Friday, April 20, 2018

SBTD Blog Hop April Bundles


It's time for the SBTD (Stampers by the Dozen) Blog Hop for April and this month our theme is Bundles. What are bundles you ask? They are wonderful products that coordinate together to make life easier for us when we create. This may be a stamp set and coordinating set of framelits/thinlets dies or perhaps a stamp set and coordinating punch. The best thing is, that new bundles in the catalog save you 10%. Now that's great news for your budget.

I decided to use one of my very favorite bundles, Magical Day, from the 2018 Occasions Catalog. This bundle has an amazing stamp set and coordinating Framelits dies to make creating stress free and fun. 

For me, the best thing about this bundle is that it is great for guys and girls, young and old. That being said, I had to make a card for the girls and a card for the guys. It was so much fun to play with this bundle and I there is still so much more that I didn't get to play with. 

My card design for the girls features the adorable unicorn image and I love that there is a coordinating framelit die to cut it out. I love when I don't have to fussy cut. I stamped the unicorn with Memento Tuxedo Black ink because I wanted to color the image with my Stampin' Blends. (Don't worry, they will be back in stock in time for the new Catalog June 1st). It was fun to create a rainbow look for the mane and tail and add a little golden highlight to the body and horn. For a little sparkle and shimmer, I also added some Clear Wink of Stella.

The clouds were created using the Silver Embossing Paste (item #145646) and the Pattern Party Decorative Masks (item #144103). It adds a wonderful dimension to the Rich Razzleberry cardstock layer. The card base was created with Powder Pink cardstock and the die cut circle and sentiment were cut from Soft Sky cardstock. I embossed the circle with the Scattered Sequins Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder (item #145649) and colored the raised sequins with Clear Wink of Stella. The sentiment is from the Magic Day stamp set included in the bundle and I heat embossed it with Gold Embossing powder. The final touch of sparkle comes from the Gold sequins found in the Metallics Sequin Assortment (item #144214).  There you have it. A card fit for a unicorn loving princess. 

My card for the guys is a little more edgy. I chose Dapper Denim cardstock for the card base and I embossed a layer of Smoky Slate cardstock with the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (item #138288). To bring out the texture of the brick wall, I added Smoky Slate Classic ink with a sponge dauber all over the Smoky Slate cardstock. To create the door way for my knight, I used an oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits and added a piece of Basic Black cardstock behind the opening with Stampin' Dimensionals. 

The dragon and the knight images were both stamped on Whisper White cardstock and die cut with the coordinating framelit dies. I love that I don't have to fussy cut any of the images. Once again, I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored the images with my Stampin' Blends markers. Do you see that cute flame coming out of the dragon's mouth? Yes, there is a stamp and coordinating framelit die for this as well. Awesome!  I attached the colored images to my card with Snail adhesive and added a little Clear Wink of Stella for a little shimmer.

The sentiment is also from the stamp set and I heat embossed it with Silver embossing powder onto Dapper Denim cardstock. I then used the framelit that is in the coordinating framelit die set to die cut the sentiment and then die cut a second piece from Daffodil Delight cardstock. I cut the Daffodil Delight piece in half length ways and attached it to the back of the sentiment with Snail adhesive. I then attached it to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. Finally, I added to Silver sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment for a little sparkle. 

I hope that you have enjoyed my two cards and I hope that it inspires you to get this bundle before it disappears. Why you ask? Well this wonderful bundle is retiring and is only available while supplies last until May 31st, 2018. Also on the Retirement List are the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and 
Dapper Denim cardstock. If you have fallen in love with any of the products used in these cards, I recommend that you place an order ASAP to avoid missing out. 

Now it's time to visit Lyndsay's blog and see what she has created with her bundle for this month's blog hop. Just click the Next Button below to visit her blog or use the Blog Hop Roll Call list below if you get lost.




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Tricia Butts
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Sunday, April 8, 2018

2018 Kre8tors Blog Hop April Color Challenge

Welcome to the 2018 Kre8tors Blog Hop for April and this month's theme is a color challenge featuring Crumb Cake, Powder Pink, Pumpkin Pie, Berry Burst and Wild Wasabi. We have been challenged to use at least 3 of these colors in our project. 

