Apr 27 2009

Blog Tour 1 – Stop 2 and BLOG CANDY!

It’s here!  Today is the day for the Blog Tour.  My stop is Blog Tour 1 – Stop 2! 

I’ll be showing you several examples of the stamp set, Scene in a Garden, from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  In addition, each of my samples includes a greeting from one of the Get Connected promotion stamps on page 208, choose any one selection FREE with a $40 order from the Occasions Mini! 

After you visit my Blog (and leave a comment for BLOG CANDY!), you’ll go on to Stop 3 – Tiffany’s Bauers’ Blog.  I’m sure you’ll be inspired by her awesome work with the stamp set, Very Versatile, from the Occasions Mini!  Tiffany is the current Rising Star…winning that title at the Stampin’ Up! Convention last year.  She will have a link to the next Blog…and on you go!  There are a total of 17 stops in all on this Blog Tour…but the links are only live today!  So don’t wait!  Make sure you check out all the beautiful samples of stamp sets in the Occasions Mini. 

When the tour is over and you circle back here, I know you’ll be anxious to order some of these wonderful sets since you’ll have all these great ideas and you’ll want to receive your choice of the FREE stamp with $40 Mini Occasion purchase!  AND, don’t forget about my Customer Appreciation Special going on until the end of April!  You can own that darling Oval All set FREE!  Email or phone me with your order…I’ll take GOOD care of you!

My first card I used several stamps in the Scene in a Garden set…the bench, the birdhouse, the little bird and the stack of pots!  I stamped them in Basic Brown on Whisper White and colored them with my blender pen and markers.  I roughed up the edges with my Cutter Kit Distressing Tool and layered it on Chocolate Chip cardstock.  The size of the base card is 5 1/4 x 5 1/4.  The brocade paper on the right is from Bella Birds Designer Paper package.  I used so Saffron, Pink Pirouette and Chocolate Chip pieces of cardstock on the left.  I did some random piercing on the left of the color blocks and the right I did an entire row of piercings.  I added a Designer Flower Brad in each of the blocks (without planning on using those brads, they matched perfectly!)  The greeting is part of the Get Connected promotion…the Note of Thanks Mini Note Kit…FREE with a $40 Occasions Mini Catalog purchase!  I punched it with the Scallop Oval Punch, also available in the Occasions Mini Catalog…I love it!  Finally, I added a small piece of Pink Pirouette striped ribbon looped under the focal piece and curled a couple of the edges of paper.

My next sample uses the trio of mud boots from Scene in a Garden…between it and the birdhouse, I don’t know which stamp I like more in that set! 

I started by cutting the medium oval from Whisper White cardstock and the large oval in Bashful Blue cardstock from the Ovals Bigz Die.  Then I stamped the boots with Basic Black on Whisper White and colored them with Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa and Bashful Blue markers.  I sponged the edges with Bashful Blue and added a little ground underneath the boots.  I layered this onto the Bashful Blue and then free-hand pierced the holes around the perimeter of the Bashful Blue oval.  I used the bright check pattern from Washington Apple Designer Paper and took my colors from it.  I layered it over a strip of So Saffron.  The base card is Riding Hood Red with a layer of Pumpkin Pie over it.  I added some Riding Hood Red striped ribbon.  Finally, I stamped the greeting from the Note of Thanks Mini Note Kit…the other stamp in this kit you can get FREE this month with every $40 purchase from the Occasions Mini Catalog!

My third card was the easiest one to make and probably my favorite one! 

I started with a base of Basic Gray cardstock.  I added a layer of Whisper White.  On top of the Whisper White, I added Not Quite Navy and Kiwi Kiss pieces.  I ran them through the Big Shot with the Texturz Kit #4 wood grain texture.  For the focal piece, I stamped the vase with grasses in Kiwi Kiss, then used my marker to color the vase with Not Quite Navy.  I used the marker and Blender Pen to color the inside of the vase, too.  I layered the Whisper White on Basic Gray cardstock and pierced all along the edges.  Then I inked the Happy Birthday to You greeting (another FREE stamp possibility with a $40 Occasions Mini purchase!) and used my marker to color a couple of the words Not Quite Navy.  I layered that on Basic Gray cardstock, too.  Finally, I placed the small Kiwi Kiss Corduroy Button brad through the Corduroy Button to make a layered button brad and attached that to the Not Quite Navy piece.


So…if you remember…I offered some BLOG CANDY if you left a message on my Blog post today!  Just leave a comment telling me which card YOU like the best and your name will go in a drawing for all three of the cards PLUS your very own Scene in a Garden stamp set!  I’ll take comments until midnight Monday…and choose the random winner on Tuesday morning.  U.S. residents only, please…  GOOD LUCK and don’t forget to check back to see if you won!

Here is Tiffany’s Blog again…for Tour 1 – Stop 3!


159 People have left comments on this post

Apr 27, 2009 - 10:04:21
Kate said:

I love the second one. Those boots are just too cute. Couple them with bright colors and it’s awesome. Great job. I loved them all.

Apr 27, 2009 - 11:04:00
StampinCathy said:

I love them all. Love the boots and the colors are so bright and cheery. I also love the last one, cuz of the texture and it would be great for a manly man card. Thanks for a chance.

Apr 27, 2009 - 11:04:52
Cheryl said:

Love them all, but the first and particularly the last were my favorites!


Apr 27, 2009 - 11:04:27
Nancy said:

Hi – I love that Scene in a Garden stamp set, so I like the first two the best. It’s hard to decide, ’cause the boots are so cute lined up, but overall, I think I like the first one best. Great job!

Apr 27, 2009 - 11:04:07

I really like the last card. Love the Not Quite Navy with Kiwi Kiss. It’s a great color combo. I also like how you used the birthday sentiment and the texture!

Apr 27, 2009 - 11:04:36
Evaleen said:

They are all ADORABLE! But the second one grabbed me. The orange is awesome! This is one of the sets I didn’t get from the mini in an effort to show restraint and be frugal…. and you have made me want it right now! Great job!

Apr 27, 2009 - 11:04:02
Carol H. said:

They are all so cute it is hard to pick but I will have to say #3 is my favorite. Thanks for sharing with us. Enjoyed the tour.

Apr 27, 2009 - 11:04:32
Cookie said:

oh Connie, you know how much I enjoy your cards…. you are just soooooooooo creative….. could I have just a smidge of your creativity…lol… I love them all!!!!!

Apr 28, 2009 - 12:04:38
Shirley said:

I love all of the cards but the last one caught my attention the most because it’s so manly!! Trying to make cards for men is extremely challenging!!!

Thanks so much for the inspiration and for sharing your ideas!!!