If you’re hopping “in order,” then I’m the first. WOOT! (Ok, really, though – this is a lot of pressure!) Of course, with any hop, you can start with any blog and just keep clicking the “forward” button until you get back to where you started. Easy! If you started somewhere besides my blog, you probably arrived here by way of Kath Ricks’s blog. Isn’t she amazing? Kath has some of the most beautiful projects, and she’s one of my favorite bloggers. She always adds little details that make a project extra special.
Here are my projects.
I used the Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack for this card. I love the photo images in this stack. I used the weathered fence, then stamped images on a window sheet overlay. I stamped images from World of Dreams in White StazOn. My idea was to color the images with Stampin’ Write markers, but they just didn’t do a great job over the StazOn. The color wasn’t bold enough. So, I thought – no problem. I’ll color on the back with Blendabilities. Oops. Problem!! StazOn is opaque, so you wouldn’t see my beautiful coloring. I screwed up all my courage and used the Blendabilities markers right on the StazOn, and, as you probably have guessed, it totally obliterated all details from the stamped images. Because, of course, StazOn ink and Blendabilities markers both are solvent/alcohol inks, so you can’t use them together. I considered doing it over using Whisper White craft ink and heat embossing the images before coloring with Blendabilities, but I really didn’t think it looked that bad. The only image that didn’t look good was the birds’ nest. All of the “nesty” parts got smeared and it looked like a big Crumb Cake blob in the tree. So I took a tip from Heidi Weaver and used cut pieces of Burlap Ribbon Trim to recreate the nest. It added a little texture to the card. It still needed something, so I added some washi tape and more burlap ribbon trim.
My second project is a little treat bag. This idea is from the wonderful Deborah Smart. Deborah made some of these for a swap at Leadership, and when I saw them, I knew I wanted to make one. I used the beautiful Flowerpot Designer Series Paper with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. Cute, right? You just use two of the larger pieces to create the bag. Mike, of course, loved it, because it has his favorite treat – peanut M&Ms. I inserted a little piece of cardboard into the bottom of the bag, just to keep the M&Ms from falling out. I used the Ornate Tag Topper Punch and some In Color Clothespins for the tag. (The “For You” sentiment comes with the treat bag thinlits.)
If you’re wondering why I didn’t link to Heidi or Deborah, it’s because I want you to keep hopping! You’ll see their beautiful creations as you continue on the hop.
My final project is my official “CASE” (Copy and Share Everything) project. My CASE partner was Priscilla Ivler, and this is her card.
Pretty, right? I love the ribbon/tag punch closure, and I decided to go with the butterfly/flower combination. Here’s my card.
I chose the Indescribable Gift set from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog. I colored the flowers with Blendabilities (Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz and Crumb Cake) and stamped the butterflies in Perfect Plum on Whisper White, then blended the ink with an Aqua Painter. I added some Night of Navy designer series paper with Blushing Bride, Perfect Plum, and Night of Navy card stock. The closure is the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch with Blushing Bride 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon.
I kept the inside fairly simple –
That’s it for me. Your next stop on the hop is my dear friend Jackie Susnik. Jackie’s another amazing artist. Her projects are so classy and elegant.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!