Thursday, October 19, 2017

Stampin' UP! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop- Count My Blessings

Hey there stampers!  Welcome back to another Stampin' UP! Artisan Design Team Blog hop!  If you are hopping with us today then you may have arrived here from the fabulous Cathy Caines.  Isn't she amazing? As we are a group of 20 demonstrators from around the world- our blogs are written in many different languages.  Please be sure to use Google Translate so that you can follow along in your language.  You don't wanna miss out on any of the fabulous details!

My project tonight is a gorgeous fall card created using the Count My Blessings Stamp Set, the Leaflets Framelits Dies and the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper.


To create this card-  I began by die cutting a set of 3 leaves.  After the leaves were cut out I then ran them through the Big Shot using the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Impressions Textured Embossing Folder and the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  This added a bit of texture and dimension to the card.


The smallest leaf was cut from a scrap of the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper.  I tied a tiny Linen Thread bow to accent the leaf bouquet.


If you zoom in you will see that there is a spray of Soft Sky ink splatter all across the top card layer.  This adds a bit more texture and interest to the card. 

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will join us on our journey around the world today!  The fabulous Holly Stene will be your next stop on the hop.  Check it out!  She has a gorgeous project in store!



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Color Me Happy part two

Hello there!   Last night I shared a card that was created with the soon to be released stamp set called Color Me Happy and the brand new Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.  Tonight I have part two.... 


I must admit that when I first saw the Color Me Happy Stamp Set- I didn't think it was my style.  Oh my!  Was I ever WRONG! It's totally my style and I absolutely love it!  


The card above was created using both the light and dark Pool Party Stampin' Blends.  I began by coloring the entire bird image in using the Light Pool Party Stampin' Blend.  I then went back around the edges with the Dark Pool Party Stampin' Blend.  Using the Light Pool Party Stampin' Blend- I began to blend the colors together.  I added a little Light Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blend around the edges as well to highlight the bird.


For the second card- I used both the light and dark Pink Pirouette Stampin' Blends.  Once again- I began by coloring the bird with the lightest color first.  I then added the darker color around the edges of the bird, blending the colors together using the Light Pink Pirouette Stampin' Blend.  I highlighted the accents on the bird using the Light Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blend.  

Are you as excited about the new Stampin' Blends as I am?  Remember- they go on sale November 1, 2017!  


Thanks for stopping by!  

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Color Me Happy

Hey there!  Tonight I have the best news to share with you!  The Stampin' UP! Blends (new alcohol markers) will be available to everyone on 11/1/17!  How awesome is THAT?  I cannot wait for you to try them out!  You will absolutely LOVE them!  

My project tonight features the Blends and a new stamp set called Color Me Happy.  I can't begin to tell you just how much I adore this new stamp set.  It's cute, fun and perfect to use with the Blends.  


These adorable lanterns are perfect for a celebration!  To create the lanterns I began by using the Light Daffodil Delight Blends.  I then added other Blends colors beginning with the lightest color first (and coloring directly over the Daffodil Delight) and then around the edges I added the coordinating dark color.  I then blended them all together using the Color Lifter.


Such a fun card and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!  I'm new to using alcohol markers so this is a learning experience for me.  I don't think it turned out too bad!


Thanks for stopping by!

Card Ingredients:
Whisper White Notecards, Pink Pirouette Card Stock, Silver Metallic Thread, Doilies, Stampin' Blends, Color Me Happy Stamp Set, Pink Pirouette ink, Memento Black ink.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Smitten

Good evening stampers!  Tonight I have the cutest project to share.  Donna Griffith from Stampin' UP! showed how to create THE most adorable penguin I have ever seen.  I just couldn't resist using her little tutorial to create one of my own.  


After I made the little fella I had to figure out what to do with him.  I could have made him a tag or put him on a card but I chose to put him on a mitten notebook.  These mini notebooks can be created from virtually any shape.  You simply need to cut out a 2 covers and about 15 sheets of "paper" (I create mine from index cards).  Easy peasy and super cute!

Here's what the inside looks like.  People often ask how I cut my index cards.  Simply put- I cut 3 at a time and I align my framelit so that the red line on the index card creates a "top" to the paper.  Just like you would see on a regular notebook.  


These are super cute and easy to create.  You can easily whip up a bunch of these in no time!  They are the perfect little stocking stuffers, gifts for coworkers, or to pass out as business cards (be sure to put your info on the back!).  However you choose to gift them they are sure to be loved!


Thanks for stopping by!




Sunday, October 8, 2017

Monday Montage # 102




Hello there and welcome back for the bi-weekly Monday Montage blog hop. I'm so happy you joined us!  Be sure to visit all 10 stops to see what other amazing designers have created to share with you.

My project tonight is one of the many cards I created for World Card Making Day.  I started out not knowing what I wanted to create but  as I started looking through my stamps- I came across the Christmas in the Making Stamp Set.  This set is featured in the Holiday Catalog and it is SO fun!


To color the dress I used the new Stampin' Blends.  They are amazing!  I cannot wait for you all to be able to purchase them!  I used the light Old Olive and the light Cherry Cobbler to color the dress.  The holly leaves on the dress and the ornament were colored using the dark Old Olive and dark Cherry Cobbler. 


To make the dress a little fancier I first stamped the lady image onto a piece of plaid DSP from the Christmas Around the World DSP.  I then carefully cut out just the bottom portion of the dress and adhered it to the bottom portion as shown in the picture.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have enjoyed my World Cardmaking Day card!

  Won't you join us for the rest of the hop?  Simply click the NEXT button to go to the fabulous Elizabeth Price or click the BACK button to head on over to the lovely Cathy Casey.  Thanks for stopping by!









Thursday, October 5, 2017

Stampin' UP! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop- Merry Patterns

Hey there stampers!  Welcome back to another Stampin' UP! Artisan Design Team Blog hop!  If you are hopping with us today then you may have arrived here from the fabulous Cathy Caines.  Isn't she amazing? As we are a group of 20 demonstrators from around the world- our blogs are written in many different languages.  Please be sure to use Google Translate so that you can follow along in your language.  You don't wanna miss out on any of the fabulous details!

My project today is home decor holiday sampler.   For this piece I have created an assortment of  individual scenes using the Merry Patterns Stamp Set and a variety of other products. (All products used to create this gorgeous piece are listed below at the end of this post)



The frame itself is a shadowbox and is large enough for a 12" x 12" piece of DSP.  
Each individual square has it's own scene.  Some of them coordinate with another square and others are just individual.  

Here's what the sampler looks like without a frame.  It was photographed this way to try and show the detail a little better than what can be seen inside the frame.  


How would you like a Merry Patterns stamp set of your own?  You can earn this gorgeous stamp set by simply hosting a party with $300 USD in sales.  Did you also know that there's also sale on Designer Series Paper?  Your guests will love shopping from our selection of our Designer Series Paper, now ON SALE—making it even easier for you to hit your $300 USD goal and earn your free holiday stamp set.  Don’t miss this fun opportunity!  This promotion ends on October 31st!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have enjoyed my project!  Be sure to check back for more fabulous ideas using the Merry Patterns Stamp Set!





Sunday, October 1, 2017

Happy Owloween!

Hey there stampers!  I saw an idea that I absolutely loved in the quarterly Stampin' Success magazine. The picture showed a mason jar that has been stamped and decorated accordingly.  I figured I'd try the technique out for myself! 

Mine however is for Halloween instead of Christmas.  I adore the Spooky Cat Stamp Set and the owl image is my favorite.  Don't you just love the Happy Owloween sentiment?  It's the perfect match to my owl!


To create my jar- I stamped the owl image into Basic Black Archival Ink and then immediately stamped it onto the smooth side of the jar.  I then carefully peeled the stamp off the jar.  Using the Heat Tool I set the ink.  So easy and oh so cute!


Just in case you're curious as to the size of the jar- it only holds 4 ounces.  Yep- SUPER tiny!  These tiny mason jars are adorable. They are the perfect size for gift giving.

Thanks for stopping by! 


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Merry Patterns

Good evening stampers!  Tonight I have a very non-traditional Christmas card to share.   Yes- I love the typical holiday cards but I also love fresh and new!  This card totally fits the bill!  


This card completely defies all aspects of a traditional holiday card.  Bold and bright colors are some of my favorites and just because the seasons have changed doesn't mean that summer color schemes need to go too!  


How about you?  Do you make non traditional holiday cards?  Or do you tend to stick with the typical red and green theme?  Share your thoughts in the comments below! I'd love to read your thoughts!



Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Spooky Spider!

Hey there stampers!  Halloween is my favorite holiday and since it's just a few short weeks away I thought I'd better get busy making my annual Halloween decorations.  My project tonight is absolutely adorable!  I'm not a spider fan at all but who can resist this lil guy?



He's 3 dimensional and so stinkin' cute!  To create him- I used the Big Shot and Layering Circles Framelits to cut out twelve of the third largest circle.  After all the circles were cut out- I folded them in half and adhered them to each other.  I added a piece of Solid Black Baker's Twine to the center of the sphere before I adhered the sides together.  This created  a nice large loop to hang the spider from.    Using 1/4" wide pieces of Basic Black card stock- I created legs and attached them to the body with Glue Dots.  There isn't an exact measurement for the legs- I just cut random lengths and trimmed as necessary to make them look realistic.


What do you think?  Cute!  Isn't he?

Thanks for stopping by!



Sunday, September 24, 2017

Monday Montage #101- Guy Greetings




Hello there and welcome back for the bi-weekly Monday Montage blog hop. I'm so happy you joined us!  Be sure to visit all 10 stops to see what other amazing designers have created to share with you.

Do you ever find yourself creating cards that are geared towards one specific group of people?    I sometimes think that I create a LOT of cards that are feminine and it seems that I seldom create masculine cards.  It's not that I don't enjoy creating masculine cards.  I just don't send as many cards to men as I do women.

So tonight I challenged myself to create a masculine birthday card.  I've had the Guy Greetings Stamp Set ever since it was released but I've never used it.  I'm not really sure why as it's really a great stamp set to use when creating cards for the men in your life.


I paired this stamp set with the Post Script background stamp.  The person this card was created for loves traveling so it was a perfect fit!


To create the Post Script background- simply create a template by cutting a piece of card stock with a circle cut out that measures the same size as your top layer.  Lay the template on top of your card layer, ink up the Post Script stamp and stamp it onto the template.  The stamped image will then be stamped inside the circle on your card layer.  


I stamped the car in Early Espresso Ink onto a Very Vanilla scrap and cut it out.  To make the headlights pop- I added a Rhinestone Basic Jewel to each headlight.  This card is super simple to create and looks great!  I just know the recipient will love it!

I hope you have enjoyed my project!   Won't you join us for the rest of the hop?  Simply click the NEXT button to go to the fabulous Elizabeth Price or click the BACK button to head on over to the lovely Cathy Casey.  Thanks for stopping by!









Thursday, September 21, 2017

JUMBO Pillow Box

I'm always looking for fun new ways to give a gift.  So tonight as I was working at my desk- I thought I'd play around and see what I could come up with.  It's nothing too fancy but it is super cute!       It's a JUMBO pillow box!  (and I do mean JUMBO!)



I first created a template from a sheet of 8-1/2" x 11" paper.  Then I cut out the template and traced it  onto some Spooky Night Designer Series Paper.  (This particular pillow box requires 2 pieces to be cut from card stock or DSP).  Next- I scored on all the score lines, added adhesive and folded it together.


The fun part is decorating!  This box is quite large so it does require a little extra embellishing.  Overall- it's super easy and oh so cute!

Interested in creating one of your own?  Check back for the template!  I will be posting it soon!

Did you know that I also shared a template to create some teeny tiny pillow boxes?  That template can be found in this post here.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Got Coffee?

Can you believe that it’s September already? Do you know what that means? That’s right!  It’s time for a new Stampin’ UP! Holiday Catalog!  This is always one of my favorite times of year.  Not because it’s time for the kids to go back to school or because it means the end of the summer is near, but because it’s the time of year when Stampin’ UP! releases some pretty amazing products to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year….the holiday season.

This years catalog has got to be one of my favorites!  It’s FULL of fun and gorgeous new stamps, papers and embellishments that are truly must have’s.  Today I am sharing a few cards that were created with one of my favorite stamp sets from the new Holiday Catalog- Merry Cafe (item #144965). 
                                           


This fun stamp set has sentiments and images for all seasons!  The first card I created just had to have a pumpkin spice latte!  This card features a few patterns from the new Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper (item #144613), a pumpkin spice latte created using the Big Shot (item #143263) and the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies (item #143745).  A gorgeous new Jute Twine (Item #144625) bow was tied around the card layer for added interest.

                                           

Isn’t this next card the cutest?  To create the mummy- I began by cutting out a coffee cup using the Big Shot (item #143263) and the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies (item #143745).  Next I cut 1/2” strips of Very Vanilla Card Stock (item #101650) and sponged the edges with Crumb Cake (item #126975) ink.  I then adhered the Very Vanilla strips to the coffee cup in an overlapping pattern.  The eyes were created using the 1/2” Circle Punch (item #119869) and the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch (item #140396) and inserted between the Very Vanilla strips.    Way too cute and lots of fun!  My favorite for sure!


Here’s a close up of the mummy card.  It’s somewhat difficult to see exactly what’s behind  the Vellum Card Stock (item #101856) cup topper but there’s whipped cream complete with Pumpkin Pie sprinkles!  The sprinkles were created by flicking the brush end of the Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker into the cap (and onto the Whisper White Card Stock (item #100730) whipped cream).  The close up also shows a sampling of the fun new Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (item #144610).

                            
Since I made an adorable card for Halloween I felt it was only fitting that I create an equally cute one for Christmas.  This card features two patterns from the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper Stack (item # 144617) and a Santa Claus themed drink!  The Merry and Christmas sentiments were stamped a few times onto a strip of Very Vanilla Card Stock (item #101650).  I used Garden Green Classic Stampin’ Pad (item #126973) and Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad (item #126949).  Santa’s buckle was created using the Big Shot (item #143263) and the Layering Squares Framelits Dies (item #141708).   


