The Stamp Review Crew: Picture Perfect Birthday Edition

Stamp Review Crew: Picture Perfect Birthday

It’s time for the Stamp Review Crew: Picture Perfect Birthday edition! If this is your very first visit to one of our hops, The Stamp Review Crew is a group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first, third and fifth Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set used in a variety of ways, giving you loads of inspiration for that set! The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog. You will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want! This week we are featuring the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set from the Occasions Catalog. If you are following along in order, you have just arrived from Lou Kitzelman. Her work is just beautiful!  After visiting me, you will continue to the next stop, the incomparable Tanya Boser.  She is always an inspiration.  Enjoy this week’s hop!

The Stamp Review Crew: Picture Perfect Birthday Edition
Pop Up Book Card

How can one set have so many adorable images? With so many choices, I simply could not decide on which one to use, so I decided to use them all.  What better way to showcase them than with a Pop Up Book fancy fold!

Stamp Review Crew: Picture Perfect Birthday Edition

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

The inside of the card features a fun striped pattern from the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper collection.  I needed a piece which was 8-1/2″ x 5-3/8″” to form the inside base, and unfortunately the fun Picture Perfect paper featured in the catalog with this set is only 6″ x 6″.  However, because of the colors, it coordinates great with the “confetti” Picture Perfect paper on the sides of the “book”.

Stamp Review Crew: Picture Perfect Birthday Edition

The tube sections of the noisemakers were stamped in Pool Party and Fresh Fig, the fringe in Berry Burst, and the roll out in Lemon Lime Twist.  Tutti Frutti  adhesive backed sequins and rhinestones were used as accents.  The sentiment on the facing page was inked in Berry Burst, while the bow is Pool Party.  Remember, you can get double duty out of your inks by stamping off, then overstamping in full strength.

This is a top view of how this fold looks:

Stamp Review Crew: Picture Perfect Birthday Edition

Isn’t it cool? There are several excellent tutorials and videos on how to create this fancy fold.  Just search for “Pop Up Book Card Tutorial” and you will be richly rewarded.  Of course, there is a front to  this card, and here it is!

Stamp Review Crew: Picture Perfect Birthday Edition

A bit of sparkle is added by using  Myths & Magic Turquoise Glimmer Paper.  I LOVE this glimmer paper collection from the Occasions Catalog.  And what about the new Simple Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder?  It’s such a clean look.

Stamp Review Crew: Picture Perfect Birthday Edition

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. Won’t you let me know in your comment?  If would like to try your hand at creating your own Picture Perfect Birthday Pop Up card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.  And don’t forget – a $50 order before tax and shipping will also earn you a Sale-A-Bration reward!  If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

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Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now hop along to Tanya Boser to see what she has in store for you!  If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew.

Stamp Review Crew: Picture Perfect Birthday Edition

Stamp Review Crew: Picture Perfect Birthday EditionLittle GQ says we’ll see you next time…

Stamp Review Crew Picture Perfect Birthday Edition

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Price: $110.00

Pretty Thank You Card (Plus Meet the Puppy)

Boxer puppy pictures are at the end of today’s post.  But first, let’s stamp a card!  Who couldn’t use a pretty thank you card, especially one as easy to create as this one? The Petal Passions Designer Series Paper is easily colored using Stampin’ Blends, while Lemon Lime Twist Glimmer Paper adds beautiful bling! This pretty thank you card is a cinch to create using the step-by-step tutorial I have made for you. I hope you enjoy today’s card.  Have fun creating your own!

pretty thank you card

Colors of the Day
Stamps and Papers and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Petal Palette (145785 W or 145788 C) OR Petal Palette Bundle (145973 W, 145974 C)

Paper:  144243 Berry Burst Cardstock (4-1/4” x 11”) scored at 5-1/2” to form the card base, 100730 Whisper White Cardstock (scrap), 144245 Lemon Lime Twist  (4” x 5-1/4”), 145601 Myths & Magic 6” x 6” Glimmer Paper (Lemon Lime Twist – 2” x 2”, 4” x 1”, 4-1/2” x 3”), 145589 Petal Passions Designer Series Paper (3-7/8” x 5-1/8”)

Ink: 144083 Berry Burst,  131181 Soft Sky, Stampin’ Blend Combo Packs:  144603 Daffodil Delight, 144597 Old Olive, 144604 Pink Pirouette, 144605 Pool Party, 144602 Rich Razzleberry, 144608 Color Lifter

