Sunday, January 15, 2017

Stamp Review Crew - Playful Pals

   Hello everyone, today is the 3rd Monday in January so it's time for another Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop.  For those who have never heard of it here is a little background.  We are as international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that get together on the first and third Monday of every month to do a blog hop.  Each hop features a single stamp set to give you lots of inspiration for that set.  And at any given time you can go to the Stamp Review Crew site and look up a stamp set that has been featured and check out all the creations that have been made with it.
   This hop features the stamp set Playful Pals and if you have been following the Hop in order you have just arrived from Sue Plote's Blog and received some great inspiration from her project.
Here is all the fun shapes in the stamps set Playful Pals.
Here is my card.
   It took me a little while to come up with something using this stamp set as trying to step outside the box. This is what I came up with, a whimsical flower card.  This stamp set is so fun to play with and has so many possibilities.  
   For my color pallet I chose Calypso Coral, Early Espresso, and Whisper White.  The Birthday saying is from the stamp set Rose Wonder.  Thanks for stopping by and now it's time to hop on over to Nicki Spencer's Blog and see what fun project she has for us using this stamp set.

What a wonderful surprise this morning to wake up to an email from Kittie over at Splitcoaststampers to tell me that I was chosen for the featured stamper in today's Featured Stamper Challenge.  Such a fun challenge.  It is where other stampers look at your gallery on Splitcoaststampers and CAS one of your cards but change up some things to make it their own with a link back to the original card so you can view it also.  If you would like to visit the gallery for the challenge here is the link.  Gallery  and here is my Gallery if you want to check it out also.  Check back later today for a fun new hop!  Have a good day everyone!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Stampin' Addicts Occasions Catalog Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Occasions Catalog Blog Hop featuring new stamp sets and products that are available to order now through May 31 of this year.  There are 6 stops on the hop and if you have been following the hop in order you have just arrived from Tanya's Blog where she featured the new stamp set Sealed With Love  Loved her ideas and can not wait to play with that set!
The stamp set I chose to feature is called Yummy In My Tummy.  I thought it was a very cute set and had some possibilities of some different techniques I wanted to showcase.
Here is what I came up with.
My first project, a card using the our new watercolor pencils and aqua painter to color the monster after stamping the image in Archival Black.  He looked like he needed to be holding something, so a quick look through the Sale-a-bration Brochure to find the Any Occasion stamp set and used the Happy Birthday and Banner string from it. 
The card base is Bermuda Bay with some of the Bermuda Bay DSP as an added touch.
 Loved how it turned out.
My second project, another card.  This time using the other fun little monster and our Cucumber Crush Stampin' Write Marker, Cardstock, DSP and twine.  I stamped the word Hugs in Archival Black Ink and die cut with our Heart thinlites.  I added little hearts punched out using our Heart Boarder Punch.
My last project was what I wanted to do all along with this set, make a fun little monster candy box.  For the polka dot monster, I stamped him with Archival Black Ink on some of our new Valentine DSP stack and cut him out.  I then cut and scored some of our Thick White cardstock to form a box, then stamped another monster image on what would be the front of the box.  I cut out his tummy using our scalloped circle dies on both DSP and the white box front, adhered the dsp monster on the stamped image on the white box.  I cut a piece of our Window Sheet to fit inside the front of the box and adhered it.  I then filled it with Hershey Kisses.  I then decided I wanted to use the Yummy in my Tummy stamp to kinda fill in some of the window.  I stamped it on white and cut it out with our circle dies and then a little bigger scallop circle in red to put behind it.  Added a few more little red hearts from the Heart Border Punch.  I did use some of our retired red cotton ribbon to tie on the top to finish it off.
Here is a side view of the box.  The first group shot shows the box before I added the little saying.  I hope I have given you some ideas of how you can use this set.  Now it's time to hop on over to Mickie's Blog and see the crafty things she has come up with using the new stamp set That's The Tag.  Thanks so much for stopping by and have a good day!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Downline After Christmas Party - Part 2

