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And welcome to the very first Color Fusers Blog Hop for 2017! This month we have four colors from which we had to choose at least 3 for creating our project. I really wanted to use all 4, but, with all the holiday busy-ness going on, I didn't have much crafting time, and so just settled for 3.
The colors I picked for my project were Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, and Very Vanilla. You may recognize the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies from yesterday's project. If I didn't think you'd like it better if I showed off lots of different products in these blog posts, you might just end up seeing this Framelits set all week for the whole month of January! But I won't do that – I'll branch out a bit. That's not a problem at all with all of the fabulous products in the upcoming Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions and Sale-a-bration Catalogs!
The framelits set not only has the dies that cut negative shapes into cardstock, it also has the outlines for those negative image dies. I promise I will show some of that over the next 5 months of the Occasions Catalog. But I also used the outline dies for the cardstock that I put behind the negative images to "color them in." That saved me a bunch of the Tangerine Tango Cardstock that's the main color behind the two flowers. To bring in the Crushed Curry color, I punched some Crushed Curry Cardstock using the Blossom Punch and adhered those punched flowers behind the die-cut flowers using Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue. That was easier that trying to figure out exactly where to place them by adhering them to the larger Tangerine Tango die-cut outline images, which I adhered behind the flowers simply by using standard transparent tape.
I actually thought about just layering the Very Vanilla top layer over a layer of Tangerine Tango Cardstock. But I really wanted to emphasize the Crushed Curry color a bit more, so made that the layer that mats the top layer. It's really going to be fun seeing what I can do with this set of framelits!
Finally, I added a bow using the Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin Ribbon that will be in the Occasions Catalog, and stamped the sentiment from the already-current Greatest Greeting Stamp Set.
Fun project! As I said yesterday, I'll post Wednesday with the products for the projects for yesterday, today and tomorrow, when you'll be able to order all the new "stuff" I'm using now. I'm sure you'll love it all!
And now I hope you'll continue on this blog hop by checking out Pat Ertman's project which features other new Occasions Catalog products – that I'll be buying this month for sure! Here are those Stampin' Up! demonstrators who are participating in this month's hop:
• Robin Messenheimer – You're Here!
When I finished today's project for the new Stampin' Up! Only Challenge, I told my husband that I thought maybe this project was a bit over the top for one of my usual blog post subjects. You see, I usually try to feature cards that can fit in a standard A2-sized envelope (the Stampin' Up! Mediium Envelope) and that don't require extra postage. I missed today's project on both counts! But, hey, I met the criteria for the SUO Challenge!
This project all started when we were out on a trip into town this afternoon, and I knew I had to make this card as soon as I got home so that I could include it in the SUO Challenge Blog Post. The challenge this time is to feature circles, ovals or squares as elements on our cards or other project. My husband was driving and I was contemplating what I wanted to do with my project. Aha! I would make a New Year's Card, stamping numerals and cutting them out with ovals. Yay! I had my card.
The glitch in this thinking was that the only numeral stamps I have in my stash are those in the Number of Years Stamp Set. Rats – they're HUGE (well, larger than I'd pictured). Nonetheless, I pressed on with my idea, stamped the numerals and tried a LOT of different ways to organize them. They were just not going to fit on a standard A2-sized card. Oh, what the heck, said I to myself. Just make a big card. So I folded a sheet of cardstock in half, and off I went. The result is that this card, rather than being an A2-sized card is an A-9 sized card, which is a lot larger that my standard card.
Then, of course, I had to start layering. What's a Robin's Craft Room card without layering. It's what I do, after all! First I layered the numerals. Each was stamped in Night of Navy Classic Ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock/ cut with one of the Layering Ovals Framelits; mounted on one of the scalloped ovals from the framelits set, using Night of Navy Cardstock; and finally mounted on an oval cut with one of the Stitched Ovals Framelits using Copper Foil. Already we had some weight in this card!
The layers on the front of the card include a layer from the Petals and Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper set (from the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog) and a layer of Copper Foil (also from the Holiday Catalog, and continuing on into another catalog).
This is an Easel Fold Card, so there's definitely an extra layer on the front of the card. Then, to make sure that the whole card looks wonderful when it's positioned in the Easel position, there have to be colorful layers on the inside of the card, too. Add a small 2017 calendar pad and another stamped image – the "Happy New Year" stamp from Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set and a banner from the Number of Years Stamp Set – cut out using the banner die from the Large Numbers Framelits Die set, and there's the rest of the weight. There is a bit of Copper Wire on the inside layer, but that stuff doesn't weigh enough to make a difference no matter how much I used – and I used a bunch!