Other: 143263 Big Shot, 141705 Layering Circles Framelits, 145655 Petals and More Thinlits (included in bundle), 102845 Blender Pens, 145489 Berry Burst 3/8” Metallic Edge Ribbon, 145632 Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes, 141897 Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen, 104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals, 104332 SNAIL Permanent Adhesive, 138309 Fine-Tip Glue Pen

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

1. Using Stampin’ Blend Combo Packs, color the Designer Series Paper pattern shown in the picture as follows: Large Flower – petals in Rich Razzleberry with center and highlights in Pink Pirouette; Leaves – Old Olive; Medium Flowers and Roses – Pink Pirouette with Daffodil Delight centers if needed; Small Flowers – Pool Party. Outline all images in Soft Sky ink using a Blender Pen.

Pretty Thank You Card

Notice how I left white highlights which I colored in with Pink Pirouette?

2. Adhere the designer paper to the Lemon Lime Twist cardstock. Add Berry Burst ribbon 5/8” up from the bottom. Adhere to the card base.
3. Accent the large flower with Wink of Stella. Add round Clear Epoxy Shapes to the center of the large flower and two small flowers.

Pretty Thank You Card

4. Die cut the lacy border and leaves from the Petals and More Thinlits collection from Lemon Lime Twist Glimmer Paper. Adhere as shown using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

Pretty Thank You Card

5. Ink the sentiment in Berry Burst ink, masking as necessary in order to place the words on top of each other.  (I inked the sentiment, placed a post-it note over “you”, and stamped onto Whisper White cardstock.  Then I repeated the process, only the second time I covered the word “thank”.  A Stamp-a-ma-jig will help you place the words perfectly. )  Die cut using the Layering Circles Thinlits. (I used the second smallest circle.) Create the corresponding scallop circle from glimmer paper. “Pop” the sentiment on top of the scallop using dimensionals.  Adhere to the card. Tip: Tear & Tape Adhesive will stick perfectly over the glimmer paper.

Pretty Thank You Card

Just think of all the pretty thank you cards you could make from a package of Petal Passions Designer Series Paper! And if you are not in need of a pretty thank you card, how about a birthday or thinking of you card?

If you would like to check out more cards made with the Petal Palette Bundle and the Petal Passion Suite, check out these posts:

On the CASE:  A CASE of Petal Palette
A Peek at Petal Palette

If you enjoyed today’s “Pretty Thank You Card” and would like to make your own, the supply list is located below. Clicking on a product takes you right to my store. Be sure to use this month’s Host Code. Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code. If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code. You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

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Meet the Puppy

I wasn’t in the market for a new family member.  But who could resist this sweet face?

pretty thank you card

Meet Happy Tail’s – Anscha Dressed for Success, otherwise known as GQ.  I own GQ with his breeder, Amy.  Because Amy is on the road at dog shows, she knew she would not be able to give GQ the type of home and socialization a puppy needs.  She enlisted my help … and the rest is history.  GQ will live with the Schach Pack until it is time for him to be nationally campaigned in two years.  During the time he is being campaigned, he will live with Amy, but Kim and I will see him on show weekends.  He will return to his forever home with us when he retires from the show ring,

Not only has GQ won the hearts of my husband and I, Muffy has adopted him as her own!

pretty thank you card

Her face may be silver, but she is still young at heart! I will be sure to post pictures of GQ’s puppyhood.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and card.  Remember, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away. Until next time…

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Price: $110.00

2018 Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration

2018 Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration

Click to View the 2018 Occasions Catalog

It’s LIVE!  The Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog is  now live, and it’s time for  Sale-A-Bration! You can finally order all of those fabulous products you have been waiting for!


Watch the video above to see more of the cute offerings in the new Occasions Catalog!

2018 Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration

Click Here to Open the Sale-A-Bration Brochure

Of course, who can resist the FREE products which are available!   Sale-A-Bration is one of the biggest Stampin’ Up! promotions of the year with many ways to earn FREE products.  It runs Jan. 3 thru March 31.

Celebrate Sale-A-Bration in THREE Ways!!!

