Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Celebrating 5 Years of Hopping!

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Welcome to the 5 year anniversary of the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop! I thought it would be fun to share some highlights from the past 5 years.  I went through and picked out a few of my favorite projects I shared on the blog hop as well as something new.  Here we go!

Back in March 2014, I made this bag and it still brings a smile to my face when I see it.


In March 2015 I posted this canvas for the blog hop's theme of Home Decor.


I had a hard time deciding what project to show for 2016.  I was torn between this one in January 2016 and this one in March 2016.  Finally decided to share this one from March.


In 2017 it was this card.


Finally for 2018 I chose this card as a favorite.

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It was fun to look back. Now it is time to share what I made for this month.  Since it is the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop's birthday I made a birthday card.


This is a little sneak peek of a new set of framelits called Call Me Cupcake that will be available for purchase March 1,  This new set of framelits coordinates with the Sale-A-Bration set, Hello Cupcake. In this sample I cut out the frosting, the flowers, and the candles with the framelits.  The bright and happy Designer Series Paper is from the How Sweet It Is DSP pack.  


The top sentiment and Happy Birthday  is from the Amazing Life stamp set.  The little cake and Celebrate is from the Tabs for Everything set.

Here is a list of all the fabulous blogs on this month's hop!

Stamper's Dozen February 2019 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s - Stampin’ In My Flops
  2. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  3. Bonnie O'Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  4. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  5. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  6. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  7. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  8. Jodi Reinert – Stamp with Jodi
  9. Kelly Acheson – A Stamp Above
  10. BJ Peters – StampinBJ

I look forward to more hops with the Stamper's Dozen hoppers.  I know we have a lot of fun themes coming up so be sure to check back on the 15th of every month!

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Hey Love for Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!  You know, I am going to have to use the Hey Love stamp set for my project.  This week the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge is a sketch challenge.  


A plan quickly came together after seeing this sketch.


I used my Stamparatus to create this mirror image of the cute little hamster/prairie dog/critter.  It is such a fun and easy technique.  Here's a quick video.  

The sheet inside of the Stamparatus is a Silicone Craft sheet and is vital to this technique. I stamped on a 3" x 3" piece of Whisper White card stock.  I was going to do a voice over but I think the video is clear enough to understand how to do this technique.  If you have any questions please leave me a comment.


I used the All My Love Designer Series Paper and the Be Mine Stitched Framelit Dies to complete the card.  Be sure to check out what the other members of the Design team created for this challenge.  

Here are links to some other cards using the Hey Love stamp set, here, here, here, here, and here.  This is a set that I have really enjoyed and will continue to use for other occasions.

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Still Need the Tropical Vibes

I still need some tropical vibes so I am continuing with the Humming Along stamp set and the gorgeous hibiscus flower.  I don't want to jinx it but I think the snow is beginning to melt!  There is a lot of snow to melt, so we may be dealing with sloppy roads and sidewalks for a while.


I embossed the hibiscus in white embossing powder and then did some coloring with an Aqua Painter and Calypso Coral, Old Olive, and Daffodil Delight  ink refills.  The fun sentiment is from the Butterfly Gala stamp set.  I was playing around with the layout and felt like it needed something.  The Subtle embossing folder to the rescue!  I think that embossing folder goes with just about everything and is a must have.  The lovely Calypso Coral ribbon was a Sale-A-Bration offering that was so loved it sold out.  

Do you see the stitched scallop framing the hibiscus?  That lovely border was created using a die from the Be Mine Stitched framelits. It is hard to see in the Occasions catalog.  I will say that because of this die I had to purchase the Be Mine Stitched Framelit dies.


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Humming Along on a Snowy Day

It is day 3 of what is being called Snowmaggedon, Snowpocalypse, in other words the Big Snow.  We have lots of snow (I measured 9-1/2") and that is unusual where I live.  Everything is covered in a layer of white,  it is beautiful and kind of magical.  

Inside my craft room where it is toasty and warm I am thinking about color, something tropical.  


These hibiscus flowers are from the Humming Along stamp set.  They definitely remind me of the Islands.  I colored them in using Lovely Lipstick, Daffodil Delight, and Old Olive Stampin' Blends.  This stamp set also has coordinating dies, Hummingbird Framelits. This makes cutting out the flowers so easy.  


The Wood Textures DSP was cut using the Florentine die.   I layered the Florentine piece over a piece of Whisper White card stock that had been texturized using the Subtle embossing folder.  It seems like I use that folder on every card.  

Hope I brought a little bit of the  tropics into your day.  

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Beauty Abounds and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

I'm using the Beauty Abounds stamp set for this week's Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.   The challenge this week is to use Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape and Melon Mambo.


This is definitely a bold color combination.  


This flower image from the Beauty Abounds stamp set is pretty and almost whimsical.  I love the curlicues and little dots. 

