Friday, February 16, 2018

SBTD February Blog Hop Critters

Welcome to the SBTD Stampers By the Dozen) February Blog Hop and this month we are featuring critters of all shapes and sizes. I love this month's theme and I had a hard time narrowing down my choices as there are so many wonderful critters to choose from. I hope you will enjoy the two cards that I finally chose to share.

Both of the cards I have chosen were favorites of my customers at my recent card class. They loved creating the fox with punch art using the Fox Builder Punch (item #141470) and we had fun coloring the sweet hedgehog using Stampin' Blends. Both cards have so many possibilities and can be used for a multiple occasions.

My first card shows how critters can be created using punches for a fun card. The Fox Builder punch is one of my favorites and coordinates perfectly with the Foxy Friends stamp set (p104 2017-2018 Annual Catalog) to provide the face and legs as well as a variety of other images to help you create a variety of other critters. I chose the fox because it tied in with the sentiment from the Truly Tailored stamp set (p45 2018 Occasions Catalog) which coordinates with the Tailored Tag Punch (item #145667) and when purchased as a bundle, saves you 10%. 

To create the fox, I chose Cajun Craze carstock for the body and Whisper White cardstock for the accent pieces. I stamped the face and legs with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then assembled the fox with Snail Adhesive and a Mini Dimensional to attach the head to the body. So cute and so easy to put together.

For the card base I chose Smoky Slate cardstock and added a layer of Tranquil Tide cardstock that I embossed using the vine embossing folder from the Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (item #145656 $9.00) in the 2018 Occasions Catalog. I loved the textured it added to the card without being too busy. The banner was created using Night of Navy cardstock and I created the banner end using the Banner Triple Punch (item #138292 p206 in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog).  I attached the fox to a circle of Smoky Slate cardstock punched out with the 2" Circle Punch (item #133782) and then attached the circle to the Night of Navy banner.

To finish off the card, I stamped the sentiment in Tranquil Tide Classic ink and punched it out with the Tailored Tag Punch. I also stamped the sentiment a second time in Cajun Craze Classic ink and fussy cut the small fox image with my Paper Snips and attached it to the sentiment with a Mini Dimensional. I centered the sentiment below the banner and attached it with Snail adhesive. 

This makes a wonderful masculine card and you can have fun playing around with different sentiments and different punch art critters to create a variety of cards for the men in your life.

My second card focused more on fun with stamps and ink using the Hedgehugs stamp set from the 2018 Occasions Catalog. There are so many cute images in this stamp set that it is hard to choose just one. I stamped the image with Soft Suede Classic ink onto Whisper White cardstock and colored him with the light and dark Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends markers and the light Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blend marker for the flower. The sentiment was stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Gold embossing powder. I added a layer of Real Red cardstock as a matte to make it pop. 

I created this card with Valentine's Day in mind but it really can be used for a variety of occasions. I used Real Red cardstock for the card base and I embossed a layer of Crumb Cake cardstock with the Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder (item #143708). To bring out the wood grain, I sponged it with Crumb Cake Classic ink to give it a worn, aged look. 

I love the simplicity of this card design and so I decided not to add any embellishments. Sometimes clean and simple is best. 

I hope you have enjoyed my cards today and I hope it will help inspire you to create your own "Critter" creations. Now it is time to visit Lyndsay LaRae Carara and see what she has created this month. Just click the button below to visit her blog or use the Roll Call below if you get lost along the way. Enjoy your creative journey.

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Until Next Time.
Happy Stampin',

Tricia Butts

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Colour Combo Blog Hop February

Welcome to the Colour Combo Blog Hop for February. This month our color combination is Elegant Eggplant, Pacific Point and Wisteria Wonder. I decided to use Waterfront, a new stamp set from the 2018 Occasions Catalog to explore this color combination. Living in Colorado, I love looking at the Rocky Mountains every day, so I thought a mountain scene would be fun to try. 

This stamp set has a variety of shapes that help you create amazing landscapes and I loved experimenting with the images. I decided to use Pacific Point Classic ink for the water and Wisteria Wonder Classic ink for the mountains and the clouds in the sky. To create depth and dimension to the landscape, I used Elegant Eggplant Classic ink to stamp the trees and the land around the water. 

To complete the card I used Wisteria Wonder cardstock for my card base and added a layer of Elegant Eggplant cardstock to provide a matte for the Whisper White cardstock that I used for my stamped design.
item # 145766 Sure Do Love You (Clear) Mount $21
The sentiment is from the Sure Do Love You stamp set, also from the 2018 Occasions Catalog and I really liked the way the font worked with the landscape scene. I stamped it in Versamark and heat embossed Silver Embossing powder to make it pop against the strip of Elegant Eggplant cardstock. Although I only used the Pacific Point for the water of the design, I felt like it was the focal point of the card design and tied everything together. The final touch was just a few highlights on the water, mountains and clouds with Clear Wink of Stella. 
Item #146386 Waterfront Photopolymer $17
This stamp set is so amazing to use and as you can see, you really don't need a lot of colors to create beautiful landscapes. I can't wait to try other color combinations with this stamp set and see how they turn out.

