Saturday, April 14, 2018

Stamp 'n' Hop April: Message in a Bottle

Welcome to April's Stamp 'n' Hop blog hop! We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world, coming together to share our creativity with you. I am coming to you from Gilbert, Arizona, USA. This month we are featuring some of our favorite products from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.

If you are a fan of Stampin' Up!, you know that at this time of year, Stampin' Up! announces which products will not be returning in the new Annual Catalog that's coming in June. I decided to use a mixture of retiring and returning favorites. And really, I loved so much in this catalog that it was hard to pick a favorite! Here's what I came up with:

Now let me tell you, this card did not come about easily. Pregnancy hormones have been making me crazy this time around, and the last few weeks have been kind of rough. If you are a regular follower of my blog, you may have noticed an absence of posts this week. I just had to let something go, and this was it. But I really wanted to participate in the blog hop, and so I picked a favorite stamp set that I hadn't used yet: Message in a Bottle. I've had this set for almost a YEAR, and it has been sitting on my shelf. I do have a project in mind for it, but I've been procrastinating on that.

So first I tried notecards. I liked how they turned out, but they seemed too simple for a blog hop. I think this is a great stamp set for easy notecards, so I'll share them anyways. :)

Next, I think I colored that little mermaid 5 times before I found a color combination that I was ok with. I can't wait until we have more colors of Stampin' Blends to play with! (They're coming!!!)

Long story short, this card was a struggle. But in the end, I like how it turned out. I used one of my other favorite stamp sets, Happy Birthday, Gorgeous, for the greeting, along with Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon and Silver Mini Sequin Trim, plus the Stitched Shapes Framelits, which are all sticking around. The background for the mermaid is colored with the Light Pool Party Stampin' Blend Marker, and I used Stampin' Write Markers in Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, and So Saffron to color the mermaid herself. The greeting is punched with the Classic Label Punch (also returning), which is a staple to have in your craft room. A little sprinkling of Rhinestones, and the card is complete!

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think, and make sure to hop along to see what the rest of these talented demonstrators have to share with you!

Rachel Traudt - you are here! 

Stamps: Message in a Bottle, Happy Birthday Gorgeous
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Night of Navy, Basic Black, Pool Party
Paper: Whisper White, Myths & Magic Specialty DSP, Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes
Accessories & Tools: Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon, Silver Mini Sequin Trim, Classic Label Punch, Rhinestones, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot

Happy Stamping!

Friday, April 6, 2018

More Myths & Magic!

I have more Myths & Magic for you today, but this time I just used the washi tape. I love washi tape, but I find myself hoarding it and not using it! The Myths & Magic Specialty Washi Tape is so sparkly, it needed to be used on a special card. One of our nephews turned 10 this year, so I used the washi to create the numbers for the card.

This is a really easy technique that can be used with any die. Just line up your washi on cardstock, and then cut with the die. Easy peasy!

Stamps: Number of Years
Ink: Dapper Denim
Paper: Dapper Denim, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper
Accessories & Tools: Lots of Labels Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Large Numbers Framelits, Big Shot, Myths & Magic Specialty Washi Tape, Glitter Enamel Dots, Metallic Sequin Assortment

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Magical Dragon Birthday Card

We had quite a few birthdays in our family last week, so I have a few birthday cards to share with you this week. The first was for one of my nephews. The Myths & Magic Suite is perfect for kids' cards!

The dragon and the knight are fussy cut from the Myths & Magic Specialty DSP. You could also stamp and color them if you wanted to use stamps from the stamp set instead. I made the background using the Brick Wall embossing folder. I simply inked up one side of the folder before adding the paper and running it through the Big Shot.

I have been trying to remember to stamp the inside of my cards too. The 'Happy Birthday' comes from the Number of Years stamp set, and the little stars are from Magical Day.

And have you tried the Tutti Frutti Sequins yet? They already have the adhesive on the back, so they are super easy to use, and come in five fun colors!

Stamps: Magical Day, Number of Years
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Basic Gray
Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Myths & Magic Specialty DSP, Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper
Accessories & Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Tutti-Frutti Adhesive Backed Sequins, Silver Metallic Thread

Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 30, 2018

You're Inspiring Easter Card

I have a quick post for you today - had to get this Easter card in before Easter! I'll keep it short and sweet because we had relatives in town yesterday, and we stayed up chatting until almost midnight. I definitely am not used to staying up that late anymore, and I'm dragging today!

Wishing you a blessed Easter! He is risen; He is risen indeed!

Stamps: You're Inspiring, Number of Years
Ink: Memento Black, Daffodil Delight
Paper: Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Accessories & Tools: Linen Thread, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Stampin' Blends, Cross of Hope Framelits, Large Numbers Framelits, Big Shot, Pearl Basic Jewels

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Sweet Soiree Baby Shower Card

I was invited to a friend's baby shower this past weekend, and although the invitation said to bring a book instead of a card, I couldn't go without making one, could I? The Sweet Soiree Specialty paper steals the show, but my favorite part of this card is the ribbon. Take a look!

Did you know that you can color our ribbon with Stampin' Blends? Unfortunately, the Blends have been so popular that ordering has been turned off until probably late May. But they will return! I used my Dark Pink Pirouette marker to color the Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon. It's beautiful, don't you think?

Stamps: Happy Wishes (SAB)
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Paper: Whisper White, Powder Pink, Sweet Soiree Specialty DSP
Accessories & Tools: Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon, Dark Pink Pirouette Stampin' Blends Marker, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Big Shot, Metallic Foil Doilies, Glitter Enamel Dots

Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Christmas Cards: February & March

Remember my goal to make 15 Christmas cards each month? We are into March, and I am keeping up! I had two Stitched With Cheer kits from a previous Holiday Catalog that needed to be put together. These created a total of 36 cards, so I'm actually ahead of my goal!

This kit is no longer available, but you never know what will show up on the Clearance Rack. These cards were a bit time-intensive. I had actually started the stitching part several months ago, but spent some good chunks of time last month and this month finishing the cards up.

I hope you are enjoying these little bits of Christmas every month. I'll have some more Christmas cards to share with you in April!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Bubbles & Fizz Panda Birthday Card

Welcome back! I spent last week doing lots of fun family things during spring break, including juicing oranges from our tree, hiking, and finding a nest full of duck eggs in our backyard!


I did have time for a little bit of crafting, so today I'm sharing the card I made for one of our nephew's birthdays. I used two Sale-a-bration items - the Party Pandas stamp set and the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper.

The Sale-a-bration products are so fun this year; make sure you get yours before time runs out! Sale-a-bration ends on March 31, so there are only 11 days left!

Stamps: Party Pandas (SAB)
Ink: Basic Black; Lemon Lime Twist Stampin' Write Marker, Light Daffodil Delight Blends (only because I couldn't find my regular Daffodil Delight marker)
Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Bubbles & Fizz DSP (SAB)
Accessories & Tools: Layering Circles Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Classic Label Punch, Tutti-Frutti Adhesive Backed Sequins, Hearts and Stars Elements

Happy Stamping!