Crazy Crafters Blog Hop-Special Guest

Thank you for joining us for the Crazy Crafters Blog Hop. I am so honored that Kylie Bertucci from Australia asked me to be the guest designer for her Crazy Crafters team this month. The Crazy Crafters will be CASE-ing  (Copy and Selectively Edit-ing) a project from my gallery. I was to choose something from my gallery to CASE also. 

I am so excited to see what the Crazy Crafters select for inspiration, and their resulting creations!  The blog line-up will be at the end of my post, so you can hop along from one blog to the next. Let the fun begin!

This is one of my favorite Baby Bear cards that I chose to CASE. Many of my friends are becoming grandparents. And, my younger daughter has a number of friends getting married and starting families. So, I need to have “baby” cards on hand.

 

Baby Bear has appeared on many of my cards for numerous occasions, since he was introduced: Thanksgiving, birthday, hello, get well, miss you, Valentines Day, Christmas, and baby cards. Here’s a couple of the more recent ones:

Baby Bear Says Welcome To The World

 

Celebration Time Baby Bear

                                                                                                                                     

 

I’ve been a big fan of Baby Bear, so you can imagine my delight at seeing the Sweet Little Something Bunny in the Occasions 2018 Catalog. And what could be more appropriate for a “HOP?”

 

 

I found the Soft Sky Designer Series Paper in Coffee Break , and used the Cable Knit Embossing Folder to make it look like a baby blanket. I layered this on Sahara Sand cardstock which was layered on a Thick Whisper White card base.

I couldn’t wait to 3-step stamp the bunny, and selected my three colors. The first, detailed stamp was Tuxedo Black, second Chocolate Chip, and third Sahara Sand. Stamping dark to light is the way to go, and I used his bottom and arm pits as guides. Doesn’t he look real? I want to squeeze his fuzzy, little body!

He fit perfectly within the largest Layering Circle Die, and I used the scallop edged circle for cutting a Sahara Sand Frame. The Bunch of Banners Die made a frame for the cute sentiment, “Sweet little somebunny.”

 

I think this new Organza Ribbon might be my favorite ribbon EVER! I love how you can see through it. For instance, I like how it doesn’t cover up the “S” in the sentiment.

I completed the inside of the card with “Hip Hop Hurray!” which also comes in the stamp set. The two die cut flowers are from the new Petal Palette.

The envelope flap was covered with a piece of dotted Sahara Sand DSP.

TIP: If you haven’t done this before, cut a piece of DSP, 5 3/4″ X 2 1/2″. Glue the border of the flap, adhere DSP, and let your scissors follow the edge around the flap. It’s easier than I thought it would be to have a nice, clean edge.

 

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Sweet Little Something Bunny. I’ll be hopping  along with you to see all of the wonderful inspiration from the Crazy Crafters.

Thank you for making me feel so special!

 

Love Theme for Kylie’s Top Ten Winner’s December Blog Hop

 

Welcome to Kylie Bertucci’s Top Ten Winner’s Blog Hop. The theme for this month’s Blog Hop is “love.” Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

First of all, I want to thank everyone who voted for my November entry. Remember my Love Birds? I feel honored to be able to participate in this Blog Hop. You made it happen!

Welcome to Kylie Bertucci’s November Highlights Love Birds

 

For December’s project, I wanted to use hearts. Specifically, hearts from the Sure Do Love You Bundle in the new Occasions 2018 catalog, page 19. I’ve been anxious to try making the Love Box, and was ready to get started.

This is the finished product, and I really like the texture on the stamps in this set, giving them a rustic look:

By Su Mohr for Kylie's Top Ten Winner's December Blog Hop; Featuring: Sure Do Love You Bundle; For more details click visit to go to my blog! #stampinup #occasions2018 #suredoloveyou

Sure Do Love You Box

 

The box was much easier to make than I anticipated. I used one sheet of 8 1/2 X 11 Thick Very Vanilla, and cut two pieces for the box with the Lots To Love Die. The die did all the work of measuring, cutting and scoring. I just needed two strips of Tear Tape to fasten it together. The two flaps fold in to make a perfect, little box, 4 7/8″ X 3″ X 5/8″. 