I hope you have enjoyed my card for this month's blog hop and I hope that it will help to inspire you to experiment with this color combination and give the Waterfront stamp set a try. 
Now it is time to visit Lisa Kmiec's blog and see what she has created for this month's color combination. Just click the button below to visit her blog. 

Until Next Time.
Happy Stampin',

Tricia Butts

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

2018 Kre8tors Blog Hop Sale-a-bration Theme

It's time for the 2018 Kre8tors Blog Hop for February and this month we are focusing on the amazing Free products you can earn during Sale-a-bration. Visit blogs from all over the world featuring amazing projects to inspire you created by talented demonstrators using Stampin' Up! products.

I decided to showcase the often overlooked Mixed Medallions Card Kit (item #147183) which contains supplies to create 8 beautiful trifold cards plus envelopes. You can choose to create these wonderful cards as shown in the directions or you can do as I did, and have a little fun embellishing to make your own unique creations.

As you can see, there are a variety of cute embellishments provided that are easy to pop out and attach to the cards to decorate. There is also a variety of sentiments, not just in English but also in German and French.  Putting these cards together is a fun and stress-free way to spend an afternoon. 

I just love the color combination for this kit which includes Berry Burst, Calypso Coral, Sahara Sand and White. I decided to add a little bling for a little extra sparkle.
With the Berry Burst card base, I added a layer of the Turquoise Glimmer paper from the Myths & Magic 6"x6" Glimmer Paper Pack (item #145601) using the 1 1/4" Circle Punch (item 3119861) under the Calypso Coral Scalloped circle die cut and the sentiment from the kit. I also used the Tree Builder Punch item #138295) to punch out a the small flower from the Turquoise Glimmer Paper and attached it to the Calypso Coral die cut from the kit with a glue dot.

I embellished the center of the flower with a small Basic Pearl (item # for a touch of bling and added it to the card front. I added two of the flower die cut shapes from the kit and embellished the center of the Sahara Sand flower with a Basic Pearl (item #144219)that I colored using the Light Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blend Marker (item #144580). I love how it coordinated perfectly with the Turquoise Glimmer paper and finished off the flower.

As you can see, I didn't need to add a lot to give the card a different look and it didn't take a lot of time to complete. Don't you just love creating beautiful cards that are so simple to put together. 

When it came to embellishing the Sahara Sand Card, I wanted something a little more elegant and understated. For this card, I decided to use the Gold Foil (item #132622) and I used the 1 1/8" Scallop Circle (item #146138) which is a new punch from the 2018 Occasions Catalog. I attached it to the center of the card with glue dots and then layered the sentiment for the kit on top using Mini Dimensions (item #144108).

I also punched out a small flower from the Gold Foil, once again using the Tree Builder Punch. Can you tell that I love using punches? They are great for creating quick, simple yet beautiful cards.

The other flowers were created from the die cuts in the kit and I embellished the centers of two of the flowers with Basic Rhinestones (item #144220). Once again, with just a few simple supplies, I was able to dress up this tri-fold card and transform it into something different. 

I hope you have enjoyed my take on this wonderful Sale-a-bration product. You can earn this kit Free with a $50 order during Sale-a-bration. Contact me for more details and help to place your order, or visit my Online Store Here and have it shipped to your door.

Now it is time to visit Kathy Maurer and see what wonderful Sale-a-bration product she has chosen to showcase. I know you will enjoy visiting her blog. Just click the link below to visit her blog or if you get lost, just click the link in the Blog Hop Roll Call List below. 

2018 Kre8tors Blog Hop
Roll Call List

Melissa Tennison
Amy Grendel
Su Mohr
Becky Browning
Laura Kate Mackie
Tricia Butts
Kathy Maurer
Deb Naylor
Jackie Lawless
Linda Handford
Lisa Kmiec
Kirsteen Gill
Alexanra Rauf
Nichole Loe
Mary Trautner
Sanda Roberts
Maria Calia
Hiske MacKay
Jacqui Lawrence
Leisa Pedersen

I hope you will enjoy your journey along our blog hop this month and I hope it inspires you to create your own amazing projects. 

Until Next Time.
Happy Stampin',

Tricia Butts
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Friday, February 2, 2018

GSF Blog Hop 18 Love

Welcome to February's Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop, featuring Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world to share their projects to help inspire you. This month's theme is Love, which seems appropriate for February.  You have probably just visited with Erica or perhaps this is your first stop. Either way, I hope you enjoy the creative journey.

