Moroccan Banners — 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 month is the Thoughtful Banners stamp set and the Duet Banner Punch. This stamp set and punch are must-haves, as they work with just about every style and cover just about every occasion.

Moroccan Banners GroupI paired up the Moroccan Nights stamp set and Moroccan dsp with the Banners suite.  I started by making a card and then made a little treat box to coordinate with it.

I have used this Moroccan Nights set quite a bit, and I love the large medallion in it.  I stamped it twice — once on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and once on a piece of Emerald Envy cardstock, which I punched out with the 2″ circle punch.

Moroccan Banners Card Close UpI stamped the banner from Thoughtful Banners with Dapper Denim ink and the sentiment with More Mustard ink, and then punched it out with the Duet Banner Punch.  I love how quick and easy it is!

Moroccan Banners CardSome splatters from the Touches of Texture stamp set were stamped on the bottom layer, over some of the small medallions from Moroccan Nights.  A piece of dsp was layered over it, and some embellishments were added to finish it off.

Using the Baker’s Box Thinlits die, I made a little coordinating treat box.  The Thoughtful Banners stamp set also contains an outline image for the Classic Label Punch.  There are fun little accent stamps you can add to the banners (see the Crushed Curry lines on the banners below).  This makes it really easy to customize your banners, not only with the sentiments you choose but also with colored accents.  So fun!

Moroccan Banners Box

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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Summer Flourishes — 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. I decided to pull out Flourishing Phrases and make a bright, happy card that has a Summery feel.  Summer is often considered to be over with the Labor Day holiday here in the U.S., and I guess this is my last attempt to hold on to it for a little longer.  Of course, here in Texas it will still feel like Summer for a couple of months most likely.

Summer FlourishesI started by die-cutting a bunch of leaves and flowers with the Flourish Thinlits Dies.  I used Cucumber Crush, Emerald Envy, Bermuda Bay, Tangerine Tango, and Daffodil Delight for my color palette.

Summer Flourishes Close UpI added some White Perfect Accents on the flowers and some gold Metallic Enamel Shapes (these will be included in the weekly specials at 25% off  Sept 1-7, so stock up!).

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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Flourishing Phrases — 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 Flourishing Phrases bundle and 2015-2017 In-Color Envelope Paper.  And what a beautiful bundle it is!  This bundle has everything — beautiful floral images, intricate coordinating dies, and fabulous sentiments.

August Flourishes Set

I started by making a square card, which is something I don’t often do.  This particular card is 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.

A watercolor wash of Mint Macaron ink was applied by spritzing some water on a clean acrylic block and then adding a bit of Mint Macaron ink, letting it mix with the water.  The block was then placed on the piece of thick Whisper White Cardstock.

August Flourishes CardI then stamped some splatters using  a stamp from Touches of Texture and embossed them with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Two of the flourishes were cut from Vellum Cardstock and Whisper White Cardstock and placed over the dried watercolor wash piece.  I also added a bit of Copper Metallic Thread (so gorgeous), and added the sentiment which was placed over a piece of the Envelope Paper.

I also made a coordinating envelope using the Envelope Punch Board since my card is not a standard size.  Plus, it adds such a pretty touch.  This lightweight paper is perfect for not only making envelopes, but for adding layers on cards as well.

August Flourishes Card Close Up

August Flourishes Bag

The coordinating gift bag was made using the same products and techniques.  I started with one of the Petite Cafe Gift Bags and added some pretty embellishments, including some of the Mint Macaron 3/8″ Sheer Linen Ribbon, which ties so beautifully.

August Flourishes Bag Close Up

I love how easy it is to create an elegant project with this bundle.  And I love how versatile this bundle is with its many great sentiments and gorgeous dies.

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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Frosty Moroccan Nights — 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.

Yesterday we had a special hop — showcasing the Thoughtful Branches bundle, and today we’re back to our regular schedule with an open project hop, where we use any of the products in our latest box.

I decided to use the Moroccan Nights stamp set, but with a different color combo than what the suite features.  I decided to use a color that I love but find challenging to use, Sweet Sugarplum.  I really like most purples, but for some reason when I’m crafting, I rarely use them.  Do you have a color that you usually avoid when stamping?  Since I have totally fallen in love again with Soft Sky, I decided to pair Sweet Sugarplum with this color. It makes for a pretty, frosty look, I think.

Moroccan Frosty NightsI started by making the card.  I stamped the medallion image with Versamark ink onto some Vellum Cardstock, and embossed it with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I then cut it out by hand.

Moroccan Frosty Nights CardI then brushed some Sweet Sugarplum ink onto a piece of wet Watercolor Paper using an aqua painter.  Once that was dry, I stamped the splatters using a stamp from Touches of Texture.  The small medallions from Moroccan Nights were also stamped with Sweet Sugarplum ink.

Moroccan Frosty Nights Card Close UpI added some pretties — silver sequins, Soft Sky Enamel Shapes, White Perfect Accents (with the white backings peeled off) and Silver Metallic Thread.

The sentiment is from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set.  Some Silver 1/8″ Ribbon and Silver Sequin Trim were looped underneath.

I then made a little coordinating gift box using the Gift Box Punch Board.  This box is 2-1/2″ all around.

Moroccan Frosty Nights BoxSome Sweet Sugarplum and White embossed medallions were stamped on the box, and a tag was made from Vellum Cardstock with the Tags & Labels framelits.  I tied some of the pretty Sweet Sugarplum 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon into a big bow to finish the box.

