Tuesday, January 15, 2019

It's all about the Treats!

Happy Tuesday! Are you surprised to see me? I don't normally post on Tuesdays, but today is the 15th of the month, which means it is time for another Stamping Symphony Blog Hop!

I have some incredibly talented stampers in my Stamping Symphony family and each month we get together to showcase some of our work. This month we are all about Sale-a-bration!

One of the most popular stamp sets in the Sale-a-bration brochure so far as been So Hoppy Together. Those cute little frogs are just too much fun to stamp and colour! Check out this cute birthday card...

Can you guess where that paper came from? It is in the Annual Catalouge and one I absolutely LOVED when the catalogue first came out and then all but forgot about with the busy Christmas season. It is the Tropical Escape DSP pack. There are so many great images in the perfect shades of green to work with these cute froggies. I even pulled in some die-cut leaves (which to me kind of look like lily pads) from the  Tropical Thinlits.

I coloured my frog using the Granny Apple Green Blends combo pack and used the dark Mango Melody Blends for the crown. The dragon fly is coloured using the light Granny Apply Green and then I added some magical Wink of Stella to make his wings sparkle. The die-cut sentiment was cut from Basic Black card stock using the new Well Written Framelit dies. I used part of one of the sentiments in the stamp set and fussy cut out the "hoppy" for a cute, punny birthday sentiment.

On the inside I added a Whisper White panel, glued in a strip of leftover DSP and added a sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set and another cute little dragonfly.

As cute as this card is, there is much more awesomeness to been seen from my fellow bloggers. Be sure to check out their masterpieces too... and leave a comment to let them know you found them.

Have a great week!

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Hey Love Treats

Happy Monday! I hope you had a good weekend. Mine was super-busy as I hosted my Sale-a-bration Bingo event on Saturday evening. We had a great time and my guests enjoyed browsing my displays of new products and project ideas. One lucky guest was the big winner of three of the five bingo games!
Now that that event is finished it's time to start thinking about Valentine's Day which, believe it or not, is exactly one month from today! I just love creating cute treat holders for my kiddos at school (yes, even teenagers like getting sweet treats) and for my son's classmates. I pulled out the adorable Hey Love stamp set, which will be my featured product all week long.

Check out this adorable treat box...

If you haven't checked out the adorable pillow boxes in the annual catalogue yet, you are missing out! I love them for quick and easy treat packaging. This one holds four Ghirardelli chocolate caramels squares...such a yummy Valentine's treat!

I just adore the sweet gorilla image from the Hey Love stamp set and coloured him using Smokey Slate and Basic Black Stampin' Blends. I'm featuring this project in my Tuesday Live @ Five video over on my Facebook page, so be sure to check it out for some colouring tips and all of the measurements.

I decorated my box using some All my Love DSP and coordinating ribbon. The hearts are cut using the new Be Mine Stitched Framelits...sooooo in love with that set (pardon the pun!). I'll be featuring them NEXT week! I decided to fussy cut my sentiment so that I could spread it out across the top of the focal image.

I think this little box will find it's way into my son's Valentines basket this year, though there are some other really cute ideas I came up with while playing with this set. Be sure to check them all out in my Tuesday Live @ Five video or later in the week on the Video Tutorials tab above.

Thanks for stopping by today...I'll be back tomorrow for our monthly Stamping Symphony team blog hop. In the meantime, have a great day!

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Happiness Blooms...

...well...maybe not today! It's the first Monday back to work after Christmas break and I have to admit I am no where near ready to go back. It was soooo good to have just one job to focus on for a couple of weeks...now it's back to the insanity. *sigh* I can't wait till I retire and can spend my days with rubber and ink! Just seven more years to go! ;)
This week I am focusing on the Happiness Blooms Suite of products on pages 24-26 of the new Occasions Catalogue. This cheery suite includes a bold, modern floral stamp set, gorgeous DSP, ribbon, embellishments and adorable bitty punches. There is also a fabulous Memories and More card pack and coordinating cards and envelopes....more on those later! I spent some time playing with this suite over the weekend and had fun experimenting with different ideas and techniques. I'll be featuring three cute projects in my Tuesday Live @ Five video this week, but here is a sneak peek at one of them...

This sweet card features the stamps from the Bloom by Bloom stamp set. I used the daisy image and stamped it several times, rotating the stamp slightly each time, which gave me a flower that reminds me of an aster. I used Lovely Lipstick ink for the flowers, which gave me the perfect opportunity to pull in some of the GORGEOUS Lovely Lipstick foil sheets from the Sale-a-bration brochure. That stuff is beyond fantastic...the photo in the brochure actually does it an injustice...it's simply stunning!I used it to mat my focal image, cutting both with the Stitched Rectangle dies (another TO-DIE-FOR new product!) I also punch a little bitty flower from the same foil using the Bitty Blooms punch pack.

The background DSP is from the Botanical Butterfly Sale-a-bration pack. I just can't get enough of that stuff! This is, by far, the BEST Sale-a-bration DSP we have seen in years! It is sooo versatile! The sentiment I used is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set, which is also new in the Occasions Catalogue. I did manage to pull a couple of embellishments from the Annual Catalogue, using the silver metallic edge ribbon and some silver metallic pearls.

On the inside I added a Whisper White panel and stamped another sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays set and some more flowers from the Bloom by Bloom set. I love the pop of the Lovely Lipstick against the stark black and white...so fun!

Be sure to check out the recording of my live video below.... have a happy Monday!

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