Stampin Friends Fall/Back to School Blog Hop

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The theme is “Fall or Back to School”.  I went with a simple card and gift for a teacher.  As I type this blog entry, the stamp/die set I used,  the Stampin’ Up! exclusive, limited time bundle “Thoughtful Branches” (144328) is still available “while supplies last”.  This set will not be appearing in any upcoming catalog … so if you want it … get it sooner than later!!  The Stamp set, by itself, has sold out.  My fingers are crossed it will still be available when this blog goes live!

If you have arrived from , Andrea Tracy-Tucker‘s amazing blog … welcome.  You can get back to her via the “previous button” or just keep on hopping and you will get to her soon.

Be sure to continue on though the hop until you get back to where you started.  If you take the time to comment on each blog with “#SFSeptHop” as you travel through, you will be entered to win a prize from each of us … One lucky winner gets LOTS of surprises in the mail.  Details are below.

As usual, this month we have three talented Guest Hoppers joining us.  Be sure to say hello to them as you travel through the hop.

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 Here are my projects.  Everything I used is from Stampin’ Up!  

It’s September and it is back to school!  My grandson, Miles, started 1st grade a couple of weeks ago … maybe I’ll give this to him to take into his teacher … then again my granddaughter, Sophia who started preschool will want it, too!  I may have to just hang onto to it to avoid an argument!

This card is very straight forward this month.  Nothing fancy here.  I used the soon to be unavailable “Thoughtful Branches” bundle (144328).  I stamped the tree trunk in soft suede and leaves in Old Olive on a piece of Very Vanilla, then ran it through the Big Shot using the Petal Burst Embossing Folder (141493) for dimension.  I then stamped the apples in Real Red and used the apple die from the Beautiful Branches Thinlets Die set.  I used my Soft Suede Stampin’ Write marker to color over the stem.  I adhered the apples with glue dots.

The card base is Old Olive with Old Olive leaves stamped all over for added interest.  There is a skinny layer of Real Red to make the card “pop” a bit.  Tags & Labels Framelits (138282) was used for the sentiment.  A piece of Real Red 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon adds a nice touch. 20160911_192837_wm_resized

I didn’t want to neglect the inside of the card.  I always like to do something to dress it up a bit … yet still leave plenty of space for a note to the teacher.

 

Here is my quick and easy pencil holder.  My Popcorn Box Thinlets (141473) have finally seen the light of day!  It’s so easy to assemble.

After I cut out the Old Olive parts, I ran them through the Petal Burst embossing folder so it would match the card.  You can see that better in the last photo.

This time I stamped the leaves and trunk and die cut them.  The leaves require the precision base plate (139684).

I did add weight to the bottom of the pencil holder so it would stand up without tipping under the weight of the pencils … I had these heavy-ish flat glass gems left over from another project .. they work perfectly.

I hope you enjoyed my post …. now for prizes.  Please comment on each blog in the hop, using #SFSeptHop along with your comment by midnight on September 18th.  (Please note … the prizes pictured are NOT what the winner will receive.)  The winner will receive a prize from each of the bloggers in this hop!

Thank you for visiting.  Click on the “next” button to continue on through the hop to check out Melanie Coverston and her fabulous contributions.

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  1. Kathie Rotti – You are HERE!
  2. Andrea Tracy-Tucker

Stampin Friends Hope Blog Hop

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The theme is “HOPE”.  I am simply “HOPING” you have a great day.  I “HOPE” my card and project help you do just that!

If you have arrived from one of our guest bloggers, Kim Lamos‘, amazing blog … welcome.  You can get back to her via the “previous button” or just keep on hopping and you will get to her soon.

Be sure to continue on though the hop until you get back to where you started.  If you take the time to comment on each blog with “#SFAugHop” as you travel through, you will be entered to win a prize from each of us … One lucky winner gets LOTS of surprises in the mail.  Details are below.

As usual, this month we have three talented Guest Hoppers joining us.  Be sure to say hello to them as you travel through the hop.

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 Here are my projects.  Everything I used is from Stampin’ Up!  

Since it is still summer … my take on the “HOPE” theme led me to use the stamp set, Seaside Shore (141625) and By the Shore Designer Series Paper (141640).