So there's my BIG card – all 2.3 ounces of it with its envelope, bringing my postage cost up to $1.36 from whatever a Forever stamp costs these days. But I already know the special person who will get this in the mail, and she's definitely worth it!
Here are the products I feature in today's card. If you're interested in any of the products from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog, check with me first so I can find out if they're still available. We're getting close to the end of the catalog sales period, and things start to sell out fast this time of the catalog cycle!
Earlier this week, I posted about a card that I'd made for the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge. I mentioned that I'd made two cards, and played Eeenie-Meenie-Miny-Moe to pick which one to post with the Design Team photos for this challenge. Today I'm sharing the other card!
This card uses the same Wondrous Wreath Thinlits set, the same Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and the same colors – Real Red and Very Vanilla. It's just that I used different shapes for this card. Oh, and I used one of the circle shapes from the Stitched Shapes Framelits set.
Besides adding a bow to the top of the ornament – this time made from the Real Red 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon – I also added some Rhinestone Basic Jewels around the center of the round ornament. They sparkle in real life a bit more than they sparkle under the lens of a camera!
So I have 2 more Christmas cards to add to my stash. I now have 70 hand made cards to send out – and a bunch more than I'll be making as part of classes or challenges this week. Oooh, I may need to buy more stamps!!! At least I haven't made too many that require extra postage – but I have some of those Butterfly Stamps ready and waiting for those cards to have notes written in them! Next week is some R&R time for my husband and me at a local Hawaiian vacation spot. The cards will go along and I'll have them ready to drop off at the post office on the way home!
Here are the products I featured in today's project. Don't forget to order yours from my very own Stampin' Up! store!
Here we are with the second Stampin' Up! Only Challenge for this Winter Holiday Season. Last time the challenge theme was Holiday Cuteness. This time we're going in another direction, towards Holiday Elegance. So I couldn't dig out the Cookie Cutter cuties or the various snow people, foxes and bears, oh my! No, I had to get something a bit fancier out onto my work table.
I bought the Delicate Ornaments Thinlits set a few weeks back, and immediately put it away with some other Christmas dies that I wasn't quite ready to use this year (too much else to do to take the time?). But with this challenge, it seemed the perfect set to break out and finally make a card with it. Actually, I made TWO cards with the set, and had to choose between the two cards once I got them both done. It came down to "eeny-meeny-miny-moe." This one won. But the other one has its merits, too, so I'll share it with you in a couple of days.
I really wanted a Real Red and Very Vanilla card, and I also wanted some texture to the card. That's why I broke out another set I've not yet used this season, the Wondrous Wreath Thinlits dies. With the two words – Noel and Joy – that are more on the elegant side, I thought they'd go perfectly with the theme. And the texturizing with the Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder I think made the perfect background for this whole set.
I recently read a tip for applying adhesives to these delicate dies that has made all the difference in how I approach them. To begin, I really like the Tombow Liquid Glue that Stampin' Up! sells. I find it really sets up as a good adhesive, especially in the humid tropical rain forest environment in which I live. But it can be messy and frequently squishes out from the edge of the die cuts. Anyway, what I read is to use the teensy brushes that some people use to apply false eyelashes. So I bought some, and they're perfect for doing this kind of glue application. I just put a couple of dots of liquid glue on various parts of the die cut cardstock and then use the teensy brush to spread it around. No mess on my fingers and no extra glue squishing out to mess up the background.
With everything glued on just like I wanted it, I tied the project together with some of the yummy Very Vanilla 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon. Love that stuff!
I may have mentioned before that I am the person responsible for making sure that all members of one of my service clubs gets a birthday card in the mail. Of course, any birthday card that I send is handmade! In order to make this less of a chore and more of a creative challenge, I choose to make two or three months' worth of cards all at once. That means that the cards have to be fairly easy to mass produce. Today I thought I'd share with you my latest card in this program. Besides that, the current SUO Challenge is "All Kinds of Celebrations," and making these cards to celebrate birthdays certainly fills that bill!
This is one of two slightly different designs that I chose for birthdays from the beginning of November through the first week of January. For this set of birthdays, there are 7 women and 7 men to whom I need to send cards. The slight difference is that, for the women's cards I feature a bow at the top of the card and for the men's cards, I simply tie a knot to embellish the ribbon.
Now here's how I make this as quick and easy as possible:
To begin, I put all the card fronts together first, leaving the cutting and folding of the card bases and adhering the card fronts to them, until the last step. Then I got all of the pieces of the card fronts cut and lined up. My work area did not look like the work area in this photo as, at any one time, I had just one of the elements that make up the card front out in front of me. If you're interested in this process at a more detailed level, I plan to do the last of my Christmas Cards using this pattern, but with different papers, inks and embellishments. I need about a dozen more cards, and it's getting close to time to start addressing envelopes and writing notes! AND I'll take photos of each step as I go along.
