Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Thin Cuts Blog Hop


Welcome to the Thin Cuts Blog Hop. We're focusing on the plethora of Thin Cuts (aka Metal Die Cuts) just released in September. 

A little blog hop business before we get to my cards. You should have come from Darlys's blog, but don't worry if you started here. The hop is a circle, so just keep going until you get back to where you started. If you get lost along the way, head over to Melinda's blog for a full list of participants. 

I love tags on cards, so I'm choosing to feature the Buildable Tags Thin Cuts along with a few others for good measure, like this one...



Here and in the next card, I added half of the Love You Thin Cut. I used the Pumpkin Spice Paper Collection, Harbour and White Daisy cardstock, and a little embossing. I selectively stamped just "fall" from one of the sentiments in the We Love Fall set. 

This next card is almost identical, I just switched around the papers and dressed it up a bit.


The background uses another Thin Cut that, although not featured in any catalogs now, is still available: Stitched Lattice Background. The die is just shy of the full 5.5inches high, so I trimmed my card base by 1/8 inch in height and to only 3 inches wide. I also added the Pumpkin Spice Wood Stickers as an embellishment. 


True confession time. My first attempt at this idea turned out like this----> 

I contacted my dear friend, Katy Taylor, and said, "Why don't I like this?" She suggested what turned into the first card.

To create the second card, I cut away the entire background of this card and kept just the tag.

Sometimes your best option is junking what isn't working. It's just paper, people. I repeat that as often as I need. And it's always good to have crafty friends who will tell you exactly what's wrong with your work.
For this next card, I added  a couple of small stamp sets, North Pole Post and Santa's Airmail. 


I also used the Sept-Oct Mix In paper, Candy Apple cardstock, and the Stitched Rectangle and Tags and Tabs Thin Cuts.

All of the above tags had Mink Twine threaded through them. It's also not featured in any catalogs, but it's still available for purchase.

And for my final card, I added the Layered Flowers Thin Cuts and used the As You Grow paper.


This card also includes Gold Loose Sequins, Gold Embroidery Thread, and cardstock colors in Harbour, Shortbread, Rosemary, and White Daisy.

If you want to see another card with a tag on it, click here to see the card I made for the October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. 

Now you're off to Danielle's Scrappy Chicks blog. I can't wait to see what she and everyone else made.

Until next time,
Becca

Friday, October 1, 2021

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Wildflower Friendship

Welcome to the October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring the adorably on-trend set called Wildflower Friendship. If you've been out shopping for home decor at all, you've seen similar items everywhere.


A little blog hop business before we get to my card. You should have come from Darlys's blog, but don't worry if you started here. The hop is a circle, so just keep going until you get back to where you started. If you get lost along the way, head over to Melinda's blog for a full list of participants.

Now if you've been around my blog at all, you know how much I love using tags on cards. The new Buildable Tags Thin Cuts came to my new house, and I just had to use it with that cute fox.


I started by stamping the library card image from the "Date Stamp" stamp set in Mink ink, but instead of using the thin cut that's part of that set, I used one from the Buildable Tags to cut it out. I then added some splatters using my Black Shimmer Brush and set it aside to dry. 

I also a couple other thin cuts. The background is As You Grow paper with the Stitched Rectangles thin cuts and the sentiment is Ballerina paper through one of the banners that's part of the Waterfall thin cut. I also made the tag hole from Ballerina and looped Gold Embroidery Thread through the hole.

The fox was actually really easy to color. I just picked a handful of colors that matched the background paper and started coloring. There's no shading because the images are too small. I only did a little shading on the fox. Once I had her colored, I built my card up in layers, adding foam tape behind the fox to give her a little more dimension. Gold Loose Sequins were added with Liquid Glass to tie in the gold from the tag top.

Honestly, I wasn't completely sold on this stamp set when I first saw it, but it's really growing on me. I can't wait to hop over to Wendy's blog to see what she and everyone else has created to inspire us.

