Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Stamp Review Crew: Crazy About You

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 creating with the versatile sentiment set, Crazy About You, which has a coordinating words thinlit die set, Hello You.  Purchase both as a bundle and save 15%!  You are probably arriving from Deb Currier's blog.  She has such great style!

I'm playing the double-duty game again, a card for today's hop and also this week's Friday Mashup.  Tara's challenge on the Mashup is combining pink, gray, & sky colors with a square card.

I did a watercolor wash in Marina Mist and also attempted to stamp the leaves in Basic Gray after spritzing the stamp.  We have new archival ink coming out soon, so to tide me over, I used the Basic Gray classic ink.  Learning moment when I found out the gray classic ink doesn't spread well since it's, ba-bum-dum, waterproof ink.  Doh!  Anywho, it is fun to layer up these nice embellishments.  I was inspired by Bree's shoebox card to throw down some fancy!  :)

Here's your Mashup Challenge this week:

  • Create a project using the colors "Pink, Grey & Sky".
  • Create a "Square shaped card".
  • or Mash it Up and created  a "Square shaped card using the above colors".
Stamps: Crazy About You; Paper: Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Watercolor paper; Ink: Blushing Bride, Marina Mist, Basic Gray, Versamark; Accessories: Silver sequin trim, Silver metallic thread, Itty Bitty Accents epoxy stickers, White embossing powder, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle punch, 1/2" Circle punch, Watercolor brush, Hello You thinlits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

This second card is a version of something I am contemplating for stamp club, although we may sponge instead of watercolor.  Waiting for the watercoloring to dry naturally takes more patience than I possess.

This layout was inspired by artisan team member Teneale Williams.  Don't the bright warm colors just make you happy?

Stamps: Crazy About You, Kinda Eclectic, Watercolor Wings; Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Color Me Irresistible DSP, Watercolor paper, Silver Glimmer paper; Ink: Daffodil Delight, Delightful Dijon, Pumpkin Pie, Watermelon Wonder, Melon Mambo, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark; Accessories: Silver metallic thread, Clear embossing powder, Watercolor brush, Mini Stapler, Banner punch, Hello You thinlits, Big Shot.

Be sure you check out the next stop to see what Jessica Williams put together with this set. Her projects are always amazing!


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Convention Gathering with the Freaks!

Welcome... It's time to hop along with the over-the-top fabulous Control Freaks!  This month some of us will share the projects we swapped together at Convention.  You've probably arrived here from Dawn Olchefske's blog.  Her projects are always so creative! 

When I saw the new stamp set Wild About Flowers, I had goldenrod flowers in mind.  When we arrive to our family cabin in Canada every year, there are many flowering weeds around, including goldenrod.  I {heart} wild flowers!

Ah, white space!  I just couldn't get away from the pleasing feeling of a clean-and-simple card.  I also used this card for July stamp club.  Multitasking is key these days!

Stamps: Wild About Flowers, Papillion Potpourri, And Many More; Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White; Ink: Delightful Dijon, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Black Stazon; Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds, Bitty Butterfly punch, Aquapainter, Dimensionals.

I am in love with the new color combination of Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush!  Such fun summery colors!  I was determined to combine them with the new stamp set Sprinkles on Top.  Mmmmm, donuts!

Using Retro Sketches #49, I layered the donut toppings on Crumb Cake card stock.  I could have used a 1/4" punch for the center, but I don't currently have one (on my next order!).  I ended up cutting circles with my e-cutter and then stamping afterwards with a Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Stamps: Sprinkles on Top; Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Cherry on Top DSP; Ink: Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder, Tip Top Taupe, Chocolate Chip; Accessories: White baker's twine, Triple Banner punch, 3/4" Circle punch Happy Heart EF, Big Shot, e-cutter.