I have seen MANY of the double Z fold cards lately.  I love the style!  So here is my idea for a card.  I used Soft Sky, Calypso Coral and Dapper Denim Cardstock and inks. Very Vanilla Cardstock is my neutral color.

Lots of Labels Framelits (138281) was the only set of dies used for the card.  There is a bunch of “fussy cutting” involved .. one day I WILL take my E-cutter out of it’s box.

I was having a hard time trying to come up with a project for this month.  I “HOPE” you love it as much as I do!!  The stamp set and Designer Series Paper screamed “AQUARIUM”!!!!  (My 4 year old grand daughter has “dibs” on the aquarium when I finish typing this!)

….so … I pulled out my trusty Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlets (135853), Layering Circles Framelits (141705) and window sheets (142314) to make this aquarium. I put a window in 3 sides.

I introduced some Mint Macaron sea weed and then made some coral from the tree from the Thoughtful Branches VERY limited time bundle (144328) to add interest to the aquarium. (Only available in AUGUST 2016)

The fish, sea weed and coral are mounted on a square of DSP using window sheet tabs and glue dots.  Close it up and add a bow to finish it off and call it DONE!

Here are some other views of the closed box.

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I hope you enjoyed my post …. now for prizes.  Please comment on each blog in the hop, using #SFAugHop along with your comment by midnight on July 24th.  (Please note … the prizes pictured are NOT what the winner will receive.)  The winner will receive a prize from each of the bloggers in this hop!

Thank you for visiting.  Click on the “next” button to continue on through the hop to check out Angela Lorenz and her fabulous contributions.

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  1. Kathie Rotti – YOU ARE HERE!

 

Stampin Friends Summer Fun Hop

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It’s time for some summer fun!!.  Have you ever been lucky enough to catch lightning bugs???  If yes …. you have come to the right place … read on!

If you have arrived from Steph Jandrow’s amazing blog … welcome.  You can get back to her via the “previous button” or just keep on hopping and you will get to her soon.

Be sure to continue on though the hop until you get back to where you started.  If you take the time to comment on each blog with “#SFJulyHop” as you travel through, you will be entered to win a prize from each of us … One lucky winner gets LOTS of surprises in the mail.  Details are below.

As usual, this month we have three talented Guest Hoppers joining us.  Be sure to say hello to them as you travel through the hop.

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 Here are my projects.  Everything I used is from Stampin’ Up!  

It’s the peak of summer.  Time for fireflies.  I loved those hot, humid nights, growing up, when lightning bugs lit up the grasses in the backyard.  I would catch a few in a mason jar and watch their abdomens magically light up.  As soon as I saw the Jars of Love stamp set and Everyday Jars Framelits Dies, I knew I’d be making this card and project.

I used Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight and Thick Whisper White card stock.  This is a typical side fold card, with a daffodil base, a navy layer, another daffodil layer and topped with a navy strip representing the evening sky that I punched with the Confetti Star Border Punch.

I stamped the fireflies, jar, lid and sentiment in Basic Gray Archival ink.  The coordinating dies and Big Shot made this card very easy.  I used Crushed Curry ink for the fireflies stamped as a background.  A Daffodil marker colors in the abdomen of the fireflies.  I used the Classic Label Punch for the sentiment.  Linen Thread is wrapped around the neck of the jar.20160712_181418_wm

The inside of the card has a smaller jar and a few escaped fireflies.  I used a sponge dauber and Daffodil Delight ink and pressed a glow around the butt of the little lightning bugs.

I used this card in my class last week.  My 6 year old grandson, Miles, stopped by earlier that day, saw the tables all set up and announced he was going to make a card for his Auntie Steph.  (Good thing I had and extra kit!)  Miles loves using the big shot.  I think he did a mighty fine job on this card!!!

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What goes better with fireflies than a firefly luminary???  .

The Night of Navy cardstock is 10 1/2″ x 8″.  I scored at 2 1/2″, 5″, 7 1/2″ and 10″.on the long edge.  On the short edge, score at 2 1/2″.    I punched a top star border with the Confetti Star Border Punch.  (When the luminary was complete, I decided to put in a strip of Daffodil cardstock to back the stars.)

