Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Colour Combo Blog Hop July 2018


My card for this color challenge is actually backwards-engineered from a "masculine" card I made using nearly these same supplies. I'll show you that card soon. This card was a tad bit easier, because there are several flowery and feminine elements to the P.S. You're the Best stamp set, that I didn't have to hold back on using.


There's ONE stamp I just had to use on this card that isn't actually in the P.S. You're the Best stamp set...but seriously, it looks like it belongs in this stamp set.


Take a closer look. See the little lines under the P.S. part of the letter? Don't they look like tiny lines of text?? Lol, that's actually a stamp from the Artisan Textures stamp set! It's the perfect size to stamp right in there.


I frilled out the card with some f#@&y cut flower detail tucked behind the Night of Navy Medium Baker's Twine. I trimmed one leaf off of each of the flowers on the side, so the overlapping leaves wouldn't bulk up the bouquet. It doesn't take long, but you need to go slow while you're cutting so you don't inadvertently cut through that skinny little stem.


Here's one last look at the whole card. I really think Balmy Blue is my favorite new color, and I love how nicely the Night of Navy Cardstock and Night of Navy ink pad contrasts.


Stampin' Supplies: P.S. You're the Best stamp set, Artisan Textures stamp set, Shimmery White Cardstock, Petal Pink Cardstock & ink pad, Balmy Blue Cardstock & ink pad, Night of Navy Cardstock & ink pad, Night of Navy Medium Baker's Twine, 1" Circle Punch, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Glue, SNAIL Adhesive, Paper Snips, Stampin' Trimmer. (see links to purchase products below the Blog Roll!)


July 2018 Colour Combo Blog Roll
1. Elisabeth Pirolt Jun (AT)
2. Sandra Roberts (UK)
3. Sue McDonald (UK)
4. Tricia Butts (US)
5. Tracy Marie Lewis (US)
6. Cheryl Taylor (UK)
7. Anastasia Radloff (USA)
8. Brigitte Baier-Moser (AUT)
9. Lisa Kmiec (USA)
10. Sandra Herzog (AT)
11. Kimberley Morris (US) YOU ARE HERE!

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Night Of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad
Night Of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop - Home Décor


Welcome to the July 2018 Edition of theGlobal Stamping Friends Blog Hop, featuring Home Décor! You'll see projects from stampers from around the world--I'm in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Note: I can only sell to customers in the US, so any prices are in USD)

We hop the first Friday of each month, and my projects this month feature the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, and coordinating Detailed Dragonflies Thinlits Dies. They are all available to order NOW in my Online Store!


I wanted to show you the completed project first, but it's also important to see where it started. The piece I purchased is undecorated below...it's a little LED lantern that runs on batteries. It was on clearance for like $4 at my corner Walgreens. You don't have to start from scratch to make a really cute piece that's unique to your tastes.


The dragonfly below was stamped on Shimmery White Cardstock. I inked up the image first with the Bermuda Bay ink pad, then I dabbed some dots and lines on the body with the Pacific Point Stampin' Write Marker. I also "thumped" the marker over the wings of the dragonfly, to add some blue in there. I exhaled on the image before stamping down, to make sure the ink was good and hydrated. One of the framelits in the die set cuts out the dragonfly perfectly! I colored the Basic Rhinestones before applying them to the dragonfly, using the Bermuda Bay (Dark) Stampin' Blends Marker, and the Night of Navy (Light) Stampin' Blends Marker.


The splash of little dragonflies was cut out of Vellum Cardstock, with a different thinlit in the die set. This die does not have a coordinating stamp, it's meant to be used alone. I colored the back of the vellum using the Bermuda Bay (Light) Stampin' Blends Marker first. Then, I dabbed some dots and lines on the bodies of the dragonflies--again, on the back of the vellum--using the Night of Navy (Light) Stampin' Blends Marker. I colored the Basic Rhinestones before applying them to the dragonfly, using the Bronze Stampin' Blends Marker.


