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August 29, 2009

Happy Holidays Blog Hop

Blog Tour


Welcome to stop #6 on the Stampin' Addicts Happy Holidays Blog Hop!  The Happy Holidays Blog Hop will feature sneak peaks of the different stamp sets and accessories available in the upcoming Holiday Mini Catalog.   This catalog is available to purchase from on September 1st, and the ladies in this hop are going to make you want to buy everything in it!!  There are 40 jam packed pages of the Holiday Mini Catalog that will fit any of your fall/winter holiday needs; from jewelry to Halloween treats, Christmas gifts and Fall cards, this Mini Catalog has just what you need! 


If you have been following the blog hop in order you've just seen Sarah's fabulous creations at Lily's Ink Pad featuring the new "Haunting Hill" Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel.  Aren't the images on that wheel just perfect for everything spooky?!?!  This hop is a continuous circle, so no matter whether you start here with my blog, or are following the links to the next blog on each person's post, you'll be able to see it all.  Let's get started!!!

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Well, here is a non-Halloween use for the GORGEOUS new Night & Day Specialty Designer Series Paper, that can be found on page 11 of the Holiday Mini Catalog.  I have been begging Stampin' Up! for black and white Designer Series Paper (DSP) FOREVER, and boy did they make me happy!!!  This paper is SO versatile, and does not have any Halloween specific images on it, so it works fabulously for just about anything shabby chic, elegant, traditional, or _______ - fill in the blank with your style of stamping.  My projects are all a Basic Black, Whisper White, Basic Gray and Melon Mambo palette and these colors were just what I wanted for this little gift set for my daughter's new 1st grade teacher. 


You will see that I used the YUMMY new Shimmer Paint, in Frost White (pg 27), on top of the DSP or the Melon Mambo CS on two of the projects.  When you paint it (using a sponge) on top of the Basic Black patterned DSP (this is the pattern I kept in each of the four projects to tie them all together), it turned it a lovely shade of Basic Gray.  Be sure to click on any photographs that you wish to see close-up and personal - it really shows you the shine of that Shimmer Paint.   A little bit of this Shimmer Paint goes a LONG way.  I used about four drops to completely cover each of the 3 flowers on the little matchbox candy box (front center in the above picture) and to sponge the edges of the Melon Mambo flower on the pencil/pen holder.


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Speaking of the pencil/pen holder....  I used some sticky strip to adhere the DSP to the clean and de-labeled vegetable can.  I then used my Scallop Edge punch to punch the Whisper White border for the top, along with my Paper Piercing Tool (which you can now buy SEPARATELY - YEAH!!) and Paper Piercing Mat.  I adhered it using more Sticky Strip.  I then used my lovely Big Shot to run some Melon Mambo CS and the Night & Day Specialty DSP through with the Flower Layers Originals Die.  I then misted the two flowers and crumpled them up and then flattened them back out and dried them using my Heat Tool.  I followed the drying with some sponging of the Frost White Shimmer Paint on both of the flower layers, just along their edges.  Next, I stamped the lovely "B" using the Lovely Letters Alphabet and some Black StazOn ink on Whisper White CS.  I punched the "B" out using my 1-1/4" Circle Punch.  All of these were stuck together using mini glue dots and dimensionals (to attach the "B" to the flowers) and some dimensionals to adhere the flower to the can.  Lastly, I ran my Sticky Strip around the bottom of the can and tied some yummy 1/2" Melon Mambo Polka-Dot Grosgrain ribbon as the final touch.  Behind the can, you'll see the bag that I altered to match my gift set.  I used some of the Specialty DSP along with my Baroque Motifs stamp set to color coordinate my little white gift bag.  I stamped onto some Whisper White CS cut to fit the front of the bag since it's easy to stamp on a bag and get areas that don't stamp due to the creases in the bag. 


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This card was a fun one to make.  I used my trusty Big Shot and a new Sizzlet die from the Mini Catalog (pg 21) called Merry Details.  I once again found a use rather than the intended for the product in the Mini Catalog.  This die has some absolutely adorable Christmas trees and a snowflake on it, but I chose to use the little birdie.  I paired it with running some of the Night & Day Specialty DSP through my Big Shot using the Go Go Boots Alphabet dies to create the word "hello".  Where, you might ask, did I find an epoxy button to match the DSP perfectly?!?!  I made it!!  I used my Crystal Effects to cover a little corner of the DSP and let that dry (overnight - I'm too impatient to sit there and watch it dry for hours) and used my 1" Circle punch to punch out the "button".  I attached some Whisper White grosgrain to my button, added it to my 1/2" Melon Mambo Polka-Dot Grosgrain ribbon treatment that was already already tied onto my Scallop Edge punched Specialty DSP that was adhered to a paper pierced and distressed layer of Whisper White CS for an easy and eye-catching element on my card.  The background of my card is also a piece of the Night & Day Specialty DSP.  Aren't you just loving it?!?!?


