No Rules Stampin Friends Hop

Welcome to the No Rules Stampin Friends Hop.

Check out the blog-wide Stamparatus Give-Away!  I am so excited about the hop this month.

Welcome to my blog.  If you have arrived from Stephanie Jandrow’s amazing blog … I’m glad you came for a visit!  Be sure to continue  though the hop until you get back to where you started.  I hope you find lots of inspiration as you hop on through!  The list of participants is at the bottom of this post.  You increase your chances to win for every blog you comment on in this “hop”.  Leave a comment  and #SFMARCHBLOGHOP on everyone’s blog and have 17 chances to win!  Good luck!!  I hope YOU win this AMAZING tool!

Here are my projects for our March No Rules hop.  I chose to focus on  Stampin’ Up!’s  Stamparatus  that is coming soon!!  The Stamparatus will be in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog that is being released on June 1st, 2018.
 
I used the Tutti-Frutti Cards and Envelopes #147242 from SALE A BRATION  that I earned for FREE for the card base and envelope.  I also took advantage of the FREE SALE A BRATION Shimmer Ribbon Pack #147243 and used one of the 3 ribbons on my card.

I saw a template by Gina K being used in assorted videos during the last couple of weeks that makes making wreaths with a stamp placement tool quite simple.  I thought INGENIOUS!!!  So armed with a window sheet, a sharpie black fine tipped marker, a ruler and my grid paper, I DREW myself a template.  (The template I saw by Gina K, is cut out)

My Whisper White card stock is cut 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ to fit my template (see template below).  I used assorted stamps from Beautiful Bouquet and Blooms and Wishes to make the wreath.  Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay and Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Spots provided my ink colors.

For my project,  I made a holder for my STAMPARATUS. I saw other crafters using the box the tool comes in to make a holder.  I decided I wanted mine to be a bit larger.  I covered an empty Paper Pumpkin box (minus the flaps on one end) with a couple of sheets of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper.  It is nice and sturdy!

Below, you can see the Template I drew on a 6″ x 6″ window sheet.  Each straight side is 3 3/4″.  Lining things up was easy using grid paper.

I added the stamps to the STAMPARATUS as I made the wreath.  I started with one stamp, stamped the 1st element a few times, turning the card stock 1/8 turn after each inking.  Then I added the second stamp where I wanted it to fall, stamped a few more times, then added the 3rd, then the fourth element.  Each time I inked and stamped, I turned the card stock 1/8th turn.  Eventually, the wreath was completed.  After the 1st card was done, it was very quick to create a second wreath because I left all the stamps mounted.  I could then stamp all 4 at the same time.  Once I completed my 1st wreath, I just left the stamps mounted on one of the Stamparatus plates.  I marked the colors next to the stamps because I am teaching this technique in a class next week.

Please click on Kirsteen Gill to continue on with the hop.  Enjoy!    Thank you for hopping!  PLEASE remember to comment to be entered to have a chance to win the Stamparatus!!  Commenting on each blog increases your chances to win!  Please use #SFMARCHBLOGHOP along with a comment on the cards and projects.

Check out these Awesome Bloggers

1. Jenny Hall
2. Kim Lamos
3. Elizabeth Jeanne
4. Katja Ettig
5. Sue Vine
6. Steph Jandrow
7. Kathie Rotti
8. Kirsteen Gill
9. Melissa Thomas
10. Raquelle Clifton-Batth
11. Lori Mueller
12. Andrea Tracy-Tucker
13. Lynn Streifert
14. Barbara Welch
15. Cindy Waldroff
16. Maureen Rauchfuss
17. Sandra Mastello -Australia
18. Sara Levin

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Birthday Bash Stampin Friends Hop

Welcome to the Birthday Bash Stampin Friends Hop.

Happy Birthday to me!  I am so excited about the hop this month.  It’s my birthday month.  We all need a month to celebrate … right???  I think I will use this set for my granddaughter’s birthday in April.  She’ll love it!!

You have arrived at Kathie’s (that’s me!) blog.  If you have arrived from Sue Vine’s amazing blog … I’m glad you came for a visit!  Be sure to continue  though the hop until you get back to where you started.  I hope you find lots of inspiration as you hop on through!  The list of participants is at the bottom of this post.  Just click on Elizabeth Jeanne to get to the next stop on the hop.

Here are my projects for our February Birthday Bash hop.  I chose to focus on  Stampin’ Up!’s  Magical Day Bundle from the 2018 Occasion’s catalog for my contribution.  It is such a fun set.
 
This is a side step card.  I found the tutorial for this fancy fold over at SplitcoastStampers.com.