Oh, and I forgot to mention one more addition that's pretty obvious...I cut sheets of Vellum Cardstock to slide under the 'X' in front of each clear panel of the lantern, to diffuse the light. You could stamp some pretties on the vellum to create a background, but I left it plain so the light that shines through would really feature the shapes I decorated. The Copper Metallic Thread I bundled under the big dragonflies looks almost like a homey little nest for the "baby" dragonflies. I adhered all the pieces with Mini Glue Dots and/or Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.


Stampin' Supplies: Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, Shimmery White Cardstock, Bermuda Bay ink pad, Brights Collection Stampin' Write Markers (I used Pacific Point), Vellum Cardstock, Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blends Combo, Night of Navy (Light) Stampin' Blends Marker, Bronze Stampin' Blends Marker, Big Shot (for thinlits dies), Copper Metallic Thread, Basic Rhinestones, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots. (see links to purchase products below the Blog Roll!)

If you are in the US and you want to get a hard copy of the NEW Stampin' Up! 2018-19 Annual Catalog, drop me an email with your mailing address, and we can get that coordinated!

Click the Next arrow below to see Rebecca's decorative creations!
(or check out the Blog Roll below the arrow for navigation)


2018 JULY - HOME DECOR BLOG ROLL

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

We Create Celebrations Blog Hop


Welcome to the July 2018 We Create Celebrations Blog Hop!!! My cards for the hop feature the Birthday Backgrounds stamp set from the NEW catalog, as well as the Better Together stamp set which was carried over from last year's catalog. I'm also featuring one of the NEW 2018-2020 In Colors: Blueberry Bushel.


I really like this design because, 1) it's BLUE and I love blue, 2) it feels pretty gender neutral to me, and 3) it's quick and easy to create in multiples so you can have a good bunch on hand.

I bought the Better Together stamp set in wood-mount, but if you get that set in clear-mount, you can use the Stamparatus to make multiples of this design even faster. First, you'd want to stamp the Birthday Backgrounds streamer image repeatedly on the Sahara Sand layer with the VersaMark ink pad to prep a handful of them first. Then you'd use the Stamparatus to position the Better Together images, ink them up, and stamp a batch in a snap!


For the second card, I used the same design, but the bow and shiny sequins give it a slightly more feminine look. FYI: If you're making this design to have a good number of cards on hand, you will be limited by the Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins, because there are 50 of the Sahara Sand color in the package (used on the top card with the knot), and another 50 of the Sea Foam color (used on the second card with the bow). You could always opt for the Clear Rhinestone Jewels instead--they are also adhesive backed, but there are 140 of the same color in one package. They are a little more blingy, though, and it's your call whether you think that still keeps the card as gender neutral as you might like.

You could also switch out the Blueberry Bushel for some of the other 2018-2020 In Colors, since the coordinating 1/8" Grosgrain Ribbon is available in all 5 colors. I personally don't feel that the Pineapple Punch provides enough contrast when stamped directly on the Sahara Sand background, but I think the other colors would be fine. Here are a few small samples, you can judge the contrast for yourself!


Stampin' Supplies (for top two cards): Birthday Backgrounds stamp set, Better Together stamp set, Sahara Sand Cardstock, Blueberry Bushel Cardstock, Blueberry Bushel ink pad, VersaMark ink pad, Blueberry Bushel 1/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins, Blender Pens, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Stampin' Trimmer (to cut & score card stock), Stamparatus (to make multiples).

Stampin' Supplies (for alternate color cards): Birthday Backgrounds stamp set, Better Together stamp set, Sahara Sand Cardstock, Call Me Clover Cardstock and ink pad, Lovely Lipstick Cardstock and ink pad, Grapefruit Grove Cardstock and ink pad, Pineapple Punch Cardstock and ink pad, VersaMark ink pad, In Color 1/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (in Call Me Clover, Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, and Pineapple Punch), Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Stampin' Trimmer (to cut & score card stock).

Click the image below to hop to Kris' blog next, and see what celebratory designs she is featuring this month...


