Saturday, March 28, 2020

Hopping Around the World - Flowers


Hello my stamping friends! I hope you are all staying safe and healthy during these uncertain times the world is experiencing now. Schools here are closed for six weeks and then they will reevaluate at that time. Jack is adjusting to the new way of homeschooling. He is doing well, but does miss his friends and teacher. This month's hop will hopefully spread a little sunshine on your day. It's all about flowers! If you are like me, you can't help but smile when you see them!



I decided to highlight the wonderful stamp set, Beautiful Friendship on both of my cards today. Up first I decided to create a 3D floral spray across the front of the card using Grapefruit Grove, Pear Pizazz and Blueberry Bushel. I am going to miss the retiring In-Colors, they are some of my favorites! Guess I'll just have to stock up. The center flowers are hand cut out and popped up on dimensionals. The border along all the flowers and leaves is also fussy cut and layered onto a piece of Blueberry Bushel that I stamped the Buffalo Check background on. I love the bold pop of the blue! The words are from the Abstract Impressions set. To create the speckling, I 'flicked' the Dark Night of Navy Blender Pen in its lid until I achieved the look I wanted.



Using the same stamp set again, this time I decided to work with the rose stamp in the set and inked it up in Poppy Parade and Flirty Flamingo to create a fun floral border on my card. The Granny Apple Green color of the leaves compliments the two colors. The speckling is from a stamp in the Waterfront set and the words are from Beauty Abounds.



One stamp set highlighted with two very different card ideas. I hope they brought a smile to your face today. I hope you check out everyone else's flower inspired projects in the list below. Take care of yourself until we stamp again....Hugs to you!


Hopping Around the World Design Team

Jennifer Downey - that's me!
Tanja Klingler-Selinger
Pamela Poli

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Creation Station Blog Hop - Make It Interactive


Shake it. Flip it. Spin it. Sounds like that one game, Bop it. While we are not playing the game, we are still shaking, flipping and spinning on our projects today! Today's blog hop is all about making our project interactive. Super fun right?!? I LOVE me some cards that might be simple in design, but are a wow simply by making it more interactive in some way.


The Check You Out stamp set has been a "go to" for me lately, so I knew it wouldn't let me down today! I decided to make my project shake. To achieve that I created a shaker box using our Stitched Rectangle Dies, Window Sheets and Foam Adhesive Strips. I hand cut out out numerous pairs of glasses and hearts to be my shaking components. I decided to highlight some of our fabulous In-Colors such as Call Me Clover, Blueberry Bushel and Grapefruit Grove  and pair them with Real Red and Early Espresso. Make sure to check out Martin's interactive project, it will surely peak your creativity. Happy Stamping!



Saturday, February 29, 2020

Hopping Around the World - Easter


Happy Leap Day stamping friends! How are you taking advantage of this extra day? I'm doing laundry, some cleaning and stamping. And I may be binge listening to some shows I've missed over the last few weeks. *smiles* Today's blog hop is highlighting the Easter holiday. We celebrate it by inviting our local family over the day before for brunch and an Easter egg hunt. Last year we filled and hid 250 250 filled eggs! It's a job, but Jack and his cousins love it! 



I decided to die cut a cross from the Cross of Hope Framelits and laid it on a piece of Whisper White card stock. I then inked the cluster of bold flowers from the Beautiful Bouquet set and stamped around and over it with Daffodil Delight. I repeated again with Pumpkin Pie and Poppy Parade inks layering them on top of one another. I then took the cross off and this was the result. Just lovely! I then sponged Granny Apple and Garden Green for the grass to help 'anchor' the cross and backed it with a piece of Basic Black card stock stock. I used a die from the Sale-A-Bration set, Lily Pad Dies to give the Whisper White card base a little dimension. The saying is from the Rustic Retreat set and I used the Everyday Label punch to punch it out. I wanted my card to be a simple reminder of this wonderful holiday! I hope you will continue to hop along to see what Easter inspiration Mo Rootes has for you from across the pond. Happy Stamping!




Hopping Around the World Design Team

Jennifer Downey - that's me!
Tanja Klingler-Selinger
Sheila Turner

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Creation Station Blog Hop - The Full Monty


Welcome to February my stamping friends! It's been a while since I've created and shared with you. The holidays, travel half way across the country for a bit, and a death in the family all contributed to my absence. Thank you for your patience and understanding during that time. I was anxious to get back into my room and jump start my creativity. What better therapy is there than stamping?  This month's blog hop is all about "The Full Monty." What does that mean? Each designer had their choice of a product bundle, medley or suite and used each item in it! Pretty neat huh?


