10. October 2017 · Comments Off on More from the Design team · Categories: Cards

Documenting a Day in Amsterdam

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Have you ever taken a mini-break in your own city? My husband and I did a few weeks ago and we loved it! We went to Amsterdam, acted like tourists (in our own city, LOL!), and took some lovely pictures.

Of course I had to document this little trip, and the best and easiest way to do that is with our Memories & More Card Packs!

For this project I picked the Perfect Days Memories & More Card Pack (144209). I really love the black and white patterns in combination with Lemon Lime Twist, Soft Sky, and Emerald Envy.

For this pocket page layout I printed my photos with my Instax printer. I like the size of the photos and it really worked out perfectly in combination with the Memories & More Card Pack and the Variety Pack 12″ x 12″ Photo Pocket Pages (144204).

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I embellished the cards with a few wood veneer hearts from the Hearts & Stars Elements (144215), but the Memories & More Card Pack contains a lot of extras. On the card with the cute kitty I used some stickers from the pack.

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And of course the Cat Punch (144666) is perfect to add to this card! Isn’t his little bow adorable? Here are some of the other cards in this layout.

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For the card below with the beautiful canal houses I used some of the other punches: the Leaf Punch (144667) and the Circle Tab Punch (143754).

I stamped the word Amsterdam using the Labeler Alphabet Photopolymer Stamp Set (141936)—and there you go, the title of this layout!

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It was so easy to document our little trip to Amsterdam, and the layout was done in no time!

Do you have some pictures left of your city trip? Grab your Memories & More Card Pack and a Pocket Page and document it!

Happy crafting!

Miriam van Eyden
2017 Artisan Design Team

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06. October 2017 · Comments Off on Small Gifts Maintain a Friendship · Categories: Cards

Hi there! I’d like to show you a super-quick gift idea—because sometimes it’s the little things that best express our appreciation, gratitude, and joy.

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“It’s the small gifts that maintain a friendship” is a fantastic German proverb that means a great deal. Sometimes you just want to tell someone “Hey, I’m so glad you’re there,” and then give them a little something.

Personally, I don’t think cost matters! The most important thing is that your gift comes from the heart, and (if possible), is handmade. Giving is simply fun and it also creates friendships!

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In the summer, there are so many beautiful flowers to pick or buy, and who doesn’t like getting flowers? Wrapped nicely, a little bunch of flowers can also have a big effect! With little effort, you can create a lovely personal gift.

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For my flower wrapper I used a piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock (item 120953), which I first cut to 21 x 21 cm, rolled into a cone, and then glued together with Fast Fuse (item 129026).

I die cut the heart from Whisper White Cardstock (item 100730) using the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies (item 140621), then I glued it onto the cone. I also die cut a smaller heart using the Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies (item 141707) to match the flowers. As my roses are almost Melon Mambo, I decided to use that cardstock (item 115320). I embossed a sentiment from the Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set (item 140643) using Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder (item 109129) and adhered the heart with Stampin’ Dimensionals (item 104430) for a 3D effect. Finally, I tied a bow with Linen Thread (item 104199) and added the small wooden heart from Hearts & Stars Elements (item 144215).

I hope you like the quick and flowery gift idea!

Happy creating!

Sylwia Schreck
2017 Artisan Design Team

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04. October 2017 · Comments Off on From the design team · Categories: Cards

Christmas at the Kids’ Table

It’s no secret that I absolutely love Christmas and I have fond childhood memories of sitting at the “kids’ table” for Christmas lunch. These days I’d probably rather be there than sitting at the “adults’ table” talking about how exhausted we are after all the seasonal preparations!

Handcrafted table settings are one of my favorite things to create and Stampin’ Up! makes it so easy. I created this fun Christmas setting for the “kids table” using the Tags & Trimmings Bundle (item 146062) from the holiday catalog and the super-adorable Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper (item 144629) which is perfect for this table setting.

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I created the cutlery pocket using the Trim Your Stocking Thinlits Dies (item 144682). I added texture to the Crumb Cake Cardstock (item 120953) using the Burlap Stamp Set (item 143982) and the Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 126975). And I used the Tags & Trimmings Stamp Set (item 144832) to add the sweet holly using the Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 100702) and Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 131180). I stamped the buttons using Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 126949), then finished with a Linen Thread bow (item 104199).

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The Tags & Trimmings Stamp Set did the rest of the work! I fussy cut the little cars for the straw and the card and used the paper to make the Christmas cracker. Then I tied the ends of the cracker with Real Red 1/8″ Solid Ribbon (item 144631). The best part is . . . you can use your Paper Snips to curl this ribbon, and it works beautifully!

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Other products used for this project were the Big Shot (item 143263); Paper Snips (103579); Gusseted Cellophane Bag (item 141704); Vellum Cardstock (item 101856); Gold Binder Clips (item 141673), and Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (145372).

It’s hard to believe Christmas is just around the corner and hopefully I have inspired you with other ways to get creative with your Christmas table this year!

Hugs,

Louise Sharp
2017 Artisan Design Team

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02. October 2017 · Comments Off on Got Coffee? · Categories: Cards

Can you believe that it’s September already? Do you know what that means? That’s right! It’s time for a new Stampin’ Up! holiday catalog! This is always one of my favorite times of year—not because the kids go back to school or the end of summer is near, but because the holiday season is on its way, and Stampin’ Up! releases some pretty amazing products to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

This year’s catalog has got to be one of my favorites! It’s FULL of fun and gorgeous new stamps, papers, and embellishments that are truly must-haves. Today I’m sharing a few cards that were created with one of my favorites from the new holiday catalog, the Merry Café Stamp Set (144965).