The banners are from the Birthday Delivery Bundle from the 2017-18 annual catalog.  I used the “sky” paper from the Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper.  On this card I used Old Olive for my card base because I planned on having “grass” instead of so much brick … but I liked the brick better.  If I were to make another one, I would probably use Basic Gray as my base.

Oh … The mermaid.  Yup!  She turns into a damsel/princess if you trim her tail a bit!!

I used our Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers to color the various elements in the stamp set.  I love them.  I definitely need some more practice, though!  I should have worked a bit more on the dragon!

I made the castle from Smoky Slate cardstock and the Brick Wall Embossing folder.  I made the turrets with the Classic Label punch.  I sponged the bricks and edges with Smoky Slate ink to “dirty things up”.  The vines are cut with the dies from the Magical Day Bundle.  I applied our Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to the back of the Old Olive card stock before I die cut them.

I made an extra 3-D card because I thought it would be fum to make Rapunzel letting down her hair!  This card is a 10-1/2″ x 3″ strip of paper scored at 2.5, 5. 7.5 and 10″.  Fold it, open it and run it through the Big Shot with the Brick Wall Embossing folder, punch some turrets.  A little sponging.   Easy Peasy.  It folds flat and it fits in a regular envelope.

It was a lot of fun to decorate.  The door is an oval cut from the layering oval dies from the Wood Textures DSP stack.  The door handle and hinges are from the Sliding Door Framelits Dies in the Occasions catalog.  You could put a “floor” in the box and make it a holder for party favors.

My 3-D project is my version of Sara Douglass’s cupcake box.  It uses a mini pizza box as a base to hold a standard cupcake.  Just use the layering circle dies to cut the hole for the cupcake.  The box just slips over the pizza box.  There is a window sheet covering the window.  Such fun decorating!

 

 

 

 

Please click on Elizabeth Jeanne to continue on with the hop.  Enjoy!    Thank you for hopping!

Check out these Awesome Bloggers

1. Sue Vine – Australia
2. Kathie Rotti
3. Elizabeth Jeanne
4. Raquelle Clifton-Batth
5. Katja Ettig
6. Melissa Thomas
7. Sandra Mastello – Australia
8. Maureen Rauchfuss
9. Jessie Holton – Australia
10. Barbara Welch
11. Andrea Tracy-Tucker
12. Kim Lamos
13. Kim Jolley
14. Jenny Hall

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All About Love Stampin Friends Hop

Welcome to the All About Love Stampin Friends Hop.

Happy New Year!  I am so excited about the hop this year.  We have several NEW participants.   I really believe you’ll be blown away by their talent!

You have arrived at Kathie’s (that’s me!) blog.  If you have arrived from Cindy Waldroff‘s amazing blog … I’m glad you came for a visit!  Be sure to continue  though the hop until you get back to where you started.  I hope you find lots of inspiration as you hop on through!  The list of participants is at the bottom of this post.  Just click on Melissa Thomas  to get to the next stop on the hop.

Here are my projects for our January hop … Valentine’s Day.  I chose to use the  Stampin’ Up!’s  Sale A Bration set PARTY PANDAS  as one of the FOUR stamp sets for this project.  FYI: Party Pandas is only available for FREE during Sale A Bration when you place a $50 order.
Such a tiny card … so many sets!!!  ;-D
 
I used the Whisper White Narrow Note Cards and Envelopes from the Occasions catalog (page 19) to make this card.  The cards are not mail-able … so pop them into a larger envelope if you want to mail these cards in the USA.

The other 3 stamp sets are from the Stampin’ UP!’s annual catalog.  Ready to Pop (inside sentiment), Teeny Tiny Wishes and Artistically Asian.

For inks, I used Memento Black, Wild Wasabi and the Real Red (marker).  I found it very easy to just ink up the sentiments with the marker … this way I knew I wouldn’t catch and edge and mess up the card!

The first thing I did was to stamp the panda on a post it note, cut him out to use as a mask.  Then I stamped the panda on a whisper white layer.  Cover the panda with the mask and stamp the bamboo.  Remove the mask … and voila!  There he is IN FRONT of the bamboo.  Don’t forget to color in the little heart on the envelope he is holding!

Petal Passion Designer Series Paper  (DSP) is used for the layer on the card base.  A Real Red layer is under the panda piece.  The Real Red 1/8″ solid ribbon is a carryover from the Stampin’ UP! Holiday catalog.

I also stamped a panda on the envelope.  I used the 2 1/4″ circle punch to make a simple liner from the DSP for the envelope flap.

As always, I carry the theme from the card front to the inside.  I love that little “with love” from the Ready to Pop stamp set.

