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The long days of summer are here, and for some of us that can only mean one thing: more hours to spend crafting! Paper Pumpkin can go anywhere you do, so whether you’re on your way to the beach (or heading to your lounge chair in the backyard!) be sure to bring this kit with you. You’ll feel refreshed just looking at the designed paper with its watermelons, pineapples, lemons, and limes; then there’s the fun of putting together our yummy, summer-themed projects! Check out the how-to’s below.

Each One in a Melon kit comes with 6 printed card bases, 4 printed bags, 6 white envelopes, 2 sheets watercolor die-cut pieces, 2 sheets white die-cut pieces, 1 sheet laser-cut leaf stickers, 4 sheets printed cotton paper, 4 yds. pink baker’s twine, 4 green mini clothespins, 100 dimensionals, and 100 adhesive dots.

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We’re pretty sure this kit will be the pine-apple of your eye (wink, wink) once you start playing with all of the elements inside! And the creative possibilities are endless. Check out the projects above for some sweet alternate ideas—like our stamped fruit slices tied to Crumb Cake envelopes and secured with White Baker’s Twine. Wouldn’t they make great gift card enclosures?

You could also fussy cut a few pineapple images from the designed paper and pop them up with dimensionals on one of the kit’s die-cut banners. For a perfect finishing touch, embellish with a pink baker’s twine bow.

Or make the Hooray card using Pool Party Cardstock and some of the fun die- and laser-cut pieces included with this month’s kit. With the sunny yellow banner as a focal point, it’s the perfect summer birthday card.

And don’t forget to check our Pinterest page for more fun ideas!

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Everyday Adventure

I can’t get over how quickly the time has come for another annual catalog launch. The new catalog always brings so much excitement to the stamping community with its fresh new In Colors, stamp images, and accessories.

Each year I love to put together a collection of cards that showcases the new In Colors along with other coordinating products. I chose the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack (item 144131) along with the Dare to Dream Host Stamp Set (item 143769) to create a fun set of cards.

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This year’s Host stamp sets are fantastic, but the Dare to Dream Stamp Set stood out for me because of the beautiful greetings and fonts. I love when I can create my own greeting from a collection of words in a set. The Dare to Dream Stamp Set gives you this opportunity and so much more.

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Keeping a monochromatic theme made these cards quick and easy to duplicate. While I kept the added accessories simple, they added just enough “WOW” to the card.

Each card starts with a Whisper White Thick Cardstock (item 140272) base (4-1/4″ x 11″). Then I added two layers from the Fresh Floral Designer Series Paper Stack measuring 3-1/2″ x 5″ and 3-1/8″ x 4-3/4″.

The adventure image was stamped on each of the five new 2017–2019 In Color Cardstock (item 144247) pieces measuring 1″ x 4-1/4″. I added a 1″ x 4-1/4″ strip under the greeting using the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack.

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I wanted to break up some of the patterns from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper so the greeting would remain the focal point. To do this, I added a piece of Whisper White Cardstock (item 100730) and stamped the fun floral spray image from the Dare to Dream Stamp Set using each of the five new In Colors.

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Lastly, I added a few new embellishments to each of the cards such as the 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon in Berry Burst (144133), Fresh Fig (item 144132), and Lemon Lime Twist (item 144135). I also added the new Glitter Enamel Dots (item 144200). The Glitter Enamel Dots are unique because the many ombre shades coordinate with the new In Colors.

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I hope this inspires you to create a collection of cards using the new 2017–2019 In Colors products. The possibilities are endless with these fun new products!

Kimberly Van Diepen
Artisan Design Team 2017

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19. June 2017 · Comments Off on Coffee Cup Rings True! · Categories: Cards · Tags: , , , ,

This set is so awesome!  You can find this set, Coffee Cafe’ on page 31 of the AC.  It has matching dies, Coffee Cups Framelits, page 213, matching DSP, Coffee Break, page188, Corrugated Elements, page 196.  It also has a Cardstock pack that matches all the colors in the DSP.

