Posts Tagged ‘Sizzix Framelits’
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!
I met a woman today who was curious about my paper crafting. It wasn't long before she asked me if I could make a card for her 12-year old daughter's birthday, which is today! How could I not say, "Yes"?!
I had to make something quickly before she left, and I decided to make a sea-themed card, using the By The Shore Designer Series Paper set. The reason I chose this theme was that this paper was on top of my stack of Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog Designer Series Papers AND I had ribbon on my shelf that coordinated with it. Splitting a card front in two with two different sheets of Designer Series Paper is about as quick and simple as it gets, while still looking like there's some design to a project. So doing that and running a ribbon around the center was where I started.
Then I looked for birthday-themed stamps. Once I saw the Birthday Banners Stamp Set, (my sets are in alphabetical order on my shelf) I just stopped there. The banner and the sentiments are all in this set, which makes it oh so easy to come up with something for a card front quickly (and quickly was what I needed). If you have this set or have noticed it in the catalog, you'll note that the sentiments are all straight. But Photopolymer Stamps are somewhat easy to bend into a shape that might better fit a stamp such as this banner stamp. I still don't quite have the hang of doing this, but I'm getting there!
The banner stamp has a coordinating shape in the Bunch of Banners Framelits set. Can you say, "easy" and "quick"?
The final touch was a little heart from the Subtles Collection Enamel Shapes set, and the one I used coordinates with the Calypso Coral color in the bottom half of the Designer Series Paper layer.
Quick Ad: The Enamel Shapes are ON SALE until September 7th! Click the Special Offers Button on the right for more details!
And that was that! What fun! And now she's asking about ordering her Christmas Cards! Nice way to start September!!!
Today's project is the third of the swaps I did this summer with our VC (Virtual Cruise) Rocks! group. My last two blog posts showed off the first two of the swaps.
The theme of this swap was "The New Catty." This refers to the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog. So the project had to use products featured in this catalog. While we could use anything in the current catalog, I figured for myself that the theme really was to use something NEW in the new catalog.
For my project, I once again decided to try to redo a CASEd project that I'd tried out last month. In that project, I tried the Live, Love, Grow Stamp Set layout from the catalog project on page 146, but I changed out the one non-green color that the Stampin' Up! catalog featured. What I did was pick up one of the colors in another project on the same page. I wasn't completely unhappy with the colors I picked, but my impression of what a terrarium should be is mostly green. So, for this project, I chose three greens for the main plants, adding just a bit of color with one of the stamps from the Jar of Love Stamp Set. The greens I chose were Pear Pizzazz, Mint Macaron, and Garden Green. I carried the Garden Green color through the rest of the project, sponging the edges of the scalloped square, stamping the sentiment and matting the main layer. I also stamped the outline of one of the flowers inside the card to decorate the page on which you'd write a note.
The other color in this project is the new Peekaboo Peach. I used this for the background flower in the stamped image, and chose a piece of the Peekaboo Peach Designer Series Paper Stack for the main background layer. Finally, I tied on a bow with the new Peekaboo Peach 3/8" Ruched Ribbon.
Once again, I used the MISTI tool (not a Stampin' Up! product) to help with this project. I didn't have to worry at all about where I was stamping any of my images. When it came to coloring in the plants, though, I chose to color them in by hand rather than use the filler stamps in the stamp set. I tried it both ways, and I really do like the look of the hand-coloring. Besides, aren't coloring books the "thing" these days to help us relax? Heck, I just made my own little coloring book with this swap!
The stem on the flower from the Jar of Love Stamp Set isn't as long as I needed it to be for this project. So I hand-drew an extension of the stem in each of the pictures. That was relaxing, too! Actually the whole project was pretty relaxing, and I'm glad to have created the opportunity to do this. If you're interested in any of the products in this project, just click on any of the pictures below to go to my Stampin' Up! shop to learn more about them, and order them if you wish! Happy Stamping!!!
Last month, just after the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog was released, I went through the catalog page by page and chose some projects on those pages to CASE (copy and share with everyone). There were a couple that left me kind of, well, disappointed in what I ended up creating. The original projects were gorgeous – but I'm not the professional those guys are! So here I am with a somewhat different take on one of the CASEd projects.
