Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Altenew Mini Stamp Set - Travel Basics

Hi Friends! I've got a quick card to share with you from a new mini set by Altenew.

The Travel Basics set is a nod to scrapbooking sets, but also makes a great addition to the backgrounds of cards. Especially when your card sentiment relates to "sending hugs," "sending love," "sending cheer," or anything else you want to send your recipient.

That little airplane just kills me!! Could it be any sweeter?! Here's it's paired with the layered Bulid A Flower Canterbury Bells, which is an awesome long flower for filling a card base.

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Supplies used (affiliate links used, thanks so much for your support!)

Travel Basics

Canterburry Bells
Canterbury Bells

Friday, June 12, 2020

Pinkfresh Studio June 2020 Pop Out Stamp and Die Release Blog Hop

Hello Friends! I am so thrilled to take part in the June Pinkfresh Blog Hop celebrating the release of their new set of Pop Out stamps and dies! These are so darn cool ... the pieces of the cling stamp actually POP OUT, as you may guess from the name and/or picture, which allows you to be super flexible with your designs.

You may have come from the blog of Kay Miller, but if not feel free to start at the beginning with the Pinkfresh Blog!

With everyone being at home since mid March, I haven't had a lot of time to craft, so this was one of my first times back in my craft room. It felt amazing! And I sure had fun playing with these new products. Let's take a look ...

When I finished stamping the Pop Out Sunburst I literally said to myself "HELLO" ... so that's the inspiration for the sentiment right there! I wasn't sure how these pop outs would work at first, but you really just pop them out from the frame and stamp the ones you want. I had the whole set on my Misti, removed half the sections, inked the remaining sections with yellow, and stamped. Then I put those sections back on the Misti, took out the sections I had just stamped, inked those with orange, and stamped again.

Just a few minutes and I was done with this card! The pop outs make it so easy to do something that would have taken a lot of thought and fiddling with a "normal" stamp.

This card uses the Pop Out Sunburst Die in a gold glitter paper to layer over a similar die from a release last year, the Radiating Background Die. These two dies are a match made in heaven! They compliment each other so well, with the scored sun rays on the bottom.

With the Intricate Mandala die medallion in the center, it reminds me of a stained glass window, so I thought this would make a perfect sympathy card (always hard for me to make) with the addition of a "prayers" sentiment from Phrase Builder.

The "middle's" from the prior card, all the sunbursts, were adhered onto this card base. I wasn't sure what to do with this one until the very end when I was cleaning everything up. I had an extra hexagon die frame on my desk (these are coming up) and loved the look of it layered on top.

It makes a nice focal point on the card, and a perfect spot to put the flowers and sentiment.

Another really neat card from this set is the Pop Out Hexagons Cling Stamp set! You stamp the hexagon grid (in black here) and then go to town picking what you want to stamp inside each hexagon shape. For this card I used the solid hexagon and stamped several cool colors in a striped pattern to make a masculine birthday card. Clean and crisp! This sentiment also comes with the set.

Of course I wanted to see what a feminine birthday card would look like, so I picked some warm colors and stamped several solids in a random pattern. A few of the hexagons are stamped with a floral image, also included in this set.

The possibilities are endless!

Same card, two different looks.

Wanting to see what the other patterns looked like, I started another card with the same masculine colors.

It kind of looked like a quilt with different fabric pieces! Because of this comforting quilt vibe, I turned it into another sympathy card. Love that this is different from a typical sympathy card.

Breaking out of the grid, literally, I tried another card with just stamping random hexagons in different colors and patterns. The possibilities really are limitless here!

This card also came from cleaning up. I had to cut another white hexagon for the prior card (to hide a stamping error, shhh!!) so I just used a small rectangle of cardstock. As I was sweeping away the scraps, I thought this little piece would make a great frame for something on a card.

So I filled it with some leftover floral dies in the top frame, and the bottom frame has one of the flowers that comes in this set, and the coordinating floral die. Fun!

My final card is a soccer ball! In the grass, ha! Couldn't be easier to make, as you just piece in the different black and white hexagons. Love that this is a totally different look from the other cards, showing just how flexible these hexagons can be.

Such a great card for boys!

Hope you enjoyed all the cards using only TWO of the new sets from this release:
- Pop Out Sunburst Stamp and Die; and
- Pop Out Hexagons Stamp and Die.

Happily, there happen to be a few fun promotions going on right now! The first is getting this adorable die cut above for free with a $25 purchase. No need to do anything special, it will automatically load into your cart. Easy!

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The FULL RELEASE will be given away on the Pinkfresh blog, IG feed & YouTube channel!! I am also giving away a $25 gift card on this blog post (along with everyone else on this hop!) Please comment below for a chance to win. The winner will be chosen on June 19, 2020 on the GIVEAWAY PAGE. You must check that page & claim your prize within 2 weeks. Good luck!

