Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Stampin' UP Artisan Blog Hop - Christmas in July

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! Remember that every other Thursday, all 20 of us from all over the world will post on our blogs an inspiring project for you! 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!
(Thank you all for the overwhelming response to our Artisan blog hop for the Thoughtful Branches Introduction!!! We were on cloud nine all day!!!)

This week we are showcasing our Artisan projects for the Stampin' UP Facebook Page this month. For this project, the team was to focus on "Christmas in July" using the Peace for Christmas Stamp Set and the This Christmas Designer Series Specialty Paper. Many papercrafters actually start making their numerous Christmas cards in the summer and for this reason, our team was given the task to showcase these amazing new products from the Stampin' UP Annual Catalog. It is a great idea to get them done before the mad rush of the holidays, so come get inspired!
Here is my main card design. Just 4 simple layers. I mixed the Peace for Christmas Stamp set with the Gold Metallic Foil Doilies, the Gold 1/4" Natural Trim Ribbon and the Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. To get the different colored greenery, just stamp twice with Garden Green Classic Ink Pad to get a bold and then light color. I stamped the greeting first, next the greenery and then line up your Lots of Labels Framelit Dies and roll thru the Big Shot.
Then I took this lovely pattern from the This Christmas Designer Series Specialty Paper and made a custom envelope with the Envelope Punch Board. My flipgram shows how it works. I punched two holes near the point with the 1/8" circle handheld punch first. Then attach a length of the trim with glue dots to the bottom. Pull ribbon thru the holes and make a bow. Add your tag to complete your envelope gift package. You could add a giftcard inside the card and place in this envelope for an extra special Christmas surprise!
Here are some more card ideas using these same products. Don't forget to dress up those envelopes too! Just add a strip of the DSP and trim to the shape of the flap.

I must say this Christmas Designer Series Paper is fantastic! You get 4 sheets of each pattern and that is perfect to mass produce several Christmas cards. Be sure to order soon!

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 will blow your mind!

Stampin' UP Supplies List
Peace for Christmas Stamp Set 
Oh, What Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set
This Christmas Designer Series Specialty Paper
This Christmas 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock Pack
Basic Black Cardstock
Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes
Garden Green Classic Ink Pad and Write Marker
Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink Pad and Write Marker
Soft Suede Classic Ink Pad
Basic Black Archival Ink Pad
Metallic Foil Doilies
 Gold 1/4" Natural Trim Ribbon
Lots of Labels Framelits Dies
Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Big Shot
1/8" circle handheld punch
Envelope Punch Board

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Stampin' UP Artisan Blog Hop - Introducing Thoughtful Branches

Welcome to the 2015-2016 Stampin' UP Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! 
We have an extra special blog hop for you today! We are introducing you to Stampin' Up newest product bundle called Thoughtful Branches. For a limited time, Stampin' Up demonstrators and their customers can get the exclusive Thoughtful Branches product bundle. You are going to WANT THIS ONE! Be sure to get Google Translate so that you can read in your language all about how each team member created their projects too. Please keep hoppin' thru them all....you do not want to miss anyone of these 40 amazing samples!

For our demonstrators, you can pre-order the bundle as a (demonstrator) between today July 7th and 31st and receive a Bonus Days coupon that you can use toward the Holiday Catalog pre-order during August. Exciting!
For our customers, here is a sneak peek into a new exclusive and limited time stamp set and thinlits that will be available for purchase next month. You will be able to order the bundle between August 2nd and 31st (while supplies last). That’s just in time for customers to use their own Bonus Days coupons on this bundle! Ask you demonstrator more about this!
I selected a soft color combo of Pool Party, Tip Top Taupe, Old Olive and Flirty Flamingo with Whisper White for my projects. The first card showcases the tree leaves stamp image that is die cut with the Beautiful Branches thinlits on the Big Shot. Lining these up is super easy! I added Stampin' Dimensionals to the back and popped this layer up for a 3D effect. Under this layer is the tree branches thinlit. I added the grass image stamp in Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz. See the bird? It is a stamp image with a thinlit to cut it out! So cute!
My next card showcases the tree leaves stamp image in a beautiful hydrangea bloom instead. It's so pretty! There are actually two of these here layered on top of each other with more 3D effect happening with Stampin' Dimensionals. The stem thinlits is added with for the finishing touch. I love the Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on the background and it plays with the greeting on the card. I cut a few of the blooms/leaves and added them to the banner flag.

