Fun with Colouring : Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop

Today is my first time joining the creative Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators in the Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop crew. I’m super excited to be hopping with these talented crafters and sharing my colouring project.

My colouring project starts with the You’re Inspiring stamp set which is new to the Occasions 2018 catalog, with availability through May.

The daffodils in this set remind me that the Western Pennsylvania, USA winter weather of snow and freezing temperatures will soon be replaced with Spring flowers; the first of which is often the sunshine yellow daffodils. I can’t wait to see the daffodils each year to mark the beginning of warmer weather and the celebration of Easter and arrival of Spring just on the horizon.

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Since Winter typically doesn’t care if the daffodils have broken ground here  in Pennsylvania, my card includes a splatter of watered down Whisper White Craft Ink to mimic snow. This splatter was added after the image was stamped and colored with the Stampin’ Up! Watercolor  pencils.

Layering colors of these pencils can allow you to achieve color variations. The stems and leaves used almost every color in the box to gain the shading seen here. Old Olive alone would have left the colouring flat or more subdued, as you will see below. In addition, the White pencil provides highlights & tonal changes- it is probably the most important pencil in the set!

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The burlap ribbon was cut lengthwise to decrease the width; the smaller width then used as a simply tied knot or faux-bow.

This same rustic ribbon, snowy garden florals, and color palette was used in the spotlight card below.

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Other than the Early Espresso die cut “Friend” from the Lovely Words dies, the images all came from this same You’re Inspiring stamp set.

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Here you can see how creating a focal point with more watercolor pencil work can offset the background florals which are colored with less vibrancy. Having just one small area to which layers of color is added speeds the process of making the card as well, since less time is spent blending and shading colors.

While watercolor pencils can be used with water, do not forget that they work well as a dry medium as seen above. Another tip to remember is that all images need not start on a Whisper White or Very Vanilla base if you are colouring.  Try a Crumb Cake base for a rustic look or do the Black Magic Technique discussed here last Thursday to color on darker cardstock. Experiment & enjoy those Stampin’ Up watercolor pencils!

Thank you for stopping by to visit me, Joanne Hodge, on the Hop today. Now it is time to head to the next blog and see what colouring project Angie McKenzie has to share.


You don’t want to miss any of the creative ideas these demonstrators from around the world have for you today. Make sure you see them all.

 

Participant Blog Hop List

1. Lea Denton – UK
2. Jessie Holton – Australia
3. Debbie Henderson-USA
4. Sue Vine – Australia
5. Denita Wright-Smee – Australia
6. Joanne Hodge -USA
7. Angie McKenzie – USA
8. Kirsten Aitchison – Australia
9. Stephanie Fischer – Australia
10. Lou Kitzelman – Australia
11. Ellen Woodbridge – Australia
12. Cheryll Miller – Australia
13. Anna Krol – UK
14. Imogen Tutty – New Zealand
15. Juana Ambida – Australia
16. Kim Oliver – KOCreations Cards
17. Angela Meiritz-Reid – New Zealand
18. Jo Anne Hewins – USA
19. Jenny Hall – USA
20. Sandra Mastello – Australia

And in case any global visitors are wondering what this week in Pennsylvania weather looks like, here’s a photo of a typical morning weather event with just a light dusting of snow:

Yes, I’m ready for warmer temperatures and flowers!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Time To Think About Easter: Just 40 Days Away

Did you know that today is a special Tuesday known in different parts by different names (Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, Pancake Day, and even Fasnacht Day) which marks just 40 Days to Easter?

Well, with only 40 Days before Easter, that means I need to get started on Spring and Easter cards.  I already had the cute We Must Celebrate Stamp set out to create the card for this weekend’s Stamp ‘N Hop post, so I decided to continue playing with that set and make my first Easter card of the year.

Stampin’ Up! We Must Celebrate Bunny

My card started with this adorable bunny colored with Blends. I’m a sucker for cute or realistic critter stamps and this We Must Celebrate set delivers cuteness overload!

Stampin’ Up! You’re Inspiring

I turned to the You’re Inspiring set for the Easter sentiment which fit nicely in the small oval Stitched framelits die cut.

If you look through the catalogs you won’t see Pool Party 1/8” sheer ribbon. I used the Pool Party Light Blend to color the White Sheer ribbon so that it would match my card base. Coloring ribbon is one fantastic benefit to owning the Blends alcohol markers.

Stampin’ Up! Easter card

I used the Softly Falling Embossing Folder to add texture to my Daffodil Delight Card front and strip of the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper to evoke the flowers of Spring which begin to appear from the ground just around Easter in my part of the world (Pennsylvania, USA).

