Hi everyone and welcome to my project for the Remarkable Blog Hop!

I wanted to share a fun project I was involved in this month because you might want to do something similar yourself, or even better with your stamping friends.

Here in NC, we have a great group of Stampin’ Up! demos, and we gather and share on facebook and also in person at fun gatherings when we can.  I was fortunate enough to host one of these gatherings in January here in Matthews, and the creative talent was really impressive.

So it just makes sense we would have swaps by mail to keep that fellowship going!  This is the one we just finished for Feb, based on the colors and products in the fabulous Botanical Gardens product suite.

mineWe had to create a little mini art piece.  2″ x 2″ only, with the colors in the Designer Series Paper only.

And then we needed to create 19 more just like it!

<-Here is mine…

It actually doesn’t even take that long to do after you decide on your design, isn’t that always how it is?

We all are familiar with the wonderful DSP and the colors and even the fun Wink of Stella clear glitter pen most of us used on our squares.

But I also used something you might NOT be as familiar with, and it is a great tool for things like this OR photo captions, anything you want to use your own words with.

It is the very cool alphabetic rotary stamp… did YOU know about it?

It is item #133769   only $15 and here is it’s description from my online store page… Go old-school with this retro rotary stamp. Turn each section to the letter, number, or symbol you want and create your own unique greetings.

You will be surprised how handy this little baby can be!

Since the NC Demos did 20 2×2 pieces, I figured I might have some extras or ones I didn’t want to use.

NOPE!

They were ALL cute!  So I had to make 2 framed pieces to hold them all.

So I needed another ‘title’ piece for this second framed collection.  Time to pull out another handy Stampin’ Up! product that also gets less attention than it should.

This time I am talking about the Little Letters thinlets dies (item #133730  $29.00) that are the perfect size at only 3/4″ high.

And oh yeah, there is a set of super cool Little Numbers, too!

It was easy to use my coordinating Cajun Craze Cardstock to cut out these little cuties.

pop dots 1One trick I used to pop up these letters was to cut little strips from my left-over dimensional edges.

Oh yeah, all those edges get used… why not?  Crafters do NOT waste!  lol

I used the little strips to add to the back of my letters.

frame 2So here are my two finished framed pieces!

I had a 12×12 frame for a record album and it was easy to insert a piece of the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper for a background layer since it just fit!

It is hard to see the design on this first background piece but it is hundreds of little flowers in all the colors in the package.

This frame below I got at WallyWorld as as a little $3 endcap special.  Does it look like a $3 thing now?

I THINK NOT!

frame 1Actually, it is even harder to see the design on the background  of this one.

Easier to see my faithful craftroom helper, Woody the poodle herd Daddy.  He likes to get away from his pups and hang out with Mom sometimes!

But in person the design is there and subtle and adds just the proper amount of design and texture to the piece!

When you do these framed art pieces, you want to compliment the 2×2’s, not distract from them.

Did you realize that Stampin’ Up! has a formula for the contents of every DSP package?  So many focal designs, so many complementary designs, and so many of something else that was absolutely based in art theory and I forget what it is called.  Learned this in a class at convention one time and it was really impressive.

The point is that Stampin’ Up! puts so much artistic knowledge and thought into everything they create and allow me to sell to you.  And all that means that it is so easy for us to just use these tools and make ART!

I absolutely LOVE how they turned out and I love showing off all the talents of my friends in the NC Demos Group!  I hope you liked them, too.  Why not get with your stamping friends where you live and do some swapping.

And if you live in NC, we could use some more talented stamping friends.  Not a Stamping Up! demo?  You are missing a lot of fun, my friends… come join me and the TaDa! Stampers anytime, we would love to have you!  (join easily online by clicking HERE!)

Now on to the next person in this blog hop, Arden Dougan, to see what wonderful thing she has been working on!

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Here is the whole list –

RemARKables March Blog Tour:

Nancy Amato – http://stampinallnight.blogspot.com/2016/03/remarkable-stampers-blog-tour-dont-miss.html

Tamra Davis – http://wp.me/p2QFfC-y8 YOU ARE HERE!!!

Arden Dougan – http://stampinarden.blogspot.com/2016/02/remarkable-blog-tour-march-roses.html

Anne Matasci – http://wp.me/pCcBw-256
Janet Wakeland – http://wp.me/pHIQD-aeq