The original project was on page 44 of the catalog and my "original" CASE was in this blog post. I like the idea of using a stamp positioner to stamp a design in a square. To do this, you position each stamp in a certain spot on one side of a square, stamp the image, turn the square 90 degrees, stamp again in the same position and so forth. But the design the last time was just too large and trying to use the same images as the original on a smaller square than the original just didn't work as well as I wanted. So this time, I just used smaller images – and it works much better, I think!
As I mentioned in my last post, the three projects I'm posting this week are are projects that I made for a series of swaps with members of my summer Stampin' Up! online group, VC (stands for Virtual Cruise) Rocks! We do "rock"! So rather than use the stamp positioner that Stampin' Up! sells (the Stamp-a-ma-jig), I pulled out my MISTI tool and stamped away with that. Oh, did these 11 identical cards go SOOOO fast! No repositioning every time I turned the square – yay!
The stamps are from the Love and Affection Stamp Set. Most of the stamps in this set are of the smaller variety, though there are one or two that are a bit larger than those shown in this project. I do like them all, and certainly will be using them for other projects as the year goes on. The sentiment is from another set, the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set.
But now you'd probably like to know about the theme of this swap. It was "So You Want to be a Big Shot?!" Of course, that means that we had to show off at least one use of a Stampin' Up! product that's used with the Sizzix Big Shot. For this project I used two of these products. The first was the Layering Squares Framelits. For this project I used two of the squares from the set (there are NINETEEN squares in this set!!!). The scalloped square is a 3" square and the plain square is a 2-5/8" square. The other Sizzix product I used was another new product, the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. It's part of the suite that includes the Seaside Shore Stamp Set and the accompanying designer series paper. But I think it goes well with so much more – including this project!
The swaps for VC Rocks have some baseline requirements, including that there have to be at least two layers in the card (I have 3, including the Watermelon Wonder Cardstock layer and the textured layer) and there has to be at least one Stampin' Up! embellishment. For this project, I used two designs from the Affectionately Yours Designer Washi Tape set. Love those colors!
My next blog post later this week will show off another redo of another CASE that I published last month. I had a lot of fun with that one, too, and look forward to showing it off! Meanwhile, here are the products that I used for this project. Click on any of the pictures and you'll be magically transported to my personal Stampin' Up! store to find out more about the products – and buy them, too! They're all so much fun to use.
Today's post is the second in the two monthly Blog Hops hosted by the group called the Color Fusers. What a great group it is, and the projects that everyone has posted in the challenges so far are just amazing. I'm learning so much about how to think about color from the rest of the gang! But I also try my best to give you and everyone else some ideas about how to use a variety of colors in our Stampin' Up! crafting!
This is the second blog hop where we have been challenged to use these three Stampin' Up! colors:
My project for this blog hop is just a little bit different from projects that I usually post here. What's the same is that I love layering up papers and I did that with this project. What's different is that I spent a lot of time using my Stamping Sponges to color one of the sheets from the new Irrestistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper set.
The "Irresistibly" in the name of the paper is derived from its design as plain white paper with white printed designs that resist any effort to place color on them. So, by rubbing my sponges over the paper, only the underlying paper gets colored – not the design itself.
To color the piece of the paper for this card, I inked up two sponges, one with Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink and the other with Watermelon Wonder Classic Ink. Then I took turns sponging sections of the paper. I didn't try to plan the sponging around any of the patterns on the paper – I just did what I felt like doing until the whole piece of paper looked like I wanted it to look!
Once I had the piece of paper colored, I needed to work in the Smoky Slate third color in this challenge. I went back and forth with a variety of greetings and a variety of shapes for my central stamped element until I found a sentiment that I liked from the Watercolor Words Stamp Set, and the oval shape for the die-cuts, using the Layering Ovals Framelits Set.
Then there was the problem of what to use as an embellishment. There's no rule that said I had to use an embellishment. But I'm not sure I really know how to make a card without at least one! So I picked out the Smoky Slate 1/8" Stitched Ribbon, and first just tied a bow around the top two layers. That bow quickly got lost in the jumble of shapes on the sponged paper. Of course my next thought was, "Why not make a jumble of the ribbon, too?!" And so I did, and that's how this design ended up.
