Stamp Review Crew – Happy Scenes


Hello and welcome. It’s the first Monday of the month (or will be shortly) and time for another edition of the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop. On the first and third Monday of each month our group of international Stampin’ Up demonstrators bring you our take on a specific stamp set in the catalog.

This week we’re showing ways to use the Happy Scenes stamp set. This set has a coordinating window framelit and makes adorable cards – like looking at scenes through a window. However, being a member of this team is teaching me to “think outside the box”. The enormously talented members of our team are always coming up with unique ideas for the stamp sets we feature. So I decided to skip the framelit and make a shaker card.

I used card sketch #264 from the Paper Players Challenge. I paired the image with some paper from the gorgeous Into the Woods designer paper. The “fluff” inside the shaker card is Flower Soft. Now there are several ways to make your own version of this embellishment, including using your grater to grate our card stock. This is a great way to do it because you know it will match your inks and papers. However, I have had this jar for years and it’s still almost full. I did a major purge earlier this year, so now I’m trying to use up whatever’s left.

Here is a close up of the image inside the shaker. It’s a little hard to get a picture without glare.

I hope you like my card. Now it’s time to see what great ideas Dawn has for us.

World Card Making Day


Happy WCMD! I hope you had a chance to do something crafty. Carol, one of my team members, and I held a fun event this morning. We had people come by to do a make and take, play with some paper pumpkin kits and munch on donut holes. Of course we had drawings with lots of prizes as well.

Here are some pictures from our event:


Around the make and take table



Busy at work. If you look way in the background, you’ll see my big display board. I forgot to take a picture of it. :-(



Playing with a Paper Pumpkin kit



Partners in crime

I had a lot of fun getting ready for this event. I wanted to display lots of ideas – cards from previous and upcoming classes and Paper Pumpkin kits. Here are a couple of the displays:



Carol is a fairly new demonstrator, but she had a display set up with lots of great card ideas:



We stayed until they kicked us out for a kid’s birthday party. I guess I should show you the card we made. It’s a fairly simple card using the For All Seasons stamp set, one of my favorites that made it from last year’s holiday catalog into the main catalog. We used the Rock & Roll technique on the large leaves (a little hard to see in the picture).



Wish you could have joined us. Whatever you did today, I hope you had some time to play, preferably with stamps, paper and ink. :)

Stamp Review Crew – No Bones About It


Welcome to another edition of the Stamp Review Crew. I’m the last one on the hop this time around, so you probably already know who we are. But in case you jumped in at the end, we’re an international group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators who get together twice a month to highlight a different SU stamp set.

This week we’re featuring the adorable No Bones About It stamp set. Where was this set 10-15 years ago when my boys were really into dinosaurs? Well, actually I wasn’t even stamping back then, but if I’d seen this set, I probably would have started. :-)

I love that this set includes the skeletons as well as the dinosaur shapes, but for my card, I wanted to create a dino-scene. I came across a tutorial for Bendi cards this week and decided it would be a fun way to display my dinosaurs.


A bendi card has two flaps with tabs that fit into slits to make a 3-D card. This allows you to have layers to create depth and dimension.

Here is the card with one flap open:


With both flaps open:


Just lay the flaps flat and the whole card will fit in an envelope.  I went over the edges of the card quite a bit, so I’ll need a larger envelope, but if you stay within the dimensions of the card base, you’ll be able to fit it into a regular envelope.

Well that’s my project. I hope you like it. I think I kept herbivores together, so there will be no carnage going on here. I showed to my now-teenage dinosaur-loving son who informed me that “rawr” really means I love you in dinosaur. He googled it to prove it to me. Who comes up with these things?

You can move backwards in the hop to see what Tanya made or return to the beginning of the hop to view Heidi’s projects.

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Summer Stamp Camp – Post-it Note Holder


This past Saturday we had a summer “stamp camp for grown ups” at my house. This end of summer event was a chance for us to get together and use stamps and inks to create projects beyond basic cards. I’ll post the projects this week as I have time.

First up is this cute little post-it note holder.


This particular style holder has a little place to hold your pen. I got these mini gel pens from Amazon, but if you’re lucky, you may find them cheaper at the Dollar store.