I chose the Heartfelt Bundle to highlight. It comes with a super cute stamp set and two, yep, I said two heart punches that layer beautifully with each other! First up, I decided to create a valentine card for the boy who calls me mom. Night of Navy blue is his favorite color so I jump started there and decided to add Balmy Blue and Crumb Cake to the mix. I stamped the arrows for a fun background (Wouldn't this be a great DSP pattern?!) For visual interest, I stamped the little heart with Night of Navy ink on Night of Navy card stock. I added a Crumb Cake stitched circle behind the two layering hearts to really make this focal point stand out. So while there are many hearts on this card, I think the color choices make it totally acceptable for any boy.


I've been seeing lots of rainbow inspired things around the marketplaces and took that as inspiration for this next card. I started by stamping the Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green arrows first, then worked my spacing out from there for the remaining four colors. I stamped each heart, and while there is no punch for this little lacy gem, it didn't take too long at all fussy cutting each one out. I staggered them across the middle of the card which helps to give it the feeling of 'movement'. I took a 1/2" wide piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped this fun little saying using Memento Black ink and snipped the ends into a tag. I popped this up on dimensionals. 


I couldn't resist using red and pink for at least one project. On this card I chose Real Red and Flirty Flamingo. I stamped the large lacy heart that coordinates with the large scallop punch, but instead of using that punch I used the smaller straight edge punch in that bundle to give the stamped image a slightly different look. I took that same small lacy heart from the previous card, stamped and cut each one out and adhered to the center of each large heart. I added a punched Silver Foil scallop heart behind the one Real Red heart along with an arrow to make that one a little more special than the others. You may notice how the hearts are hanging over the edge on both sides. Don't worry! This card still fits into a regular envelope. The length of those hearts is 5 1/2" inches (standard card size). The length of the Real Red card stock base is only 5 inches. It fools the eye, and really helps to make the hearts stand out. I added a double White Baker's Twine bow to the front and voila! This card could be used as a valentine or a thank you.


I really enjoy the versatility of this bundle! I hope you were inspired by the three projects I shared with you today and will continue along this hop to see the wonderful creativity of Elizabeth. She's a stamping rock star! Happy Stamping!



Sunday, December 1, 2019

Creation Station Blog Hop - Put A Ring On It


Hello December! Yesterday I officially mowed the lawn for the last time of the season. Hallelujah! Don't get me wrong, I don't mind mowing, but it takes me about 4 hours to get it all done. Whew! Every five days or so and all those hours add up over the months! We went about putting all the outside Christmas lights and decorations up as well. Now onto the inside of the house....bring on Christmas! Since this is my favorite holiday of the year, I thought this month's "Put a Ring on It" blog hop called for something festive. What does it mean to "Put a Ring on It"? We are going to dress up, glam out, and make our projects shine by creating belly bands to wrap around them! Exciting, right!?!


I used a few different stamp sets to gussy up this Christmas card. Floral Essence and coordinating Leaf and Perennial Flower punches helped to create these poinsettia inspired flowers. Tiny Keepsakes gave me the Real Red stripes and snowflakes. Finally, the Greatest Part of Christmas host set added just the perfect words!


As you can see, the flowers are attached to a Crumb Cake belly band that can easily slide off the card. A little trick for you so this can still fit in a regular envelope, The flowers and leaves on the belly band is 4 1/4" wide. In order to do that, my actual card was cut down to 3 3/4" wide x the usual 5 1/2" tall. I love the effect of the flowers and leaves flowing off the side of the card.

This card just gets me in the mood for the holiday! Back to decorating the house I go, but I hope you continue to hop along to see what the incredibly sweet Sara has to share with you. Happy Holidays my friends!



Saturday, November 23, 2019

Hopping Around The World - My Favorite Set


Hello my stamping friends! I spent the morning at a local craft show perusing all the creative talent and ideas people have. I ended up not getting anything, but my sister-in-law got some boxes checked off her list. How about you, do you enjoy a good craft show? This month's blog hop is featuring your favorite stamp set. While this changes for me every few weeks (What can I say, we sell a lot of great stamps!), right now my choice is Snow Front


The weather has turned cold outside so a wintry scene was calling my name. I stamped the cabin and deer in Black Memento ink first and then using Balmy Blue ink, stamped the pond. After that, I used Mossy Meadow and Old Olive ink and randomly stamped the different trees in that set to make this hillside scene. I used a couple different Stampin' Blends to add color to the cabin and sky. Our new Snowfall Accents Puff Paint and my heat gun helped to create the actual little snow drifts. It's a little hard to tell, but I added Wink of Stella all over card stock. I paired this set with the fabulous Greatest Part of Christmas hostess set and Real Red ink. I hope you continue along to see the wonderful creativity of Mo Rootes who is across the pond. Have a fabulous and blessed Thanksgiving holiday my friends!



Sunday, November 3, 2019

Creation Station Blog Hop - Girl Power!


