Stamp Review Crew – Mixed Bunch

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Welcome to another edition of the Stamp Review Crew. Hard to believe, but this is our last hop of the year. Not to worry – we’ll be back again the first Monday in January with another great stamp set from the catalog.

This week we’re featuring Mixed Bunch, which has a matching punch (love that!). I am still in Christmas mode. Ok, true confession – I still don’t have all my Christmas cards done. So I tried to look at the set a little differently to see what I could come up with that was Christmassy. Do you remember the old medallion stamps? They were popular when I first started stamping years ago. You stamp a single image multiple times and cut layers from them. One of the “flowers” from the set looked like it had the potential to be a “medallion”. It also has that Nordic look which led me to my choice of colors – red and white.
Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Mixed Bunch

I stamped the image three times on Whisper White with Real Red ink and embossed the image three times on Real Red paper with white embossing powder.  I punched one whole image from each color and then cut the middle designs out. I had enough to make another card in the reverse color scheme.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Mixed Bunch

Which one do you like better?

Now onto the rest of the hop. The next stop is Lisa’s blog at Add Ink and Stamp to see what great ideas she has to share.

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A Little Sneak Peek

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So exciting – I just got my pre-order from the Occasions and SAB catalogs! It was so hard to whittle it down to a first order. I wanted just about everything in the catalog. I decided to pace myself and start out with things I’ll need for the new year, like the perpetual birthday calendar and several Valentine’s sets. I’ll use them for classes in January.

But perhaps my favorite thing in the catalog is a set called Sheltering Tree. It’s a beautiful set that has a painterly quality. I inked it up first thing to create this card.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Shletring Tree

It’s a little hard to photograph in the winter light I have in the mornings before I leave for work. The card is really pretty in Pistachio Pudding with touches of Pirouette Pink. I don’t know how they did it, but it’s almost like you get the results of two-step stamping in one pass. Some of the leaves look darker than others, but I only inked it up once – I promise! :-)

This would be great for any season and the sayings fit a variety of occasions. It is a little larger than I imagined when I saw it in the catalog. Not a bad thing – just a heads up. I will be making a lot of cards with this stamp set.

Here is the whole set. I love all the images you can use to create a scene.

Stampin' Up! Sheltering Tree

Have you seen the catalog yet? I have extras coming in soon. You can pick them up at the Christmas Tag Party on the 20th or if you can’t make it, let me know and I’ll drop one off to you. For my long-distance customers, yours is on the way!

I’ll also have Sale-A-Bration catalogs.  And you will love all the free things you can earn this time around!

Gentle Peace

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As you know if you’ve been reading my blog, I love almost everything in the holiday catalog. But other than the one nativity scene (which is cool, but not really my style), I was disappointed that there wasn’t a more religious Christmas set. Then Stampin’ Up came out with the Gentle Peace set and I ordered it right away. I’ve been playing around with it a bit. It is a simple image – one that can be colored beautifully with Blendabilites, or left plain for a more simple card. Any way you do it is bound to be elegant.

Tomorrow I’ll show some alternative ideas, but today I wanted to show the image I used the Blendabilities on. I tried many different background papers to find the right color and I finally settled on Old Olive for the card base. I embossed a second piece of Old Olive with the Filigree Frame embossing folder.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Gentle Peace
The picture doesn’t really do it justice. Seeing it on screen like this, the green really jumps out at me. I may experiment some more with the color for the card base. What do you think?

Stamp Review Crew – Endless Wishes

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It’s blog hop time with the Stamp Review Crew! Can you believe this is our one-year anniversary? It’s been such a great experience for me – the time has flown by.

This week we’re featuring the Endless Wishes stamp set. Last year Stampin’ Up released a limited number of these sets. They sold out almost immediately. There was so much begging and pleading that Stampin’ Up released another batch, which also sold out quickly. I was one of the lucky ones that got mine the first go round. But you can’t keep a good stamp set down. It reappeared in this year’s holiday catalog, which means if you don’t have this set, there’s still time to get it.

My first card is not too original. There are plenty of samples online that are similar. I’m getting lots of mileage out of my Trim the Tree paper stack and this makes me think of candy canes. I’m also trying to use more embellishments on my cards. Can you see the clear vintage button in the center of the snowflake?

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Endless Wishes

I used sponging and heat embossing on this next one. The snowflakes were stamped and embossed with white embossing powder and then I masked and sponged with Tempting Turquoise and Night of Navy.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Endless Wishes

Finally, here is a card I made when I originally got this set. Don’t know if you can tell, but there’s a spritz of glimmer mist in the sponged area that I made with the shimmer paint Stampin’ Up used to sell. I may go back and do it to the blue card above. It adds so much sparkle.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Endless Wishes

Now hop on over to Mike’s blog to see what he has in store for you – I am always amazed at his creativity!

