Stamp Review Crew – Serene Silhouettes

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Hello and welcome to another edition of the Stamp Review Crew. This time around we’re focusing on the Serene Silhouettes stamp set.  If you’re hopping in order, you just came from Adriana’s blog, where you always find great ideas.

I love our blog hops, because it challenges me to get outside my comfort zone and try new things. While I love this set and have used it several times, I’ve only inked up the tree silhouette. The other stamps in the set weren’t getting any love. So I inked up the birds on a branch, my next favorite stamp in the set, and came up with this card:

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Serene Silhouettes

I used paper from the Gold Soiree DSP, which has gold in it. The branch was embossed in gold and I used the gold baker’s twine. I embossed two feathers in white on vellum. I originally embossed in gold, but it didn’t show up as well as the white.

Now, for a blast from the past, here is a card I made for Convention last year using the tree from this set:

Stampin Up Zoo Review with images colored in

I hope you like my cards. Thanks for stopping by. And now on to Tanya’s blog for more great ideas.

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Stamp Review Crew – Work of Art

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Hello and welcome to another edition of the Stamp Review Crew. If you’re new to our blog hop, we’re a group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators who get together twice a month to focus on a single stamp set from Stampin’ Up! If you’re hopping in order, you just arrived from Shana’s blog, where you got some great ideas for this set. But you can jump in anywhere and follow along.

This is truly a great set. The swooshes can be used for so many things. I’ve used it previously on my thank you cards as you can see here.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Work of Art
For today’s hop, I combined the chevron stamp with the #hello set to create a card to send to my daughter, who’s away at college. We’re always saying “love you more”, so I think she’ll like this. I combined Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe because when you ink up the chevron with Calypso Coral and keep stamping without re-inking, you end up with Crisp Cantaloupe.
Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Work of Art
I hope you liked my cards. Now on to Tanya’s blog to see what great ideas she has in store for you.

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Watercolor like a Pro!

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I love the Simply Sent Watercolor Winter kit in the holiday catalog. It has everything you need to make 20 cards in 4 different designs. The kit includes instructions and plenty of extras to make additional cards.  Here’s a look at what you get in the kit.

Stampin' Up Watercolor Winter Kit
The great thing is you can make them exactly as suggested or mix things up and make your own designs. Combine with your other Christmas stamps and paper and there’s no telling how many cards you’ll get out of this set.
These are easy cards to make. You need to wait a little for the watercolor to dry, but if you’re really impatient, just pull out your heat gun! :-) Here are a few I made last night. The first two I made as instructed, but the third one I changed up a bit based on cards I saw on Pinterest. I replaced painting wiggly stripes with the Hardwood background. Really like how it turned out.
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  Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up WW kit
Don’t you just love them? I’ll be offering a class later in the month where you can make a set of 4 (1 of each design), or buy the whole kit to make 20. Details coming soon.

Experimenting with Mixed Media

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Every Friday, Splitcoaststampers has a Mixed Media challenge. I love the work I see displayed there, but I have yet to try my hand at it. Until this weekend. The current challenge is to incorporate signs of fall. Well, I’m a sucker for pumpkins and I’ve seen some really cute pumpkin canvas ideas on Pinterest, so I thought I would give it a try.

The definition of mixed media is the use of two or more artistic media, such as ink and pastel or paint and collage combined into a single composition. Well I started to play and ended up pulling out just about everything but the kitchen sink. I used ink and stamps, gelatos, designer paper, filter paper, stencils, embossing folders, charcoal and something that may have been twinkling H2Os, but it had no label so I’m not really sure. I used it like water colors, but it had a metallic shine to the colors.

Iguanastamp! Mixed Media Pumpkin

 

I’m really happy with the way it turned out and had so much fun making it that I will definitely be doing more of these!

 

 

I Love It When A Plan Comes Together!

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This card has been in my head for quite some time, but I have been lacking the Fall Fest stamp set for the pumpkins. I thought it would be so cute to have a cat peeking out of a pumpkin, and I love the cats from the You Little Furball set. But there were so many things on my wish list from the holiday catalog, that I didn’t put Fall Fest on the first order or even the second. And then when I did order it, it was so popular that it was on backorder! In the meantime, I really wanted to do this card, but wasn’t even sure the pumpkin would be the right size.

Actually the set was only backordered a couple of days, but I am not the most patient of persons. So when I finally got it this week, I immediately sat down to create this card. And sure enough, the largest size pumpkin was the perfect fit. I forgot to leave room for a sentiment so next time I’ll stamp that first. What do you think?

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Fall Fest and You Little Furball

Flamingo Lingo

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Well, I managed to get one thing done this weekend. I made a card! Ever have one of those weekends where you have a long to-do list, but you just can’t make any headway? That was this weekend for me. Seems like lately, all my weekends have a long to-do list. But I definitely need, and want, to make more time for stamping.

When I saw the Ronald McDonald set in this year’s catalog, I knew I wanted it. But I had to prioritize my purchases. (Wouldn’t you love to be able to get all you wanted in one giant order?) So this one had to wait. But I was flipping through the catalog a while back and I remembered that I still hadn’t gotten this set. So I put it on my last order and finally got a chance to play.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Flamingo Lingo
This special set is a fund raiser Stampin’ Up does for the Ronald McDonald House. A portion of every purchase goes to this great charity. Last year when I attended Convention, Ronald himself was there. Really – this guy has been the official representative for McDonalds for like the last 20 years, and part of his job is visiting the different houses. His stories were very touching and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house after he finished. It’s a wonderful organization and I’m glad to help out in a small way by buying the stamp set.
 
But look at it – you gotta love the flamingo. Living in Florida, how could I not own this set? I can’t wait to make even more adorable cards with it. This card is my take on one of the ones in the catalog, changed up a bit. What do you think?

Stamp Review Crew – Mosaic Madness

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Welcome to another edition of the Stamp Review Crew, a group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators who blog on the first and third Monday of every month, highlighting a specific Stampin’ Up stamp set. If you’re hopping in order, you just came from Kelly’s blog.

This week we’re featuring Mosaic Madness. This set reminds me of a Moroccan motif. To come up with a color combo, I searched my favorite website – Pinterest – for “Moroccan color combinations.” I settled on this pretty picture. I think it’s from a clothing site, but the link was broken. Hello Honey and Cajun Craze – right?

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Here’s my interpretation:

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Mosaic Madness
I decided I liked the color combination, but the card wasn’t really doing it for me, so I tried a redesign. I think I like this one better – what do you think?
Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Mosai Madness
Ok, I’m back with one more. My Pinterest search for Moroccan colors also turned up a mix of blues and silvers.  Using these colors and this rug as an inspiration,
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I came up with this:
Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Mosaic Madness

I even added sequins. I really am trying to incorporate more bling in my cards and this one has not one, but SEVEN sequins. What do you think?

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