Stamp Review Crew – Sheltering Tree

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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?

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Sheltering Tree

I hope you like my project. Now it’s on to Heidi’s blog to see what she has in store for you.

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Indescribable Gift

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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.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Indescribable Gift
 

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.

Fun with the Butterfly Framelits

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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.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Butterfly Thinlits
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.
Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Butterfly Thilits
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.
Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Butterfly Thinlits
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. ;-)
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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. :-)

Coffee and Cards

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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?

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up! Balloon Bash

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.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up! card and gift bag made with Balloon Bash stamp set

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.

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Cleaning House!

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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. :-)

What I’ve Been Up To

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I just got back from Orlando where I attended the very last ever Stampin’ Up Leadership conference. I had such a great time – I learned a lot and met some wonderful demonstrators from all over, including several I had been wanting to meet from the SplitcoastStampers website.

Part of the fun of any Stampin’ Up event is the swapping. There are general floor swaps and organized swaps. I participated in one organized by Lyssa Zwolanek called Convention Quality Swaps (CQS for short). Organized swaps usually have rules and/or a theme. The CQS swap requires our best work – more than one layer and at least one embellishment.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Big Day stamp set

I bought the Calypso pom pom trim from the Occasions catalog specifically for the swap and I let it guide my design. I also wanted to use the new chalkboard paper which looks so good stamped with the sentiment from the Big Day stamp set – a freebie from the Sale-A-Bration catalog (the cake is from Sketched Birthday).
 

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Big Day

The pom pom trim is very similar in color to the new Rose Coral chalk ink pad and inspired my color choices – Aquamarine (similar to Coastal Cabana), Yellow Citrus (similar to Crushed Curry) and Rose Coral – all in the new chalk inks. I knew my color choice was a good one when I got to the conference and saw all the signage in those colors.
 

A few rhinestones colored with Blendabilities for a little extra bling and the card was done. What do you think?

Sale-A-Bration – Which Will You Choose?

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I’ve said it before – I think this is the best Sale-A-Bration ever. Well, at least as long as I’ve been with Stampin’ Up. I like everything in the catalog and am well on my way to collecting them all! And if that weren’t good enough, you can choose any set of Blendabilities from the annual catalog instead. Now’s a great time to grow your collection.

Over the next couple of weeks I want to highlight some of the SAB items you can choose. First up is the Best Year Ever designer paper. I love the colors in it – Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede and Whisper White.

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The sheet with the stylized flowers (tulips?) is probably my favorite. I paired it with the new Crazy for You stamp set and coordinating Hello You thinlits dies. The color is a little washed out in the picture below, but it’s really pretty IRL

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This card went together quickly – I used sketch #3 from Freshly Made Sketches as my starting point. The flowers are from the stamp set and punched out with the scallop circle punch. My punch has been neglected for quite awhile so I’m glad to have another stamp that coordinates with it.

So now my question for you – which SAB item will you choose?