Friday, March 5, 2021

Butterfly Bouquet Cards and Hop

Welcome to Corner of Plaid and Paisley.  I am showing off some Butterfly Bouquet Cards made with the new bundle from Stampin' Up!  This is the perfect beginning to the spring season!

I am Ann Krucek, from Malvern, Ohio. If you are joining us from the hop - Welcome!!  There will be lots of inspiration for the Butterfly Bouquet Cards through this hop - all the links will be at the bottom of my post!

 This bundle will be in the new upcoming catalog but is an early release and is now available for all to purchase now.  The stamp is Butterfly Brilliance and the Die set is Brilliant Wings Dies, however as always,  if you purchase them together as a bundle you save 10%.  But what is exciting about this set is the fabulous coordinating 6X6 designer series paper being offered.  The die fits right over one of the designs and cuts out 6 beautiful butterflies at once.

This first card I am showing uses one of the bright sheets of DSP.

I stamped the butterfly on Vellum paper with Momento Ink then let it sit overnight - otherwise the ink will smear.  I know some would say stamp it with Stazon - but both of my Stazon ink pads were dried up!!  So I don't know how that does work - but my Momento worked just fine when I let it sit and dry.  I colored this with my Stampin' Blends -HOWEVER- I turned it over and colored the backside of the butterfly, otherwise the ink would smear a bit from the blends.  Coloring these vellum butterflies is fun, I just kept layering different colors until I got the desired look.  

I used the Pretty Perennials stamp for the sentiment, Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon (love this ribbon - it ties a nice bow) and the Pastel Pearls for embellishments.


 I also wanted to show something a bit different using this set and went a bit vintage and paired the Butterfly Bouquet up with the Very Versailles stamp set.
I stamped the butterflies on Crumb Cake Cardstock with Soft Suede Ink.  The next layer is Very Vanilla Cardstock stamped with Crumb Cake Ink then run through the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder and I  ripped the edges. The mat layer is Crumb Cake Cardstock stamped with the wood look of the Gallery Grunge stamp with Crumb Cake ink.I used the Scalloped Lace Trim and the Antiqued Corners & Slides as embellishments.
Many of these items maybe retiring soon - we will be receiving the list of retiring merchandise on March 24th.

I hope you enjoyed my creations with the Butterfly Bouquet. 
Please let me know if I can answer any questions for you.  As always my shop is open 24/7, just click on the storefront on the righthand side.

Now on to more beautiful inspiration from all over the world!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

St. Patrick's Day Tablescape- the Reprise of Ewe & McGreggor's Sheep Farm

 We are celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a table that is bringing back an old favorite of ours, Ewe & McGreggor's Sheep Farm!

I am participating in a blog hop hosted by the gracious Debbee from Debbee's Buzz!!
The links to all of the table stylists participating today are at the end of my post, be sure to check out all of the shamrocks and shenanigans!

We are putting on the green here, despite the snow we are getting at the moment!
We had a warm weekend and we are expecting temperatures in the 50's later this week.
That is a tropical heat wave here!!  Our lake has been frozen over for a good month and we have seen nothing but ice fishermen.  But since the warm weekend, all of the fishing huts are gone, the sun has been making appearances, and even my some of my spring flowers are starting break through the ground!
St. Patrick's Day is usually the time we start putting away winter and look so forward to warmer weather and spring like days.  So pulling out the green for St. Patty's Day is always a welcomed event.
This table is a reprise of my Ewe & McGreggor's Sheep Farm table that I did for St. Patrick's Day way back in 2013!  My little sheep have been hanging around for years, here is their first appearance!
This year one of the little sheep had to take a trip into town in the farm truck -
 no worries though - the vet said she would be fine!!  
Nothing a few Peppermint Patties couldn't fix - so  I made this cute little treat box with the new Oval Occasions Bundle from Stampin' Up!  This bundle includes the double oval punch and the cute stamp set that is great for baby, Easter, and a number of occasions.  You know I had to sneak some plaid into this table somehow!

I paired my treat box up with a clump of faux clover at each placesetting.   This faux clover is one of my favorite tablescaping purchases, it has been used over and over again.
The green striped plates and table runner are recent purchases from Kirklands - thanks to a nice gift card my daughter gave me for Christmas! - Thanks Allie!!
I also had to purchase 4 beer mugs from the Dollar Tree, because we did not own 4 matching beer mugs that did not have some sort of Browns or Ohio State logo on them!!  These are for our Great Lakes Brewing Co. Conway's Irish Ale - have to support our local brewery!!  Good stuff!
Speaking of good stuff - be sure to check out all of the other St. Patrick's Day Tablescapes!!

