Friday, January 27, 2023

Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop - January 2023


Good morning my crafty friends!!! Are you ready for some Paper Pumpkin Alternative LOOOOOOOVE??  Today, the Crafty Collaborations Crew are bringing you some fabulous alternative projects to do with your "Key To My Heart" January 2023 Paper Pumpkin kit.  YAYAYA!!


The January kit creates nine absolutely ADORABLE Valentine/Love themed cards.  The stamp set is just fabulous and the die cut images are spectacular!


The kit came with Fresh Freesia ink and featured that with Calypso Coral and Petal Pink.  But I went a different route with my alternative card.  Once the kit is all used up, you're left with a fun stamp set that will last forever.  I wanted to use just the stamp set for my card. 


I brought in a few other elements from Stampin' Up's 2022-2023 Annual Catalog to make my card beautiful.  The base of the card is Polished Pink Cardstock (4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2").  For the first layer, I wanted to add a patterned paper so that my card wouldn't be so stark.  I found this beautiful pink print in the "Awash In Beauty 12x12" Designer Series Paper". So I layered a 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" piece onto the card front. 
From there, I added the largest of the Scalloped Contours Dies cut from Basic White Cardstock. After stamping "To My Valentine" in Memento ink, I popped it onto the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I also brought in the double heart punch pack to make two each of the layered hearts. The scalloped layer is in Polished Pink, and the front layer is Basic White.  I layered the hearts together and then offset the two as you see pictured here. Then, attached them to the card front with Dimensionals. 


You've heard me say it time and time again....... "No Naked Insides, And No Naked Envelopes".  Clearly, this is my mantra. lol. For the inside panel, (4" x 5 1/4" Basic White) I stamped my sentiment in Memento Ink, and then stamped the heart lock and key in Polished Pink. I coordinated the envelope by stamping the same lock and key on the front, and using some of the same Designer Series Paper for the flap. There's no mistaking that this envelope goes with this card! I love it!


Once I put the inside panel in my card, I went to work finishing the card front.  I stamped the lock and two keys in Polished Pink ink and fussy cut them out. I used Mini Glue Dots to attach the three pieces together. This gives the look of dimension without the bulk of a dimensional.  But I did attach the whole lock to the heart with Dimensionals. 

After I finished all that, I added a little bling! Three of the little Basic Rhinestones was a perfect compliment to my card. 


Paper Pumpkin shared some alternatives of their own on the backside of the kit's instruction sheet.  Did you see them?  You can find all the details (and the instructions for them) over on Paper Pumpkin's Blog!  Just click the image below to visit their page. 


Be sure to follow the blog hop below, and visit all the blogs listed to see a wonderful variety of alternative projects! Enjoy!




Check out my upcoming classes (and classes TO GO), over on my
Facebook Calendar of Events. Registration details can be found under each class description.  Join us for some crafty fun!


To receive the 2023 Spring Mini Catalog (Idea Book),
click the image here to go to the request form!


Until Next Time,
Happy Crafting!
#TheStampinChic

If you would like to purchase any of the supplies I used on today's project, simply click an image below to be taken directly to my website. Enjoy!

Product List

Monday, January 23, 2023

January Crafty Challenge Blog Hop


Good morning my Crafty Friends!!! How are you today?  We are participating in a Crafty Challenge with the Crafty Collaborations Crew.  

Pictured below is our challenge.  I have created a card using all of the elements posted here in the photo. :-) Would you like to see? 


My regal color is Blackberry Bliss. I tied in some Fresh Freesia and Basic Black to coordinate with the FREE Favored Flowers 12x12" Designer Series Paper from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  I am IN LOVE with how the DSP is doing all the work on this card.  My "Thank You" sentiment comes from the new Something Fancy Stamp Set in the Spring 2023 Mini Catalog.  This stamp set has coordinating labels dies as well, but I stamped directly onto the Scalloped Contours layer instead.  Isn't it just beautiful?  


I don't have the bundle that coordinates with the DSP just yet, so I fussy cut each of the flowers from the paper instead.  They're super simple to do and OOOOOOH so gorgeous!! As you can see here. 


I love how rich and dark the Blackberry Bliss ink is.


I inked around the edges of the Fresh Freesia layers (card inside and outside) with a sponge dauber, to fill one of the items on the challenge and to bring out the color of the Fresh Freesia against the black background layers. 


My little crafty helper approves. 


For the ribbon, I cut up the length of a piece of Black & White Gingham ribbon.  I'll be REALLY sad if Stampin' Up ever retires this ribbon. It's one of my all time favorites!  I also unraveled the layers of a length of Basic White Twine from the Essentials Pack, to add some texture to my bow.  You'll be able to see it tied below. 


Isn't that bow fabulous? Gaaaaaah!!! I love it! Thanks so much to my sweet friend Tammy for sharing how she makes her amazing bows! It's so much fun! 

I finished off my card with some Gold Pearls from the Festive Pearls set. I'm really happy this embellishment is carrying over from the Holiday Catalog! 


A better look at that gorgeous bow, along with the fussy cut flower from the DSP.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!


For the inside of the card, I fussy cut one of the flowers from the edge of the DSP.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, Never EVER throw away bits and pieces like this! It works PERFECTLY for insides and Envelopes. Yes, I put a couple on my envelope too! YAYA for that DSP really doing the hard work! WOOOT WOOOT!


I hope you've enjoyed today's card. I am in LOVE with it! Now to get it sent out! :-) 


Be sure to hop all the way around to get more inspiration using this fabulous challenge! What fun!!! And if you'd like to participate in the challenge too, visit The Stampin' Chic's Group on Facebook and post your completed card there! :-D 

Check out my upcoming classes (and classes TO GO), over on my
Facebook Calendar of Events. Registration details can be found under each class description.  Join us for some crafty fun!




To receive the 2023 Spring Mini Catalog (Idea Book),
click the image here to go to the request form!


Until Next Time,
Happy Crafting!
#TheStampinChic

If you would like to purchase any of the supplies I used on today's project, simply click an image below to be taken directly to my website. Enjoy!

Product List