The best part: You can bundle the set and dies and receive a 10% discount.  This is going to be a fantastic item for the Holidays.  I can see this being used for SB gift cards, etc.  The coffee splatter is made with our new Embossing Paste, page 201.  I dyed the paste with Soft Suede ink.  The stencil, however, is not SU.   It is Tim Holz and I have had it a long time for use in my Art journals.

Card stock used is Very Vanilla over Soft Suede and based on Crumb Cake.

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18. June 2017 · Comments Off on Hogs & Kisses for Father’s Day! · Categories: Cards · Tags: , ,

Tell me you don’t think these piggies are stinkin’ cute!  I love this set, This little Piggy, page 48 in the AC.  I will be using this set quite a bit.  The images and sentiments are super!  Here I used our new Powder Pink ink along with Pink Pirouette and Basic Black Ink.  The DSP is Wood Textures, page 148.

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15. June 2017 · Comments Off on Artisan Design team projects · Categories: Cards

My Heart Is Glossed Over with Happiness

Hello, friends! I’m thrilled to be writing for the Stampin’ Up! blog this week. I’ve been playing with some of my new favorites from the 2017–2018 annual catalog (US/CA) and I’m bursting at the seams with my excitement over these new products!

If you’ve been stamping for a long time, you may have been as thrilled as I was to find that Glossy White Cardstock (item 144240) has made its triumphant return! The glossy surface is non-porous, which lends itself to some amazing techniques with ink.

One of my favorite tricks with Glossy White Cardstock is to use alcohol to blend the ink. I’ve filled a Stampin’ Spritzer (item 126185) with isopropyl alcohol for this purpose—it has a permanent home in my craft room!

After spending several days playing with ink, I am covered in stains and happy to share three of my favorite techniques with you.

Technique #1: The Brushstroke

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This technique couldn’t be easier, and it results in an amazing layered background that looks like it was painted by a master. How perfect to pair with paint brushes! These stamps, from the Crafting Forever Stamp Set (item 143955) and the Just Add Text Stamp Set (item 143931) fit this artistic technique to a tee.

To recreate this technique, start with a dry sheet of Glossy White Cardstock and an ink pad of your choice. I used a Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 131171) and an Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 126953). Holding your ink pad at a 45-degree angle to your cardstock, simply drag the ink along the surface. Varying your pressure and angle will change the look slightly. Adding a variety of layers and textures with your ink will perfect the “painted” look!

Technique #2: The Fade

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The fade is so easy with Glossy White Cardstock, and it creates a subtle effect of a spotlight on a stamped image. Start by embossing the image of your choice. I used White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (item 109132). Heat-set with your Heat Tool (item 129053). Choose three Classic Stampin’ Pads in the same color scheme—I used Pool Party (item 126982), Bermuda Bay (131171), and Island Indigo (item 126986); then, using Sponge Daubers (item 133773), sponge the ink in a circular motion, starting with the lightest color in the center. Continue adding colors one at a time to the outer edges, proceeding from lightest to darkest. When your colors have been added, add some isopropyl alcohol to a clean Sponge Dauber and blend the inks.

I used this technique to spotlight the scissors from the Crafting Forever Stamp Set and added the coordinating sentiment die-cut using Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (item 145372). Accented with a background stamp from the Tabs for Everything Stamp Set (item 143907) and Bermuda Bay 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon (item 144198), this card makes a great clean-and-simple note for a friend.

Technique #3: The Faux Watercolor

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Talk about wow factor! This background technique is SO easy but it packs a major punch. You’ll need Glossy White Cardstock, isopropyl alcohol in a Stampin’ Spritzer, and a Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill in your choice of color. Shown here is Berry Burst (item 144089.) And there’s a little bonus! This technique yields TWO background pieces, so you have half the work per card!