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This fun stamp set has sentiments and images for all seasons! The first card I created just had to have a pumpkin spice latte! This card features a few patterns from the new Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper (item 144613), a pumpkin spice latte created using the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (143263), and the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies (143745). I used the gorgeous new Jute Twine (144625) to tie a bow around the card layer for added interest.

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Isn’t this next card the cutest? To create the mummy, I began by cutting out a coffee cup using the Big Shot and the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies. Next, I used the Stampin’ Trimmer (126889) to cut 1/2″ strips of Very Vanilla Cardstock (101650). I sponged the edges with a Stamping Sponge (141337) and the Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’  Pad (126975). Then, using the Multipurpose Liquid Glue, I adhered the Very Vanilla strips to the coffee cup in an overlapping pattern. I created the eyes using the 1/2″ Circle Punch (119869) and the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch (140396) and inserted them between the Very Vanilla strips. Way too cute and lots of fun! My favorite for sure!

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Here’s a close-up of the mummy card. It’s somewhat difficult to see exactly what’s behind the Vellum Cardstock (101856) cup topper but there’s whipped cream complete with sprinkles! The sprinkles were created by flicking the brush end of the Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker (131259) into the cup top and onto the Whisper White Cardstock (100730) whipped cream. The close-up also shows a sampling of the fun new Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (144610).

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Since I made an adorable card for Halloween, I felt it was only fitting that I create an equally cute one for Christmas. This card features two patterns from the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper Stack (144617) to make a Santa Claus-themed drink! The Merry and Christmas sentiments were stamped a few times onto a strip of Very Vanilla Cardstock. I used the Garden Green Classic Stampin’ Pad (126973) and Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad (126949). I created Santa’s buckle using the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Gold Glimmer Paper (133719), and the Layering Squares Framelits Dies (141708).

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Just as I did with the mummy card, I added a huge dollop of “whipped cream” to this one—this time with red and green peppermint sprinkles on top. I created a peppermint straw using the Coffee Cafe Stamp Set (143677) and adhered it behind the whipped cream.

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Last, but certainly not least, is another card that features yet another cute cup of coffee. The “I love you and coffee” sentiment is an adorable way to share your affection! This valentine features two more patterns from the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper. That’s right, the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper works for more than just Christmas! The colors are perfect for all occasions and when paired with this particular sentiment, it makes the perfect Valentine’s Day card!

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I hope I’ve inspired you to create a few (or twenty!) cards using the new Merry Café Stamp Set.

Dani Dziama
2017 Artisan Design Team

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29. September 2017 · Comments Off on From the Artisan team · Categories: Cards

Year of Cheer with an Autumn Twist

Is everyone loving the new holiday catalog so far?!? I know I am! I’m here today to show you how you can use the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper (item 144640) for fall cards, as well. Who doesn’t love Designer Series Paper that can be used for more than just one occasion?

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The 2017 holiday catalog has some great fall stamp sets. Today I’m using the Gourd Goodness (item 144785) and Labels to Love (item 144967) Stamp Sets.

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First up is the Gourd Goodness Stamp Set and the pretty leafy sheet from the Designer Series Paper  pack. I started by layering this on Berry Burst Cardstock (item 144243). Next, I stamped the bottom layer of the pumpkin image in Peekaboo Peach Classic Stampin’ ink (item 141398) on Shimmery White Cardstock (item 101910). I stamped the top layer of the pumpkin with none other than the Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 126945).

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I decided to add an additional highlight to the pumpkin by coloring in the white spot with the Crushed Curry Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 131173) and an Aqua Painter (item 103954). After stamping the pumpkin stems with the Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 126979), I cut out the pumpkins using my Paper Snips (item 103579). Next, I cut out some leaves using the Leaf Punch (item 144667).

I then die cut a circle from Whisper White Cardstock (item 100730) using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (item 145372) and layered this onto a Berry Burst Cardstock scalloped circle cut using the Layering Circle Framelits Dies (item 141705).

I added my pumpkins to the circle with the leaves surrounding it. A sentiment stamped on Berry Burst Cardstock punched with the Classic Label Punch (item 141491) and Calypso Coral ¼” Ombre Ribbon (item 144235) finished off the card.

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Now onto a Halloween card. I am using the Labels to Love Stamp Set for this fun card. I started with a piece of the Gold Plaid Paper from the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper layered on Basic Black Cardstock (item 121045) and Pumpkin Pie Cardstock (item 105117).

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On top of that I added a strip of Gold Glimmer Paper (item 133719) accented with Vintage Crochet Trim (item 144611). Just add the trim to the top and bottom of the Glimmer strip using Snail Adhesive (item 104332).

I stamped the sentiment using the Versamark Pad (item 102283 ) on Elegant Eggplant Cardstock (item 105126) and embossed with White  Stampin’ Emboss Powder (item 109132) and the Heat Tool (item 129053). I then punched this out with the new Everyday Label Punch (item 144668). This punch has such a great look! Before I glued the Elegant Eggplant label to the card, I punched Basic Black cardstock using the Starburst Punch (item 143717) to layer behind the label.

I also stamped the sentiment three other times on Whisper White Cardstock so I could fussy cut those little bats and add them as accents on the card. I added some of the new Black Rhinestone Jewels (item 144639) as well!

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For my final card, I used the starburst pattern from the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper along with the Labels to Love Stamp Set.

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I started by coloring the Designer Series Paper with Rich Razzleberry, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight Watercolor Pencils (item 141709). Then I blended the colors with my Aqua Painter for a watercolor background. I splattered Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ ink (item 144082) with my Aqua Painter on top of the watercoloring. I like how you can see the starbursts popping through the watercoloring.

Next I stamped the sentiment and border in Basic Black Archival Stampin’ ink (item 140931) on Crumb Cake Cardstock (item 120953) and punched using the Everyday Label Punch. Behind the label, I die cut a couple of leaves using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies (item 143751), Old Olive Cardstock (item 100702), and Chocolate Chip Cardstock (item 102128). To finish the card, I added Gold Mini Sequin Trim (item 144128) and gold sequins from the Metallic Sequins Assortment (item 144214).