After we ate lunch we were ready to start in so the first thing we did was play Dirty Santa.  This is a game where you draw numbers and then by numerical order pick a gift to unwrap or you can steal a gift that someone else has already picked and unwrapped.  Number 1 gets to go again at the end, so they can steal from anyone.  We had a lot of fun.  Here's pictures of who ended up with what.
Leila ended up with the frame that Robin altered.
Glenda ended up with the Clothesline frame that I altered.
Robin ended up with the vase and jar that Teresa altered.
Brenda with the canvas that Lori altered.
Lori with the gift that Leila brought.
Teresa with the candle that Leona altered.
Leona with the cup that Glenda altered.
Me with the bracelet (on my wrist) and the little bag she made to put it in.  It was tons of fun with the gals.  Stay tuned for part three tomorrow.  Swaps!
Have a great day!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Downline After Christmas Party - Part 1

Yesterday was one of my favorite parties of the year, my downline after Christmas Party.  These ladies have become some of my best friends.  I would never have met some of them if it hadn't been for stampin.  We had a great time togther.  eating, stampin, andt trading gifts.  Today's post is to show what I made for each of them and my gift for our gift exchange,
I made each of my girls one of these cups filled with some fun goodies.  This cup is double the size of my little Christmas cup.
 Here is the project I decided to work on.  It's called a clothesline board.  I bought it at Hobby Lobby last year.
I used some of our new DSP called Tasty Treats Specialty Paper to alter it.  I also used the Scallop Tag Topper Punch and the Large Letters Framelits.
Thanks for looking and have a good day!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2017 Occasions Catalog!

So excited for the launch of our new Occasions Mini and Sale-a-bration Brochure!  Check this fun little video out and the place your order today!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Stampin' Addicts Sale-a-bration Blog Hop

Hi everyone! and welcome to Stampin' Addicts Sale-a-bration Blog Hop.  This is my favorite time of the year while being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Why? because it's when customers receive something FREE from the Sale-a-bration flyer for every $50 that you spend.  I love FREE stuff don't you?  So be sure and contact your demo and get your FREE stuff asap!  So this hop is showcasing some of the products you can get for FREE.  If you are following the Hop in order then you have just arrived here from Rhonda's Blog: The Stampin Bunny where she wow'd us with some super cute ideas using the new DSP called Carried Away.   Love her craftiness.  Now it's time for my projects using the stamp set called "So Very Much".
Such a beautiful stamp set and it stamps beautifully as well.  I chose the Floral Boutique DSP to use with it as I thought it would really showcase just how delicate the words were and I didn't want to use another stamp set with it as to maybe take away from the simplicity of it.
 My first project was just a simply Thank You card.  I did adhere a little of the DSP to the envelope to dress it up a bit.  I used Night of Navy Ink on all my projects.
 For my second project I wanted to make a more colorful card.  Making the background Night Of Navy and added DSP.  I also wrapped a tiny bit of it to my Kindness banner and finished it off with a tiny pearl inside the little flower.
For my third project I chose to use just the smaller stamp "From All Of Us" to show that it could that the stamp set could be used for something other than Thank You.  So the inside of the card could say Happy Birthday or Congrats, you get the idea.  I fussy cut one of the flower motifs from the DSP this time and used some dimensionals to pop it up a bit off the cardstock.
We usually make a 3D project for our hops also.  I was kinda stumped on this one because of the size of the stamp size.  Therefor I designed a Thank You card case using one of our bigger plastic stamp cases.  Super fun and easy project.  Just cut to size and slip in your DSP inside the clear plastic sleeve cover on the case and then if you want add a saying to the front on top of the plastic sleeve.  Then I needed to add a matching pen, which is an RSVP pen with a piece of matching DSP in the barrel.  This would make a very nice gift set.  Thank you so much for hopping with us and now it's time to hop on over to Sara's Blog: Lily's Ink Pad and see the super cute projects she has made using the Tasty Trucks stamp set.  I can't wait!  Just click on the "Next Blog" button and away you go!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Stamp Review Crew - Sweet Stack