Now I am happy to send you along to the blog of another Kelly, Kelly Lunceford, who will wow you with her projects!
Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used (affiliate links, thanks so much for your support!):

Pop Out Hexagons Cling Stamp
Simply Hexagons Die

Pop Out Hexagons Floral Bunches Die Set
Pop Out Sunburst Cling Stamp
Pop Out Sunburst Die

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Catherine Pooler Fly Daddy Hop - Went Nuts Making 9 Cards!!

Hi friends! Goodness, I had a REEL fun time with the new release from Catherine Pooler Designs, and I can't wait to share what came out of the craft room! Lots of fishing goodies for the perfect Father's Day and masculine birthday cards, as well as some patterned paper, sentiments, dies, and, well, a little bit of everything.

You may have come from the blog of Adelina Starace, but if not, feel free to start at the beginning with Catherine Pooler.

Yep, I went a little overboard here : ) Let's cast off with the fishing goodies!

Here's a quick display of many of the awesome fishing stamps in the Fly Daddy set. All three of the males in my house love to go fishing, so you can see how I went nuts over this set! So many options!

You may have noticed the three circles featuring the new 6x6 Too Fly patterned paper pack that's also offered as part of this collection ... some fishing themed, and some basic coordinating designs.

Eeep, the fishing rod and coordinating die!! Use it to catch some fish, or to display your sentiment (these are also included in the Fly Daddy set). Love that there's a "hubby" stamp!

The background texture is from a small cross hatching stamp from the Birds of a Feather set that is stamped repeatedly.

The bottom half of this card features the red and white stripe pattern paper, also included in this pack. I combined two pattern papers here to make my own version ... a thin strip of blue lures is layered over one of the white stripes.

These sentiments are so fab! Both in terms of what they say, and the fun fonts that are used. I cut my own heart out of some copy paper and sponged some ink onto the card base. Then I stamped and layered a few fish along side of the heart in coordinating colors.

On the bottom of this card is yet another one of the designs in the Too Fly patterned paper pack. Also, did you notice the Blackfoot River sequins? The fluted edges on these sequins really grab the light and make a ton of sparkle! These are super handy to double as fish bubbles.

How about this for a sentiment?! You're so fly! Hahaha, love it. I cut out one of the lure stamps and popped it up, leaving the hooks stamped in black on the card base. Even more of the Too Fly paper from this pack is used on the bottom of the panel, with a combination of the red and white stripe, and those charming bobbers!

Do you recognize the pattern on the card base? It's the fish scales! I stamped the fish body several times all around the card edges to make a custom pattern to go along with the fishing theme.

Speaking of fish borders ... here's another version of that. This time I used the horizontal half of the fish to stamp around the panel border.

A few more lures stamped and colored, my favorite fishy sentiment, and we've got fishing card #5 done!

This one might be my favorite fishing card to leave my craft room. Three fish are stamped on the end of the fishing line, along with a coordinating sentiment. I cut out a simple shape from kraft paper to make a boat, and stamped it with the same cross-hatch texture stamp I used earlier.

Is this not the most fun wave of water? It comes from a new Wavy Cover Plate die, which you can see at the top of this photo. I just cut the bottom portion off and used it for this card.

So there you have it, a series of six fishing cards with the new Fly Daddy set, just in time for Father's Day.

Here's a set that I'm in love with as well ... the Ways to Say You set. I laid out many of the words from this set on my Misti and then inked them up in rainbow order.

The gold die on the top of the card is from Ways to Say Hey Dies. The card is cut shorter than usual, so adding this die to the top still allows it to slip into an A2 card envelope.

More patterned paper scraps used at the bottom of this card. Another nice thing about the patterned paper is that they automatically coordinate with the CP ink colors.

Before taking all these stamps off my Misti, I wanted to get another card out of it. Do you do this to? Instead of stamping different colors, I embossed them all in gold. Notice the Perfect Vines Die in vellum this time!

Finally, this giant butterfly from Wings of Joy is just begging to be inked up in all sorts of pretty colors. I applied a rainbow-ish gradient of color to to the stamp, and then blended some more ink onto the paper. You can turn "you are a joy" into "you are a" and then use "Sweet Thang" to finish it off.

Cutting around the butterfly lets you adhere the butterfly in the middle, and then bend the wings up for dimension.

Some ink blending and masking gives you a quick outdoor scene, along with some flowers from this set.

Well, there you have it! Such a fun time in my craft room with this collection!

Be sure to comment here, and along the rest of the stops, as Catherine Pooler will be giving away a $25 gift card! The winner will be announced on the Catherine Pooler blog on May 27th.
I'm happy to send you along to the super-duper talented Daniel West who I know has something clever and unique to share with you!

Here are the rest of the stops along the hop in case you need it:

Kelly Griglione <<< You are here!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies Used (including affiliate links, thanks so much for your support if you're excited about something):

Fly Daddy
Ways to Say You