I hope this inspires you to think of ways to use your Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper for other occasions.

Jennifer Sootkoos
2017 Artisan Design Team

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27. September 2017 · Comments Off on Paper Pumpkin for September · Categories: Cards

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05. September 2017 · Comments Off on You can get this FREE with a qualifying order · Categories: Cards

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02. September 2017 · Comments Off on Start Shopping from the Holiday Catalog · Categories: Cards

By now you should have rec’d your Holiday catalog.  It is another awesome catalog and I am sure you are anxious to browse through the pages.  Contact me if you have not rec’d it by now.  Hugs, Patti

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year—2017 holiday catalog release! This year’s holiday catalog features tons of new products for all your holiday needs. There’s definitely something for everyone, including products for your favorite holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more. Get started shopping right away in the online store, or contact your demonstrator to schedule your very own stamping event and take advantage of Stampin’ Rewards!

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01. September 2017 · Comments Off on Merry Patterns Host Promotion · Categories: Cards, Promotions

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Have you been waiting for just the right time to host a Stampin’ Up! party? Do you love adorable Christmas stamp sets? If you said “Yes” to both questions, this may be the perfect time for you to contact your demonstrator (or click (US l CA) to find a demonstrator near you). What’s the occasion? Right now if you host a party with $300 USD/$375 CAD in sales, you can earn the exclusive, oh-so-cute Merry Patterns Stamp Set. This offer ends on October 31, so don’t wait! Get ready to take advantage of this exciting offer today!

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  • Promotion period: September 1–­October 31
  • In order to qualify, the event merchandise total must reach $300 USD/$375 CAD (before shipping and handling)
  • One stamp set may be redeemed per qualifying order, with no limit on how many stamp sets can be earned
  • Orders must be closed by 11:50 PM (MT) on October 31
  • The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is in addition to Stampin’ Rewards.
  • The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is exclusive to the host promotion and will not be available after October 31
  • The Merry Patterns Stamp Set may not be exchanged for another stamp set

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30. August 2017 · Comments Off on · Categories: Cards

Texture and Ombre: A Perfect Combination

Are you loving the 2017–2018 Stampin’ Up! annual catalog as much as I am? I have been asked to choose my top five picks time and again, and to be honest, it changes every time as I discover new things I didn’t notice the first time around!

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I decided to focus on two items that perhaps YOU may have missed when skipping through the catalog in your excitement! All three of my projects feature the same technique, texture and ombre, and the same stamp set, You’re Priceless (143760)—along with the coordinating Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies (143774)—but I have changed them all slightly for different looks.

I can’t say enough about Sponge Brayers (141714). They make adding color to projects so quick and easy and they’re a lot more forgiving than a rubber brayer. They can also be cleaned just by rinsing under cold water. I urge you to try these great color applicators! I have also used two of the new 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folders on these cards. These new embossing folders create deep impressions on your card giving a more dimensional look than traditional embossing folders.

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Using original Whisper White Cardstock (100730) and the Sponge Brayer, I sponged color on my card across the diagonal in Peekaboo Peach (141398), Powder Pink (144084) and Berry Burst (144083) ink. (Tip: Always start with your lightest color first. I only needed to use one sponge roller by moving from light to dark.)

I then ran this through my Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (143263) using the Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143699) to add those gorgeous pleats over the card. Before I adhered this to my card, I spritzed the card with Clear Wink of Stella Glitter  (141897) and rubbing alcohol, which I mixed together in a Stampin Spritzer (126185). This made the whole card front so sparkly!

I then used the Heat Tool (129053) to heat emboss a sentiment using VersaMark ink (102283) and White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109132) on Vellum Cardstock (101856). Die cut three diamond shapes from Whisper White Cardstock and adhere them to the card front –with some Iridescent Sequin Assortment (144212) sequins—using a Fine-Tip Glue Pen (138309).

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I made my second card much the same way except for a few minor changes. The ink colors I used were Lemon Lime Twist (144086), Pool Party (126982), Bermuda Bay (131171), and Island Indigo (126986). I brayered these starting at the bottom of my card with the lightest ink and transitioning to darker inks as I moved toward the top. This time I ran my card through the Big Shot using the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143231) and die cut the diamond shapes from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (135315), adding even more sparkle.

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My last card was inspired by a gemstone called hematite, which is normally grey/black in color. I brayered along the length of the card front in Smoky Slate (131179), Basic Gray (140932), and Basic Black Archival (140931) ink. Instead of using die cuts on my card front, I stamped gem images from the You’re Priceless Stamp Set, first in Whisper White Craft ink (145406) on the dark side of the card and then in Smoky Slate ink on the white side of the card. I then ran this through my Big Shot again using the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I finished this card with the Metallics Sequin Assortment (144214) and a little Fine-Tip Glue.

I wish you could see the sparkle of these cards in person; it was tough to capture this in a photograph!

Paula Dobson
Artisan Design Team 2017

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29. August 2017 · Comments Off on · Categories: Cards

The Icing on the Cake

When I was a little girl, my mom decorated cakes and had her own little business at home. I can remember trays of icing flowers ready for the next big wedding cake; I can remember her piping cake borders, quickly and seamlessly; and I can even remember her taking the time to teach me how to decorate, even though I was just a kid.

When I saw the Icing on the Cake Stamp Set (item 143664), it was like a childhood flashback. For the first time, I had to have a stamp set, and not because it was cute or stylish, but because it made my heart smile. It reminded me of happy moments.

I never did perfect those decorating skills and I definitely never became as good as my mom, but I learned enough along the way to bring a smile to my kids’ faces.

