Saturday, April 14, 2018

Finding a Favorite for the April Stamp 'N Hop

Hello from North Carolina!  If you are just joining us for this month's Stamp 'N Hop welcome and if you have already visited one of my fellow demos, like Amy Grendel,  from around the world you know that you are in for a treat with this month's hop.  Our theme is to share projects using our favorite stamp set from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  Well, I don't know about anyone one else, but this was SO hard for me!  I love so many of the sets and picking just one as a favorite was almonst impossible.  I had to go back and look at the catty and then at the samples of projects I have made over the year.  I finally settled on So Many Shells as I have used it on three totally different projects over the last couple of month's and for me one of the things that makes a stamp set a favorite is that it is truely versatile.  I will add that I did use Timeless Textures on the frame project I am sharing and it is always a must have and favorite of mine.  You can tell how loved it is by the staining of so many colors on my wood blocks!

The card I am sharing with you was one I made with my Terrific Techies in February using a Brusho Wax Paper Resist for the background paper.  You can find all the details for this technique on my March NC Demos Blog Hop post.  The rest of the card was created with the So Many Shells stamp set that I stamped onto Whisper White using the Stamparatus (wow, did it make the the two step stamping easy!) and then fussy cutting them out.  I used a combination of Dimensionals and Mini Dimensionals to put the card together.  The ribbon is attached using Glue Dots.  Yes, it is the Basic Gray ribbon from SAB.  I just can't put it in the retired bin yet!  I did use the Whisper White Thick cardstock for the cardbase and for the circle which I die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

The second project I want to share is a decor piece my mother-in-law, Carol, commisioned me to make as a  50th wedding anniverary gift for my siser-in-law's parents.  The finished frame was 16 x 20 and took me about an hour to make.  My fabulous graphic designer, Maryanne, did the typesetting and my dear hubby did the printing at our office on cover weight cardstock.

So, now for some details about how I stamped the mat for this project.  I started by clearing off the island in my studio so I had room to work.  I find that it is easier to see what you are doing on large pieces like this if you are standing insead of sitting.  I made sure I had a Piercing Mat under the spot I was working on and worked in small sections with one stamp at a time.  I started with the largest shell, stamped in VersaMark and embossed with Silver EP..  Next, I did the same thing with the scallop shell and then the sea urchin using Gold EP.  I intentionally did not use my Embossing Buddy as I like the vintage look the flecks of embossing powder give this project.  It took Carol a little bit to see the method to my madness about this, but in the end she liked it. 

After all the embossing, I added a little color to the mat using the Timeless Textures stamp set.  Once again I worked in small sections  stamping in Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Soft Sky.  After adding my Angel Policy stamp to the back of the piece I handed it over to Carol to assemble and wrap.  I really love the way everything went together and am now in seach of a frame to make a similar piece for my own home.

Thank you for letting me share my favorite stamp set of the moment with you.  If you love So Many Shells as much as I do don't wait to order it.  Contact me (or your own demo) and get it before it retires on May 31st.  If you have any questions or need help creating your own projects please contact me.  I always love to see and help with what others are creating.

That is all I have for you today, but there is still LOTS of ideas to see using favorite stamp sets.  Cheryl Taylor is next up and I know you will be inspired by her project!

Thanks again for popping by!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Happy Stamping!

April Stamp 'N Hoppers
Kayla Adams -
Amy Grendel -
Tracie Evans Langley -
Cheryl Taylor -
Linda Hadford -
Susan Simpson -
Laurie Meier -
Christina Walker -
Britney Vander Laan -
Lisa Kmiec -
Melissa Kerman -
Kirsten Aitchison -
Tracey Gouraud -
Rachel Traudt -
Ilka Teschke -
Danielle Kassing -
Mo Rootes -
Kim Smith -
Courtenay Heuston -
Jenn Charles -
Idonna Miller -
Terry Montgomery -
Joanne Hodge -
Sandra Roberts -
Laura Mackie -
Mikaela Titheridge -
Karen Pearmain -
Tracy Lewis -
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Beautiful projects

Posted by linda Handford on April 14, 2018 at 12:19 PM #

Gorgeous projects Tracie especially the framed picture. Love it

Posted by Mo Rootes on April 14, 2018 at 02:32 PM #

That background on your card is just beautiful! Maybe one of these days I will get brave and try Brusho. :)

Posted by Rachel Traudt on April 14, 2018 at 08:49 PM #

Love the Daisy set, and the nearly forgotten about smaller bloom. So pleased its carrying over.

Posted by Sandra on April 15, 2018 at 06:29 AM #

Very nice projects!

Posted by Lisa Kmiec on April 15, 2018 at 12:24 PM #

Great project Tracie. Love all the seashells.

Posted by Christina on April 15, 2018 at 08:20 PM #

Thank you everyone for your kind commeents. Rachel, Brusho is SO much fun and easy! You have have give it a try!

Posted by Tracie Evans Langley on April 15, 2018 at 09:36 PM #

WOW! I love the Brusho background on your card - stunning!

Posted by Laurie Meier on April 17, 2018 at 09:53 AM #

Love the background you created - this stamp set has for some reason passed me by. TFS

Posted by Susan Simpson on April 17, 2018 at 03:06 PM #

I love the So Many Shells set. Thanks for sharing. Great work.

Posted by Papered Chef on April 24, 2018 at 01:42 AM #

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