Thursday, September 20, 2018

Stampin Friends Blog Hop September 2018 - Halloween!

Welcome readers to a new blog hop I am participating in for the first time this month!  I'm excited to join the Stampin' Friends Blog Hop and see all their beautiful projects!
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It's all ghosts and ghouls here on the Stampin' Friends hop this month as we showcase our Halloween projects!  In my post yesterday, I wrote how I love Halloween and how excited I was being able to celebrate it after living in Italy for four years.  There aren't a lot of kids in my neighborhood and I don't have kids myself, but I love to dress up my dogs!  Having two dachshunds, it's only fitting one of them is a hot dog!

For my project this month, I wanted to showcase one of our stamps in a unique way.  The Farmhouse Christmas stamp set is all about Christmas of course but when I first saw the house stamp, I instantly knew I would turn it into a haunted house...and that is exactly what I did!

This card turned out exactly how I had it in my mind when I was creating it!  I stared with a Basic Black cardstock base and layered with Whisper White cardstock.  The Grapefruit Grove polka dot Designer Series Paper is from the 2018-2020 In Color paper pack that comes in a 6 x 6 inch package of paper.  I used the Stitched Shapes largest circle die with Grapefruit Grove cardstock to cut my circle.

The haunted house is stamped using Memento ink on Whisper White cardstock.  I used both the light and dark Smoky Slate and Basic Black Stampin' Blends to color in the house.  I cut the tree out of Basic Black using the coordinating Farmhouse Framelits dies.
Did you know you could dye our new Frost White Shimmer Paint?!  I mixed a little bit of the paint with Basic Gray reinker on my Silicone Mat and used my Aqua Painter to pick up the paint and add some shimmer to the roof and the tree to make the paint color darker.  I used my Stampin' Blends to color the Clear Epoxy Droplet and my Stampin' Write Markers to color in the sentiment from the Labels to Love stamp set to just highlight the sentiment and not the entire stamp.
Make sure to continue on to the next blog in our hop by checking out Lori Mueller's blog for some more Halloween  projects by clicking HERE or the name below!

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Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop September 2018 - All About Techniques!

Happy Thursday!  Another week has quickly flown by and it's time for another round of the Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop!
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This month is all about techniques.  Learning a new technique is always fun and exciting and can really take your stamping and crafting to the next level.  For my project this month, I wanted to highlight a very easy but very stunning technique that any stamper can do, no matter what level your skills are at!
There are a few different ways to complete this technique. The first one would be to ink up the Sponge Brayer and roll directly onto the embossing folder.  The way I did my project is a little different.  I started with Very Vanilla card stock and before embossing the paper, I took my Blueberry Bushel ink pad and rubbed it into the top of the Tin Tile Dynamic Textures Embossing Folder.  This will transfer the ink onto the folder.

Next, gently place your vanilla card stock into the folder and run through your embossing folder.  Be very careful as this can be a very messy project and you will want to make sure the ink isn't on your fingers, or wash them off, before handling your project.  After running it through the Big Shot normally like any other embossing folder, I gently pulled the embossed paper out and immediately took my folder to the sink and washed it off.  Depending on how deep and dark the ink color is, a gentle hand soap might be needed to ensure all the ink is off.  I air dried my folder standing up.
I used the new Galvanized Metallic Paper as my background for the embossed piece.  This paper looks beautiful in the Tin Tile Embossing Folder as well but I wanted to show what it looks like without any embossing.

Make sure to follow along in the hop by visiting Jessie Holton's blog HERE or any of our blogs listed below!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Paper Crafting Monthly Blog Hop September 2018 - Halloween!

Happy Wednesday readers!  It's mid week and time for another edition of the Paper Crafting Monthly Blog Hop!
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Our theme this month is spooky and spectacular!  It's all about Halloween!  I love Halloween.  It's so fun to dress up and go to parties or hand out candy to the kids that come to our door.  While living in Italy for four years, I missed being able to hand candy out so I was so excited when we moved back and I could do it again!

For my project this month, I wanted to focus on the Cat Punch that is in the annual catalog.  Sometimes our Halloween items in the annual catalog get looked over once the holiday catalog debuts, so this is a perfect card to highlight this punch!
While this card doesn't scream traditional Halloween with orange and black, the two new colors of Gorgeous Grape and Granny Apple Green are combined with black are purrrfect together.  I started with a Granny Apple Green card stock base and layered with Basic Black card stock.  Next, I used my Gorgeous Grape Stampin' Write Marker and added some ink to my Silicone Mat.  Using my Aqua Painter, I picked up the ink and colored on the Watercolor Paper.

Aren't the splatters fun?!  These are so easy to create with a Stampin' Write Marker, no other tools needed!  I used my Granny Apple Green marker to create that effect.  Using the Stitched Shaped dies and Vellum, I cut out an oval and punch my cat out.  
The Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set is a must in every crafters stash.  The sentiments are wonderful for a variety of creations.  I used the Classic Label punch to punch out my sentiment and the Gorgeous Grape 1/4" Mini Striped Ribbon for a final touch.
Gorgeous Grape 1/4" (6.4 mm) Mini Striped Ribbon
Make sure to continue on to the next blog in our hop by checking out Sandy Ward's blog for some more Halloween projects by clicking HERE or the next button below!

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