Thursday, November 16, 2017

Stampin' UP! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop- Merry Little Labels

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!

Our hop today features the Merry Little Labels Stamp Set and the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper.  Both of these items can be found in the Holiday Catalog on page 12.  My favorite thing about these two items is the fact that they also coordinate with all of the other products in the Merry Little Christmas product suite.

I created a card based on my favorite sentiment from the set- it says "Special Delivery from the North Pole".  The sentiment was stamped in VersaMark Ink and then heat embossed using the Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder.  A layer of Pink Pirouette watercolor wash adorns the background.


This non-traditional card features a color combination of Basic Black, Pink Pirouette and Silver.


As you can see in the close up- the silver Foil Snowflake was scored and folded to appear 3 dimensional.  A bunch of Silver Metallic Thread and a piece of Black Mini Sequin Trim add interest to the image.  Clear Wink of Stella was splattered all across the front.  Unfortunately this doesn't show well in pictures but it's very sparkly in person!


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!



Monday, November 13, 2017

Extra extra! Read all about it!

Good evening stampers!  I was fortunate enough to attend OnStage in Salt Lake City this past week.   For those who don't know what OnStage is- it's a convention put on by Stampin' UP! for Stampin' UP! demonstrators.  It is SO much fun!  I would love to have you join me in April at the next event!  Send me an email for more details!

While I was at OnStage, Stampin' UP! unveiled a brand new product.  The Stamparatus.  What is the Stamparatus?  It's the BEST stamp placement tool on the market!  
Watch the video below to see why YOU need the Stamparatus!


Here are a few pictures of the product itself.  



As you can see from the picture- the tool has 2 open sides which allows you to stamp on larger paper.
It also has a foam mat so it can be used with Photopolymer stamps as well as Clear Mount stamps.  There are 2 very strong magnets to hold your project in place.  The base of the Stamparatus has rulers and gridlines for quick measuring.


This is the bottom of the tool.  The 2 long bars are the magnets.  When the magnets are not in use- you store them in the magnet cubbies on the bottom of the tool.


This image shows the plates.  There are 2 removable plates that provide 4 usable surfaces!



Wanna get your hands on this amazing new product?  Reserve now for the November 16-30, 2017 reservation window with delivery on or around February 1, 2018. The reservation window opens at 2:00 PM (MT) on November 16. While supplies last.  Please note that the reserve now link will not work until 11/16 at 2pm MT.


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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Stampin' UP! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop- Smitten Mittens

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!

Today I am featuring the Smitten Mittens Stamp Set, Many Mittens Framelits Dies and three sets of the brand new Stampin' Blends:  Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry and Pool Party.   For the coloring on this card- I used both light and dark variations of the Stampin' Blends as well as the Color Lifter.


Upon first glance- you may think that I used Pink Pirouette Card Stock for the mittens but I didn't!  The new Stampin' Blends are alcohol based markers so their colors combine perfectly and don't really show streaks.  


I first began by cutting out 2 mittens using the Big Shot, Many Mittens Framelits Dies and some Whisper White Card Stock.  After the mittens were cut out- I began to color using the Light Pink Pirouette Stampin' Blend.  I then carefully added shading around the outside edges of the mittens using the Dark Pink Pirouette Stampin' Blend.  Next I blended the colors together using the Light Pink Pirouette Stampin' Blend.  I repeated this process until I had the coloring just as I wanted it.  



The mittens just wouldn't be complete without a pretty decoration!  Again using the Many Mittens Framelits Dies and the Big Shot- I cut out 2 snowflakes from Whisper White Card Stock.  I began to color them in using the Light Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blend and then added shading using the Dark Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blend.  On the center of each snowflake "arm" I used the Color Lifter to remove some of the color.  


Stampin’ Up!’s premier alcohol markers, Stampin’ Blends are high-quality, dual-tip markers that come in 12 of Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive colors, each with a light and dark shade. Maybe you don’t think of yourself as an artist, but you don’t need to be because these markers make it super easy to blend colors and create gorgeous works of art!

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 25, 2017

Hot Cocoa Snow Globe Details

Oh my goodness!  I never expected the response that I have received for the adorable little Hot Cocoa Snow Globes.  I literally have answered hundreds of questions today and have several more that I have yet to answer.  For this reason- I have decided to share a little more information here on my blog.

But first and foremost- I wanted to thank everyone for all the emails, comments and questions!  I have enjoyed reading and answering them all!  It always makes me smile to know that something I created is liked by others!

The plastic ornaments that I used were purchased at Michaels.  They are 70mm BUT they do not have any marking on the packaging that state that they are 70mm.  The ornaments are NOT available from Michaels.com.  You actually have to go to the store to get them.  If you do go to the store- look for the ornaments that are priced $1.29 and look like the picture below.


The ornaments also come with a little tab at the top.  Carefully cut the tab off using Paper Snips.  You won't be able to see where the tab used to be as the ribbon covers the mark up.