Does this sound like a tutorial? Well, it is! And it will be FREE to those who are on my newsletter mailing list, which includes those who signed up for the 12 Weeks of Christmas Mailing List. I hope to be mailing out my newsletter by the end of this week – a bit late as, once again, my health hasn't been the best which has slowed things down in my craft room. BUT I'm much better now and ready to take on the week!
Even though I have the products listed in the photos, above, I'd still like to share product links that will take you to my Stampin' Up! store in case you'd like to buy any of them. Once you've clicked any of the links, you can add any of the other products directly onto your order form. One of you mentioned that you'd like to have the product number in this presentation to help with the ordering. So, beginning this week, I'm including that in the product description below. Do let me know if you have any requests that would make your ordering easier!
Can you believe it's time for another Stampin' Up! Only Challenge already! It seems like just a few days ago that I shared my latest Christmas Card with you. And now here we are reverting back to having Fall Fun – which is the theme for the current SUO Challenge.
This is a layout that you've seen a lot from me over the years, and even as recently as earlier this month. But when I have such fun little stamps such as these leaves and the sentiment to go with them, it's hard not to want to show them off in different colors and orientations like this layout can provide.
To begin, you might wonder where these stamps come from, because you might not remember seeing them any time recently. And you'd be right. For the most part, I sell or give away retired Stampin' Up! stamp sets. But these images come from a Paper Pumpkin Kit from last year. I managed to come across this set in a round about kind of way. A fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator mentioned in a Facebook post that she was short on pumpkin stamps for this Halloween. And right away another demonstrator posted a comment reminding her of this very Paper Pumpkin stamp set. Sure enough, when I looked in my book where I collect my Paper Pumpkin stamp sets, there it was. Yes, I know I'm not showing off the pumpkin (though I will in a card coming soon to this blog). But there were these two leaf stamps. And beautifully-colored leaves are part of a fun fall in many parts of the United States (though not the part where I live, unfortunately).
The paper for this project is another story. It's a sheet from the Petals and Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper set, and the colors in this design are what determined the colors of the leaves that I stamped for the 3 x 3 layout – Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze and Rich Razzleberry. The paper also helped me decide on the background cardstock for the little squares – Mint Macaron Cardstock. With a bit of matting and some Mint Macaron Ribbon from the 3/8" Ribbon Trio Pack from the 2016 Holiday Catalog, my card was finished!
I have to tell you that it took me a while before I ordered this paper set from the Holiday Catalog. I'm not a big fan of paisley shapes. But when I started thinking about making cards and other decorations for Thanksgiving, that paper finally grabbed me and said, "Me, me!" So now I have it, and I'm quite happy with it, thank you!
Here are the current products that I used in today's project. By all means, consider that Petals and Paisleys paper for your Thanksgiving and other fun fall paper crafting! Oh, and don't forget to enter your project in the new SUO Challenge!
When I first felt the This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, I knew it would be perfect for Tea Bag folding for Christmas cards! The reason is that it's not nearly as heavy as standard Designer Series Papers. Another benefit, is that there's more of it! There are 24 sheets in the package, with FOUR sheets of each of the 6 designs (most Designer Series Papers have only 2 sheets of each of 6 designs).
So, with the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge this time a challenge to use Holiday Papers, I felt that this was a good time to try out my Tea Bag folding with the This Christmas papers.
The Tea Bag Fold that I used here is called a "Rosette." I briefly thought about making a tutorial to show how to make it. But in this case, there are so many good tutorials available on the Internet, that I decided my time would be better spent making these lovelies than writing about how to make them. Set your browser to search for "Tea Bag Rosette," and you'll have lots of hits.
Back to the Designer Series Papers! There are three designs from the This Christmas set in this card: The Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler floral print; the Cherry Cobbler striped print; and the Garden Green print with Holly Berries (for the Rosette and also the mat behind the Cherry Cobbler print).
For the sentiment, I used the Banners for Christmas Stamp Set that's in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog. If you look at the images in the catalog, you'll see that the words, "Peaceful" and "Christmas," are straight line stamps. But with this kind of a Photopolymer stamp, it's possible to arrange it into a bit of a curve without damaging the stamp at all. And that's what I did with these two words. It takes a bit of trial and error, but that's easily done with scrap paper. I stamped the banner itself using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, which is also a color in the Designer Series Paper. I cut the banner using the Bunch of Banners Framelits, also in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.