I have a confession to make. I never intended to order this paper set. But I was in such a hurry to place an order one morning that I typed in the wrong number. Imagine my surprise when the paper showed up in my box of new Stampin' Up! stuff. I decided to keep it and threw it into the bottom of my Designer Series Paper box. I figured it would still be there come next June when the new catalog comes out. But no!!! I was looking for paper with these colors in it, and realized I could make my OWN colored design! So now the paper is on the top of my DSP box, and will likely be close to the top for quite a while – until I use it all up!
I do hope that you will take the time to visit all the wonderful Stampin' Up! demonstrators who are a part of this Blog Hop! Here is a list of their names, with links to their blog posts. And after that, there is a list of the main products that I featured in my project this time. Don't forget to click on any of the pictures that interest you (the paper?)!
Robin Messenheimer – You are here!
One of my favorite bundles in the Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Catalog is the Jar of Love Stamp Set with the Everyday Jars Framelits Die Set. There's so much you can do with this set, but one of the stamps that caught my eye right at the start was the little gold fish. I thought, "How cute to have that swimming in a mason jar!" And then I saw the sentiment, "Best Fishes." OMG, that was just too over the top cute! So finally I have had to use those two cuties together.
I actually made this card a week ago to enter into the Freshly Made Sketches challenge. It's not a challenge I usually follow, but I ran across the sketch on Facebook, and I knew it would be perfect for the challenge. Unfortunately, I had three blog hops/challenges all in a row last week, with no place to park this little guy on my blog. So I posted him on Split Coast Stampers and he's just now making his appearance here.
One of the fun stamps in the jar stamp set is the stamp that you can use to look like there's water in the bottom of any of the jars. I liked this jar because it fit into the sketch better than either of the others (you can see them in the set below where I show the products I've used for this post). A trick to getting this photopolymer stamp to stamp evenly is to place your paper or cardstock on top of a surface that gives a bit, such as the Stampin' Pierce Mat.
I used the Sizzix Framelits Die set to cut out both the jar and the fish. Isn't she so darned cute! I wanted the sentiment under the Calypso Coral Thick Baker's Twine to look like it was coming directly from the fish. So I grabbed another stamp set – Seaside Shore – and used the little bubbles from that set to look like they were coming out of the little fish.
Here's another little trick I use when I have a small sentiment such as this one and just want to cut it into a little rectangle. If you happen to have the Bow Builder Punch, you might have noticed the little piece that's supposed to be the part you wrap around the punched bow. Well that little rectangle fits several little stamps in the Stampin' Up! collection! And it's easy to pull off the shelf and punch!
I liked the circle element in the sketch. Though usually that means just put something in its place, I liked the circle, so I pulled out the Layering Circles Framelits Dies, and made the perfect circle on which to mount the jar image.
The final element in this card is the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I just thought that was the perfect touch to give the whole card some background texture.
Once again – as usual this summer! – I had a fun time making this card. It's hard not to when Stampin' Up! provides so many wonderful products to keep me crafting! Here are the main products featured in the project today. I hope you'll click on some of the pictures to find out more about the products and even purchase them from my Stampin' Up! store! Have fun with them!
I am so excited finally to be showing off one of my favorite new Sizzix Framelits Dies from the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog. And it comes at a perfect time, as it's time for the new Stampin' Up! Only Challenge, with its new theme of "Delightful Dies."
When I first looked through the current Stampin' Up! Catalog – when it was still only online – and I came across so many die-cut banners, I could hardly wait to get to the back of the catalog to see what the whole framelit set would look like. Of the 5 dies in this set, this one is my absolute favorite! Three banners in one! And yes, there is a stamp set that has the perfect banner for cutting.
The dies are in the Bunch of Banners Framelits Set, and the stamped triple banner is in the Banners For You Stamp Set. The best deal to get BOTH of these products is a Stampin' Up! bundle for a 10% savings over the price of each of these sets individually. Of course, I had to have this, and what fun this card was to make with them!
In the stamp set, there are lots of words and phrases that you can use to fill up both this triple banner as well as other banners in both sets. But I chose just to use one phrase three times – Happy Birthday – from the Birthday Banners Stamp Set (yes, I had to get that to go with the Bunch of Banners Framelits Set, too!).
