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Christmas in July Blog Hop

Friday, July 2nd, 2021

Happy Blog Hop Day!

I’m not one of those people who work on their Christmas cards all year long… and I’m not one who does more than one or two Christmas cards in July.  However, I DO buy Christmas stamps after Christmas and our blog hop today gave me an opportunity to make a card with one such stamp set that was at the top of my wish list in 2020.

But first, let me tell you about our blog hop!  We’ve kept the theme pretty flexible this time, so you’ll see a variety of Christmas card inspiration ranging from elegant to cute and everything in between!  I’m always so impressed with the diversity on our design team, and I hope you enjoy it too!  You’ll find the full list of blogs & links at the bottom of this post.  You can also enjoy some Christmas shopping in the SNS online store this weekend- lots of fabulous Christmas items are on sale 20% off!  Have fun!

Today I’m using Sketch Greenery Stamps by Tim Holtz, which I fell in love with last fall when it was a new release.  I missed out on all the after Christmas sales, but still had to have this one when I found it this spring.  I love the mix of greenery and the collection of lovely, simple sentiments… and I can totally envision myself using some of these images during the rest of the year, too!  Just watch for it to show up in future projects 🙂

I kept things very simple for my card, going back to basics as it were by featuring gold embossing and plain white card stock with Kraft.  I stamped one of the greenery images multiple times and heat embossed with gold, then stamped the holly design with Picket Fence Distress in the open spaces.  I added a bit of loose color (aka I scribbled) to the gold leaves with a white watercolor pencil.

I selected one of the many sentiments in the set and heat embossed it as well, then trimmed it down and cut it into a flag shape before mounting it on a white layer.  I added a small piece of white sheer ribbon to the flag before gluing it all to my white card base.

As I said, I kept it really simple! Gold heat embossing was one of the first things I learned to do when I started stamping in the early 90’s and it still makes me smile!  This card really is a throwback for me though… my VERY first project with stamps was making personalized Christmas wrapping paper on Kraft shipping paper!  So fun to think back about what started it all!  I’d love to know, what was your first stamping project?

Next up you’re going to hop over to see what KIA has made!  And she’ll keep you going from there. If you need it, here’s the full hop list:

 

Happy Hopping!  I hope you’re inspired to get going on some Christmas makes… or at least that it gives you a bit of a mental cool down in the midst of all this heat 🙂

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Whittle Things Blog Hop

Friday, June 4th, 2021

It’s JUNE, friends, and we are celebrating all the ‘Whittle Things’ with our blog hop this month!  Yep, we’re featuring the adorable Whittle dies by Poppystamps this month and believe me when I tell you, they are CUTE!

I’m sure you’ll have a wish list once you reach the end of the hop… and this weekend you can save 20% on all the Whittles and everything else by Poppystamps!  Happy shopping!

As always, we LOVE reading your comments and hearing what you think about the projects you see during our blog hops!  We’ll be randomly selecting one name from all those who leave comments to win a $50 gift certificate!

And now… let me share my creations!

I chose one set of dies to work with this month- the adorable Whittle Cactus Trio.  I’ve been trying to develop my green thumb as of late, and these seemed like a really fun way to work that into my card making!   I started out inking up some shades of green on Cardstock and then cut the trio out several times.  Since they are so tiny (the biggest of the trio is just 1.4″ tall) I doubled them all up two layers thick with some glue.  Then the ideas started flowing… so I made TWO cards to share with you today!

For the first card, I used a scrap of corrugated card stock to create a little planter for my cacti.  I experimented with several colors of Distress Paint, but my final product is primarily Crackling Campfire Distress Paint.  It makes a fabulous terra cotta pot!  Once I had the design, I inked up some book print for my background.  This is a simple ombre mix of Salvaged Patina & Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.

I finished off the card with a cute little burlap flower embellishment and a sentiment from an awesome set by Heffy Doodle called Everyday Sentiment Duos.  It’s a super versatile set with a simple font you can dress up or down depending what you pair it with.  I inked the two parts of the ‘new home’ sentiment separately here, adding the smaller font on my card base & the larger font on Kraft across the top of the card.  Lastly, I splattered a bit of white paint for fun.

My second card uses the same elements as my first, but I positioned the cactus trio in a frame I made using one of the windows from the slimline die set by Picket Fence Studios.  I experimented with a variety of colors on this as well, finally adding Abandoned Coral Distress Ink to the mix (which is why it looks a bit dark & dirty compared to how vibrant it normally is!).  I stamped over the frame in the same coral ink with the MFT best friends cling background stamp.

Another sentiment from the Sentiment Duos (embossed with Rustic Wilderness Distress Embossing Glaze) seemed like a great compliment to the design.

I had a scrap of watercolor paper that I’d painted a wash of yellows & oranges on, so I added a touch of the coral and used it as the base for my frame.  A little bit of yellow twine wrapped around the frame added a bit of fun texture.  I also played around with another burlap blossom, added ink and glue and formed it into a bloom for one of my cacti!

Aren’t they some of the cutest little cacti you’ve ever seen?  And just wait until to see what the girls have done with the Whittle dies they used!  Actually, you don’t have to wait… you can hop on over and see Chala, for starters!

Here’s the full hop order, with links to the rest of the design team!

Thanks for stopping by and joining our hop- have fun!
Inky hugs,
Tara

Bling & Blossoms Blog Hop

Friday, May 7th, 2021

Happy Blog Hop Day!

You are in for a treat this weekend, as our design team shares their makes featuring lots of bling and beautiful blossoms!  We will be giving away another $50 gift certificate to one special person who leaves comments along the way and since it’s also Mother’s Day weekend, each of you can go ahead and pamper yourself with 20% off your purchase in the SNS online store (use promo code Pamper).

My card today was going to be a Mother’s Day card… but when I went to my dies to find some alphas to use, I noticed the ‘miss you’ sentiment and decided it was perfect for my mom, who I really miss since she’s so far away!

I’m featuring a card with the gorgeous Brushstroke Flowers #1 (numbers 2 & 3 are also gorgeous, I just don’t have them yet!) and a fab ‘miss you’ die by MFT.  (It’s out of stock right now, but there’s several other fab ones, like this one by Penny Black!).

I cut a heart shape out of some corrugated paper that I had previously used as a backdrop for some paint I was spraying… it has layers of color, but ended up a really pretty green that I think looks lovely with the die cut flower!  I added a bit of crocheted lace around it for extra texture.

I chose to finish off my card with a non-traditional sort of bling, Quote Flair by Tim Holtz.  Since it doesn’t actually sparkle, I also added a few gems and misted some Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls on the die cut words and the corrugated heart. (I used the mist, but you can make your own by mixing some with water in a spray bottle or mini mister!)

I tied a sloppy bow with some thin crinkle ribbon that I had previously inked in shades of yellow and nested the quote flair in the middle of it.  It adds a bit of softness next to the gloss of the quote flair.

Once the individual pieces were assembled, this card went together fairly easily and without much fuss… just the way I like it!

I imagine, like me, you are looking forward to seeing the rest of the makes from the team.  Next up is Deborah, and it’s sure to be sparkly and fabulous!

Here’s the full hop order:

Happy Hopping!  Don’t forget to leave comments along the way for your chance to win 🙂
Inky hugs,
Tara