To develop the layout for this card, I arranged everything on the front of the card before adhering any papers or stamped images to anything else. Even so, now that I look at the photograph, I think I could have scooched the vertical layers over to the left just a little bit more. Nonetheless, I do like the layout in general, and will likely use it again.
I hope you'll take the time over the next two weeks to make a card of your own using some of Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Papers and enter them into the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge. This is really a fun challenge and we'd love to see how you use your holiday papers (oh, and "Holiday" doesn't refer just to Christmas – that Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper is gorgeous with all that silver in it!)
And here are the products I featured in today's project. I hope you'll like some of them enough to click on an image and go to my website to buy them!
It's been a busy week! I spent most of last week getting ready for my card-making class on Friday plus being involved in activities of two clubs to which I belong. Finally today I can take a breather – and yikes, October will be over before the week is! And then it's November and the holidays really begin in earnest.
The Stampin' Up! Only Blog Challenge focuses on just this realization that the holiday season is almost upon us. We usually wait until late October/early November before focusing on Thanksgiving projects. But many of our readers live in Canada, where Thanksgiving is celebrated much earlier than in the United States. And then there are those who are in Europe where Thanksgiving is not a holiday, or in the Southern Hemisphere, where Spring is in full swing, and the harvest we celebrate is a good half year away. So the challenge this time included just "Thanks" as well as Thanksgiving. My card could be a bit of both.
I loved this set from the first time I saw it in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog. Also ever since I saw the two images that make up the basket of vegetables, I wondered if I'd be able to do the masking needed to fit the veggies into the basket. The veggie stamp is really made to fit another basket in the stamp set, and that would have been an easy group to stamp. This, however, was a bit more complicated. Usually, when you want one image to appear on paper in front of another image, you stamp the front image first, mask it with another copy of the image stamped on sticky note paper and then cut out. And finally, you stamp the image that's to appeard behind the first over the masked image. Simple!
But that wouldn't work well with this basket. If I did it that way, the whole basket would be either in front of or behind the veggies. But I wanted one of the basket handles to be in front and one behind the veggies. There are the steps I took:
- I inked up the basket with Early Espresso Ink. Then I wiped the ink off the part of the handle that would be on the left of the stamped image.
- I created a mask for the basket, and cut out the part of the handle that I didn't stamp in the first step.
- I stamped the veggies on top of the masked basket image. The part of the veggie image on the right appears stamped behind the right side of the basket handle.
- I created a mask for the veggies and placed both the veggies mask and the partial basket mask over the stamped images.
- Finally, I stamped the basket again over the masked images, just inking up the left side of the handle. This allowed parts of the basket handle on the left to show through where there were no veggie images.
Now that I've got the masks all ready to go, I may just have to stamp this image again!
As you might think by looking at the image, I used a LOT of Stampin' Write Markers to color in the veggies: Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Perfect Plum, Garden Green, and Always Artichoke. Then I used two more markers, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede to color in the basket. I think I got a cramp in my arm from pulling all those markers out of their storage spots and then putting them back! Who needs adult coloring books when you've got Stampin' Up! stamps like these!
I cut the image out with one of the Layering Ovals Framelits, matted it with a slightly larger scalloped oval made of Soft Suede, and then a much larger scallop oval in Pear Pizzazz.
For the sentiment, stamped in Soft Suede, I clipped the ends using the Banner Triple Punch, matted it with Soft Suede Cardstock, and then arranged a piece of 5/8" Burlap Ribbon and a small strip of Pear Pizzazz Cardstock to place undernearth the sentiment layers, which I adhered using small pieces of Stampin' Dimensionals. Oh, and this sentiment just cried out for hearts from the Regals Collection Enamel Dots (Always Artichoke color).
There are quite a few Textured Impressions Embossing Folders that would have worked with this layout. I chose the Brick Wall Embossing Folder, mostly because it was already out on my work table (no, I hadn't cleaned up from my class yet when I made this).
I hope you enjoyed my perhaps-not-very-clear instructions for doing the double masking. I certainly enjoyed doing it! And here are the featured products from Stampin' Up! that I used for today's card. Click on any of the images to learn more about them and buy them from my store, especially if today's project has inspired you to do that!
Once again I'm more than pleased to be a part of the Color Fusers Blog Hop! This is my second month in the hop, and the second of the two projects we were to make with the September Colors:
You might recall that, in my first blog hop with these colors, I chose to make a Christmas Card, and fleetingly wondered if I should make my next card with a Christmas tree. That thought just came out of the blue (well, blue's not a color this time, so out of some other color). But once I accepted the thought enough to put it in a blog post, it stuck in my little crafty brain!
