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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A Love Note — FMS244

It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for another sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site.  And this week our favorite pilot, Jennifer Timko, is our hostess.  Take a look at what she has for us:

It’s fun to have a card with a different orientation!  I am so used to using a portrait orientation rather than landscape.

My daughter is leaving for a mission trip to Africa today.  She has been excited about this for months, and the day has finally arrived.  She has a 33 hour travel day in front of her before she arrives in Zambia (and then more travel time via bus to get to her destination).  Her group will be serving at an orphanage/school there, and she’ll be gone for a little less than two weeks.  I can’t wait to see her pictures and hear all about her trip when she returns!

I wanted to include some little notes for her to find in her suitcase when she is there, so I had that in mind when making her card today.  She loves this sweet fox image from the Foxy Friends stamp set, so I decided to use it.

Fox LoveI used ovals from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies, and the coordinating Fox Builder Punch for the sweet little girl.  The sentiment is from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set and I used the Classic Label Punch to punch it out.

Fox Love Close UpI think it will be a long two weeks for me while she’s gone!  But I know it will be a great experience for her, and I love to see her excitement to step out in faith and serve the Lord by being a servant to others.

We hope you’ll find time to play along with our challenge this week and make your own card using the sketch.  It’s fun for us to see your creativity in action!  Meanwhile, be sure to skip on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site and see what the design team made for a big dose of inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!
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Touches of Flowers and Texture — 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.

Tonight is one of our “open” hops, which means we can use any of the products in our most current box.  I was so excited to see the Touches of Texture stamp set in our box.  It was right at the top of my wish list when I first saw the new catalog.

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I started by running one of the new Glassine Gift Bags through the Big Shot with the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I love the size of these bags, and I love that they are made from glassine paper.  They’re perfect for packaging up a big cookie (that’s what I put in this bag) or other treat for someone special.

Textured Bag Filled

I made a pretty tag using a piece of the new Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate.  These sheets have a gold pattern on one side and silver on the other side.  They add a little touch of glam to your projects!  Over that, I layered a piece of This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I love how this sheet music pattern can be used year-round!

To make the top layer, I started with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped the floral branch image with Basic Black ink.  I then stamped the splatter image with Mint Macaron and colored the flowers with Peekaboo Peach ink using a Blender Pen.  I stamped the image again on another piece of cardstock and cut out three of the little flowers to add just a little bit of dimension and texture.

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The sentiment was stamped using the super fun Labeler Alphabet stamp set.  I LOVE this set!  An In Color Doily and a little strip of Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape were added as fun embellishments.  I attached the tag with one of the cute and super functional Gold Binder Clips, and added a piece of Mint Macaron 3/8″ Sheer Linen Ribbon.

While I had all of the supplies out, I made a card using the same supplies.

Textured Friend

This set is so fun to play with!  This is the same stamp set, just some different stamps from it.

Textured Friend Close 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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A Jar of Flowery Thanks — FMS243

It’s my turn to be the hostess over at Freshly Made Sketches, and I am excited to share the sketch with you.  I always stress a little bit about designing the sketch.  I don’t want to make it too hard, but this is a challenge, so I don’t want to make it too basic either.  I hope I found a good middle ground, and I think it will work with lots of different styles.  So I can’t wait to see what everyone does with it!

I decided to use a new stamp set with it.  It’s called Jar of Love, and it has an amazing coordinating set of framelits as well.  This set is so versatile and it’s just beautiful!

Jar of Flowers

I used a color scheme of Dapper Denim, Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz.  The dsp is from the A Little Foxy dsp stack.

Jar of Flowers Close UpI’d love to see you make your own card using the sketch!  We always look forward to looking through the gallery each week and seeing your creativity.  Meanwhile, be sure to see what the design team made this week over at the Freshly Made Sketches site.  I’ve had a sneak peek, and they’ve made some amazing cards!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Pop of Flamingo — Monday Montage #72

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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.

Flamingos seem to be everywhere these days, and they always bring a smile to my face.  How can a giant pink bird not make you happy?  We’re in the heat of Summer here, and I wanted to use some cool, pretty colors.  It seemed like they would work well with a tropical flamingo look, so this was an easy card to pull together.

Pop of Flamingo

I started by adding a watercolor wash of Pool Party ink on a piece of Watercolor Paper.  After that dried, I splattered on some gold Wink of Stella and some Basic Black ink.

I stamped the flamingo with Flirty Flamingo ink, added a little Melon Mambo ink onto the wing with a blender pen, and colored its beak with a bit of black ink.

Pop of Flamingo Close UpThe sentiment was stamped with Peekaboo Peach ink, and the pineapple was stamped with Daffodil Delight and Old Olive inks.  I punched out a circle of Pop of Pink Specialty dsp and placed it over some gold Metallic Thread.

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!

Fresh Fruit — FMS242

It’s time for another new sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site, and this week our talented friend, Narelle Farrugia,  from Australia is our hostess.  This is the treat that she has for us:

One of the things that I love about Summertime is fresh fruit!  Cherries, strawberries, peaches, melons, you name it  — I love it!  So this cute Fresh Fruit stamp set was calling my name this week, as it definitely feels like Summer around here.

Happy Birthday PeachI started this card by smooshing some Daffodil Delight ink onto a piece of thick Whisper White cardstock.  After it dried, I spritzed on some Gold Wink of Stella and Basic Black ink.

I stamped the the peach and pear with Pear Pizzazz and Peekaboo Peach inks.  I added some Gold Metallic Thread and a strip of Gold Glimmer Paper.