After seeing the inspiration photo for this color combination, I really wanted to try and create a card design that included all 5 colors. I really liked the way the wood grain background looked, so I decided to incorporate it into my card design.


I love the Waterfront stamp set from the 2018 Occasions Catalog and I really liked the idea of using this stamp set to create my card. I die cut an oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies from Whisper White cardstock. I used the various stamps to create the mountains using the Crumb Cake Classic ink and the fields with Wild Wasabi Classic ink in the foreground. Using sponge daubers, I lightly sponged the sky above and around the mountains using Powder Pink Classic ink and then gently sponged the outer edge with Berry Burst Classic ink to create a twilight sky. I created the sun by punching out a small circle from a scrap of paper and using it as a reverse mask, I lightly sponged Pumpkin Pie ink just above the mountains on the right side of the oval. I also lightly sponged the sky to create pale orange highlights in the sky. 


To create the finished card, I used Powder Pink cardstock to create the card base and I embossed a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock using the Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (item #143708) and gently sponged with Crumb Cake Classic ink to bring out the texture in the embossed cardstock. I attached the stamped oval using Stampin' Dimensionals and I created the sentiment using the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, heat embossed with Gold embossing powder onto Whisper White cardstock. I punched out the sentiment with the Classic Label Punch (item #141491) and matted it with Powder Pink cardstock also punched out with the Classic Label Punch. 

I love the softness of this card design and had a lot of fun playing with the variety of colors to come up with this scenic card. 

I hope that this card design has inspired you to try playing around with this color combination and experiment with them. Now it is time to visit Laura Kate Mackie and see what she has created this month. Just click the Next button below to visit her blog or if you get lost along the way, use the Blog Hop Roll Call list to help you find your way. 



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Tricia Butts
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Friday, April 6, 2018

GSF Blog Hop That Little Bit Extra

Welcome to the GSF (aka Global Stamping Friends) Blog Hop for April, where we will be exploring products that add that little bit extra to your projects. It is not uncommon to feel a little intimidated by the world of ribbon and embellishments or perhaps the thought of adding texture with products that sometimes seem a little scary. Join me and my fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world as we share our ideas and projects to help inspire you to explore the possibilities of adding that little extra something to your project. 

I decided to showcase the 2017-2019 In Colors and how easy they are to create projects with. Everything coordinates together so that it really does make it simple to put things together without any stress. Not only does this collection include cardstock and ink, it also has coordinating ribbon, Designer Series Paper and embellishments to help you.


My first card features the In Color, Berry Burst, which is a wonderful color for Spring cards. I chose to use Berry Burst cardstock for the card base and I added a layer of Berry Burst Fresh Florals Designer Series paper to create a pretty Spring background. The sentiment has been heat embossed with Gold embossing powder. I chose this sentiment from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set (item #143662) because it was the perfect size to be the focal point of this card. The sentiment has been embossed onto a circle if Whisper White cardstock die cut with one of the Stitched Framelits circle dies and I layered it onto a scalloped circle die cut from Berry Burst cardstock using the Layering Circles Framelits dies, to frame it so that it stood out against the background.

To dress up the card with a little something extra, I used the Berry Burst Finely Woven Ribbon (item #144133) to attach a piece to the card base down the center of the card and I also created a pretty bow. To complete the card, I attached the sentiment to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals and added the bow at the bottom of the circle with a Mini Dimensional.  For a touch of bling, I added Basic Pearls to frame the Gold embossed sentiment.


To create the second card, I followed the same format as the Berry Burst Birthday card, but this time I chose to use the In Color, Tranquil Tide, for the supplies. This time I chose to heat emboss the sentiment with Silver embossing powder and I embellished the sentiment with Basic Rhinestones to add a little bling. As you can see, the products all coordinate beautifully together so that you don't have to guess what products you need. I love the Tranquil Tide Finely Woven Ribbon (item #144136) as an accent for this card. The Fresh Florals Designer Series paper pack (item #144131) contains all 5 of the 2017-2019 In Colors in one paper pack (Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig) in each of the designs, so it gives you a wonderful variety to create your projects.


