Last Minute Christmas Cards — 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 the current team’s last hop together, as our term has come to a close.  It has been a fun ride and I have loved getting to know these other ladies.  They are inspiring and they are amazingly talented, and I have been blessed getting to share this journey with them.

Our focus for this hop is on one of three different products.  Since I’m still focused on last minute Christmas cards, I am using the Hello December 2016 Project Life Card Collection to make cards rather than scrapbook pages.  And these are all super quick and easy!

hello-groupIn addition to the Project Life cards, I’ve also used the Fancy Frost dsp.  I love this paper — it dresses up simple cards so easily.

hello-trioI paired these little cards from the Hello December Accessory Pack with some of the Silver 3/8″ Glitter Ribbon and silver metallic thread.  The sentiment is from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set and coordinating Christmas Greetings Thinlits dies.

hello-wreathThis card didn’t require any stamping at all.  Some staples and ribbon trim added some fun accents.

hello-deerI embossed the sentiment from Star of Light with silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  A bit of a silver Metallic Foil Doily and silver glitter ribbon peek out from underneath it.

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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While this team won’t be hopping together anymore, there is a new team that’s coming around the corner.  There are some familiar faces and some faces you might not know yet, but they will all wow you with their creations in 2017.  Just in case you want to take a peak at the new team, here is a list of all of the new Artisans with links to their blogs.

Allison Okamitsu – Canada
Aurélie 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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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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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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Thankful for Paisleys — 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 post we were challenged to use one of three different product suites, and I decided to use the Petals & Paisleys suite.  I am a sucker for all things Fall, so I decided to use one of my favorite Fall-themed color combinations — Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Island Indigo Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, and Soft Suede.

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I started by making a card with this sentiment that I just love.  These three words sum up how I feel about this whole experience as an Artisan and getting to work with this team.  Truly Blessed and Grateful!

grateful-for-paisleys-cardThe Paisleys & Posies stamp set and coordinating dies, the Paisley Framelits Dies, can be purchased as a bundle, allowing you to save ten percent.  Love that!  I used them both for this card, as well as the Petals & Paisleys Specialty dsp.

grateful-for-paisleys-card-close-upI created a little gift sack as well using the Glassine Gift Bags.  It will be perfect to hold a pumpkin-chocolate chip bar when we make those a little later in the season.

grateful-for-paisleys-bagThe paisley images in this stamp set remind me of the popular adult coloring books.  I colored a bunch of these images with my Stampin’ Write Markers, and had so much fun doing it.  I love how these markers have a fine tip on one end and a brush tip on the other — makes it so easy to color big and small areas.

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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Jars of Halloween 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.

Our focus for this hop is the Jar of Haunts stamp set.  I love how it coordinates with the other jar stamp sets and the Everyday Jars Framelits dies that Stampin’ Up! offers.

I am not a very organized scrapbooker.  Some people like to do all of their pages chronologically or have different books for different themes/occasions.  I take more of a random/haphazard approach.  If I get a picture printed, I set it aside to be scrapped, and occasionally that gets done and stuck in a book.  I do try to insert the pages in chronological order in my scrapbooks, so I’m not totally unorganized.  🙂

halloween-scrapbookThis is a picture of my girls ready to head out for trick or treating.  I used some of the Halloween Night dsp and the Jar of Haunts stamp set to make the page, which is sized at 8″ x 8″.  I used the Labeler Alphabet stamp set to create the title and date.

halloween-scrapbook-close-upThese jars are so easy to “fill” with whatever you’d like.  That is one of the great features of the photopolymer stamps — easy placement.

I don’t tend to make many cards for Halloween, but I love to make treats for the occasion. The girls give them to friends and teachers.

halloween-treat-bagI love the Glassine Gift Bags because they are the perfect size for a cookie or other homemade treat.  I put a Halloween decorated sugar cookie in this bag, decorated with a sleeve made from the Halloween Night dsp.  The sleeve measures 2″ x 12″, and then I folded it in half, punched a couple of holes at the top and tied the bow.

The cute pumpkins were made with the Jar of Haunts stamp set.  Lots of different images in this set — some cute and some scary!

halloween-treat-bag-close-upThe pumpkins were stamped on Shimmery White Cardstock and colored with an aquapainter and blender pen.

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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