  1. You can earn FREE Sale-A-Bration exclusive products (click here to see your choices) for every $50 you spend, based on your total before shipping and tax.  NEW this year is $100 reward level, which gives you more flexibility and options for your free items.
    1. If you spend $50, you earn one free level 1 product.
    2. If you spend $100, you earn one free level 2 product OR you can choose two level 1 items.
    3. If you spend $150, you have the option to choose three level 1 items or one level 1 item and one level 2 item.
  2.  Do you have a BIG WISH LIST?  Place an on-line order of $250 or more and get $25 in additional Stampin’ Rewards.  You’ll also earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration product for every $50 you spend before shipping and tax.
  3. Purchase THE ULTIMATE BUNDLE and get 2 FREE STAMP SETS!  Now is the time to purchase the $99 Starter Kit  and join Stampin’ Up!  Build your kit with up to $125 in your choice of products – that’s $26 FREE.  Plus the kit ships FREE for another 10% savings.  As a Sale-A-Bration bonus, add your choice of TWO FREE STAMP SETS  from either the Occasions or Annual Catalog, any price.  (Host and Sale-A-Bration stamp sets are excluded.)  There is NO risk, NO obligation to purchase more (but you’ll have at least a 20% discount if you do), and  NO penalty to drop!   Purchase the kit through me and become part of The Schach Pack! JOIN HERE.

If you have any questions, or need a copy of the Occasions Catalog, don’t hesitate to email me!  Until next time!

Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code. If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.  This month’s give-away will be the Tutti Frutty Adhesive Backed Sequins!

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On the CASE: A CASE of Petal Palette

On the CASE: A CASE of Petal Palette

Welcome to our first On the CASE of the New Year!  Your favorite stamping sleuths are back at work continuing our quest: To work through current Stampin’ Up! catalogs breaking down gorgeous samples, step-by-step, just for you! In “case” this is your first “On the CASE” visit, here is the scoop: Twice a month, on the first and third Wednesdays, we will be CASEing a card from one of Stampin’ Up!’s current catalogs. CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we will be doing. We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free tutorials included in our posts. Both Nicole and I opted to CASE a card from the new Occasions Catalog , which goes live today!  It’s time for On the CASE: A CASE of Petal Palette.

On the CASE: A CASE of Petal Palette
Occasions Catalog – Page 23 (set), Page 22 (card)

I am in love with the new Petal Palette stamp set.  I had so much fun creating my first card with this set (see it and the tutorial HERE),  that I couldn’t wait to CASE one of the lovely Petal Palette designs found in the new Occasions Catalog.  I selected the one which features the adorable little bird image.  I hope you will give this card a try!

On the CASE: A CASE of Petal Palette

Colors of the Day
Stamps and Papers and Inks…Oh, My!

Stamps:  Petal Palette Bundle
Paper:  Basic Black (5-1/2″ x 11″),  Old Olive (4-1/2″ x 3-1/2″), Pool Party (3-1/2″ x 1-1/2″),  Silver Glimmer (4-1/4″ x 1-1/2″), Whisper White (2-1/2″ x 2″), Petal Passion Memories & More Card Pack
Ink: Basic Black Archival, Pool Party
Other:  Aqua Painter, Big Shot,  Petals & More Thinlits,  SNAIL Adhesive, Tear & Tape Adhesive, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Petal Passion Embellishments

“On the CASE” Notes
Your Step-by-Step Guide

(Note:  Although not shown in the catalog, I created a card base in order to convert this into a conventionally sized card.  Although this card uses items from the Petal Passion Memories & More Card Pack, you can substitute designer series paper of your choice, and die cut a label using the Lots of Labels framelits.)

1.  Score the Basic Black card stock at 4-1/4″ to form the card base.

2.  Select the 4′ x 6″ Polka Dot card from the Petal Passion Memories & More Card Pack.  Cut 3/8″ off each end.

On the CASE: A CASE of Petal Palette

3.  Adhere to the card base.

On the CASE: A CASE of Petal Palette

4.  Select the 4″ x 2-7/8″ label card from the Petal Passions Memories & More Card Pack. Ink the Dots image with Pool Party and stamp the label full strength the first time, and stamp two more times up the label without re-inking.

On the CASE: A CASE of Petal Palette

Adhere into position on the card base using dimensionals.

5.  Ink the Bird image in Basic Black and stamp onto Whisper White card stock.    Add touches of Pool Party as illustrated using the Aqua Painter. Tip:  Gently squeeze the closed ink pad in order to puddle ink in the lid.  Use this ink with the Aqua Painter.

On the CASE: A CASE of Petal Palette

Die cut with the bird thinlit.

