Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Stampin’ Addicts Holiday Mini Blog Tour

    Stampin' Addicts Holiday Mini Blog Tour

Welcome to stop #20 of the Stampin' Addicts Happy Holidays Blog Tour! I will be showcasing the beautiful Charming stamp set shown on page 32 of Stampin’ UP!’s Holiday Mini. This tour will take you through more than 20 different blogs to showcase many of the new and exciting products in the new Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog. These products will be available for order starting September 1.

This tour runs from Saturday, August 29 to Monday, August 31.

If you've come here via Paula’s blog, I am sure you were thrilled with her great ideas for the Decor Elements & Wood Blocks….it gives me the inspiration I need to create the ones I have here at my home already!  If you're just jumping on from here, have no worries! The tour will circle around to the beginning, so you can see all of the wonderful and inspiring projects!

You may click on any of the photos to view a larger version.

Mini Box with Mini MedallionIt may be easy to miss the Charming stamp set in the Holiday Mini, but it is ideally sized to make elegant jewelry within the exclusive line of Simply Adorned Charms.  Even though I didn’t have the Charms to create with, I found this set wonderful to use with our Hodgepodge Hardware accents and our Pretties Kit due to its size and stylish images. 

My first project is a tiny 1.5” x 4.75” x 1” self-designed box. A bottle cap attached to the underside of the Hodgepodge Hardware is inset within the box top and holds the mini medallion image.  The hardware is flush with the top and the bottle cap actually sits within a 1 1/4” hole in the box top. I love the look this creates when viewing the image within the hardware!

Stamps: Charming
Paper: More Mustard, Soft Suede, The Write Stuff Specialty Designer Series Paper, Whisper White
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Craft
Accessories: Hodgepodge Hardware, Mistletoe Ribbon Originals, Soft Suede, More Mustard, Old Olive – Markers, Paper Snips, Crystal Effects, 1” Circle Punch, 1 1/4” Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Clear Embossing Powder, Fire Circle Rhinestone Brad (Disassembled), Bottle Cap (Recycled)

Medallions Galore

My second project is a 4” x 4” card.  I was inspired by the Simply Adorned Charms. I created my own, “necklace” that I attached to this little card.  The Hodgepodge Hardware was distressed until it became almost Kraft colored.  I love the final result!

Stamps: Charming, Medallion
Paper: Kraft, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Old Olive Craft, Chocolate Chip Craft (to distress the hodgepodge)
Accessories: Hodgepodge Hardware - Vanilla, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, 1” Circle Punch, 3/4” Circle Punch, Corner Rounder, Dimensionals, Clear Embosssing Powder, Sponge, Sanding Blocks

My final project is another self-designed box that can contain a special surprise inside.  The lid is attached so that upon closing you have an enclosed little gift box to give any special little embellishments or treats.  The box lid is perfect for pouring out these embellishments when it is time to create!

 Box of Inspiration - ClosedBox of Inspiration - Open

Stamps: Charming, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Paper: Night of Navy, Bordering Blue, Naturals Ivory 
Ink:  Night of Navy, Bordering Blue
Accessories: Pretties Kit, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Bordering Blue Reinker, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Sponge, Bordering Blue, Night of Navy and Old Olive Markers, Wire

I hope you enjoyed my stamped creations using the Charming stamp set! Use the arrows below to navigate to the next stop on our tour, where Barbara will be showcasing yet another great item from the Holiday Mini Catalog – the Simply Adorned Charms – the perfect accompaniments to the Charming stamp set!

These links will remain active until 11:59PM PST on Monday, August 31st.


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