As soon as I got my stamp set in hand, I knew I wanted to make a 3D “cake”—a cake that could be kept, enjoyed, and even be calorie-free! So I decided to make a “slab cake” card package—the perfect gift for the person who has everything.

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I made my “cake” with a Half Wide Stamp Case (item 127552). The “top” of the cake is stamped cardstock which I slid underneath the plastic sleeve on the outside. I used the Hand Lettered Alphabet Stamp Set (item 143744) for the “For you” greeting as It reminded me of chocolate and I thought it would coordinate perfectly. I added a little bit of extra dimension to the outside of the sleeve using the Pearl Basic Jewels (item 144219).

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I made white paper trays for the body of the cake; the trays also conceal the cards and envelopes inside. Before permanently placing them, I made sure to stamp the cake’s piping all along the bottom edge.

The nice thing about this cake (besides being calorie-free), is that you don’t have to worry about what flavor the recipient likes! Inside are beautiful cake cards with coordinating envelopes. The cards are 3-1/2″ x 4″, allowing the coordinating envelopes, created with the Envelope Punch Board (item 133774), to fit in the case.

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To add a variety of different themed cards to my card package, I flipped through the catalog in search of “script” handwritten greetings and I was amazed at how many would work perfectly! One example is the Milestone Moments Stamp Set (item 142954). I love that I was able to pair it up with the Icing on the Cake Stamp Set greetings.

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Even though these cards are “cakes,” I couldn’t leave them without a little bling. So I added some “candy” to my cakes with the 2016–2018 In Color Glitter Acrylic Shapes (item 144218) and Pearl Basic Jewels.

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I hope you enjoyed this calorie-free Icing on the Cake idea! And now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go find a cupcake or something. All this cake talk is making me hungry!

Happy Creating!
Martha Inchley
2017 Artisan Design Team

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28. August 2017 · Comments Off on · Categories: Cards

Magical Unicorn Card and Treat Box

Hi, stampers! Mindy, here, and I’m bringing you a magical project today. I may be a “boy mom” but there’s no denying that unicorns are super popular right now. I do a lot of browsing on Pinterest and Instagram and they are everywhere! I was particularly inspired for this project by (of all things) . . . a picture of ice cream bars that looked like unicorns! Inspiration is everywhere!

I got to work on what I could use for a unicorn and did some image searches. I came across a lot of unicorn cakes and I had it! I knew I had to pull out the Celebration Thinlits Dies (143703)—my favorites from the catalog! I haven’t seen them used much, so I hope I can inspire you to give them a second look if you haven’t already. There are a lot of little steps to making this card and treat box, but it really was easy and totally worth it!

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I happened to glance down, saw these markers next to each other, and I knew they would be perfect for this project. I used Emerald Envy and Sweet Sugarplum from the 2016-2018 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (141393) and Powder Pink and Berry Burst from the 2017-2019 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (144033). I splattered each one on some Watercolor Paper (122959) then lightly spritzed it with a Stampin’ Spritzer (126185). I love the effect! Don’t be afraid to splatter with your markers. I’m super picky about keeping my supplies in tip top shape and so far they are holding up well. All you need to do is gently flick the brush tip inside the cap over your paper.

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I cut my cake from Whisper White Cardstock (100730) and trimmed off the top two layers as shown below. You’ll want to save the top layer to use for the ears. I cut a second cake from Powder Pink Cardstock (144244) for the cake stand. (Save the little pieces you usually pop out of the topper for the ears.) I trimmed both cake toppers so that the middle loop was gone and then I was able to use just a tiny bit of glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen (138309) around the edges—where the pieces pop out on the pink cake—to keep them in place. You’ll want to layer the white piece over the pink one with a little more glue. After it dries, snip it in half and then you’ll be able to place your ears where you like them around your horn and flowers.

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I used my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (100082) to draw the eyes and eyelashes. You may want to practice on some scratch paper first. I added little blushing cheeks with the Powder Pink Classic Stampin’ Pad (144084) and a Blender Pen (102845). For the unicorn horn, a little bit of our Gold Foil Sheets (132622) cut into a small triangle fit the bill. I glued that to the back of my cake and moved on to cutting my flowers out. The flowers are actually meant to be the top or pom pom of the birthday hat in the Thinlit set but they make great flowers! I also cut some greenery out of the Lovely Laurel Thinlits Dies (143731) from Emerald Envy Cardstock (141415) and just snipped off a few leaves. I arranged the flowers and leaves to my liking and then adhered them. To add some glam, I placed a sequin from the Iridescent Sequin Assortment (144212) or Metallic Sequin Assortment (144214) in the center and then topped those with a Pearl Basic Jewel (144219).

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I added my little unicorn to a tag cut from the celebration Framelits and simply tied a bow at the top with some Black Solid Baker’s Twine (141682). Looping a little Gold Metallic Thread (138401) behind the tag ties in the gold from the unicorn horn. A couple of more randomly placed sequins really pick up the fun colors. I added those with just a touch of our Fine Tip Glue.

I heat embossed the “have a” and “birthday” sentiments from the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set (141614) using White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109132), then cut them out. I stamped “magical” using  the Labeler Alphabet Stamp Set (141936) and Basic Black Stampin’ Archival Ink (140931) on Whisper White Cardstock and cut it out as well. I added them to my card with my very favorite product, our Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (144108). They are fantastic for those little jobs and I’m happy I don’t have to try to cut regular Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) in little pieces now! If you haven’t picked up a pack, I highly recommend you do!

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I decided my unicorn needed a friend so I made a quick and cute treat box from our Clear Tiny Treat Boxes (141699). I cut a 2″ x 8″ liner from Whisper White and scored it at 2″, 4″, and 6″. I trimmed just a hair off each end to make it easier to slip in the box after I made my unicorn face in the same manner as the card. I also made my flowers in the same way and I used Mini Glue Dots (103683) to adhere them right to the box.

