Well, it is the 4th Saturday of the month already and time for our casual monthly Blog Hop. This month we are sharing some inspiration using the fabulous Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration stamps sets that are FREE until 31 March 2010 with complying orders of Stampin' Up! products. Contact me if you would like to place an order.
You may have come from the blog of the talented Kathryn Mangelsdorf, but if not, you can start the Blog Hop from here by clicking on the link at the end of the post.
The first couple of cards I have for you use the 'Punch Bunch' stamp set, which gives you a range of stamps that match some of the great Stampin' Up! punches. I've taken the opportunity to create a couple of cards that could be suitable for the boys/men in our lives. On this card I've used the cute Owl stamp. I stamped and punched him out and then paper pieced his chest and added some extra dimension for his eyes. Not quite sure what the expression is, maybe bewilderment? This is a really quick way to use the Owl punch if you haven't got time to put together the pieces. The tree was created by stamping the Woodgrain background in Versamark onto White Gloss cardstock and embossing it with some brown embossing powder I've had forever. I then used a baby wipe and chocolate chip reinker to wipe over the top. I'm really pleased with the effect.
|Stamps||Punch Bunch, Woodgrain Background, Party This Way|
|Card stock & Papers||Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Gloss White, Whisper White|
|Ink||Versamark, Early Espresso, Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango|
|Accessories||Early Espresso Brads|
|Tools||Little Leaves Die, Big Shot, Heat Gun, Brown embossing powder (not SU), 1 3/4" circle punch, Modern Label Punch, Owl Punch, Stampin' Write markersDimensionals|
The second card uses the Happy Birthday stamp, also from the 'Punch Bunch' stamp set. This is a great stamp for birthdays for any gender, but I wanted this one to be suitable for a male. I've gone with bright colours again, with Pacific Point and Real Red and the Brushed Silver 'Diamond Plate' embossing for the background. There is lots of texture on this card with the stars being being embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder, the centre panel popped up and the chunky silver brads look like snaps. I also popped up the 'HB' by first stamping with Versamark onto Pacific Point cardstock and then cutting out the letters.
|Card stock & Papers||Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White, Brushed Silver, Celebrations DSP, Brights Patterns Stack|
|Accessories||5/16" Silver Brads|
|Tools||Diamond Plate Embossing Folder, Square Lattice Embossing Folder (Stars), Big Shot, Small Star punch (Retired), Scallop Square punch, Dimensionals|
I couldn't finish without something more feminine, so I used the lovely 'Sweet Summer' stamp set to create this card. This is really a cute stamp set, that lets you mix and match the flowers and stems and garden critters. I've stamped the leaf scrolls and then coloured them with Stampin' Write markers. The flower head was cut out and popped up. I've layered this onto a square cut with the Scallop Trim border and corner punches. The sentiment and the butterfly are from the lovely 'So Happy for You' Sale-a-bration set.
|Stamps||Sweet Summer, So Happy For You|
|Card stock & Papers||Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, In Colour Patterns Stack|
|Ink||Stazon Black, Pretty in Pink|
|Tools||Scallop Trim Border and Corner punches, Ticket Corner Punch (NAH), Stampin' Write Markers, Dimensionals|
Finally, is the lovely set 'Bliss', that I've used on this easel card. The focus colours are Early Espresso and Marina Mist with Very Vanilla. These are very easy to make and turn a card into a gift. This set really lends itself to the vintage look.
|Stamps||Bliss, Perfect Punches|
|Card stock & Papers||Marina Mist Textured, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Subtles Pattern Stack|
|Ink||Early Espresso, Marina Mist|
|Accessories||Basic Pearls, Crochet Trim, Vintage Brads|
|Tools||Eyelet Border punch, Wide Oval Punch, Dimensionals|
Well, I hope this has inspired you to get crafting with these great Sale-a-bration stamp sets.
The next hop is to the wonderfully talented Amy Buchanan from my home state of WA.
Below is a list of all of the participants in this month's event.
Have a lovely weekend.