Stamp Review Crew – Lovely As A Tree

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Welcome to a very special edition of the Stamp Review Crew blog hop. This week we’re featuring Lovely As A Tree, a timeless stamp set from Stampin’ Up that Shelli (co-founder and CEO) has promised is not going anywhere because it’s so well loved.

But what makes this hop so special is that all of our cards were featured at the Stampin’ Up convention that just ended Saturday. Now, while I didn’t get to go to Salt Lake City this year, several members of our group did, and they graciously put together our board. It was a real honor to be selected to display our artwork on one of the giant boards.

Since LAAT has been around so long, it’s a little hard to come up with something “new”. If you do a search on Google or Pinterest, you will find thousands of cards made with this set. I’ve been loving my Blendabilities, so I decided to see if there was a way I could color the image with them. Since I was working on a Crumb Cake background, I needed to put a whitewash down using Whisper White craft ink using my blender pen. With the whitewash down, the colors really show up well. I used Old Olive and Daffodil Delight. I think it looks like mottled sunlight on the ground. I really like the effect. What do you think?

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Now on to Kay’s blog to see what she has in store for you.
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Stamp Review Crew – Summer Silhouettes

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Welcome to the first Monday in July and another edition of the Stamp Review Crew. This month we’re featuring Summer Silhouettes. I love this stamp set - it reminds me of the summers I spent as a child, chasing butterflies during the day and fireflies at night. I don’t know what kind of flower the main image is, but I know we had them where I was growing up.

 

You can use so many color combinations with this set. Today I’m using Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral and Wild Wasabi. I’m afraid I lost the light when photographing my card, so I will try getting a better picture in the morning.
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On this next card, I made my own version of Flower Soft by grating up Pink Pirouette paper – cheaper than the real thing and it matches the ink colors!

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Now on to Jill’s blog to see what she has in store for you.

 

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Another Glittered Napkin Card

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We had a good turnout at the Glitter Glamour class this past Saturday. I posted a preview of the first card we made last week.  It was very popular – it was even listed on the FAVORITES for the week ending June 29, 2014 on the Splitcoaststampers website.

It’s a fun technique and really easy to do. Here is the second card we made. The cute little hat pin is from a retired embellishment kit from Stampin’ Up. We also made these sweet little double bows. You can find instructions all over the internet – I found mine on the Martha Stewart site. I’ve always thought these bows were so pretty and they’re really not that hard to do. It’s basically the bunny-ears method.

Iguanastamp! Glittered napkin card
I’ll be doing more technique classes in the coming months. Next up will be a Mixed Media class using the new Stampin’ Up masks (stencils). Be watching for upcoming dates and times.

Glittered Napkin Card

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In tomorrow’s class we’ll be doing the glittered napkin technique with Stampin’ Up’s Iridescent Ice. And I am finally enough ahead of the game that I have a sample to share with you.

You know those beautiful napkins you see in Bed, Bath & Beyond and some stationery stores? Well, they can make beautiful cards. These are easy cards to do and they don’t need a lot of embellishment because the added glitter makes them so stunning. All you have to do is pick out a background color that coordinates, and with 50+ colors from Stampin’ Up, you can usually find what you need.

I’ve seen cards on Pinterest that use an adhesive and regular glitter, but I think in a lot of cases, that overpowers the card. The Iridescent Ice is an embossing powder. It melts into the napkin and gives a subtle glimmer. Everyone coming to class will get their own jar of Iridescent Ice to take home and make many more beautiful cards.

Tomorrow we’ll be making a floral card and this beach card:

Iguanastamp! Glittered Napkin Technique
I’ve got some napkins my husband picked up from the grocery store that have palm trees on them that I think I’ll try next. And watch around Christmas time because you can usually find gorgeous napkins that would make over-the-top Christmas cards. Give this technique a try – I’m sure you’ll love the results.

Calling All Heroes

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Stampin' Up Calling All Heroes Stampin’ Up has introduced a new photopolymer stamp set called Calling All Heroes. It is a large set – it has mix and match pieces to create different super hero faces and a full fun alphabet. I live with a family of comic book fans. We’re absolute geeks when it comes to the Marvel heroes turned tv shows and movies and watch all of them.

There are already really cute cards all over Pinterest made with this stamp set. I made a quick and dirty card as soon as I got it. It’s not quite what I want, but I will need to refer to the biggest comic book fanatic I know – my husband – to get his input on what will make it a knock-out card.

Here’s my card:

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And here’s the card from the Stampin’ Up blog that sold me on this set:
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And another adorable one from the blog:

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I will be having a lot of fun with this set!

Cute Baby Cards

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Stampin' Up Something for Baby Until recently, the only baby stamp set I’ve had is the retired Two By Two stamp. But there’s a new set in the catalog called Something for Baby. This cute set has 12 images and each one has a matching framelit – love that! Think of all the possibilities – cards, shower decorations, gift boxes, you name it. Even though it’s a brand new stamp set, I’m sure those creative stampers out there are already coming up with dozens of ways to use this cute set.

I don’t have any need currently for baby cards, but I couldn’t resist this set and matching framelits – especially when you can buy it as a bundle and save 15%! These are the cards I came up with for my Open House.

The sweet paper is from the Lullaby designer series paper. The colors allow you to make a baby boy or girl card, or to keep it gender neutral (did I really just type that?). :-) I paired it with Crisp Cantaloupe and Baked Brown Sugar for this sweet baby girl card.

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I used Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay for this cute little boy card. Love the little tie!
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An Encouraging Word

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I make a lot of cards – birthday cards, thank you cards, Christmas cards, etc. But I don’t send very many of them out (I’m trying to get better). To me, it’s all about playing with stamps and ink and paper. I love the versatility of stamps and trying new tools and techniques.

But over the years I’ve come to understand what receiving a card, especially a hand-made card, can mean to people. And you don’t need to wait for a special occasion to send them. Sometimes a word of encouragement or a “just because” card will really make someone’s day.

I love the sentiment in this set – Feel Goods. It’s a reminder that we are stronger than we think we are.

Do you know someone whose day would be brightened by receiving a card? Grab some paper and stamps and let someone know you’re thinking of them. You’ll both be happy for it.

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