I placed the stamp in the Stamparatus and used the hinge step technique to stamp the image 3 times.  The coloring was done using a blender pen and ink refills.  I wanted to keep the coloring light to fit the lightness of the stamp.  The sentiment is from the Kindness & Compassion stamp set.  The font was perfect for the image.  The ribbon is the 1/4" Gorgeous Grape Mini Striped Ribbon.  It may be a little bit of an overkill but I placed a Rhinestone in the middle of each flower.  What do you think, is it too much?

Be sure to go and check out what the other members of the Design team created with this color combination.

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Needle & Thread in Highland Heather

Just a quick post to share with you another easy card using the Needle & Thread bundle.


Doesn't the flower look like it is embroidered? This is a Distinktive stamp and the detail is amazing.  The flower was stamped in Highland Heather ink and cut out using the Needlepoint Elements dies.  


I love the large stitched design created by one of the Needlepoint Elements dies.  This die creates such a beautiful background.  


The card was finished using a strip of the Gingham Gala DSP, Old Olive Linen Thread, and the Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins.  These are some of favorite products in the 2019 Occasions catalog.

I have been tinkering with my blog and some areas are under construction.  This is why I have been inconsistent with my postsing. Things will be settling down soon.  Thank you for your patience!

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Bloom by Bloom for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Hard to believe that it is the last day of January!  I made this card using the Bloom by Bloom stamp set weeks ago and I am happy to finally get to share it with you.  The Create with Connie and Mary challenge this week is a sketch challenge.


I seem to be drawn to a portrait orientation when I make cards, so I had to rotate things to conform to the sketch.


Love the bold and fun images in the Bloom by Bloom stamp set especially paired with the DSP from the Happiness Bloom pack.  I also used one of the sentiments in the Part of My Story set.  I think this stamp set gets overlooked in the Sale-A-Bration brochure. 


I have used this set a lot and will keep it in my collection long after this year's Sale-A-Bration is over.  


Be sure to check out what the other design team members created for this sketch.  I know you will be inspired.

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Needle & Thread in Mostly Black & White

This year I am trying something new, instead of resolutions I decided to do 19 in 2019.  Let me explain.  I chose 19 things to do this year.  These things range from one time projects to daily habits. 

One of the 19, on my list was to blog 16 times in a month.  This I thought was a modest goal and something I could easily do.  I had originally had the idea that it should be 19 times but scaled it back a bit so I would be sure to hit this goal. This morning I counted up the posts I have written in January and counting tomorrow's post I was at 15!  All that to explain why I am posting later than usual.

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Back to my comfort zone of using black and white with a little color, in this case Daffodil Delight.  Love the Needle & Thread bundle, especially the die  that creates the perforated/stitched design on the card.  I need more of these!  The strip of black and white gingham is from the Botanical Butterfly DSP which is one of the Sale-A-Bration choices and is free with a $50 purchase.  As much as I love the butterfly designs on this paper, I think the black and white gingham is my very favorite.

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Spotlight on Bloom by Bloom

This week we are going to shine the spotlight on the Bloom by Bloom stamp set.  


This 17 piece photopolymer stamp set is bold and is perfect for all kinds of occasions.  This is a two-step stamp set and you can mix and match the different elements to create all kinds of designs.  This stamp set is part of the Happiness Blooms Suite of products which includes the Happiness Blooms Designer Series PaperCalypso Coral Satin Ribbon, Enamel Dots, the Dot to Dot Embossing folder, the Bitty Blooms Punch Pack, Happiness Blooms Memories & More Card & Envelopes,  and the Happiness Blooms Memories & More Card Pack.


It was fun mixing and matching the different papers in the Happiness Blooms DSP.  I kept with the color scheme of Call Me Clover, Calypso Coral, and Night of Navy.  I used the largest Stitched Circle framelit and the largest Layering Circle scallop.  The "thanks" is one of the many words in the Well Written Framelit Dies.


I used the Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies to cut out these rectangles.  I use these dies a lot.  They are definitely a must have.


Isn't it fun how the different flaps open to reveal a place to write a little note?  This card was a blast to create and I  will share measurements soon.  

Check back to see more projects featuring this great stamp set and suite of products.  Hopefully, I will convince you that you too need this stamp set.

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Hey Love for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #545

Yes, I am using the Hey Love stamp set for another challenge!  This week the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is a color challenge.


Perfect for a fun Valentine card!


This is the first time I am using this cute little ape.  I colored him using the Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends, quick and easy coloring.


Are you beginning to wonder how this card opens?  Well, it doesn't.  See the ribbon?  You pull it up and surprise!


Don't you love an interactive card?  


Such a fun surprise!   The sentiments are also from the Hey Love stamp set and are just perfect for this pull up card.  

Be sure to check out what the other design team members created using this color combination.  I know you will be inspired!

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