Until next time,
Becca

Friday, September 17, 2021

September/October New Products Blog Hop

 


Welcome to the Sept/Oct 2021 Seasonal Catalog Blog Hop. This catalog is full of Fall and Christmas goodness. This is my favorite time of year, so I'm to see all the wonderful projects by these talented CTMH Makers. You should have come from Krista's Crafty blog. The hop is a circle; you can keep clicking on links until you get back to where you started. If you get lost along the way, head over to Melinda's blog for a full list of participants. 

I'm using the Pumpkin Spice-Scrapbooking set for the most part, but I've stretched them from Fall into other seasons. Here's my first card:


I added a sentiment from the Pumpkin Spice-Cardmaking stamp set as well as some background texturing from the Perfectly Imperfect stamp set with Shortbread and Black inks. Someone recently asked me what the difference was between a "scrapbooking" and "cardmaking" stamp set, and really, the only distinction is the sentiments. But the images--and often times the sentiments--are interchangeable.

If you look closely, you'll see that the coffee cup is checked like the scarf. That's because I cut the scarf so it fit behind the sweater and, as I looked at my leftover piece, I saw that I could get the coffee cup out of it. I love how it looks! I also added polka dots with White Gel Pens, a new product in the Core Catalog that went live on September 1.

This next card is almost identical to the first one but takes us into Winter and Christmas with the addition of an M-sized stamp (only $3.95 US) called North Pole Post.


I sponged a background lightly with Distress Oxide ink then splattered Harbor ink by squeezing the lid of my ink pad together to pick up ink in the lid. I then wet a paint brush and swirled it around in the lid before flicking the brush over my paper. Once it was dry, I stamped the postage images in Candy Apple and Harbor, making use of first and second generation stamping. The sweater and cup were colored using the same watercolor method of a wet paint brush and ink squeezed into the lid. I used Candy Apple, Harbor, Mink, and Toffee inks. The background patterned paper is from the new Mix-In paper, which is my FAVORITE thing about this catalog. Love, love, LOVE that paper!!

And this next one takes us into Spring with other patterns from the Mix-In paper. Told you I love it!


On this card, I used paper piecing for the boot bottoms and lid ink water coloring for the tops. The sentiment was stamped in Clover ink then rolled in Harbor ink. I didn't have and Clover paper, so I swiped the ink pad on plain white cardstock until it was solid, before cutting out the banner. I used one of the dies in the Waterfall Thin Cut set for both banners. The flowers coming out of the boots are stamps from the Pumpkin Spice-Scrapbooking set in Clover and Harbor inks (first, second, and third generation stamping--which basically means you ink up and stamp for first generation, don't reink and stamp again for second generation, and don't ink up again and stamp a third time for third generation). I accented with White Liquid Pearls for my flowers.

And then, just because I love all things fall and pumpkin, I also made this one.


This card uses the Pumpkin Spice paper in addition to the Pumpkin Spice - Cardmaking stamp set. If you visited the Core Catalog Blog Hop that went live last week, you saw that my first purchase was the new Embroidered Borders and Embroidered Circles stamp sets. They add so much to everything they touch! I stamped them in Harbor ink, but my main images are gold embossed. To round out the gold, I added a couple Gold Loose Sequins beneath the sentiment. The circles were cut with the Circle Thin Cuts which "just happen" to be perfectly sized to fit around the Embroidered Circles images. It's almost like they planned it! LOL!! I actually cut the circle with Papaya paper and hand cut the white circle close to the scallops to created a double mat.

I'm still working out of an emergency crafting suitcase that I carry with me every time the army moves us. My household goods don't arrive for another two weeks. Yeah... Soooo glad I have at least a few things to keep my fingers inky. I created this last card using one of the patterns from Make It From Your Heart-Volume 5, but I can't remember which one and can't look it up. I made it in New York at my DIL's house and--as it's HER book--I thought I should leave it there when we headed down to Kentucky. 

Now you're off to ScrappinKaty's blog. Again, be sure to hop all the way through to be completely inspired!

