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Welcome to our April Blogging Friends Blog Hop!  I promise – no April Fool’s jokes here; just a whole lot of creative sharing 🙂

I  can’t believe it’s already April, and Sale-A-Bration has just ended for another year.  I hope you were able to take advantage of earning yourself a lot of Free products – free is my favourite price!

If this is your first blog hop with us, we – the Blogging Friends – are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, who have mainly met online only, on our demonstrator-only community website.  We love to stamp, and we love to share our passion and ideas, so what better way than to come together, and share them with you!

Each of our blogs are linked in a circle, so all you have to do is click on the Continue button at the bottom of each blog post, and you will travel through each of the blogs, and not miss a single amazing project!  If technical gremlins do cause any problems, there is also a list of all the participating blogs at the bottom; just click on the name/link, and you’ll get there!

As you may know, Stampin’ Up! is gearing up for the release of the new Annual Catalogue on June 1st.  While we are all thrilled about this (so many new things!!), this means that the retiring list will be coming out soon! 🙁  We all know that to make room for new colours, stamp sets and more, some have to retire.

So this month, we’ve decided to share with you some of OUR favourite stamps from the Annual and Occasions catalogues!  Perhaps some will be your favourites too; or maybe you’ll be inspired to try a stamp set that you never noticed, or didn’t know how you would use.

Let the fun begin!

My first card shares one of my favourite retired sets, that I just cannot part with – it’s called Perfect Blend.

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As a total coffee-a-holic, I jumped for joy when this set came out!  I love the 2 sentiments that come with it, and, well, we all recognize this to-go cup, don’t we?!

Once I decided to use the ‘rule the world’ sentiment, I knew I could use some current items on this card.  The card base is Island Indigo cardstock, with a panel of Going Places DSP with the world map design, on top.  For the bottom, I took a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock, and used the perfect Timeless Textures stamp set to stamp the coffee cup rings in Crumb Cake ink.  I then used the splotches image, inked in Soft Suede and added them.  I then added a strip of Burlap ribbon, cut in half lengthwise and unravelled a bit, where the 2 papers join.

I used the mug shape from the Cups & Kettle Framelits dies to cut the coffee mug shape from the Perfectly Artistic DSP from Sale-A-Bration.  I then stamped the same sentiment in Archival Black ink onto the front of the mugs.

The to-go cups, sleeve and lid were all stamped & cut out separately in Crumb Cake ink on Whisper White cardstock.  I used a Sponge Dauber and Crumb Cake ink to add a little depth to the colour.  The sentiment was stamped in Archival Black ink to each of the cup sleeves, then the cup pieces were layered together using Stampin’ Dimensionals.   

Now, my desk isn’t this messy – especially when paper crafting! – but I do love my coffee!  I hope you like this little bit of whimsy 🙂

I did a card with the same theme quite some time ago; you can see it this post HERE from 2013!


My next card uses one current product; a favourite stamp set from the Annual catalogue, and a favourite from Sale-A-Bration.

sheltering tree & pedal pushers

It’s Cherry Blossom time again here in Vancouver, and the spring time weather has finally arrived!  It’s the perfect time to get out, view the beautiful blossoms and get some fresh air & exercise – perhaps pedalling with a friend!

The trees, from the set Sheltering Tree (pg.89 AC) are stamped in Crumb Cake ink onto Whisper White cardstock.  I stamped them with an upwards grade, to give the illusion of the path going upwards.  To mimic the cherry blossoms, I stamped them in Blushing Bride ink, then added the grass in Pear Pizzazz ink.  Of course, the blossoms are always falling off the branches, so I stamped a few on the grass and the path.

The path was created by stamping again using Timeless Textures set, to mimic a dirt path, again in Crumb Cake ink.  I then used the Sale-A-Bration set Pedal Pusher and stamped the bicycle in Archival Black ink.  To colour the bike, I used my Stampin’ Write Markers in Smoky Slate, Basic Black and Marina Mist.

The sentiment, also from Pedal Pusher, was stamped in Island Indigo onto Whisper White cardstock.  I then used the Bitty Banners Dies to die cut it, and the Island Indigo layer behind it.  Everything was layered together using Stampin’ Dimensionals, then for a final touch I added 2 Candy Dots in Island Indigo in the upper left hand corner.

I really like how this scene turned out; it looks like so many of the parks and streets in Vancouver right now!

