Friday, February 25, 2011

Happy Birthday, Stampin' Addicts- from Lily's Ink Pad!

There's a whole lotta celebrating around here this weekend--my sister and her daughter's birthday (on the same day, the baby is 1!!!), my nephews belated birthday gift opening, and Stampin' Addicts turns 2! How cool is that?

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Welcome to my stop on the Stampin' Addicts Birthday Technique Blog Hop. Each stop features a technique used on birthday projects. You may be starting here at Lily' Ink Pad with my Chalkboard technique or perhaps you came from Krystal's Cards More featuring spotlighting.

The Chalkboard technique is my favorite technique because it adds brightness to dark colors, and maybe, as a middle school teacher, I like chalk. First up, a traditional use of this technique on a card for a young girl or tween.

To do this technique, you just stamp on dark cardstock with White Craft Ink. Then you use sponge daubers to add pastel dust to the ink. As you can see, a bit of the dust makes it's way onto the cardstock, but I think that adds to the charm.

Ready for Project Number 2?

 This is a birthday card for a friend, perhaps an older one who doesn't want her birthday known. This idea came to me as I wanted to make some flowers, but wanted a purple background. I simply stamped the Whisper White Craft Ink on Concord Crush, and then added pastels in Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery, and Daffodil Delight. I also added a little layer of circles that are chalkboarded (I hope that's a word), with Certainly Celery on Certainly Celery cardstock.


Next up, I tried to go Natural:

This bluebird came from me wanting to stamp this little guy on dark cardstock and make him pop. The photo doesn't look as sharp as the real-life card, but I still like it. Plus, can you tell I stamped him on Designer Series Paper? Pretty cool. This technique works on all sorts of paper!

Finally,
What Could this be?

Yummy cupcakes! As I was told recently, every cupcake needs a little swirl, so I used Baroque Motifs on the cupcake die cuts and "frosted" them with Tempting Turquoise pastels.
But let's look inside:

and....TaDah!---A cupcake is inside! I am not eating sweets (much) right now, so didn't make a real one. This one came from a cool store and will be a part of my niece's birthday gift (shhh, don't tell her). I added my sides to the box top, because if the cupcake, was real, there would be a good chance I would ruin my box with the frosting. This way, if the box gets frosted, we can save the pretty part!

That's all I have for now. Come back on Monday for some details about my projects with complete recipes.  Continue on your way on the Blog Hop by visiting Betty's blog Kitty Stamps to learn about watercoloring.

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If you get lost along the way, just go to the Stampin' Addicts website to get back on track. In 20 clicks you should be back here!





Happy Birthday, Stampin' Addicts!

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23 comments:

  1. Sara, these are SO pretty! I love the bluebird and stamping on the dsp gives it a special touch!

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  2. oooh, I'm loving that cupcake box!

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  3. Beautiful projects!!! Love, love, love the cupcake box.

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  4. Super cute projects! I love how you used this technique on so many colors other than black!

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  5. Such versatility! The bird is beautiful and I love the color choices on the Friend card!

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  6. Pretty! I think the bluebird is my favorite! Great job!

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  7. Great idea with the cupcake box. And I adore the bird!

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  8. Just to let you know the link to the next blog does not work.

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  9. Fabulous projects Sara!! I love this technique. Your little bluebird is very fun. Love the vintage look of that card. Great job!

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  10. gorgeous projects! love the bluebird and the cupcake box!

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  11. Love how you showed doing this on colors other than black. The cupcake box is my favorite! Too cute! I don't mind the chalk dust either, but a great way to get it off the card stock is to go over it with a swiffer dust cloth. The chalk clings to the craft ink, but the dust on the card comes right off.

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  12. Wow sara awesome projects! Happy birthday to your niece! I love that cupcake box!!!

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  13. Fun variations on chalkboarding, Sara--I'm especially drawn to the beautiful bird.

    Love that funky cool cupcake box, too!

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  14. This is one of my favorite techniques!Great job showing the versatility! The box is way cute!

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  15. Sara, love the blue bird - it has such a soft and dreamy feel to it. And the cupcake box is gorgeous! (Good idea making a liner, too!)

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  16. Great projects, Sara. That blue bird is just lovely!

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  17. Very pretty cards and a cool box!
    Susan

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  18. Awesome job Sara, love all the projects you made.

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  19. Sara, great job! Love that bird card so soft and pretty and the cupcake box! EEKKK love the swirls up top!

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  20. Love what you did with the pastels. So cute!

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  21. Love your blackboard technique! It would be great for a teacher thank you note or a graduation card too!
    Thanks for sharing! :)

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  22. Sara, I absolutely love how you combined this technique with a natural look for the bluebird card. Wonderful projects!

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