Until next time,
Becca

Friday, September 10, 2021

New Core Catalog Blog Hop


Welcome to the New Core Catalog Blog Hop. This is always a fun hop because there is SO MUCH to play with. The Core Catalog products stick around all year long, so I tend to go a little crazy when the new one releases. This year was no different. But before I get carried away, let's take care of some blog hop business. The stop before me is Michelle's Show and Tell with Michelle blog. I'll give you the link to the next one at the end of the post, but if you ever get lost, you can always head over to Melinda's blog for a complete list of participants.

If you follow my blog, you'll notice that the upcoming pictures are a little different. I'm crafting on the road. I packed--and I do mean PACKED--an emergency crafting suitcase because, once your household goods are picked up by military movers, sometimes you don't get them back for a good long while. 

Which is the case here.

I said goodbye to my crafty goodies on August 9 and won't see them again until September 29 if we remain on schedule. So...all of that to say, my pictures look a little different because I don't have my pretty light box to stage things in.



Now I want you to notice something about these two cards. Aside from the cute images, note the small stitch lines. Yes...the girl and the library images from "In a Book" and "Date Stamp" are fabulous, but even as an author--so books are an automatic purchase--these weren't the first items in my cart. That honor goes to the "Embroidered Borders" and "Embroidered Circles" sets because they enhance everything they touch. So does the "Imperfectly Perfect." which looks like spills, splotches, and splatters. (See what I did there? Had to show off the author in me by using alliteration!)

Anyway...

When I open a new Core Catalog, I look for the things that I'll use over and over and over again to enhance the gazillions of cute images that CTMH releases in the course of a year, be it bibliophiles or babies.

Now you're off to Katy's Scrappin' Katy blog. I'm right behind you because--let's face it--these ladies come up with incredible ideas that I can't wait to try.

Until next time (which is hopefully after I get my craft room set up again),
Becca

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Grateful for this Life


Welcome to the September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring Grateful for this Life. You should have come from Show and Tell with Michelle's blog, but don't worry if you started here. The hop is a circle, so just keep going until you get back to where you started. If you get lost along the way, head over to Melinda's blog for a complete list of participants. 


As this post goes live, I'm in New York after traveling from Washington State. We're visiting our son, daughter-in-law, and grandson for a week before heading to Kentucky. Yes, it's a circuitous route, but my husband has been tied up with a class and has yet to meet the grandson named after him. So...we go the circuitous route!!

My craft room was packed up about a month ago. I had to work way ahead in order to participate in this month's hop. I decided to go very clean, simple, and straightforward to make sure that my supplies were all current. Here's what I came up with...


I used Ballerina and Flamingo cardstock colors to go with my black stamping. The focal point sentiment was stamped in black, cut out with an xacto knife (centers) and scissors. I added Black Shimmer Brush to it to jazz it up a bit. "for YOU" was stamped in Flamingo after I had the circle and sentiment attached with foam tape. My scissors got a real work out between cutting around the sentiment and creating itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny pieces of foam tape to pop it up, but I think it was worth it!

I had SOOO many ideas for this, but alas, the craft room boxing put a kabosh on my ability to execute them. However, now that the new September/October catalog is live with its plethora of Fall and Thanksgiving themed stamp sets, I have a whole new set of ideas. Hopefully the craft room gets set up soon so I can get this gorgeous set inky again. Like you, I'll be hoping over to Scrappin' Katy's blog and then on to the rest to glean even more ideas from these talented Makers.

Until next time,
Becca

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

August Stamp of the Month: Tutti Fruiti

 

I usually participate in the stamp of the month blog hops. This month I had my project ready but failed to sign up. My brain is in about six different places as we're in the middle of a move. I'm literally typing this as there's a guy behind me packing up my kitchen. Even though I missed participating in the hop, I wanted to post my project.