If you are celebrating this Tuesday by gorging on pancakes, donuts or fasnachts, fatty foods, or king cakes, I wish you a great day.  I believe I too might have a donut with my coffee and wistfully think about that warmer weather which should arrive around Easter, because for now I’m about done seeing the white fluffy stuff, cold weather, and ice. So bring on Spring!

Until next time…

– Joanne

Stamp ‘N Hop Blog Hop : Inaugural edition

Welcome to the first Stamp ‘N Hop Blog Hop. This monthly blog hop will take place the second Saturday of each month. I’m so excited to see what my fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrators have to share.

This month’s theme for the Stamp ‘N Hop Blog Hop is “Anything Occasions” to highlight all the wonderful things in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog. I chose the We Must Celebrate set, because I’m a fan of the cute animals and sentiments. Aren’t the critter images in this set great?

Stampin’ Up! We Must Celebrate

Here you can’t see everything this set has to offer:

Stampin’ Up! We Must Celebrate I knew I would get a lot more use out of this stamp set if I cut the images apart so that I could more easily use them separately. When I perform stamp surgery, I always cut them in a way that they easily piece back together to create the original image; no fancy trimming, just chopping apart! For those not brave enough to perform separation surgery on their stamps, inking and masking will do quite well; it may just take more time to achieve some results.

Mind you, this set has some very close images, so if you are new to cutting apart your stamps it could really freak you out! No one is going to give you a new set if you mess up. So, breathe deep! Even as a regular stamp cutter, this one tested my nerves, but it turned out fine.

Once cut apart I can easily stack my images or ink and stamp multiples of one image or easily figure out how they’ll fit in the circles in my card.

We Must Celebrate Stampin’ Up!

It is very easy to recreate this card:

  •  Card base is 8.5”x 5.5” Early Espresso folded in half to make a 4.25”x5.5”
  •  Pear Pizzazz is used as my top Layer. It is 4 1/8”x5 3/8
  • 3 circles have been randomly cut using the Big Shot and the Layering Circles Dies (next to smallest circle)
  • The Pear Pizzazz front is then placed over a Whisper White piece of cardstock of the same size and the circles are lightly traced in pencil to provide a placement guide for my images.
  • Stamps were inked in Momento Black and stamped so they would fit within the pencil lines I made on the Whisper White cardstock.
  • images were colored using Blends, Stampin’ Up’s Alcohol Markers.
  • After coloring was dry, I erased the pencil marks.
  • Leaves were stamped in Old Olive ink.
  • The sentiment is a 1/2” scrap of Crumb Cake cardstock which was adhered and then trimmed flush with the Pear Pizzazz layer
  • All layers were then adhered to finish the card

I hope you enjoyed seeing the We Must Celebrate set available now in clear (item# 145898) or wood mount red rubber (item# 145895).

You are currently visiting Joanne Hodge. Now it is time to hop on to the next participant in the Hop. Click next or check out the entire list of participants below.

 

Mikaela Titheridgehttps://thecraftyoinkpen.co.uk/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-stampin-products-occasions-catalogue.html 

Kayla Adamshttps://thecreativitycoop.blogspot.com/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-february-blog-hop.html

Laurie Mackiehttp://www.lauramackie.co.uk/2018/02/new-stamp-n-hop-blog-hop.htm

Joanne Hodgehttp://craftymademoiselle.com/2018/02/10/stamp-n-hop-blog-hop-inaugural-edition/

Amy Grendelhttps://createandsharewithamy.blogspot.com/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-february-blog-hop.html

Andre Gordonhttp://andrescreations.thesearemystamps.com/blogs/february-stamp-n-hop

Tracie Evans Langleyhttp://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/traciesallaboutstamping/blog?directBlogUrl=/blog/86481/entry/february_2018_stamp_n_hop

Kirsten Aitchison http://www.kirstenaitchison.com/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-blog-hop-theme-occasions.html

Linda Handfordhttps://stampinbythebeach.blogspot.com/2018/02/feb-2018-stamp-n-hop-blog-hop.html

Rachel Traudthttps://naptimeisstamptime.blogspot.com/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-february-heart-happiness.html

Eva Pottsovahttps://craftingwithangels.blogspot.com/2018/02/magical-mermaids-occasions-2018-stamp-n.html

Melissa Tennison https://wp.me/p9MH0-Oh

Melissa Kermanhttp://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/thecraftingtreehouse/blog?directBlogUrl=/blog/60800/entry/waterfront_scene_with_black_ice

Lisa Kmiechttps://lisakmiecstamps.blogspot.com/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-blog-hop-occasions.html