Hope you had a Happy Halloween everyone! We had a houseful for our annual Halloween party. Fun was had by all! This month's blog hop is one for the girls. I have a couple of friends who have highlighted and/or died their hair with purple so they were my inspiration for this month's project. *smiles*


I had some fun with the Over The Moon stamp set and created my own herd with a little bit of masking. To give these girls some color, I used Stampin' Blends in Crumb Cake, Flirty Flamingo and Highland Heather. I used the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker and drew the sunglasses on freehand. The words are also from this set along with the Free As A Bird set, and popped up on a cute layered tag. I am truly thankful for all the girlfriends in my life, purple hair or not! *wink wink* I hope you'll continue along to see what Mikaela's creativity brewed up this month. Happy Stamping!




Saturday, October 26, 2019

Hopping Around the World - Christmas


Welcome to the first ever Hopping Around the World Blog Hop! If you're hopping here from Rachel Macleod's blog, I hope you enjoyed your stop there. And if you're just starting here - Welcome! I am honored to be a part of this amazingly talented group of stampers that spans all over the world! Mark your calendars as this fabulous hop will go live the last Saturday of each month. Our first month's theme is Christmas. My favorite holiday of the year!


Both of my Christmas cards today are for dear friends of mine. I wanted to highlight a stamp set that doesn't necessarily scream Christmas, but can be easily be used for it. Without further ado....Waterfront is going to take center stage! I tore a piece of scrap paper with a "hill" shape then inked the trees in Night of Navy ink and stamped them over the paper to mimic a large snow drift. I then gently sponged Balmy Blue ink for a winter sky. Like the snowflakes? That stamp is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set and also inked in Night of Navy ink and stamped onto a piece of Whisper White card stock that I sponged with Balmy Blue ink. Lots of layers of white and blues, Whisper White baker's twine wrapped and tied in a bow, plus the random placement of rhinestones help to create this fun Christmas card. It's a little hard to tell, but the snow drift sparkles as I used my Wink of Stella pen all over it. 


Well, I wasn't done with those little trees so I decided to stamp then this time in Mossy Meadow. Some are stamped full strength, and others at half to help give dimension. I love a good buffalo check for the holidays, and our Buffalo Check background stamp inked with Basic Black ink on Real Red card stock did the trick! I die cut leaves and twigs using the Flourish Dies in Old Olive and Soft Sea Foam, and punched vellum ones with the Leaf punch. All tucked behind and adhered to the large stitched circle. The words are from the Beauty Abounds stamp set. I really like the Real Red, Mossy Meadow, Soft Sea Foam and Basic Black color combination on this card. How about you?


Well, there you have it! Two different Christmas cards for friends using the "happy little trees" from the Waterfront stamp set. Bob Ross would be so happy! ;) Ha Ha! I hope you continue along to see that wonderful creativity of Mo Rootes who is across the pond. Happy stamping my friends!




Sunday, October 6, 2019

Creation Station Blog Hop - Black and White Plus One


What's that you say? October is here? The changing colors, the chilly weather, the smell of pumpkin spice...oh, I could go on and on. October is absolutely my favorite month of the year! I am absolutely giddy this time of year! *big grins* And with the start of a new month, starts a new blog hop. This month it's all about black and white plus one more color. Do you know hard it is to choose only one of Stampin' Up's fabulous colors to showcase? Gulp! I'm hoping I did this month justice by in the end, going old school classic with Real Red. 


October is time for apple picking so I inked up the Harvest Hellos stamp set and highlighted this delicious fall fruit. I used both light and dark Real Red Stampin' Blends to color it and then popped it up on dimensionals and adhered it to a stitched circle I die cut, which is also popped up on dimensionals. I wanted to get a little creative so I stamped the leaf repeatedly to create my own black and white dsp. Three small white die cut stitched circles help to border the leaves and and ground the apple. For a fun twist I inked up three of the leaves in Real Red ink, punched them out with the coordinating punch and added them randomly as well. In the end, this card and idea of using black, white and one other color made me smile, so I couldn't help but stamp that on the card! What a fun theme this month!  To see other AMAZING creations, please continue on through the blog hop starting with the sweet and talented Sara! Happy stamping my friends!



Sunday, September 1, 2019

Creation Station Blog Hop - His & Hers


As we are now in the final countdown to the first day of school (46 hours to be exact), last minute preparations and basic chaos is in full swing! Still need one more thing on his school supply list, a pair of headphones. Hoping to head out today to find a pair he likes. *fingers crossed* In the meantime, it's time for another fabulous blog hop with the wonderful Creation Station Design Team! This month's theme is all about his and hers. We thought it would be fun to make one card layout for him, then change it up and do the same layout for her! 


I admit, I deterred from this slightly and decided to make two cards using one stamp set, and one layout that could be good for him or her! I couldn't help it, that's where my creative juices took me and sometimes you just need to roll with it! Ha! 