Remember that this amazing bundle is a limited supply so be sure to ORDER FAST! We will be back on Tuesday August 2nd to show even more samples with this great bundle too! Another 40 more amazing samples for you!
Thanks for stopping by here and if you leave a comment then thanks for truly making my day!  Remember that usually every other Thursday, all 20 of us from all over the world will post on our blogs an inspiring project for you! Hope to see you next week!

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!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Garden Gifts with the Creation Station Blog Hop

The Creation Station Design and Blog Hop is back this month! I was beyond thrilled to be asked to join this group of talented women for a monthly blog hop to inspire you with 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 we were given a theme: Gifts from the Garden 
You may be looking at my projects and think....is she crazy? This is garden theme? Well, I had all intentions to make a beautiful floral card inspired by a photo I saw.....but this cute bugger of a punch and this A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack had me at....ADORABLE! I will also add that my friend Susan Wong did not help matters when I saw this frame and card! So please forgive me and enjoy the cuteness! (there are garden mushrooms and flowers in there so that counts, right? LOL)
 I combined the Scenic Sayings Stamp Set with A Little Foxy Suite products shown on page 56 and 57 in the Stampin' Up catalog. I am loving those cute mushrooms and the Calypso Coral fox peeking out from behind the greeting stamp image! 
Super simple card here with a birdy made from the Fox Builder Punch too. Stampin' Up inspired so course. I just made mine have a body and sitting on a wire, I mean a piece of Calyspo Coral Thick Baker's Twine. 
This one is my favorite! Isn't he adorable sitting in the flowers? Speaking of flowers, those were punched from the Blossom Bunch Punch. The "you" is from Scenic Sayings Stamp Set and the "just stink" is from the cheeky Here for You Stamp Set. You could write on the inside....I missed seeing you at the last get together.....OR but I love you so much..... 
So while this is not Garden Theme like many of my AMAZING teammates on the Creation Station Design Team have done, I hope you have enjoyed my creations for you this month.

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 Dena's awesome project before me and now move on to Sara's incredible project by clicking on the next button below! 
Dena Rekow

Sara Levin

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Stampin' UP Artisan Blog Hop - Flourish in Color Combo

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 another wonderful year! Remember that every other Thursday, all 20 of us from all over the world will post on our blogs an inspiring project for you! 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 Flourish Thinlits and Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set mixed with a soft color combo mixed with a little metallic copper. I challenged myself to use one of the new In-Colors called Sweet Sugarplum partly because I am not a "purple" fan.

I stamped off the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set image with Sweet Sugarplum Ink first to create the background. I also stamped just the word YOU over and over on the butterflies. The Copper Embossing Powder is hard to photo but it is so pretty in person. 
Sticking with the butterflies paired with this Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set and Flourish Thinlits, I adore this card!  I even used the same dotted Copper pattern from Affectionately Yours Designer Washi Tape to make one of the leaves. Just line up a couple of strips on Whisper White cardstock and run thru the Big Shot with the thinlit. That is the Copper Metallic Thread on there too!
Here you can see the washi tape trick was used again but with the Butterflies Thinlits. And that is not linen thread but a piece of the 5/8" Burlap Ribbon for a little more textured twine.
So my goal when I started this project was to fall in love with Sweet Sugarplum...by mixing it with the right colors, I would say...pure SUCCESS!

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!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Fancy Friday - Flashback to the 80's

 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! Then a few of us had to take a break so we invited some new FANCY friends to join us and make the blog hop a little longer for your enjoyment! These are a group of past and current Artisans that have become fast friends thru the Artisan journey.
 Each month on the last Friday, we will bring to you new challenges of all kinds (color,sketch, stamp focus, etc)! This month's challenge was "Flashback to the 80's" by using graphic stamp images seen in the new catalog or the new Painter's Pallete Designer Series Paper Stack or just loud and bright 80's inspired! Turned out to be quite a challenge for the team this month! Be sure to check out those who took on the challenge and gave it a go! Praise them with kind comments please! I know I will!
 I like to pull double duty when I create cards plus I was inspired by the graphic design style of the 80's which is very youthful and fun! I need a card for my nephew who is turning 13 just around the corner. I took a pattern paper from the Painter's Palette Designer Series Paper Stack with the black and lots of paint splatters for my background card layer on Emerald Envy base. I used the Marquee Messages Stamp set for the arrow and stars. Then added the Large Numbers Framelits for the number 1 and 3. I added the striped Sweet Sugarplum washi tape across the card to match the same color in the splatters. The Peekaboo Peach adds a touch of more of the same splatter color. 
The inside of the card is just one of the greetings in the Marquee Messages with some of the stars stamp images. I love that the Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape has the same pattern as the paper stack! Another reason I love Stampin' Up so much....coordinating products! I hope my nephew likes the card!