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Stache Boxes

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I love the Santa Stache stamp set so much! In fact, even though I haven’t been caught up in the mustache craze, I bought the mustache framelit just to use with this set. I’ve made some pretty cute cards with it, which it occurs to me now, I have yet to post. I’ll do that soon, I promise. However, after seeing Brenda Quentana’s (Qbee’s Quest blog) adorable candy boxes made with this set, I just had to break out the stamps again and attempt them.

Brenda used the gift box punch board, which I may get, but I don’t have it now. And I am not a patient person! So I sat down to figure out how to do it without one. Using Brenda’s boxes as a guide and tinkering with the tutorial for a tea bag dispenser on Splitcoast, I came up with these babies -

Iguanastamp! Santa Stache Boxes

I remade the box several times, making it smaller each time. The final dimensions are 3″ x 2″ x 2.5″, which will hold a lot of candy! The mustache holds the lower part of the “mouth” closed. Here they are with candy:

Iguanastamp! Santa Stache Boxes

I didn’t have any Christmas candy, so I used peanut M&Ms. I ate all the other colors so I would have Christmas colors to show in the pictures. O the sacrifices we make for our craft. :-)

I colored the images with Blendabilities and used papers from the Trim A Tree paper pack on the sides. Here is the Nutcracker.

Iguanastamp! Santa Stache boxes

I love them and now I want to make them for all the stockings I have to stuff (and I have quite a few) and maybe some for friends and neighbors. Once I got the basic mechanics down, it went together pretty quickly. And it will be a great way to use up all the Christmas paper scraps I have.

Aren’t they just the cutest thing?

Iguanastamp! Santa Stache Boxes

Dear Santa – I want it all!

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This is it – Stampin’ Up’s biggest sale of year! All week long get 20-50% off your favorite products, with special door buster sales tomorrow (Monday, 11/24) and next Monday, 12/1.

Save 20% on select framelits, 30% on stamp set bundles, 40% off the Big Shot magnetic platform and 50% off on ribbons, punches and much, much more. There are fabulous deals on all the products on your wish list. See the full list at the bottom of this post.

Monday only, take advantage of these special deals:
  • Most Embossing Folders – just $5 Each!*Excludes: Stylish Stripes, Chevron, Beautifully Baroque, and Woodgrain
  • NEW Gift Box Punch Board –now 30% Off! $13.96 instead of $19.95
  • Card Kit Bundle – combine and save 30% Off! Includes the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit AND the Hip Hip Hooray Cardmaking Kit, valued at $49.90, for just $34.93

Get these great deals at 50% off:

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Ornamental Pine

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I’m continuing in my quest to come up with a variety of cards and tags from each of the stamp sets I bought from the holiday catalog. Today I’m focusing on Ornamental Pine. This set was one that I liked, but wasn’t on my wish list. That is, not until I saw the card that Billie Moan (Rambling Rose Studio) did with the set. Sometimes when you see something this gorgeous, you just do your best to recreate it. I immediately bought the stamp set and now here is my version:

Iganastamp! Stampin' Up Ornamental Pine cased from Billie Moan

I’m not sure this picture does it justice. The image was embossed on brushed silver card stock with white embossing powder. I used Gorgeous Grunge for the snow. The pinecones were stamped on a separate piece of silver and popped up on the branches. The great thing about embossing is that you can color on it with your Blendabilities. This card goes together relatively quickly, but I think it looks so beautiful.

With the last set of cards, I used sketch challenges to come up with my cards, but this time since there are so many gorgeous cards made with this stamp set, I continued my CAS(E)ing. Next up is a beautiful card created by Cynthia Millan, a Stampin’ Up demonstrator in Canada. She did this card for the Founders Circle, a retreat of the top US and Canadian demonstrators. If you’re going to swap with the cream of the crop, you want to have a knockout card, and hers is just amazing.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up case of Cynthia Millan

It’s a hard card to photograph because of the glitter, but in person, it’s very pretty. Hers is sponged a little darker around the corners, and I like hers better. Our local LSS was giving away old books to use in art projects and I ended up with a botanical one. There is a chapter on Seed pods, cones and nuts – serendipitous! I got the sponging a little too dark this time, but I have several more pages from that chapter. I think it would be pretty on a 6×6 canvas for a nice little Christmas decoration. Stay tuned. ;-)

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Ornamental Pine

This last one is a little hard to attribute to the original creator. There are many versions on Pinterest. It uses the double-time stamping method, a technique I used on this card. I grunged it up a bit with Gorgeous Grunge, but it looks just as pretty without.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Ornamental Pine
I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface with this stamp set. Imagine it embossed in silver on dark blue card stock. Or in whites and blues on Soft Sky. Have you looked on Pinterest – what’s your favorite example made with this set?
O, and be sure to check out Billie’s and Cynthia’s blogs. Their work is just amazing and will inspire you.