I had a terrible time photographing this, so please accept my apologies for that up front. The base images were stamped in Pebble, Ballerina, and Lemonade. I then cut three panels at an angle, the bottom one in Lemonade using the Stitched Lattice Background Thin Cut (retiring soon, so get it fast), a plain piece of White Daisy, and then Ballerina stamped in Pebble. I then stamped the lemon image in Pebble on a small piece of Lemonade, cut it out and glued it down. I added the second sentiment in Flamingo over the top.

I think it turned out so cute! I you want to see the other projects, start by visiting Melissa Robinson's blog and click through all the links.

Until next time,

Becca

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Christmas In July Blog Hop



Welcome to the Christmas in July Blog Hop. You should have come from Maureen's blog, but don't worry if you started here. The hop is a circle, so just keep going until you get back to where you started. If you get lost along the way, head over to Melinda's blog for a complete list of participants. 

I decided to feature the White Pines paper from the Bring Back My Pack promotion. I loved this paper so much the first time around, and I'm loving it even more with the updated colors and new sticker sheet. 

Before I show you my scrapbook pages, here's the backstory. My husband is in the army and we're getting ready to move for the seventh time in twelve years. In my efforts to organize and purge, I came across some pictures and memorabilia from when my son was a baby. He turns 35 next month, so it's about time I scrapbooked his baby pictures, don'tcha think? Here's page #1...

Cute, right?! I used the downloadable workshop guide at the top of the White Pines Promotion page and altered it for my photos. Some of you are old enough to remember the joys of film cameras. You took a hundred pictures, developed them, and hoped you got a couple of good ones. Well...these ones came out great but I only had the two. I decided to follow the basic layout design, particularly my sticker placement, with a few minor alterations.

This next layout is also with White Pines and my son, but it has a completely different feel.

I used a number of retired products on this, the sequins, gold photo corners, "hello" thin cut, and Creme Brulee pigment ink to be specific. However, the blue paper comes from White Pines and the yellow gingham comes from the Lovely paper suite. The images are from Nursery Days and the name banner was created with Classic Alphabet Thin Cuts. The souvenir birth certificate and birth announcement were things I found in my tub of scrapbooking things. I love how French Vanilla cardstock is the perfect color to pair with these 35 year old items. I decided to show this to you despite the retired products because I wanted you to see how a Christmas themed paper collection doesn't limit how you use it.

Interesting note, the blue pigment ink is actually Blue Belle. It, however, is the perfect Glacier color. While I was somewhat disappointed about that when I first received it, I will get far more use out of the color as is.

Next stop on the blog hop is ScrappinKaty. I can't wait to see what she and all the other amazing Makers have created. Again, the hop is a circle, so be sure you visit everyone to glean lots of great inspiration.

Until next time,
Becca

Sunday, July 18, 2021

July August 2021 New Products Blog Hop

 


Welcome to the New Products Blog Hop for the July/August 2021 Seasonal Catalog. You should have come from Maureen's blog, but don't worry if you started here. The hop is a circle, so just keep going until you get back to where you started. If you get lost along the way, head over to Melinda's blog for a complete list of participants. 

As soon as I saw this catalog, I fell in love with the Doodled Florals stamp set. I stamped a bunch of images and colored while watching TV. When I was done, I had a large pile of images ready to go. I went a little wild, so strap in and hang on...


Here I paired the floral images with a sentiment from Every Bit of Wonderful, which is this year's Operation Smile stamp set. I stamped it in Charcoal on the largest Stitched Scalloped Brackets. I glued it to white paper cut with Floral Background Overlay backed with Linen cardstock. Have I mentioned recently how much I love Linen??? It's so classy! 

For these next four cards, all sentiments come from the Seasonal Borders stamp set.


The background paper on the above card is from the new Mix-In paper. I cut it down using the largest Stitched Rectangle Thin Cut. The sentiment is white embossed on black paper and foam mounted. I also foam mounted some of the flowers for added dimension.


I used Linen paper again, this time running it through the Stitched Lattice Overlay Thin Cut. I flicked Black Shimmer Brush on it before adding it to the card base and layering the flowers over the top. I made liberal use of foam tape to add dimension to the flowers and sentiment banner. 