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The two differences here are the horn and the ears. For the horn, I cut out the party hat from the Celebration Thinlits using our Gold Glimmer Paper (133719).

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It’s a bit thicker and I seem to need to run it back and forth a few times to get it to cut through in my Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (143263). I only ran it though once on purpose so that the cutout parts would actually stay together. Just make sure to lift it very gently from the die so it stays together. For the ears, I simply cut them out. I also used my Blender Pen to put some Powder Pink ink on the insides. I adhered both the horn and the ears to the little flap that goes down inside the box and very carefully closed it.

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I hope you enjoyed my magical project! And I hope that you’ll try to make your own unicorn! I’d love to see it if you do!

Mindy Bingamon
2017 Artisan Design Team

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13. August 2017 · Comments Off on Artisan Team project · Categories: Cards

Layer It Up!

Hello, stampers! Today I want to share with you a card I made using the SUPER cute This Little Piggy Stamp Set (143922) and the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die (143700).

I’m a sucker for anything cute and the Little Piggy set jumped off the page of the new annual catalog and quickly had a big heart scribbled next to it.

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I wanted to make a bigger impact with the Happy Birthday Thinlit, so I decided to die cut it six times from Basic Black Cardstock (121045), then layer and glue it using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), one on top of the other, to create a much thicker sentiment.

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It really does add dimension and makes a bigger statement. Try it for yourself! They look great on scrapbook pages too!

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Next I stamped the little piggy holding the flower on Watercolor Paper (122959). I added the color using an Aqua Painter (103954) and Blushing Bride (131172), Melon Mambo (126948), and Old Olive ink (126953), then fussy cut the stamped image. I stamped, fussy cut, and colored the little flower that the piggy is holding twice.

I took another piece of Watercolor Paper, cut it to 4″ x 5″, and created a wash using the Aqua Painter and Pool Party ink (126982) for my background.

I adhered the Happy Birthday die cut using Multipurpose Liquid Glue, tucked the little piggy under the top right corner, and added the little flowers for a tiny splash of color. I stamped the Hip Hip Hooray sentiment from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set (143662) underneath the die cut embellishment using Tuxedo Black Memento ink (132708). Next I mounted this to a piece of Basic Black Cardstock before attaching it to my card base. It’s a simple but bold (cute!) card!

Katy Harrison
2017 Artisan Design Team

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12. August 2017 · Comments Off on Ok! This is the last Christmas card for a while. · Categories: Cards · Tags: , , , ,

I love our new embossing paste and I wanted to show you another card used with it.  This set is also from the Holiday catalog, promise this is the last one for a while. It is called “Night in Bethlehem.”  This is a dynamic set and cannot wait to use it with different foils.  I also used the stitched shaped framelits for the sentiment.

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11. August 2017 · Comments Off on More of a sneak peek · Categories: Cards · Tags: , ,

I know, it is only August, but the sets are so awesome, I can’t wait to start using them.  Isn’t this a great card if you live here near the coast?  This is another set from the Holiday catalog, called “Beachy Little Christmas!”  I love it and I will be using this a lot this year.

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10. August 2017 · Comments Off on Sneak peek · Categories: Cards · Tags: , , , ,

I had to add this Halloween card to because it was so much fun to make.  You are going to love using the new spooky stamps from the Holiday Catalog (HC) soon to be released in September.  The name of this set is Spooky Cat.  Oh!, and it comes with the cutest cat and matching punch if you bundle.  Love it!

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09. August 2017 · Comments Off on Embossing paste card · Categories: Cards · Tags: , , ,

ON this card I used our new embossing paste.  I dyed it with soft sky reinker and used an old water stencil from my journaling supplies.  The stamp set I used is, Magical Mermaid, page 172, from the AC.  I love this set.  In addition, I used the birds from the stamp set, High Tide, page 140.  I love this paste because it dries so quickly.  Sand is done with crumb cake and layered on Soft Sky card stock.

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30. July 2017 · Comments Off on “Christmas in August” product based class · Categories: Cards

Want to get a good start on your Christmas cards this year?

I will be having a Product based class on this stamp set, CAROLS OF CHRISTMAS, and matching Framelits, CARD FRONT BUILDER THINLITS on Saturday, August 12th at 10AM. 

This is a bundle that will be in the new Holiday catalog starting September 1st.  However, you can get this bundle at a 10% discount in the month of August for the bundle price ($52) plus shipping and tax for $64.26.

You will not pay for anything else.  I will supply all paper products and inks.  You will be required to bring your own adhesives, plus dimensionals, glue dots and stamping tools.

Deadline for ordering is August 3rd if you want the bundle for class.   You can either go online and order the bundle (starting August 1st).   In addition, I can order it for you if you have a credit card on file with me and you will save on shipping ($62.35).  I can also add a credit card to your file if you do not have one, just contact me through email (patmojac@bellsouth.net) or phone (843) 881-2586.

I have attached a collage of cards that I have already created using this bundle.  It is so versatile, you can make several awesome cards from it.   Of course, we will not be making all of these but I will select 4 that we will make.

Please remember that space is limited and first come first served applies.

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25. July 2017 · Comments Off on Adorable Piggies · Categories: Cards

Hi!

Have you noticed the This Little Piggy Stamp Set (item 143922) in the annual catalog (US/CA)? If you are anything like me, it did not take you long to add it to your wish list.

I happen to know lots of people who love pigs, including my brother, who inherited the “piggy” nickname when he was little. My husband also loves them with a passion.

Needless to say, I could not pass up on getting this stamp set. So without further ado, let me show you what I created!