 

I began decorating the top of the box with my husband in mind. He likes the neutral shade of Crumb Cake, so I cut a piece to fit the top of the box. 

 The leafy, heart border is so pretty, and I stamped it in Always Artichoke on an angle.

Next, I stamped the two hearts in Cherry Cobbler on Very Vanilla cardstock, and cut them with the Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies.

But the fun didn’t stop there! I stamped the little leaf in Always Artichoke on Crumb Cake cardstock, and the “Sure Do Love You” banner in Sahara Sand on Very Vanilla cardstock, and used the same die set for cutting.

 

I popped up the hearts and banner on dimensionals, and I think my husband will really like it! I’m sure he knows I love him, but who doesn’t like an extra, little something? I haven’t decided what I’ll place inside. 

You probably noticed the shadows on my pictures. It is such a beautiful, sunny day, I didn’t want to close the blinds. So, I’m sending some heartfelt warmth to you!

 

 

Welcome to Kylie Bertucci’s November Highlights Love Birds

 

Welcome to Kylie Bertucci’s November Highlight’s. This month’s theme is “love.” 

Remember this little rhyme from elementary school?

______and ______,  sittin’ in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G, First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes ______ with a baby carriage.

Here are my two love birds sittin’ in a tree.” I found my wonderful, stylized birds in the Birds and Blooms Die Set, and cut them out of Thick Whisper White card stock.

 

I was excited to use the new Stampin’ Blends, available to everyone November 1st. I colored one bird with Pool Party and Bermuda Bay, and the other bird with Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie. Their beaks and feet are Bronze.

 

 

The textured background was made with the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder. The Crumb Cake colored branch, matching the card base, is from a Seasonal Layers Die, and triple layered. The bird’s feet are glued to the branch, and their heads are attached with a dimensional. Otherwise, they are free to fly away.

 

 

The word “love” is from the Lovely Words Die Set, and I simply snipped it from the heart and the “ly.”  I kept it subtle by using white. The Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set provided the completion of the sentiment, “…it’s in the air.” 

 

Thank you for visiting my blog. If you liked my project, I’d sincerely appreciate your vote. Just click on the little heart in the upper right hand corner.

 

 

 

Life Changing Events for Kylie’s Top Ten Winner’s November Blog Hop

 

Welcome to Kylie Bertucci’s Top Ten Winners Blog Hop. The theme for this month’s Blog Hop is “life changing events.” Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

The reason I’m able to participate in this Blog Hop is because you voted on my entry in October. So, thank you! It was for my daughter’s wedding, and if you missed it, you can see it here:

 

Welcome to Kylie Bertucci’s October Highlights

 

 

Today’s project is one that represents a life changing event that caught me by surprise. I’ll explain.

By Su Mohr for Kylie's Top Ten; Featuring: Just Add Color, Stampin' Blends, Garden Trellis Embossing Folder, Sitting Here, Linen Thread; For more details click visit to go to my blog! #stampinblends #sittinghere #justaddcolor #gardentrellisembossingfolder

 

As I was coloring this adorable tea pot from Just Add Color DSP with my new Stampin’ Blends, I was thinking of my mother. She is often on my mind when I’m in my craft room, because she would love to be sitting next to me, being creative. She majored in art in college, and loved to paint with watercolors and oils, but lost her sight years before she left this earth in May of 2016. I was her eyes, and she was my everything.

 

I know she would love that I am spending my time in creativity, and praise me for my efforts. Do children ever stop wanting to please their parents? Losing a parent is the life changing event I’m trying to describe. But, I prefer to think that I can still communicate with Mama. I found these words in the Sitting Here stamp set, “come and sit a while with me,” along with the little bird that hopped next to the tea pot.

 

Maybe I’m naïve, but Mama was speaking to me from Heaven. Why do I believe this? A little bird told me so.

Welcome to Kylie Bertucci’s October Highlights

Welcome to Kylie Bertucci’s October Highlight’s. This month’s theme is “life changing events.” This came at a perfect time for me to share the wedding and bridal shower invitations I made for my daughter.

