Welcome to another edition of the Stamp Review Crew. I’m having such a wonderful time doing these blog hops. They are really stretching me creatively. Today we’re featuring Sheltering Tree. This beautiful set may become almost as well loved as Lovely As A Tree. It certainly has potential.
If you’re hopping in order, you just came from Mike’s blog. I always love to see his unique take on our featured stamp sets. But there’s no real rules – you can jump in from anywhere. And if you get lost, just click on the banner at the top of this page to go to the Stamp Review Crew blog and see all the links.
For my project, I decided to try something I’ve had in mind for a long time – stamping on canvas. I’ve been buying canvas boards and stretched canvas for some time now whenever it goes on sale, but I never got around to trying it. Turns out it’s really not hard and although the texture of the canvas shows through, I kind of like the effect. What do you think?
I hope you like my project. Now it’s on to Heidi’s blog to see what she has in store for you.
Do a Google search or look on Pinterest and you will find so many beautiful cards made with the Indescribable Gift stamp set. I wanted to include a card using this set for tomorrow’s Stamp-A-Stack, but because we are making so many different cards, I needed something quick and easy. I came up with this card using watercolor paper and a water brush to color it in. I also used some of the new Irresistibly Yours paper from the SAB catalog, which I spritzed with a mist made from alcohol and Strawberry Slush re-inker.
Its rainy and gray here today and was next to impossible to get a good picture of this card. It’s so much prettier in real life. I think everyone will really love playing with the designer paper and watching the design appear once they spritz it. We’re also making another card with more of this paper and sponging on it. The paper is awesome and I hope it (or something like it) ends up in the new catalog coming out later this year.
My stash of all-occasion cards has gotten pretty low. I needed to build it back up, ideally using a single design that was easy to replicate and vary a bit, based on the occasion or card need. A quick and easy card design was what I was looking for. An added bonus would be one that helped me use up my
hoarded stash supply of retired designer paper. As I was perusing Pinterest (one of my favorite pastimes), I came across this card by Chiaki Haverstick.
Perfect – I can use the butterfly framelits from the Occasions catalog and a variety of sentiments. The bonus is each card takes a 5 x 3 5/8 inch piece of designer paper. Colorful papers with small patterns work the best. I used a sheet from the Beyond the Garden dsp for this card.
Here’s a view from the side. You can see how I also stamped the inside of the card. This butterfly stamp is from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar set.
I was able to use a sheet from the International Bazaar dsp and make additional cards. I used sentiments from various sets to come up with 6 cards all together, in less than an hour. I had a very productive morning.
One thing to note, because of the intricacies of the butterfly thinlits, you end up with lots of little bits of paper. Here in Florida, we call them hanging chads. ;-)
This is one of the cards we’ll be making this Saturday at the Spring Stamp-A-Stack. There’s still room for one more if you want to join us. :-)
Happy Valentine’s Day! Did you give out any hand-stamped cards? Did you get any? I had a class today – our first Coffee and Cards class and no, we didn’t make Valentine’s cards. We’re meeting each month at Geraldine’s house to make birthday cards. Today we used the Balloon Bash stamp set from the Occasions catalog.
For our first card, I tweaked a design I found on Sharon Cheng’s blog. I liked that she used the little lace doilies on her card. I have a pack that I really haven’t used and I thought this would be a great way to use them. They add the perfect touch, don’t they?
Our second project was a card and matching gift bag. I was originally inspired by a box in the Occasions catalog that used the Balloon Bash stamp set. Here’s a link to the Pinterest pin. We modified the mini treat bag framelit to make the gift bag, and made a card to match.
I actually saw that someone else came up with this same idea and she stamped the tissue paper as well, which I thought was a great idea, so we added some color to the tissue paper, too. Sorry, but I can’t find the site I found it on to give proper credit, but if I find it, I’ll update this post.
All in all, we had a great time. We’d love to have you join us. The next one is Saturday, March 7. Email me for more information.
In an effort to get my stamp room under control, I am putting a lot of my retired stamp sets on this site for sale at reduced prices. If you look at the navigation at the top of this page, you’ll see I’ve added a new link for my stamps. I’m just getting started, so keep checking back. For now, I’m adding pictures, but as the list gets longer, I may have to switch to a list only.
Some stamps are brand new, many are lightly used and a few are well loved, but all stamp well. I will also be putting some on ebay, but for the most part, the prices will be cheaper here as there won’t be anyone bidding against you. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. :-)