First up, I inked up the Harvest Hellos stamp set that is featured in the holiday catalog and decided to get in the pumpkin mood. Having a coordinating punch to punch these guys out makes it so much faster and easier. Love it! Colors used were Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Garden Green, Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White. 


Then using that same layout and stamp set I got in apple mode! I figured I would add a bit more whimsy and stamp a Red Delicious, Granny Apple Smith, and Golden Delicious apple. I must admit, Golden Delicious are my favorite. *wink wink* Colors used on this card were Real Red, Granny Apple, Daffodil Delight, Call Me Clover, Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black and Whisper White. 


And there you have it...one stamp set, one layout, two cards for him or her. Ta da! Thanks for stopping by today, hope you'll continue on to see what Julie's creativity dreamed up for this month's theme. Happy Stamping!



Sunday, August 4, 2019

Creation Station Blog Hop - Stampers Gone Wild!


And just like that, August is here. The days of summer are starting to be counted down. You always knew as a kid, that when August arrived, the start of a new school year wasn't far behind. *sighs* Guess I have to kick it high gear to get some more things checked off our "Summer Fun" list. This month's blog hop is all about showcasing our animal and wild life stamp sets. Fun, right?! I had a hard time narrowing it down, but finally settled on the cute little guys in the We'll Walrus Be Friends set. 


I think this guy peeking his head up from the water, is my favorite image in the set. He's just so gosh darn cute! I figured I would whip up a fun little box to hold a sweet treat inside. The box is a 4 1/2" x 8 1/4" piece of Basic Gray card stock that I scored at 3/4"and 3 3/4" on the short side, and 3/4", 3 3/4", 4 1/2" and 7 1/2" on the long side. This is the perfect size to hold a Moon Pie inside. Yum!


I created a belly band to wrap around the box, so all you have to do is slide it off to get to the treat inside. That way way you don't have to destroy the tag on top or the box to get it. I used the bubbles from the Beauty Abounds set and inked them all over the Basic Gray card stock before I assembled the box. 


I decided to ink up this guy next and liked the idea of having him on an iceburg. I inked him up first and colored him with my Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends then cut him out. Next I inked up the iceburg part of the stamp (omitting the walrus that is part of that stamp) and stamped it on a piece of Whisper White card stock. From there I used my Stampin' Blends to create the water and sky. I then added him to the iceburg using dimensionals. The little fish in that set reminds me of those from from Dr. Seuss. I inked up, colored and cut out three of them and adhered them in the water.  Wonder how I got the Pumpkin Pie Baker's Twine bow? Using regular white baker's twine, I colored it using my Stampin' Blends! Woo hoo! 


Of course, I had to add some cuteness to the inside of the card as well. This stamp set just makes me so happy creating with it! I have a feeling these guys will be seeing lots of ink.


Are you excited to see what all the other designers created with the animals of their choice? Me too! I hope you continue to hop along to see what the super talented Julie created. Happy Stamping my friends!



Sunday, July 7, 2019

Creation Station Blog Hop - Got Your Back


At first when I read what the theme was for this month the song, "Baby Got Back" by Sir-Mix-Alot immediately came into my head and well, I told Google to go ahead and play it! It was then followed by another 40 minutes of various 90's songs that got me all nostalgic and a little lethargic from singing along. Gosh, what a great decade musically! But this month isn't about music, it's about backgrounds and the fun you can have with them!


This bold background was created by cutting 1"x 3" strips of Real Red, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay and adhering them onto a piece of Whisper White card stock then using the Tufted 3D Embossing Folder to give it dimension. I then took my Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad and swiped all over it really making the the pattern 'pop'. I love the effect it got! Since the background was so bold, I kept the rest of the card simple. The words are from the Beauty Abounds stamp set, while the butterflies and grass on the Daffodil Delight strip of card stock are from the Enjoy Life set. 


I decided to switch gears a little bit and go more masculine for this next card. To create this plaid background, I stamped the Buffalo Check background stamp in Mint Macaron on Whisper White card stock. I then took my Bermuda Bay and Basic Black Stampin' Write markers along with my trusty ruler and created the lines to turn it from a buffalo check pattern to plaid. It took no time at all! The words are from the Colorful Seasons stamp set and are stamped on the largest of Stitched Oval shapes. The leaves and berry twigs were die cut from the Flourish Thinlets in the same colors I used for the plaid. Do you like the Bermuda Bay strip that 'grounds' it all? I stamped the water from the High Tide stamp set to achieve the pattern on it and helps to break up the all plaid background. 


Two fun ideas for backgrounds that were both easy and quick, but pack a real 'wow' effect! Thanks for stopping by today, now let's hop along to Sara and see what her creative juices came up with. It's sure to be wonderful! Happy Stamping my friends!