To create this background, start by cutting two pieces of Glossy White Cardstock to your desired size (mine are 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″). On ONE sheet of your cardstock, spray thoroughly with isopropyl alcohol, then drip your Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill over the surface. I recommend around 8–10 drops in various locations. Spray your cardstock again (it should be very wet) and tilt it in various directions until the ink runs. Set it flat on your protected surface, then place the second piece of Glossy White Cardstock shiny-side-down on the wet surface. You may want to slide your top piece of cardstock slightly to achieve a more blended look. Separate the two pieces of cardstock and your background design is finished; set it aside to dry and you’re ready to go!

If you find your ink didn’t blend as desired, simply add more alcohol while it’s still wet (since the alcohol is what helps it blend).

The focal point of this card was created with the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack (item 144193), Crafting Forever Stamp Set, Berry Burst 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon (item 144133), and a sentiment from the Wood Words Stamp Set (item 143928). Layering these elements in the corner lets the background shine.

Speaking of the Crafting Forever Stamp Set, in addition to the fabulous stamps used here, there’s one more great stamp included in this set that’s a must-have for every crafter.

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The Stampin’ Up! Angel Policy means you can sell projects you’ve made with Stampin’ Up! copyright images as long as they include “© Stampin’ Up!” on them. Each catalog has one of these sets, and this year’s is Crafting Forever! How fabulous is that?!

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Thank you so much for joining me today. I hope this blog inspired you to get out your new Glossy White Cardstock and start playing. Enjoy those inky hands!

Cheers,

Shannon Lane
2017 Artisan Design Team

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10. June 2017 · Comments Off on Wood Textures Suite · Categories: Cards · Tags: , , ,

We all rec’d this set FREE at the OnStage in Savannah Georgia.  It was so much fun and I couldn’t wait to get home to start playing with this set and some of the embellishments.  The set, Wood Words, page 159 of the AC can be purchased with matching dies, Wood Crate framelits, page 212.  You get 10% off if you bundle them.  I used copper foil on this card and love the way it turned out.  In addition, I used the stitched Shaped framelits, page 214.  The ribbon, Copper Trim, can be found on page 199.  I stretched the ribbon and layered it behind the images.  I also used the copper metalic thread, 198 in back of the sentiment.  The back ground is embossed with the Brick Wall Embossing Folder, page 210.

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08. June 2017 · Comments Off on More from the Artisan Design Team · Categories: Cards

Dads & Grads

Hello, crafty friends! I’m excited to share some my favorite things with you today and the Eastern Palace Suite Premier Bundle (147207) is at the top of my list right now.

I’m especially loving the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper which is included with this awesome product collection! As soon as I saw it, I knew its rich fresh colors would be perfect for just about any occasion. Today I wanted to share a couple of cards that will be perfect for the guys in your life!

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Aren’t these colors so yummy together?! I may be seriously crushing on Lemon Lime Twist at the moment. Lol!

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I wanted to make sure the papers were the star of the show so I grabbed my Large Letters Framelits (141712) and  used the fabulous sentiments in the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set and the Eastern Medallion Thinlits to bring it all together.

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Since I wasn’t about to toss any part of that beautiful paper, I decided to use the negative cutouts to create a great focal point for my “Dad” card. If you’re a little . . . uh . . . fussy about things being just right, here’s a tip for lining things up perfectly.

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So all you have to do is lay the cutouts back into the shapes and add adhesive to the ones you want to stay in place. Then just remove the letters and everything should look just right.

Hope you’re inspired to use this amazing product suite to make a few cards to celebrate all the dudes you know!

Mercedes Weber
Artisan Design Team 2017

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07. June 2017 · Comments Off on Colorful Seasons · Categories: Cards · Tags: , ,

This set can be found on page 147 of the AC.  I used Sweet Sugarplum on the flowers and Pacific Point on the chair, Soft Suede on the sentiment.  I love this set it is so versatile.  You can see several samples of this set on the internet or even Pinterest.  I added Wink of Stella (tinted with ink refill & alcohol) on the flowers and then a slight splatter over the front of the card.  It does have matching dies (Seasonal Layers), page 216, and you can get both of these items as a bundle and save %10.  Seasonal Layers contains 17 dies and the possibilities are endless with this combination.