On the CASE: A CASE of Petal Palette

Set aside to use later.

6.  Die cut the leaves from Old Olive.

On the CASE: A CASE of Petal Palette

Adhere to the label using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

On the CASE: A CASE of Petal Palette

7.  Stamp the sentiment in Basic Black onto Pool Party. Die cut out.

On the CASE: A CASE of Petal Palette

8.  Die cut the border from Silver Glimmer Paper.

On the CASE: A CASE of Petal Palette

9.  Adhere the sentiment to the Glimmer Paper as shown, using Tear & Tape Adhesive.

On the CASE: A CASE of Petal Palette

10.  Pop up on dimensionals, and adhere to the label.

On the CASE: A CASE of Petal Palette

11.  Adhere the bird into position using a dimensional.

On the CASE: A CASE of Petal Palette

12.  Add two Petal Passion leaf embellishments –

On the CASE: A CASE of Petal Palette

adhering into position with glue dots.

On the CASE: A CASE of Petal Palette

How Hard Was It to Crack This CASE

In the mood for an easy card?  Then this one’s for you!  There are no difficult techniques involved at all.  I can’t wait to use more of the Petal Passions Memories & More cards to design quick and easy cards like this one! I feel a class coming on!!! Difficulty Level:  2 out of 5

On the CASE: A CASE of Petal Palette

#SUontheCASE

Nicole and I hope our projects today inspire you to try CASEing the catalog, too! We’ll be “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest). If we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

On the CASE Season to SparkleNow head on over to Nicole at  Pixel Maven’s Retreat to see the CASE file she has been working on.  Nicole always writes the BEST tutorials!  You will love what she has created for you.  It’s awesome!

Would you like to check out the most recent Cold CASE Files?  Try these:

On the CASE:  Beautiful Bouquet Sentiment
On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree
On the CASE: A Season to Sparkle
The CASE of A Brightly Lit Christmas
A CASE of Good Tidings
A CASE of Nature Sings
A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments
A CASE of Gourd Goodness
The CASE of the Sheltering Tree
The CASE of the Beautiful Bouquet
The CASE of the Birthday Blooms

Ready to get On this CASE?  If you enjoyed On the CASE: A CASE of Petal Palette, and would like to try your hand at creating your own CASE,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code. If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

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And remember, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away. Until next time – CASE away!

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Price: $110.00

Nature Sings for Christmas

Nature Sings Nature Sings
“Majestically he stood on this cold, Christmas evening, his breath hanging heavily in the air.  Frost coated the trees, turning their dark branches into sparkling jewels, while the snow was a silent carpet beneath my feet.
Nature Sings

 

I dared not move, lest the beauty of the moment be spoiled.  Instead, I stood motionless, daring not to breathe, drinking in every detail, searing this vision into my memory.

As I stood there, he raised his head to look at me, gazing curiously at this creature who dared to enter his kingdom.  Sensing no danger, he returned to grazing on the few blades of frozen grass peeking from the snow.
Nature Sings
Although I could have lingered for hours, I had places to go, family to see.  Sadly I continued on my way.  But even all these years later, I remember our encounter vividly – a memory to be treasured.”
Nature Sings
I hope you are spending a wonderful day with family and friends.  Kim and I are staying home starting new holiday traditions, since Brady was not able to come home for Christmas.  It is our first Christmas without him.  However, we have Muffy, Brody, Jackie and a new little boy, GQ, to share our day.  Christmas dinner will be what my family always served for Christmas Eve – Potato Noodle Soup, served with homemade bread.  Simple fare but wonderfully tasty.   We will spend the afternoon snuggled up in front of the fire, dogs on our lap, watching Christmas movies and playing with the pup.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card created with the Nature Sings stamp set, along with the story.  Please consider them my gifts to you, my friends.   May you all be blessed with the gifts of joy, peace and love – and may you encounter the beauty of your own deer in the woods.  Until next time…

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A Peek at Petal Palette

With the last of my Christmas cards in the mail, I found time to play with one of the new sets from the Occasions Catalog. The catalog, which goes live January 3rd, is filled with fabulous papers, ribbons, embellishments, and of course, stamp sets. I hope you like this peek at Petal Palette, one of my favorites. I have included a step-by-step tutorial for you!

