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!

 

 

 

Stampin Friends Easter Hop

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Welcome to the Stampin Friends March 2017 Hop!  You have arrived at Kathie’s (that’s me!) blog.  If you have arrived from Elizabeth’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 talented guest bloggers this month!!  Be sure to say hello as you visit their blogs.

Mandy Reedyk

Sue Vine

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 Here are my projects.  Everything I used (except the jelly beans) is from Stampin’ Up!
Easter will be here before we know it.  Time to start making cards and treat boxes.

The card style is a “Spring Card”.  I am sure it’s called “spring” because it is so bounce-y.  It is a really FUN card.  I keep touching it so it will “boing, boing, BOING!!”  (It really should make that sound!).   This is a square card so you will need to make an envelope for it … or if you are like me … you stocked up on square envelopes when they retired a few years back!  There is a tutorial over at Splitcoaststampers.com if you want to make this card.

The theme is Easter.  I wasn’t going to buy the Basket Bunch Bundle, which includes the Basket Bunch stamp set and Basket Builder Framelits, because of ALL those dies!!  However … I am so glad I did!  The bundle works wonderfully when using colored card stock OR Whisper White card stock if you want to break out your favorite coloring paints, pencils or markers.  For today’s projects, I went with colored card stock.

I stamped my chocolate bunnies in Early Espresso ink on Chocolate Chip card stock, then using my Big Shot, cut them out.   When I do this again, I think I’ll go with Soft Suede card stock so the stamping is more visible.  Don’t forget to take a “bite” out of one bunny’s ear with the retired 7/8″ scallop punch.  So cute!

Okay … so I couldn’t stop.  I made more than one card!  I wanted to use up some of my Designer Series Paper Stacks (subtles used here) because I have a feeling they may be retiring with the new catalog in June. I used the floral side.

I stamped a bunch of bunnies, eggs, flowers from solid card stock from the subtles collection and Whisper White stitched squares (using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies).  I saved cranking time at the Big Shot by cutting all 4 items on one pass through.  Just trim your card stock into manageable pieces.

   

To layer the sections of the card with Designer Series Paper, I cut the appropriately sized paper into squares and then cut on the diagonal to form triangles as needed.  You can see I also wanted a place to sign the card in the back … so I added a Whisper White triangle.  If you look closely, you’ll see I stamped some Wild Wasabi grass on the white triangle. Once the card was all embellished, add some glue, close the card and voila!  BOING!

   

Here is my 3-D project … made from the Baker’s Box die... complete with a cat (who thought my photo booth was a great place for his morning nap)! …who am I to relocate him????  I think he was making sure I didn’t eat the props!

Before I assembled the Baker’s Box, I adhered the Sweet Sugarplum check from the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper to the box sides.  I then cut out a bunny shape with the die to create a window.  I took a piece of Window Sheet and stamped it with the bunny’s image in black Stazon ink.  Stazon dries quickly on the Window Sheet and there is no smearing.  I used glue dots to adhere the Window Sheet to the inside of the box.  Peek-a-boo!

The Sweet Sugarplum box is put together using Tear & Tape.  Glue dots and Multipurpose Liquid Glue holds all the decor on.  The tag is cut from Tags & Labels Framelits.  The “Happy Easter” comes from the Circle of Spring stamp set.  A Gold Binder Clip and a bow tied with a length of 3/8″ Sweet Sugar Plum Ruched Ribbon holds the top closed.  Just remove the binder clip for easy jelly bean access!

    

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.  Twila Davis is up next … just click on her name!  Have fun!!

Stampin Friends Black and White Hop

 

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Welcome to the Stampin Friends February 2017 Hop!

If you have arrived from Elizabeth Thatcher’s amazing blog … welcome.  You can get back to her via the “previous button” or just keep on hopping and you will get to her soon.  Elizabeth is so very talented!

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 talented guest hoppers this month!!  Be sure to say hello as you visit their blogs.

Bibiana Cameron
Maria Willis
Lana Staab

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 Here are my projects.  Everything I used is from Stampin’ Up!
I thought this coordinating card and box would be an elegant presentation for a wedding gift … there is ample space for a gift card inside the box.