Love the paper – it’s from the Pretty Petals paper pack. Each sheet of 6×6 paper is enough for 4 covers. The flower stamp is from a previous Paper Pumpkin kit. Its shape looks very similar to the flowers in the paper. Finally, the sentiment is from the Happy Happenings stamp set. This particular one is something I would say to my daughter.

Here is a look at the inside:


I think it turned out really cute. I’m tempted to keep it, but they’re so easy to whip up, I guess I can bear to part with it and send it to my daughter.

We had a fun time. Prepping for the camp was a lot of work, but I think everyone had fun. We might just make this a regular event. Camp Iguanastamp – kind of catchy, don’t you think?

Best Thoughts


I think sometimes the hostess stamp sets at the back of the catalog get overlooked, and that’s a shame. I like all the sets in this year’s annual catalog, but Best Thoughts is at the top of my list. The hydrangea lends itself to several fun coloring techniques. For my card, I used blender pens with Stampin’ Write markers on the Shimmery White paper. This is the first time I’ve used this paper, but it’s lovely. It’s got a slight shimmer to it and it holds up to water brushes and blender pens better than regular Whisper White paper.


I embossed the flower with white embossing powder and colored the flowers with Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride and a touch of Melon Mambo in the flower centers. Here’s a closer look.


I was going for a water colored look, which doesn’t need to look perfect. It’s ok to go outside the lines and leave unpainted spaces – much less stressful that way. Of course, I’m my own harshest critic, and at first I wasn’t sure I liked how it looked. But I set it aside for awhile and now I’m really liking it.

What do you think?

A Graduation Card


I’m a little late getting this card out to my daughter’s boyfriend, but I hope he will think it’s worth the wait. I decided to go with the card in a box. It’s been awhile since I made one, but fortunately, I put the directions on my blog the last time I made one.

Their school colors are black and gold and at first I was a little stumped as to how to keep it from looking bland. I generally use more colors in my cards. Unfortunately, my pictures aren’t helping. Someone told me my lens might be foggy. Might be time to switch to another camera.


I used gold paper on the tassel and seal on the diploma, but the card needed more gold. So I pulled out all my stars – punch, border punch and framelits. I punched out the centers of the biggest stars and adhered a smaller star in the center on the strips of window sheet that support the standing stars. I scattered the small stars from the border punch on the bottom panels. Here is a closeup:


And here it is (almost) closed. You should test periodically as you’re building your card so that nothing sticks over the edges like it does on mine.


Of course, now my daughter is complaining that the card I made her didn’t have nearly the same “wow” factor to it, so I reminded her that his gift isn’t nearly as nice as what she got. ;-)

Stamp Review Crew – Crazy About You


Welcome to another edition of the Stamp Review Crew. In case you’re new here, we’re a group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators from all over the world who get together to do a blog hop on the first and third Monday of each month. We focus on a single stamp set so that you can see the variety of ways in which to use it.

Looks like I’m kicking off the hop today, but you can start from anywhere and hop forwards or back. Today we’re highlighting the Crazy About You stamp set. This versatile set has a variety of words and phrases that you can use alone or in conjunction with the coordinating Hello You framelits.

The card base started out as something entirely different that I set aside because it wasn’t working for me. The paper is from the Farmers Market designer series paper. I love how it looks like an old wooden fence. And when I looked at the larger flower in the stamp set, it reminded me of the purple clementine flowering vines that cover an old wooden fence in my neighborhood. So here is how my card came together:


It’s a little overcast here, so the picture is not as vibrant as the card is. I stamped the flowers with Elegant Eggplant and Perfect Plum and used 1-3 layers. The centers are candy dots (so fun). I love the look I see on a lot of cards lately of words that look like they were punched from a labeler, so I used white embossing powder on black paper. I think it ties in well with the black “hello” and the knotholes in the wooden fence.

I think it makes for a fun card to give to someone. What do you think?

Now you can hop on over to Holly’s blog to see what she has in store. If you get lost at anytime, just click the banner at the top of this page to see the entire list of blogs. I guarantee you’ll find some great ideas for this stamp set!

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