Christina Walkerhttp://papergears.com/stamp-n-hop-feb-18/

Karen Pearmainhttp://www.craftylittlemissk.co.uk/2018/02/feb-2018-stamp-n-hop-blog-hop-anything.html

Joyce Whitman  http://stampinscrapper.typepad.com/my-blog/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-blog-hop-occasions-.html

Bobbi Millerhttps://bobbi-spapertrail.blogspot.com/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-blog-hop.html

Ilka Teschke https://wp.me/p4Tobv-ks

Danielle Kassinghttps://daniellekassing.blogspot.com/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-mijn-eerste-internationale.html

Terry Montgomeryhttps://terryficcards.blogspot.com/2018/02/birthday-panda.html

Tracey Gouraudhttp://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/traceygouraud/blog?directBlogUrl=/blog/65497/entry/stamp_n_hop_blog_hop

Kat Spencerhttp://www.papercraftingbykat.com/blog/february-2018-stamp-n-hop-blog-hop-occasions-catalog

Mo Rootes http://www.crafty-rootes.com/a-spring-picnic-with-you/

Laurie Meierhttps://stampedgreetings.com/stamp-n-hop-occasions-blog-hop-waterfront-at-camp/

Georgia Gaydoshttps://stampwithgeorgia.blogspot.com/2018/02/stamp-n-hop-blog-hop-anything-from.html

Courtenay Heustonhttps://bagsthatone.blogspot.com/2018/02/petal-palette-petal-passion-dsp-stamp-n.html

Jessie Holton http://www.jessieholton.com/2018/02/11a.html

Susan Simpson https://craftyduckydoodah.blogspot.com/2018/02/stampin-up-cake-soiree-for-stamp-n-hop.html

Shannon Colehttp://creatingforgrace.com/creatingforgrace/2018/02/cake-soiree-tag-card.html

Linda Richenberghttps://wp.me/p8GiKS-qn

Don’t forget Stamp ‘N Hop next month!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

Three Quick Tips For Crafting & Stamping

Today I thought I’d share three tips about things I use almost every time I stamp.

1. If you are stamping, chances are you have some dirty acrylic stamp blocks in your life. They may even be a bit sticky from the adhesive you use. Hand sanitizer to the rescue! Put hand sanitizer on the block and use a paper towel to rub. You’ll love having clean blocks and your cling stamps will cling better.

Cleaning inky blocks

2. Keeping this inexpensive “Absorber” at your fingertips to clean ink off your stamps makes it so easy to keep them clean. For deeper crevices in your stamps the Stampin’ Scrub will do the work, but cleaning with this first will prevent all that extra ink in your Scrub & constant trips to the sink to rinse it out. One rinse to moisten, a bowl to keep it in so your area & projects don’t get wet, and a rinse when you’re done playing for the day is all you need. You can even moisten and take it to a crop in a baggie for the day. Just remember to let it breath so it doesn’t get germ growth.Cleaning stamps with the Absorber

3. Liquid glue, especially this great Mono Adhesive, is so useful in crafting, but getting the glue to the tips is the disadvantage of this adhesive. Keep a constant flow to your glue by propping it in a lid. I found the small trial size hairspray lids to be a great size. Now the glue is always at the tip when I need it.

Liquid glue tip

I hope you find these tips useful in your crafting.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Party Pandas Celebrate

Now that Sale-a-bration (SAB) is underway, you may have seen the cute Party Pandas set which you can earn for free with qualifying orders of $50.00 USD.

Today, I’m going to share a few cards I made using these adorable pandas for some people I know who are celebrating this week.

Party Pandas celebrate 48

These Pandas can be used to celebrate many things when paired with other sets you may own already own, plan to purchase, or earn during Stampin’ Up’s Sale-a-bration period.

In the card above I cut the balloon from the one panda’s hand so that he may hold onto the die cut number 8. Yes, even 48 year olds like cute little Pandas for their Birthday Card!

The inside of the card uses the Amazing You SAB set and the Alphabet Labeller set from the annual catalog (A perfect set to create any word or phrase you want.) Below that Happy Birthday I used the Labeller Alphabet to Stamp the recipient’s name for a personal touch- Not sure she wanted that publicized, so I omitted it from the photo.

Celebrate You Party Pandas

Are you unsure  about spending $100.00 USD to earn the level 2 SAB freebies? Take a look at those dies…celebrate, you, amazing…they are great! You can see the size of the Celebrate & You above. I’ll be sharing more in the future which will show you the “amazing” as well. It is a nice die set, for sure. Big enough for a scrapbook page too!  Since it coordinates with the Amazing You SAB Stamp set, you can really increase use with both.

