Pals “CASE the CATTY” Blog Hop

2017badge-denimWelcome to the Pals Blog Hop for February 2017. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are CASE’ing a project shown in a current Stampin’ Up! catalog. After all, with the Annual, Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs available right now, there is much inspiration from which to choose. We hope you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

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On the bottom of page 88 of the 2016-17 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is a card that I have glanced at many times as I have made my way through the catalog!

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When I finally took a closer look at it, I discovered that I really liked the layout and its interesting lines with a combination of textures.  SO — I re-vamped the card with a fresh new color combination using the “Cupcakes and Carousels” Designer Series Paper, found in the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  I LOVE every single paper in this double-sided 6″ by 6″ paper stack (#142744, $10.00).

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Delicious, huh?  To make my card, I started with a Very Vanilla card base, then covered the front entirely with a panel from the DSP pack, cut to 5 1/2″ by 4 1/4.”  I used the Banners Framelits (#132173, $27.00) to create a Chocolate Chip banner, and then a smaller banner cut from the DSP.  From there, I started layering the elements from the ‘bottom up,’ starting with one Delicate White Doily (141701, $3.00).  The sentiment is from the “Suite Sentiments” stamp set (#140712, $21.00 Clear Mount), stamped in Chocolate Chip ink.

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Other elements that create interest include Gold Metallic Thread (138401, $3.00), a gold Metallic Foil Doily (#138392, $4.00), and a single large pearl from the Pearl Basic Jewels  (#119247, $5.00)

The wonderful thing about Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series, AND this card, is that there are no wrong answers!  The colors blend beautifully no matter which ones you choose.  By substituting new colors for the prior black-and-white design, I have created an entirely new, fresh look from a classic layout!

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Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  3. Michelle Quinno at Shell Stamps
  4. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  5. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  6. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  7. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  8. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  9. Susan Itell at simplestampin.com
  10. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  11. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  12. Karen Gooch at Inker’s Workshop
  13. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  14. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  15. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  16. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  17. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  18. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
  19. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  20. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps.com
  21. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  22. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  23. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  24. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’          You’re right here!
  25. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  26. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme


 

I’m “Falling in Love!”

It’s been a busy few months, and I’m afraid my blog posts have suffered.  A huge project at school with my sophomores ended last Friday, January 27, with a celebration that took place at our local nursing home/assisted living center.  With that celebration our Life Story Project ended.

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Well, I’m back, and I’ve fallen in love with the Stampin’ Up! products in the new Occasions 2017 Catalog, including the  “Falling in Love” Suite.

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I combined the Designer Series Paper from that suite with the beautiful intricate “Bloomin’ Heart” thinlits in the Annual Catalog, cut in Rose Red paper with a Crumb Cake heart slightly offset behind it.  The sentiment is also from the “Bloomin’ Heart” stamp set.  The lace border at the bottom is in Crumb Cake ink using a stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration catalog called “Delicate Details.”  I stamped the same lace stamp on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out a flower from the “Bloomin’ Hearts” thinlits, mounting it with a dimensional.  A bit of Very Vanilla ribbon sets off that pretty lace.  Together, these elements create a soft, lacy, and very romantic Valentine!

Star of Light Really Shines!

This card is made with Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday Fancy Foil Designer Vellum in silver.  The gold version of this beautiful paper is on sale on in the Clearance Rack at Stampinup.com. You could easily replicate this layout in gold as well.  The Star of Light bundle is one of my all-time favorites for the holidays.  I know I will be using it for days to come!  I used silver foil paper and finished with a rhinestone to add even more shine and sparkle.  I like the striped paper set on a diagonal — do you?star-of-light-fancy-foil-silver

“My Favorite Season” Pals Blog Hop 2016

2016badge-cucumberWelcome to the Pals Blog Hop for September 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month our projects represent our favorite year end Season. It may be Autumn, Winter, Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas (and maybe even a combination!) We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

In my home, my annual Christmas tree is decorated with copper ornaments.  I love the copper tones against the dark evergreen branches and the white sparkly lights.  This card is inspired by my tree — when I saw the new Twinkle Trees stamp set (#142173), I thought of a modern, whimsical card using the Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder (#141636) to make round copper ornaments — simple and clean.

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The background paper with copper dots is from the gorgeous Petals and Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper (#142017). The copper dots coordinate with the copper ornaments beautifully, in my opinion!

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The green paper with the simple retro-feel snowflakes is found in This Christmas Designer Series Specialty Paper (#141628).  The tree is stamped in Garden Green to coordinate.

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I topped it all off with the copper metallic thread.  The entire card shines with my favorite metallic tone — copper!  

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  3. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  4. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  5. Becky Volpp at Inkblossomwithbecky
  6. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  7. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  8. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  9. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  10. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
  11. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  12. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs
  13. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  14. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  15. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  16. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  17. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  18. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  19. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  20. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  21. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’  (You are Here!)
  22. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  23. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  24. Jeanie Stark at www.juststampin.com
  25. Sue Becker at www.RnRStamping.com
  26. Pam Dotts at Clearly Southern Stampin’
  27. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts

PPA 316 – Oh What Fun This Christmas!

I made a simple yet sparkly and fun card for the Pal’s Paper Arts challenge this week.

Oh What Fun This Christmas Stampin' Up North Mary Hanson  I used Very Vanilla cardstock and This Christmas Designer Series Paper to create a card base.  Then it got glittery!  I broke out the new Stampin’ Up! Red Glitter Embossing Powder and used Versamark to heat emboss snowflakes from the Tin of Tags Stamp Set.  A great way to add sparkle without the glitter falling all over your house!  (Well, I don’t mind that as much as some might!)

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It’s difficult to photograph what a beautiful red this glitter embossing powder really is, and how it makes the card just come alive with holiday sparkle!  I used a sentiment from the Oh What Fun! stamp set and a little red metallic thread to finish off the card front.  So easy with the DSP and embossing powder!

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Halloween Treat Bags with Designer Series Paper

The Halloween Night Designer Series Papers are a great start for all kinds of Halloween Treat Bags.  The possibilities are endless when you add the bundle of Halloween Scenes thinlits and Spooky Fun stamp set, all from Stampin’ Up!  Check out the super sparkly Paper Pumpkin glimmer paper circles.  The bags are cut from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Dies.  In person, they are so yummy!

There are so many ways to build little scenes of spookiness — the moon, witch, bat, pumpkin, ghosts, fence, and lovely tree — on and on!

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Fun Halloween Stuff in 2016 Holiday Catalog!

The new 2016 Holiday Catalog is STUFFED (get it? I said stuff in the title) with Halloween goodies for you to use on your projects.  Each year, I am struck by how many people really LOVE Halloween as a holiday.  It is tons of fun, with less pressure, don’t you think?  The Halloween Scenes bundle, which contains thinlits and the Spooky Fun stamp set, has so many possibilities for spooky little scenes — the cool tree, the fence, the cute pumpkins, the bats….and so forth and so on!  This shaker card builds a scene behind little window using the Hearth & Home Thinlits.  Some elements are stamped, and some are simply cut out using the thinlits and the Big Shot to create silhouettes.  I added some gold thread and a couple of fun spider webs on the wall.  Halloween Scenes Spooky Fun CardClose Up Halloween Window