Sunday, January 8, 2017

Love is in the Air with the Creation Station Blog Hop

 I am back this month with the Creation Station Design Blog Hop! I was beyond thrilled to join this group of talented women again after a little needed holiday break. We plan to inspire you each month with Stampin' UP! creative top of the line projects with a theme from all around the globe! We hope that you hop thru each blog and leave comments as we all love to hear praise about our creations!

This month our theme was "Love is in the Air, Love is Everywhere" but not limit it to Valentine's Day but just a general show of love any day. This thought of "love in the air" brought me to use the Lift Me Up Stamp Set and Up and Away Thinlits Dies Bundle #144712 from the NEW Occasions Catalog. Both of these cards are perfect for a stamp a stack card class and a great way to showcase this bundle to your customers!


This first card incorporated lots of stamping using the Lift Me Up Stamp Set. The hot air balloons are done with Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo and Bermuda Bay Classic Inks. The lighter pink one is a "stamped off" version with Flirty Flamingo as well as the Bermuda Bay one. "Stamped off" means to ink your stamp image up and then stamp once off on a scrap piece of paper. This will make the ink appear lighter when stamped again immediately on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock. All of the hot air balloons are die cut out with the new Up and Away Thinlits Dies. Smoky Slate Classic Ink is use on the clouds and greetings. That DSP layer is a piece of the Pool Party diagonal stripes from the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack.
 My next card is so simple and perfect for a stamp a stack class. I stamped the small hot air balloon in Smoky Slate Classic Ink directly on top of the Smoky Slate Cardstock base in a random pattern. Then I die cut the letters X and O with Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White, Pool Party and Peekaboo Peach Cardstock. The Large Letter Framelit Dies make this card so easy to XOXO (love). I stamped the greeting in Flirty Flamingo Classic Ink and added to the middle of the letters. The Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine bow adds a pop of color and whimsy. Just a nice way to say it with love....
Thanks for stopping by my post for the Creations Station Blog Hop!
Inspire. Create. Share. That's what I love to do.
Cindy
You saw Julie's awesome project before me and now move on to 
Holly's incredible project by clicking on the next button below! 
Julie Kettlewell

Holly Stene

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Weather Together with the Crafty Carrot Co Blog Hop

Welcome to The Crafty Carrot Collective Blog Hop! A selection of current Stampin' UP! Artisans from all over the world got together to form this interactive rewards program where you can learn and participate with us each month! Today we are bringing you some sneak peaks into what our first month in action will bring!
The Crafty Carrot Collective
Here is my little punch art notecards for today's hop to entice you to join in!
I used a watercolor technique to create the Daffodil Delight washed paper for the sun and the Flirty Flamingo washed paper for parasol and hearts. I will be sharing that technique in a tutorial and live FB video during our third week. The Weather Together Stamp Set has the greatest font and sayings. Here I used them with Archival Basic Black Ink.
The sun was made with the 1 1/2" Circle Punch and the Dual Banner Punch. Hearts and clouds come from the Umbrella Weather Framelits Dies.
A little fancy parasol for any raining day will brighten your day! I used a Watermelon Wonder from the In Color Doilies to create the lace edges. The raindrops are in the Umbrella Weather Framelits Dies in Silver Foil and they add a bit of shine.
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Inspire. Create. Share. That's what I love to do.
Cindy

The uber talented Jennifer Frost over in Australia is next! Hop on over there and say hello!

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Fancy Friday Blog Hop - Time of the Year

Welcome back to the Fancy Friday Blog Hop!
My fancy friends and I are back with some NEW fancy friends too! We loved working with each other so much that we decided to continue on with an all new blog hop to inspire you in fun new ways! These are a group of past and current Artisans that have become fast friends thru the Artisan journey. Glad to have you here! We have 14 of us this month and many new faces...my dream team of Artisans!
 Each month on the last Friday, we will bring to you new challenges of all kinds (color,sketch, stamp focus, etc)! This month we are going with a color theme: Neutrals Challenge. We were to use mostly white with one neutral color in the mix. Optional touch: Think Snow, Ice, Winter, New Years, Champagne, 2017.......basically January if you live in North America!

