in a ‘Z’ fold pattern.  Thank You was stamped in Gorgeous Grape and punched out with the Pretty Label Punch.  It’s a little difficult to see in this photo, but I ran the brush end of my Gorgeous Grape marker around the edges of the punched sentiment to give it a little more accent.  It’s a very quick and easy card to put together, especially when you use the Stamparatus for perfect alignment every time!

Next up in our hop is Kathya and I know you’re going to enjoy what she has in store for you!  Thanks for stopping by, and if you get lost on our hop, the full line-up is listed below as are the ‘ingredients’ for today’s project.  Thanks for stopping by!

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August Line-Up:

Di           http://www.stampingwithdi.com

Barb      https://www.beelinestamping.com

Kathya   http://www.stampwithkathya.com

Mary     http://www.doggandponyshow.blogspot.com

Melissa  http://www.stampinupwithmelissa.blogspot.com

Trisha    https://creativelystamping.blog/

 

 

 

It’s a New Stampin’ Year!

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Happy New (Stampin’) Year!  Not only is today our blog hop, but Stampin’ Up!’s 2018-2019 Annual Catalog goes live today, and I’m so excited to share some new stuff with you!  

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Hands down, the color revamp is my favorite ‘new’ from this catalog.  While there are a couple of colors I’m sad to see retire (Soft Sky and Island Indigo) there are so many lovely new colors to choose from including some long-awaited purples, a couple fresh greens, and some former In-Colors that I am thrilled to see return (Can you say Blackberry Bliss and Coastal Cabana?  Woot!!)  Following the color revamp, the Graceful Glass suite wow-ed me from the moment I was introduced to it at OnStage in April.  This suite is what I chose to work with for today’s project.

Graceful Glass

The Graceful Glass 6″ x 6″ Designer Vellum pack is adult coloring on steroids!  24 sheets, 2 each of 12 raised, printed, designs are enough to keep even the most dedicated colorist busy for a very long time.  You can color on the front for a more vibrant look, or soften things up and color on the back of the designs.  You can use your Stampin’ Write Markers, Stampin’ Blends, Watercolor Pencils, or Aqua Painters on them.  You can use full sheets or cut off sections as I’ve done on this card.  

My card begins with a base of Gorgeous Grape (new color!) cardstock with an additional Gorgeous Grape layer that was embossed with one of the Petal Pair embossing folders. My Irises were colored with Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, and Shaded Spruce  Stampin’ Write markers  (New Colors!) and was mounted on a Whisper White panel by sponging some Tombow Multi-Purpose glue on the back.  The Iris panel was then layered over a partial panel of Granny Apple Green and was accented with a strip of Black 1/8″ Cord.  The die-cut greeting, from the Painted Glass set, was stamped in Gorgeous Grape and cut with one of the Stitched Labels Framelits.  The last bit of embellishment is a couple of Clear Rhinestones that were colored with a Sharpie Marker.  In a couple of weeks, I will be able to use the new Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends markers to color them.  The new Blends colors are expected to be orderable approximately mid-June.

Are you ready?

If you’re anything like me, I’ve been adding to and editing my wish list for the last couple of weeks.  Today’s the day – at noon Mountain Time you can begin ordering from the new catalog.  I’ll probably have to win the lottery or take out a second mortgage on the house to pay for all the stuff I’d like to order – Ha!

Ok then – I’m off to play with some more new products.  How about I send you over to Kathya now to see what she’s been playing with?!  Thank you so much for stopping by today.  If you get lost on our hop, the line-up is shown below.  Please remember to give each hopper a little comment love – it really means a lot to hear from you…

Happy Stamping!

 

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Di          
Barb      (you are here)
Kathya
Connie  
Trisha    

 

 

Happy Easter Blog Hop

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Happy Easter, everyone! C’mon in and take a peep peek at our April blog hop…

Silly me forgot to snap a photo of the Easter card I sent out to my family this year, so I’ve chosen to show you another card that I did for a fellow co-worker who recently retired. She was moving out of state and taking very little with her, so a bouquet of roses simply wouldn’t have been practical as a gift.  The Petal Passion Suite came to my rescue and I made her a card with roses that would last forever! 

