Welcome to our blog tour – this time we’re going to give you a sneak peek at some projects that we’ve made with new products from the upcoming Annual Catalogue!
Every year we are sad when we see the list of retiring stamps and products; but then, we’re quickly taken over by the excitement of seeing the new catalogue, and all the wonderful new products and creative possibilities ahead of us 🙂
Another reason to be excited – we have 3 new members in the Creation Station team! Please join me in welcoming the incredibly talented Sarah Klass, fabulous Dena Renkow and creative whiz Martha Inchley (a fellow Canadian – yay!) I know you’ll love their contributions to our blog tours, and the inspiration they’ll provide. Sarah and Martha are joining us this tour, and Dena will be joining us on the next one.
We make it easy for you to enjoy the blog tour; we’ve linked our blogs in a circle, so that no matter where you start, you can simply keep clicking the ‘next’ button to move onto the next blog (unless of course you prefer to go backwards; then click the ‘back’ button!).
I know that you’re all dying to see some of the new products, so let’s dive right in!
These first cards use the wonderful Hostess set called Best Thoughts:
Isnt’ that flower image gorgeous?! It reminds me of an Amaryllis – but I’m not sure… I’ll have to do some more research. For now, I was too excited to get stamping!
I just had to try out more than one colour – so I made 2 of these cards 🙂 The one on the left is coloured with Watermelon Wonder; the one on the right using Mint Macaron. Here are individual pictures, to share more details:
I used a card base of Whisper White cardstock, and layered a panel of Watermelon Wonder cardstock on top. I stamped the flower image in Black Staz-On ink, then used an Aqua Painter and Watermelon Wonder ink to colour the flower. It is so easy feel ‘artsy’ doing this! When it had dried a bit, I went back and added more ink, to add dark shading. The stem is coloured with the Aqua Painter and the new Cucumber Crush ink – it’s a bright green, and I can see me using it a lot at Christmas. The sentiment was stamped on Whisper White in Watermelon Wonder, and I used the new Banner Triple Punch for perfect tails! Before attaching it all to the card base, I added a strip of the gorgeous new 1″ Dotted Lace Trim, in Watermelon Wonder, along the bottom of the stamped panel.
This next card is basically the same, in Mint Macaron:
I used the same colouring technique; and Aqua Painter and Mint Macaron ink over the image stamped in Black Staz-On ink, and the stem coloured with Cucumber Crush. I also did the banner sentiment in the same way, with the new Banner Triple Punch. On this card, I did add a panel behind the stamped image; this is from the delightful Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack – these are wonderful stacks, in a new size of 6″ x 6″ – perfect for card making & scrapbooking! This particular pattern is a lovely striped of Tip Top Taupe and Whisper White.
My next card uses another new set (of course) – this is the new Sprinkles of Life stamp set. You may already know, but Stampin’ Up! is a staunch supporter of the Ronald McDonald House Charities; in every catalogue there is 1 stamp set, and $3 from the sale of that stamp set is donated to RMCH. To date, Stampin’ Up! has donated over $1 Million !! So if you love this stamp set, rest assured that you’re also supporting a wonderful cause, when you purchase it 🙂
This is an amazing photopolymer stamp set – it comes with 22 stamps; 14 images and 8 sentiments. Another bonus – it has a coordinating PUNCH!! Woot!! It’s called the Tree Builder punch, and punches out 7 different shapes.
For this card, I created a triple scoop ice cream cone; the cone was hand cut, but the scoops were each punched, as well as the cherry on top. I used all of the new In Colours on this card; the ice cream was stamped in Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, and Delightful Dijon inks, then coloured using the matching Stampin’ Write Markers. The cherry was coloured in Real Red. The ice cream cone was stamped onto Whisper White cardstock using Tip Top Taupe, and coloured using the same ink, with a Sponge Dauber. The sentiment was stamped in Bermuda Bay ink, to pull in the colour from the Designer Series Paper – another pattern from the Cherry on Top DSP Stack. I layered the sentiment on top of a piece of Watermelon Wonder cardstock, after punching banner tails using the Banner Triple Punch. The Banner Triple punch is called that because you can punch 3 different sizes of banner ends – 1″, 1 1/2″ and 2″, on whatever length of cardstock you want. It is going to be VERY heavily used by me and my classes, I know that for sure!