A peek at Petal Palette

Colors of the Day
 Your Step-by-Step Guide: A Peek at Petal Palette

1.  Create the card base by scoring and folding the Whisper White Thick Cardstock at 5-1/2”.

2.  Emboss the left side of the card front with the pictured Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

A peek at Petal Palette

3.  Mat the white cardstock onto Pool Party and adhere to the card base with dimensionals.

4.  Die cut the frond, lace panel and lacy flower from Whisper White cardstock. Adhere to the card front as shown using a Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

 A Peek at Petal Palette

5.  Stamp the rose image in Memento ink. Color using Old Olive and Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Blends. Remove color if needed with the Color Lifter. Die cut with the appropriate thinlit. Adhere to the card front.

A Peek at Petal Palette

6.  Stamp the sentiment in Basic Gray. Die cut with the 2-1/2” Layering Oval framelit. Create the corresponding scalloped oval from Pool Party. Adhere the oval to the scallop using dimensionals, and add to the card front using SNAIL.

A Peek at Petal Palette

7.  Enjoy!

A Peek at Petal Palette

I hope you enjoyed today’s peek at Petal Palette, and I hope you are enjoying the blog’s new look! My friend, Nicole Watt of Integrant Services, did a wonderful job, don’t you think?

It’s Time to Share!

I have compiled all of the information for my annual Occasions Catalog Shares.  Here it is

1.  DESIGNER SERIES PAPER SHARE – $29 (Includes postage)

30 – 6” x 12” sheets of Designer Series Paper

Sweet Soiree – 6 sheets
Painted With Love – 6 sheets
Petal Passion – 6 sheets
Myths & Magic – 6 sheets
True Gentleman – 6 sheets

27 – 6” x 6” sheets of Designer Series Paper Stacks

Picture Perfect Party – 12
Tutti-Frutti – 12
Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper – 3 (1 each of 3 colors)

Total:  60 sheets

2.  RIBBON SHARE – $12.50 (Includes postage)

Approximately 1- 1/4 yards of each of the following new ribbons:

3/8” Berry Burst Metallic Edge Ribbon
Love Mini Tinsel Trim – Powder Pink
Love Mini Tinsel Trim – Gold
1/4” Whisper White Organza Ribbon
3/8″ Lemon Lime Twist Mini Striped Ribbon
3/8″ Night of Navy Corduroy Ribbon

Approximately 1 yard of each of the following new paper ribbons:

Bermuda Bay
Berry Burst
Lemon Lime Twist

Approximately 2-1/2 yards of Silver Baker’s Twine

Total:  13 yards of Ribbon and Baker’s Twine

3.  EMBELLISHMENTS SHARE – $10 (Includes postage)

4 Birthday Mini Binder Clips (1 each of 4 colors)
4 Petal Passion Embellishments (2 each of 2 designs)
50 Tutti-Frutti Adhesive-Backed Sequins (10 each of 5 colors)
44 Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes (22 Teardrops; 22 Circles)
6 True Gentleman Buttons (asst’d)
2 Mini Embroidery Hoops (1 in each size)

Total:  110 Pieces

 4.  I Want It All Share – $45.50 (Postage included) * BEST Value*

Includes 60 sheets of paper, 13 yards of ribbon, 110 embellishments.  And as a BONUS, if you purchase the “I Want It All Share”, I will include for FREE:

1 Silver Mini Gable Box and 2 Whisper White Narrow Note Cards and Envelopes!!!

Email me at: [email protected] or [email protected]) to reserve your share today! PayPal invoices will be emailed out on January 1st…and checks are welcome, too!  Filled shares will be ordered on January 3rd, and the order will be expedited.  I’ll put the entire family to work to get your shares cut, packaged and mailed out as quickly as possible!

Need an Occasions Catalog? Do not have a demonstrator?  Just email me ([email protected] or [email protected]).  I’ll drop one in the mail pronto!

Ready to make your own Petal Palette card?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to try your hand at creating your own,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  BUT REMEMBER…NEW OCCASIONS ITEMS are not available until January 3rd.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.

On the CASE Lovely As a Tree

As always, if you have any questions about the cards I make or the techniques I use, don’t hesitate to email me.  Until next time..

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On the CASE: Beautiful Bouquet Sentiment

On the case Beautiful Bouquet Sentiment

Are you ready to get On the CASE with Ann & Nicole?  Your favorite stamping sleuths are back at work continuing our quest: To work through current Stampin’ Up! catalogs breaking down gorgeous samples, step-by-step, just for you! In “case” this is your first “On the CASE” visit, here is the scoop: Twice a month, on the first and third Wednesdays, we will be CASEing a card from one of Stampin’ Up!’s current catalogs. CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we will be doing. We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free tutorials included in our posts.  It’s time for On the CASE:  Beautiful Bouquet Sentiment.

