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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop (Letter E)

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!  For this hop we will be featuring the letter E. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their “E” element will be featured in their post.

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If you came from Tonya Whitehurst ~ Heart & Soul Scrappers then you’re on the right track!

Wedding Card by Wendy Kessler

Wedding Card by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Love Always Stamp Set, Slate Ink, White Daisy Organdy Ribbon, Cardstock (Slate, White Daisy), Quatrefoil Embossing Folder, Confetti Embossing Folder, and White Daisy Cards & Envelopes.

I chose Embossing for the letter E.  I haven’t done much embossing even though I like the look because my machine seems to have too much pressure and the images end up cutting through in parts instead of just embossing.  While creating this project, I learned that if I mist my paper with a little water before embossing it loosens up the fibers in the paper and it embosses beautifully without any cutting!  One the second card, I applied ink to my embossing folder before inserting my paper for a different look.  The first one is my favorite.

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Linda Norman- Scrappy Therapy.

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

Use Your Stash Blog Hop: Ribbon

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If you are joining us for the “Use Your Stash Blog Hop” you are right on track. WELCOME! You should be coming from Nicole Schuette.  If you get lost along the way scroll down to the end of this post for the entire list of hoppers.

Ribbon Wreath by Wendy Kessler

Today we are sharing ways to use up your ribbon stash and I have created this ribbon wreath.  This is a great way to use up a lot of that ribbon stash.  I cut A LOT of ribbon strips at 5 1/2 inches and sealed the ends with a lighter.  The base of my wreath is a clothes hanger.  I simply reshaped it into a circle and then tied all the ribbons around it until it was full.  Super easy!  With the red, white, and blue colors I plan to hang this for the 4th of July.

Now hop on over to Priscilla Gotham for more ideas of using up your stash.

Here’s a list of all participants in case you get lost along the way:

1. Wendy Kessler ~ My Scrapbooking Blog

2. Priscilla Gotham

3. Michelle Loncar

4. Marie Flayer

5. Nicole Schuette

CTMH Technique Blog Hop – Kissing Is for Stamping

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Happy Birthday Layout by Wendy KesslerSupplies used are all Close to My Heart: Paper Fundamentals – Adventure, Glacier Extra Thick Twine, Inks (Pacifica, Honey, Cranberry, Pear, Lagoon, Reel Life stamp set, Dizzy Circles stamp set, Artiste Cricut Collection (and Birthday stamp set), Art Philosophy Cricut Collection.

Typically, for the Kissing Stamping Technique you would choose a solid stamp image and a background stamp.  I had a hard time finding a solid image so I took the balloon from the Artiste Birthday stamp set and stamped using the back side of it which gave me a solid image.  I kissed the balloon image with a spiral image from the Dizzy Circles stamp set which I inked in another (darker) color.  I used Liquid Glass to attach the Twine and Glue Dots with a little pop to give the balloons some dimension.

Try these different kissing methods:
* Ink first stamp in a lighter color and second stamp in a darker color, kiss together, then stamp onto paper (as shown on balloons above).
* Ink first stamp in a lighter color, stamp this off once onto a scrap paper.  Ink second stamp in same color, kiss together, stamp onto paper (as show on green balloon above).
* Stamp first image onto paper, overlap with a new image over top. You can do multiple layering with this option and can also overlap with words.

Now hop on over to Catherine Nowak!

List of participants:

Everything ABC’s Blog Hop (Letter D)

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!  For this hop we will be featuring the letter D. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their “D” element will be featured in their post.

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If you came from Stephanie Feist-The Quilted Scrapper then you’re on the right track!

Dance Display Tray by Wendy Kessler

For my “D” I chose DANCE and DISPLAY TRAY.  I have been putting this project off for way too long.  In fact, I think I was going to do it for the letter D blog hop last year!  It came together very quickly.  I used a combination of dance pictures (professional ones, personal ones, and some cut from Memory Mates).  My original plan was to use Mod Podge for adhering everything but I decided to just go with glue dots instead.  It was much faster, less messy, and I plan to store it in an enclosed cabinet so it shouldn’t get too dusty.  I think a key to making these display trays really stand out is to add embellishments to the top layer of the tray to make it more 3-dimensional.  I was happy that I had the pin to add to the corner as well.  The dance title on the bottom would have hung off the edge except that I plan to stand the tray up instead of hanging it (good thing I put this all together before I stuck on that title piece!).

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Donna Long – Hints of Happiness with Donna.

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

CTMH February 2016 SOTM Blog Hop: Balloon Animals

FebSOTM2016Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring the February Stamp of the Month, which is Balloon Animals, a set of 13 stamps.

If you have come here from Michelle Stewart’s Blog , you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.  To visit each blog for some great ideas just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go! 

Balloon Valentines by Wendy Kessler


Balloon Valentines by Wendy KesslerSupplies used are all Close to My Heart: Balloon Animals Stamp Set (February 2016 SOTM), Cardstock, Ink, Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape, and Marvy Uchida LePen Journaling Pen.

This is such a fun stamp set!  I used it to create Valentines for my preschooler.  I also made enough so that she can use them next year for Kindergarten.  It will be so nice to have these done and just go buy balloons to attach.  This design can easily be changed up with a different animal of your choosing and any number of color combinations!  I printed “Float Away With Me!” on cardstock and added at the end.  I just wrote “from” on the back and had my daughter sign her name.  It was easiest to do this first before attaching the yellow cardstock.

Balloon Valentines by Wendy Kessler

Now “Hop” on over to Darlys Recker’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the Balloon Animals Stamp Set is only available through the end of February!

This set is available on my website for only $5 with a $50 purchase.  Shop now!

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More artwork (by corp):
5½” x 4¼” Balloon Animal Card
S1602 My Acrylix® Balloon Animals
X7207B Penelope Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z3126 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment
Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2649 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
12″ x 12″ Party Animal Page
S1602 My Acrylix® Balloon Animals
X7207B Penelope Paper Packet
X7206B Regatta Paper Packet
X5770 Glacier Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5779 Poppy Cardstock
Z2649 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
X7207C Penelope Complements
Z3165 Fundamental Stickers Whimsy Pack
Z3164 Fundamental Stickers Enchantment Pack
Z3163 Fundamental Stickers Adventure Pack
Z2010 White Enamel Stars
Z3024 White Shimmer Trim
Z3132 Watercolor Paints
Z3188 Paintbrush Set
Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen
Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection
Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
1¼” <Font> “Party Animal”