Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pals August 2014 Blog Hop: Too Cool For School

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for August. This month we are showing off our favorite crafting tools - those Stampin' Up! tools that we just can't live without. We hope you enjoy our projects!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Amy Hoptay's Inking of You Blog, #29 on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

I chose to show you an example of how I use my favorite tool: the Big Shot. The leaves are from the Autumn Accents Bigz die and I just love how you can make leaves that look almost real or even funky, depending on the paper & inks you use. The tab was cut using the File Tab Edgelits die. 

I won't bore you with all of the details, as I know you want to get on with the hop, but a few little tips for you: you can color the Pearl Basics with the Gold Stampin' Dazzle Marker (or the Silver) and it dries to a very cool, somewhat matte finish. You can see them below on the rust leaf. Also, to create veins and texture on your leaves, you can use a stylus to create grooves and a graphite pencil to help enhance the grooves. Another tip: I lightly colored Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker's Twine with an Old Olive Blendabilities marker. I think it worked pretty well to give a hint of color. I also tried it on some light colored ribbon I had and that worked also. 

A few of the products used in this project are from the new holiday catalog. These items will be available on August 28. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any specific questions you may have.

The next stop is  Donna Kopenski's CraftyCardMaker Blog, #31 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and  I hope to see you next month.

Final Line-Up

  1. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  2. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  3. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan 
  4. Brian King at Stamp with Brian 
  5. Rae Harper-Burnet at
  6. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper 
  7. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter 
  8. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  9. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly's Creative Corner 
  10. Amanda Merrill at Inkflair
  11. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon 
  12. Amy Williams at Stamp and Spice
  13. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  14. Michelle Gleeson at Stampin' Mojo
  15. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  16. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  17. September Gray at 
  18. Shannon Jaramillo at EZPeasy Cards 
  19. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  20. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin 
  21. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin' 
  22. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery's Owlery 
  23. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  24. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine
  25. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  26. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  27. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creatons 
  28. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  29. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  30. Kim Jolley at Stampin' Artfully 
  31. Donna Kopenski at
  32. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping 
  33. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards 
  34. Jane Knudsen at 
  35. Candy Ford at Candy's Blog 
  36. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn 
  37. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  38. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  39. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

A Trendy Feathered Thank You

If you aren't sure feathers are VERY trendy right now, look around you. You will find them on clothing, home decor, jewelry and yes, paper goods! Pinterest is full of ideas of what to do with feathers and feather imagery. When I saw the Stampin' Up! Four Feathers Bundle set (stamps and matching Framelits), I knew it was a must-have for my ever growing collection of stamps and dies from this company I am proud to represent. 

I used the Daffodil Delight Blendabilities to color the Pearl Basic Jewels and to color the background in of the black and white DSP. I also colored the feather with them after stamping with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  For the frame piece surrounding the feather, I used Whisper White cardstock stamped with the Chevron background stamp using Daffodil Delight Classic Ink and the Dictionary background stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. 

I used one of the Ovals Collection Framelits to cut on the center, then layered it over a piece of Basic Black cardstock. I used Dimensionals to pop the feather and the thank you banner up. The Thank You banner is from the Itty Bitty Banner Bundle, which includes several darling banner stamps and coordinating Framelits. My Big Shot Magnetic Platform really came in handy while making this project. Card base is Hello Honey cardstock. I am finding that I really like combining the Hello Honey paper when I use the Daffodil Delight Blendabilities. The darker shade in the trio of markers is pretty close to that color. I think the black, white & yellow colors are a very striking combination! 

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I hope your weekend is filled with fun, family & creativity!

Artfully Yours,