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Thursday, June 28, 2018

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop - Broadway Star


Welcome to our June 2018 #APaperPumpkinThing Blog Hop. Our kit this month is called Broadway Star. It came with supplies to make 8 cards, 4 each of 2 designs, with coordinating envelopes included for each card. The stamp set features congratulatory greetings, birthday greetings, and some accent images. Here are my alternates:


Usually I try to stick pretty closely to the kit contents, but I had an idea that was pretty out of the box, so I added a few items to make it work. Here's what the projects were meant to look like if you assembled them according to the kit instructions:


To get the look I wanted, I first added some Lovely Lipstick Cardstock for the card base. I also used the Balloon Bouquet Punch, and a StazOn Jet Black ink pad. Other than my Paper Snips and my Stampin' Trimmer, that's about all the extra Stampin' Products I used. The Crazy String, bubbles, glow bracelet, and the Laffy Taffy (the covered candy) all came from Target--the first 3 were found in the Dollar Spot. (I actually have another couple colors to make these projects with, but those will have to wait for another day...tease, tease...)


To make the owl face, I adhered the plain black marquee shape over the white center of the dotted marquee frame. Then I took two of the black/white cakes, and trimmed off the ends of the strawberries so they wouldn't stick out. For the eyes, I punched the smaller of the balloons from the Balloon Bouquet Punch out of one of the Lovely Lipstick adhesive-backed piece in the kit, and snipped it in half down the center, then I cut the little balloon stem off each side. The pupils of the eyes are from the center of the 'a' in the gold Hooray stickers, and the nose is from the center of the loop in the 'y'.


I stamped the accent "stars" on the card base for a little bit of texture. I used the VersaMark ink pad for mine (because I also planned to use it for two other color card bases), but you could just use the Lovely Lipstick ink pad that came in the kit as an ink spot. The owl's "wings" are just an envelope flap I cut off, which I then cut in half, stamped the accent "stars" with a StazOn Jet Black ink pad, then tucked behind the Lemon Lime Twist banner to stick out at an angle. The greeting was also stamped in black, on a die cut included with the kit...I just cut the piece a bit short to match the saying length.


The Laffy Taffy candy treat is simply wrapped with a little piece of one of the card bases from the kit, then I punched a small balloon from the Balloon Bouquet Punch out of Lovely Lipstick Cardstock. You could go ahead and punch that out of the adhesive-backed Lovely Lipstick piece from the kit, but I didn't want the adhesive on the back of mine. I stamped the greeting on the balloon, added a little gold adhesive-backed sequin from the kit, and adhered it to the candy wrapper with one of the Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, a sheet of which was also included in the kit. I finished it off by tying a bit of the included black/gold twine from the kit, around the candy.


The bubbles had a little princess sticker on them, so I just covered that with one of the adhesive-backed balloon die cuts from the kit. You could alternately stamp TWO of the smaller balloons from the Balloon Bouquet Punch out of Lovely Lipstick Cardstock, and adhere them on the front and back of the round tab of the bubbles. Since the balloon is symmetrical, it would line up front to back nicely, with the tab in the center. The punched balloons are also great for cupcake picks for this same reason.


Just as an FYI, this month's kit coordinates with the Broadway Bound Suite of products in the NEW Stampin' Up! 2018-19 Annual Catalog that debuted at the beginning of this month. You might want to check that out if you like this kit's color combo and style!

Stampin' Supplies: June 2018 Broadway Star Paper Pumpkin Kit, Lovely Lipstick Cardstock, Balloon Bouquet Punch, SNAIL Adhesive, Paper Snips, Stampin' Trimmer (for trimming and scoring).

The Broadway Star Kit REFILL is available right now the on the PAST KITS page in my Online Store. There are sometimes full Kits available on that page, but many are just Refill Kits which include the consumables only...meaning everything but the stamp set & ink pad. By the way, you're gonna have to be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber to buy whatever's available on that PAST KITS page, so go ahead and sign up HERE to get your email address in the system first!

NEXT UP: Click the Next button below to see the projects starring on Melissa Davies' blog! If you have any problems navigating the hop, there is also a Blog Roll listed below for your convenience.


JUNE 2018 BLOG ROLL


Remember how I said you might want to go ahead and SIGN UP for Paper Pumpkin now?? You'll definitely want to do that before July 10th--which is the deadline to sign up to get next month's kit!

JUNE Monthly Perks Code: ME77DDBJ
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Get your Stampin' Supplies in my ONLINE STORE, and Be sure to check out these Deals:
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~Kimberley Morris Colorado Springs, CO
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