Let me give credit where credit is due.  For the card, I was inspired by a beautiful card Selene Kempton posted … I made a few changes to make it more formal.  The Envelope Punch Board Faceted Box was made following a YouTube video by Linda Parker.  Thank you ladies!

The theme is Black, White and Whatever You Like.  So I’m not sure … BLACK I have covered!  WHITE .. well I do use white embossing powder and a white ribbon … is the dazzling diamond glimmer paper my ACCENT color .. or just more white??? … and there is silver in the ribbon.  Hmmm …  YOU decide.

I used the Stylish Stems Framelit Dies (142750) on both the card and box.  This can be found in the Stampin’ Up! 2017 Occasions catalog on page 42.   “Floral Phrases” (141764) from the annual catalog on page 77 provided the sentiments.

Here is my card front.  A Basic Black card based embossed with the “Petal Burst” embossing folder (141493), followed by a layer of basic black, a layer of Dazzling Diamond Glimmer Paper and topped with the die cut basic black layer is all there is to it

“Wedding Wishes” is heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I added a few basic rhinestones.  I love the glimmer on this card.  It is just sooo elegant.  I tied a piece of FREE silver and white metallic ribbon (that I earned from Sale-A-Bration) around the card base.

     

 The layer on top of the ribbon is popped up on Stampin’ dimensionals.  The inside of the card has an additional die cut to dress it up.

My 3-D project was so much fun to make … and amazingly easy.  This box is quite large.  It is 2 inches tall and the top is about 4 1/2 inches square.  It is made from two 7 inch squares of card stock.  I used more die cuts and dazzling diamonds glimmer paper.  The box ties closed with that amazing FREE ribbon.  Please check out Linda Parker’s  video that I mentioned earlier if you want to make this box.

 

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

Thank you for visiting.  Click on the “next” button to continue on through the hop to check out Lynn Streifert and her fabulous contributions.

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Stampin Friends Love Theme Hop

 

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Welcome to the Stampin Friends Love Themed Hop!  The theme is broad, but with Valentine’s Day coming up, I decided to create a Valentine’s Day card I think my grandchildren will love to receive.  I also made a matching treat bag that I can fill with treats.

If you have arrived from Raquelle Clifton’s amazing blog … welcome.  You can get back to her via the “previous button” or just keep on hopping and you will get to her soon.

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!

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 Here are my projects.  Everything I used is from Stampin’ Up!  … well except for the toothpicks!!

Yes .. this is a Twisted Pop-Up Card.  You’ve been seeing them everywhere, I imagine.  This was my first attempt … it was EASY!  So easy, I am teaching this in my class this week.  I am not going to bore you with the “how-to” because you can go take a peek over at “splitcoaststampers.com” under tutorials.  The tutorial even have a video at the end!

I LOVE the “Hey, Chick” Sale-a-bration” stamp set (143331).  You can get this set FREE with a $50 Stampin’ Up! order during Sale-a-bration … now through March 31, 2017.

Here is my card front.  Smoky Slate, Real Red and Whisper White are the cardstock colors.  I colored the combs with a Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker and the feet and beaks are Crushed Curry.

Do you LOVE the “chicken wire” I used as a background???  I grabbed that stamp from “Butterfly Basics” (137154) and stamped in Smoky Slate.  The chickens are done in Basic Black Archival ink and all sentiments are stamped in Real Red.  I used the Confetti Hearts Border punch to make the heart-y chicken feed.  I adhered those tiny hearts with our fine tip glue.

I cut out a wing and adhered it with a glue dot so the chicken can hold up the sign.  “Teeny Tiny Wishes” (127802) gave me “Happy Valentine’s Day”.

My Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049) saved the day for getting the chickens stacked just so!

Let’s open the card.  ….so cool!!  It opens and closes very smoothly.

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 I’ll give you some close up looks at the individual panels.

I searched through my catalog to find the sentiments I wanted on each panel.  In the end, I used 6 stamp sets for this card!   booklet

“Ready to Pop” (141513) for panel #1 and the inside sentiment.  “Sweet Stack” (138948) for panels #2 & 3.  “Bloomin’ Love” (140643) gave the bouquet the silly moptop chicken in panel #4 is holding behind his/her back.