The best thing about the cards above is how simple they are to make. Really simple. The stamps & dies do most of your work. Yes, I fussy cut (hand cut with scissors) the panda images & even all of those balloons, but truly that was simple cutting.

Totally cute cards. Totally simple to do. Some happy recipients. What’s not to love about that?!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Bubble Over Tutorial : Create Straight Neck Bottles & Glasses

 

Stampin’ Up! Bubble Over

The card above, which I first  January 4, 2018, showcases the Bubble Over bundle with a few snips of your scissors to alter the die cut bottles to make glasses too.

Both champagne & wine bottles have straight necks, therefore cutting the bump off the beer/soda shape will quickly change your die cut to resemble these bottles instead.

Who knew that a glass could be created with your die cut bottles? Me! Yes, I really do try to figure out multiple ways to use the products I purchase. Versatile products will be used more and I can get more bang for my spending dollars.

So here is how it is done:

Create Glasses from Bubble Over dies

 

I’ve shown how to create the glasses from both sizes of bottles, but I prefer (& the example shown shows) creating the glass from the smaller bottle die & using the large die for the bottle itself.  Again, I just wanted to give you options.

In the diagrams below you can see how the bottle appears when die Cut, the black lines indicate the cut-away needed to create the straight neck and the other dies shown are used to assemble the bottle. *Note: colors below are just samples, My champagne bottle usedGarden Green, Whisper White, Champagne Foil,Gold Foil, Silver Foil, Early Espresso, and Cherry Cobbler.

Bubble Over pieces & cuts for champagne bottle

In this next diagram you can also see how the straw was used for the stripes throughout the piece (trimming edges, of course) ,the label cuts needed to create the label, & the stacking of small circles for the seal.

Bubble Over pieces for champagne bottle

 

The hardest part of these glasses is hiding the adhesive. If you just put adhesive on the foil sheet to attach to the window sheet glass you can also use vellum for a bit frostier look) you will get a mess! This is really the reason for the heart on the stand alone glass and the partial tuck behind the bottle on the second glass. Under that heart and in the area of the tuck is where my tiny dot  of the tombo mono adhesive went.

*Another note: Foil paper picks up dents from your fingernails, so be more careful than I apparently was.

The Labeller Alphabet is small and mighty! It provided the asterisk for the seal and the numbers. I encourage you to think about this set. It is very useful for creating your own titles on both cards & scrapbook pages.

And finally, in addition to the Wood Textures DSP stack from the annual catalog (cut @ 4” x 1.75”) the Designer paper used was this gorgeous Petal Passion DSP. I used that one on the top far right and lightly colored the paper with the Light Crumb Cake Blends marker. This paper colors so nicely, making it perfect for almost any project.

Stampin’ Up! Petal Passion DSP

If there are any questions about this project or the products used, please feel free to leave them in the comments. I’ll be certain to respond.

I hope you give these ideas a try.

Need a demonstrator? Shop with me online HERE.

Use January’s Hostess code:HNCRD7R6

Until next time…

-Joanne

Fun new Stampin’ Up! Set: Bubble Over

As you take a look through the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog, does the Bubble Over bundle call your name? I think this set has so many options and the fact that it has a matching designer paper you can earn for free during Sale-a-bration is just an extra bonus.

If the video above didn’t showcase this set enough, I have a few samples of my own.

I know a few men & women who celebrate their birthdays with a refreshing beverage. They might get a kick out of this card:

Stampin’ Up! Bubble Over

Those little water droplets 💦 In The lower right corner are new to the Occasions catalog. They are mini, but perfect for the Bubble Over set.

That is the new Picture Perfect Designer Series paper in the background. Great plain, it can also be colored.

If you are creating a New Year’s Card or celebration of a special event (graduation, birth, wedding,etc) perhaps you’d prefer turning the bottle into a straight neck (just trim the edges of the neck straight on both sides from cap lip to bottle curve) champagne bottle. Wine bottles also have a straight neck.

Stampin’ Up! Bubble Over

With a little creative trimming the bottle will also turn into a glass 🍷. Don’t know how this is done? You’ll just have to check back Tuesday for the tutorial for this card.

I have a few more ideas to share with this set, so you’ll have to stop by again to check them out. Subscribe to get email notifications of new posts.

Need a demonstrator? I’d be happy to help you with your creativity & creative needs. You can shop with me 24/7 on my online storefront HERE. If you check ‘no contact’ I will be unable to send you any appreciation goodies.  If you use the current hostess code during your order you will get a card and sample of a current SU! product  in the mail directly from me as a thank you. If you purchase over  $150.00 USD be your own hostess and reap those rewards for yourself!