And it turns out I really like a Mint Macaron Christmas tree!
I first tried to make the card with just the three colors I'd used in the last card – Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry, and Sweet Sugarplum. And it looked OK. But I walked away for a while and, when I came back, the word, "Gold," popped up in front of my face. Well, not really – but, as I'd already decided to put one of the Gold Enamel Shapes Stars at the top of the tree, the gold kind of took over. As it's a metallic, I'm allowed to use it in any project. Yay!
For the tree, I stamped my favorite tree from the Peaceful Pines Stamp Set, using Mint Macaron Ink on Mint Macaron Cardstock. I really inked up that stamp so that the color would show up nicely on the matching cardstock. Then I cut the tree using a die from the Perfect Pines Framelit Set to cut out the tree. I thought the tree would look nice laying on an oval shape. This is when I really got the idea for using all the gold in this project – I thought a thin frame of gold would be super nice. So out came the Layering Ovals Framelit Set. Some of these ovals have scallops and some have plain lines. It's nice to mix them up a bit!
My original thought had been to stamp a greeting at the bottom of the card and heat emboss it with gold embossing powder. But I couldn't find what I wanted in my stash. While I was looking though, I wondered if I didn't have some Christmas greetings in a die cutting set somewhere. Of course! I've had the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Set since it first came out – and the Noel die cut was perfect! Of course, I cut it in gold.
When it came to layering up the card, I thought a bit of the Gold Metallic Thread would carry this theme through to finish up the card beautifully. And it did!
What fun I had with these colors for September! Now I have to figure out what to do with the October colors. But I have a few weeks before I have to finish that up – but I can tell you that it won't be a Christmas card!
Now I hope you'll visit each and every one of these wonderful designers. I'm always amazed at how creative they all are! You'll get some fabulous ideas from their blog hop posts today!
And here are the products that I featured in today's Color Fusers Blog Hop!
Welcome to my post for the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge! And, man, was this a challenge! The theme this time is "Weather," and all I could think of was rain and snow. But right now it's a beautiful, bright, but very hot, day here in my spot in paradise. So I decided I wanted to show off "hot." Hmmm. How to do that.
That's when my whole Hot Hawaii theme got away from me.
First I wanted palm trees. But no matter how I twisted and turned the two palm trees in my collection, I didn't get the feeling I wanted. I'd recently seen a lovely card by a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator who lives in Florida, and I still want to CASE (Copy and Share with Everyone) it. But for the SUO Challenge, I really like to make something of an original design – or at least one I've not CASEd from someone. That's when I spotted another stamp in one of the sets I'd pulled out – a cactus!
Oh, and did I mention that this is a CURRENT stamp set? Yup, but IT'S NOT IN THE CATALOG! Those of you who've been around for a few years may remember that, for a while, Stampin' Up! offered a series of Photopolymer Stamp Sets online; but they never put them in a catalog. Don't ask why; I don't know. But that's the way it is. So the Greetings From Photopolymer Stamp Set is still available! It's great for scrapbooking travel. But it also has a palm tree – and a cactus! Oh, and a small sun stamp.
Now here's the fun update – as of today, this stamp set is now on Stampin' Up!'s Clearance Page! That means it won't be around for long AND it's on sale! Instead of $14, it's on sale as of today for $6.98 – %50 off!!!
Now back to our regularly scheduled blog post!
Before I even started on this journey towards the cactus, I'd decided on the paper I was going to use. In fact, that's really what started this whole thing. In the By the Shore Designer Series Paper set, there's a sheet that looks to me like it's sand in a desert, with a hot sun beaming down on it. Sweltering is the word that comes to mind when I see it. Thus the "hot" in my theme.
Once I found the cactus and the sun, the design was complete. Oh, but what about a sentiment? I tried lots of ideas, and even my husband, who's usually very supportive, nixed them all. So the result was that I was going to post a card with no sentiment, and just make it a note card. But life reared it's inevitable head, and I found out my grandson had just been attacked by a neighborhood dog. Yikes! Definitely back and forth between here and Washington where he lives. But for sure I had to send a Get Well card! And there it was – just begging for a get well message, and that was that!
Finally, I thought that I didn't want the card to look too plain, so I used my new Festive Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I think it complements this card well!
And here are the links to today's featured products. This is a great way to find that non-catalog Greeting From stamp set – just click on the picture and you'll go right to my Stampin' Up! store to find out more about it and how you can buy it. Great for cards as well as scrapbooks! Oh, and don't forget to enter the current SUO Challenge – All Kinds of Weather!