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!


  1. Such fun cards Rachel, loving the punny sentiments in this set

  2. Love the DSP on your first card. I will miss that one.

  3. i just got this set for the last order last month. I'm already having fun with it. thanks for the idea of note cards. love what you did with it.
    Tracey from Texas

  4. Your card is adorable! I love the notecards too!

  5. You did great! Way to persevere!

  6. These make nice note cards. Way to push through and create!

  7. Great project. Thanks so much for joining us.

  8. Your cards are all so fun! I agree that it is hard to pick a favorite!

  9. I love your mermaid card!! It is super cute! I think we underestimate note cards thinking they are too simple. Sometimes just some great stamping can be the focal point!! :)
    ~Britney Vanderlaan

  10. Love the mermaid card - especially how you have combined the ribbon and the sequins.

  11. The mermaid card is so nice. The coloring is great, and the extra "bling" adds just the right touch. Your notecards are wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing. -Laurie Meier