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05. June 2017 · Comments Off on Artisan Design Team · Categories: Cards

Everyday Adventure

I can’t get over how quickly the time has come for another annual catalog launch. The new catalog always brings so much excitement to the stamping community with its fresh new In Colors, stamp images, and accessories.

Each year I love to put together a collection of cards that showcases the new In Colors along with other coordinating products. I chose the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack (item 144131) along with the Dare to Dream Host Stamp Set (item 143769) to create a fun set of cards.

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This year’s Host stamp sets are fantastic, but the Dare to Dream Stamp Set stood out for me because of the beautiful greetings and fonts. I love when I can create my own greeting from a collection of words in a set. The Dare to Dream Stamp Set gives you this opportunity and so much more.

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Keeping a monochromatic theme made these cards quick and easy to duplicate. While I kept the added accessories simple, they added just enough “WOW” to the card.

Each card starts with a Whisper White Thick Cardstock (item 140272) base (4-1/4″ x 11″). Then I added two layers from the Fresh Floral Designer Series Paper Stack measuring 3-1/2″ x 5″ and 3-1/8″ x 4-3/4″.

The adventure image was stamped on each of the five new 2017–2019 In Color Cardstock (item 144247) pieces measuring 1″ x 4-1/4″. I added a 1″ x 4-1/4″ strip under the greeting using the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack.

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I wanted to break up some of the patterns from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper so the greeting would remain the focal point. To do this, I added a piece of Whisper White Cardstock (item 100730) and stamped the fun floral spray image from the Dare to Dream Stamp Set using each of the five new In Colors.

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Lastly, I added a few new embellishments to each of the cards such as the 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon in Berry Burst (144133), Fresh Fig (item 144132), and Lemon Lime Twist (item 144135). I also added the new Glitter Enamel Dots (item 144200). The Glitter Enamel Dots are unique because the many ombre shades coordinate with the new In Colors.

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I hope this inspires you to create a collection of cards using the new 2017–2019 In Colors products. The possibilities are endless with these fun new products!

Kimberly Van Diepen
Artisan Design Team 2017

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04. June 2017 · Comments Off on Just do it! · Categories: Cards · Tags: , , ,

This set, Crafting Forever, you will find in the new Annual Catalog (AC), page 181.  I used water color paper and our classic ink pads and an Aqua Painter, page 200.  The background paper is from the new Color Theory DSP Paper stack, page 187.  The dies I used are, Layering Circle Framelits, Layering Oval Framelits and Stitched Shapes Framelits, both on page 214. I used whisper White and layered these on Basic Black Card Stock, page 185.

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03. June 2017 · Comments Off on New catalogs are now here! · Categories: Cards

Hello Crafters and Stampers,

I am so excited about our new catalog.  It is the best ever!  So many gorgeous stamp sets and loads of wonderful embellishments.  SU has added more dies, framelits, thinlits and punches to go with these new sets.  Many of them are sold as bundles which means you get 10% off by buying both the stamp set and the matching framelits, thinlits, or punches.

If you have not receive your catalog, please contact me at www.patmojac@bellsouth.net and I will send one out to you.

In addition, June is the month to hold a workshop, either in your home or mine.   All my hostesses that have a $350 workshop in June will receive an addition $35 in FREE rewards over and above the $42.  Call ASAP so we can schedule your workshop.

Hugs, Patti

 

 

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01. June 2017 · Comments Off on Coastal Waters · Categories: Cards · Tags: , , ,

I am so glad that they carried over this set, High Tide, page 25 of the OC.  It is one of my favs.  Here I used it with the DSP, By the Shore, page 173 AC.  This is a very versatile set because it not only has wonderful images, but it has terrific sentiments.  Of course, living here by the coast, this set is very special to me.  I will get a lot of use out of this set.

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20. May 2017 · Comments Off on May Paper Pumpkin · Categories: Cards

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12. May 2017 · Comments Off on · Categories: Cards

Gifts for Spring

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Are you in the mood for spring? This project contains three gift ideas with florals and spring in mind!

