This week's Stamp Review Crew blog hop features the A Little Wild stamp set. It's such a cute set and the Stampin' Blends make the images super fun to color. If you get lost on the hop, want a full list of this week's blogs or want more information ...

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The Stamp Review Crew: A Little Wild Edition

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This week's Stamp Review Crew blog hop features the A Little Wild stamp set. It's such a cute set and the Stampin' Blends make the images super fun to color.  If you get lost on the hop, want a full list of this week's blogs or want more information about the Stamp Review Crew just click the banner or link above. 

If you didn't start with my blog you may have hopped over from Tanya Boser's blog, Tinkerin' in Ink. Tanya always has something to inspire me on her hop and today is no different!   

I'll be honest and say before Stampin' Blends I may not have ordered this set. I had a aversion to stamps that required coloring. The Stampin' Blends have given me a whole new lease on ordering outline images! Take a look at how sweet these are.

A Little WildThe coordinating dies, Little Loves Framelits, cut out the back and front of each animal so they can be folded into a tag!

I used the bear and the lion on Valentine cards today. I was in a wild frenzy myself this weekend getting all my Valentine cards made! After die cutting the bear and the Lion I trimmed each animal off for use on two cards. Here's the first one.


This year I took a cue from a friend of mine and did mini cards for the grandkids Valentine cards. I made 3"x3" square cards and I used some of the Narrow Note cards too. They'll go along with a movie ticket and box of movie candy, so those sizes were perfect! I used the hill die from the In the Woods Framelits to make a green spot for the Soft Suede bear to sit. The hearts, from a die in the Be Mine Stitched Framelits, were adhered over the flower die from Little Loves. The Labeler Alphabet stamps came to my rescue again for the sentiment. Aren't the bees and beehive the cutests? They have dies in Little Loves to cut them out too. Dies make my life easier!

The second card used the Lion from A Little Wild.

IMG_2200When I started this card I realized this stamp set includes a stamp for the grass. :) After die cutting and coloring the lion I adhered him to the 3x3" card and stamped the grass along the edge. I wanted some of the grass to go over his paws. The card still needed something else to balance it out and the Layering Circle Dies helped me out on this one. I used a circle die to cut out the sun and added rays with a stamp in Pocketful of Sunshine. The "Wild about You" stamp says it all!

I made quite a few more Valentine cards Saturday but that's all with A Little Wild! So you're ready to hop on to the next blog, My Sandbox, where Nikki Spencer will share her cute, wild inspirations!     

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The Stamp Review Crew: Fabulous Flamingo Edition

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It was 71 degrees here this afternoon and bright blue skies, perfect for stamping with Fabulous Flamingo! It won't last but it was nice! I had a lot of fun making my card for this week's Stamp Review Crew Hop and I can't wait to see how everyone else used this set. If you haven't hopped with us before we're and international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who all use the same stamp set on our hops. We hope it brings you lots of inspiration for using Fabulous Flamingo yourself. In case you get lost along the way or if you'd just like more information about The Stamp Review Crew just click the banner or link above and you'll find what you're looking for!

If you didn't start with my blog then you probably hopped over from Charlet Mallett's Blog, Painted Orange. Charlet always bring "fabulous" inspiration to our hops!

Fabulous FlamingoFabulous Flamingo is a Two-Step stamp set, meaning you layer up a few of the images to get the complete image. This one turns out so pretty! Here's how I used that Fabulous Flamingo.

IMG_2131I thought the flamingo made a super fun shaker card! Of course, I had to stamp it in Flirty Flamingo. I used the new Rectangle Stitched Framelit Dies to create the shaker window. These dies will be getting a lot of use on my cards! I love the way they leave a stitched line on the card and on the cut out. That's how my Flirty Flamingo frame has a double stitched line around it. Sometimes I think the sequins can get a bit lost by always staying at the bottom of the shaker window. I remedied that by add a few of the Basic Adhesive Backed Sequins to the back first of the stamped panel before adding some Iridescent sequins onto it. Then the Window Sheet panel was added over everything. I even used the smallest rectangle die to cut out the Congratulations sentiment from Fabulous Flamingo. I'll be sending this to a friend's daughter who was just accepted to the nursing program. She loves blue so I had to use that sweet piece of Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper for the background. I tied it all up with a piece of the Sale-A-Bration ribbon that matches perfectly!

Inside the card is another sentiment from Fabulous Flamingo.


 That's it for me today! Thanks for hopping by and I hope you'll hop the whole way around to see what everyone has created using Fabulous Flamingo. You'll head to Heidi Baks blog next, RunningwScissorsStamper, to see what "fabulous" project she has for us.

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Merry Christmas!

I hope you're having a wonderful Christmas Day! I thought since I still had a few Christmas cards I haven't posted yet that I would share them all after another with no descriptions...





Merry Christmas!! - Dawn



Somewhere Snow is Falling

Snow is not going to fall here for Christmas. Maybe it's falling where you are. I made some pretty snowflake Christmas cards inspired by another Online Card Class from this year. I used the Snowfall Thinlits from the November special release, Snow is Glistening.

IMG_1837Gold, Crumb Cake and Whisper White make for a pretty Christmas card, don't they? Here's a snowflake close-up...


Cut out once in Whisper White with all the little pieces poked out and again in Gold Foil with all the pieces left in the snowflake. Then I layered the two of them and it appears that the gold pieces are in the white snowflake. I did the same thing with with the small snowflake on top. Watered down White Shimmer Paint was splattered on top of the Crumb Cake card stock. The sentiment, from Timeless Tidings, was heat embossed in Gold on the Vellum card stock and wrapped around the White card stock layer before adding the panel to the card. I really like the way these turned out but they were a bit more labor intensive!

Inside is a gold embossed snowfall and sentiment...


I thought I'd share a few gift card holders I made for this Christmas...





And I found the perfect wrapping paper to make gift tags to match using the Christmas Bulb Builder Punch...


It's Christmas Eve and we have friends coming for our traditional brunch this morning. I better go get busy on the waffles! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Eve! - Dawn


A Simple Christmas Tree Card

I had a lot of fun making this Christmas card and it ended up being one of my favorites! I watched a video from a previous year's Christmas card class at Online Card Classes and got this idea there.


I used some Time Holtz Fired Brick Distress Ink to do the ink blending at the bottom of the card. I have practiced and practiced this technique and think I may finally be getting a handle on it! Some 1" wide Post-it Note Tape was used to masked off the area to be inked. I used that same piece of tape for all of the cards I made like this. That one piece of tape did a great job containing the ink. After inking the card I took it over to my Simply Scored board to add the score lines. All that was left to do was add the sentiment from Timeless Tidings, I used this stamp set a lot for my Christmas cards too, with Memento Black ink. The pretty stamped and die cut tree from the Winter Woods Bundle was added last with some Stampin' Dimensionals.

On the inside I stamped a sentiment and the simple tree from Timeless Tidings.


I have a couple more items to purchase for Christmas and my shopping and wrapping will be complete. I also have a few other projects I'm working on completing. I hope I make some headway today! I hope whatever you do today it's fun! - Dawn