 

I stamped the roses from Petal Palette stamp set and colored them with Stampin’ Blends markers and die-cut them with the Petals & More Thinlits dies. The sweet little bird is from the same stamp set and also has a coordinating die to cut him out with.  With so many images in this stamp set, it wasn’t difficult to find a greeting and additional flowers to complete the front panel.  The Basic Black card base was layered with two of the lovely patterns found in the Petal Passion designer series paper pack.  A little Whisper White 1/4″ Organza ribbon and a few rhinestones were all the accents needed to complete this card.  With 15 images in the stamp set, 10 dies in the coordinating die set, and the gorgeous papers, ribbon and embossing folders, this suite is by far one of my most favorite in the Occasions catalog!

If only spring would arrive in my neck of the woods.  As I write, it is a brisk 23 degrees out which feels like 14 with the wind chill.  Yes, it’s April and we are still talking about wind chill factors!  I’m heading back to my studio to stamp some more birds and flowers and dream of spring.  I hope you’ll head over to Kathya’s blog and see what she’s stamped for you today.  

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P.S.  If you get lost – here are this month’s hoppers:

Di         http://www.stampingwithdi.com
Barb    https://www.beelinestamping.com
Kathya http://www.stampwithkathya.com
Connie http://www.texasschoolmarm.com
Ellie     http://www.elstamper.blogspot.com
Mary   http://www.doggandponyshow.blogspot.com
Trisha  http://www.creativelystamping.blog

Thankful Blog Hop

Turkey Day is nearly upon us and it is only appropriate that this month our Blog Hop features projects that reflect Thanks, Thankful, or Thanksgiving. If you’ve arrived from Di’s Blog, welcome! We have a few stops on our hop, and I hope you enjoy each project.

I’ve had the Painted Harvest stamp set for a couple months now, and I’m still asking myself why I haven’t played with it before now! The color combinations, some close to nature, and some with artistic license, are endless. This is a fun one, folks! And because it’s designed to give a water colored look, there really is no right or wrong way to line it up – so easy!!

Usually when I’m designing a card, I have a general idea of where I’m going with it. Not the case today. I grabbed a sheet of Very Vanilla cardstock and just started stamping different color combinations until I landed on this one. The bottom flower layer is stamped in Crushed Curry, the smaller petals were stamped in Pumpkin Pie (appropriate for a Thanksgiving card, eh?) The center is Crumb Cake. This flower panel was mounted on Gold foil paper and accented with a Linen Thread bow. The greeting was stamped in Crumb Cake on Crushed Curry cardstock and also layered on Gold Foil. A card base of Crushed Curry, Gold Foil and Old Olive cardstock that was embossed with the Layered Leaves 3D embossing folder.

Thanks for stopping by today, now off you go to see what Nita has to show you!

The stops on today’s hop are:

Di 
Barb  (you are here)
Nita 
Mary

 

2017 Holiday Catalog Launch Blog Hop

Today is an exciting day – the Stampin’ Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog goes live today!  To celebrate, we are featuring projects make with new Holiday goodies.  Perhaps Di sent you this way, but if you’re just joining us, c’mon and hop along!

When I saw the Holiday Catalog for the first time, the product suite that jumped out at me most was Quilted Christmas.  I love the stamp set, I love the colors, but most of all, I love the matching framelits and the Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I couldn’t wait to play with all these fun products!

My card starts out with a Garden Green card base with an embossed accent strip in Real Red.  I used the Quilt Builder Framelits to die cut a star from the Quilted Christmas  6 x 6 DSP.  It was fun playing with the colors and patterns to re-assemble the image.  Once it was glued back down, I did tone on tone stamping in the corners with the small petal image and Real Red ink.  The sentiment as well as the green stars at the bottom are also from the same stamp set.  I finished the piece off with a bow made from Quilted Christmas 1/4″ ribbon.

Hope everyone reading has gotten a copy of the Catalog; if you are still in need, please let me know and I’ll be happy to get one out to you.

Ellie is up next, and I know you’re going to love the project she has for you!  Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the rest of the hop.

 

Our Hoppers this month are:

Di         http://www.stampingwithdi.com
Barb     https://www.beelinestamping.com (you are here)
Ellie     http://www.elstamper.blogspot.com
Connie http://www.texasschoolmarm.com
Nita      http://www.dreamingchipboard.blogspot.com
Mary    http://www.doggandponyshow.blogspot.com

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