Friday, April 3, 2020

Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop - Twisted

Welcome to the April 2020 Edition of the Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop! You'll see projects from around the world--but I'm in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Note: I can only sell to customers in the US, so any prices are in USD)

We generally hop the first Friday of each month, and our theme for today is Twisted! The idea is to show a "twist" on a stamp set, technique, project, etc. My project today features some coordinating products coming mostly from the Tropical Oasis Suite in the 2020 Jan-June Mini Catalog!
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This is another sample designed by a fellow stamper, which I made at a shoebox swap. I often change around the design a little bit when I assemble a shoebox swap card, but I think I pretty much left this one like the original, because I thought it was just perfect! I didn't purchase any of the items in the Tropical Oasis Suite, because I'm more a mountain girl than a beachy chick, but it was fabulous having the chance to get my hands on the products.


The "twisted" part of my project is actually "untwisted". This piece of 5/16" Braided Burlap Trim is untwisted at the end, and that's one of the parts of the card I love the most. I probably never would have done this without seeing it on the sample, which is another reason I love shoebox swaps - you learn so many simple tips and tricks like this! The trim is held in position with Tear & Tape Adhesive.


The 'hello' greeting comes from the Timeless Tropical Cling-Mount Stamp Set, and the bronze flower comes from the Tropical Oasis Trinkets. It is adhered with a Mini Glue Dot. You'll probably want to grab the Layering Circles Dies to cut out the 1-1/4" and 1-1/2" circles for the greeting and the background layer for the greeting.


The trees come from the coordinating In The Tropics Dies, and after cutting them out, they were run through the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder to give them that amazing texture. The new Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder was used on the background layer of the card, for even more texture. The edges of both the trees, as well as the background layer, have been sponged using the Soft Suede Ink Pad and a Stampin' Sponge, providing an extra bit of depth.


Here's a closer look at the whole card again. All the elements of the suite work so beautifully together. Even if I got nothing else in the Tropical Oasis Suite, I would like to get some of that 5/16" Braided Burlap Trim - and probably also the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder - because they would go well with so much of the supplies I already do have.

Stampin' Supplies: Timeless Tropical Cling-Mount Stamp Set, Very Vanilla Cardstock, Pretty Peacock Cardstock, Crumb Cake Cardstock, Soft Suede Cardstock & Ink Pad, Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper, 5/16" Braided Burlap Trim, Tropical Oasis Trinkets, Subtle 3D Embossing Folder, Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder, Layering Circles Dies, In the Tropics Dies, Stampin' Sponges, Tear & Tape Adhesive, SNAIL Adhesive or Tombow Liquid Glue, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Paper Snips, Grid Paper, Stampin' Trimmer (to cut and score cardstock), Stampin' Scrub & Stampin' Mist (to clean red rubber stamps), Very Vanilla Medium Envelope (for mailing!). {Note: you'll want a die-cutting/embossing machine to use with the Dies and Embossing Folders}
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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

We Create Blog Hop - Showers of Greetings


Welcome to the April 2020 Showers of Greeting Blog Hop!!! We generally hop on the first day of every month, and this month we are creating projects with pretty much any greeting! My post is more focused on rain showers, and includes items from the Under My Umbrella BUNDLE!
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I am once again featuring a card I made at a shoebox swap, which was designed by a fellow demonstrator. I'm not sure why the Whisper White Cardstock on my card is coming through with a yellow tint, but I cannot guarantee that it is actually Stampin' Up! cardstock since I got the supplies from someone else. I guess this can kind of serve as a cautionary tale - you might be able to buy some "bulk" cardstock, or somehow grab something cheaper elsewhere, but you lose quality.


This is a closeup of the paper piecing using the Best Dressed Designer Series Paper on the umbrella tops. In the Under My Umbrella BUNDLE, there is a punch you can use for this, but we didn't have it at the shoebox swap so I just used my Paper Snips and did it by hand. It actually went rather quickly and wasn't an issue at all.


Because this was a shoebox swap, I just used the supplies that were provided to make the card. I generally stamp the images I don't have, in the colors provided, and according to the sample...but often I don't put them together until I get home. On this card, the sample only had the die cut for the greeting, and it was put in the orientation as it's shown here. But I felt like there was just a lot of awkward white space, so I added some color around the Stitched Nested Dies label by using the Pool Party Ink Pad and a Stampin' Sponge. Then, I added a small bow with Whisper White 5/8" Polka Dot Tulle, and changed out the plain rhinestone for a colored one from the Holiday Basic Rhinestones Assortment.


The card sample at the shoebox swap was mounted on Basic Black Cardstock, but that felt really dark and heavy to me. It's kind of hard to see because of this angle, but my card base is actually made from Pool Party Cardstock. Then I mounted the focal layer onto some Purple Posy Cardstock before putting it on the base. The positioning of the label with the greeting still left more awkward space, so I cut and trimmed 3 angled lines from a small strip of Purple Posy I had left from layering, and stacked them over the greeting. Finally, I added 3 more of the smaller Holiday Basic Rhinestones around the focal layer of the card. I feel like it's dressed up a little more, and is a bit lighter and more playful than it would have been on a black background.

Stampin' Supplies: Under My Umbrella BUNDLE (stamp set + punch), Whisper White Cardstock, Purple Posy Cardstock, Pool Party Cardstock & Ink Pad, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad, Best Dressed Designer Series Paper, Whisper White 5/8" Polka Dot Tulle, Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stitched Nested Labels Dies, Stampin' Sponge, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, Simply Shammy (to clean photopolymer stamps), Grid Paper, Paper Snips, Paper Trimmer (to cut and score cardstock), Medium Whisper White Envelopes (for mailing!). {you will need a die cutting machine to use the Stitched Nested Labels Dies}

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