This one also uses Stitched Lattice Overlay (Kraft) and Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts (Peach), but I cut them down to create my wide and thin bands which I glued to a piece of white cardstock cut with the largest Stitched Rectangle Thin Cut. I stamped my sentiment then sponged lightly with Peach ink to shade it. Then I flicked Peach Shimmer Brush over the entire background. When it was dry. I mounted it to another piece of Kraft paper cut to 4 x 5.25. Before gluing it to my card base, I stamped around the edges of the card in Almond ink. The flowers come from Seasonal Borders as does the sentiment. Once the flowers were glued or foam mounted, I went over them with more Peach Shimmer Brush.


I've had this tag sitting in a pile of "I had a plan for this but it didn't happen and now I don't know what to do with it but I sure don't want to throw it a way" stuff. The tag is cut from Tags and Tabs Thin Cuts and overlayed with a scrap of Canary cardstock I ran through the Stitched Lattice Overlay Thin Cut, glued to the tag, and trimmed with Micro-tip Scissors. I added the flowers, then used a sliver of Black Glitter paper over the top. After threading some white embroidery thread through the tag hole, I secured ONLY the top to my Kraft card base. Then slid the black band underneath to line the top edge with the bottom edge of the Black Glitter paper. It creates a cool offset look. Then I glued down the bottom of the tag and added the frame made with the middle size Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts around it.

I happen to love that there aren't any sentiments in this Doodled Florals set. I have plenty of those, the Seasonal Borders stamp set being the tip of that particular iceberg. 

Speaking of Seasonal Borders... We're nearing the end of the current Core Catalog. Every stamp set, including Seasonal Borders, is retiring. So are all of the overlay thin cuts. The Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts are staying (thank heavens!), but any of the ones that cover a card front are retiring. Also retiring are the Stitched Scallop Bracket Thin Cuts (first card). All retiring items are now available only while supplies last, so if you see something you have to have, get it quickly!!

Next stop on the blog hop is Brandi' R's crzy4scrapbooking. Again, the hop is a circle, so be sure you visit everyone to glean lots of great inspiration.

Until next time,
Becca


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Taking It All In

Back in May, CTMH hosted an album retreat centered around the five senses. They apparently didn't sell out because the exclusive stamp set called Taking It All In is now available for purchase (click HERE). 



Here's a look at this versatile set.

I popped that in my cart right away because, in addition to the unique sentiments, there are some fun icons. My favorite is the large flower. 

Let's take a minute to talk about those sentiments...

The album retreat was centered around the five senses. It's a different way to document life which is why the sentiments aren't found in other scrapbooking stamp sets. And for me, I have two new grandbabies. That means lots of discovery of sights, sounds, and smells. 

This will be one of the sets I never allow the movers to pack. I have a handful of them that, should they get lost in a move, would break my heart. I have so many ideas for both cards and scrapbook pages!! I'm thrilled that the stamp set became available, but I'm guessing there's a limited supply. Once again, here's the shopping link for this set.

Additional supplies used for this card are:

  • Flamingo Ink
  • Evergreen Ink
  • Raspberry Ink
  • Nov/Dec 2020 Mix In paper (retired, striped paper at top)
  • July/August Mix In paper (leaf pattern paper at bottom
  • Ballerina cardstock
  • Evergreen cardstock
  • Circle Shaker Thin Cut
  • Stitched Rectangle Thin Cut
  • Shaker Window Foam and Acetate
  • Leaf Layer Thin Cut
  • Julep Loose Sequins (retired)
Off to make more pretty things!

Until next time,
Becca

Thursday, July 1, 2021

July SOM Blog Hop: Strong Roots

 

Welcome to the July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring Strong Roots. Here's a look at this lovely set.


 The hop is a circle. You should have come from Brandi's Crzy4Scrapbooking blog. You'll head to Gina's blog next. If you get lost along the way, head over to Melinda's blog for a full list of participants.