Happy Birthday Peach Close UpI love how this two-step stamp set makes the images look watercolored.

The black and white striped background was made using the new Diagonal Stripe Background Stamp.    I’m just going to leave this one out on my desk, I think.  I love being able to easily make a piece of striped paper in any color I need.

We hope you’ll join us and play along with the challenge this week!  Jump on over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team made for a big dose of creative inspiration.  They will wow you!  Plus, we have a fun announcement today — two new guest designers!  And they are fabulous!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Topiary Trio — Annual Catalog International Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us today for our International Stampin’ Up!® Blog hop.  When Kylie Bertucci contacted me asking if I’d like to participate in a hop showcasing items from the new annual catalog, I said “Absolutely!”  There are so many new sets I love, and it’s fun to get to share them with you.

You may be just starting here or have come from Inge Groot’s blog.  Either way you can make your way around the world by using the list below so that you don’t miss any projects.  We have an incredible group of talented Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who wanted to highlight our brand new annual catalog products.  At the moment, you are currently in the USA and you are about to go around the world to different locations.

One stamp set that caught my eye in the new catalog is the Vertical Greetings stamp set.  Every once in a while, I wish I had a greeting that is vertically oriented and this set has six such greetings.  And as a bonus, it has three super cute topiaries.

Topiaries GroupDid you know that Stampin’ Up! sells note cards and envelopes?  I made a little set of note cards using this set with three greetings which I often need for the mail.  They are 3-1/2″ x 5″, and come with coordinating envelopes.

Topiaries Happy BirthdayI used a color scheme of Old Olive, Cajun Craze and Perfect Plum.  I wanted the pots to look like terra cotta pots, and the Cajun Craze works well for this.

Topiaries Just BecauseI used a ruler to draw the outlines with a Perfect Plum Stampin’ Write Marker.  I wanted a little overlap at the corners for interest.  Plus it’s easier to not have to worry about getting everything lined up exactly right.

Topiaries Thank YouI tied little bows with Linen Thread and attached them with glue dots to add a little dimension and texture.

The little bits of earth under the pots were made with a stamp from the Touches of Texture stamp set, which I stamped with Crumb Cake ink.

You’re ready to hop on over to the blog of the next person on the list, Mercedes Weber. She is an amazing stamper and you will love what she has in store.  I always do!  Make sure you work your way through the whole list — you won’t want to miss a single post.

Kylie Bertucci
Cornelia Janssen
Amy Koenders
Sylvia Ploeg
Nicole Tugrul
Bruno Bertucci
Sarah Berry
Inge Groot
Amy O’Neill <— you are here
Mercedes Weber

Thanks for stopping by!

Love & Affection — 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 this month is on the Affectionately Yours suite of products.  The flowers in the Love & Affection stamp set are fun and sweet, and the sentiments are wonderful.  I made two different cards for this post using four of the new  In Colors — Dapper Denim, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, and Emerald Envy.

It’s really easy to make your own custom bouquet with this stamp set!

Group June Facebook ProjectsFor the first card , I started by embossing the floral bouquet on the card base’s left side.  I used one of the Floral Affection Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (two different folders are included in this item).

Every LovelyI then stamped some of the leaves on a Whisper White panel and some of the flower images on another piece of cardstock, cutting them out with my Paper Snips.  After placing the flowers over the leaves, I added some White Perfect Accents (with the white backing peeled off) to the flower centers and added some white sequins.

Every Lovely Close UpFor my next card, I stamped some more of the flowers and leaves on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and did some more cutting with my Paper Snips.

Sending a SmileI placed a white panel, which I embossed along one edge with my Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  I sprinkled a few sequins and added the sentiment on a banner.  This card is very clean and shows off the beautiful colors of the flowers.

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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:  Love & Affection
Ink:  Dapper Denim, Peekaboo Peach, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo Basic Black
Paper:  Whisper White cardstock, Dapper Denim cardstock
Accessories:  White Perfect Accents, Metallic Sequins Assortment, Floral Affection Textured Impressions Embossing Folders

 

Moroccan Birthday — FMS241

It’s time for another sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches site!  And this week our hostess is our super talented friend from New Zealand, Karren Johnson.  Look at the versatile sketch she has for us:

I thought this was a perfect sketch to show off some new dsp.  Have you seen the new Moroccan dsp?  I love the colors and patterns in this paper.

Happy Birthday Moroccan Lights

I started by embossing the medallion image with clear embossing powder on Dapper Denim cardstock.  I then stamped the lights on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut them out with my paper snips.

Happy Birthday Moroccan Lights Close UpI added a little bit of the new gold 1/4″ Natural Trim.  This ribbon is so pretty and adds just a little bit of sparkle.

We hope you’ll make your own card using the sketch and post it in the gallery.  We love to see what you make!  Meanwhile, be sure to visit the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team made this week for a dose of inspiration.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Labels and Texture — Monday Montage #71

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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.

One of the challenges of a new catalog is figuring out which products to ink up first.  Fun problem, huh!  Two of my favorite sets that I couldn’t wait to get are Touches of Texture and Labeler Alphabet.  So I decided to use them both on this card.

Hello Touches of TextureI started by stamping the background images with Dapper Denim ink.  The focal image was stamped with Basic Black ink and colored with a blender pen using Dapper Denim and Old Olive inks.  I added a little Soft Sky ink on that background with the blender pen too.

The sentiment was made using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.  I love this set!  It’s so easy to make customized sentiments.  And you don’t have to worry about getting everything lined up exactly straight and evenly spaced because the imperfect looks adds to its charm.

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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!