I was playing with a piece of Shimmery White Cardstock and trying some watercoloring techniques. I took Mint Macaron Ink with the Aqua Painter and painted just the edge multiply layers around the piece to create a frame. Then I added the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper cut with the Santa's Sleigh Thinlits Dies. A mixture of stamps created the greeting....the Annual Hostess Time of Year Photopolymer Stamp Set and Sunshine Sayings Stamp Set. My neutral color was my favorite Smoky Slate. I added it with the banner and the 1/8" Stitched Ribbon. The background is done with Softly Falling TIEF. I added the white round sequins from the Metallic Sequins for a little more bling.

Thanks for stopping by my post for the Fancy Friday blog hop!
Inspire. Create. Share. That's what I love to do.
Cindy
Now move on to my awesome friend Marisa's GORGEOUS project by clicking on the next button below! 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Stampin' UP! Artisan Blog Hop - A December Finale

Welcome back to the FINAL 2015-2016 Stampin' UP Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! 
I was so blessed to work with these wonderful and talented ladies this year! We enjoyed creating and inspiring with amazing Stampin' UP products and sharing with you all here! Be sure to get Google Translate so that you can read in your language all about how they created their last projects too. Please keep hoppin' thru them all....you do not want to miss anyone of them!

This week we are showcasing our last Artisan projects for the Stampin' UP Facebook Page this month. For this project, the team could focus on a couple of things: Fancy Frosted Designer Series Paper, It's a Celebration Stamp Set or Hello December Project Life Collection. I am on a Project Life kick right now so I opted to continue with a trio of projects.

A card where I used a card of the collection to make my own washi tape on top of a 3x4 printed greeting card from the PL Collection. I add my favorite Knitted Cable TIEF in white on the back layer. 

A Project Life 6 x8 page where I share a fun holiday photo of me and kept it simple with just a few of the cards from the collection.

A mini snow "box" made with the Clear Treat boxes, some Perfect Pines Framelit Dies trees and the Mica flakes. I love snowglobes so this was fun to make! Make one yourself and try not to shake it too many times! I dare you! Here are some close ups for you:



  
Merry Christmas from me to you!  
Thank you for following the 2015-2016 Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! I am one proud team lead and mum of this Global Artisan Design Team from all over the world! I truly adore each one of these ladies! I will cherish this time forever!

My 3 year run on the Stampin' UP! Artisan Design Team has come to an end with this post. Not going to lie, I am going to miss it! REALLY MISS IT! (tissue please) 
I am forever grateful to have served Stampin' UP! on the past three Artisan Design Teams. I have grown as a cardmaker/concept artist/designer in so many ways! I have gained many sisterhood friendships with each of these incredibly talented and sweet women all thru my 3 years and I love each of them dearly!  (more tissues) I have found huge support and encouragement among my followers, my peers and my local peeps. Each comment left on posts, meant the world to me and more then I could ever express! I am truly blessed and humbled to have had this life changing experience! Thank you Stampin' UP for this incredible journey and believing in me thru it all! 

But don't fret, I am not going anywhere! Many things on the horizon for me...Fancy Friday Blog hop, Creation Station Blog hop, The Crafty Carrot Collective (see below), Stampin' Up! Contracted Concept Art Work (oh yeah!), and my own Stampin' UP! business to boot! Thanks for stopping by here over the past 3 years, getting to know me thru it all and I hope you will come back for more!

Inspire. Create. Share. That's what I love to do.
Cindy

Now on to one of my dearest friends.....Connie Collins! There is NO ONE like her!


And now introducing the 2016-2017 Artisan Design Team who begins their own Artisan journey in January 2017 so be sure to check them out:
Allison Okamitsu - Canada
AurĂ©lie Fabre - France
Cathy Caines - Canada
Dani Dziama - United States
Holly Stene - United States
Jennifer Sootkoos - United States
Jessica Winter - Austria
Katy Harrison - United Kingdom
Kimberly Van Diepen - United States
Louise Sharp - Australia
Maike Ulbrich - Germany
Martha Inchley - Canada
Mercedes Weber - United States
Mindy Bingamon-Backes - United States
Miriam van Eyden - Netherlands
Paula Dobson - New Zealand
Rochelle Blok - Australia
Shannon Lane - Canada
Sylwia Schreck - Germany
Tanya Boser - United States


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We're dangling the carrot! Exciting new initiative starting JANUARY 2017. Click HERE to get in on the action today!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Stampin' UP! Artisan Blog Hop - Hello December

Welcome back to the 2015-2016 Stampin' UP Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! 
I am so blessed that I get to create and inspire with these amazing Stampin' UP products and share with you all here for just two more blog hops!!! Be sure to get Google Translate so that you can read in your language all about how they created their projects too. Please keep hoppin' thru them all....you do not want to miss anyone of these amazing ladies!