To finish off the card, I added some gold sequins from the Gold Sequin Trim – yes, it’s in the new catalogue (with more new colours of sequins)! 🙂
The Sprinkles of Life set is so versatile, I had to use it again, to make a totally different card:
Would you have guessed that this is the same stamp set?! Along with the ice cream cone, it also comes with this other shape, which you can use for a basket of flowers, as I did here, or you can make it a cupcake!
Here I created a little window scene, with baskets of flowers outside the window. I stamped the baskets on Whisper White cardstock using Crumb Cake ink, and coloured them using the Crumb Cake ink and a Blender Pen. The flowers were all coloured using Stampin’ Write markers, in colours of Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz and Daffodil Yellow. I created the window frame by stamping Crumb Cake cardstock with the Hardwood background stamp, in Crumb Cake ink. The curtains were made using another pattern of the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper stack; I cut the pieces, scalloped the bottom using a retired Adorning Edgelit die, then ran the pieces through the retired paper Crimper.
I decided to make the sentiment like a little outdoor sign hanging from the window; stamped in Watermelon Wonder ink on Whisper White cardstock. I used the individual flower stamp from this set to stamp some random flowers in Delightful Dijon and Mint Macaron, then I distressed the sign a bit using a Sponge Dauber and Crumb Cake ink. The butterfly is from the Best Thoughts set, and I used the Daffodil Delight, Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder markers to colour it. Everything was layered using Stampin’ Dimensionals onto a card base of Pool Party cardstock.
Well, I still couldn’t stop myself – so I made another card with the Sprinkles of Life stamp set!! I’m telling you – I’m hooked! My mind was just racing with ways to use this set, and I’m nowhere near done yet! This idea was from the South Pacific Convention (I watched the video) where Sarah Douglass shared a card similar to this one:
You see what I mean about the many, many ways to use this stamp set?! Here you can see that the ice cream scoops are now clouds!
My card base is of Pool Party cardstock; for the next layer I used the retiring black Chalkboard paper – I just love the depth of this black, and it’s so wonderful to stamp on; it’s too bad that it hasn’t been carried over to the new catalogue. I don’t know if you can see in this picture, but I stamped some raindrops – yes, there is a stamp for raindrops! – in Versamark ink onto the black Chalk Paper. I stamped the clouds in Versamark ink onto Smoky Slate cardstock, then heat embossed them with Silver embossing powder. Because every cloud has a silver lining! (see what I did there?) I stamped & embossed the sentiment in the same way. I punched out some bright raindrops using the Tree Builder punch and bits of cardstock in Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron, Daffodil Delight and Watermelon Wonder, and attached them using Glue Dots.
The tree branch was stamped in Tip Top Taupe, the bird’s nest (which is actually a piece of the leaves shape for the tree) in Cucumber Crush and the bird in Delightful Dijon. I didn’t have to fussy cut anything, thanks to the wonderful Tree Builder punch 🙂
I wanted to do more projects, using the new Bag Builder Punch and the Cotton Paper – but I had to stop somewhere! I’m sure that the other members of the team will have used those for you to see.
Thanks for spending some time with me; I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects, and that they have you looking forward to receiving your new catalogue. I’d love to hear your feedback, if you’d like to leave your comment!
If you started at the very beginning of the tour, you have now reached the end. If you started somewhere else, then all you need to do to continue is to click the Next button, and you’ll be taken to our fearless leader’s blog – the talented Jen Arkfeld! I know you’ll love her projects. If you’d like to head back and have another look at Sara Levin’s amazing creations, just click on the ‘Back’ button.
Until next time – happy stamping!