On the CASE: Beautiful Bouquet Sentiment
Annual Catalog – Page 92 (set), Page 94 (card)
On the CASE: Beautiful Bouquet Sentiment

One of the things I love about the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set is the wonderful selection of sentiments.  The sentiment, “I couldn’t have picked a better friend than you”, was absolutely perfect for a card I needed to make.  What better card to CASE than this gorgeous Tranquil Tide beauty!  What a wonderful card to send out to special friends after the holiday to let them know how much they are loved and appreciated.  I hope you will give this card a try!

On the CASE: Beautiful Bouquet Sentiment

Colors of the Day
Stamps and Papers and Inks…Oh, My!

Stamps:  Beautiful Bouquet
Paper:  Tranquil Tide (4-1/4″ x 11″, 4″ x 2″), Whisper White (2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″), Vellum Cardstock (2-5/8″ x 5″), Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink: Tranquil Tide Stampin’ Write Marker
Other:  Big Shot,  Lovely Words Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Oh My Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Delicate White Doilies,  SNAIL Adhesive, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Touches of Nature Elements

“On the CASE” Notes
Your Step-by-Step Guide

On the CASE: Beautiful Bouquet Sentiment

1.  Score the Tranquil Tide cardstock at 5-1/2″ to form the card base.

2. Emboss the front of the card using the Oh My Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

On the CASE: Beautiful Bouquet Sentiment

3.  Using SNAIL adhesive, attach the paper doily to the Vellum cardstock.  Adhere this to the card front, placing the SNAIL under the doily so it is hidden from view.

On the CASE: Beautiful Bouquet Sentiment

4.  Selectively ink the sentiment using a Tranquil Tide Stampin’ Write marker.  Stamp onto Whisper White cardstock.

On the CASE: Beautiful Bouquet Sentiment

5.  Create an oval using the second largest Stitched Shapes oval.

On the CASE: Beautiful Bouquet Sentiment

6.  Use the Friend Lovely Words Thinlit to create the word from Tranquil Tide cardstock.

On the CASE: Beautiful Bouquet Sentiment

Snip away the circle.  Adhere to the sentiment oval.  Complete the sentiment by selectively inking the words “than you”.

On the CASE: Beautiful Bouquet Sentiment

7.  Snip out two images using the pattern shown from the Fresh Floral Designer Series Paper Stack.  Position as shown, and adhere to the doily.

On the CASE: Beautiful Bouquet Sentiment

8.  Using a Fine Tip Glue Pen, attach the Touches of Nature Elements.  Pop the oval onto the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

On the CASE: Beautiful Bouquet Sentiment

9. Send to a friend!

How Hard Was It to Crack This CASE

If you love fussy cutting like I do, this card is a breeze.  There is selective inking involved.  Just make sure to position the die cut, and clean and dry your stamp before continuing with the final two words. Difficulty Level:  3 out of 5

#SUontheCASE

Nicole and I hope our projects today inspire you to try CASEing the catalog, too! We’ll be “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest). If we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

On the CASE Season to SparkleNow head on over to Nicole at  Pixel Maven’s Retreat to see the CASE file she has been working on.  Nicole always writes the BEST tutorials!  You will love what she has created for you.

Would you like to check out the most recent Cold CASE Files?  Try these:

On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree
On the CASE: A Season to Sparkle
The CASE of A Brightly Lit Christmas
A CASE of Good Tidings
A CASE of Nature Sings
A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments
A CASE of Gourd Goodness
The CASE of the Sheltering Tree
The CASE of the Beautiful Bouquet
The CASE of the Birthday Blooms

Ready to get On this CASE?  If you enjoyed On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree, and would like to try your hand at creating your own CASE,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.

On the CASE Lovely As a Tree

And remember, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away. Until next time – CASE away!