Debbees BuzzVintage Dishes & Lucky Clover Fold Napkins

Home is Where the Boat Is Loads of Shamrocks St. Patrick's Day Table

PanoplyAn Unpretentious St. Patrick's Day

My Hubbard HomePutting on the Green & Yellow

Life and LindaKeeper of the Traveling Shamrock Cloth

Corner of Plaid and PaisleyReprise of Ewe & McGreggor St. Patrick's Day Table **HERE

Me and My CaptainNot Lucky, Just Very Blessed

Red Cottage ChroniclesChanneling My Inner Irish

Celebrate and DecorateSt. Patrick's Day Luncheon Tablescape

Calypso in the CountrySt. Patrick's Day Table Decor

Design MorselsSt. Patrick's Day Table

The Painted ApronCelebrating the Green Table

Hyacinth for the Soul Lucky in Life ~ Celebrating Green Table

Zucchini Sisters ☘ Green & Orange St. Patrick's Day Table

Here is a little peek at each table - just a teaser!!

So be sure to click on the links to see all of these beautiful tables!!
If you are following in order - up next is Kari from Me and My Captain.


I hope you enjoyed my little splash of St. Patrick's Day fun. 

For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way.  Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Love is in the Air - Stamping INKspirations Blog Hop

 Welcome to Corner of Plaid and Paisley, my name is Ann.  I am a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator from Malvern, Ohio, USA.  We are all ready to celebrate Valentine's Day this weekend!

  Today I am participating in the Stamping INKspirations Blog Hop. 

 The theme of today's hop is Love is in the Air. There are 37 stamping enthusiasts ready to share their projects with you today!!  The list of those talented stampers are at the end of my post. 
My Valentine Card is pretty simple, made from all die cuts.  I did this for my class since we are still not meeting in person, I was able to mail this to my fun group of ladies.
It uses the Always Dies and the Many Hearts Dies, along with the Saleabration Oh So Ombre Paper and the Love You Always Foil Sheets.
The treat box is made by cutting an Acetate Card Box in half - I do this with a very large guillotine cutter.  I cut a square of Sahara Sand card stock -  4" x 4"  and then layered it with a square of Rocco Rose 3 3/4" x 3 3/4"  - BUT before I adhere the two squares together I added two pieces of Blushing Bride Metallic Ribbon ribbon to between the layers to two opposite corners.  I turned the square at a diagonal and scored 3/8" from either side of the center so that there is a 3/4" wide strip down the middle with will become the top of the box.  I trimmed of the points of the corners so that they don't hang over the edge of my box. 
 By tucking the back of my top into the inside of the clear box, I was able to pull the ribbon through the flap in the back of the box and around to the front of the box .  The front point goes on the outside of the box and now the two ribbons can tie the box closed.  I cut a floral heart with the Many Heart Dies out of one of the Love you Always Foil Sheets and adhered it to the front.  It was nice that 6 of the Ghirardelli  Chocolates I had on my Valentine Table fit in there perfectly - even the right color!     
 I hope you enjoyed my Valentine Project!!

Next up is Shel Anderson

Enjoy many more Love by checking out all of these wonderful blogs posting their creations today, Here is the list in case you get lost:


I would love to help you with any of your stamping needs.  My store is open 24/7 - just click on the storefront in the right hand column.  Sale-A-Bration is going on for just two more weeks - free items for every $50 you spend!!  Check out those items by clicking on the Sale-a-bration catalog at the top of the right hand column.  Please let me know if you have any questions!!

Much Love to you during these trying times.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop- Movies & TV - Project Runway

 Welcome to Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop -My name is Ann Krucek, from Malvern, Ohio, USA.   I have to say this is the most fun blog hop theme I have done for a card yet!!! I took those dress forms from the Handmade for You stamp set and ran with it!!

The theme of this month's hop is Movies & TV!! 
We have all created a card depicting a favorite movies or TV show.  I chose one of my favorite TV series, Project Runway!! The links to the all of the other stamping enthusiasts will be at the bottom of my post - this one should be very entertaining!!  I can't wait to see what everyone has come up with!
 For years the different designers on Project Runway have dazzled us with their talents.  We especially have enjoyed Tim Gund and his "Make It Work" comments, so I had to include that!

I used the Dress forms from Handmade for You stamp set and one of the girls from the Hey Girlfriend Stamp set.  I used the masking method to get my girl image behind the dress form.  By fussy cutting some stamped skirts, I was able to put something on her dress forms.   The Make it Work sentiment was stamped out using the Make a Difference alphabet and punched out with the Classic Label punch. 

To make the black and white tabs down the side, I used the suspender clip from the Suite & Tie Die Set.  The black and white paper is the very versatile True Love Designer Series Paper.  The stitched paper in the back ground is from the Snail Mail Designer Series Paper, then I cut the little buttons from the Suit & Tie Dies out of Bermuda Bay Cardstock to match the stitched paper. To finish it off I added a few rhinestones. 

By mixing and matching any number of stamps and papers - I bet we could come up with a card for your favorite TV show or movie too!! 

Please let me know if you have any questions!  As always my shop is open 24/7 by clicking on the store front in the right hand column.  I would be happy to help you with any of your stamping needs.

