Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Spelling Bee for New at SU

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Welcome to our March NEW AT SU! Blog Hop! We love to share creative card ideas from Stampin' Up! with you. Today we have projects featuring alphabet sets and other current stamp sets to Spell It Out! I am using the beautiful Queen Bee bundle and the new Classic Letters set from the Online Exclusives offerings.

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I had fun with this card! It was the first time I had a chance to use the Naturally Gilded Specialty Designer Series Paper and I used it here in the background. I think it works very well with the Queen Bee Bundle. The Classic Letters Stamp set has quite a large font, so unless you were using a slimline format there's no room for a large sentiment to be spelled out here.  Here's each card in detail:

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  • I originally started with a Basic Black card base and frame, but it looked just too stark with the Naturally Gilded DSP, so I switched to Early Espresso for both. I added a panel of 4" x 5 1/4" Naturally Gilded Specialty DSP but not before adding the bow and ribbon with Gold 1/4" Shimmer ribbon at the bottom.
  • Using the Framed Florets Dies, I die cut the frame out of Early Espresso and again out of So Saffron, using only the center.
  • After stamping some of the splatters from the splatter image in Early Espresso ink on the So Saffron center oval, I ran it through using the Hive 3D embossing folder and glued both to the card front.
  • I stamped the large bee, small bee, crown and distressed type images in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla cardstock and die cut them all. The distressed type I die cut using the single small rectangle in the Stitched Rectangle dies. I added them all to the card front as you see, using dimensionals for the bees and crown.
  • I also die cut some of the little honeycomb flowers from Crushed Curry. I removed some of the edges from a couple and glued them on.
  • I embossed the sentiment HI! using the Classic Letters set in Gold on Very Vanilla, and die cut it with one of the Tailor-Made Tags dies. I altered it by making it shorter, die cutting it a second time. I used the Elegant Gold Trim to tie it to the bow, but also used dimensionals to hold the tag where I wanted it.
  • It was embellished with the Brushed Metallic Dots in gold.
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My middle daughter is a beekeeper so I know she will love this set!

I hope you enjoyed this project made with the Queen Bee bundle and the Classic Letters stamp set. The first product can be found in the 2023 Jan/Apr Mini Catalogue and the second in the Online Exclusive offerings on the Stampin' Up! website. The Naturally Gilded Specialty DSP is also found in the Online Exclusives.
Please take a moment to comment at the bottom of this post and let me know how you liked my project or ask me a question about the technique used. Don’t forget to scroll back up and keep hoppin’ with us! – Thank you!
Keep Creating!
Heather Cooper

Please contact your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator if you have any questions or to make a product purchase. If you do not have a demonstrator, I would be happy to answer any questions about products, or the techniques shown here. 

Here's the list of bloggers in our New At SU March Blog Hop to help you keep on track:

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Friday, March 10, 2023

Butterfly Brilliance for As You See It Challenge #294 - Spring Clean your Stash

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I have an unusual challenge for you today from As You See It Challenges today! It's called Spring Clean your Stash, and it's a Theme Challenge! Take a look at the Challenge Banner:

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I had no idea what I was going to do, until I opened my craft stash and had a look at what scraps were in there. But inspiration struck as soon as I saw several butterflies embossed in white on crumb cake and then white washed with the White Craft Ink and water. These had been prepared earlier for a different project and then, due to a change of direction, not used! They were prepared for the whitewash technique, where, after the whitewash stage dries, you add coloured inks to the images with a Blender Pen and it mixes with the white craft ink for a beautiful muted tone.

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  • I started with a card base of Crumb Cake, which was one that I had in my stash from unpackaging dozens of left over card packs that weren't used from classes in the past. As I down size my craft room in preparation for my move on Apr. 26th, I'm finally dealing with these problem piles!
  • On that is a 5" x 3 3/4" sheet of Basic White, again, from that same source, and on that is a piece of Petal Pink laser cut framework, I believe from the retired Beautifully Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Paper.
  • On the three butterflies, I added Petal Pink, Mint Macaron, and Highland Heather ink, using a Blender Pen, which mixes the ink with the White Craft ink that they had been whitewashed with previously, to give a really muted tone. When they were dry, a coat of Wink of Stella was added.
  • Each butterfly also had a die cut outline in vellum, also from my stash. I adhered each on the card front, where I wanted each butterfly, and then curled the wings of the butterflies slightly, carefully using the bone folder. I added them a little offset on the vellum outlines so the vellum could be seen, using Mini Dimensionals.
  • The sentiment is from the retired bundle, Many Messages, and I had it in my craft stash as well.
  • Finally, I had some opalescent pearl embellishments left over from a Paper Pumpkin kit, and added 1 to each butterfly's head.

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In a new policy on product release strategies, Stampin' Up! will begin to release new sets of product online only 3 times a year and the first time is in March. To find these products, go to my Online Store and click on Online Exclusives and what you see is what is available for purchase. If you don't see it, it's gone for good. If you see it, but it says currently unavailable, that means that SU will be ordering more. Otherwise, go ahead and order! Don't wait too long, though, because some items will sell out! Click HERE to see the new products! 

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