My project is a simple gift bag.  It’s is 5 1/2″ tall.   I hate to admit it, but this was the first time I used the gift bag punch board (135862).  I know I’ll be using it often.  I watched a video from Stampin’ Up!  on how to use it and I was off and scoring!20170116_213145_wm_resized

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

Thank you for visiting.  Click on the “next” button to continue on through the hop to check out Barbara Welch and her fabulous contributions.

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If you get lost … here are the links to each blog in the hop:

  1. Kathie Rotti –  You are HERE!

SF Happy Holidays Blog Hop

Merry Christmas!!  The theme is “Happy Holidays”.  I CASEd a card from the Stampin’ UP! Holiday Catalog and made a simple matching ornament.  I hope you like them!

If you have arrived from Kirsteen Gill’s amazing blog … welcome.  You can get back to her via the “previous button” or just keep on hopping and you will get to her soon.

Be sure to continue on though the hop until you get back to where you started.  If you take the time to comment on each blog with “#SFNovHop” as you travel through, you will be entered to win a prize from each of us … One lucky winner gets LOTS of surprises in the mail.  Details are below.

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 Here are my projects.  Everything I used is from Stampin’ Up!  

Christmas is just around the corner … I hope to start with my decorations this weekend!!  I feel so behind .. my sister has been all decorated for a couple of weeks!  I also have to get busy on my Christmas cards.  At least I’ve started my shopping.

Christmas doesn’t have to be red and green … right???  The colors for the card and ornament are Night of Navy and Marina Mist.  I also used silver glimmer paper.   Star of Light (142110) is the stamp set and Starlight Thinlits are the dies (141840) I used.  The bundle saves you 10% (143508).  I did use the Precision Base Plate for the intricate dies.  

A few silver sequins help dress up the card.  The starry swoosh is stamped in Smoky Slate ink.  Night of Navy is the ink I chose for the sentiments.  I really love this stamp set!!!

 I made a simple matching ornament.  I made 2 identical (to the card), layered pieces, added a piece of retired silver cording and an extra die cut of silver glimmer paper in the centers to hide the dimensionals and glued them back to back.

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I hope you enjoyed my post …. now for prizes.  Please comment on each blog in the hop, using #SFNovHop along with your comment by midnight ET on November 20th.  (Please note … the prizes pictured are NOT what the winner will receive.)  The winner will receive a prize from each of the bloggers in this hop!

Thank you for visiting.  Click on the “next” button to continue on through the hop to check out Twila Davis and her fabulous contributions.

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  1. Kathie Rotti – You are HERE

Stampin Friends Fall/Back to School Blog Hop

The theme is “Fall or Back to School”.  I went with a simple card and gift for a teacher.  As I type this blog entry, the stamp/die set I used,  the Stampin’ Up! exclusive, limited time bundle “Thoughtful Branches” (144328) is still available “while supplies last”.  This set will not be appearing in any upcoming catalog … so if you want it … get it sooner than later!!  The Stamp set, by itself, has sold out.  My fingers are crossed it will still be available when this blog goes live!

If you have arrived from , Andrea Tracy-Tucker‘s amazing blog … welcome.  You can get back to her via the “previous button” or just keep on hopping and you will get to her soon.

Be sure to continue on though the hop until you get back to where you started.  If you take the time to comment on each blog with “#SFSeptHop” as you travel through, you will be entered to win a prize from each of us … One lucky winner gets LOTS of surprises in the mail.  Details are below.

As usual, this month we have three talented Guest Hoppers joining us.  Be sure to say hello to them as you travel through the hop.

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 Here are my projects.  Everything I used is from Stampin’ Up!  

It’s September and it is back to school!  My grandson, Miles, started 1st grade a couple of weeks ago … maybe I’ll give this to him to take into his teacher … then again my granddaughter, Sophia who started preschool will want it, too!  I may have to just hang onto to it to avoid an argument!

This card is very straight forward this month.  Nothing fancy here.  I used the soon to be unavailable “Thoughtful Branches” bundle (144328).  I stamped the tree trunk in soft suede and leaves in Old Olive on a piece of Very Vanilla, then ran it through the Big Shot using the Petal Burst Embossing Folder (141493) for dimension.  I then stamped the apples in Real Red and used the apple die from the Beautiful Branches Thinlets Die set.  I used my Soft Suede Stampin’ Write marker to color over the stem.  I adhered the apples with glue dots.