Using the Big Shot and Everyday Jars Framelits, I cut a tall mason jar opening in each side.  I cut 4 pieces (4″ x 2 1/4″) of Vellum Cardstock and stamped a tall mason jar in Stazon Black ink   I also stamped fireflies in Stazon.  On the reverse side of the stamped image, I added the daffodil marker and “butt glow” with a dauber.  I used glue dots to adhere the vellum behind the cutouts (Stazon Ink side to the outside).  A few random die cut lightning bugs add a pop of wow!  I wrapped a length of linen thread around the entire luminary a few times, then added a linen thread bow to each jar.  Pop in a tea light and you are good to go!

I hope you enjoyed my post …. now for prizes.  Please comment on each blog in the hop, using #SFJulyHop along with your comment by midnight on July 24th.  (Please note … the prizes pictured are NOT what the winner will receive.)  The winner will receive a prize from each of the bloggers in this hop!

Thank you for visiting.  Click on the “next” button to continue on through the hop to check out Melanie Coverston and her fabulous contributions.

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  1. Kathie Rotti – You Are Here!

 

 

Stampin Friends No Rules June Hop

 

Welcome to my stop on the hop.  Did you just come from Steph Jandrow’s amazing blog?  You can get back to her via the “previous button” or just keep on hopping and you will get to her soon.

Be sure to continue on though the hop until you get back to where you started.  If you take the time to comment on each blog with “#SFJuneHop” as you travel through, you will be entered to win a prize from each of us … One lucky winner gets LOTS of surprises in the mail.  Details are below.

As usual, this month we have three talented Guest Hoppers joining us.  Be sure to say hello to them as you travel through the hop.

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 Well, here are my projects.  Everything I used is from Stampin’ Up!  

I chose to do a baby card and one of those shadow boxes that are out “there”.  I got my inspiration for the “Pop Up Z-fold” card from Linda Heller over at Stamping School.  The shadow box is from a pictorial tutorial by Mary Ann Rossiter (www.stampinmak.com) that I saw in one of the card making Facebook groups.

The Mint Macaron card has Soft Suede accents.  I used the coordinating In Color Designer Series Paper Stack .  The Z-fold portion is a 5 1/4″ x 6″ piece of whisper white, scored at 2″ & 4″ on   the long edge.

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                                      I cut the opening in the card front with the largest scalloped square from Layering Squares Framelits.  The DSP scalloped square is cut from the next size down. The DSP square is mounted on a square of Whisper White card stock … the safety pin is sandwiched between the layers.

Using Something For Baby and the coordinating dies, Baby’s First Framelits, I stamped the carriage twice and die cut both … fussy cutting the mint macaron carriage body to layer on the soft suede carriage with dimensionals.  I used sentiments from Cottage Greetings on the card front and Suite Sayings inside the card.  Pearls on the flower and wheels are a must!

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I couldn’t believe how easy this frame is to make!  AND it is a good size frame.  The interior is 7″ square.  I wanted to use Mint Macaron … but… alas, I have no more Designer paper in that color!!!!! … so I went with a great standby … Pool Party.

I got to use my brand new Large Letter Framelits!!  They just arrived last Friday.  I used the same stamp set, Something for Baby with the Baby’s First Framelits to add the interest.  A few basic pearls finish it.

I used a 12″ x 12″ sheet of DSP.  I scored 4 lines every 1/2″ on all 4 sides.  A few short score lines  and an angled cut was all there was to it.  Fold it all up.  I used Tear n Tape to secure the sides of the frame.

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I thinking this is an adorable little gift for a baby shower or décor for the nursery.

        

I hope you enjoyed my post …. now for prizes.  Please comment on each blog in the hop, using #SFJuneHop along with your comment.  (Please note … the prizes pictured are NOT what the winner will receive.)  The winner will receive a prize from each of the bloggers in this hop!

Thank you for visiting.  Click on the “next” button to continue on through the hop to check out Lynn Streifert and her fabulous contributions.

  1. Kathie Rotti – YOU ARE HERE!
  2. Andrea Tracy-Tucker

 

 

 

 

Stampin Friends Sympathy, Get Well or Thinking of You May Hop

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Welcome to my stop on the hop.  Did you just come from Kirsteen Gill’s amazing blog?  You can get back to her via the “previous button” or just keep on hopping and you will get to her soon.

Be sure to continue on though the hop until you get back to where you started.  If you take the time to comment on each blog with “#SFMayHop” as you travel through, you will be entered to win a prize from each of us … One lucky winner gets LOTS of surprises in the mail.  Details are below.