I decided to feature the January Paper Pumpkin kit and show how you can create alternative projects using products from the 2018 Occasions Catalog and the 2018 Sale-a-bration Catalog. 

What is Paper Pumpkin you may ask? It is a monthly subscription kit that Stampin' Up! offers in the United States and Canada, with a complete project in a box for you to complete without the stress. Everything is prepped ready for you to create. 

January's Paper Pumpkin kit, Heartfelt Love Notes, contains supplies to create 16 cards (8 each of 2 designs), including envelopes suitable for, but not limited to, Valentine's Day. The kit also includes an exclusive stamp set and a Rich Razzleberry Classic ink spot.  

As you can see, I had a little fun with this kit and I love how they turned out. Most of the supplies are from the kit and I just added a stamp set, ink and some cardstock to transform them into something new.

The first card was transformed using the Magical Day stamp set and coordinating Magical Mates Framelits dies (when purchased together you can save 10%). There are so many amazing images in this stamp set but I decided to create the dragon because I thought it would be perfect for boys for Valentine's Day. I stamped the image with Archival Basic Black ink and colored him with Stampin' Up!'s Watercolor Pencils. I then blended the colors using a blender pen and added a little sparkle with Clear Wink of Stella. No fussy cutting necessary with the matching framelit die and he is ready to attach to a Bermuda Bay cardstock circle punched out with the 2 1/4" Circle Punch. I layered the Flirty Flamingo Banner on top of the Bermuda Bay circle and then attached the dragon with Mini Dimensionals before attaching the circle to the card base with Snail adhesive. 

The label is from the kit and I stamped the sentiment from kit with Lemon Lime Twist Classic ink. I then layered it onto a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock punched with the Everyday Label Punch, which I am happy to say, carried over from the Holiday Catalog. I attached the label to the card base with Mini Dimensionals. 

Using the ribbon from the kit, I tied a basic knot to close the card, which is perfect if you want to include a sweet treat inside. I love the contrast of bright colors against the black and white pinstripe of the card base. It's quick and easy to create, making it perfect if you have to make a bunch for a class for your child. 

The 2nd card uses the other card base which has beautiful copper hearts on a black background. This time I chose one of my favorite Sale-a-bration stamp sets, Party Pandas, to decorate this card. I stamped the panda image onto a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock and then fussy cut it out with my Paper Snips. These panda images are simple to cut out and don't take very long to do. With a Real Red Marker, I colored in the tiny heart and our panda is ready to go. 

I attached the Flirty Flamingo Banner from the kit to the card base and attached the Vellum Heart Die cut (also in the kit) with Glue Dots (you guessed, included in the kit) and finally attached the Panda with Mini Dimensionals. I added a little Clear Wink of Stella to the Panda for a little shimmer.

Next I went to work on the banner created with products from the kit. I stamped the sentiment using one of the stamps included in the kit with the Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink spot, also from the kit. I then attached the sentiment to the card base with Mini Dimensionals and embellished the label with the cute Flirty Flamingo Enamel Shapes from the kit. Once again, I tied a simple knot with the ribbon included in the kit to secure the flap of the card. Voila! A cute Valentine's Day card that is sure to make everyone smile. 

So do I have you excited about this Paper Pumpkin kit? Well, I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that the full kit is no longer available. The good news is that the refill kit is still available for just $8.00 (plus S&H and Taxes) to Paper Pumpkin Subscribers. Not a subscriber? Not a problem. Just click here to sign up for Paper Pumpkin. If you sign up by February 10th, you will receive the February Paper Pumpkin on your doorstep for a fun and creative experience. Don't worry, there is no long term commitment and you can skip a month whenever you want or cancel at anytime. Contact me if you have any questions and I will be happy to help you. 
(*Note: Refill kits do not include the exclusive stamp set or ink spot).

The photo above shows all the amazing supplies contained in the Heartfelt Love Notes Refill kit, item # 147519.  The refill kit*. along with the other supplies I used for these cards, can be ordered via my Online Store here or you can contact me and I will be happy to help you.  The best news is that if you order the Magical Day Bundle and the Heartfelt Love Notes Refill kit, you will earn the Party Pandas stamp set Free as your Sale-a-bration reward. Isn't that awesome! 
*Must be a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber to order refill kits. 

I hope that you enjoyed my ideas today and I hope it inspires you to get creative. Now it is time to visit Cheryl Algie and see what she has created this month.  Just click the button below to visit her blog or use the Blog Hop Roll Call list below if you get lost. 

                                                                       Cheryl Algie

Global Stamping Friends February Blog Hop
1.    Libby Dyson 
2.    Anastasia Radloff   
3.    Erica Jones  
4.    Tricia Butts
5.    Cheryl Algie 
6.    Jan Musselman   
9.    Karie Beglau 

Until Next time.
Happy Stampin',

Tricia Butts
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