Below is my 3-D project … I used the Mini Pizza Boxes that carried over from the Holiday Catalog.  The Sweet and Sassy Thinlets were used to cut out the heart to make the window in the Mini Pizza Box lid.

I added a window sheet between the Real Red layer and the pizza box lid.

The adorable panda is fussy cut. and adhered with a few Stampin’ dimensionals.

I filled the food safe mini pizza box with these chewy cinnamon hearts … they are HOT!!  But oh, so good!!  As a note, I don’t think the window sheets are labeled “food safe” so you could put the loose candy in one of Stampin’ UP!s food safe cellophane bags and then place it in the box if you are concerned.

Please click on Melissa Thomas to continue on with the hop.  Enjoy!  The products I used in my projects are listed below.  Thank you for hopping!

Check out these Awesome Bloggers

1. Sue Vine
2. Steph Jandrow
3. Katja Ettig
4. Kirsteen Gill
5. Lynn Streifert
6. Cindy Waldroff
7. Kathie Rotti
8. Melissa Thomas
9. Sandra Mastello – Australia
10. Elizabeth Jeanne
11. Kim Jolley
12. Jenny Hall
13. Raquelle Clifton-Batth
14. Jessie Holton – Australia
15. Andrea Tracy-Tucker
16. Barbara Welch
17. Kim Lamos

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Stampin Friends Thanksgiving Hop

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Welcome to the Stampin Friends Thanksgiving 2017 Hop!

You have arrived at Kathie’s (that’s me!) blog.  If you have arrived from Lana Staab’s amazing blog … I’m glad you came for a visit!  Be sure to continue on though the hop until you get back to where you started.  I hope you find lots of inspiration as you hop on through!  The list of participants is at the bottom of this post.

Be sure to read to the end … there is another amazing GIVEAWAY this month … details below!

Here are my projects for our October hop … Thanksgiving.  I chose to use the  Stampin’ Up!’s  Sheltering Tree  stamp set (137163) for this project.
My class wanted to do an Eclipse card, so I came up with this one.  I like to teach/show a different technique every month.  There are a number of techniques used on this one card: Eclipse, Baby Wipe and masking.

 Look closely and you may notice that the stamped sentiment says “thankful for”.  The stamp actually says “thankful for you“.   Because I wanted to use “YOU” as my Eclipse technique, I masked the “you” on the stamp with washi tape.  Just be sure to remove the washi tape after inking up your stamp in Early Espresso ink.  I also stamped the tree in Early Espresso.

I used Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Peek A Boo Peach and Lemon Lime Twist re-inkers on the baby wipe to make my “ink pad”.  I inked up the full tree leaves image and stamped it over my tree.  I chose those colors because I wanted to coordinate with the Painted Autumn Designer Series paper (144613) I have layered on the card

After my stamping was complete, I used the Large Letter Framelits  (141712) to cut out YOU using the magnetic platform and Bigshot.  The letters are popped up on our adhesive strips.  The strips are thicker than dimensionals and I like the higher “pop” for this.

As always, I carry the theme from the card front to the inside.

Don’t you think the little rake leaning on the tree is a nice touch?  Don’t forget to add a few fallen leaves using the baby wipe you already have inked up!

Here is my 3-D project … RSVP pens that I bought at Staples …  I rolled up a small piece of the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper and inserted it into the pen’s barrel.  Then I made a simple box that holds the pen perfectly.  Thank you to Ann Melvin’s YouTube tutorial for the box!

Please click on Cindy Waldroff to continue on with the hop.  Enjoy!

Here is the information for the giveaway.  All commenters who use the hashtag “#SFbloghop2017” will be entered into the giveaway.  Please comment before midnight on Thursday October 26, 2017 to be entered.

Stampin Friends Fall Hop

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Welcome to the Stampin Friends Fall 2017 Hop!  You have arrived at Kathie’s (that’s me!) blog.  If you have arrived from Lori Mueller’s amazing blog … I’m glad you came for a visit!  Be sure to continue on though the hop until you get back to where you started.  I hope you find lots of inspiration as you hop on through!  The list of participants is at the bottom of this post.

Be sure to read to the end … there is an amazing GIVEAWAY this month … details below!

Here are my projects for our September hop … Fall.  I chose to use the veined maple leaf stamp from Stampin’ Up!’s  Colorful Seasons  stamp set (143726) for this project.

I went for simplicity with this card.  I love the clean look.

 My sentiments are also from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  I stamped in Soft Suede ink.  I masked my card front layer with two pieces of copy paper (top and bottom), leaving a 1- 1/2″ gap in the center of the Very Vanilla cardstock.  Then I sponged with Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Old Olive inks. The sponged area is slightly narrower than my stamped images.  I like a clean crisp straight edge to it.  I also wanted a tiny portion of the image to go “out of bounds”.

