Sunday, March 10, 2013

RemARKable Stampers -Stamp of the Month Blog Tour - Ciao, Baby!

Welcome to my blog! 
I hope you are enjoying the blog tour so far this month. 
You've just come from Anne Matasci's blog - Maui Stamper and I know you got some great ideas there. 

The stamp set we are using - Ciao, Baby, is such a little cutie in our Spring Mini Catalog - kind of irresistible! 
Almost as irresistible as this little chocolate nugget layer cake: 

This little "sweetie" was so much fun to make - I used 8 nuggets for the bottom layer and 5 for the top. But besides the chocolate, the topper is what makes it!
Here, take a closer look:

Oh, Baby is right! 
I used Wisteria Wonder and Pool Party along with Silver Glimmer Paper and Whisper White for my color combo - perfect for a boy or girl. 
The Oh, baby stamp is inked with Wisteria Wonder and stamped on Whisper White then punched out with the 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch. 
A 1" Circle punch of Pool Party Designer Paper is behind it and then a 1 1/4" Circle Punch of Silver Glimmer Paper. 
I stamped the 1 3/8" Scallop Circle with Pool Party ink. It's actually a Christmas image from the Perfect Punches stamp set, but it was just the right accent for this project and you cover up the Christmas greeting!
The whole topper is built around a cookie stick with Stampin' Dimensionals - pretty cool, huh?
Wouldn't this be just the sweetest little favors at a Baby Shower?? 
I know! and super - duper easy to make. 
You just wrap the nuggets in 1" strips of Designer Paper before you assemble everything.

And look, I just used a cardboard center from a roll of Glue Dots to build my bottom layer around and glued the nuggets in place with Multi-Purpose Liquid Adhesive. 

Now, this card is my favorite of ALL of my projects today! 
I wanted to re-create the look of a vintage tin ceiling tile that's been turned into a Pinterest-style chalkboard project! 
Who says Pinterest is just for making what you see? You can use those ideas and totally turn them into your own card artwork!

The chalkboard center is actually a 3" x 3" piece of Basic Black cardstock that I embossed the LOVE image on in White Embossing Powder with my heat tool. To get the chalkboard effect, I rubbed my Embossing Buddy across the cardstock, leaving the white chalky residue. Super simple!
That piece is popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals on a piece of 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" Basic Black cardstock. 
Now THAT piece was run through the Big Shot with the Framed Tulips embossing folder after I coated the inside of the folder with Versamark ink. 
The folder isn't square, so I ran it through twice, lining up the first embossing with the raised portion of the folder to get it pretty close to perfect!

Once I'd done that, I added Pool Party Embossing Powder to the Versamarked raised edges and embossed it with my heat tool, giving it that "vintage tin" effect. 
Yep, this one made me do the stamper's happy dance!

I turned it into a simple easel card that I was able to write a message on with some pink chalk:

Here's a close up of the embellishments:

I used the Petite Curly Label Punch to punch out a LOVE stamped in Rose Red on Very Vanilla cardstock. It's collaged on a heart cut out of the More Amore Designer Paper cut out with the Hearts-A-Flutter Framelits. I just added a single flower from the flower trim that was sponged in Primrose Petals ink, a piece of doily that was brayered with more Primrose Petals ink and a simple sweet bow tied with some crochet trim from the Artisan Embellishment Kit.
The button on the message area is from the Sale-A-Bration Button and Ribbon pack and it's tied with a piece of Linen Thread. 
Yep, I really, really love this card!

Last, but not least is this fun masculine card using the You're Swell stamp image from the set:

That phrase made me think of my Dad coming of age in the 1950's and of course I had to pair it with the fun, retro shoe from Dapper Dad! 

I stamped the shoe twice, once in Soft Suede and once in Cherry Cobbler to match the piece of Parker's Patterns Designer Paper I'd chosen for the card. 
The Cherry Cobbler one was used to paper piece the argyle areas of the shoe - so cool! 
Here's a close up:

I used a piece of Naturals Ribbon for the wrap and topped it with a Naturals Button tied with Linen Thread. It's attached to the greeting which was punched out with the Petite Curly Label Punch. 
That was layered on a Curly Label punch of Soft Suede cardstock that I'd stamped the shoe image on for some background. Everything was sponged in Soft Suede ink to finish it off. 

Here's a peek at the inside:

I think my Dad would have loved this card, don't you? :)

So, you've seen what my brain was able to come up with, now it's time for your next stop on our tour! 
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Thanks for stopping by and I'd love to read your comments on what you thought of my projects. 
Have a GREAT day!


  1. Wow! Awesome projects (as always!). I LOVE the vintage tin ceiling tile chalkboard card. Beautiful!

  2. I especially love your chalkboard card. The Pool Party Embossing powder really gives the illusion of verdi gris. That pink chalk looks like it has been sharpened. Is it a special kind of chalk like a chalk pencil? All the chalk I have ever seen is blunt at the end.
    Sue Erickson

    1. Thanks so much Sue! I sharpened the end of my chalk with a large size pencil sharpener - made it really easy to write with!

  3. WOW! What awesome projects!!! LOVE that little cake...I can see some of these on my horizon!


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