Saturday, March 10, 2018

Stamp 'N Hop Blog Part 2

Hello and welcome to our Stamp 'N Hop Blog Hop, Part 2 ! We are still featuring more of our favorites from the Occasions catalog. Honestly, we could go on and on with Occasions favorites; there's just so much packed into this catalog, it's very hard to choose just a few. Today, I'm going to show you several cards I made with the new Waterfront stamp set.  (# 146386)

When I first got this set in my hands, I could not put it down. There are so many ideas floating around in my head. The set has several images that are designed to give a water color result without actually doing that technique.  With a little imagination, one stamp becomes something completely different. Here are my cards.

 I live in Arizona and I chose the designer paper and colors in it, to reflect how our mountains look when the sun is setting. I used Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (# 145580) as my background, and Rich Razzleberry card stock (# 115316) as a base. A piece of Copper Foil (# 142020) was used for the layer around the focal image. Inks used are Rich Razzleberry
 (# 126950), Crumb Cake (# 126975) Pool Party (# 126982) Chocolate Chip (# 126979) and Wild Wasabi (# 126959).
 This card reminds me of how our desert looks when the spring season begins. Fields of wildflowers, with a few watering areas and small lakes. Card stock is Soft Suede (# 115318) and Early Espresso (# 119686). Inks used are So Saffron (# 126957) Marina Mist stamped off once and twice  (# 126962) Soft Suede
 (# 126978) Daffodil Delight (# 126944) Peekaboo Peach (# 141398) and Soft Sky (# 131181). The "flowers" were made using the dotted image in the set, and I used random colors in reds, yellows, blues and greens.
 This card is a much brighter version and my idea was to show off our northern Arizona areas, where we have gorgeous mountain views, pine trees and the most glorious sunsets and sunrises. They take your breath away. The main mountain image you see here is actually a water image, but I turned it upside down to make a mountain. I stamped in Basic Gray Archival Ink (# 140932) and used it full strength for the middle mountain, and stamped off once for the side mountains. This gives more depth to the viewer. Other inks used are: Cajun Craze (# 126965) Wild Wasabi (# 126959) Crushed Curry (# 131173) Daffodil Delight (# 126944) Peekaboo Peach (# 141398) Pumpkin Pie (# 126945) Tranquil Tide 
(# 144085) Sweet Sugarplum (# 141395). Card stock used is Wild Wasabi (# 108641) and Basic Black (# 121045)
 I grew up in Chicago and moved to Arizona 15 years ago. My inspiration came from Kim Jolley, another demonstrator, and this is my take on our Chicago skyline, near Olive Park.  I did this on watercolor paper (# 122959) and used Basic Black Archival Ink 
(# 14931) Smoky Slate (# 131179) Soft Sky (# 131181) Rich Razzleberry (# 126950) and Pool Party (# 126962) To give more dimension to the waterfront I added a touch of Bermuda Bay Stampin' Write Marker and just drew a heavier line to bring out the edge of the water to the city skyline.  A white gel pen makes the windows on the buildings. Card stock used us Marina Mist
(# 119682) and Basic Black (# 121045)
I have always wanted to see Alaska, and the beautiful Northern Lights. So, I decided to finally try my hand at making a card I could dream about. The card stock used is Lemon Lime Twist 
(# 144245) and Night of Navy (# 100867). Stamped on Shimmery White card stock (# 101910) I used ink colors of Lemon Lime Twist (# 144086) Night of Navy (# 126970) Rich Razzleberry 
(# 126950) and Basic Gray Archival Ink (# 140932)  To get this effect, I sponged everything with our Stamping Sponges 
(# 141337). These are essential tools in my craft room, because I love to sponge! You get 3 large sponges in a package, and I cut each one into quarters. These make the perfect size to work with.  The little stars in the sky were put there, using a white gel pen, but you could also use our White Stampin' Chalk Marker (# 132133)

So there you have it. This stamp set is a must have. Even if you've never stamped before, this set makes it easy. The images are perfect the way they're intended, but even more wonderful, when your imagination begins to soar!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Please visit the rest of our hop blogs, to see what wonderful things they've created too. Enjoy your day! 