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For this card I used the Diagonal Stripe Stamp (141917) and the new Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (144086) to create my background. I am so in love with this new In Color! Did you know that you are able to order it in May? This color is the definition of spring for me!

The little flowers are from the Jar of Love Stamp Set (141587); I stamped them in Lemon Lime Twist (of course), Flirty Flamingo (141397), and Peekaboo Peach (141398).

The little bumblebee is from the Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set (142924); I fussycut this little one out. For the sentiment I used the Dutch version of the Florishing Phrases Stamp Set (141531), Recht uit het Hart (143204). It says in English “For you, from me.” How cute is that!

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And because I really love gift packaging, I made my own little box with the Gift Box Punch Board (135863). I used the measurements L and S to create this box. The final sizes are 8.3 cm x 8.3 cm x 4.4 cm. A perfect size for Mother’s Day chocolates, right? The blue paper is from the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper (142770). The Pool Party background really stands out behind the flowers.

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To finish it off, I used a piece of the Flirty Flamingo 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon (141426) and, of course, (because I love bling and sparkle) some little Rhinestone Basic Jewels (144220) available in May!

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This picture frame was very easy to make and is a perfect gift for Mother’s Day! I used my leftover paper scraps and flowers that I didn’t use on my previous projects. This picture is an old one of my hubby and me. It sits on my scrap table now . . .

Enjoy spring and let it inspire you to create something beautiful!

Miriam van Eyden
2017 Artisan Design Team

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10. May 2017 · Comments Off on Another Artisan Design team project · Categories: Cards

Mother’s Day Pampering Gift Set

Mother’s Day is coming up and I’ve put together a pretty manicure gift set for a mom—or for any amazing woman who could use a little pampering! I love putting gifts together in fun packaging and of course they must coordinate! But that’s easy to do by just making sure you use all the same elements for each item.

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Do you have a few of the Mini Egg Cartons

(item 142776) left over? Don’t let them go to waste. They are great gift holders for treats any time of the year. I decided to use them to hold little mini nail polishes. They fit perfectly!

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I used some of the items from the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle

(item 147207)—which are available to customers now from the new 2017–2018 annual catalog (item 146113). I decorated the outside of the carton with an Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper (item 144147) belly band. This gold paper is to die for. (I will be using it up quickly!) A 2″ x 12″ strip of this paper just fits around the carton—with a little wiggle room to take the belly band on and off. I used a small piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock (item 101650) to adhere the ends of the Designer Series Paper together. This way the Designer Series Paper can touch and you don’t have to overlap the paper to adhere it. You also don’t have to worry about the seam because that will be covered by the medallion.4

Then I added two medallions to the belly band using the new Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies (item 143725). The large medallion was die cut in Basic Black Cardstock (item 121045) and the smaller one uses the polka dot Designer Series Paper from the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper.To make the larger medallion you will need to use one of the large Layering Circle Framelits Dies (item 141705) to cut it into a circle shape as shown below.

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The medallion is decorated with flowers from the Jar of Love Stamp Set (item 141587). I stamped the flowers in Sweet Sugarplum (item 141395), Pink Pirouette (item 126956), and Tranquil Tide (item 144085) ink on Whisper White Cardstock (item 100730). First I stamped off the image once on scrap paper which gives you the lighter color on the flowers. (For the Tranquil Tide flower, I stamped off twice on scrap paper before stamping on Whisper White Cardstock.) The leaves were stamped in Lemon Lime Twist ink (item 144086). This is already my new favorite color! I love this time of year when you can experiment mixing the old and new colors. The rest of the egg carton is decorated with a Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine (item 141682) bow and a gold tassel from the Mini Tassels Assortment (item 144154).

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Also, included in this gift set is a Glassine Gift Bag (item 141700) filled with a nail file, lotion, and manicure set. I die cut two additional medallions with the Gold Foil Sheets (item 132622) and Basic Black Cardstock. I stamped and die cut another flower and a couple of leaves. I found the best way to adhere the leaves and flowers is to put Mini Glue Dots (item 103683) on the back of each one and arrange them how you like.

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Finally, you can’t give a gift like this without a pretty card. (Mom or any other woman deserves one, after all!) I decided to use one of the sentiments from the All Things Thanks Stamp Set (item 143089) as the focal point of the card. I stamped the sentiment with Basic Black Archival ink (item 140931) on a die cut Whisper White Cardstock circle. I used another piece of the polka dot Designer Series Paper and a strip of the gorgeous gold Designer Series Paper from the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper for the card background. I mounted this on Basic Black Cardstock and Whisper White Thick Cardstock (item 140272). Then I stamped and die cut more flowers using the same technique that I employed for the egg carton and glassine bag. The two-step stamping with this set along with the coordinating dies makes creating multiples of an image quick and easy. The final touches for this card were another Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine bow and gold sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment (item 138390).

I hope you can see how using the same elements across all these projects makes everything look coordinated—and that this inspires you to make coordinating gift sets!

Jennifer Sootkoos
2017 Artisan Design Team

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09. May 2017 · Comments Off on Super savings on Paper Pumpkin · Categories: Cards

For first-time subscribers only.

  • Subscribers must join by Saturday, June 10, 2017; 11:50 PM (MT).
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first three months of a new subscription. After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95 US/$26.95 CA.

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08. May 2017 · Comments Off on Mint Macaron · Categories: Cards · Tags: , , ,

I really love this incolor and will be sorry to see it go.  But we do have some beautiful new incolors to replace the outgoing ones.  Certainly makes it interesting every year.  Fortunately there were no changes to our core colors this year.
I used a mint macaron wash for the background on whisper White card stock and die cut the flowers and leaves with the Stylist Stems Framelits dies on page 42 of the OC.  I used the SAB glimmer paper in addition to the Mint macaron sheer ribbon found on page 178 in the AC.

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06. May 2017 · Comments Off on Nailed it! · Categories: Cards · Tags: , , , ,

I am really disappointed that this set, page 48 of the OC is retiring.  As far as I know, the Build it framelits dies have already been sold out.  Since this is such an awesome masculine set and it went over so well with just about all of our customers around the world, maybe SU will think of designing another set with matching dies in the future.  I am hoping that maybe they will decide to come back with this set.  Wouldn’t that be nice.  Wishful thinking!
Colors I used were Soft Suede, Smokey Slate and Crumb cake.  I added the Urban Underground Embellishments on page 47.

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05. May 2017 · Comments Off on Use link below to place your order! · Categories: Cards

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28. April 2017 · Comments Off on Dragonfly · Categories: Cards · Tags: , , ,

This was created with the stamp set Dragofly Dreams, page 26 in the OC.  I used black embossing powder and tempting turouoise ink.  I used the Metalic enamel shapes, page 177 of the AC.  One really great set because of the fantastic sentiments and will be very versatile because of it.  In addition, it has its own diecuts, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits on the same page and can be purchased as a bundle with a 10% discount.  This set will be held over, along with the thinlits to the new annual catalog.  However, the bundled discount will not be available after May 31st.

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27. April 2017 · Comments Off on Happy Birthday to my baby! · Categories: Cards · Tags: , , , ,

My youngest, Maureen Erin (Mo), will be 29 today and I am so blessed to have such a thoughtful and loving daughter.  She is also a Demonstrator and so much fun to be around.  My oldest daughter, Amy,  also a blessing, is a Demonstrator but she lives in TN and I do not get to see her as much.  However, we all try to plan SU conventions and on stage locals together.  We all love Stampin’up! © and look forward to doing all things that bring us closer together.  This is just one of the ways and it is so rewarding.

If you want to join our team, just go to my website and click on Join Now:

http://www.pattispad.stampinup.net

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21. April 2017 · Comments Off on From our Co-Founder Shelli · Categories: Cards

Building Things

Jon celebrated his birthday recently, and this is what my artist created for his packaging. Handy with all kinds of tools, he just finished a bathroom in their home, but what he’s really good at building is cool industrial furniture! Jon’s also excellent at building relationships—one of the reasons we love him and are so glad he’s part of our family!