I went very simple on this card. I embossed the images in gold on Distress Watercolor cardstock then used watercolor pencils to color. Once it was done, I ran it through the largest Stitched Rectangle Frame and mounted it on card base with foam tape. That's it! he hardest part was being patient enough to let the watercolor paint air dry.

Now head over to Gina's blog, and be sure to keep hopping until you make it back to where you started so you see all the inspiration provided using this beautiful stamp set.

Until next time,
Becca


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

June SOM Blog Hop: Outdoor Borders


Welcome to the June SOM Blog Hop featuring Outdoor Borders. This is such a fun set! There will be lots of great inspiration as you travel from one blogger to the next. You should have come from Darly's blog, but don't worry if you started here. The hop is a circle, so just keep going until you get back to where you started. If you get lost along the way, head to Melinda's blog for a complete list of participants.

Here's a look at this fun set...


I follow a lot of different bloggers. One of them is Tenia Nelson over at Jazzy Paper Designs. A while back she posted this fun card. I decided to scraplift it for my contribution to the hop.


Don't hate me, but I'm not usually a fan of flamingos. This??? This floats my creative boat!

You'll notice that I used Outdoor Borders in two places, for the sentiment and as the background on the left side. I think I'll experiment a little and see if stamping the background wavy lines in Flamingo ink makes me any happier than the black. Here are the products that round out the rest of this card:

  • Leaf Layer Thin Cuts
  • Hexagon Thin Cuts
  • Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts
  • Hello Pumpkin Washi Tape
  • Crafty Sequins
  • Summer Vibes Cricut Cartridge
  • Black ink
  • Black cardstock
  • May-June 2021 Mix-in paper
  • Avocado Cardstock
  • Sanding paper

The flamingo comes from the Summer Vibes Cricut Collection. I used the print then cut feature by inserting the image, flattening it, then sending it to my printer before cutting it. I sized it to 2.5 inches tall for this. If you don't have a color printer, you could recreate this with Flamingo cardstock. Use the light side for the wings and full strength side for the body plus black for the base.

I sanded the lighter side of Avocado paper for two reasons. First, I wanted to make it even lighter, and second, to make it match the woodgrain background of the Mix-in paper used for the hexagon. 

Both the washi tape and sequins are from product lines introduced a long time ago, but they are still available for purchase. I don't tend to use up all of my supplies from prior purchases. However, I'm getting low on the Hello Pumpkin Washi tape because it's my FAVORITE! 

Now you're off to Krista's Crafty blog. Again, be sure to keep hopping until you see all the great projects.

Until next time,
Becca

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

May/June New Products Blog Hop


Welcome to the May-June New Products Blog Hop. You should have come from Darly's Crafty Happy blog, but it's okay if you started here. The hop is a circle, so keep going until you get back to where you started. Head over to Melinda's If You Bling It blog for a full list of participants if you get lost along the way.

I'm over the top in love with the new Hillside Cottage collection of products. I bought it all.

Every.
Single.
Thing.

Yep. In love!! I debated whether or not to show you everything I've made and decided...why not? First up are some cards. 


I started by cutting a 4.25 x 5.5 piece of the background paper. I then used the new Circle Thin Cuts to create the window opening for this shaker card. I also used the largest Stitched Rectangle Thin Cut in White Daisy cardstock. I attached a full sheet of shaker window acetate, then used 3D foam tape around the entire circled area so my sequins didn't go everywhere behind my card. I glued a smaller piece of the pink background paper to my card base, piled some sequins in the space where my cut out was, then mounted the top panel over the card base, trapping the sequins inside. I topped it with the goose from Hillside Cottage-Cardmaking with Thin Cuts and then tucked the sentiment banner into the frame.


The circle here is my leftover piece from the first card. It was absolutely coincidental that it framed the watering can so well, but hey...you make enough cards and you're bound to get a happy coincidence once in a while! I added the sentiment in White Embossing powder. I backed it with the Scallop Circle Thin Cut then backed it again with the largest circle from the new Circle Thin Cuts in White Daise, mounted it to a panel of pink background paper with the piece of stamped Blue Belle cardstock already glued down. I then ran the whole thing through the largest Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts and glued it to my card base. Black Liquid Pearls finished off the embellishing.