Idonna Miller

Ilka Teschke

Tracey Gouraud –

Kayla Adams -

Joanne Hodge –

Sandra Roberts –

Melissa Tennison –

Mo Rootes –

Britney Vanderlaan –

Tracie Evans Langley –

 Melissa Kerman –

Georgia Gaydos

Shannon Cole –

Lisa Kmiec –

Amy Grendel –

Jenn Charles –

Laura Mackie –

Eva Potts

Rachel Traudt –

Laurie Meier –

Susan Simpson –

Kimberly Smith -

Tracy Lewis –

Karen Pearmain –

Christina Walker –

Bobbi Miller –

Danielle Kassing –

Kirsten Aitchison –

Sharleen Luciano –

Rebecca Fellows -

Arden Dougan -

Linda Handford -

Sharon Maranich –

Mikaela Titheridge -

Andre Gordon –

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Stamp 'N Hop Blog Hop

Hi ! Welcome to the Stamp 'n Hop blog hop! My name is Bobbi and I'm stamping with you from sunny Arizona (US). This is my very first blog hop and this month, we are featuring some of our favorite items from the Occasions catalog (available until May 31, 2018).    I hope you enjoy my card, but be sure to follow along to all the other blogs, to see what they've created too! 

One of my favorites is the Petal Passion Suite.  Black and white anything is so classy, in my opinion, and this set of papers, stamps and thinlits is certainly no exception.  I've paired this color combo with Berry Burst, a nice, bright pink from our 2017-2019 In Colors.  And that bird?  How cute is he? I stamped everything using Archival Black ink, then sponged the bird with daubers, in Crumb Cake and Cajun Craze inks.  The flowers were sponged with Berry Burst and Old Olive. The sentiment is a nice focal point, using the Pretty Label punch in the Annual catalog.  I also punched one out in Berry Burst, then cut it in half, and adhered it to the back of the white piece, so that it peeks out from behind. This gives a nice frame around the sentiment.

Products Used:

  • Petal Palette Stamp Set (Clear Mount # 145788) (Bundle this with the Thinlits and save 10% - # 145974)
  • Petal Passion Designer Series Paper (# 145589)
  • Petals & More Thinlits (# 145655) (See Bundle information above, and save 10%)
  • Whisper White Card Stock (# 100730)
  • Basic Black Card Stock (# 121045)
  • Berry Burst Card Stock (# 144243)
  • Basic Black Archival Ink (# 140931)
  • Crumb Cake Ink (# 126975)
  • Cajun Craze Ink (# 126965)
  • Old Olive Ink (# 126953)
  • Berry Burst Ink (# 144083)
  • In Color 2017-2019 Stampin' Write Markers (# 144033) (Berry Burst used for the flower in the sentiment)
  • Pretty Label Punch (# 143715)
  • Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (# 143263)
Card Front:
  • Whisper White Card Base (A2)
  • Petal Passion DSP cut at 5-1/2 x 2-1/4
  • Berry Burst strip cut at 5-1/2 x 1/2 inch
All items are available at my online store (link on my side bar).

Friday, January 26, 2018

More Waterfront

Hello, today I'm sharing more cards made with the Waterfront stamp set.  It can be found in the new Occasions catalog.  As mentioned in my last post, I have a hard time putting this set down. I just decided that it needed to get off of my desk, so I wouldn't be tempted to use it again. I have a stamp camp to get ready for, so it had to go into the cabinet so I don't see it.  How funny is that?

My first card is using Glossy card stock.  I wanted a simple natural design, so I chose Soft Suede for the mountains. The ground is stamped using Wild Wasabi (stamped off once), Island Indigo (stamped off twice) and filled with So Saffron.  There's a cute little "dotted" stamp in this set, which gives the appearance of little field flowers, so I used that in various colors to create a wildflower look.

 This one is a favorite of mine. I've always wanted to do a Northern Lights card, and this set is just perfect for it.  I used our Shimmer White card stock and started in the middle with Lemon Lime Twist. Night of Navy is sponged all the way around, and I applied it darker and heavier at the edges. The pinkish hue is actually Rich Razzleberry, sponged very lightly, then I went over it several times to get just the right color.  I used a torn post it note to mask the land and then sponged with Old Olive. The trees and mountains are done in Archival Basic Black.  A little touch of white gel pen adds stars in the night sky.

