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Creation Station Blog Hop and #stampingsunday

June 1, 2014 14 Comments

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Hi and welcome!  This Sunday on my blog, I not only have my #stampingsunday creation but it’s time again for the Creation Station creative tour.  Each Creation Station Tour focuses on a couple of stamp sets and a product.  Today, we’re highlighting Something for Baby, Baby We’ve Grown and For the Birds.  Our special product is the new Hamburger Box die.  If you started at the top of the hop, you’ve just come from Teneale’s blog.  Isn’t she creative?  I hope that I’ll provide you with an idea or two.

For those of you who visit my blog regularly, you know that Sunday’s bring #stampingsunday.  This week, I’m double dipping as we’re also using Baby We’ve Grown.

If you’re here before 8 am (EST), you’ll have to stop back later to take the tour.  The links won’t be live until then.

My first project uses Baby We’ve Grown.  As I don’t currently own this stamp set, I went hybrid and used My Digital Studio.  I really love this option and do often own both the actual and the digital stamp to allow for even more versatility when I create.

Baby We've Grown hybrid card from





I’ll give you a peek at the card first.

I used the new Lullaby designer series paper.  While it’s great for baby themed creations, don’t shy away from it for other uses.  The colors and graphic design are great for all ages.

My owl parents were colored using the new Blendabilities.  I’ve used the Coastal Cabana, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Skin Tone marker sets, along with the Color Lifter.


Inside of Baby We've Grown card from


And, here’s the inside of my card featuring the proud parents and their new little owlet — err baby.  The card is a modified Z Fold.  I love when you pull it open that it flips from the couple to the family.

For baby, the Daffodil Delight Blendabilities were the perfect choice.

If you look closely at my images, you may notice some splatter.  The markers are a bit juicy and I made the mistake – creative opportunity – of opening them over the pieces on which I was working.  I decided that they tied in nicely with the dots in the designer paper.  And, the Coastal Cabana dot next to the image on the front….let’s just say it’s covering up a large Old Olive spot that I couldn’t quite remove with the Color Lifter.


Now, a quick look at what I did in My Digital Studio.

My Digital Stuiod Screen Shot

This is a screen shot of the My Digital Studio page I used for this card.  I added this image from Baby We’ve Grown three times.  While I could have resized or recolored, I did neither.  However, I did use the wonderful cropping feature to remove the owls that I didn’t want in each image.  Since this feature only crops in a straight line, that did leave some bits of lines that I didn’t want in the final project.  So, I used the Freeform Tool and coloring in white, I colored over all of the bits that were left from the crop but not desired.  That’s how I was able to easily have both of the adult owls separately and without the sentiment.

Tip:  Before you color with any ink or printed material with your Blendabilities, carefully test to make sure that the ink from the Blendabilties will not make the other inks run.  It’s not that the running inks will ruin your project (yes they will) but, that the inks that run will foul the tips of your Blendabilities markers.

Supplies for Project 1:

  • My Digital Studio
  • Baby We’ve Grown Stamp Brush Set
  • Lullaby designer series paper
  • Blendabilities
  • Large Scallop Edgelit
  • Stampin’ Trimmer

For my next two projects, I’ll be using the Hamburger Box die.  This box has lots of possibilities.  I can’t wait to see what everyone else has done with it.

Hamburger Box Die Baby Carriage from



For my first box, I decided to stick with the baby theme.  Instead of a baby in this pram, it’s perfect for some small treats at a shower.  Again for this creation, I pulled out My Digital Studio.  When I went to add the wheels to the carriage, I realized I didn’t have a stamp for the kind of image I wanted.  So, I used one of the paper buttons in My Digital Studio; resized it; recolored it; and changed the opacity.  Once I printed it on Whisper White cardstock, it was a simple matter of cutting it out with one of the Circles Collection framelits.  To make the wheels a little sturdier, I also cut a piece of Coaster Board and colored the edge with a Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Write marker.. The wheels are a sandwich: printed wheel, coaster board, Coastal Cabana cardstock.  I added a 1/8″ Mini Brad to the center of each wheel.  It makes the button holes look like a flower.  So that the carriage will stand on it’s own, you’ll need to trim just a bit off the bottom of each wheel so that they’re flat.

For the handles, I simply cut around the holes that were left after die cutting the printed wheels.

