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

 

 

How To Do Partial Die Cut Mermaids & A Few Mermaid Cards

Last Thursday I posted these mermaids which I cut from the Myths and Magic Specialty DSP.

Myths and Magic Specialty DSP Mermaids

I promised to share how the mermaids were die cut so that their tails were left intact as part of the image which had been cut out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. These Mermaid die cuts with the, “tail sticking out,” are partial die cuts.

Partial die cuts = a die cut where part of the image being cut goes outside the exterior margins of the die used to cut out the image.

I decided to show you how to cut up this Myths and Magic paper to create mermaid die cuts through my first ever video. It is far from perfect (first attempts at a new skill rarely are), but I hope you agree that seeing the process in progress is helpful, even if I can learn a lot more about making videos.

And here are some of the projects I made with these die cut mermaids:

Myths and Magic DSP Mermaid cards

And one birthday card using a mermaid die cut without the partial die cutting technique.

Myths and Magic dsp Mermaid 4th Birthday card

So whether you try the partial die cutting technique or not, you can cut out and create cards with this paper in the Myths and Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper pack.

Don’t have this paper and love it? Shop with me by clicking HERE.

Want to start practicing this technique now? Try isolating a portion of a stamped or printed paper image to create your own partial die cut from any stamp, paper, and dies you already own.

Practice makes things easier and better.  Don’t get discouraged if your first partial die cut isn’t the best.

As for me, I’ll be making more videos in the future and I’ll be looking forward to improving those skills so I can show you more. Thanks for viewing.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Playing With The Pretty Stampin’ Up! Paper

Are you hoarding paper in your craft stash or playing with it?

Today is all about what I’ve been doing this week with some of the pretty Stampin’ Up! paper.

For instance, this new Petal Passion DSP is fantastic! I love it in black and white, but I wanted to try coloring it with the Blends.

Stampin’ Up! Petal Passion DSP

My results were worth the time!

Petal Passion DSP colored with Blends

I spent an evening watching television coloring with my Blends and WOW, this paper is beautiful with color added! I can’t wait to show you how I used it, but that will have to wait. I was impressed with how the back of this same paper looked like an impressionist painting because of the above coloring. It makes me wonder what I can do with that side too! Take a peek:

Back of colored Petal Passion DSP

Here’s another from that same pack:

Petal Passion DSP colored with Blends

It is so easy to make any black and white paper match your projects by coloring it with any color you choose.

Sometimes just using the images in the paper is the best way to use your paper. The Myths & Magic Specialty DSP has fantastic glittery embossed  images on one side and nice patterns on the other.

Myths and Magic Specialty DSP

I really wanted to use a bunch of the mermaids for some cards, so I chopped up an entire sheet, carefully planning how I could get the most  mermaids. I quickly realized cutting out the mermaids with snips was going to take forever, so I opted for die cutting them. This is the result from one sheet of 12”x12” paper.

Myths and Magic Specialty DSP Mermaids

The bottom die cut mermaids were special. I cut the tips of the tails out by hand and then placed that portion over the circle die so the cut would not take off the tail, but cut the circle. I promise pictures of this process Tuesday, when some of the cards I made with these die cuts are posted.

Sometimes there are dies which will cut out items from the DSP. The Bubbles and Fizz DSP you can earn with $50.00 USD purchase during 2018 Sale-a-bration is a great example. The papers with the bottle caps and larger bottles have images sized to fit the Bubble Over dies.

SAB 2018 Bubbles and Fizz DSP

I challenge you to play with at least ONE sheet of Designer Series (patterned) Paper this week. Cut it up, alter it, color it, ink it, and then create something with it. Are you with me?

Stop by on Tuesday to see a few of the cards I made with the mermaids. Plus, I’ll have a photo tutorial on how to do the partial die cut so the tail isn’t removed.

Until then…

-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

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

 

Punch Art Critters: A Horse, Dragon, AND Unicorn with the Fox Punch

Today’s post shares how to put your Stampin’ Up! Fox punch to even more use by creating 3 more punch art critters. I’ve put the horse, dragon, and unicorn together in this post because creating them begins in a very similar fashion.

First, let’s take a look at the horse:

Poor little guy looks pretty sad that he can’t reach the Sprinkles of Life apple on the other side of that fence. Surprise-That fence is also created from the fox punch! (Those bonus directions are at the end of this post)

You’ll notice that the differences between the horse and dragon are small. Of course the change in colors is first, (the dragon looks cute in shades of blue, orange, red, and purple too!) but otherwise there is just an addition of the chest oval and a fire breathing swoosh. The tuft of hair can go either way based on preference. So, I wouldn’t count that as a difference to create this critter.

If you don’t have the now retired Owl Punch or Cucumber Crush cardstock, try making small modifications: change up the colors and use a black marker to draw in the eyes (pupils).

Lastly, take a look at the unicorn. Color changes and added flowers from the Sprinkles of life stamps & punch (the adorable compliment cupcake is made from that set also) aside, the only differences from horse to unicorn is the split circle nostrils and horn.

Unicorns are so popular now again, I’m sure this one will look great on a card.

These critters are very easy and so is the fence. With all the animals I created it just seemed natural to create something which would also look cute on a card or scrapbook layout and a corral to keep these critters seemed just right. Here is that simple bonus punch art:

You can make a second version of this fence (as seen above with the horse) by making the posts larger.  You just need to use the next section (above the white line on the diagram above) to get the larger post.

Thanks for stopping by. If you create any of these guys, I’d love to see your finished projects in the comments. Have fun!

Until next time…

-Joanne