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I love the flying pig and the little kisses from this set, so I started by putting together a Cupid-themed card, with a pig in place of the cherub.

If you like background stamps but aren’t sure how to use them, here’s an idea: stamp the image on Vellum 8-1/2″ Cardstock using VersaMark ink (item 102283) and heat emboss with the powder of your choice. The patterns really stand out and the Vellum Cardstock adds a wonderful touch to your project. I used the Tree Rings Background Stamp with the wood rings. (I love the circles of various sizes!)

For the circle embellishment, die cut the biggest one from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (item 145372) and use the new Pattern Party Decorative Masks (item 144103) and a Stamping Sponge (item 141337) or a Sponge Dauber (item 133773) to make the clouds. By moving the mask and sponging, you’ll get a sky full of clouds. (Try to make the clouds on top a little darker.)

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I wanted a rounded shape for my gift tag, so I used only half of the Stitched Shapes Framelits large oval and ran my cardstock through the Big Shot (item 143263); in keeping with the theme, I added a hole using one of the cloud dies from the Up & Away Thinlits Dies (item 142748). For the background, I used the new Marbled Background Stamp (item 144772).

Do you like the 1/4″ Copper Trim (item 144179)? I don’t know if it’s possible to appreciate its true beauty by just looking at the catalog, but the mesh trim gives you all kinds of different options. Here I stretched the wiring to create a little copper net. Fast and easy!

I considered two different types of paper for stamping the pigs: Shimmery White Cardstock (item 101910) or Watercolor Paper (item 122959) (used on the project). In general, I prefer Watercolor Paper, but the shimmer of the cardstock can really add a nice touch to small surfaces like the pigs. It’s just a matter of personal preference.

Here’s another tip for background stamps, which are large and tricky to handle: ink the whole surface (or part of it) with the ink pad, then place the paper on the part of the image you’re interested in. Use your fingers to apply pressure on the whole surface without moving the paper. It’s that simple!

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For the gift packaging, I created a Whisper White Cardstock (item 100730) pocket using the Gift Bag Punch Board (item 135862) (size M/ 6″ tall). To get more volume, I played with the 1/4″ Copper Trim bows to make them wider. I wanted to make the pig look as if he were leaping, so I cut out the grass and placed it all around him.

We should always keep embellishments in mind when finishing projects. I used the new Metallics Sequin Assortment (item 144214) to add shine. As for the small hearts, they come from the Everyday Jars Thinlits Dies (item 141490).

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Those little piggies seem so blissful! I hope they will make you as happy as they make me!

Have a nice day!

Aurélie FABRE
2017 Artisan Design Team

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20. July 2017 · Comments Off on Ribbon Photo Mobiles · Categories: Cards

Hello, stamping friends! It’s Rochelle Blok here coming to you all the way from Melbourne, Australia. I’m so very excited to be showing you my creation today and the love (obsession) that I have with the ribbons that Stampin’ Up! has to offer this year in the new annual catalog (US/CA).

If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll know that my first order from the annual catalog was pretty much all Stampin’ Up!’s new ribbons. Swoon!!! They’re just stunning and I for one am a very happy girl with what they’re offering. There’s something for everyone and every occasion. So with that I’ve made two ribbon photo mobiles and accented them with the Daisy Delight Stamp Set (item 143669) and the Daisy Punch (item 143713).

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I made the blue version first and then thought: Why not make a pink one, too? My original idea when I first started thinking about this mobile was to create a blue one and accent it with the Daisy Delight Bundle (item 145361).

Making the mobile is pretty straight forward.  Find a stick from your backyard, cut it to the desired length, and sand it down with some sandpaper until you get your desired look and feel. Cut the ribbon to the desired length. I just measured three times the Stampin’ Up! Grid Paper (item 130148) for the length of each ribbon. This ended up being 3.9 feet for each length. I then found the middle of each length and tied the ribbon on to the stick.

Once all the ribbon is on, you then decorate and embellish it how you want. I cut some Designer Series Paper and cardstock to the size of a Polaroid photo so I could clip it to the ribbons later with the new Gold Library Clips (item 144130)—or you could use the Gold Binder Clips (item 141673).

The blue version was inspired by the colors in the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (item 144137). The ribbon colors for the pink version came from a picture of a baby blanket that I saved on Pinterest because I love the color combination so much. I did try to use this color combination for another creation a while back but I just couldn’t get it quite right. I think it looks stunning in this instance, though. I may be a bit biased, however!

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The ribbons used here from left to right:  Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon (item 144116); Night of Navy 1/2″ Gingham Ribbon (item 144232); Pool Party 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon (item 144152); Whisper White 3/8″ Classic Weave Ribbon (item 144159); Old Olive 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon (item 144196); Linen Thread (item 104199); and Night of Navy 5/8″ Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon (item 144189). I just love the array of color!!

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On some of the “Polaroids” I added some Gold Glimmer Paper (item 133719) hearts to make it a bit more pretty. The heart comes from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies (item 137547). When making this project I realized that I don’t have any heart Framelits except that one. Time to rectify that!

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I stamped four of the daisy images from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set in Daffodil Delight ink (item 126944) on Shimmery White Cardstock (item 101910). I then punched them out using the Daisy Punch. Tip: To give each daisy a fuller, more realistic look, bend each petal back by running the side of the Bone Folder (item 102300) along the back of the petal. (This breaks up the fibers in the cardstock a little.)

Once the petals are curled, adhere two of the daisies together with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (item 110755) to make a fuller daisy. For the daisy centers, I stamped on Daffodil Delight Cardstock (item 119683) with Daffodil Delight ink, punched them out using the 1/2″ Circle Punch (item 119869), then glued the punched circles to the flower centers. So that the “white” parts of the petal didn’t look so stark, I used a Blender Pen (item 126185) to pull a light wash of ink over the petal.