This week is an "open to create" week but to stay within the parameters of goodies from our Artisan box. I chose to use the now super hot Hello December 2016 Collection. I LOVE THIS COLLECTION! (Accessory Pack is sold out which is a totally bummer!) Here are some simple easy card ideas with a simple card layout for you to use with any Project Life ® by Stampin' UP! Collection! I focused on using the color palette of Emerald Envy, Basic Black, Kraft, Silver and Whisper White from the Hello December 2016 PL Collection.



Is this not the cutest? Add a ribbon bow to just the lid and one of the 2 x 2 card from the PL collection. I added my favorite Dove Dark Chocolates with the pop of red in the mix. You could also do Hershey's kisses in silver. (I had none of hand)
Thanks for stopping by here and if you leave a comment then thanks for truly making my day!
Inspire. Create. Share. That's what I love to do.
Cindy

Now on to one of my dearest friends.....Connie Collins! She is one of a kind!

Dangling the carrot!
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Introducing the Crafty Carrot Collective...

Welcome all to our special introduction of The Crafty Carrot Collective! A selection of current Stampin' UP! Artisans from all over the world got together to form this interactive rewards program where you can learn and participate with us each month! We are kicking off in January 2017! No better way to start the new year, right? So why wait? Start now by following us on the links below.

The Crafty Carrot Collective

Here is a little detail on how it works...
Here is my project for today....

Everyone needs some thank you cards for all those generous holiday gifts you will be receiving but do you get them out after the new year? I definitely do that so I came up with some simple thank you cards that you can mass produce very easily now! And in keeping with the new year theme, I used the It's a Celebration Stamp Set with its firework images.
One of my favorites things to do is mix and mingle stamp sets!
I used 5 stamp sets on my cards.
It's a Celebration Stamp Set
Places You'll Go Photopolymer Stamp Set
Scenic Sayings Stamp Set
Confetti Celebration Stamp Set
Labeler Alphabet Photopolymer Stamp Set


Are you curious yet about this carrot tastes? Come follow us on Facebook and during the month of January, we are giving a whole 30 days of free tutorials and live classes for FREE! Tell your crafty stampin' friends too!


Inspire. Create. Share. That's what I love to do.
Cindy

The uber talented and organized Queen of the Collective Jennifer Frost over in Australia is next! Hop on over there and say hello!
USA followers can join the fun and shop with me!
Use the host code below when you order online with me this December and WIN!


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop - Casing ME!

I have a very special blog hop that I am participating in! My awesome friend from Australia, Kylie Bertucci messaged me this..."Hey Cindy! My team has requested you as a guest hopper with our team. We all case your projects. (Copy and Selectively Edit) Its lots of fun!" - Are you kidding me? Case ME? I must say that this is quite an honor for me! 

When in doubt or in the creative dumps, case yourself I always say! I recently did some display samples made for the local Atlanta Stampin' UP! Onstage event earlier this month and with this hop in mind, I was able to come up with these cute bag again. You can see my full post on the past project below HERE
And here is the new updated version using the new suite in the 2017 Occasions Catalog called Party Animal. It is the same size bag using the Gift Bag Punch Board and the same size banner flags. I just closed the bag with the Gold Clip and added the NEW 1/8" Emerald Envy Ribbon. I stamped the greetings in Pacific Point and Tangerine Tango and then die cut out with the Tags and Labels Framelits Dies.
And here are just a few more cards that I created with the Party Animal Suite for the Onstage Display samples. I loved the Party Animal Designer Series Paper! Great fun!

Thanks for stopping by here and if you leave a comment then thanks for truly making my day! Thank you to Kylie and her talented team! You all are so sweet and I am humbled and grateful to be apart of this blog hop!


Inspire. Create. Share. That's what I love to do.
Cindy

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