Jump over to Connie Babbert's blog to check out what fabulous ideas she has; they are always so gorgeous!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tuesday Updates - News You Can Use

Let's talk Paper Pumpkin.  Are you a subscriber yet?  Have you seen July's kit?  They just keep getting better and better!  You should really think about it.

Psst... I have a secret for you!  I've seen a sneak peek of August and September kits.  They are FAB-U-LOUS!  August's color palette is light pink and black, chalkboard elements, three cards and three boxes with lovely dimensional flowers - really elegant!  And September's is brown paper candy apple bags with cute straws for a handle.  The perfect fall 3-D item!

Now through September 10, new subscribers can receive 50% off your first two months.  Why not give it a try and see if you like it?  You must subscribe by the 10th to receive that month's kit.  And you can put your kit on hold or cancel at any time.  Make sure to use promo code HALFOFF.

Don't forget the other benefits of a Paper Pumpkin subscription:
  • Fun monthly kit every month, ready to go, right to your door.  Skip to the fun!
  • Opportunity to purchase past kits.
  • Enrollment in my Paper Pumpkin Club:
    • A monthly night out to craft together (last Tuesday each month).
    • An additional PDF file with an alternate project to help your investment go further.
    • A monthly printable stamp index to help you organize your Paper Pumpkin stamps.

Through August 3, bonus savings on the Clearance Rack and Weekly Deals. Save up to 30% on even more Weekly Deals or up to 60% on extra items in the Clearance Rack.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Post-Convention Wrap-Up

Three-and-a-half long hours of mass transit NYC travel after my flight landed at JFK, I made it home again!  I won't mention the guy in the plane who kept falling asleep on my shoulder or the Yankees game that let out just as my Metro North train was coming through the Bronx.

I love to take a picture of all the wonderful goodies I brought home from Convention, not even including swaps!  We got Your Presents stamp set for our make & takes, one set from prize patrol (mine is To You & Yours Too), and two separate all-attendee giveaways, Basic Black archival ink and Season of Cheer paper.

And roomie gifts... it was like Christmas!

Here are the cute make & takes with the stamp set Your Presents.

As always, Convention is always so much whirlwind work to prep for, but such a blast. It is always worth it!  I really miss my roomies.  I had such a great time making new friends!!  Now I'm gonna go take a nap!  :)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Convention Day 3

Day 3 is really a half day for me.  Managers and above, which I am not, get to stay for the afternoon for more leadership training.  This morning we had some on-stage Holiday catalog stamping with Shannon and Pam.

Here are some more fun samples showing some new Holiday catalog product -

Lookie at some new some more new product I am excited about... archival ink and fine-tip glue pen!

While we were staying in a super nice rental house together, us roomies had a shoebox swap together.  So much fun to stamp with my roomies!!

My card will be revealed soon, but here are the other.  Cynthia's -

Diana's - 

Bree's - 

Donna's - 

Kim's - 

After lunch, time for one more bike ride -

Friday, July 24, 2015

Convention Day 2

This morning's run in Memory Grove Park.  The State Capitol is peeking over the hill.

Today is a state holiday, Pioneer Day.  I got some shots of the parade lining up.

In opening session, Brandi came out with the new witch's hat kit on her head.

We made a cute tag in one of our classes.  The cute Santa was fussy-cut out of some new patterned paper.

Making & taking with Brenda and Kim -

Lots of photos today.  I'll have to save some for tomorrow...

FM218 It's Been Oolong

Hi Friends! Time for another Friday Mashup; this week Holly brings us a food/marker challenge.

This is a cute stamp from Sweet Stamp Shop, and I colored it with both Blendabilities and Chromatix markers.  Isn't this so fun and clean?

This week's Mashup Challenge:

  • Create a project with "Food or Drink."
  • Create a project using "Markers to Color."
  • or Mash it Up and create a project with "Food/Drink with Markers."
Stamps:Oolong by Sweet Stamp Shop; Paper: Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Afternoon Picnic DSP; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake Blendabilities, Grass Chromatix markers.
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