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Don’t you just love the colors in the pink version? This one I thought I might give to my daughter to hang in her room and then she can add photos of her friends as she wants. I used the following ribbons from left to right: Calypso Coral 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon (item 144235); Basic Black 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon (item 144129); Powder Pink 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon (item 144134); Peekaboo Peach 5/8″ Crinkle Seam Binding Ribbon (item 144192); Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine (item 141682); Flirty Flamingo 3/8″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (item 144227); and Silver 3/8″ Metallic Edge Ribbon (item 144213).

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I wanted the daisies for this one to look a little bit more like gerberas. I stamped Powder Pink Classic ink (item 144084) on Powder Pink Cardstock (item 144244), again making sure that I curled the petals with the Bone Folder. I love the soft, pretty look of the tone-on-tone ink and cardstock. The centers this time are the new Clear Faceted Gems (item 144142). They’re super gorgeous and are available in gold, as well.

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To make this one a bit more fun I stamped the letters for the word “Friends” using the Letters for You Stamp Set (item 141968) and Flirty Flamingo Classic ink (item 141398), then die cut them using the Large Letters Framelits Dies (item 141712). You can change the letters or leave them off altogether as I did with the first mobile.

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Again, I used cardstock to make some “Polaroids” and then (when my daughter is ready) she can add the photos she wants. This time I used Smoky Slate Cardstock (item 131202) for the “Polaroid” backing and flicked the Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Marker (item 131261) over it for some fun splatters. The hearts are again from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies, this time die cut from Flirty Flamingo Cardstock (item 141416). So fun and so pretty!

Thanks so much for joining me today. If you have a love for the Stampin’ Up! ribbon and trims but hoard them away in a drawer because they’re too gorgeous to use . . . don’t! Get them out and use them!! I’m sure they’ll be that thing that you were looking for that your creation was missing and they’ll give it a lift. Or get them out to make some sort of mobile. Its superfun to do and you’ll be surprised by how quickly it comes together.

Rochelle Blok
2017 Artisan Design Team

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12. July 2017 · Comments Off on A Picture Frame with Pizzazz · Categories: Cards

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Hello, dear stampers! I am a huge fan of both home décor items and handmade things. So why not combine the two? A picture frame is great for adding pizzazz and a pop of color to a room.

However, this time I didn’t want to use a boring standard frame and then just decorate it. After a little bit of thinking, I remembered the beautiful kraft packaging used for the Soft Sayings Card Kit (item 145466) or the Oh Happy Day Card Kit (item 142725)—which is often left over after creating the cards!

I decided to use the bottom half of the card kit box and turn it into a “picture frame.” The best thing about it is that you can color and customize it however you want!

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First of all, I used a piece of Designer Series Paper for the background. The one I picked was a Night of Navy sheet from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (item 144137). I simply trimmed it to the size of the gift box and adhered it directly to the inside of the box using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (item 110755).

As I didn’t want to use a photo for this picture frame, I went for a gorgeous butterfly instead.  But before I got started on this one, I created some more elements and details: I took a piece of Powder Pink Cardstock (item 144244) and punched the left and right sides using the Ticket Tear Border Punch (item 143718). Then I stamped the words “You are my” from the Sunshine Sayings Stamp Set (item 141594) on the same piece of cardstock. I also used the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (item 145372) to cut shapes from Basic Black Cardstock (item 121045) and Vellum Cardstock (item 101856). Additionally, I die cut the word “Sunshine” from Gold Glimmer Paper (item 133719) using the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies (item 141489).

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Then I went to work on the butterfly. Using the Watercolor Wings Stamp Set (item 139424), I first stamped a pattern on Whisper White Cardstock (item 100730), which I then cut out using the coordinating Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies (item 138135). I also die cut a second butterfly of the same size from Powder Pink Cardstock.

Now I just needed to layer all these pieces on top of each other. To adhere them, I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals (item 104430). After arranging everything where I wanted it to be, I just embellished my frame with some Gold Faceted Gems (item 144141) for a final touch. And then I had my own customized picture frame!

I hope you like my idea and feel inspired to re-create your own picture frame using this concept. What theme would you choose for it? Let your creativity run wild! I hope you have fun and enjoy making this project!

Maike Ulbrich
2017 Artisan Design Team

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09. July 2017 · Comments Off on Party with a Pop of Paradise · Categories: Cards

I love a good party. It’s also no secret that I love hosting them! Today I really want to show you how anyone can easily create a Pinterest-worthy party using Stampin’ Up! products.

The tropical theme is on trend at the moment—which means you can rest assured that Stampin’ Up! will have a stamp set to help! I used the versatile Pop of Paradise Stamp Set (item 141578) with the fun pineapples, flamingos, and tropical leaves to create a cheerful party table setting.

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This little cutlery pocket is a quick and simple project to make—and even the kids can help! I used the perfect color for this theme, Flirty Flamingo Cardstock (item 141416), one of the 2016–2018 In-Colors; I then cut and scored the cardstock using the Stampin’ Trimmer (item 126889) and adhered the sides using Tear & Tape (item 138995), leaving the top open to insert the cutlery.

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I stamped the flamingos with none other than the Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 141397) and used my Paper Snips (item 103579) to cut them out; after that I adhered them to straws with Mini Glue Dots (item 103683). These are so cute! LOL.

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I made the pineapple “Party” banner using the Large Letter Framelits (item 141712) and colored the pineapples with Daffodil Delight and Old Olive ink from the Brights Collection Stampin’ Write Markers (item 131259). Using the 1/16″ Handheld Circle Punch (item 134363) I made holes at the top and threaded the banner together using Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine (item 124262). Tip: Use a needle to help you thread the holes quickly and easily.

