Monday, April 13, 2009

Showers of Love Mini Blog Hop

My good friend Laurie and I are having a mini-blog hop today featuring cards we made using the Serendipity TAC "Showers of Love" stamp set. I loved this set from the moment I saw it! Then, I got it and didn't know what to do with it! Well, last week Laurie and I were discussing this and so we challenged each other to use it and we'd display the results for all to see today! You can see Laurie's projects here!

Once I picked this set up and started playing with it, I couldn't put it down! More and more ideas kept popping into my head and I finally stopped 7 cards later so that I could write this post. You'll probably see more of this set soon.

Here is my favorite card of all those I made. I CASED it from Dawn McVey and you can see her card here.

I used "Friendship Strips", "Linear Sentiments" and Moonlight White Brilliance ink to create the striped background. The cardstock is TAC Kraft, Ultrasmooth White, TAC Brown & DCWV Coral Red 3. I used Belle Rose & Burnt Umber Palette inks on the images. The sentiment comes from the "With Sympathy" stamp set.

Here's a closeup of the bow. I attached a button to the flower with glue dots. You can also see that the tag is punched using the Giga Merchandise Punch from the catalogue.

This next card was inspired by a wedding invitation I received in the mail last week. Laurie and I just "ewwwed" and "ahhhhed" over it and she made her own version of it that you can see on her blog.

The bottom of the original invitation was stamped in white ink using a damask stamp. I created my background using the largest umbrella and stamped them in a row, first right side up and then upside down. It created a FUN background that you can use in SO many ways!! The ink I used was again, my favorite white ink, Moonlight White Brilliance.

The next card has an elegant look to it. The paper is available for FREE! Yep, I said free. You can go here to TAC's website and print it off and use it in your cards or projects. Print it onto any color cardstock that you'd like and see the different results that you get! For this card I printed the polka dot background onto TAC Scarlet paper.

I embossed the image and sentiment with white embossing powder.

This next card measures 4x4. You can make a card this size fairly quickly! I used one of my favorite bazzill cardstock colors that comes in the Blue Greens Monochromatic paper pack: aqua. LOVE it!!

The base of this card and the scalloped border are TAC's brown. I used Water Lilly Green Palette ink for the umbrella and then rolled the edges of the stamp in Burnt Umber Palette ink. The sentiment comes from the "Seeds of Blessings" set.

I wanted to make a card using bright colors too...after all it is Spring! So, here it is:

I tried to find sentiments from various TAC sets to help you to think outside the stamp set with how this set can be used. In fact, I didn't make any invitation cards at all with the set, even though many of the sentiments can be used for that. This sentiment is from the "More Abundance" set.

Here is a very, very simple card that you can make in minutes! I love the purples in this one.

The dotted strip is from "Friendship Strips" and I thought it worked very well with an umbrella. The sentiment is from "Everyday Events". I just cut the sentiment from the image it was "attached" to and stamped it in Noir ink. The purple ink is Spring Pansy VersaMark.

And, last but not least, another card inspired by a bag that Dawn McVey made. You can see hers here.

I used Coral Red 3, Yellow 1 & TAC Brown cardstock. The yellow umbrellas are stamped with Thatched Straw VersaMark ink and then I used a brown tombow marker on the handles. The top pink umbrellas were stamped with Belle Rose Palette Ink.

Isn't that ribbon fun? I put a piece of red-lined sticky tape across the whole width of the card and then bunched it up as I laid the ribbon down. Then, I took glue dots and adhered each one down so that they didn't pop straight up. Simple and fun!! Love the look!!

Well, that's it for today! If Laurie and I have inspired you to pull this set out and create with it, post a comment with the link to your creation! Laurie and I would love to see what you make!


Chris said...

Fabulous cards!! Dawn has been inspiring me with her umbrella cards too but your's are super! Great job on them. :)

Laurie said...

Ok, I love them all! The one with the background stamping in white is awesome! And the polka dots on the Scarlet CS is super cute! Great job on all of them!!!

Trudy Osborn said...

THese ARE amazing!!!! You are making me want this set. LOL! I guess that is the point, huh?

Stacy said...

Love them all! Thanks for all the great ideas, this set has been on my wish list but I really didn't know how I would use them either. Now I do :)

Unknown said...

These are wonderful! Fun variety!

Anna said...

They all turned out so cute! You did a fab job with the set!

Kim said...

Wow these are all so great! I don't own that one... But you really helped me to see all the

Anonymous said...

These are great Jen! Great job!
I really like the ruffley ribbon!


Amy Kolling said...

Jen, these too are fabulous!! You and Laurie have outdone yourself with this set. :)

Sarah G. said...

Wow!! These are fantastic! I have this set and haven't made a thing yet. This blog hop has given me some great ideas!

Diana said...

Lovely ideas!! I have been dreaming to play with this set!! but haven't found the time! I will be sure to play soon!! Thanks for the inspiration

Barb said...

Beautiful cards, Jennifer! You've been one busy lady! LOVE the kraft/pink one with all of the buttons... and the brown/water lily green with the shear ribbon... they are all just great :)

Melisa Waldorf said...

Jen these are totally fabulous!! WOW! I don't have this set, so I can't play along. Thank you so much for sharing.

Patti J. said...

Awesome job! These cards are all wonderful! Thanks for sharing, and I'm so glad Melisa led me to your blog!

Sonia said...

I don't have this stamp set.. Love the little umbrellas.
Fabulous Cards! Great job! Great ideas!


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