For my last card, I used one of the most current sets that I knew I had to have, as soon as I saw it in the Occasions catalogue:

botanical builder

Of course I’m talking about the fabulous Botanical Blossoms Bundle, which includes the Botanical Blooms stamp set, the Botanical Builders Framelits and the Botanical Gardens DSP.  Talk about great value for your money!

On this card, I didn’t use the DSP, as I wanted to use a different colour scheme than that in the paper.

I started out with a panel of Whisper White cardstock, and inked up the lines image from one of my other fav’s – Gorgeous Grunge, in Daffodil Delight ink.  I stamped them a few inches up from the bottom, horizontally, then stamped them again vertically up the left side.  I then used the small dots grouping from Timeless Textures and stamped them randomly in Mint Macaron ink.

To create the flowers, I used cardstock in Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Mint Macaron, and used the Botanical Builders Framelits to die cut them.  I inked the edges of the flowers for more depth using my Sponge Daubers, and the same colours in ink.  The leaves were die cut from Garden Green and Old Olive cardstock; I used the Botanical Blooms stamp to stamp veining on the leaves, and then again inked the edges using Sponge Daubers.

After layering the flowers together, I first attached the leaves to the stamped panel, then layered the flowers on top, scattering the smallest flower across the front.  The sentiment is from the retired Itty Bitty Banners stamp set, inked in Calypso Coral onto Whisper White cardstock.  Both it and the Mint Macaron piece behind it were die cut using the Bitty Banners Framelits.

The completed front panel was attached to the Mint Macaron cardstock base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Well, I had to limit the number of projects to share with  you for this blog hop, but you know I have A LOT MORE favourite stamp sets than just these ones!  I’d love to hear if these are your favourites, or what your favourite sets are – please leave me a comment!

And now, you’ll want to click on the Continue button below, so that you can head over to the talented Jessica Mink’s blog, and see which sets she chose as her favourites!  If you’d like to just randomly hop about, or go back and look at some of the other projects again, you can see a list of all of the participating blogs at the bottom of this post; just click on the name, and that will take you to their blog post.

Thanks for spending some time with me – I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop!

Until next time -happy stamping!

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Participating Blogs:

Crystal Komara
Anna Masciovecchio
Libby Fens
Anne Power
Mary Blocher
Danica Ferrante
Deborah SmartYou Are Here!
Jessica Mink
Jodi Horsley
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Lorene Yoshimura-Tanigawa
Mary Ann Rossiter
Tammy Gill
Rick Adkins
Lisa Reber

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

28 thoughts on “Blogging Friends Blog Hop – A Few of My Favourite Things

    1. Thanks for your kind comment, Anne! It was so hard to choose just a few favourites 🙂

    1. Aww, thanks Lisa! I do love that set; it seems to be easier to create with a set you love, right? Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂

    1. You’re not kidding, Danica! It’s impossible to choose just 1 set; I couldn’t have all the others feeling left out! 😉

  1. Yay! OMG I loved Perfect Blend too and what you did with it here for your sample! Crystal

    1. Thank, Mary! Glad to know I’m not the only one who ‘needs’ coffee to get going! 🙂

  2. Oh Debrah – what great favourites! I have to say that I am not a coffee drinker, but I sure do recognize that cup 🙂 I love the Sherltering tree set – so versatile. Awesome cards.

    1. Well, you can get tea or hot chocolate in ‘that cup’ too, Tammy! 😉 Thanks for your kind comment! It’s great being part of this team with you.

  3. Deb these are great cards showcasing your favorites. You can always tell when someone really loves the images and how well the card is designed and created. Thank you for sharing and for your inspiration.

    1. It’s wonderful to read your comment, Leanne, and know that my love of stamping comes through! It’s wonderful being part of the team with you, and sharing inspiration 🙂

  4. Love all of them! I, too, will never part with my Perfect Blend set – or the Have a Cuppa set when it retires. Now I just have to put ink on my Pedal Pusher set, which I got almost a month ago and haven’t used. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. I’m so glad to read that you like my cards, Gail! I do love the Perfect Blend and Have a Cuppa sets; tea & coffee – can’t go wrong there! 🙂

  5. What a great variety! They all turned out so nice! I love seeing color combinations I would not have thought of for the Botanical Builders.. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I totally agree, Michelle; I think Perfect Blend should be brought back for us coffee lovers! 🙂 Well, at least there is a mug in the Cups & Kettle Framelits for us!

  6. Perfect Blend is one of my favorites as well! I will never EVER get rid of that one!!! I might have to case your card…love it! And thinking I need that coffee cup die…thanks for sharing:) Great Job!

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