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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Wedding Flourishes — FMS245

These Summer Wednesdays are flying by!  It’s already time for another sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and this week, the wildly talented Jen Mitchell is our hostess with the mostess.  And look at what she has for us:

A square card!  I am so glad to see these in a sketch once in a while, because I forget about making square cards!  It’s so routine to just cut that sheet of card stock in half and go to work, that I often forget that cards can be made in other sizes.

I needed a card to go with a wedding gift, so that is what I started with for this sketch.  I hadn’t used the Flourishing Phrases bundle yet, and I thought it would be perfect for a wedding card, so that was the next step in my design process.

I started by layering a piece of the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate over a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I love these acetate sheets!  One side has silver foil while the reverse side has gold foil.  I chose to use the silver side for this card, as I thought it looked perfect for a wedding theme.

Wedding Flourishes

I chose a color palette of Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi, and Garden Green.  I used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch to make the tag.  The leaves were cut using the Flourish Thinlits, and the sentiment was embossed with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

Wedding Flourishes Close Up

I stamped the flower twice, cutting out the top layer and popping it up with a Stampin’ Dimensional.

We hope you’ll be able to play along and join us this week!  We love to see what you create and post in the gallery.  Meanwhile, be sure to drop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team created for a big dose of creative inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!
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