While I had the Scallop Circle Thin Cut and Circle Thin Cuts out, I cut the background for this cut bird. I stamped her in Blue Belle then used colored pencils to fill in the flower image on her belly.

And then this happened...



I went to my daughter's house on the exact day her husband was bringing home a used playhouse she found online. Talk about a happy coincidence! The Paprika color of the playhouse, my granddaughter's black and white top, and the sentiment from the Hillside Cottage Cricut Collection were all perfect for scrapbooking this memory.

As you can see, I went to town embellishing with images from the Cricut collection, the wood shapes, the Black and White enamel dots and stamps from the Cardmaking Workshop, and a few peeking tabs from the Tags and Tabs Thin Cuts.

Like I said. Every. Single. Thing.

But I'm also in love with the new Mix-In Paper, the Leaf Layers Thin Cuts, and the Spot-On Sentiments, so here's the next batch of things I made...



Here's a process picture for you, because you might not recognized all the patterns of paper used here.


I love my tags. LOVE them, but I have to admit that there are a lot of them on that page with just tags. So...this! And then with the leftovers, I made...




and


and when I was all done, this is what my piece of paper looked like...


Now, there are two halves of this paper because I can only run a partial page through my die cutting machine at one time, so imagine another half sheet that looks like this. I think I still have some tags left!

On the scrapbook page, I also used Nursery Days stamps, Woodgrain Paper, and the Pennant Banner Alphabet with Thin Cuts. On the card, I added the scalloped circle from the Waterfall Card Thin Cuts along with the Spot-On Sentiments.

There's more. LOTS more. But I didn't photograph all of them. I just couldn't stop playing. I think I might need to get another package of the Mix-In Paper...and maybe some more of the Hillside Cottage Paper. And after I visit the rest of the blog hop, starting with Kim's Scrappin With Heart blog, I'm going to need some more...?

Until next time,
Becca

Saturday, May 1, 2021

May SOM Blog Hop: Flowers for You


Welcome to the May Stamp of the Month: Flowers for You. You should have come from Gina's blog, but don't worry if you started here. The hop is a circle. Just keep going until you get back to where you started. If you get lost along the way, head to Melinda's blog for a full list of participants. Here's a look at this beautiful stamp set...


Here's my first card...


I white embossed the large circular image twice on paper from the new Mix-In Collection that just released today. Using the new Circle Thin Cuts that also released today, I placed the largest circle over the full image, then added the two smallest circles over the second image and die cut them all. I cut some white cardstock with the largest Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts and then dry embossed with the Cascading Dots Embossing Folder. I matted it over Blue Belle and Black cardstock before gluing it to the card base. I then sponged Black ink along the edges before adding them to the card. After white embossing the sentiment on black cardstock, I added it using foam tape. Some Black Liquid Pearls finished off the card.

After finishing this one, I thought it would be fun to try the same basic idea only with three different colors of background.


I followed the same process, starting with embossing the image twice on pieces of Glacier, Wisteria, and Blue Belle cardstock. I then cut them with the circle thin cuts, but instead of using the largest (3") circle, I went down to the 2.5" circle for the largest. The smaller two are still the 1" and 1.5" circles. I sponged the edges with the coordinating ink colors and backed them with the light side of the coordinating cardstock sponged with the coordinating inks. I then stamped the sentiment in the dominant color.

As I was considering which color to use as the background matte, I fell back on a color design principle I learned years ago: gallon, quart, pint. So... whatever color the largest circle was, I made that both the matte and the sentiment color for my gallon of one color accented with a quart and pint of the other two colors. Here's the predominantly Blue Belle card up close...


These colors are difficult to capture in photos, but trust me when I tell you that they are lovely in person.

Now you're off to Kim's blog. Again, keep hopping until you get back to where you started so you see all the great inspiration.

Until next time,
Becca