April 21, 2017

A Year of Card Techniques ~ April Blog Hop ~ Stamp Set Showdown!


Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we’ll feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of fabulous card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a wide variety of cards and ideas. 


The month of April features a Showdown! A stamp set showdown, that is. We’re using one stamp set in various ways. Let’s face it, stamp sets are getting more and more expensive; so we’re here to inspire you by demonstrating how to s-t-r-e-t-c-h those stamps!

If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here: 

January-Shaving Cream Marbleizing
February-So Sketchy
March-no hop


We have an amazing sponsor this month, Wilma Payne of Fun Stamper's Journey:

Please take a moment to check out the great products Fun Stampers Journey has to offer. To visit Wilma's blog, click here and her Facebook Group here.

And the awesome prize this month is:


We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. One winner will be chosen from all comments on the hop as of April 28, 2017. The winner will be announced in our May hop; so be sure to come back next month.

You should have arrived here from the wonderful Sharon. If you're visiting here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing and increase your chances of winning by leaving a comment on each blog.

Here are my projects for this month. I used our Close to My Heart "Hello Lovely" stamp set.

I started out by stamping the roses bunch in "Whisper" ink, a light grey color. Two samples are covering the whole page, one sample creates a border and one is arranged in the middle. I left some of these samples plain and colored others in. I will show you more information and pictures  of each project on the next two Fridays (otherwise this post will be too long ;-) ), so don't forget to tune in ....




























































I couldn't part with the middle that I die-cut out, so I decided to turn it into an inter-logging closure.



















On the left you can see how the stamped image started. I replaced the front of the card with acetate so when you close it the stamped image appears to be intact.

I hope you liked the inspiration and techniques shown. Let me know if you have questions and don't forget to comment. I love to hear from you and maybe you are our April blog hop winner. Good Luck! 


Remember, I will have more pictures and information about each card on my follow up posts on the next two Fridays. :-)

Now you’re off to visit with my talented friend Kim. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another technique!

Claudia



Always remember:

"Art comes from the heart.

So there is never a right way or a wrong way;
there is only YOUR WAY."


Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:

39 comments:

  1. These are simply luscious cards! I'm going to have a hard time waiting to see the details as I really want to know how you created these beauties! It's always a pleasure being in a hop with you...you are so inspirational!

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    1. Thank you Kim :-) it is always a pleasure hopping with you too...I could have written so much about these cards here, but since I couldn't fine a short version I will explain them in the Friday posts ;-) Long story short LOL....maybe

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  2. Beautiful cards. I love this set, although I don't know anyone getting married! These are so elegant.

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    2. Wilma, thank you so much for your kind words. No wedding? How about an anniversary? Or change the couple for a heart, birthday cake, ....hmmm I will think of other options. Thank you for joining us at this adventur here and I hope you will have a lot of fun :-) Hopping with you next month

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  3. Gorgeous cards, Claudia. I can't wait until you share the rest of the details. You're really making this hard, lol. Thanks for hopping along with the AYOCT bunch!

    Sharon
    A Piece Of (my) Heart Blog
    **Make sure to visit my blog to grab some really great FREE Digi Sentiments.**

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    1. Thank you Sharon...I want to explain so much about them, but that would have taken days to read LOL...so I kept it rather sweet and short. But I will bring more details .....It was great hopping with you....thanks my friend

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  4. lovely cards Claudia and so versatile!

    Alicia

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    1. Thank You Alicia. I really like this set and I still have more ideas in my head, but they have to wait LOL...thanks for hopping and good luck :-)

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  5. Love all of them. The die cut goes so well with those stamp sets. I also really like how you did the acetate card with the focus on the sentiment inside.

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    1. Thank you Denise :-)They were fun to make and I needed Wedding/ Anniversary cards anyway LOL

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  6. These are stunning! I love that acetate card ... might "copy" that one today.

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    1. Thank You Candy..you are welcome to copy at anytime :-) Everyone else is too

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  7. Oh my gosh Claudia, these are simply beautiful. I don't know what else to say! Love, love , love!

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  8. Claudia, your cards are always so inspiring. So much fun working with you

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    1. Thank you Vicki, it is fun crafting with you too :-) See you next month

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  9. Love the wedding cards, great ideas since I have 2 weddings coming up of my kids!! Smiles, looking forward to the coming months of hops!!

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    1. Well you got some ideas now LOL, thanks for hopping Jodie

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  10. Beautiful cards!! That last card...perfection!!

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    1. Thank you Jennifer, they were fun to make :-) Be inspired ...

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  11. Wow!! Stunning creations! The acetate card front one is genius!

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    1. Thank you Marji, I think acetate is going to me new "must try with new technique" material LOL...Thanks for hopping

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  12. Love all your techniques... The first one... The 3d look... So cool!

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    1. Thank You Darcy...stay tuned for the next two Fridays to see how they were made and more pictures of them :-) well hope you stay tuned beyond those Fridays LOL...Happy Crafting

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  13. Beautiful cards! Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog. It was great hopping with you again!

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    1. You are welcome and thank you for hopping along. Have fun and hope to hop with you next month :-)

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  14. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your passion with us :)

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    1. Thank You Charlotte for taking the time commenting and hopping. Enjoy the ideas and projects and let us know if we can be of an help :-)

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  15. Your cards are all so beautiful and so diversified. Lovely job on all of them. Glad to have hopped with you.

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    1. Thank You Jearise, it was great hopping with you too...off to next month :-)

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    1. Thank You for the nice comment,... try some ;-) Grab a stamp set and make your own backgrounds. See the next two Friday posts for more details about these cards. Have fun :-)

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  17. You chose a beautiful set to work with! Lovely cards!

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    1. Thank You very much Denise. Have fun hopping and check back for more :-)

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  18. Such gorgeous cards. Love what you made from your set!

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    1. Thank You Lisa and like always I had fun hopping with you :-)

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  19. Beautiful job with that stamp set, which is in my stash. Love what you did with it!

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    1. Thank you Debbie. I love this set too and have fun creating backgrounds. I still have a ton of ideas with them LOL

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