Adding those extra touches to your projects doesn't have to be scary when you are using Stampin' Up!'s coordinating products. If you would like help in deciding what products you need for your next project, please contact me and I would be happy to help you. 

I hope you have enjoyed my cards today and I hope it helps to inspire you to explore the world of embellishments and ribbon to help add a little bit extra to your projects. Now it is time to visit Libby's blog and see what she has created for this month's hop. Just click the Next button below to visit her blog. 


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Until Next Time.
Happy Stampin',

Tricia Butts
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop May Good Things Grow


Welcome to the first Paper  Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop. We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators showcasing the amazing 5th Anniversary Paper Pumpkin kit that was release this March. As fans of Paper Pumpkin, we are excited to share with you all our alternative ideas for this incredible paper crafting kit to help inspire you to get creative. This month's kit is called "May Good Things Grow" and is a perfect way to create Spring projects.

You have probably just visited the amazing Janet Wakeland's blog and her wonderful ideas for this kit. Or perhaps you are starting your journey here with me. Either way, I hope that you will enjoy the fabulous ideas shared on this blog hop.

When I saw this amazing Paper Pumpkin kit, I immediately thought of an easel card. To me it was the perfect way to showcase the beautiful designs in this kit. I created the card base from Fresh Fig cardstock and used a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock for the inside layer.


For the inside layer, I stamped the decorative corner images (from the exclusive stamp set included in the kit) in the top corners of the Crumb Cake cardstock and heat embossed them with Gold embossing powder. Next I stamped the sentiment and repeated the process and then finally stamped the bottom two corners and heat embossed to create an area to write a personal sentiment.

At the base of the Crumb Cake cardstock layer, I cut a piece of Fresh Fig ribbon and snipped the ends to create a banner look. I attached the ribbon to the cardstock with Snail adhesive approx. 3/8" from the bottom. For the sentiment, I heat embossed the sentiment with Gold embossing powder onto the tag from the kit and added the purple pearls that were included in the kit to embellish. I added two layers of Stampin' Dimensionals stacked on top of each other to the back of the tag and centered it onto the Fresh Fig ribbon.

The final touch was created by covering two of the wood leaf embellishments  with Versamark and then Gold embossing powder, then heat embossed to create the look of gold embellishments. The leaves are from the free gift included in the kit and this is just one fun way that you can alter them to add to your projects. They are attached to the card with several Glue Dots.
To finish off the card, I cut the large background image from one of the decorative envelopes included in the kit to a finished size of 5 1/4" X 4" and layered it onto a piece of Fresh Fig cardstock sized at 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". Next I attached the large floral die cut from the kit using Stampin' Dimensionals and attached it to the background layer. I added Clear Wink of Stella to the die cut flowers and leaves for a little extra shimmer. The bow was created with a piece of Gold 1/8" ribbon and attached with a Glue Dot. 

The card front layer was attached to the card base so that the bottom rests against the sentiment to create an easel. I just love the vintage look of this card and how easy it was to create with the supplies in this kit and it was so simple to create. I can't wait to create more of these cards with the rest of this wonderful kit. 


I hope that you have enjoyed my project today and I hope it will inspire you to give Paper Pumpkin a try. If you are new to Paper Pumpkin, now is the perfect time to sign up and give it a try. It's simple to sign up and if you sign up between now and May 10th, you will receive 50% off your first 2 months with the Creativity Starts with Paper Pumpkin Promotion. As a new subscriber you just need to enter the Promo code: SAVEFIFTY0418 when you sign up. Please contact your demonstrator to sign up. If you do not have a demonstrator, I would be happy to help you with your Paper Pumpkin subscription. Just click the link below to sign up. If you sign up by April 10th, you will receive the April Paper Pumpkin kit as your first kit.

Now it is time to visit Rachel Tessman's blog and see what exciting ideas she has to share. Please click the Next button below to visit her blog.



Until Next Time.
Happy Stampin',
Tricia Butts
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