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This last little creation is my favorite.  It's the first time I used my Matchbox Bigz XL die, and I love this little box.  Did you know that in addition to 10 absolutely fabulous sheets of Designer Series Paper in the Night & Day Specialty DSP pack, you also get TWO sheets of printed window sheets?!?!?  That's right!!  That's why they added the word "Specialty" to this gorgeous pack of papers.  As you should be able to see, the clear window sheet in the paper pack was used to make the sleeve for my little matchbox so that my daughter's teacher could see the sweet little m&m's waiting for her inside.  I used my Scallop Edge punch on the DSP, and my Eyelet Border punch on the Melon Mambo CS.  Some Whisper White and Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon was also used, in addition to a 5/16" Jumbo Brad in Whisper White.  The most fun I had though, was creating my layers of flowers.  I used my Big Shot to use 2 of the dies from the Sizzlits 4-Pack of dies called Birds & Blooms.  It is yet another SU! exclusive die.  I also used a sponge and some of that beautiful Frost White Shimmer Paint on each flower that used the Night & Day Specialty DSP.  It turned it a beautiful shade of shimmery Basic Gray.  I just love it and hope her teacher does too!!!  What do you think?


Well, I hope that you enjoyed my projects and were able to follow along with how I made each of them. As usual I would love to hear what you think, and don't forget to use one of the links to the right to subscribe to my blog for e-mail notification of my new posts.  I have a BIG Boot Loot (aka Blog Candy) contest coming up and subscribers will be the first to know about it! :)  Also, don't forget to start your wish list now to order these fabulous new goodies on September 1st and make sure you check out what Holly has in store for you at Ink Paper Stamps for the next stop on the Hop. Please click on the arrows below to help you find the previous or next participants on the Blog Hop. 


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37 comments:

  1. WOW Marie, your projects are AWESOME!!! Love, love, LOVE that color combination! Bravo! :-)

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  2. OH yes that Night and Day DP is sooo yumo its almost to yum yum to cut! After I finish blog hopping I'm gonna go work with it cause I love that combo too of black/red/white! I used it this past week on Bday cards lets see what I can come up today! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  3. I honestly didn't think I would want that paper and now I can honestly say that I DO! I love what you did with it...thank you for sharing, I think!!!

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  4. I commented on the wrong post since your comment link is at the top rather than the bottom! LOL! LOVE that matchbox done with the new dotted window sheet. Can't wait to get a package of that DSP!

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  5. I love your projects! I loved how you added just the right *POP* of color to that beautiful paper! TFS!

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  6. Such adorable projects!!! Love your creativity with this dsp! The Melon Mambo really gave it a pop!

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  7. LOVE what you did with this paper - gorgeous projects :-)

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  8. I adore these and the idea of making epoxy buttons with crystal effects - just WOW - what a great idea. I will make some tonight so they can be dry and ready to use in the morning. Thanks for the great ideas and lovely work!

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  9. Hiya Marie......your projects are all adorable. I didn't realize that paper had window sheets too, too kewl. Love the color combo you used.
    Deb

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  10. WOW! this is stunning. love the black and white (I got me some and now need to delve into it!). I love your birdie and the box-well everything is fantastic! love the new blog, too!

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  11. WOW, your creations are stunning! I'm a huge fan of black and white, LOVE the pop of melon mambo you gave this paper! I'm excited to play with my specialty paper and try your "epoxy" button (which I now shall call the "marie button"). Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

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  12. Oh Marie, the red you selected sets this DSP off to perfection! Bet the teacher loves her little treat. . . . but my favorite project is that gift bag. What a striking presentation!

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  13. That hello card is fabulous! TFS!

    Brandi

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  14. Gorgeous creations! The bird card is just too perfect!

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  15. That is the most beautiful matchbox I've ever seen! And you sold me on the shimmer paint, too.

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  16. Great job! I love everything!

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  17. These are so sassy and elegant!!! I guess I need that paper now, too... sigh!

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  18. I'm with you on loving the black and white dsp and the window sheets are a wonderful bonus. The matchbox is incredible and I love that you can see the candies! Though I'm wondering where you found white M&M's! And the card is perfect. Right up my shabby chic though elegant aisle. Thanks for sharing the creativity and inspiration. You knocked it out of the park!

    Hugs - Jean

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  19. Great projects! Love the color combo.

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  20. So cute! I didn't realize that paper had window sheets with it!

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  21. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this paper!!!

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  22. Beautiful job, Marie. I love the way you showed how it can be used otherwise. I've got customers that have been wanting B/W DSP and now you've given me some great alternitive ideas!

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  23. Awesome! I was worried that if I used the paper Halloweeny it might make your job more difficult, but WOWZER! I love the flowers, the red add-in. Great Stuff!!!!!!

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  24. Wowza!! What fantabulous projects!!! I love the color combo and that hello card is to die for!! You got it going on, girlfriend! =)

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  25. Wow! Your projects are absolutely fabulous!

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  26. I love these new papers. Your projects are very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Fabulous set! Love the great color combo. TFS!

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