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The Stamp Review Crew: Christmas Quilt Edition

Stamp Review Crew Christmas Quilt

It’s time for the Stamp Review Crew: Christmas Quilt edition! If this is your very first visit to one of our hops, The Stamp Review Crew is a group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first, third and fifth Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set used in a variety of ways, giving you loads of inspiration for that set! The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog. You will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want! This week we are featuring the Christmas Quilt stamp set. I am Stop #1 on the hop. You may have arrived from Mickey Roberts. Isn’t she fabulous? I love her creations. After visiting me, you will continue to the next stop, the incomparable Heidi Baks!  Heidi is one of my stampin’ heroes.  As always, she has rocked this set! You will love what she has in store for us! Enjoy this week’s hop!

The Stamp Review Crew:  Christmas Quilt Edition
Matchbook Sewing Kit

Stamp Review Crew Christmas QuiltStamp Review Crew Christmas Quilt

I come from a long line of quilters.  One of my earliest memories of my Grandma Nellie was of her quilting.  She had a quilting frame set up in her dining room.  Along with ladies from church,  she would spend the afternoons quilting.  Grandma made each of her grandchildren a quilt, and although she passed away before mine was quilted, my mother lovingly quilted it for me.  Both of them were impeccable quilters, proud of the tiny uniform stitches that were the hallmark of their work. Unfortunately, the quilting gene skipped a generation.  Neither my sister nor I are quilters. But my niece recently picked up the craft, and is an award winning quilter.  As for me,  I’ll have to do my quilting on paper.  I hope you enjoy today’s hop.

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

To create the matchbook, I began with a piece of 4-1/4″ x 11″ Real Red cardstock, scored at 1-1/2″,  6-1/2″ and 6-3/4″.  The bottom flap was folded up and stapled in place.  A 1-1/2″ by 4-1/4″ piece of Quilted Christmas Designer Paper was adhered to this section, while a 4-1/8″ tall by 4-1/4″ wide piece of designer paper was adhered to the front.  The Quilt Builders Framelit Dies were used to create the Real Red die cut and the Garden Green piece under it.Stamp Review Crew Christmas QuiltThe star on top was snipped from one of the patterns in the Quilted Christmas Designer Stack,

Stamp Review Crew Christmas Quilt

while a stitched felt embellishment adorns the bottom flap.  Isn’t the little die cut needle adorable?

Designer paper adorns the inside of the matchbook.  This the same pattern as is on the front.

Stamp Review Crew Christmas Quilt

A piece of red felt forms the base to hold emergency sewing essentials.  Glue dots securely hold buttons and a needle threader in place, while mini-scissors and thread are “sewn” in with bakers twine.

Stamp Review Crew Christmas QuiltSadly this set and coordinating framelits are retiring.  But, there is still time to order them before we have to say good-by.   I hope you enjoyed today’s little stocking stuffer.  Won’t you let me know in your comment?  Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now hop along to Heidi Baks to see what she has in store for you!  If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew.

Stamp Review Crew: Painted Harvest

http://mypapercraftjourney.com/2017/11/20/stamp-review-crew-painted-harvest/If you would like to try your hand at creating today’s Quilted Christmas matchbook sewing kit, the supply list is located below. Clicking on a product takes you right to my store. Be sure to use this month’s Host Code (below).  Online orders over $50, but less than $150 (before tax and shipping), will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.  If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code. You will receive your own Host Rewards, and you will still get a little somethin’-somethin’ from me.  Until next time…

Stamp Review Crew Christmas Quilt
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On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree

On the case Lovely As a Tree

Welcome to this week’s On the CASE with Ann & Nicole. Your favorite stamping sleuths are back at work continuing our quest: To work through current Stampin’ Up! catalogs breaking down gorgeous samples, step-by-step, just for you! In “case” this is your first “On the CASE” visit, here is the scoop: Twice a month, on the first and third Wednesdays, we will be CASEing a card from one of Stampin’ Up!’s current catalogs. CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we will be doing. We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free tutorials included in our posts! Let’s get on to today’s CASE: The CASE of Lovely As a Tree.

