Sunday, August 29, 2021

Journey to Silver Elite Blog Hop


Thank you for joining us for our Journey to Silver Elite Blog Hop. I hope you find ideas and creative inspiration as you visit all of the blogs. We are a group of stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators working together to help each other build a successful Stampin’ Up!® business and reach goals we have set. 

You may be starting here or have come from Tracy’s blog, isn’t she fabulously creative! You will find the links to all of our blogs at the bottom of this post so that you can see every blog post and idea today. We really appreciate your support!

My good friend and downline, Laurie Russell, came over for a creative play date and we had such fun. She wanted to try the baby wipe technique and I had been wanting to try the Stampin’ Blends alcohol technique so we combined them and made a card using Gorgeous Leaves and Intricate Leaves Dies.

I’ll start with the Stampin’ Blends and Alcohol Inks:

I’ve heard that the higher the alcohol content of the Isopropyl Alcohol the better, so I grabbed my bottle of 91% alcohol. I also chose a dry water brush, three colors of Stampin’ Blends (Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, and Granny Apple Green) and a 1/4 sheet of Vellum cardstock. 

I randomly scribbled with the brush end of my blends being careful to not overlap, I didn’t want to muddy the colors. NOT very pretty at this point.

Then I started adding taps of the alcohol cleaning my brush between colors;  the colors spread and I like the effect. It is a bit messy so be sure to have paper towels and a surface to work on. I gently tapped off the extra on the sides with my paper towel. I used the low setting on my heat gun to dry it.

It was a bit warped, but I cut it to card front size, minus 1/8” on all sides, and used my multipurpose glue to adhere to my Cajun Craze cardstock.

We added the same colors to a baby wipe, used that as our stamp pad, and stamped the leaf which we cut out with the dies; we also cut a leaf from the beautiful Be Dazzling Specialty Paper in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog (free with a $50 order), and one out of Granny Apple Green. I had a piece of the Be Dazzling paper left from another project and it had a scalloped edge, I used it as an accent for the sentiment which came from the Many Happenings Stamp Set.

To finish my card, I tapped my Wink of Stella on my bone folder for a bit of shimmer spatter on the card and added rhinestone gems.

I hope you enjoyed my project! I’d love to read your comments.

The next arrow will take you to Sue’s blog - you will love her project!

If you get lost on the hop, here is a list with the blog links:

Blog Hop Creator

Their Fabulous Blog Entry

Eva Dietz

Eva's Blog

Amanda Howard

Amanda's Blog

Kelly Taranto

Kelly's Blog

Nedine DuPree

Nedine's Blog

Tracy Byers

Tracy's Blog

Nancy Reynolds

Nancy's Blog

Sue Kremer

Sue's Blog

Julia Quinn

Julia's Blog

Tricia Butts

Tricia's Blog

Xenia Stanford

Xenia's Blog

Terry Montgomery

Terry's Blog

Janice Piechowiak

Janice's Blog

am an Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator in the United States and would be honored to be your demonstrator if you do not already have one. I am happy to help you with orders, online workshops, send you catalogs, or welcome you to my team, Nutsy's Stampers. 


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Saturday, August 21, 2021

Stamping With Friends Blog Hop Blogger’s Choice - August 2021

Welcome to our Stamping With Friends Blog Hop featuring talented Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. Our theme this month is Blogger's Choice. I hope you will enjoy the variety of projects we have to inspire you. You may have hopped here from Melissa Seplowitz's blog, wasn't her project lovely! Where ever you began, the full link of blogs on this hop are at the end of my post.

This is a fancy fold  I saw on Dena Rekow’s Facebook Live. I’m not sure of the name, but it is a fun and easy card to make. I thought it would be perfect with the Sale-A-Bration Penguin Playmates Designer Series Paper, what is especially nice is this DSP is FREE with a $50.00 purchase (I love free, how about you?) In the July - December 2021 Mini Catalog you will find the Penguin Place Bundle which includes the Penguin Builder Punch. Best of all, one of the DSP designs has a penguin you can cut out with the punch. 

I first created this card for a Facebook Live in a private group using the Beauty of Friendship DSP with friends from around the world. The chart of measurements is in Imperial and Metric.

While it isn't hard to make this fold, it's easier to show it than try to write it out step by step. Within the first eight minutes of the video you should have all you need to make one yourself. 

Fresh Freesia is the one of the coordinating colors for the Playful Penguins DSP and a color I love! I fussy cut the Polar Bear and used the Penguin Builder Punch for the "spectators" in my Penguin Olympics games. The competing penguin got quite a bit of speed on the slope.

Too bad their flippers are so short-no applause at these games!

Here is a close up of the focal piece with the sentiment. I slightly modified the sentiment by masking the word Merry on one stamp and the word Birthday on the other stamp. Both stamps are in the stamp set Penguin Place. 

This is truly a fun set to play with and will fit in our medium envelope!

I hope you are finding ideas and inspiration as you hop along with us.

Your next stop Tina Hewitt's blog, to see her fabulous creation just click on the next button. 


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am an Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator in the United States and would be honored to be your demonstrator if you do not already have one. I am happy to help you with orders, online workshops, send you catalogs, or welcome you to my team, Nutsy's Stampers.