January’s host(ess) code is: HNCRD7R6

 

Until next time…

-Joanne

Quick Christmas Package Tags With The Scalloped Tag Topper Punch

Today I have easy tags for you to make with some scraps of paper and the Stampin’ Up! Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.

It is a great project to use up any 1/2” or 3/4” strips of Designer Series Paper you have sitting about. Plus if you have strips of 2 3/4” or 3” Whisper White strips as small as 1 15/16” long, you are set.

With Christmas just over a week away I had to start wrapping & tagging the gifts, but I didn’t have any Christmas tags in my wrapping supplies. Instead of running out and getting some at the store, I was able to whip these up in about 30 minutes -clean up & sizing/design included!

I started with one strip of 3”x10” Whisper White Thick cardstock & two strips which were 2 3/4”x10. As long as you have a piece bigger than the final 1 15/16” long Tag you are fine.

I placed Designer Series Paper as shown in the diagram before I cut to the smaller tag size. Doing this as a full piece saved me a little time. Once at this stage, I cut each to the 1 15/16” length and then punched the largest white end using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.

From this point, I The stamped to/from from Cookie Cutter Christmas and added some ribbon.  Of course, you could also just hand write the to/from & use packaging Christmas ribbon if you’re in a pinch and have them on hand.

I didn’t have to run to the store AND I used up some scraps I had on hand.    Now, when I need tags for other occasions I’ve already figured out the sizing and will easily be able to tag any party gift by just switching out the Designer Series Paper to fit the occasion. Thank you Scalloped Tag Topper Punch!

I hope this helps you during times you need tags. Especially Christmas Eve when many of you are up all night wrapping gifts!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Stampin’ Up! Seasonal Chums Holiday Cards

Today I’m sharing with you cards created with the darling deer & snowman from the Seasonal Chums Stamp & die bundle by Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Up! Seasonal Chums

There are quite a few pieces to cut for this card, but it really goes quite quickly. Okay, coloring the Seasnal Chums characters takes a bit of time. Perhaps a good activity to do while watching television, waiting at appointments, or even a family friendly holiday craft for your child(ren) to participate and add to the family Christmas card or Christmas thank you card!

Those Foil snowflakes are not sticking around past the holiday catalog. You’ll want to SHOP NOW if you really want them. Once they are gone, they are gone.

I know you’ll want the measurements for for this card. It will be a great starting point for other Cardstock & Designer Series Papers. Here it is:

 

While we just got news Seasonal Chums items will be offered as a carry over from the holiday catalog (meaning the stamps & dies will be around until May 2018, but are not guaranteed to be in the next annual catalog in June), if you like them getting them as a bundle now saves you 10%! Bundle price discounts do not carry on beyond the original catalog release publication.

Shop with me HERE.

Enter the hostess code E9C33N4F during your order (Code good thru December 2017) and I will personally send you a thank you in the mail which will include a few Designer Series  paper samples from the 2018 Occasions catalog.

As always, thank you for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Christmas in the Making with craftymademoiselle

If you saw all the Rubbermaid totes of Christmas items I have been unpacking and placing (7 emptied so far!) about my house, you’d know that “ Christmas in the Making ”is no joke for me. It is a process I quite enjoy. I only wish I had a healthy dose of energy to accomplish the final results quicker. All the same, the end results come eventually-kind of like these cards. I shared the Blends images back in a November blog post and am just now getting to share the final cards. My apologies for the delay. I hope it was worth the wait.

I love this image of girl, presents, & cat (although I would love it to be a dog) and even think it could be a great birthday card image.

I think the color combination of Black, White & Bermuda Bay gives this card a bit of a vintage feel to fit with the stamped image.

Of course, Old Olive is more along traditional color lines for the holiday.

Framing things differently can give these images a fresh look. I love all the layered framelits Stampin’ Up! offers. The stitched framelits are one of my favorites.

A Merry Christmas in the Making would have to include making and mailing cards. I hope to get them all in the mail in the next three days. They are all created! Now to write, address, and mail. I’m a bit apprehensive this year as last month my mom received a card from me which my post office approved for regular postage and when she received it it was postage due for the difference between a forever stamp & the 70cent stamps. I hope none of my recipients get a postage due notice as I do get my p.o. to approve the rate. Apparently all post offices in the U.S. are not in agreement- sadly.

The last card share today and my wish for you…Merry Christmas! Or Holiday Wishes to those who celebrate other holidays this time of year. It is a great time of year of making, creating, and enjoying company.

As a year end celebration, Stampin’ Up! will be having an end of year sale as the holiday catalog products come to an end. They have to make room for some great new Occasions & Sale-a-Bration items in the new year.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne