Stampin' Addicts Birthday Blog Hop

Are you addicted to stamping? Well if you are then this is another great weekend for you. At Stampin' Addicts, we are celebrating the 2nd birthday of the forum and what better way to share the fun with you than to stamp! This blog hop includes 20 stops, each sharing a technique and birthday projects for your inspiration!  Wow - do we have some things to show ya!

If you are just arriving from Ellen's Blog - wasn't that Brayered Sky technique cool? I love that beach scene! If you are just starting out - don't fret - you haven't missed it. We are all linked together. Just follow along the hop and you'll make your way back around to see it!

So how about I get started? The technique I chose to share is the Faux Leather Technique. If you are not familiar with this technique, I'll be sharing the how-to on Tuesday. I invite you to stop by again and see how easy it is!

This first project was the first one that popped into my mind when I thought about this technique. Many of us have difficulty coming up with ideas for the guys in our lives and I think this technique helps create something they'll like. So first, what goes better with black leather than a motorcycle?
I think the guys in my family would like this :) This image was available as an individual stamp in a past Mini Catalog and is currently available as a digital download for only $1.95. Looks good with the smooth leather, right?

Ok, now how about a birthday greeting for dad? The "leather" piece (used with die cuts) was altered to give it some texture, more like faux alligator.

But this technique isn't only for the men. Ladies deserve some attention on their special day, too. A nice spring purse with greeting cards, perhaps?
As you see, you can use any color card stock to create the faux leather of your choice. You are not tied to the colors of nature and aside from that, PETA will thank you for your creativity ;)

Thanks for stopping by! Now, let's go check out some Ribbon techniques with Kandi. I've taken a sneak peek and *Eeek* - you're gonna love her ideas!

Stampin' Supplies (for all 3 projects):
Purse: based on Becky Roberts' Purse-onally Perfect Notes
Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes (111618)
Ink: VersaMark (102283), StazOn Black (101406), Stampin' Write Markers to color
Paper: More Mustard (100946), Not Quite Navy (101722), Basic Black (121045), Whisper White (100730), Very Vanilla (101650), Peach Parfait (119794), Baja Breeze (111352)
Tools: Heat Tool (100005), Clear embossing powder (109130), Paper Piercing Tool (116631), Mat Pack (105826), Big Shot (113439), Corner Rounder, Alphabet Simple Letters die set (115960), Crystal Effects (101055) 
and Embellishments: Silver Brads (104336),  Glimmer Brads (121044), Jewels Basic Rhinestone (119246)
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)