Thursday, September 24, 2009

9/25 Catty Cruise Blog Hop!

You've arrived at Stamping to Share! I hope you are enjoying your Cruise experience so far. Or if you have just stumbled onto this cruise . . . Welcome Aboard!! We are a group of stampers sharing our love for Stampin'Up products. When you have finished reading about my project, you can click onto the Next Port Button at the bottom of this post to continue the cruise. You can keep on exploring different ports of call and eventually you will right back where you started. If you have arrived here from Connie's port . . . welcome!! I'm so glad you are on board and cruising!! Wasn't your stop at Constantly Stamping fun? Connie is sooooo talented and I am always inspired by her projects.
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I've chosen to work with the stamp set called Serene Snowflakes. Many of the products featured in these cards can be found on page 26 and 27 of the Holiday Mini Catalog including the stamp set Serene Snowflakes.

My first card is quick and simple to put together. It uses a couple of tools essential to my stamp room...the Big Shot and the Circle Scissors. This card is 4 1/2" square and the base of the card is made from our Whisper White card stock. The next layer in Chocolate Chip card stock is created with our Scallop Square Die used in the Big Shot Machine. The small snowflakes that you see evenly sprinkled over the entire card is a 4 1/4" square printed window sheet called Snowfall. I used a couple of glue dots right in the center of the overlay to attach it to the scallop square layer. It gets covered up with more layers so you don't need to worry about the glue dots showing through. The snowflake is cut with the Snowflake #2 Die using Whisper White paper and the Big Shot Machine. This is also adhered with Mini Glue Dots to my card.
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To create the medallion in the center of the card, I stamped the snowflake from Serene Snowflakes with Chocolate Chip ink onto Whisper White paper and punched it out with the 1 3/4" Circle Punch. I adhered it to a circle of Chocolate Chip just a bit bigger than my punch that I created with the Circle Scissors. The medallion is adhered to the card with Dimensionals. Sweet and easy. You could make a lot of these fast with our excellent time saving tools.
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I included a picture of the inside of this card as well. It uses a Chocolate Chip circle that I made using the Circle Scissors. The sentiment is from Warm Words stamped with Versa Mark ink and embossed with White Embossing Powder using a Heat Tool. The snowflake above the sentiment is a Rub On from the Icicle Rub Ons featured in the Holiday Mini Catalog.

This next card really shines!! It is created to fit into the Stampin'Up long envelopes. This card uses Chocolate Chip as its base and is sized at 3 1/4" x 6 1/2". The next layer is our elegant Brushed Silver card stock with 1" Double Stitched Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon wrapped around the base. The sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes was created by using a Sponge Dauber to apply Platinum Shimmer Paint directly to the stamp which was then stamped onto Chocolate Chip paper and punched out with the Word Window Punch. This was adhered to a punched shape created with the Modern Label Punch and Brushed Silver card stock. To attach the sentiment to the ribbon I used those ever trusty Mini Glue Dots.
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The snowflake images from Serene Snowflakes were stamped the same way as I stamped the sentiment using a sponge dauber and the Platinum Shimmer Paint, which by the way, dries very fast. These snowflakes were then punched out with Circle Punches in the following sizes: 1 3/4", 1 3/8", 1 1/4" and 3/4". Each of the snowflakes was enhanced with a clear rhinestone adhered by a mini glue dot. The rhinestones were pried out of the Clear Rhinestone Brads that Stampin'Up sells. Each snowflake is adhered to the card with Dimensionals so they seem to be floating . . . a nice effect for snowflakes, don't you think? There are a few more rhinestone brads scattered around on the surface of the card face to make this card even more sparkly! After making this card, I started longing for that first Minnesota snowfall!
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The sentiment that I used on the inside of this card comes from the set called Many Merry Messages. I stamped it onto the Chocolate Chip panel using the same technique as I used with the snowflakes. The pretty rhinestones (pried from their brad holders) are ahered using Mini Glue Dots across the top of the sentiment for an inside as dazzling as the outside!
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My last project for this Port of Call is my Accordion Card in a Tin. This card again uses a base of Chocolate Chip and is sized at 3 1/4" by 5" in order to fit into the tin. It opens up to a full 19". The first layer is Brushed Silver with the corners notched with the Ticket Corner Punch. I stamped the Serene Snowflake and the greeting from Many Merry Messages using Versa Mark ink on a panel of Chocolate Chip. It is then embossed with Silver Embossing Powder. The Elastic Silver Cord is wrapped around this layer and tied off in a bow. To give the snowflake some extra "pop" I accented it with a Silver Jumbo Grommet and a clear rhinestone pried out of a Clear Rhinestone Brad and attached with a Mini Glue Dot. This whole panel is raised off the Brushed Silver Panel with Dimensionals.
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This is a picture of the inside of this accordion card which can also be used as Home Decor in your Christmas Display area. The snowflakes are stamped randomly on the panels of Chocolate Chip using a Sponge Dauber with the Platinum Shimmer Paint. The Card Stock Vellum is torn to look like snow piling up. The edges of the vellum have been highlighted with Platinum Shimmer Paint. I used a glue stick to adhere the vellum once it was scored to fit. Here is a close up:

I made the letters with my Big Shot Machine and the Serif Essentials Alphabet Dies. Each letter is cut out twice in order to layer the Whisper White over the Brushed Silver. All of the letters are adhered to the card with Dimensionals for extra "pop."

Thanks so much for stopping in at Stamping To Share's Port of Call. Now, you are OFF to the next Port of Call!! You will be stopping in at It's a Stamp Thing and Vicki will be sharing some wonderful projects with you!
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19 comments:

Connie Collins said...

Kay,
Your projects are stunning! Fabulous job Catty Cruise buddy.

Vicki said...

Love all your projects Kay, You ROCK!!!!

LeeAnn Greff said...

Oh, you've outdone yourself with these projects Kay! I love each one of them, but I have to say the tin is my favorite - fabulous idea with the vellum overlay!
What wonderful Holiday items you've created!

Inking Idaho said...

Wow...LOVE the brown! Great projects!
Becky

Brooke S said...

Welcome to the crew! What Fab projects you have.. I LOVE the cards... I {Heart} your take on the "Serene Snow Flakes" The Silver and Browns" are so Elegant together... Just stunning... Love the Bling...

Hugs
Brooke

Linda McClain said...

Kay. Wow, I'm just speechless. Your cards are so amazing. The idea of using the brushed silver cardstock with the rhinestones and glitter paint - genius. But that accordion card - girl, that beats anything I've ever seen. I'm so glad you joined the crew!

lisa808 said...

Thanks for taking part in this fun cruise and for sharing your ideas.

Lynn said...

Absolutely stunning projects! I especially love the tin! Love how you used the large silver grommet as the center of the snowflake.

Kriss Huels said...

Really enjoyed seeing what you've created with Serene Snowflakes. I especially like your accordion card--looks like so much fun to create!

Wendy J. said...

Kay, your projects are beautiful. I love all the ideas but especially loved the "Joyful" card. Beautiful!

Deb B (Debadoo) said...

gorgeous projects Kay. You always do such beautiful work! Love the tin especially.
Deb

Nancy K said...

These projects are beautiful and just amazing! I love the cards especially

LeAnne said...

Wowza, Kay, I am glad I didn't participate this go-round....you make a tough act to follow with these stunners!

Nancy Riley said...

OMG, Kay! I've never imagined snowflakes with Chocolate Chip! ... what an elegant combination! Your catty cruise projects are AWESOME! Great job!

Lisa Curry, Independent Demonstrator, Stampin' Up! said...

These projects are stunning! I love how you kept everything in the same color...it makes every project pop! I'lll send my customers and my friends to your blog!

Teressa Thompson said...

Kay these are beautiful! I love the second card most. It is amazing!

Tee

Alicia W. said...

Great projects. Love the joyful home dec/card.

jaydee said...

Kay
fabulous as always. I love the unexpected color combinations and the joy card is a must-case :-) you are awesome.
jaydee

Sarah said...

Kay,

Your projects are absolutely BEAUTIFUL - love that chocolate chip and brushed silver - you are so incredibly talented :-)

Your new rising star friend,

Sarah