Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Topflight Stamps Hop - Happy 7th Birthday!

It's Topflight Stamps' 7th birthday!! Happy birthdayyyy! To celebrate I’ve teamed up with some great designers to showcase celebratory projects using the unique products available at Topflight Stamps. Please hop with us and see all the beautiful talent from this group of amazing designers - I love being invited to hop along! You can go to the Topflight Stamps Blog for the full list of links and other hop info - in addition to the blog hop there is a hop on Instagram, and you'll find that info there too. Keep reading for prize info!

If you're not familiar with Topflight Stamps, they have the most amazing collection of hard-to-get products from outside the US all in one convenient online shop! You will love browsing there if you haven't before - or if you have! I'm always finding things I've never noticed before. Here is my "celebration" of small things and creative reuse!

I chose the most adorable Woodland Bundle by Stamperia to work with, and though it's sold out at Topflight (I'm so sorry!) I can wholeheartedly recommend Stamperia's products - this was a nice sampler of their stencils, papers, rubons, die cut stickers and chipboard ephemera! Their products are beautiful and the highest quality. I hope my projects will give you ideas that you can use with their other products at Topflight!  They do have 2 other Stamperia product bundles HERE and HERE - if you're shopping the sale  you might want to grab those before they're gone! 

A couple of years ago I got a little obsessed with buying vintage wood stamp lots on ebay (oopsie!) - one lot in particular had a lot of self-mounted stamps that were not indexed and the maple blocks were in really nice condition after I removed the rubber. I set them aside to alter and found them last week as I was cleaning, so I decided that would be my project for the hop today! For 2 of them, I glued paper from the Stamperia paper pack as the base, then added some of the die cut elements to create a little scene. Here I added the mouse then used one of the stencils around the edge, creating a raised design with matte gel medium. I brushed ink over the stenciled design to darken the edges of the panel and highlight the mouse, then added some fern die cuts (Craft Emotions - Dies - Fern Leaves), die cut kit images, and a Lavinia sticker (Lavinia - Sentiment Stickers - Uplifting Collection) to the corner. This block is 5"x6" and I think it will be a sweet decor piece!

Here are a couple of closer peeks - my idea for the stenciling was initially to create more of a resist, but I needed different ink for that and I didn't want to risk damaging the paper by getting it too wet. I do like the effect I ended up with!

My second block is a little bit smaller. My process was the same, using paper to cover the block, then adding die cuts to create a little scene. The little mice are so cute! I die cut and watercolored more ferns, popped up more word stickers, and then sponged the bottom edges for depth.

I thought those words were so sweet - the Lavinia stickers remind me of the refrigerator magnet words that you can group together in different phrases. This one spoke to me today.

My favorite thing in the kit besides the mice were the intricate stencils - they are a large 7" x 7" size, and so well designed with multiple motifs on each panel. One of them had a beautiful sentiment framed with leaves and berries, and it was a perfect fit for a larger block in my box. I prepared the background with gesso and acrylic paint, sanded lightly to create a texture, then stenciled  the design with black texture paste. I had picked up some small sea sponges at the thrift store - I used one to create a border of color. When that was dry I went back in with my craft paints and painted the leaves and berries. There are several layers of paint, as well as highlights added with an acrylic paint pen.

I did use a brush to connect the letters where the stencil design had gaps - it's not noticeable unless you look closely, and I like that continuity better. The raised outline of the leaves and berries gave me an outline to work with and also gives texture even in the places it's covered by paint. TIP: Remember there are other ways to use stencils besides just brushing ink through them! Stamperia definitely has stencil designs that lend themselves well to painted projects like this.

Those are my projects and I hope you are inspired to try something similar!

You know our hop wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without prizes! Topflight Stamps is giving four lucky winners $50 Gift Certificates to the store. Two winners will be chosen from commenters on the blog hop and two will be chosen from commenters on the IG hop. For a chance to win, make sure to visit the stops on the hop and leave a comment by April 1st. Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on Monday, April 3rd. U.S.A winners only due to shipping issues. Good Luck!

Thank you for visiting me! And I almost forgot - please enjoy a birthday discount at Topflight - no code is needed!

You can visit the Topflight Stamps Blog at any time for the full list of links and other hop info - have fun,  be inspired, enjoy the hop and sale, and good luck with the prizes!

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  1. Cutest little mouse scenes and that quote is heart warming.

  2. What sweet wee woodland blocks, Dina - you have really showcased the products beautifully

  3. I LOVE Topflight stamps!!!!!!!!!!!! Thrilled you have an affiliate link, Dina - perfect excuse for me to go see what I "need" for a mental break later today!


  4. Wow!! These are so amazing and sweet! I love all the details you included!

  5. Love the mouse scene! Fab!

  6. A fabulous way to showcase how beautiful Stamperia designs are Dina!

  7. Fabulous upcycling! Stamperia consistently has wonderful products!

  8. Denise Bryant3/26/2024 9:55 PM

    Love the designs and colors! Beautiful projects for the hop! Such a fun idea to use the wood blocks!

  9. Those are absolutely precious! I love Stamperia as well. Beautiful creations.

  10. The mouse and mushrooms--so cute. I LOVE mushrooms, and I love critters, so no wonder

  11. What a sweet set of blocks-I love the quote!

  12. These are awesome decor pieces. Super cute!

  13. Hi Dina. Your wood blocks are so sweet and too adorable. I love that it is a decorative piece instead of a card. That makes it easier to display. The little mice are so cute hanging out on their little fungi. I like all the mixed ephemera and papers from Stamperina. Thank you for listing other Stamperina links to see some of their bundles. I can’t wait to see what you create next.

  14. Gorgeous
    Karen Adams