The card base is Old Olive with Old Olive leaves stamped all over for added interest.  There is a skinny layer of Real Red to make the card “pop” a bit.  Tags & Labels Framelits (138282) was used for the sentiment.  A piece of Real Red 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon adds a nice touch. 20160911_192837_wm_resized

I didn’t want to neglect the inside of the card.  I always like to do something to dress it up a bit … yet still leave plenty of space for a note to the teacher.

 

Here is my quick and easy pencil holder.  My Popcorn Box Thinlets (141473) have finally seen the light of day!  It’s so easy to assemble.

After I cut out the Old Olive parts, I ran them through the Petal Burst embossing folder so it would match the card.  You can see that better in the last photo.

This time I stamped the leaves and trunk and die cut them.  The leaves require the precision base plate (139684).

I did add weight to the bottom of the pencil holder so it would stand up without tipping under the weight of the pencils … I had these heavy-ish flat glass gems left over from another project .. they work perfectly.

I hope you enjoyed my post …. now for prizes.  Please comment on each blog in the hop, using #SFSeptHop along with your comment by midnight on September 18th.  (Please note … the prizes pictured are NOT what the winner will receive.)  The winner will receive a prize from each of the bloggers in this hop!

Thank you for visiting.  Click on the “next” button to continue on through the hop to check out Melanie Coverston and her fabulous contributions.

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  1. Kathie Rotti – You are HERE!
  2. Andrea Tracy-Tucker

Stampin Friends Hope Blog Hop

The theme is “HOPE”.  I am simply “HOPING” you have a great day.  I “HOPE” my card and project help you do just that!

If you have arrived from one of our guest bloggers, Kim Lamos‘, amazing blog … welcome.  You can get back to her via the “previous button” or just keep on hopping and you will get to her soon.

Be sure to continue on though the hop until you get back to where you started.  If you take the time to comment on each blog with “#SFAugHop” as you travel through, you will be entered to win a prize from each of us … One lucky winner gets LOTS of surprises in the mail.  Details are below.

As usual, this month we have three talented Guest Hoppers joining us.  Be sure to say hello to them as you travel through the hop.

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 Here are my projects.  Everything I used is from Stampin’ Up!  

Since it is still summer … my take on the “HOPE” theme led me to use the stamp set, Seaside Shore (141625) and By the Shore Designer Series Paper (141640).

I have seen MANY of the double Z fold cards lately.  I love the style!  So here is my idea for a card.  I used Soft Sky, Calypso Coral and Dapper Denim Cardstock and inks. Very Vanilla Cardstock is my neutral color.

Lots of Labels Framelits (138281) was the only set of dies used for the card.  There is a bunch of “fussy cutting” involved .. one day I WILL take my E-cutter out of it’s box.

I was having a hard time trying to come up with a project for this month.  I “HOPE” you love it as much as I do!!  The stamp set and Designer Series Paper screamed “AQUARIUM”!!!!  (My 4 year old grand daughter has “dibs” on the aquarium when I finish typing this!)

….so … I pulled out my trusty Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlets (135853), Layering Circles Framelits (141705) and window sheets (142314) to make this aquarium. I put a window in 3 sides.

I introduced some Mint Macaron sea weed and then made some coral from the tree from the Thoughtful Branches VERY limited time bundle (144328) to add interest to the aquarium. (Only available in AUGUST 2016)

The fish, sea weed and coral are mounted on a square of DSP using window sheet tabs and glue dots.  Close it up and add a bow to finish it off and call it DONE!

Here are some other views of the closed box.

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I hope you enjoyed my post …. now for prizes.  Please comment on each blog in the hop, using #SFAugHop along with your comment by midnight on July 24th.  (Please note … the prizes pictured are NOT what the winner will receive.)  The winner will receive a prize from each of the bloggers in this hop!

Thank you for visiting.  Click on the “next” button to continue on through the hop to check out Angela Lorenz and her fabulous contributions.

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  1. Kathie Rotti – YOU ARE HERE!