                                               
Just like the mummy card- once again is a huge dollop of whipped cream complete with red and green peppermint sprinkles added to the top.  A peppermint straw was created using the Coffee Cafe Stamp Set (item #143677) and adhered behind the whipped cream.
                                                  


Last but certainly not least is another card that features yet another cute cup of coffee.  The “I love you and coffee” sentiment is an adorable way to share your affection!  This Valentine features two more patterns from the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper (item #144617).  That’s right- the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper (item #144617) works for more than just Christmas!  The colors are perfect for all occasions and when paired with this particular sentiment- it makes the perfect Valentine’s Day card!


         I hope I have inspired you to create a few (or twenty!) cards using the new Merry Cafe Stamp Set (item #144965).  


Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Stampin' UP! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop- Painted Autumn

Hey there stampers!  Welcome back to another Stampin' UP! Artisan Design Team Blog hop!  If you are hopping with us today then you may have arrived here from the fabulous Cathy Caines.  Isn't she amazing? As we are a group of 20 demonstrators from around the world- our blogs are written in many different languages.  Please be sure to use Google Translate so that you can follow along in your language.  You don't wanna miss out on any of the fabulous details!

I'm super excited for our hop today as we are featuring the Painted Harvest Stamp Set and coordinating Leaf Punch.  I totally adore this set!  It's beautiful ❤.

When I first saw the Painted Harvest Stamp Set I imagined lots of gorgeous watercolored sunflowers. Since sunflowers are my favorite flower I just couldn't resist making a sunflower card.

Both cards I have to share today are exactly the same.  Well- not exactly but close enough! My first card has been "stepped up" compared to the other. I started out each card out the same- by faux watercoloring a sunflower, splattering Cajun Craze ink all over the front and by adding some Linen Thread with a bow.


For the above card- I stamped the leaf image onto some Vellum Card Stock and punched it out using the Leaf Punch.  Next- I pleated 12 inches of Garden Green Stitched Satin Ribbon and adhered it to the front of the card just below the leaf image.  I then added some Metallic Copper Thread and the sentiment to the top portion of the pleated ribbon.  

For my next card- it may appear pretty plain however I think it's perfect!  Even though there are many many options to step up this card- I think it's gorgeous just as is!  Sometimes less is more!


This card is actually my favorite of the two.  I'm sure if you've ever faux watercolored- you know that no two images come out the same.  That's why I LOVE how this image looks.  Even though the faux watercoloring has washed some of the sunflower away- you can still see all the texture and dimension that remains. It truly is gorgeous!


I hope you have enjoyed my projects today.  Please hop on over to the lovely Holly Stene to see what beauty she's whipped up to share with you today!





Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Halloween Mini Pillow Box Favors

Hello there stampers!  Tonight I have a quick post- Due to an overwhelming number of emails in regards to the Halloween Mini Pillow Box Favors that I created a week or so ago I have decided to share my tutorial.  Ok- so it's not exactly a tutorial as Pillow Boxes are pretty self explanatory however it is the template I designed specifically for these adorable little treats.  

Please let me know if you have any questions and I'll do my best to help you out!  Before I go- I have a few tips.  The first being that these Mini Pillow Boxes work best with Designer Series Paper.  The second- it's necessary to use a strong adhesive to hold them together.  I prefer Tear n' Tape but you're welcome to use whatever you prefer.  


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the template!


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Monday Montage #100




Hello there and welcome back for the bi-weekly Monday Montage blog hop. I'm so happy you joined us!  Be sure to visit all 10 stops to see what other amazing designers have created to share with you.


Did you know that this is our 100th hop tonight?  So excited to still be hopping with this fabulous group of ladies!  They all provide an endless supply of inspiration ❤.


For my project tonight- I'm featuring the Year of Cheer Product Suite.  You will totally LOVE this suite!  It's perfect both for weddings or holidays. The Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper features 4 foil designs- there are 3 sheets of each of the 4 designs.  This paper is single sided and thicker than regular DSP.  


The card I made to share is a shaker card that was created using the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper, a Window Sheet and some Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape.  


As you can see from the picture, there are lots of metallic accents.  The Metallics Sequin Assortment was perfect for filling my shaker!

Here is a close up of the sentiment.  It's difficult to see in the picture but the JOY is actually embossed with Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder.  



I hope you have enjoyed my project!   Won't you join us for the rest of the hop?  Simply click the NEXT button to go to the fabulous Dara Gloden or click the BACK button to head on over to the lovely Cathy Casey.  Thanks for stopping by!