I hope you enjoyed my cards today. Please contact me if you would like a catalog, or if you're local here in Gilbert or Mesa or Chandler, Arizona, I would love to have you attend my monthly stamp camps.  Have a great day. 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

At The Waterfront

Hello and Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.

One of my favorite sets in the new catalog is called Waterfront.  Everyone who has this set, cannot put it down, me included! There is so much versatility here and I've done many things with it. But if you go to Pinterest and type in Waterfront, be prepared for the delightful creations you'll find there.

Today I'm showing you two cards that I made with inspiration from Kim Jolley and I've provided a link to her blog here:   The first card is my take on the view from Olive Park in my hometown of Chicago. That short building to the left is supposed to be the Water Reclamation plant. Here's my card:

I used Stampin' Up! Watercolor paper and stamped 1 or 2 buildings, then used our Aqua pen with a little bit of water to spread the ink. This was a slower process because I wanted to be sure to get water on the buildings before the ink dried. I then used Smokey Slate ink, stamped off once, to make the reflections in the water. Pool Party for the water and sky, with the misty clouds in Smokey Slate. A little sponging of Rich Razzleberry to give the appearance that the sun has set and added a touch of that to the water.  A white gel pen was used to make windows, and a little bit in between the buildings, to give the appearance of city lights behind. This was a fun card to make. Kim Jolley is a master at this, and I'm not nearly as good, but with practice, I might be one day.

Here I used Stampin' Up! glossy card stock.  I started with Archival Basic Gray for the large mountain the middle, then stamped off once for the mountains next to it. Moving forward, I used Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, then filled in the rest with Crushed Curry.  The trees are stamped with Tranquil Tide.  I love that one of the stamps in this set makes the perfect stretchy cloud. I used Soft Sky first, cleaned my stamp, then inked the same stamp with Sweet Sugarplum and stamped off once.  I placed it right over the Soft Sky and love the result. I am proud to say this one got a lot of likes and comments on Facebook. Happy days!

I have more cards made with the same stamp set and will show those later this week.  If you don't already have a demonstrator, I would love to send you a catalog.  We have a new Occasions catalog that started January 2nd and it's also our best sale of the year. Sale-a-bration allows you to get products free with a qualifying purchase. Contact me today for more information.  Have a wonderful day.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Customer Appreciation Christmas Party

Last Saturday, I had a Christmas party for all my customers and friends.  I am so blessed to have so many wonderful people supporting me all year. They choose me as their demonstrator, and I am forever thankful for that.  As a treat to all of them, each December, we wrap up the holiday card making season with a free project from me, and a lot of wonderful food.  Oh yes!  And they each go home with at least 2 gifts from Santa!

Here's a few photos I thought I would share:
 This is my little Christmas cheer area as you walk into my kitchen. That tree is hand made with a bazillion seed beads and it took me 3 years to complete it.  I made it when my son was a wee lad, and now he's 43, so it's been around a very long time. Many of the ornaments were hand made, and the tree skirt was cross stitched. It has little twinkling white lights that are run by 2 small batteries, hidden inside a present at the base of the tree.  A family heirloom, and my son just called me a couple of months ago and asked if he could have it (when it's "my time to go"), since he helped me string those beads. Of course, I said yes immediately. I had no idea our little craft time meant so much to him until now. (sigh)
 Julie is a friend/customer who offered to cater our event. She just started her own baking and catering business, so this was a good time for her to "learn".  It was fantastic! The food was delicious and everyone loved it. Great job, Julie! 
 Here's my group before we dug into the food. I think I had a total of 21 ladies attend. A great turnout and a record for me!  So happy! 
 Yummy hot ham and cheese sandwiches, on King's Hawaiian rolls.
 Baked from scratch: Snickerdoodle cookies, Christmas "crack", peppermint and peanut butter fudge
 More baked goodies: Linzor cookies and sugar cookies

 Sausage rolls and mini dogs in fresh baked bread. 
 Putting together our little pizza boxes. They had four 3 x 3 note cards and envelopes inside.
 Lots of fun!  Heavy discussion on the "Instant Pot"...Now we ALL want one! 
Great conversations and meeting new friends! 
 What ARE they taking about? Note that my cat Angie, always has to be the center of attention.  Love her though.  She's a cutie! 
 Getting ready to see the new Occasions catalog and Sale-a-bration brochure.  
More pizza box workers. 

