Tuesday, September 14, 2021

West Coast Creators Blog Hop - Happy Halloween! (September 2021)

It's that time of month again - team blog hop!  And this time the theme is Halloween! This created a small problem for me as I don't buy Halloween themed stamp sets or paper.  I just don't seem to have the need, but that's just me. Stampin' Up!® definitely makes some of the cutest sets for Halloween so it does take a bit of willpower, even for me, to not buy at least one.

Anyway, I got creative with what I did have and I'm REALLY pleased with the end result!


This adorable card was made possible by using the Sweets & Treats stamp set in the current mini catalogue and tying in some great papers, ribbons & embellishments to round out the theme.

After deciding on the layout (courtesy of a Penguin Place card I'd seen by Alison Solven), I knew I would use the Black Glitter Paper and the Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon.  Now, for some DSP with orange.... ahh, the Expressions in Ink Specialty DSP will work just fine thank you very much! I embossed the DSP with the Tasteful Textile Folder to mute it out a bit, which I preferred as a background

Major decision time - candy apple or caramel apple. Personally, I prefer a caramel apple and also when I started playing with my blends to create the caramel effect, I loved how much depth you could create with blending several colours & shades.

I wanted to share my blending process with you as I really think it provides a nice rich caramel look. I had a lot of fun playing around with what colours to use and which order to layer them in!

1. First step was to use the dark Pumpkin Pie Blends marker as shown here.



2. Next, using the light Cinnamon Cider Blends, I coloured in the entire shape.
3. Now I went over the 'accent areas' again but this time using the Dark Cinnamon Cider Blends marker.
4. And lastly I used the light Pumpkin Pie Blends marker to further shade the entire area and blend in the accent areas with the overall shape.
I should mention that to stamp this stack of apples, I just carefully lined up the clear stamp image over and over, with only partially inking the image for the middle layer.  You could, of course, use the masking technique as well but I found it was very easy to do it this way without the added step of the mask.


I then fussy cut the apples as a whole and layered this directly over the platter, which I had stamped in Staz On ink on the matte piece from the Silver Foil Specialty Pack. I used my dimensionals strategically to ensure the images sat together perfectly.



Now without a Halloween stamp set, I didn't have a perfect greeting so I just stamped the word treat from the Sweets & Treats stamp set on a die cut from the Tailor Made Tags (but shortened). Slip it over an apple stick, tie a twine bow on it and voila!  Last but not least, scatter on some embellishments from the Sequins for Everything pack and the Shaker Shapes and we've got ourselves a card!

Also did a bit of blending behind the apples using Mango Melody to match the cardstock base.


Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Be sure to 'hop' to as many of the others as you can! 
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Product List

Sweets & Treats Photopolymer Stamp Set
$23.00
Tailor Made Tags Dies
$30.00
Tasteful Textile 3 D Embossing Folder
$12.25
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$13.25
Mango Melody 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$12.00
Silver Foil 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Specialty Pack
$13.50
Expressions In Ink 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Specialty Designer Series Paper
$20.00
Black Glitter Paper
$8.25
Jet Black Stāzon Ink Pad
$13.50
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
$8.25
Mango Melody Classic Stampin' Pad
$10.25
Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$12.00
Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$12.00
Cinnamon Cider Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$12.00
Blending Brushes
$16.25
Baker's Twine Essentials Pack
$15.00
Black 5/8" (1.6 Cm) Glittered Organdy Ribbon
$11.50
Sequins For Everything
$16.25
Shaker Shapes
$9.50





Saturday, September 4, 2021

Stampin’ Up!’s® Counting Sheep stamp set & Sheep dies

Holy Cuteness right here!! As I usually do with cutesy animal sets, I said no to this stamp set.  But then I earned it with my purchases during Saleabration and I'm SOLD!  The trio of sheep in this set make it easy to create an adorable card. Earn yourself the coordinating dies as well and you've got some not only sheep die-cuts but balloons, a fence and more!



These coordinating products are so fun to create with! You can earn them each free now with a $60 purchase ($120 for the pair). They are only available until the end of September so don't wait!

Catch the full video here!




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Product List

Counting Sheep Cling Stamp Set (English)
$0.00
Sheep Dies
$0.00
Granny Apple Green Stampin' Pad
$10.25
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
$8.25
Double Oval Punch
$24.00
Pool Party 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$12.00
Pattern Party 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Host Designer Series Paper
$24.00
Granny Apple Green 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$12.00
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$13.25
Baker's Twine Essentials Pack
$15.00
Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$12.00
Stampin' Blends Color Lifter
$6.00
Petal Pink Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$12.00




Friday, September 3, 2021

Stampin' Up!'s® Shaded Summer stamp set and coordinating dies

I had so much fun making this card the other night live on my Facebook page. I had lots of great suggestions which I incorporated into my final design.



Shaded Summer is a bit of a sleeper stamp set from Stampin' Up!'s® annual catty but it was always on my list with the beautiful fonts and sentiments.  Add in the NEW and FREE coordinating dies and you've got a sure winner!  But don't miss out - the dies are only available until the end of September AND only with a purchase of $120!

Do you notice that I have not used any white in this card?  Not anywhere!  Well, I'll probably line the card with some white for writing on but nowhere else.  I love this combination of purples and then with the Soft Sea Foam.... shut the front door already!


It was taking me forever to get this video loaded to YouTube but here it is finally!


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