Doin’ the Llama Hop

Welcome to the first ever Stamping Llamas blog hop!   We’re a group of cyber friends from all over the globe who share a love of rubber stamping.  All are super talented Stampin’ Up!® demonstrators, and I’m so happy to call them friends.  We’re going to give you a tour of the 2011-12 Stampin’ Up!® Idea Book & Catalog and the Holiday Mini Catalog.

If you’ve been following all the stops in our hop, you arrived here from the blog of the incredible Jackie Susnik – “Jackotter Stamp”.  Jackie posted projects using stamps from the “Holidays” section of the catalog.  My projects use stamp sets from the Occasions section.  If you’re just tuning in, you can start here and hit all the stops, ending with Jackie’s blog.  If you want to start the tour from the beginning of the catalog, click the “home page” button below.  That takes you to the page with all the hop information.

My first project is a little box with 6 – 3″x3″ cards and envelopes.

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Stamp sets:  Cherish Friendship, Peace Within, Tiny Tags; Ink:  Jet Black StazOn; Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy classic; Stampin’ Write Markers; Paper:  Baja Breeze, More Mustard, Always Artichoke card stock; Spice Cake designer series paper*; watercolor paper; Other:  Early Espresso 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon; punches: word window, modern label, wide oval, decorative label, jewelry tag, 1/16″ handheld circle; brads – regals, glimmer basics; Early Espresso/White baker’s twine; Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon; stampin’ dimensionals, aqua painter  (All products are available in the 2011-12 Stampin’ Up!® Idea Book & Catalog)

The cards and box use two of my favorite sets in the Occasions section of the catalog – Peace Within and Cherish Friendship.  I thought the “Friends” theme was appropriate since my llama buddies are some of my best friends.  My mom thinks it’s so fun that I have friends all over the world that I communicate with.

And now…my favorite project!

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Stamp Sets:  Create a Cupcake; Pennant Parade; Ink:  Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, WIld Wasabi, Marina Mist, Pretty in Pink, Garden Green, Bashful Blue classic; Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point, Early Espresso stampin’ write markers; Paper:  Whisper White card stock; Just Add Cake, Frostwood Lodge* designer series paper; Other: Circle treat cups, Crop-a-dile, 1-3/4″ circle punch, Big Shot, Circles #2 Originals die, 1/2″ circle punch, cupcake builder punch; cardboard backing from dsp packs, accessory container lids, bbs   (All products are available in the 2011-12 Stampin’ Up!® Idea Book & Catalog)

Aren’t these fun?  I thought they’d make great party favors or Christmas stocking stuffers (perfect for the new stocking Big Shot die!).  My dear husband (a.k.a. “DH”) bought me a pack of 500 bbs.  That was the smallest pack available, but I thought, “What in the world am I going to do with these?”  I packed my Daisy Pellet gun away years ago!  In true Stamper Husband fashion, he said, “Oh, but you could do trees, and cupcakes and banners and Santa faces and stockings and…..”  He’s a keeper.

I made the cupcake one first, and it’s a little more difficult, because I wanted to use the little flowers in the cupcake set, so I stamped and punched them, then adhered them to the cupcake.  Since the bb has to run over the little ridges from the punched images, it’s a little more challenging than the tree.  I used the bigger crop-a-dile punch for the holes in the tree and just stamped the image (no overlaid punched images), so it’s a little easier for smaller children.  Disclaimer:  While the treat cups are adhered over the game, tenacious children could pull them off.  This is not appropriate for anyone who may try to stick the bbs in any orifice on their bodies – or anyone else’s.

Finally, here’s a card I created with My Digital Studio.  The images are from the House & Home set, and you can use either real stamps or digital images.  My card is totally digital, but I’ll give you the sets and colors, in case you want to recreate it with stamps and ink.

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Stamp Sets:  House & Home, Favorite Thoughts**; Ink:  Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Not Quite Navy, Basic Gray, Whisper White; Paper:  Very Vanilla (see below), Baja Breeze, Calypso Coral, Not Quite Navy; Other:  Perfect Label punch**, modern label punch, square punch, scallop square punch, Calypso Coral brads**

*from the Holiday mini catalog
**only available in digital form
All other products are available in the 2011-12 Stampin’ Up!® Idea Book & Catalog

For the lighter Calypso Coral punched images (the perfect label and the square scallop), I filled the punched images with Calypso Coral, then copied and pasted them in place.  This makes sure the image is directly over the first.  I recolored the top punch to Very Vanilla, then pulled the opacity back until I got the color I wanted.  I used basically the same technique on the flower background.  I stamped the flowers with Very Vanilla, then pulled the opacity back to get more of a “tone on tone” look.

I used that technique again for the lamp.  The first lamp is stamped, then recolored with Basic Gray.  Copy and paste it in place, then recolor the top one with Whisper White (or Very Vanilla).  Pull the opacity back until it looks like a shadow.  Then copy and paste the lamp again, and move it to just a little above and to the left of the first.  Recolor (I used Not Quite Navy).  That’s all there is to it!

So that’s it for me!  Your next stop is Roberta Smith’s blog – Roberta’s Creative Space.  She’s the one who really grabbed the Hoppin’ Llama idea and ran with it.  She’s also responsible for the super cool Blog Hop buttons.  You’ll love her creations in the Growing Up section!  Thanks for stopping by!

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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8 Responses to Doin’ the Llama Hop

  1. Jackie Susnik says:

    Buffy – I LOVE your projects. Thank you for your kind “lead in” to my blog!


  2. Stephanie says:

    All I can say is OMG. I just love your little bb project. Well, I love all your projects, but that is just way to cute. As always, wonderful job llama friend.


  3. Marsha says:

    Fantastic! I love your use of the bbs. Your 3×3 cards are great. I really enjoy making those.


  4. Stacey says:

    omg Buffy too freakin’ cute and so funny! Love the bb’s and the use of orifice. Now off to clean the coffee off of my screen!


  5. Kath says:

    Buffy, your blog brings me joy every time I stop by, you can watercolor with the best of them!


  6. Roberta says:

    Oh my gosh! Look at all that coloring. I am so jealous. I do not have the patience or time to do all that coloring. What a clever idea for those games!


  7. KatheD says:

    No wonder you were excited about your 3D project – fabulously creative! Your watercolored 3×3 cards are stunning and your MDS card is fun, too. Thanks for the MDS tips – I would never have thought to layer Very Vanilla and decrease the opacity; it really is lovely!


  8. Love the BB toy! You are so creative, what a great idea!!!


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