Hey guys! I'm so excited to share today's projects for you, as they really took me outside of my comfort zone, and I realized, it's really fun out here! OnStage Orlando is coming up this November, and right now Stampin' Up!® is taking submissions to be a Display Board Stamper. This means the lucky ones chosen will have their work displayed for all of the Demonstrators attending to see.
To qualify, I had to make 3 cards, 1 scrapbook layout, and 2 3D projects. Now, if you've been following me for any time, you'll know that I'm not a 3D gal. So I challenged myself to step outside my box and create... two different boxes! First up is my super fun exploding box made with the Toil & Trouble Suite.
Exploding Halloween Box
Outside, I used 3 different patterns from the Toil & Trouble DSP suite. For the bow on top I used the 1/2" Granny Apple Green Woven Ribbon and finished it off with a Spider Charm. A simple snip with a pair of wire cutters removed the hanger from it.
Inside is where the fun truly begins! In the box top, I used Window Sheets to adhere the bats from the Bats Punch to create the flying effect. The stars DSP from the Toil & Trouble pack were a perfect night sky!
The floor is the Wood Textures DSP, where I added a small treat box filled with Skittles. Around the outside, I adhered 4 stamped cauldrons I colored with the Stampin' Blends. Things got a bit more complicated here. I knew my characters would be view-able from all angles so I drew in the backs and colored them on each. My favorite is definitely the witch!
All of my characters are attached with Window Sheets. The flying ghost was really fun to create (my daughter loves to make him move). For my first exploding box I have to say I'm really excited about the results!
Exploding Halloween Box Product List
Tropical Chic Luminary/Lantern
For my second 3D project, I chose to focus on the Tropical Chic Suite. While I love using bright colors with this suite (you'll see that on another project later) I opted for a more neutral palette. This project is made using Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and Sahara Sand. Inside my box is a 3" x 4" flameless pillar candle. Behind the die cuts, I added vellum to soften the look of the flickering "flame".
Around my base, I stamped the large tropical leaf in Sahara Sand before adding bits of the frond in Staz-On ink. My hibiscus flowers were also stamped in black to really pop on the background. I wound Linen Thread around four times for a nice border before adding a triple thread bow to finish it off.
Tropical Luminary/Lantern Product List
Love In The Lo'i
This is one of my favorite layouts I've made. While the photo was taken back in 2012, it took this long for me to find a stamp set which would encapsulate the feeling of the islands. Tropical Chic is just that! I love combining stamped images and die cuts for a multi-layered and textured feast for the eyes.
For my palette I used Granny Apple Green, Lemon Lime Twist, Grapefruit Grove, and Calypso Coral. For my lighter colors, I stamped off and added another layer of color on the edges with a sponge dauber while leaving my rich, darker colors stamped in full ink.
The title is done with the Lined Alphabet Stamps in Granny Apple Green and colored with Stampin' Blends. I added Dark Pineapple Punch on the tops to tie in the Lemon Lime Twist color.
Love in the Lo'i Product List
The Frog Prince Card
When I first saw the frog design from the Toil & Trouble DSP Stack, I started humming "Almost There" from The Princess and the Frog". Once my daughter saw it, she exclaimed, it's like Tiana! So I knew immediately that I had to make a card incorporating the Frog Prince. My only problem was that I didn't have a crown stamp.
I was showing a friend my Halloween box when one of the bats caught my eye. I looked again and realized I had a crown, after all. Once I had my shape, I did four layers of heat embossing in gold to make my crown. From there, I added a sentiment from the Ribbon of Courage Stamp Set which I backed with the Pretty Label Punch. Once again, I used the AMAZING 1/2" Granny Apple Green Textured Ribbon. I am so in love with it!
The Frog Prince Card Product List
Falling Leaves Sympathy Card
This card came to me because of a mistake. I had been working on some block stamped backgrounds and ended up with a blotchy one. I loved the colors (a combination of Pineapple Punch, Mango Melody, and Poppy Parade) so I wanted to use it. Since I already had the Rooted In Nature Set out for my other project, I decided to stamp some leaves.
Once cut, I added some Wink of Stella to my leaves. I knew I was going to use the Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon, so I wanted to add some shimmer elsewhere. I backed my sentiment banner with another castoff scrap, tying the colors together. The Vellum Leaves were my final touch to create dimension. They too have Wink of Stella on them. It shimmers beautifully in person, but through the lens loses some of the sparkle.
Falling Leaves Sympathy Card Product List
Statement of My Heart
For my final project, I created a card using the Statement of My Heart Stamp Set. While it was only available for a short time as a preorder special, this stamp is close to the heart of every Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. It is the reason we do what we do and why we are blessed to be part of such a wonderful company.
My card base is Smoky Slate, topped with Sahara Sand. I stamped the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss and used Wink of Stella to color in the heart, pulling some ink in for a light coloring effect. Next, I cut an oval from a piece of Blackberry Bliss Cardstock before running it through the Big Shot in the Tufted Dynamic Impressions Folder. This is my all-time favorite embossing folder! I finished it off by adding Black Faceted Dots.
Statement of My Heart Card Product List
Well, that does it! I hope you enjoyed the projects as much as I did making them. It just goes to show you that sometimes stepping outside of your comfort zone is just what you need to create some truly amazing projects. If not for the OnStage Display Board Stamper Submission, I may never have realized that 3D projects are as simple (or as complex) as you make them!
Thank you for stopping by. Head on down to the comments and let me know which project you'd like to know more about. I may end up making a video tutorial!