Thursday, December 30, 2010
Stampin' Addicts Blog Hop: Build a Blossom
Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Occasions Mini Catalog Blog Hop! We're thrilled to have you join us this weekend as we share with you a sneak peak of some of the new stamps and accessories in Stampin' Up!s upcoming mini catalog. I'm stop 3 of 24, so if you are starting here, follow the link at the bottom of each page to continue on the hop to see all 25 stops. You may have arrived here via Yapha's blog. Weren't her projects using the cute Take a Spin set great? My stop on the blog hop features the stamp set Build a Blossom along with the matching Blossom Petals Punch. Let's get started!
My first project was inspired by a card I saw on Jackie Topa's blog (I'll add a link later). I needed a Valentine's day idea for a swap at my upline's December team meeting, so I made one of those cute hand sanitizer gift boxes you may have seen on the web. Mine was made following the tutorial by Robin Messenheimer, which was based on designs by Erica Cerwin and Connie Babbert (links to follow later). I used the beautiful flower from Jackie's card on my gift box. The sentiment stamps on the cover and on the inside are from Teeny Tiny Wishes.
Up second is a card I designed for dual purposes - for this blog hop as well as for a swap hosted by a fellow Stampin' Addict. I've seen various amounts of these beautiful petals being used to create this flower, but I liked how six of them looked. To get the petals where I wanted them, I carefully poked a hole at the inner petal edge and fed a mini brad through each petal, arranging the petals as I went. This technique worked pretty well while making the 11 cards I needed to send to Kim for the swap. I stuck the flower to the card with a large glue dot, and added the flower center by double-decking some Stampin' Dimensionals. The Pear Pizzazz layer is also popped up with dimensionals. The sentiment stamp once again is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.
At our December team meeting, Marianne shared with us Andrea Walford's Gratitude Book project, which Marianne had redesigned for Valentine's Day. I loved the project, so I redesigned it yet again, this time using the Build a Blossom stamp set and Springtime Vintage designer series paper. The book is made with five Mini Lunch Sacks, available through January 3 in the Holiday Mini Catalog, in case you'd like to buy Andrea's tutorial to make one. Each sack has a tabbed piece of card stock that slides out, great for journaling or pictures. The sentiment is from the stamp set Seasonal Sentiments, punched out with the Decorative Label punch. I think this would make a great brag book to give to someone like a mom and mother-in-law, and I'm planning to offer it at my next stamp camp with the gals at work.
Up until now, you have probably noticed the Rose Red color coordination of my projects. My final project departs from that theme a bit. The Springtime Vintage DSP not only uses Rose Red, but also features paper designs using Not Quite Navy and Always Artichoke. My final card is also a more 'out of the box' use of the Build a Blossom stamp set. When I saw this set in the Occasions Mini Catalog, I immediately saw a flame by using two stamps, so that's what I used for this card. I stamped the leaf outline stamp in Daffodil Delight, and the center of the flame is the petal stamp that I used on the project above, this time stamped in So Saffron. I added a little bit of clear glitter over the top to give it some sparkle. The sentiment stamp is from Perfect Punches, and is framed with Very Vanilla Seam Binding (love this stuff!) along with the new Decorative Label punch (with a handcut mat behind it) and the Wide Oval punch.
Well, that's it for my stop on the blog hop. I hope you've enjoyed my projects. I'd love to hear which of my projects you liked the most, so please consider leaving me a quick comment - then you need to hurry on over to Allison's blog to continue on your way. She has some great things in store for you, featuring the Thanks for Caring stamp set.
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