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20. April 2017 · Comments Off on Artisan Design Team project · Categories: Cards

All-Occasion Card Set

Hello there! Do you have a favorite item that you like to give? For me, it’s a set of all-occasion handmade greeting cards. For many, cards are a way to celebrate specific occasions or a way to express emotions. But no matter the reason for sending a card, one thing is for sure—they’re always sure to brighten someone’s day!

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This beautiful set consists of four different cards/envelopes and an adorable little window box to hold them. To create this set I used the Love Sparkles Stamp Set (item #143183), Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes (item # 131527), and silver Designer Series Paper from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack (item # 138435). Various other elements such as Silver Metallic Thread (item # 138402), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (item #119246), 5/8″ Silver Satin Ribbon (item # 134548), and Silver Sequin Trim (item # 138399) were used to embellish the cards.

The first is a thank you card. The flower was created using the Big Shot (item # 143263) and Succulent Framelits Dies (item # 142757). Not only are these dies used to create succulents but they also make pretty flowers! This Daffodil Delight Cardstock (item #119683) flower is the perfect addition to this card. It adds a subtle yet pretty touch to this soft color scheme.

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Next up is a gorgeous love note. This sweet card features the Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (item # 142761) and a Real Red Cardstock (item # 102482) heart cut from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies (item #141489). The Love banner was created by stamping the Love sentiment in Real Red ink (item # 126949) on a Pink Pirouette Cardstock (item # 111351) banner. A tiny little white bow from the Sending Love Ribbon Combo Pack (item # 142737) adorns the right side of the heart.

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The last two cards are pretty much dual purpose. Since they don’t specifically refer to any occasion they can either be for a birthday, congratulations, or just because. The first one features an adorable balloon bouquet created with the Balloon Bouquet Punch (item #140609) and the silver Designer Series Paper from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack (item #138435). A simple Pool Party Cardstock (item # 122924) banner stamped with Island Indigo ink (item #126986) adds the perfect finishing touch!

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Last but not least, this card says “It’s your day to sparkle” (another dual purpose card). My favorite element on this card is the little banner created using the Confetti Stars Punch (item # 135861). So fun!

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This picture shows how the completed set looks all boxed up and ready to go.

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Thanks for joining me! I hope you have enjoyed my project and are inspired to create a set of all-occasion cards for yourself or to gift!

Dani Dziama
2017 Artisan Design Team

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17. April 2017 · Comments Off on Easter from Artisan Design member · Categories: Cards

Beautiful, Giftable Easter Baskets

Easter is the perfect opportunity for giving small, hand-crafted presents.

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These small baskets are a great Easter gift, and can be easily made with the Basket Builder Framelits Dies (item 143228).

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Instructions

You need 2 strips of cardstock for the baskets, sized 13.5 x 5.5 cm.

Score them at 4 cm and 9.5 cm.

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The grass is die cut with the Framelits, but the cuts don’t go all the way through to the end of the cardstock. For this, let the bottom edge of the Framelits hang just over the edge of the cutting plate of the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (item 143263).

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Once you’ve die cut both strips, the baskets can be assembled.

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The blades of grass can be carefully intertwined . . .

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. . . so that you don’t necessarily have to glue the basket together at the sides.

Unless you want to put in lots of chocolate. 😉

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Now you can decorate the baskets, for example with small eggs (Basket Builder Framelits Dies; item 143228), butterflies (Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies; item 142755), ribbons (3/8″ [1 cm] Ruched Ribbon in Flirty Flamingo, item 141426; Peekaboo Peach, item 141427; Sweet Sugarplum, item 141428),

and a sentiment (Time of Year Stamp Set, item 141790, and Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies, item 141488).

And you can fill them, too. A few chocolate eggs and a little lamb found their way into my baskets.

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Wishing you lots of fun with this project!

Sylwia Schreck
2017 Artisan Design Team

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