Sunday, May 7, 2023

Creation Station: Dots & Spots

Hello everyone! I've been absent from the Creation Station blog hops for a while...but I'm back for the May hop. I've enjoyed the Design Team's creations these last months and have missed playing along with them. 

The new Stampin' Up catalog has launched and I'm excited to share a project that just about meets our May theme of Dots & Spots. My project uses products from the Zoo Crew Suite on pages 46 and 47. I love, love, LOVE the cutie-patootie animals in the Zany Zoo stamp set and Zoo Crew Designer Series Paper. Each of the 6 sheets of DSP is a separate theme: dance, music, nature, hobbies, party, and transportation and each is backed with a great black and white pattern. So cool! But what's even cooler is that the Zany Zoo Dies will also cut out some of the animals from the DSP! But did I do that? Oh no, that would have been too easy! I fussy cut some animals for my note cards. Let's take a look!

Aren't these critters adorable?! I had a bunch of 3"x3" envelopes, but no note cards, so I made my own from Thick Basic White Card Stock, cut 6"x3" and scored at 3". I used all of the coordinating colors from the DSP for my first layer: Lemon Lime Twist, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Lemon Lolly, Petal Pink, and Pool Party. The first layer is cut to 2-7/8"x2-7/8", embossed with the Metal Plate 3D Embossing Folder, and adhered to the card base with Stampin' Dimensionals. The next layer is a Basic White Square cut with one of the Stylish Shapes Dies and adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals. I fussy cut each animal and also adhered them with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Each card is embellished with one of the two ribbons included in the Zoo Crew Suite's Ribbon Duo Pack along with a Basic Black Baker's Twine Bow (from the Baker's Twine Essentials Pack). I used the smallest banner in the Stylish Shapes Dies to cut a black and White DSP banner as well as the sentiment banner. I used a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to color a single word from the "Zany Zoo" stamp set and stamp onto the banner.

But this is a "Dots & Spots" hop. Where are thee dots and spots, you may ask. Well, I added three Basic Black Classic Matte Dots to each card!! And if you look closely, there are dots on several of the black and white DSP sheets.

Here's a closer look at each card.

A set of cards like this needs a little box to go along with it, right? Well, I've got you covered<-- see what I did there. I made this super simple box for the cards. Click on the tutorial link at the top of my blog to see the cutting measurements.

Here's a little PROTIP for you: when stamping on colored card stock, sprinkle on Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder and set it with the Heat Tool. That will really make your sentiment POP!

I hope you enjoyed the Zoo Crew Suite and my sweet little project! As always, you can click on the thumbnails below my signature and order your supplies to make these cards and accompanying box. 

For more inspiration, keeping hopping around our blogs. Up next is the super talented Yvonne Spikmans-Van Bruggen.

Product List
Paper Snips

Note Card Box Tutorial

This box is super easy to make!

  1. Cut card stock at 5-1/2" by 5-1/2" for the lid.
  2. Cut card stock at 5-3/8" by 5-3/8" for the box.
  3. Score both the lid and box at 1" on all 4 sides.
  4. Cut and bevel as shown in the picture below.
  5. Apply adhesive as shown and fold the flaps to create the box or lid.
  6. Decorate as desired!

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Creation Station: Simple and Sweet

#stampinup    #faithfulinkspirations    #creationstation

Well, we're certainly into the new year, aren't we? I missed last month's blog hop because I was stuck in Minnesota when a certain airline decided not to fly for 5 days. In the end, it all worked out because we got to visit with some family and friends we hadn't originally had time to do and the airline reimbursed us all our extra expenses and gave us a bunch of flight miles. So it wall worked out...except I didn't get to post the project I had actually made in time for the hop. But I'm back for this month's hop!

For the month of February, we're showing you projects that are sweet and simple--or just sweet--or just simple. My project isn't exactly "simple," but it's not too complicated either--especially if you follow my tutorial in the link above. But it certainly is "sweet"!!

This sweet little box holds some sweets inside--but before I show you that, let me tell you how I decorated the top. The box is made from Petal Pink Card Stock. I added a piece of Favored Flowers Designer Series Paper on top. (You can get this DSP FREE during Sale-a-Bration with a $50 purchase!) I stamped a stem of leaves from the "Framed Florets" stamp set in Evening Evergreen Ink onto Basic White Card Stock. I cut it out with the matching Framed Floret Die. I used a Blender Pen to color the leaves--just for some subtle color. I stamped a flower from the same set in Memento Tuxedo Black, colored it with Petal Pink Stampin' Blends, and cut it out with its matching die. Finally, I stamped a sentiment in Evening Evergreen onto Petal Pink Card Stock, sprinkled on Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, and set it with my Heat Tool. This makes the sentiment shine! I wrapped some gold Elegant Trim around the back of the flower and adhered it to the box top with Stampin' Dimensionals. For a final touch, I added a few Pastel (gold) Adhesive-Backed Sequins.

Open the box to reveal the sweet surprise!
The box holds six Merci brand chocolates! I used the floral side of the same sheet of Favored Flowers DSP on the inside lid of the box and a strip of the checked piece on the inside. Isn't it pretty?!

The sentiment is also from the "Framed Florets" set and is also stamped in Evening Evergreen onto Petal Pink Card Stock, and embossed in the same way as the front sentiment. I cut this one out with one of the Stitched Rectangles Dies and adhered it to the box with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Don't forget to check out the tutorial for this box--and other 3D projects--on my tutorials tab above.

Next up on the blog hop is Yvonne Spikmans-Van Bruggen. You're going to love her take on this month's theme!

Product List
Blender Pens
Simply Scored Diagonal Scoring Plate
Simply Scored Diagonal Scoring Plate
Paper Snips