To create the mini penguin- you will need the following supplies:
Basic Black Card Stock
Whisper White Card Stock
Real Red Card Stock
Pumpkin Pie Card Stock
Big Shot
Many Mittens Framelits
Fox Builder Punch
Paper Snips
Adhesive of your choice (I prefer Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive)

Please note that this little cutie was originally created by Donna Griffith from the Stampin' UP! Home Office.  Another demonstrator shared the picture tutorial and I just created my own from there.  
Below is a mini tutorial on how to create a penguin of  your own.  Just for future reference- there is a larger mitten in the Many Mittens Framelits that can be used to create a larger penguin!  You just have to freehand the feet and nose!

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After your penguin is assembled- the only thing left to do is to embellish the hat!  I used the Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack BUT you can use anything you want!  Skinny ribbons, rhinestones, pearls, anything goes!

Super simple and way too cute!

Some tips I've learned along the way- when adhering the dome to the metal lid- use the super glue sparingly!  Using too much super glue doesn't allow the project to properly dry and it also leaves a nasty residue that you will not be able to get rid of.  So use enough to adhere the dome but use it sparingly!

Don't get super glue on your fingers or else you'll stick to your project (don't ask me how I know LOL).

Punch a 2" circle from the 2" Circle Punch and adhere it to the top of the flat lid.  This helps hide the silver coloring on the flat lid.  

Hot glue the penguin's feet to the center of the white circle on the flat lid.  The hot glue helps hold the penguin upright.  Use Mini Glue Dots to adhere the Merry Christmas banner to the front of the penguin.  

For the snow- you can use either powder snow like I did or you can use polyfill.  If you use powder snow like mine- you will need to super glue your flat lid to the inside of your jar ring.  Otherwise the snow will fall out of the dome and go all over inside your hot cocoa.  If you use the polyfill-it will stay in place but takes up more room in the dome and isn't as fun as polyfill stays in one place where powder snow moves around.  Just be sure not to overfill with snow or you will not see your elements.

I hope you will find this information helpful!  As always- if you have questions- please feel free to let me know!





Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Mini Hot Cocoa Snow Globes

*****EDITED:  I'M CURRENTLY AT WORK HOWEVER AS SOON AS I GET HOME I WILL UPLOAD A PICTURE TUTORIAL ON HOW TO CREATE THE PENGUIN.  IF YOU NEED IT BEFORE 7PM TONIGHT- THE PICTURE TUTORIAL CAN BE FOUND ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE https://www.facebook.com/DanisThoughtfulCorner ****

Hey there stampers!  I hope you're ready for a cuteness overload because tonight's project is adorable!  I've seen a ton of these super cute mini cocoa jars with snow globe toppers on Pinterest lately and I couldn't resist making my own!  

If you've been following my blog lately- you've probably noticed that I'm in love with the adorable little penguins that Donna Griffith from the Stampin' UP! home office created.  They are so stinkin' cute!  Super easy to create too!

I originally thought about using the Seasonal Chums bundle to create my jars but the little tags were too big to fit inside the domes.  So I needed a plan b...


And those cute little penguins strike again!  They are pretty much irresistible.  Or at least they are for me!


To create these little cuties- I used a 4 oz. canning jar, half of a 70mm fillable ornament, powder snow, the penguin embellishment, a Merry Christmas banner, and a tiny Linen Thread bow.  The jars are filled with Hot Chocolate mix.  


I began by adhering the dome to the outer ring of the canning jar using super glue.  This fits perfectly but you'll need to hold it in place for a minute or two until the glue sets.  I then began decorating the flat lid to the canning jar.  I used a 2" Whisper White circle and adhered it to the center of the flat lid.  I then added the penguin and Merry Christmas banner.  The Linen Thread bow was added to the left side of the sentiment banner.  I poured some powder snow into the dome (careful to not add too much or you'll cover up the sentiment).  I then placed another thin layer of super glue on the under side of the ring to hold the lid in place (and to keep the snow inside the dome).  Fill the jar with cocoa or other treats and carefully screw the domed lid on.  I added the Quilted Christmas Ribbon around the edge of the dome so it would hide the seam where the dome was glued to the ring.

See?  Pretty cute, aren't they?

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Monday Montage #103




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 items I've been busy creating for my upcoming craft show season.

These Mini Hand Sanitizers are always a huge hit.  People love to purchase them as teacher gifts, co-worker gifts, or stocking stuffers and I always sell completely out.  I'd say that makes these a HUGE HIT!


The fabulous Erica Cerwin shared a video tutorial on how to create these a year or so ago.  They take very little time to create so if you need to make multiples- you can do it easily with these!


Every year- there is an assortment of colors and scents to choose from for the hand sanitizers.  This one was created using the Snowkissed Citrus scent.  It's probably my favorite scent of the season!


Aren't they adorable?


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 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!