As usual, this month we have three talented Guest Hoppers joining us.  Be sure to say hello to them as you travel through the hop.

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 Well, here are my projects.  Everything (except for the orchid … and the tissue paper) I used is from Stampin’ Up!  

I chose to do a “Thinking of You” card and a slatted flower basket.  I got my inspiration for the card from Linda Heller over at Stamping School.  The slatted basket is from a tutorial I found in Splitcoast Stampers.

Using the diamond design from the retiring “Happy Patterns” decorative mask (138313), I sponged in a diagonal pattern, bottom right to upper left … darker to lighter using Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum and Wisteria Wonder ink on Whisper White cardstock.  The sentiment is from the retiring hostess set, “Best Thoughts“.  I mounted this on a Basic Black card base.

I stamped the hyacinths from “Helping Me Grow” (140764) in archival black ink onto Whisper White cardstock.  After coloring the image with Elegant Eggplant and Perfect Plum using daubers and a Pear Pizzazz marker, I fussy cut them out and popped the blossoms up on dimensionals.  A piece of Pear Pizzazz cotton ribbon and some clear Wink of Stella completes the card front.  Inside I stamped a portion of the hyacinth image, leaving the rest blank for a personal note.

The Slatted Basket is amazingly easy to make (following the tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers).  I think it makes a perfect presentation for a small plant.  The basket’s inside dimension is 4″ x 4″ x 3.25″ tall.  It is extremely sturdy.

I used a 12″ x 12″ sheet of Elegant Eggplant cardstock for the basket’s foundation and 6- 1″x11″ strips of Regals Designer Series Paper Stack for the side accents.  I decided to add a 1/2″ narrow strip of DSP around the top.  I chose not to add a handle since I put a plant inside.

I think this is a great gift to show someone you are thinking of them.

    

I hope you enjoyed my post …. now for prizes.  Please comment on each blog in the hop, using #SFMayHop along with your comment.  (Please note … the prizes pictured are NOT what the winner will receive.)  The winner will receive a prize from each of the bloggers in this hop!

Thank you for visiting.  Click on the “next” button to continue on through the hop to check out Carolina Evans and her fabulous contributions.

  1. Kathie Rotti (You are here!)

 

 

 

 

Stampin Friends All Things Animal Hop

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Lions, ummm … giraffes and rhinos … oh MY! … and more!

Welcome to my stop on the hop.  Did you just come from Steph Jandrow’s amazing blog?  You can get back to her via the “previous button” or just keep on hopping and you will get to her soon.SFHOPPREVIOUS

Be sure to continue on though the hop until you get back to where you started.  If you take the time to comment on each blog with “#SFAprHop” as you travel through, you will be entered to win a prize from each of us … One lucky winner gets LOTS of surprises in the mail.  Details are below.

As usual, this month we have three talented Guest Hoppers joining us.  Be sure to say hello to them as you travel through the hop.

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 Well, here are my projects.  Everything (except the Animal Crackers) I used is from Stampin’ Up!   …. much of it is retiring.

“All Things Animal” is the theme this month.  I considered going with butterflies … because they are animals too …. but with Zoo Babies  (130456)retiring, I thought I should finally ink up that stamp set.  Why haven’t I used it before now?  It is so adorable!!!!

The square window card is 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″.  I used the retiring Squares Collection Framelits (130921) to create the frames and window cut out.  There is a window sheet (114323) in the opening.  The inside frame hides the edges of the window sheet.  Botanical Gardens DSP gave the card and box the wild animal feel that I was looking for.  The Botanical Builder Framelits (140625) and Botanical Blooms stamp set (140757) provided the leaves.   The square window card style is from Stamping School.

I used a bit of Botanical Gardens Designer Washi Tape (140586) to represent grass on the inside of the card.  All of the animals can be fussy cut or you can use an e-cutter to make your life a little simpler.

The retiring Fry Box Bigz L (132966) made for a cute coordinating project.  ANOTHER retiring item I have never used before!  sigh…..

I cut the Fry Box from Mossy Meadow cardstock and the Botanical Gardens DSP.  I hand trimmed the DSP to fit on the assembled box so there was a border of Mossy Meadow showing.  I decorated with several of the animals and a few leaves.  This would make a great favor for a birthday party.  The box is super easy to assemble.