My daughter is on her honeymoon now, but it seems like yesterday we were in the beginning stages of her wedding plans. My first assignment was to design a wedding invitation, and it didn’t take too long for us to agree on a favorite. I wanted to use a gate fold design with a daisy on the front, and keep it simple for the quantity I would be making.

 

Night Of Navy was chosen for the center of the daisy, because her wedding colors would be white and navy. She had even decided on Anemones with the navy center, but they were out of season for her October wedding. The hydrangeas that replaced them were gorgeous!

I embossed the entire card, front and back, with an embossing folder that made the Thick Whisper White card feel good in your hands. Sometimes you just have to use those retired items. 

I stamped two flowers (Daisy Delight stamp set) for each card in Sahara Sand ink on regular Whisper White cardstock. The Daisy Punch was given a work-out punching all of those petals. These were adhered with dimensionals to a square of Thick Whisper White cardstock that was cut with a square Stitched Shape die. It was important to have the weight here, so the card would close nicely. I intentionally opened it for the photograph.

 

Here they are in the processing and drying phase.

 

Once the words and font were selected for the invitation, we had them printed in navy ink, and I used my Stampin’ Trimmer to cut the 5 1/4 X 4 interiors. The last step was to insert tissue, place them in envelopes, apply address labels, and postage stamps. I was so happy there was a new “love” stamp picturing a bridal bouquet.

 

Four weeks prior to the wedding was a bridal shower, so there was another card making opportunity.

 

Keeping with the color theme, I used a Night of Navy card base, layered with Whisper White. I used the Falling Petals embossing folder, because we all know they look like hearts Right?

The Weather Together stamp set with its Umbrella Weather framelits made a wonderful shower card. The “Bride to-be” sentiment is from the Custom Tee stamp set, which came in very handy.

 

The same procedure was used for the inside as the wedding card, but no tissue, and not nearly the quantity. 

Oct. 8th, 2017 was the big day when my daughter became a Mrs., no longer with the last name of Mohr. This is definitely a life changing event, and a very happy one. I waited to share the cards until after the event, thinking she would prefer it that way. I hope you enjoyed seeing them.

Thank you for visiting my blog. If you liked my project, I’d sincerely appreciate your vote.

 

 

 

 

 

Kylie’s Top Ten Blog Hop

Welcome to Kylie Bertucci’s Top Ten Winners Blog Hop. The theme for this month’s Blog Hop is “sympathy.” Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

Being in nature is comforting to me, so that’s what I wanted to portray in this sympathy card. Once again, the Woodland Embossing folder comes into play.

 

I chose Always Artichoke as the card base color for its woodsy feel, and Sahara Sand for embossing with the Woodland folder. I cut the embossed trees in two, making the right side shorter, and raised them on Foam Adhesive Strips for dimension.

 

The leaves are my favorite part of this project. I don’t know who originally thought of this technique, but I learned it from Robin Daus at the recent “Create the Day Away” in San Diego. You start with a piece of Glossy White cardstock (p. 194, Annual Catalog), ink re-fills in the colors you want to use, cotton ball, alcohol, and an old, soft cloth.

Saturate the cotton with alcohol, then drop spots of ink onto the cotton. I used Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Sahara Sand. Leave a bit of space between the dots, because they’ll blend together soon enough. Next, pat the inked cotton all over the Glossy cardstock. Here’s where you use the old cloth: place it on top of your art piece allowing it to absorb moisture, lift, and rub it around. You can leave it alone at this point, or add more color.

 

You can use the entire piece as a background, but I used the leaf die from Eclectic layers to cut the three sections of leaves for this project. I like that it’s different every time you do it, and the shine from the Glossy cardstock makes it extra special. 

 

My favorite die cut from Bunch of Banners provided the “home” for my sentiment, “I’m here for you.”  I found this in the Weather Together stamp set, and I stamped it in Always Artichoke to match the card base.

The inside sentiment is from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set, and the most important part of this card.

 

I used the same Eclectic leaf die on the inside, and embossed the flap of the envelope with the Woodland folder.

 

 Thank you so much for hopping with us today.