Hello everyone, I am so excited to begin this new fun journey as a part of the Stamp Review Crew.  For those who have never heard of it here is a little background.  We are as international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that get together on the first and third Monday of every month to do a blog hop.  Each hop features a single stamp set to give you lots of inspiration for that set.  
This hop features the stamp set Sweet Stack and if you have been following the Hop in order you have just arrived from Betty's Blog.  She created such a beautiful set of cards, didn't she?
Sweet Stack
I knew I had to have this set from the first time I saw it in the catalog.  Maybe not just for the stamp set but for the framelits that went with it.  So fun to be able to make a piece of cake.  Doesn't it look yummy?  When I was younger I remember going to a tupperware party at a friends house and she had made a cake using the neapolitan ice cream.  So I recreated a piece of cake to look like it.  It was really good by the way.
My card actually came second after I made the piece of cake.  I decided to stamp the layers again in the three different colors, Peekaboo Peach, Mint Macaron, and Flirty Flamingo.  I then cut them out as little strips and put them behind my stamped image.  I added the a layer of Flirty Flamingo embossed with the Big Dots folder to give it a little more pop.
Now it's time to hop over to Kelly Kents Blog and see what creative inspiration she has for us.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Stampin Friends December Blog Hop - New Year Celebrations

Hello and welcome to the Stampin' Friends December Blog Hop.  This month's theme is New Year Celebrations.  I can not believe that in just a few short weeks it will be 2017!  Where did the year go?There are 10 stops on the hop and if you are following the hop in order then you have just arrived from Carolina Evans' Blog.  Wasn't her craftiness wonderful!
Now it's time for me to show you my craftiness.
Anytime I think of New Years I think of the date change, party hats and confetti. 
I created a fun party hat.  Started with Basic Black cardstock but thinking it was going to be too plain I then added a layer of our Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate.  I also used Stampin' Up!s 5/8" Gold Satin Ribbon at the bottom and the top using Doublesided Tape Strip.  The finishing touch is the Star Blast in Gold Foil Paper.  This is a new Star Blast Edgelits Die in the 2017 Occasions Catalog.
My 2017 card was created using our wonderful Large Number Framelits and Gold Glimmer paper.  The Good Cheer saying is from the stamp set Stitched With Cheer.  
Thank you so much for hopping with us this and now for a special Give-away surprise.
Leave a comment with #SFDecHop and continue on the hop and keep commenting on each blog post for more entries.
Now it's time to hop on over to Steph Jandrow's blog and see what she has created for your viewing pleasure.  

Blog Hop Roll Call

  3.Twila Davis  -  You are here
  8. Kim Lamos

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Merry Little Mitten

Hi everyone!  Brrr is it cold here today in Southern Illinois.  So today I thought I would share with you this cute little altered mitten.  These sold really well for me at craft fairs this winter.  I bought our local JoAnn's out of these little red mittens, even went back and bought some navy blue ones.
This little mitten is a perfect holder for a small candy cane and a Hershey chocolate Santa.  It would also make a great gift card or money holder and would be cute hanging from the tree.  I used Stampin' Up!s Pretty Pines Thinlets Dies and added some pine needles in Garden Green, a Real Red Ribbon Bow,  Merry Little Christmas Tag from the Hostess set Holly Jolly Layers hanging from a Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine loop.  I used my handy glue gun and glue sticks to fasten them down.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Little Cup'a Chocolate

More craft fair goodies. I had so much fun making these. The inspiration for the idea came from Brigitte Keiling and added a saucer to mine. what a fun little place setting this would be at a Christmas party. hmmm
I been selling these at craft fairs and I display them on a small cake plate.
Here is a little bit more of a closeup.
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Merry Little Christmas Stocking

Here is a fun little project I thought I would share with you today.  It's a cute little stocking box perfect for a mini Hershey bar.  I used the biggest of the stocking dies from the Christmas Stocking thinlets dies and cut out two using Real Red cardstock.  Then I ran them through the Big Shot using the Festive emboss Folder.  To connect them together to make a stocking box.  I cut a piece of Real Red cardstock 7/8" x 5 1/2".  Scored it at the widthways at 1/4" and 5/8".  Then lengthways at 2 1/4" and 3 1/4".   Then at the lengthways scores cut in to where the scores met then folded it up to make a U shape then glued it in place and two both sides of the stocking pieces.  I added  a small strip of the Candy Candy Lane DSP to the top.  Stamped and punched out a few little tags from a retired stamp set, added a little bow and a little loop of red and white twine to hand it with.  I think the little mouse is pretty happy with his stocking by the look on it's face.
Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon.