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Hello Fun N’ Crafty Blog Hop Visitors! I have one question for you… Do you like stars? Today’s projects feature the Bright and Beautiful stamp set, which is from the new 2014 holiday catalog and features three beautiful nesting stars, three small festive words (Joy, Noel and Shine) as well as two great Christmas greetings! The Bright and Beautiful stars coordinate with the new stars framelits from the 2014-2015 annual catalog and if you’ve been looking for a reason to buy them, there’s no better time than now! For the entire month of August, you can pickup the Bright and Beautiful stamp set and stars framelits for free with your purchase of the Big Shot! Already have a Big Shot? Get the Bright and Beautiful bundle for only $50.75 for wood mount stamps or $43.95 for clear mount stamps. You’re not limited to just these sets either! Here are all of the bundles available during this promotion:
Here are some examples of cards you can make with the Bright and Beautiful bundle:
Bright and Beautiful Comet
This card was made with Lost Lagoon cardstock and ink. I used the second largest star framelit and the second smallest star framelit to cut out the center of the blue star. I then stamped the smallest star from the Bright and Beautiful set all over the hollow star. The edges were gilded with some Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, which was applied with Versamark ink and set with the heat tool.
To add a little pop, I scored the star five times with the Simply Scored scoring tools. I scored each point all the way through to the opposite side. I then folded the points as mountains and the pits as valleys. This added the dimension to the star by raising it slightly.
I then cut a piece of Champaign Glimmer Paper using the mid-sized star framelit. The two pieces are adhered together using half a Stampin’ Dimensional on each of the five points. The Bright and Beautiful star in the middle is stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. The same gilding process was applied to the edges of this star as well. It’s adhered with a Stampin’ Dimensional.
Both the greeting (also from the Bright and Beautiful stamp set) and the comet tail were embossed with the Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. The tail was made from one of the stamps from the Work of Art set. It’s stamped twice for the effect you see here. I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to get the first position correct.
Bright and Beautiful Framed Star
This card is a little more simple to make than the previous card. I started with a 4” x 5.25” piece of Smoky Slate cardstock. Using the mid-sized star framelit, I cut a star from the cardstock. I used a small piece of the All is Calm designers series paper (from the 2014 holiday catalog) and glued it onto a Smoky Slate card base using some SNAIL. I popped the hollowed star on top of the card base with some Stampin’ Dimensionals.
To reduce waste, I reused the cut out Smoky Slate star by stamping the smallest star from the Bright and Beautiful set onto it. The ink color I used is Lost Lagoon. I then cut it out with the smallest star framelit and added it to the card with a Stampin’ Dimensional.
The greeting is stamped with Lost Lagoon ink onto Lost Lagoon cardstock and then cut with the Apothecary Accents framelit and popped up with Dimensionals. I added a little bling with some Rhinestones Basic Jewels. To finish off the card, I used a round mini paperclip from the Hodgepodge Basic Clips embellishments, tying a bow around the clip with the Lost Lagoon 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon and clipped it to the greeting.
Bright and Beautiful Nesting Stars
The last card I’ll feature today is, by far, my favorite! This card uses Crumb Cake cardstock as the base and popped panel. I started by stamping the greeting and gilding the edges using Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder and Versamark ink.
The largest and smallest Bright and Beautiful stars were stamped on Crumb Cake cardstock with Real Red ink and cut out using the stars framelits. The middle star was stamped onto Cherry Cobbler cardstock with Versamark and then embossed with the Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I layered the stars by offsetting the points on each star. Each star was adhered to the other with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
To add a little flair, I wrapped some Cherry Cobbler 1” Sheer Linen Ribbon around the card and adhered it with some glue dots. I added a small strip of Gold Sequin Trim in the same manner. To finish it off, I layered the stars on top and adhered the panel to the card base. The extra sequins were used to add a little bling where I though it could use some shine.
That’s it for today! I hope I’ve inspired you to give the Bright and Beautiful bundle a whirl! Remember it’s on sale for a limited time only!
Kindergarten & House Hunting
We’re about a month away from Hope’s first day of Kindergarten! I’m so excited for her! But of course she’s more excited than I am.
We’re also going to be moving some time before the end of August, which we’re super excited about! We’re finally going to be leaving apartment life behind and we found a perfect little house for our family. We’re still renting for now while we save for the whopping 20% down payment that’s required. And we just found out that we were chosen as the renters! We’re signing the lease today! One step closer to one bedroom for each kid, a workshop for Rob and a craft room for me! I’m particularly excited about that last part.