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OSAT Blog Hop - It's Summer Lovin’ Time!


Good morning!  Welcome to our One Stamp At a Time (OSAT) Design Team Blog Hop!  There are 16 amazing paper crafters from around the States who will be sharing their handmade projects with you this month.  In order to view all of the blog participants sharing their wonderful craftiness, click on the link at the bottom of each post.

It's June, which means that the first day of Summer and the Longest Day of the year are only a couple of weeks away.  It also brings to life new babies into the world, too.  I have several friends who are expecting a new baby girl or boy this summer.  So, for this month's blog hop, we are focusing our projects on Summer Lovin'.  For me (and my friends) there will be lots of 'Summer Lovin' for those precious bundles of joy.  ;)  This blog hop theme couldn't be more timely as I am featuring my handmade creations around a couple of baby themed stamp sets..."Something for Baby" and "Made with Love".  I'm excited to share my creations with you...let's have a look.

Do you recognize the technique that I used?  If not, I'm very happy to share and explain to you the Emboss Resist technique!  If you are familiar with this technique, I hope you will find yourself marveling in the handmade goodness.  There are a couple of interesting twists that you might find interesting.  :)

Creative Tips:

  • The card base is Very Vanilla cardstock, but is not your typical (5-1/2" x 8-1/2").  It measures 5-1/2" x 7-3/4" and scored at 4-1/4".  The front of the card is shorter in width by 3/4".  I didn't plan for this because I just grabbed a scrap piece of cardstock from my stash and went with it.  I love to try new shapes and folds with my creations.
  • I took a Very Vanilla layer measuring 5-3/8" x 3-3/8" and stamped the safety pin image randomly with VersaMark ink.  Once I stamped enough to my liking, I covered all images with Clear Embossing Powder and set it with my Heat Tool on the high setting.  The reason I chose the Clear Embossing powder is so that the Very Vanilla cardstock would continue to show through as Very Vanilla.  Let cool before you start the next step.
  • The colors of ink are from the new 2016-2018 In Colors that were released with the brand new Annual catalog...Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy and Peekaboo Peach.  LOVE them!!  I used a sponge to swirl over top of the embossed images randomly across the page.  Don't be afraid to blend the sponging tightly so that you don't leave any areas without color.  When you have the amount of ink applied that fits your tastes (NOTE:  start adding ink lightly....you can always add more, but you can't take it away), take a dry paper towel and wipe off the excess ink that will be resting on top of the clear embossing.  The only areas that will pick up ink is the cardstock that does not have any embossed images.  Thus, the name of the technique....Emboss Resist.  Pretty cool, huh?!!
  • The focal images (onsie and pyramid toy) are resting on a piece of Vellum Cardstock.  I didn't want the piece any bigger and I didn't like the edges to be plain....I didn't want to matte it, either, because I wanted to be able to see the embossing through it.  The Vellum just softens this area so that the stamped images stand out as the focal point of the card.  I had some thin strips of Very Vanilla cardstock in my stash, so I used them to create a border...almost giving the Vellum piece a 'matted' appearance.  The Vellum was glued to the embossed layer; and the stamped images are popped up using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • I didn't want to use coordinating colored ribbon as I thought it would steal away from the nicely inked images, so I wrapped Very Vanilla Thick Baker's Twine around the embossed layer and glued it to the card front.  The sentiment comes from the "Made With Love" stamp set...inked in Emerald Envy and die cut using one of the tags in the Curvy Keepsake Thinlits Die set.  I die cut a plain Emerald Envy tag to pair up with the sentiment...thinking coordinating colors and added texture and dimension.  They are looped onto the Very Vanilla Baker's Twine before tying into a bow.
  • Last little touch....the necktie was inked in Emerald Envy, handcut and popped up with dimensionals.  Now, there is a framelit for that necktie, but I wanted a little less Very Vanilla border showing on the tie.

Pyramid Toy Project:  For more fun and inspiration, I created a fun imitation to the little pyramid toy on the card by using the Pyramid Pals Framelits.  Funny how coordination goes beyond color matching and tools.


Creative Tips:

  • The Pyramid is die cut from Dapper Denim.  BTW...I *love* the new In Color names!!  How can you not LOVE 'Dapper Denim'??  ;)  The sides are layered with 3/8" strips of Emerald Envy and Peekaboo Peach.
  • I wanted to imitate the round ball on the top, but we do not have any coordinating Thick Baker's Twine in Dapper Denim, so I took some 1/8" strips and curled them using my Bone Folder.  I glued the bottom tips together so that the curls held together like a bouquet and attached to the top.  Wrapped some Very Vanilla Thick Baker's Twine to finish the look at the peak of the pyramid, and VOILA!!!  Too stinkin' CUTE!!!

So, what do you think?  Pretty cute, huh?!!  At this time, you are now ready to hop on over to Elizabeth Jeanne Thatcher’s blog.  You won't want to miss traveling on as I know that she will have something super cute to share with you.  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can jump back to Kim Smith’s blog.  Either way, be sure to work your way through all of the blogs so you don’t miss a thing!


Blog Hop Participants

  1. Lori Mueller <= You Are Here!!




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