The paper that I used for this really accents the Birthday theme perfectly. It's from the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack. Yes, there are foxes and mushrooms in this set. But most of the sheets in the set can be used for so many other projects than just the Fox suite of products. The colors in the paper set are Pool Party and Calypso Coral. So I added some Calypso Coral Thick Baker's Twine to tie the whole project together.
Once again, I had so much fun with this project! It was for a special friend, so I even added a little Calypso Coral heart from the Subtles Enamel Shapes set!
For my list of products today, I'm including only the bundle that includes the Framelits Die set and the Banners for You Stamp Set. Of course you may buy them individually. But at a 10% savings, I'd go for the bundle! Just click on the photo of any product to go to my personal Stampin' Up! store to get more information about these products – which you can buy from me, too!
I am so excited to be part of a fun, new twice-monthly blog hop with a group called the Color Fusers. In this blog hop, each of us will be sharing with you a project of our own design that uses three Stampin' Up! colors. Not only is this a lot of fun, it really is a challenge for me because I almost always freeze when I'm told that I have to use certain colors and only those colors. Yikes! But I decided it's time to get over that silliness and join this wonderful group for the blog hop!
There will be two blog hops this month, and the color challenge for both of them is to use Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate and Watermelon Wonder. Wow, what a great combination! And I immediately thought about one particular stamp set and the combination turned out just the way I'd hope it would.
I'm sure you've already noticed that I used TWO stamp sets for this project. The set I originally thought of was the the Jar of Love Stamp Set, as I thought that any of the jar images would look great stamped in Smoky Slate. From there I was going to use the stems and flowers in the same stamp set and mix up the two reds of the challenge. But once I had figured out my layout, I realized that I needed a larger flower than those in the Jar of Love stamp set. I think that a small layer, such as the layer die cut with the Lots of Labels Framelits set, looks more effective if some of the stamped images peek out over the edge of the die-cut layer, and I needed a larger flower for that to happen here.
So back I went to my stamp set shelf and quickly found another new set, the Penned and Painted Stamp Set. With this set I could also do a much better job of "fusing" the two reds in one flower.
The flowers and leaves in the Penned and Painted Stamp Set each has not just two stamps (as in Two-Step Stampin') but it has three! If you look at samples, both in the catalog and elsewhere online, you'll see that any two of the three stamps work nicely together. But for the two flowers I wanted to use for this project, I used all three.
- First, I stamped the outline using Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink.
- Second, I stamped the large fill stamp using Watermelon Wonder Classic Ink. But I first stamped the ink off once lightly on scrap paper before stamping it over the outline stamp.
- Finally, I stamped the small fill stamp, again using Watermelon Wonder Classic Ink, but I stamped it onto the large fill stamp fully inked.
I cut the two flowers out by hand, and then constructed the rest of the card before adhering them using Stampin' Dimensionals. The flower stem in the background is from the Jar of Love stamp set, and I stamped this by first inking up the whole stamp using Smoky Slate, then "erasing" the bud-like ends of the branches using a Blender Pen, before coloring the buds using my Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker.
In my first try at the little jar, I stamped the "Thanks" stamp (from the Jar of Love stamp set) directly over the flower stems. But I didn't like the way it worked. So I stamped the sentiment on a plain piece of Whisper White Cardstck and cut it out close to the words before adhering it to the jar using Fast Fuse Adhesive.
Oh, and I can't forget to tell you where that beautifully floral printed paper came from! It's one of the sheets in the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack! That's a set that's almost as much fun as making this project was!
Here are all the members of the Color Fusers Blog Hop, and you will be wowed by every project! I hope you'll take the time to visit and comment on each and every one.
- Patty Bennett
- Jason Loucks
- Heather Osborne
- Nicole Tugrul
- Tammy Civello
- Paola Phillips
- Jo Anne Hewins
- Melissa Kerman
- Robin Messenheimer – you are here!
The stamp sets and designer series paper I used for this project are brand new and fabulous! The Lots of Labels Framelits are now new, but still provide a fabulous background for central images.