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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Thoughtful Branches Part 2 — Stampin’ Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to another Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!  We have a special blog hop for you today, as we are providing you with a look at a stamp set and coordinating dies that became available today.  All you need to do to follow along is click on the link at the bottom of each post.

Our projects today focus on a new exclusive and limited time stamp set called Thoughtful Branches.  It is available for purchase starting today through August 31, while supplies last (so don’t wait long to order it).  If you earned any coupons during the July Bonus Days promotion, this set is a great choice on which to use them.

This set has amazing sentiments!  One of my favorites is the one I used on the card below.

Golden LeavesI started this card with a Soft Sky card base.  I sponged some Soft Sky ink onto a piece of Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I die cut some leaves from Gold Glimmer Paper and Gold Foil Sheets.  I love the detail on these leaves, and the size is perfect.

The sentiment was stamped on a piece of Vellum Cardstock and cut out with a Layering Circles Framelit.  The Soft Sky scalloped circle was also cut out with a framelit from this same collection.

Golden Leaves Close UpI added some Metallic Enamel Shapes, Gold 1/8″ Ribbon, and Gold Metallic Thread.

For my next project, I made a bag using the Gift Bag Punch Board and some This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper.

Christmas BagI started this one by applying a light wash of Garden Green ink onto a piece of Watercolor Paper.  Once that dried, I stamped the tree with Early Espresso and Garden Green inks.  I added some red berries with a Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker.

This tag was layered over a piece of Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate, and attached to the bag with a Gold Binder Clip.  I added a bit of Gold 1/4″ Natural Trim and a little banner cut from Gold Glimmer Paper.

Christmas Bag Close UpThe sentiment was stamped with Basic Black ink and embossed with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

I love the variety of images and sentiments in this bundle, and it such a versatile set that can be used year-round.

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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Christmas in July — 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 Christmas in July.  I know there are some of you who like to get ahead and get started on your Christmas card making well before the Christmas season rolls around.  I wish I could say that I am that organized, but alas, I can’t.  Thanks to this assignment, I now have one card down and now I’m further ahead than I’ve ever been at this point in the year.  It feels good!

Christmas in July groupI started with the card and the Peace This Christmas stamp set.  I cut a piece of the This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper to cover the card front.  This dsp is lighter weight than normal dsp and you get four sheets of each design rather than the normal quantity of two.  This makes it perfect for mass producing your Christmas cards!

Christmas in July cardI then stamped some of the pine boughs, pine cones, and berries on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and cut those out.  They were arranged and layered on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, on which I stamped and embossed the sentiment with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Isn’t that sentiment just beautiful?  I love it!

Christmas in July card close upI added a few gold Metallic Sequins, adhering them with my Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

While I had these supplies out, I couldn’t resist making a little treat box using one of the new Clear Tiny Treat Boxes.  These things are adorable!

Christmas in July boxThese are quick to assemble!  I decorated it with a gold Metallic Foil Doily and some of the beautiful gold 1/4″ Natural Trim Ribbon.  Easy and quick!

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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Introducing Thoughtful Branches — Stampin’ Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to another Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!  We have a special blog hop for you today, as we are providing you with a sneak peek of a stamp set and coordinating dies that will be available next month.  All you need to do to follow along is click on the link at the bottom of each post.

Our projects today focus on a new exclusive and limited time stamp set called Thoughtful Branches.  It will be available for purchase next month.  There is a coordinating set of dies that go with this set, called Beautiful Branches Thinlits.

If you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, you can pre-order the bundle as a (demonstrator) during July and receive a Bonus Day coupon that you can use toward the Holiday Catalog pre-order during August.  It’s just another reason to join the family as a demonstrator if you haven’t already done so!

There are a lot of different images (23 to be exact) in this stamp set, including some beautiful sentiments.  It was hard to decide which ones to share with you today!  I ended up deciding on my favorites — a tree branch die and leaf dies.  I love how they can be layered or used alone.  And they can be used for any season!

Fall TreeThe detail on this die is just amazing!  I started this card by sponging on some Soft Sky ink onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I then stamped the grass image with Old Olive ink, and placed the Soft Suede tree image on top.  I then die cut some of the leaves from Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Always Artichoke, and Cajun Craze cardstock.

Fall Tree Close Up

I added a torn strip of Vellum Cardstock as a bottom layer, and stamped the sentiment from this set with Early Espresso ink.  A few gold sequins from the Metallic Sequins assortment were thrown in the mix.

This next card uses the same tree branch outline framelit die, but I’ve added another stamp and die on top of it to add leaves to it.

Apple TreeI started by adding a watercolor wash of Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz inks.  Then I cut the tree out of Early Espresso ink using the same framelit die I used on the card above.  I stamped the leaves with Pear Pizzazz ink onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, and used a framelit to cut out the leaf layer.  I love how the tree branches peek out from the leaf canopy.  It is such a cool effect!

Apple Tree Close UpI stamped the apples with Real Red ink and colored the stems with an Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker.  These were also cut out easily with a die from this framelits set. The sentiment was stamped with Basic Black ink.

The stamps and dies that I’ve used for these cards are only a few of those available in the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and Beautiful Branches Thinlits.  There is so much more to them than what I’ve shown you here.  I’m sure some of the rest of the team has used some of the other images, so you’ll get to see more of what’s in this great new set.

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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