As always, I carry the theme from the card front to the inside.

I wrapped just the top layer with linen thread before adhering to the Soft Suede card base.  The splatter is from Timeless Textures (140517).  I “stamped off” the Soft Suede ink before stamping the splatter.

A battery operated vanilla WAX candle from Hobby Lobby is my 3-D project.    No need to worry about the tissue paper that I used for my stamped images catching fire!  When done, I wrapped the candle with a length of the new Jute Twine (144625) from Stampin’ Up!.  I love how thick the jute is.

I use a name brand waxed paper for this technique.  I don’t know if it matters … but I wasn’t taking any chances. Here are some other hints for this technique .

1. Trim the images you stamp on the white tissue paper close to the image.  2.  Apply one image at a time.  3.  Change out the waxed paper frequently to assure it is waxy for each image. 4.  Be sure you hold the waxed paper snuggly with no puckers.  5. Keep your heat gun moving .. as soon as the tissue paper “disappears” it’s DONE!

Please click on Sue Vine’s to continue on with the hop.  Enjoy!

Here is the information for the giveaway.  All commenters who use the hashtag “#SFbloghop2017” will be entered into the giveaway.  Please comment before midnight on Thursday September 28, 2017 to be entered.

Check out these Awesome Bloggers

1. Maureen Rauchfuss
2. Elizabeth Jeanne Thatcher
3. Melissa Thomas
4. Raquelle Clifton
5. Lynn Streifert
6. Lori Mueller
7. Kathie Rotti
8. Sue Vine
9. Steph Jandrow
10. Cindy Waldroff
11. Kim Lamos
12. Barbara Welch

 


 

 

Stampin Friends May Flower/Sympathy Hop

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Welcome to the Stampin Friends May 2017 Hop!  You have arrived at Kathie’s (that’s me!) blog.  If you have arrived from Barbara’s amazing blog … I’m glad you came for a visit!  Be sure to continue on though the hop until you get back to where you started.  I hope you find lots of inspiration as you hop on through!  Please welcome our super talented guest blogger this month!!  Be sure to say hello as you visit her blog. … Hi, Lori!!!

Lori Mueller

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 Here are my projects for our May hop … May Flowers/Sympathy.  I chose May flowers even though sunflowers are more an August flower than a May flower … forgive me!

There is quite a bit of Big Shot work on this card… but it’s very quick if you cut multiple pieces at the same time.  The card itself is very simple, with a Whisper White (thick card stock) base, a layer of Chocolate Chip and top layer of Whisper White.

  I used Birthday Blooms for my sentiments.  I stamped in Early Espresso.  The solid circle (under the medallion layer) is from the Layering Circle Framelits cut from Early Espresso.  I used Chocolate Chip top layer of the sunflower center which is cut from A scallop circle (from the Layering Circle Framelits) and 2 dies from the BRAND NEW (available this month as part of a bundle) Eastern Medallion dies.

The sunflower is cut from the Eastern Medallion dies in Daffodil Delight.  This die does not completely cut … on purpose.  A few easy snips and you can free it from the paper.   I used 2 to make it a full sunflower.

I like to carry the theme from the card front to the inside.  I just used an extra leaf.  The leaves are from the May Flowers Thinlits.  In the end, there is no question that this is a May Flower card!

I popped the sunflower and leaves up on dimensionals. I really like this card a lot!

Below is how I laid out the dies to minimize the number of passes on the Big Shot.  Using your magnetic platform makes life easier!!

Here is my 3D project … simply made with a piece of covered floral wire.  I used a Wild Wasabi circle to cover the wire in the back.  The leaves are held on with glue dots.  .. I stuffed some styrofoam into the small terra cotta pot, stuck in some moss and the sunflower.

I added some of the brand new Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon that will be available June 1st in the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog to dress up the pot..

    

I hope you enjoyed my post.  I’d love it if you can take the time to leave me a comment or a question.

Here are the links to each blog in the hop.  You are at Kathie’s blog.  Elizabeth is up next … just click on her name!  Have fun!!

My First Try at a Succulent Garden

This is just a quick post to show off my 1st attempt at a Succulent Garden.  This was done with a 6″ terracotta saucer, river rock, moss and lots of tacky glue!  I wanted my first effort to be a small piece, so I would actually get it done!

 

I’ll be holding a class in April on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon if anyone is local to me and would like to make one!  Local gals .. watch for an e-mail with the details.

I used Stampin’ Up! cardstock, inks and the Succulent Framelit Dies (142757) found in the Occasions catalog on page 21.

Thanks for looking!