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Hi and welcome to a Pootler’s Blog Hop. On this blog hope we will be showcasing some of the gorgeous new products from the new annual catalog that launched on 2nd of June. When you’re done perusing my site click on the button at the bottom of the post to head to the next post in the hop.

One of my favorite products out of the new catalog has been the I Think You’re Great stamp set and to show how fab it is I have created a little mini card collection to display its versatility. The stamp set consist of 5 stamps; three uniquely shaped sentiment stamps and 2 patterned stamps and what’s interesting about this stamp set is that it was designed with the kissing technique in mind. What that means is you take your sentiment ink it up and then press it to one of the patterned stamps to create a unique effect when you stamp your sentiment. This technique has been around for a long time so it’s nice to see new unique stamps being inspired by it.

To show off this wonderful stamp set I have created four 4×4 cards. I chose this size as it was perfect size to get out of a 12×12 piece of whisper white card stock. I could of gone for 3×3 but I thought it may have been too small for what I wanted to show.

So for the first card I started off simple and stamped one of the patterned stamps inked in Delightful Dijion straight onto the whisper white card stock. I then layered two strips of Tip Top Taupe envelope paper over the stamped image, I wanted to show of the different patterns on each side. For the sentiment I inked it in Cucumber Crush and just fussy cut it out and mounted on top of the strips of envelope paper using a dimensional.

Another simple card for you again. This time I have used a piece of Tip Top Taupe card stock and stamped that other patterned stamp in the center using Tip Top Taupe ink. I then wrapped some white baker’s twine round the middle of the card stock then mounded this to the white base using dimensional. To finish the card off I added a Hi cloud stamped in Mint Macaron.

For this next card I used so Cucumber Crush card stock and a piece of Cherry On Top DSP then stamped the I think You’re Great stamp in Watermelon Wonder and applied the kissing technique to this stamp using one of the patterned stamps. I was trying to go for a unique edge effect with the Cherry On Top DSP but I think I covered it up to much with the sentiment.

This final card is one of my favorites. I have layered a piece of the stripy Tip Top Taupe Envelope paper on top of some Watermelon Wonder card stock and stuck this to the base card. I then used some white baker’s twine to offset the sentiment that was stamped in Watermelon Wonder, I also used the kissing technique on this stamp too. After this point I still felt the card was missing something so I added a few flowers punched from the left over Watermelon Wonder card stock and added some rhinestones to their centers.

This stamp set I just one of the fabulous new stamps available in the new annual catalog and you can bet I will find ways of combining it with other stamps and projects so be sure to come back some time. Let me know in the comments which card design was your favorite.

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Sweet Stars

Wooo Its Friday and lucky me I get a trip to the dentist!

I love chocolate and sweets maybe a little too much so I have to take really good care of my teeth if anything I am a little paranoid about them falling out but my trips to the dentist usually don’t result in anything bad. I have had a lot of problems with my wisdom teeth in the past though so I make sure to go for regular check ups.

Speaking of sweets I have a fantastic 3D project for you this week using the doughnut paper from the Cherry on Top DSP and the Stars framelits.

Isn’t it gorgeous? Its a star box meaning the top comes off and you can put sweeties in and give it as a gift.

I am actually super impressed with my self this week. I normally find 3D projects difficult but I found this really easy to follow video on YouTube by a lovely Australasian demonstrator, which you can find it here.

To start with I used the largest star framelit to cut 2 large stars from the Cherry on Top DSP these form the base for the box lid and bottom. Next I cut 4 strips of Bermuda Bay card stock measuring 4cm by 21cm. Each of these was then scored at 4cm intervals and 1cm on the length. The woman in the video had a great technique for notching the tabs. Not sure it would work on other projects but it differently helped make this one quicker. Next I glue the tabs and glue two of the strips together to form a circle then put some glue on the reverse side of my star all along the edge and then stuck each tab to a corresponding edge.

Now this is the ingenious bit about this project (or at least I thought it was haha) glue the two remaining strips together and this time put glue on each of the tabs then position this in side of the first star with the tabs facing up then stick your other star onto those tabs, leave it to dry if your using tombo and then wallah its a star box with a lid!

Now for decoration I used a strip of card cut of and cherry on top dsp which I curled with my bone folder and positioned at an angle on top of each other I then cut a few pieces of silver ribbon and stuck it to the back of this center piece before sticking it to the box. For the cloud I used a stamp from I think Your Great stamp set and stuck this on with a dimensionals.

Not sure how I am going to top this one next week but thanks for stopping by, come back again soon.

Freshly Made Tree

These days pass in such quick succession it’s frightening but that’s also what makes those little moments special.

Finally used my tree builder punch!

Now I have had this punch and the matching stamp set sprinkles of Life since the pre-order began in may but I just haven’t had chance to use it and I was trying to come up with a card design that wasn’t CASED from somewhere. Theres nothing wrong with caseing in fact I do a lot of it but I really like this stamp set and wanted to make something that I came up with myself the first time I used it. I know I am using a Freshly Made Sketches for this card even though I say I want it to be original but they layout actually helps with that as they are different each week and the Sprinkles of life and punch have only been out a week so the competition would have been flooded with cards that use them.

So without further ado here is this weeks sketch.

And here is mine.

I found this weeks sketch rather challenging to be honest and struggled to come up with some that I 100% love. I think the reason I was finding it difficult was because of the circle as at the moment the largest circle I have is 2″ (really need to get those circle dies for my big shot). the whole idea behind the card is that it was meant to represent a hot summers day (don’t seem to get a lot of them here in the uk). I love the centerpiece I just think it’s a little small on this size card or I should of set it with a layer of white behind. I do love the way the sky and grass turned out, this was made using a piece of whisper white and two of the washi tapes from the Cherry on Top set.

Next time I think I will make a whole orchard of trees of a muffin or even an ice cream ooh I just love the versatility of the Sprinkles of Life stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by, come back again soon.