Now let's see what the other bloggers have created to depict their favorite show or movie!
Here is the list of all the participating blogs:


Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Valentine's Tablescape - Sending Love Your Way

 Welcome to our Valentine's Day Tablescape Hop!!

We all need to send a little love out right now.  Chloe Crabtree from Celebrate & Decorate has gathered all of her talented table stylists together for another blog hop, This time celebrating Valentine's Day.  The links to all of the other wonderful blogs will be at the bottom of my post for you to follow and be inspired!!

 I am sending some love out to you all with this blush pink and gray table setting.

I found these light pink heart dishes as I popped into Target to pick up some cleaning supplies!! They just happened to be only 4 lonely plates sitting on an end cap.  It was almost as if someone had them in their cart and then decided not to purchase them - I took it as a sign that they had to come home with me!
Since we are not spending much time in the stores, I had to make do with things I already owned. Except the 4 heart dishes,  I already had the tablecloth, napkins, charger, pink plates and the mugs.
Also in my stash was the pink striped pitcher, and the set of bowls.  
I did splurge at one of my favorite local businesses - Paper Twigs - and purchased what they call - a little nugget - that is the little but very cute floral arrangement. 
Then I got my craft on to make some complimenting details such as the heart pick in the flowers,
the kiss napkin rings, the hearts in my enjoy sign, and lastly, my little Love package at each place setting which contain several Ghirardelli Chocolates.
I used the Stampin' Up! Many Hearts Dies for the pick, the Postage Stamp Punch and the Posted For You Stamp for the favor box, and the Hearts & Kisses Stamp for the Kiss napkin ring.  All of these items can be found by clicking on my store front in my right hand column.  My store is open 24/7, just in case you are reading this late at night, as many of my creative friends do not sleep well!! 
No lack of sweet things at this table to let someone know they are loved!
 Be sure to check out all of the other fabulous Valentine's Tablescapes by following along in the hop!  Here are the list of participants, please give them some love with your comments.

As the sign on my mantel says, Enjoy the little things for those are the big things!

I challenge you to do a little thing by sending a Valentine card to someone you haven't talked to in a while and make their day with your small gesture!

I hope you enjoyed my table!

And I hope you have a lovely Valentine's Day.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Snail Mail - Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - January 2021

 Welcome to the Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop.    I am Ann Krucek, from Ohio, USA and I chose the fun Snail Mail DSP and the Snail Dies to feature today.

The Stampin' Dreams is a international group of Stampin' Up! enthusiasts who love to share their ideas. This month's theme is anything new.

This just seems so relevant with all the issues we are having with the post office in this part of the woods!  We are always happy to receive something fun in the mail and this set is just the answer!!
The Designer Series Paper with this set is just adorable and I know I will be forever using the Happy Mail enclosed stamp on a lot of my envelopes!
I used the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch for the cute little postage stamp shape, this punch compliments this suite perfectly.


So I wanted to create something with just the cute little mushrooms.  I have a friend who tends to get a little wound up about things - so I thought this mellow out card would be the perfect thing - it's fun and a bit quirky - she would appreciate the whimsy in it.
I hope you enjoyed my cards using the Snail Mail DSP and Snail Dies.
As always, my store is open 24/7- just click on my store front in the column on the right.

Now on to all the other ideas and inspiration!
Here is a list of all the other wonderful bloggers showing off their projects,
please give them some love and leave comments - we love to share when we get love back!!

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Bows and Bowties Postage Stamp Birthday Cards

 Welcome to Corner of Plaid and Paisley!  I am Ann Krucek, and I am showing off my bowties and bows for the Stamping INKspirations Blog Hop today!

The theme for our Stamping Inkspiration Blog Hop this month is anything new! 
I chose the new Well Suited Suite found on page 66 of the new Mini Catalog to work with.
I used the bow tie stamp and die, along with the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch from the Annual Catalog.
I was drawn to the fabulous masculine papers in the Well Suited DSP pack.  Since all three of our kids (and most of our money!) went to The Ohio State University - the greys in this paper pack yelled OSU to me!! Especially because they are playing in the National Championship Football Game on Monday, we are a bit hyped up here in Ohio!!  And you have to know that with a blog name of Corner of Plaid and Paisley - that grey paisley paper is an all time favorite for me!!
 I wanted to make a feminine version of the card as well,
this time using the Sale-A-Bration Paper Blooms Designer Series Paper.
I liked mixing the pink polka dot bows with this striped and flowered DSP - and of course a little rows of scallops (from Budding Blooms Die set) down the side for a cute little girl birthday card!
Ok!!!  Now time  to move on and see what everyone else in the Stamping Inkspirations Hop has created!!  Next up is Susan Webster!!
The list of all the bloggers is below just in case you get lost along the way!!

Thanks so much to Angie McKenzie for organizing this hop!  I hope you enjoyed my cards.  Please let me know if you have any questions!

 You can view the new catalogs in PDF form if you click on the photo on my side column!!