Thursday, November 26, 2015

Oct 2014 PP: Thankful for You

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!  This week I decided to pull out an older Paper Pumpkin kit to create a thankful card.

Do you recognize the kit?  It was the pumpkin pie box kit, called Sweet as Pie.

I used Sunday Stamps sketch #114 to help out.  This is another good project to share over at My Pumpkin Challenge as well.

Paper: Tangerine Tango, Kraft, Silver Glimmer; Ink: Tip Top Taupe; Accessories: Oct 2014 Sweet as Pie PP kit, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack, Confetti Heart punch.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

FMS213 Silent Wonderland & Online Extravaganza

It's been a long time since I had a chance to play along with Freshly Made Sketches.  Between trying to figure out my prototype for the upcoming Holiday Stamp-a-Stack and just needing to start using Christmas product from the Holiday catalog, I just needed to sit down and play a bit.

I was really pleased to find that I could just stamp the sentiment over the lightly-colored trees, and follow along with the sketch.
Stamps: Wonderland; Paper: Very Vanilla, Home for Christmas DSP; Ink: Soft Sky, Pool Party, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Rhinestone jewels, Watercolor brush.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

FM235 Thankful Acorns

It's my turn to host the Friday Mashup, and this week we have a sketch and "thankful" theme.  The challenge will run two weeks.

The Into the Woods suite along with Acorny Thank You and coordinating punch allow for easy layering! Again, I used a layer of gesso to lighten up the patterned paper (circle), in order for the acorn focal point to pop.

This week's Mashup Challenge:

  • Use the Sketch.
  • Create a project with a Thankful theme.
  • or Mash it Up! and create a project using the Sketch and a Thankful theme.
Stamps: Acorny Thank You; Paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Into the Woods DSP; Ink: Delightful Dijon, Soft Suede; Accessories: Linen Thread, Into the Woods wood elements, Acorn builder punch, 2-1/2" Circle punch, Bitty Banners framelits, Circles Collection framelits, Big Shot, Gesso.

The retiring list from the Holiday Catalog has been announced.  Grab your favorites before they are gone.  I suggest you go through the list and mark your catalogs.  Need a catalog?  I've got some left; let me know!

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Stamp Review Crew: Wonderland

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This week we are using a wonderful stamp set from the holiday catalog, Wonderland.  If you are following the blog hop order, you have just come from the super fabulous blog of Linda Callahan.  Love her!

The trees in this set, having the same versatile elegance as Lovely as a Tree, really attracted me.  To get the Wonderland party started, I grabbed this set for this week's Friday Mashup.  The color combination was a little bit of a challenge, but I wouldn't be deterred!

My background treatment included brayering with Pool Party and splattering with Smoky Slate and white acrylic paint.

This week's Mashup Challenge:

  • Create a project using the colors Mint, Pool, White and Slate 
  • Create a project with a Winter theme. 
  • or Mash it Up! and create a project using the a Winter theme and the Colors above.
Stamps: Wonderland; Paper: Whisper White, Neutrals Collection DSP; Ink: Pool Party, Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Metallics Sequin Assortment, Brayer, Watercolor brush, White acrylic paint.

Now make sure you check out the next stop to see what lovelies Rochelle Blok has put together for us with this week's stamp set. 


Thursday, November 12, 2015

3-D Thursday: Santa Gift Box

The Gift Box Punch Board has been available for quite some time, but I haven't brought it out at stamp club yet.  I thought we'd put together a holiday box to give members a chance to get it in their hands.

This box is 2-1/2" on each side.  With the punch board, you can make boxes with sizes ranging from 1-3/4" to 4".  My box was inspired by one by Tracy Elsom.

Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Silver Glimmer paper, Silver Foil sheet; Accessories: Square punches, Gift Box Punch Board.

It's been tough going around here.  We've been adjusting to our new puppy, and meanwhile, we found out our old dog had a bone tumor.  She was losing her mobility quickly and was in a lot of pain.  For two days, she didn't sleep.  We had to say goodbye to her last week.

Being an abused puppy from the shelter, she had a rough start.  But she had such an awesome life after that, mountain biking, running, hiking in Acadia, and visiting the cabin and lake in Canada every year.  We were so pleased with her, we got another Rhodesian Ridgeback like her.  She was active, a great protector, and so gentle with the family.  That new puppy has some big paws to fill.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

October 2015 Paper Pumpkin: Floral Thanks

I'm playing along with this month's My Pumpkin Challenge, Share a Caring Thought.

I love the floral stamps - giving me an excuse to pull out my Blendabilities markers and use them.  This card is a revisit of the Friday Mashup sketch #232.

Hard to see, but I did add three gold leaf stickers under the popped-up flowers.

This is the bonus project I will be sharing with my Paper Pumpkin Club members.  You too can get the directions for this and future projects by becoming a Paper Pumpkin subscriber.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

FM233 Drink Coffee!

This week's Friday Mashup is "decade" themed and color blocking.  While brainstorming on this decade theme with my teammates, here are some ideas that popped out: classic rock, old phrases like "groovy", bell bottoms, disco/hairy chests/glitter, 80's hair bands, 50's kitchens, classic cars.  Feel free to use any of these ideas to jump start your crafting!

When I was perusing my stamps sets looking for images that might represent a decade, I came across a favorite with retro 50's images, Sip by Sip.

I had the idea to recreate a vintage sign look and incorporate it into a color blocking layout. During a search, I came across this sign several times.

To create the sign, I printed the words on card stock, stamped and paper-pieced the image, mounted on several layers of chipboard, and then sanded and distressed the edges.

This week's Mashup Challenge:

  • Create a project using a Decades theme (60s/70s/80s/etc).
  • Create a project with Color Blocking.
  • or Mash it Up! and create a project using a Decades theme and Color Blocking.
Stamps: Sip by Sip, Like It a Latte; Paper: Hello Honey, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Holiday Lounge DSP, Parisian Breeze DSP, Good Morning Sunshine DSP, Chipboard; Ink: So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Real Red, Baja Breeze, Smoky Slate, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Basic Black archival; Accessories: Early Espresso taffeta ribbon, White baker's twine, Blue button, Crystal Effects, Aquapainter, Sanding block.
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