The Fry box is perfect for holding a small bag of animal crackers.

Did you know, animal crackers just aren’t as tasty as last month’s jelly beans?!!!

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I hope you enjoyed my post …. now for prizes.  Please comment on each blog using #SFAprHop along with your comment.  (Please note … the prizes pictured are NOT what the winner will receive.)  The winner will receive a prize from each of the bloggers in this hop!

Thank you for visiting.  Click on the “next” button to continue on through the hop to check out guest hopper, Robin Rasset and her fabulous contributions. SFHOPNEXT

  1. Kathie Rotti : You are HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

Stampin Friends Spring/Pastel Hop

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Spring has sprung!!! Well it seems like it anyway … the 20th isn’t far away.  The weather in Massachusetts has been pretty nice.  I loved our easy winter … I would like more of the same next winter.  Please?

Welcome to my stop on the hop.  Did you just come from Steph Jandrow’s amazing blog?  You can get back to her via the “previous button” or just keep on hopping and you will get to her soon.SFHOPPREVIOUS

Be sure to continue on though the hop until you get back to where you started.  If you take the time to comment on each blog with “#SFMarHop” as you travel through, you will be entered to win a prize form each of us … One lucky winner gets LOTS of surprises in the mail.  Details are below.

This month we have three amazing Guest Hoppers joining us.  Be sure to say hello to them as you travel through the hop.

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 Well, here are my projects.  Everything (except the Jelly Beans) I used is from Stampin’ Up!   

“Spring or Pastels” was the theme we had to follow this month.  I covered a few bases by making them Easter … guess what the grandkids are getting!! … Well, I’ll need to buy more jelly beans … every time I took a photo there were fewer and fewer jellybeans … I just don’t understand …..

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So Saffron, Pool Party and Blushing Bride are my pastels for spring!  The chick is from Honeycomb Happiness (141291), a Sale-A-Bration set.  There is still time to earn him!  But hurry, March 31st is the last day of Sale-A-Bration!  I stamped him in Memento Black in on Whisper White cardstock and again on (the now retired) Perfectly Artistic DSP.  I forgot it was retired when I made this card for the hop!!  So sorry … BUT … you can use So Saffron cardstock or any DSP with a subtle print.  I fussy cut out the yellow chick without his legs and glued it on the image stamped on the white cardstock.  A Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker colored his feet and beak.  I used the 2-1/2″ circle punch to cut the chick circle.  The colored circle was made with the Circles Collection Framelits   (130911). The background DSP is from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack (138437).  The word “Happy” is from the Hello You Thinlits (138283).  The word “Easter” or Spring” is from Crazy About You (137137) and die cut using Banner Framelits (132173).  A Tea Lace Paper Doily (129399) and some White Seam Binding finish off the card. 20160316_144939_wm

I rarely leave the inside of a card blank.  The sentiment is from Greatest Sayings (140706).

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I don’t use this die often enough .. there is so much you can make with it.  I love the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits (135853).  After cutting out the shapes, I used a circle die to make a window in one side so my QUICKLY DISAPPEARING JELLY BEANS would show.  I glued in a piece of window sheet (114323) which was cut using the next larger circle die.  I covered part of the box with paper from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack (138437).

I felt the box needed something more, so I cut a matching butterfly using the medium sized butterfly from the Butterfly Thinlits (137360).  I cut the butterfly down the center of his body and glued a half to each side of the slit.

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This box is amazingly sturdy.  Even though it is now void of any jelly beans … it once was full. 20160316_144217_wm

I hope you enjoyed my post …. now for prizes.  Please comment on each blog using #SFMARHop along with your comment.  (Please note … the prizes pictured are NOT what the winner will receive.)  The winner will receive a prize from each of the bloggers in this hop!

Thank you for visiting.  Click on the “next” button to continue on through the hop to check out Barbara Welch’s fabulous contributions. SFHOPNEXT

  1.  Melissa Thomas
  2.  Cheryl
  3.  Steph Jandrow
  4.  Kathie Rotti – you are HERE!
  5.  Barbara Welch
  6.  Charlene Luks
  7.  Carolina Evans
  8.  Leanne Johnson
  9.  Lynn Streifert
  10.  Kirsteen Gill
  11.  Elizabeth Jeanne