Welcome to the first-ever blog hop by the Stamp Review Crew! This week we’re focusing on Festive Flurry from the Stampin’ Up! 2013 Holiday Catalog (see page 30). Of course, when I first saw it, I said to myself, Sweetie, do you really need more snowflakes? And then I placed my order. (Has this happened to you, too?)
If you are not starting here, you may have come via Tanya’s Tinkerin in Ink blog. She is our “crew chief,” the one who invited me to be part of the Stamp Review Crew. I have always loved her work, so I was flattered to be considered.
My first project is a card, but you may be wondering where the snowflakes are. Can you spot them in two places?
I’ll give you details on this card later this week, but the short story is that the snowflakes on the ribbon were stamped in White Craft ink (so I could see what I was doing), then embossed in white powder. The result surprised me: there was no embossing! I love the effect, but I think I’ll do some additional experimentation with this technique. Oh, the second appearance of the snowflakes is on the sentiment — very lightly in pink, to complement the ribbon.
My next project turned out exactly as I had envisioned it. The fireplace mantel in our living room has a recessed electrical outlet on top — genius! The first time we looked at the house, I knew it needed a special light garland.
I’m not sure where I first saw this idea — it’s simply creating a frame of sorts for each bulb. This strand (from the dollar store) has 20 lights, so it was time consuming — and I have another strand to finish! Stamp, heat emboss, die cut, repeat. I used an “anywhere” hole punch in the center, and it fits snuggly over the bulb. Of course this is paper (some Silver Foil and some Vellum Cardstock) and lights can get hot! As they say, do not leave unattended. Here’s a closer view of the lights:
Your next stop today is Jill’s blog Jill Stamps. I’ve never met Jill in person, but I’ve been watching over her “cyber” shoulder for a long time! Enjoy the hop, and don’t miss the next one on December 16!