Getting to know the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog by CASEing projects has really helped me so much this year! In past years, I'd buy new stamp sets, and then sit and wonder what I was going to do with them. Sometimes with a new catalog I challenge myself to use all my new stamp sets before I can go back to my "oldies but goodies." But, truth be told, that was more of a chore that I really like to let my paper crafting get. Copying something that someone else has done to get myself started has really helped me truly enjoy all my new products. Even though it's someone else's design, I can truly say, "I made this!" In fact, if you've gone through the catalog much at all, I'm sure you've noticed the phrase, "You can make it!" in quite a few places. It's not so different from making a project that's featured in many classes.
And it's fun – including today's project, with a design that I think is just lovely.
And not only is this a lovely design by someone at Stampin' Up!, it's also SOOO easy to make! What really makes it easy is that all the shading in the flowers and leaves is accomplished by stamping AND that the flowers and leaves are all punched out with a Stampin' Up! punch.
I colored my flower petals with Daffodil Delight Ink. For the background, I inked up my stamp, stamped it first lightly onto a piece of scrap paper, then stamped it on my Whisper White Cardstock. For the second layer of color, I inked up the second stamp with Daffodil Delight Ink, but stamped fully-inked onto the first layer of color, creating what looks like to different colors. I did the same with the leaves and Pear Pizzazz Ink. I punched out three petals and two leaves, stamped the stem directly onto the rectangular piece of Whisper White Cardstock, and then adhered the petals and leaves using Mini Glue Dots.
For the sentiment, I used Crumb Cake Ink to match the Crumb Cake Cardstock which forms the card front. I used one of the Tags and Labels Framelits to cut the shape, I wound some Gold Metallic Thread around four of my fingers and attached it to the back of the die-cut shape, before attaching it to the rectangular layer using Stampin' Dimensionals.
The final touch is a piece of the old style of Delicate White Doilies (I hadn't yet ordered the new, smaller, doilies, but I have them now!). I adhered this to the back of the Whisper White rectangle before adhering the whole thing to the Crumb Cake Cardstock layer.
And I just know that, if you've not yet purchased the Stamp Set and the Punch, you're going to want to take advantage of the bundled price for these two items! So I'm including a link to the bundle in my list of features products today. Those two are the best buy in the catalog as far as I'm concerned (well, at the moment anyway)!
When I saw this stamp set in the hostess section of the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog, I wasn't really sure that it was one that I "had to have." But, as with so much in this catalog, the samples shown on the facing page (p. 200) caught my attention more than the stamp set did. So I finally gave in and ordered it as part of my demonstrator catalog pre-order.
One feature of this set that made it especially appealing was that I could use it for quite a few occasions. And that "Thinking of You" stamp fills us a lot of space on a card front. Even paying the full price (as we demos have to do when we preorder host sets), it finally seemed to be worth my $$$. The tipping point was my realization that i could make a bunch of these birthday cards quickly and that's important to me as I'm the person in one of my larger clubs who's charged with sending out birthday cards to all the club's members! So off I went and made a dozen cards (as I had with my first Hostess set that I featured earlier in the week!). I didn't take a photo of the whole group because I put them all into envelopes so they're ready to send out as soon as the birthday date comes up! I actually was half way through that exercise when I realized that I hadn't taken a photo of even ONE of the cards!
I stamped the Thank You directly onto the card front using Cucumber Crush Ink. I was going to stamp the "Birthday" onto the card front, too, but then I remembered that there is a framelit for this shape of banner in the new Bunches of Banners Framelit set. Woo-hoo! I stamped up a dozen of these and quickly ran them through my Big Shot!
The small stamp in between the other two stamps is one of several in this stamp set, and I stamped it using Watermelon Wonder Ink. I chose to use a Watermelon Wonder sheet from the 2015-2017 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack for the background layer. I could get six 4" x 5-1/4" pieces from each sheet, and there are four of each sheet for each color in the In Color DSP Stacks.
I really like to add bows to cards like these. But more of this club's members are men than are women, so I decided on a knotted piece of the Cucumber Crush Thick Baker's Twine to keep the look firly neutral.
So now this one last card is safely in its envelope and I'm all caught up for the rest of the summer and into September!
Here are the major products featured in this project. I hope you'll click on the photo of any of the products that interest you. That will take you directly to my very own Stampin' Up! store when you can find more information about the product and even order it (well, you'll have to qualify for the stamp set – but I'll be happy to help you with that!).