Happy Medallions — Stampin’ Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to another Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!  There are 20 of us from around the globe who will be sharing our projects with you twice each month.  All you need to do to follow along is click on the link at the bottom of each post.

Our assignment this week was to create a project using anything from our last box of products. Since I hadn’t used the Frosted Medallions set yet and I love medallions, I pulled it off my shelf and got it inky.

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I decided I needed to take a little break from Christmas-themed projects and focus instead on birthdays.  This set is a great multi-purpose set.  I love how this sentiment is perfect for birthdays or many other occasions.

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Since I wanted to use this for a birthday card, I chose some bright, happy colors — Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, and Emerald Envy.

I started off by brushing on some Daffodil Delight ink onto a piece of Watercolor Paper with a wet paintbrush.  After it had dried, I added some Daffodil Delight and Basic Black splatters with a stamp from Touches of Texture.

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I wanted to make a little treat box to go with it, so I used the Baker’s Box Thinlits Die to create a sweet box from Calypso Coral cardstock.  I stamped the smaller medallion with Versamark ink on the cardstock before assembling the box.

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I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock with a tag die from the Cheerful Tags Thinlits dies.  A little washi tape from the Playful Palette suite was wrapped along the bottom of the box.

I love how easy it is to make sweet little gifts where everything coordinates so beautifully!

You’re ready to hop on over to The Netherlands and visit Chantal de Kaste’s blog by clicking on the link below.  You can use Google Translate for any blogs for which you need translation help.  It’s so fun to hop around the world!

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Sugarplum Star of Peace — FMS265

It’s time for another new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week our friend from the land down under, Narelle Farrugia,  is our hostess.  Take a look at her fun sketch:

fms-final-265-001Since I’m woefully behind on Christmas cards, I decided to go that route.  I pulled out my Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set, fully intending to place the large snowflake image over a sponged circle.  But it all looked so plain.  I decided a die-cut image was needed, so I pulled out the Starlight Thinlits Dies.

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I started by sponging some Sweet Sugarplum ink on a mask created with a circle die and a scrap piece of cardstock.  With the mask still on, I stamped the stars and dots background with the same ink.

I die cut the star from a Silver Foil Sheet and the sentiment from some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

star-of-peace-close-upWe hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch and post it to the gallery so we can see your own work.  Meanwhile, be sure to journey over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Shaker Snowman — Monday Montage #83

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Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  We are a group of ten stampers who love to share what we create with you, and all you have to do to follow along is click on the links at the bottom of each post.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I am still recovering from my four-day feeding frenzy.  One of the good (??) things about hosting Thanksgiving dinner is you get lots of yummy leftovers.  It’s the pie that does me in.  My mom makes wonderful pies, especially cherry pie with cherries from her own tree.  It’s a good thing Thanksgiving is just once a year!

I haven’t done much stamping over the past month, so when I sat down to make a card for this hop I was kinda stumped.  I decided to take a look at one of my favorite challenge sites, The Paper Players, for a jump start.  They have a sketch challenge this week, which is just what I needed to get me going.

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I thought it might be fun to make a shaker card.  When I saw the Mica Flakes Trio Pack in the Holiday Catalog, I knew I wanted to make a shaker card with the Snow Place stamp set, which is in the Annual Catalog.

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I started with a Soft Sky card base and stamped the snowflake images from Snow Place randomly.  The base of the shaker part is a piece of Fancy Frost Specialty dsp and I lightly sponged some Soft Sky ink onto it.  I stamped the cute snowman and cut him out with the coordinating Snow Friends Framelits dies.

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The sentiment is from an old Paper Pumpkin stamp set and was cut out with the new Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  A bit of pretty Silver Glitter Ribbon and Real Red Baker’s Twine finished it off.

You’re ready to hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog.  I always love seeing what she makes!  If you prefer to work your way backwards, you can jump back to Wendy Weixler’s blog.  Either way, be sure to work your way through all of the blogs so you don’t miss a thing.

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Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

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A Jolly Moose — FMS264

It’s good to be back with my friends over at the Freshly Made Sketches site this week.  I’ve been off for a couple of weeks as I had some surgery (Everything is ok now), but I’m ready to jump back into it.  And what a great week to be back!  Look at what our favorite New Zealander, Karren Johnson, has for us:fms-final-264-001I haven’t been able to play with the Jolly Friends set very much and I thought it would work great with this sketch.  The characters in this set are adorable, and I love how you can customize their looks with the accessories included in the set.

jolly-mooseThe moose was stamped onto some kraft cardstock and cut out by hand.  I punched his hat out with the coordinating Jolly Hat Builder Punch.  Very quick and easy!