This "13th birthday" and all this "1980's memories" reminds me of a favorite movie of mine. 13 going on 30! with Jennifer Garner. Many 80's references that reminds me of my teenager years in the late 1980's and a cute story. Here is one of my favorite scenes from the movie and I can totally DO that dance to Thriller!

Thanks for stopping by my post for the Fancy Friday blog hop!
Inspire. Create. Share. That's what I love to do.
Cindy
You saw clever Allison's project before me and now move on to the amazing 
Erica's project by clicking on the next button below! 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Stampin' UP Artisan Blog Hop - Floral Affection

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 another wonderful year! Remember that every other Thursday, all 20 of us from all over the world will post on our blogs an inspiring project for you! 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 we are showcasing our Artisan projects for the Stampin' UP Facebook Page this month. For this project, the team was to focus on the Love & Affection Stamp set, Floral Affection Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and/or New In-Colors. So I picked a combination of them all to use together!

I am totally loving this Floral Affection Textured Impressions Embossing Folder with the flower bunch!  I was able to use it twice on this project in different ways. First the background is the embossing folder thru the Big Shot several times in different angles. Then I took my bone folder and flattened the raised areas. Second, I can show you a step by step tutorial on how to color and emboss and color again.
I used a half of 8.5x11 piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock. You use Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach Classic Ink Pads with Sponge Daubers.
 You want to first sponge on the Peekaboo Peach randomly.
 Then you want to sponge the Flirty Flamingo nearby.
 Next sponge on the Watermelon Wonder around the other two.
 Add another round of Peekaboo Peach to fill in the area.
 Now select a section of the coloring and emboss it with the Floral Affection TIEF.
You can see how some of the cardstock comes thru the color? No worries....
 
Color it in with more ink on the sponge daubers!
 Now cut it out with your Paper Snips. (Careful as it will tear!)
To finish off, sponge the edges of it. Ta-da!

Don't forget to add some Peekaboo Peach splatter with your Aqua Painter and Ink, some cut leaves with the Love & Affection Stamp Set in Old Olive Cardstock and Classic ink, a layer background DSP from the Playful Palette DSP Stack and some stamped letters from the Labeler Alphabet Photopolymer Stamp Set!


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 will blow your mind!

My Supply List:
Floral Affection Textured Impressions Embossing Folder 
Love & Affection Stamp set
Labeler Alphabet Photopolymer Stamp Set
Playful Palette DSP Stack
Very Vanilla Cardstock
Peekaboo Peach Cardstock
Old Olive Cardstock
Memento Black Ink
Old Olive Ink
Watermelon Wonder Ink
Flirty Flamingo Ink
Peekaboo Peach Ink
Sponge Daubers
Aqua Painter
Bone Folder
Big Shot
Paper Snips
Dimensionals

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sneak Peaks with the Creation Station Blog Hop

The Creation Station Design and Blog Hop is back this month! I was beyond thrilled to be asked to join this group of talented women for a monthly blog hop to inspire you with 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 we were to show some sneak peaks of brand NEW Stampin' Up products from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog. I recently had to do some Artisan projects with the Love & Affection Stamp Set so I decided to do just one more card with the same stamp set. I also wanted to use two of the NEW 2016-2018 In-Colors: Peekaboo Peach and Flirty Flamingo.
Some of my favorite things on this card:
I used strips of the striped pattern paper from the Neutrals Collection DSP. 
I stamped in a random pattern the images in the Love & Affection Stamp set is a circular formation in the center of the card.
I embossed the greeting from the You've Got This Stamp set in Gold Embossing Powder. 
I added a few loops of the Gold Metallic Thread behind the Basic Black cardstock square.
I took my Wink of Stella in Gold and flicked some of it on the card for splatter across the card. 

So I had added the top layer on the card before I decide to add the splatter and I did not want it get on the strips. I used the Floral Affection TIEF to cover the strips and then added the Wink of Stella splatter. You gotta do what you gotta do!

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 Denita's awesome project before me and now move on to my sweet friend Kathy's incredible project by clicking on the next button below! 
Denita Wright

Kathy Kartak