Simply Pressed Clay Ruffle from




For the front of the pram, I created a little ruffle out of Simply Pressed Clay and one of the Delicate Designs embossing folders.  Don’t put the clay in an embossing folder and run it through the Big Shot.  It doesn’t work and will damage your embossing folder.  Ask me how I know.  Instead, pat it or roll it out and then use the side of the embossing folder with the raised image.  Just press it into the clay.  Shape the clay if desired and leave it to dry.


Supplies for Project 2

  • Hamburger Box Die
  • Simply Pressed Clay
  • Delicate Designs Embossing Folder
  • My Digital Studio
  • Circles Collection framelits
  • 1/8″ Mini Brads
  • Coaster Board


And my last creation for today, is a little more in line with where my family is.

Hamburger Box Die Graduation Cap from




While no one in my home is graduating this year, it won’t be long.  And let me tell you, these are quick easy favors or decor elements for a graduation party.   Around here, graduation parties are huge.  I made this one up in the local school colors.

Top of Mortar Board from




I used a square of Basic Black for the mortar board.  Looping some White Baker’s Twine, it was easy to make the tassel and an Antique Brad fit perfectly in the top loops.  Although, if I had had Candy Dot Brad Bases on hand, I would have used one of those and a coordinating Candy Dot.

The Real Red tag shape is also part of the Hamburger Box die.  And once again, I turned to My Digital Studio and this time created the sentiment.

Project 3 Supplies:

  • Hamburger Box Die
  • My Digital Studio
  • White Baker’s Twine

That’s it for my projects for this week’s Creation Station tour.  I hope you found something that inspires you.

Tomorrow the 2014-2015 Catalog will be live as of noon (MT).

Thanks for stopping by.  Now it’s time for you to see what Heidi has created for us this week.

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  • Penny Hanuszak June 9, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Sara what a great blog hop and selection of new product lines. Very impressive. I’ll be coming back to check out everyone’s projects regularly. Your creations are wonderful. I really got a charge out of the pram and your addition of the sculpting clay………….. who would have thought! Nice job and thanks for sharing.

    • Sara Levin June 9, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      Penny ~ Glad you enjoyed our creative tour. We’ll be doing it again on June 15. The pram was one of those creative wild hairs that seems to have worked out. Thanks for commenting, I enjoy the feedback. Drop back by on Sunday or any time in between.

  • Heidi at Stuck on Stampin' June 2, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Such fun details that you have added to each project. Love the baby owl surprise when you open the card and the cute little carriage is a little piece of art. The graduation cap is so clever! Great showcasing of the products!

    • Sara Levin June 2, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      Thanks Heidi! Isn’t it fun to come up with the details for your handmade creations? And, Stampin’ Up! has so much for us to play with. I can’t wait to get my hands on some more new products.

  • Jenn Frost June 1, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    What a clever owl card. It’s really cool how it opens to reveal add the baby to the mix! Converting the hamburger box into a pram is a great idea too. Thanks for sharing.

    • Sara Levin June 2, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      I swear by leaving die cuts around without completing them. It’s amazing what you come up with when you see them in their partially completed form. Try it!

  • Kathy Kartak June 1, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    What cute projects! You’re a whiz at MDS! I love the Z-fold owl family and your hamburger box pram and graduate hat projects are the bomb!!

    • Sara Levin June 2, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      Oh Kathy, thanks! I wouldn’t call myself a whiz. I just love “playing” to see what it will do. Helps to have a project that I want to make. I see more variations coming for the Hamburger Box, though I don’t have a clue what they are yet.

  • Deborah Smart June 1, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Sara – I adore your little baby pram made from the Hamburger box!!! Amazing – and using the clay for the ruffle shade; so creative! You had me smiling with the ‘fold-out family’, then blew me away with the pram. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity!

    • Sara Levin June 2, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      Thanks Deb! The possibilities with the Hamburger box! It wasn’t even on my list. I’m so glad the design team was asked to use it.

  • Jennifer Downey June 1, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Oh Sara, LOVE your projects this round! Especially the owl card and how you went from a couple to a family! So impressive! TFS!

    • Sara Levin June 2, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! I love the way that images can be manipulated in My Digital Studio. I don’t think I would have thought about creating this card with a stamp. My Digital Studio is a must have for me.

  • Jen Arkfeld June 1, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Very clever with the Owls….I think they are super cute. Awesome job!

    • Sara Levin June 2, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      Thanks Jen! It was fun figuring out how to make the family “grow”.

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