Thursday, August 9, 2012

Hopping into Fall

What do Llamas and kangaroos have in common? They like to hop! The Stampin' Llamas have so much fun hopping we've decided to make it a monthly event. This month's theme is Fall-i-Days - focusing on Fall, Back-to-School, Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas projects. If you've been following the hop, you just visited Kathe's blog at Kathe's Adventures. Aren't her projects great? I am always inspired by the wonderful ideas I get from my fellow Llamas. The "next" button below will take you to Stephanie's blog - she's the awesome creator of our blog header and buttons.

As a preschool teacher, back-to-school time was always very important to me. That's probably the reason I was so excited to see the Storytime collection on pages 58-59 of our Annual Catalog. I absolutely love everything in it - the Life Shared stamp, Storybook Friends stamp set, Storytime Designer Series Paper, Dahlias, Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies and the Storytime Collection DVD. In fact, I love the collection so much, I bought it all!

Here is the first thing I made. 

Stamp: Life Shared
Paper: Naturals White, Midnight Muse, Watercolor Paper, Storytime DSP
Ink: Stazon Black, Riding Hood Red, Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Wild Wasabi,  Pretty in Pink, Soft Suede, Basic Gray
Accessories: Mini Silver Brads, Aqua Painter, Crochet Trim, Linen Thread, Fancy Flower Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1/4" Punch (non SU)

My local stamping group, Stamped With Aloha, had a special swap at convention. The theme was "My Way" and we were to make something that reflected who we were. As a teacher and avid reader I made a card with a bookmark and the Life Shared stamp. I remember countless hours spent pulling my preschool students around in a little red wagon.

For my second project I stepped out of my comfort zone and attempted a My Digital Studio project. MDS is Stampin' Up's wonderful digital design program that allows you to use SU's exclusive stamps, colors and embellishments to create digital and printable projects. 

I bought the Storytime Collection DVD thinking I could finally make some photo albums for my boys' elementary days (they are now 19 and 22 years old). There are so many great images in the collection, though, I think it makes really cute cards and party accents, too.

For my final project, I made a set of note cards using the Storybook Friends stamp set. I think these animals are adorable and they were fun to watercolor. I might give this set to my niece - she has 3 young children and it's always handy to have a few notecards at hand.

Stamp Set: Storybook Friends
Paper: Notecards, Midnight Muse and Pool Party Card Stock, Watercolor Paper, Storytime DSP
Ink: Stazon Black, Riding Hood Red, Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray
Accessories: Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Stripes Textured Embossing Folder, Scallop Edge Border Punch, non SU ribbon

So, that's all I have for now. The next stop on the hop is Stephanie's blog - Please Pass the Snail. Just use the buttons below to navigate forward, backward, or home to the Llama page. Enjoy!


  1. These are all just Darling! I haven't inked up Storybook Friends yet, but when I do, I hope my projects are even half as nice as these :-)

  2. Well, now the Storytime Collection is a must have for me. Your MDS card is wonderful! So bright and colorful. Great job.

  3. I love the card with the bookmark, wasn't too interested in the Storytime Collection, but your card changed that for me.

  4. Well - my wish list just got longer. These are all so cute. I can't pick a favorite; I love them all. I may abandon my vintage mood for awhile in favor of bright colors and cleaner lines. Gorgeous!

  5. Love, love, love your projects. I absolutely have to have all of this in my next order.

  6. These are so darn cute, Joanne, totally darling! I didn't have a clue what to do with my StoryTime paper until now - guess I'll be busy this week. :)

  7. Love your story time collection. I fell in love with it too and I am planning to use it for my grandchildren's scrapbook pages.

  8. OMG such a group of wonderful items. Love the first card with book mark! So cute and the note set is adorable.
    PS: sooooo sorry I'm so late in taking the HOP.