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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End of School Year Treats — Monday Montage #70

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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.

This is the last week of school for my kiddos.  Summer Vacation!!!  I’m excited to have them home full time for the summer, and I know they’re excited too.  But I’ll bet we’re all not nearly as excited as their teachers!  My daughters wanted me to make them some little treats to hand out to friends on their last day of school.  I used the new Perfectly Wrapped stamp set to whip up some cute little sacked treats in no time.

I started with some mini paper sacks.  I stamped the Happy Day stamp from Perfectly Wrapped with Flirty Flamingo ink (I love this color) and the circle outline in Daffodil Delight.

Happy Day TreatsThe banners are strips of Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz cardstock, Flirty Flamingo 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon, Silver Sequin Trim, and Pop of Pink Specialty DSP.

Happy Day Treats SingleI put some little candy treats inside. I am really loving this fun color combination, and can’t wait to use it again.

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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!

A Grateful Bunch for K — 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 theme for this month is “May flowers.”  We had three different stamp sets from which to choose, and for this hop I chose the Grateful Bunch stamp set and coordinating Blossom Bunch Punch.

Letter KI have a daughter whose favorite color rotates between yellow and orange.  She loves sunny, happy colors.  And her name starts with a “K.”  I found these fun wooden letters at a local big box store and decided to decorate one for her room.

I stamped these fun flowers using Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist and Pumpkin Pie ink and punched them out using the coordinating punch.  This is a project that looks like it would take a long time to create because there are so many flowers.  But it really didn’t take that long because the stamp and punch make three flowers at a time.  I just used glue dots to adhere all of the flowers to the monogram.

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I made a bow from the Pumpkin Pie 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon and a few strands of the White 1-1/4″ Jute Ribbon and a Very Vintage Designer Button.  I had to get a little ribbon-tying lesson from fellow Artisan, Connie Collins.  She ties beautiful bows and was so kind in giving me a quick lesson across the miles.  Love her!

K Grateful Bunch NotecardI made a little coordinating gift card to enclose with the monogram letter.  I used the Epic Alphabet for the letter “k.”

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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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Enjoy your Thursday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Grateful Bunch, Epic Alphabet
Ink:  Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Pumpkin Pie
Paper:  Whisper White
Embellishments:  Blossom Bunch Punch, Pumpkin Pie 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon, White 1-1/4″ Jute Ribbon, Very Vintage Designer Buttons, White Baker’s Twine

A Cucumber Marquee

I’ve got a sneak peek for you today using the Marquee Messages stamp set, which will be available for purchase on June 1.  Here are two samples using Cucumber Crush:

Cucumber Marquee CardI made a card using sponge daubers to create a giant polka dot pattern on the card base.  I watercolored the stamped image with Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, and Daffodil Delight ink.

Cucumber Marquee BagI also made a little bag using the Gift Bag Punch Board.  I embossed the sentiments with white embossing powder and added gold Wink of Stella to the stars.  Little Rhinestone Basic Jewels were added to all of the lights on the arrow.

This stamp set has some really fun sentiments and I love the fun, retro feel of the images.

I have more cards to share using this set and some of the other In Colors in days to come.

Enjoy your Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!

A Baby Shower Made with Love — 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.

For this month we were asked to focus our projects on packaging, and we were given the Gift Box Punch Board and the Bow Builder Punch.  I paired my tools with the Made with Love stamp set and the Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper, and created some favor boxes, a gift box, and a gift card for a baby shower.

April Facebook Project Group ShotI made several boxes for party favors and one box to hold a small baby gift.  The gift box is sized at 3-1/4″ square and the favor boxes are sized at 1-3/4″ square.  They were so quick and easy to make!  With the small boxes, I was able to make four boxes from one sheet of dsp.

Baby Party FavorsI made the little tags out of Watercolor Paper and colored the sweet images from Made with Love with an Aquapainter.  I cut them out using the Tags and Labels Framelits Dies.  A little Metallic Foil Doilie was placed on top of the box and topped with a Watermelon Wonder bow made with the Bow Builder Punch.

Baby GiftThe gift box was made the same way as the favor boxes, but was topped with a bow using the Watermelon Wonder 1″ Stitched  Satin Ribbon.

Baby Gift CardGoing along with the same theme and colors, I made a little 3″ x 3″ note card to enclose with the gift.  The cute little onesie was paper pieced from some Cherry on Top dsp.