On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree
Annual Catalog – Page 137
On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree

Lovely As a Tree was one of the sets that I included in my Starter Kit when I first joined Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator.  It has always reminded me  of Joyce Kilmer’s simple but beautiful poem, “Trees”:

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
 I couldn’t wait to case this beautiful holiday card created with one of my all-time favorite sets.  I hope you will give it a try, too!
On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree
Colors of the Day
Stamps and Papers and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps:  Lovely As a Tree, Butterfly Basics
Paper:  Pacific Point (2-5/8″ x 4-1/4″), Sahara Sand (4-1/4″ x 11″, 4″ x 5-1/4″), Whisper White (2-3/8″ x 1″)
Ink: Pacific Point, VersaMark
Other:  Marina Mist Stampin’ Write Marker, Pacific Point Stampin’ Write Marker, Banner Triple Punch, Big Shot, Pinewood Planks 3-D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Heat Tool, Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Embossing Buddy, Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter, Metallic Foil Doilies, Silver 3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon, Metallics Sequin Assortment, Metallic Enamel Shapes, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals

“On the CASE” Notes
Your Step-by-Step Guide
On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree

1  Score the Sahara Sand cardstock at 5-1/2″ to form the card base.

2.  Run the 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of cardstock through the Big Shot with the Pinewood Planks 3-D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Using SNAIL adhesive, add a silver metallic doily to the embossed panel.  Place silver edge metallic ribbon over the panel and the doily.  Tie both ends together in a knot.  Adhere this layer to the card base.

3.  Dust the surface of the Pacific Point cardstock with the Embossing Buddy to avoid speckles.  Ink the pine tree image with VersaMark ink.  Heat emboss the tree image with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree

NOTE:  After I heat embossed the image in white, it seemed to be too stark.  So I added the following step, which you could omit it you like.  I have no idea what Stampin’ Up! did,  but it tints the tree a beautiful shade of blue, very similar to what is seen with the catalog image.

4.  Stamp the tree image with VersaMark.  Tint the branches using a Marina Mist Stampin’ Up! Marker, tissue off the excess.  Allow this to dry.

On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree

5.  Randomly apply multipurpose glue to the branches.  Sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter and shake off the excess.  Use a Fine-Tip Glue Pen to add silver sequins.  Top the tree with a silver star. “Pop” into position with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree

6.  Dust the Whisper White cardstock with the Embossing Buddy.  Ink the sentiment with VersaMark and stamp onto the Whisper White cardstock.  Use sticky notes to mask everything except the word “wishes”.  Heat emboss with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

7.  Use a Pacific Point Stampin Write Marker to selectively ink the words ” Sending” and Your Way”, and complete the sentiment.  Tip:  Use a Stamp-a-ma-jig to help you position these words properly above and below the heat embossed “wishes”.

On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree

8.  Use the Banner Triple Punch to create the “V” on the left end of the sentiment banner.

On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree

Adhere to the card base as shown.  (I placed two dimensionals on the right end, and a glue dot over the tree.)

How Hard Was It to Crack This CASE

What I thought was going to be a simple card, ended up giving me a few fits! I think my sleuthing skills were impaired for some reason.  First, I couldn’t get the embossed panel to look like the sample.  I tried adding ink to my embossing folder to make the lines “pop”, but that didn’t quite look right.  The panel looked lighter than Sahara Sand, but Very Vanilla was too light.  And, it really didn’t look like Smoky Slate.  So, I just went with plain Sahara Sand.  After all, at this time of the year, we need to keep it simple!  Next there was the tree.  It has a bluish cast in the picture.  First I tried white embossing powder.  It was too white.  Then I tried silver embossing powder, and it was too dark.  Then I tried coloring it with a Marina Mist Stampin’ Write Marker.  The color was great, but it just beaded up. So, I tried adding VersaMark and then coloring, and it worked.  But you know what, if you want to save time, ust stick with white.   And lest I forget, there is the sentiment.  Because the word “wishes” is embossed, it does add an extra step.  Difficulty Level:  3 out of 5

#SUontheCASE

Nicole and I hope our projects today inspire you to try CASEing the catalog, too! We’ll be “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest). If we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

On the CASE Season to SparkleNow head on over to Nicole at  Pixel Maven’s Retreat to see the CASE file she has been working on.  Nicole always writes the BEST tutorials!  You will love what she has created for you.

Would you like to check out the most recent Cold CASE Files?  Try these:

On the CASE: A Season to Sparkle
The CASE of A Brightly Lit Christmas
A CASE of Good Tidings
A CASE of Nature Sings
A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments
A CASE of Gourd Goodness
The CASE of the Sheltering Tree
The CASE of the Beautiful Bouquet
The CASE of the Birthday Blooms

Ready to get On this CASE?  If you enjoyed On the CASE: Lovely As a Tree, and would like to try your hand at creating your own CASE,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.

On the CASE Lovely As a Tree

And remember, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away. Until next time – CASE away!

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Price: $110.00