I used one of the new Stitched Shapes Framelits dies for the circle behind the moose.  A die from the Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies collection was used to cut out the sentiment from some Cherry Cobbler Glimmer Paper.  The remainder of the sentiment is from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set.

jolly-moose-close-upWe hope you’ll play along and make your own card using the sketch.  We love to see what you create!  Meanwhile, be sure to hop on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, to all of my American friends!  Thanks for stopping by!
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Tags on Bags — Stampin Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to another Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!  There are 20 of us from around the globe who will be sharing our projects with you twice each month.  All you need to do to follow along is click on the link at the bottom of each post.

Our focus for this blog hop is gift packaging and tags.  How appropriate with the holiday season right around the corner!  I decided to work with the Tin of Tags stamp set and the Cheerful Tags Framelits.

pecan-treatsI love giving homemade treats during the holidays.  It’s fun making them and I love how my house smells on baking days.  One of the treats I like to gift during the Christmas season is Cinnamon Sugar Pecans.  I’ve packaged them up in the Gusseted Cellophane Bags and tied on some tags.

The Cheerful Tags framelits dies make the cutest tags!  I’ve used some of the Candy Cane Lane dsp on these, and different sentiments from Tin of Tags.  You can still use this great stamp set even after using up all of the contents in the coordinating kit.

tags-trioFor two of these tags (the one on the far right and the far left above), I trimmed off parts of the tags to make it work for what I needed.

You’re ready to hop on over to The Netherlands and visit Chantal de Kaste’s blog by clicking on the link below.  You can use Google Translate for any blogs for which you need translation help.  It’s so fun to hop around the world!

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Stitched from the Heart — Stampin’ Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to another Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!  There are 20 of us from around the globe who will be sharing our projects with you, and for this hop we are all featuring the new Stitched Shapes Framelits dies and the coordinating stamp sets which are currently 25% off.  All you need to do to follow along is click on the link at the bottom of each post.

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Stampin’ Up! will be releasing some stitched shapes framelits featuring squares, circles and ovals in the next annual catalog.  But rather than making us wait until June, they are releasing them now!  Woohoo!  And as an added bonus, there are 9 coordinating stamp sets that are 25% off through November 30.

The stamp set I am featuring with these awesome dies is the Greetings from Santa set.

One of the things that I love about these dies is how well they work with the Layering Framelits dies.  For this card I’ve layered the new stitched framelit over the scalloped die from the Layering Ovals Framelits.  They layer beautifully!

stitched-peaceI’ve also used the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack for these cards.  I love the pairing of these textile patterns with the stitched dies.

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While these dies work so well with the Layering Framelits, they also look great on their own.  They add a nice finishing touch to your circles, ovals, and squares.

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This card features two of the circle Stitched Shapes Framelits dies.

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I love how the stitching detail draws the eye towards what’s in the circles.

You’re ready to hop on over to The Netherlands and visit Chantal de Kaste’s blog by clicking on the link below.  You can use Google Translate for any blogs for which you need translation help.  It’s so fun to hop around the world!

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Here is a list of the stamp sets which are currently on sale and coordinate so well with the new Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies:

Here is a list of the supplies I used on my projects:

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A Thanksgiving Place Setting — Stampin’ Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to another Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!  There are 20 of us from around the globe who will be sharing our projects with you twice each month.  All you need to do to follow along is click on the link at the bottom of each post.

This is one of our “Open” hops, where we can use any of the products in our quarterly box. Now that Halloween is over, I am focused on Thanksgiving.  Of the 20 years I’ve been married, I’ve never hosted Thanksgiving or Christmas at our house.  We always either travel to my parents or my husband’s parents.  Well, this year Thanksgiving is at my house.  And I’m a little scared.  There will only be 12 of us, but I don’t have many of the serving pieces for a nice dinner.  One of the items I don’t have 12 of is napkin rings.  So here is what I’ll do instead.

placesettingI tucked a napkin and silverware into one of the Kraft Tag a Bag Gift Bags and decorated it with the Basket of Wishes stamp set.  The image was colored with a blender pen and ink pads.

placesetting-close-upI love this sentiment which is included with the stamp set.  It is phrased a little differently, but since I wanted to personalize the bags and use them as place cards as well, I selectively inked up the stamp to make the words work for me.  I just covered the words I didn’t want to stamp with washi tape and then inked up the stamp on the ink pad.  I then removed the washi tape before stamping directly on the bag.  Easy!

placesetting-longI hand wrote the names of all our guests on the labels, which were stamped with the Thoughtful Banners stamp set and punched out with the Classic Label punch.

You’re ready to hop on over to The Netherlands and visit Chantal de Kaste’s blog by clicking on the link below.  You can use Google Translate for any blogs for which you need translation help.  It’s so fun to hop around the world!

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