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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Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Made with Love
Ink:  Basic Black, Soft Suede, Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, Crushed Curry, Watermelon Wonder
Paper:  Shine On Specialty DSP, Watercolor Paper, Kraft cardstock, Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Cherry on Top DSP stack
Accessories:  Bow Builder Punch, Gift Box Punch Board, Watermelon Wonder 1″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Metallic Foil Doilies, White Baker’s Twine, Tags and Labels Framelits Dies, Aquapainter

A Mother’s Day Gift Set — 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.

I don’t know about you, but I find the last two months of the school year to be the busiest. With three kids there is always something going on, but during April and May it seems like our calendar gets even more crowded with events and things to do.  If I can get some things done ahead of time, I know I’ll appreciate it later.  So please bear with me as I show you a Mother’s Day project now even though that occasion isn’t for a few more weeks.  Don’t panic — you still have plenty of time to make your own Mother’s Day gifts!

Mother's Day Set GroupI prepared a little gift box using one of the Takeout Boxes and decorating it for the occasion.  A little 3-1/2″ square note card will be perfect to tuck in with it.  Both items feature the Circle of Spring stamp set and coordinating Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies, as well as the Bow Builder punch.

The Takeout Boxes are so easy to fold up and decorate.  I made a belly band to wrap around the gift, which is easy to slide on and off without messing anything up.  I started with a strip of Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper and wrapped some of the beautiful Watermelon Wonder 1″ Stitched Satin Ribbon and Basic Black Baker’s Twine around it.  A Tea Lace Paper Doily was placed on top with the wreath and bow.

Mother's Day Set BoxI used a color scheme of Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight, and Old Olive inks, which were applied with a Blender Pen.  The bow, made with the Bow Builder Punch, dresses it all up a little bit.

The notecard is a copy of the wreath on the box, all the way down to the bow.  I made the card base with the Kraft Cardstock — love this stuff!  It matches the box really well.  Some little Pearl Basic Jewels are added around the wreath.

Mother's Day Set Card

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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Stamps:  Circle of Love
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Watermelon Wonder, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, and Basic Black
Paper:  Kraft Cardstock, Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, and Watermelon Wonder
Embellishments:  Takeout Boxes, 1″ Watermelon Wonder Stitched Satin Ribbon, Basic Black Baker’s Twine, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Bow Builder Punch, Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies, Pearl Basic Jewels, Blender Pen, 1″ Circle Punch

Matchbook Treats — 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.

For this blog hop, we were asked to focus our projects on the Shine On Designer Series Paper.  I love this paper because it has the same thickness as card stock, and has cool silver foil designs on one side and bright, fun colored patterns on the other side.

My daughters’ school had a teacher appreciation day last month, and I like to make little treats to give to all of their teachers.  They have a lot of teachers between the two of them, so I wanted to make something cute but easy and quick.  I hadn’t made little matchbook treats in a long time, so I decided that would be perfect for what I needed.

Matchbook treatsI cut the Shine On dsp to a size of 2-1/2″ x 6″ for each treat, and scored at the 1/2″, 3-1/4″, and 3-1/2″ marks.  This was based on the size of the treats I wanted to include.  I put a small sized York Peppermint Patty in each matchbook, securing them with a staple, which also helps with the closure of the matchbook.  You can easily adjust the size of these matchbooks based on the size of your treats.

Matchbook treats close up inside On the outside cover, I cut some Silver Glimmer Paper stars with the Stars Framelits Dies.  I added a Cucumber Crush banner punched with the Banner punch, some Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, and a Silver Basic Metal Button threaded with White Baker’s Twine.

The “You’re the Best” sentiment was stamped with Watermelon Wonder ink using a stamp from Sunburst Sayings.  All of this was placed on some loops of Silver Metallic Thread.

Matchbook treats close up outsideEven though this is just a little piece of candy, it’s fun to dress it up.  I think this shows the recipient they are special and loved.  At least that’s what was intended.  Teachers deserve lots of love!  And something sweet!

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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Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Sunburst Sayings
Ink:  Watermelon Wonder
Paper:  Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper, Cucumber Crush and Whisper White card stock, Silver Glimmer Paper
Accessories:  Stars Framelits Dies, Silver Metallic Thread, Silver Basic Metal Buttons, White Baker’s Twine, Banner Punch, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, Stapler