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No party is complete without a party favor, right?! These cute Clear Tiny Treat Boxes (item 141699) were the perfect finish to this party table. I stamped the “Hello” from the Pop of Paradise Stamp Set and used the coordinating 1-3/8” Circle Punch (item 119860) to cut them out. I adhered it to the top of the box using Stampin’ Dimensionals (item 104430).

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Give your stamps and cardstock a workout and create your own themed party with Stampin’ Up!’s fabulous products. The sky’s the limit!!

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Now all I need to do is get my grass skirt on and stop eating all the party food before the guests arrive! Thanks for visiting today. I hope I’ve inspired you to get your party on with Stampin’ Up!

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Louise Sharp
2017 Artisan Design Team

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08. July 2017 · Comments Off on Join my team during the July Promotion! · Categories: Cards

And get a FREE Essentials Gift Pack:

With your $99 Starter Kit purchased from July 1–31, you will also receive a ITEM NUMBER DESCRIPTION
118485 D Block (X2)
130148 Grid Paper
103579 Paper Snips
104332 SNAIL Adhesive
102300 Bone Folder
144804 Carols of Christmas Stamp Set 

That’s a $72 value! With so many crafting basics included in the
Essentials Gift Pack, you can start crafting with your friends faster
than ever.

Christmas in July

Ho, ho, ho! Our Christmas in July promotion makes it easier than ever to sign up to be a demonstrator!

Just purchase your Starter Kit by July 31 and you will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks (one for you and one for a stamping friend!), and a Bone Folder. That’s an added value of $52 US/$68 CAN! And since as a new demonstrator you can get your hands on new products before anyone else, we will include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20 US/$26 CAN Value)! With so many basic items included with your kit, you’ll be able to spend your Starter Kit dollars on the fun stuff—like your favorite stamp sets and accessories!

Go here to sign up:     http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/pattispad/jointhefun

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07. July 2017 · Comments Off on Love the Artisan Design Team · Categories: Cards

Playing with Paper

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It’s finally June and time to get our hands on the new products in the 2017-2018 annual catalog (US/CA). I’m a big fan of anything cute, so the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper (144163) is high on my list.

Stampin’ Up! makes my life easier by offering product suites since they allow me to coordinate my projects quickly. The Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper is part of the Pick a Pattern Product Suite. #gofigure

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The first order of business was to cut out as many of the cute little forest friends that I could before my favorite television show ended. As I cut, I was creating a pile of animals. It wasn’t long before I knew I wanted these creatures to be the focal point of the card.

Next I began embossing some sentiments with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109132) on Basic Black Cardstock (121045). Because the animals are so small, I decided to use the Tabs for Everything Stamp Set (143907). It couldn’t have been a better fit as “Happy life” is certainly a motto for many campers.

In order to allow the background to look like a soft sky, I used Watercolor Paper (122959), Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill (101041), and an Aqua Painter (103954) to quickly brush a watercolor sky. Once dry, I adhered the cuties and added a layer of Sahara Sand Cardstock (121043) as well as a piece of patterned paper from Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper.

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My second card uses the moose cut out from the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper as well as the sentiment from the Pieces & Patterns Stamp Set (143843). With the help of the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (145372) I was able to add several layers to create a simple and fun card. These Framelits are a favorite of mine so I have plenty of extras cut out; that way I can grab them whenever I am working on a project.

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How cute is the little raccoon in the Adirondack chair? That cute little chair was die cut using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies (143751). It’s the perfect size for our little pals.

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With plenty of creatures to spare, I’ll be sure to whip up some more cards soon.

Thanks so much for dropping by!

Cathy Caines
2017 Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team

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26. June 2017 · Comments Off on By Allison Okamitsu · Categories: Cards

For the Love of Lemon Lime

Hello, my friends, and welcome! I’m Canadian Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and Artisan Design Team member, Allison Okamitsu. It’s a thrilling experience to be a guest blogger for Stampin’ Up! and I’m very excited to share my deep love for the new kid on the color block, Lemon Lime Twist. This bright, bold, and beautiful color is new to the Stampin’ Up! family, and I’m here to show you how this electric green fits in perfectly with the existing family of colors.

I’ve had a great time experimenting and have come up with three fun color combos to share with you.

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This first combination is bright, flirty, and fun. Lemon Lime Twist, Flirty Flamingo, Tempting Turquoise, and Smoky Slate team up to create a super-fab card.

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I used the Bike Ride Stamp Set (143716) and Lift Me Up Stamp Set (142893) to make an uplifting card for a long-distance friend. The bright color combo will put a smile on the face of anyone lucky enough to receive it. What better way to show your out-of-town bestie that you’re thinking of them?

Next up, I reached for a selection of Brights colors to complement Lemon Lime Twist.

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Real Red, Tangerine Tango, and Pacific Point look even more bold and brilliant than usual next to Lemon Lime Twist.

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This card features a Lemon Lime Twist dinosaur from the Pieces & Patterns Stamp Set (143840) and bold vertical stripes from the Banners for You Stamp Set (141710). It’ll be a hit with my nephews, for sure!

Last but certainly not least is what I think is my favorite color combination of all.

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It’s rare for me to use so many colors on one project, but somehow this combination just works without looking overdone.

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Because Stampin’ Up! has such a large selection of colors, it’s easy to create a card with a range of blues and greens, and it’s the perfect way to showcase the Feather Together Stamp Set (141597). I love that Lemon Lime Twist can go from loud and electric (see the previous card) to beautifully bold on this card. It just depends on what other colors it’s partnered with.

Thank you so much for visiting today. I hope I’ve inspired you to embrace the Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (14486) and Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock (144245) and come up with your own innovative color combinations. This color has become a fast favorite of mine, and one you’ll be seeing a lot of in my upcoming projects.

Allison Okamitsu
2017 Artisan Design Team

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