We all had such a great time. It's hard to believe that this year is almost over. Christmas is just about here, and soon we will be working on Valentine's Day projects and spring themed cards. Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my blog today.  I wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a safe, healthy and Happy New Year.  May God Bless each and every one of you.  See you in January. Peace! 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Pizza, Anyone?

I am just smitten with these adorable little pizza boxes! Being from Chicago, there's nothing like a great Chicago pizza, but these little cuties come in a close second. Here's our project for December.

This pizza box holds several 3 x 3 cards with envelopes; there's 4 cards with envelopes in my design. I used the Quilted Christmas designer paper, along with the Stitched Embellishments to decorate some of the cards. Just look at all this cuteness. The stitching on these felt embellishments is perfect and they make a great add on to just about anything.  Use them for gift packaging too.

My December "class" is really a Customer Appreciation Open House.  As a thank you to all my class attendees for supporting me all year,. December projects are free, and I treat everyone to a nice Christmas lunch. We then take a peek at the new Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs that start January 2, 2018.  Everyone goes home with at least one gift from my grab bag bin.  It's a fun time!

So, if you're local here in Gilbert, AZ, please consider joining me for my classes that will start up again in January. I hold them every month, and I welcome "newbies" who have never stamped before too. You'll have a great time, and go home with some nice cards, and meet some great people. Hope you can join me soon!  Until next time, have a great Christmas.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Gourd Goodness meets Painted Harvest, to give Good Tidings.....

Hello friends! I am sorry that I have been MIA for the last few months.  As happens frequently around here, time seems to sneak by me, and before I know it, it's Thanksgiving. How does that happen?  Well, I'm catching up now, and wanted to share some cards we made at my September and October workshops.

 The holiday catalog has a lot of favorites for me, and Gourd Goodness is at the top of the list. I mean, look at that detail. This is a 2 step stamp set. Colors used (and in order of stamping): Peekaboo Peach with Tangerine Tango; Lemon Lime Twist with Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight with Cajun Craze. The leaves were So Saffron with Soft Suede.  A little dusting of Chocolate Chip around the main panel, gives just enough dimension.
 Another favorite is the Painted Harvest stamp set, also a 2 step process.  This sunflower is so pretty close up; very detailed and depending on what colors you use, you will get completely different results. Here I used Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry. The center is Early Espresso and the dots are in Archival Black.  Leaves are Pear Pizzaz and Old Olive.  That paper?  Painted Autumn.
 In October, we started on Christmas cards. Good Tidings is yet another 2 step process and I used only Garden Green on the holly leaves. I stamped off once the first go round, to get a lighter shade. Real Red makes those holly leaves just pop. The designer paper is Merry Music Specialty paper. I love the black and white designs; so different than traditional Christmas colors.
 Another October card was this delightful tree card.  Another 2 step stamp called Season Like Christmas, it features 3 "layers" of trees (I used only two), as well as some "ground" and some really nice sentiments.  You could use this as a Christmas card, but you don't have to.  Think about the possibilities here; masculine, sympathy, thinking of you, or one that I would do..."so sorry it's snowing by you" (I live in Arizona)  😁  The designer paper is another favorite called Merry Little Christmas. It has a lot of Old Olive and black and a really wonderful plaid design. Very different for Christmas, but will go way beyond the holidays.
Our last card for October was a technique called the "baby wipe" technique.  You take 2 layers of baby wipes, fold then in half, and drop several drops of re-inkers, in different colors. Then you use the baby wipe as your ink pad, and just stamp away. I do not clean my stamp for this technique. The more colors you have, the better, especially if you're stamping leaves and want to show fall colors.  I used the Colorful Seasons stamp set for this one.  The best thing about this technique is that not one single card, was the same.  Everyone at the table had done "their own thing", and each one was a beautiful version.  I love when that happens.

Well, that's it for today.  I will be posting our November projects soon. And my annual Customer Appreciate Open House and Christmas party is just around the corner.  I hope you liked my projects today.  Until next time, have a beautiful Thanksgiving with family and friends.  Happy stamping!

Stamp 'N Hop Blog Part 2

Hello and welcome to our Stamp 'N Hop Blog Hop, Part 2 ! We are still featuring more of our favorites from the Occasions catalog. Honest...