Projects by Artisan Design Team Member

One Cute Little Monster


Hi Everyone!

Just popping in to show you some of the projects I made with the Yummy in My Tummy Stamp Set (item 142922). I love anything that I can color so it’s no surprise that this was a must-have item for me from the new 2017 occasions catalog.

Usually when I start to play with a stamp set, I stamp multiple images at once. Since I intended to watercolor using my Many Marvelous Markers (item 131264) and my trusty Aqua Painters (item 103954), I heat embossed several monsters on Watercolor Paper (item 122959). In order to do this, I had to ink my stamp with the VersaMark Pad (item 102283) and then ink with the Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad (item 140931) before stamping on the paper. Quickly, I covered the image with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder (item 109130) and applied heat with the Heat Tool (item 129053). This gives it a nice raised and glossy look.

#adttipandtricks: By using the clear embossing powder, you avoid the mess of those pesky black “specks” when you heat emboss.


This cute monster image was designed with shaker cards in mind so I put it to the test. The Sprinkles Embellishments (item 142741) are the perfect thing to use!


#adttipandtricks: When you find yourself unable to know exactly where to punch, place a mark in the center of your image before taking the plunge. This takes the “cross your fingers and hope for the best” out of punching.


No cute card is done without an equally cute envelope! The Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies (item 140279) created the perfect “teeth.”

There are lots of options with this stamp set. You could punch out its belly and replace it with so many things including lollipops, mini containers of colored modeling clay, lip gloss, and chocolate eggs. The possibilities are endless and I can’t wait to see what you come up with!


No project is complete without a Delicate White Doily (item 141701). This doily gave the impression that this project was a flower.


Until next time . . . “party on”!

Cathy Caines
2017 Artisan Design Team


Tuscan Vineyard

Now this is one of my favorites in the AC, page 95.  Whenever we are traveling with the family, we love to stop at all the different Vineyards and do the wine tastings.  They are so much fun.  The last time we did this was when my niece got married in Virginia and we all traveled together and found these lovely places in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and of course,  lot of stops because there are many.  AND, they are so beautiful and very Picturesque set on all the gorgeous rolling hills.
Anyway, I stamped this with Archival Basic Black ink, on Watercolor paper, with eggplant Envy, Crumb Cake and always Artichoke inks.  Hope you like it!


Beautiful You!

I used this set, found on page 24 of the OC, with the new DSP, Falling in Love, page 51 of the OC.  The colors in this DSP are so awesome!  It is def my favorite of all the DSP in both the OC and the SAB.
I combined the colors, Crumb cake with Watermelon Wonder.  This set contains beautiful sentiments and images that you can use for many different occasions.


Chinese New Year

This Artisan Design Team member is so talented.  This is Allison Okamitsu’s 3rd year being selected as a member of this team.  Not hard to tell why…..

I love celebrations! Birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, and New Year’s are all fabulous celebrations that I treasure. And although Chinese New Year isn’t a holiday my family traditionally celebrates, I had a fabulous time putting together some fun and creative ideas to help you decorate and celebrate. This year the Chinese New Year celebration begins on January 27 (Chinese New Year’s Eve) and ends on February 2, so you still have time to whip up some festive décor and gifts for your friends and family.


One Chinese New Year’s tradition is to gather for a family reunion dinner. I absolutely love this idea and I think that a celebration that brings family together is just perfection. I’ve created these beautiful paper lanterns to use as a centerpiece at this dinner celebration.


For the lanterns I’ve used five of the long and thick pieces punched in Real Red Cardstock (item 102482) from the Bow Builder Punch (item 137414). I then added lots of gold touches, including the largest image from the Moroccan Nights Stamp Set (item 141715) embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder (item 109129) and embellished with Gold Foil Sheets (item 132622) and Gold Sequin Trim (item 132983). The tassels from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit (item 142767) are the perfect finishing touch.

Another Chinese New Year tradition is to gift red packets containing money. The significance of these red packets is to wish others a safe and peaceful coming year.


I’ve created my red packet with the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits (item 135854) and Real Red Cardstock (item 102482). Before I assembled the packet, I embossed it with a stamp from the Celebrate Today Stamp Set (item 137138) and Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder (item 109129). Don’t you think it looks like a string of fireworks?! I then used the Moroccan Nights Stamp Set (item 141715) and Any Occasion Stamp Set* (item 143348) to create a focal point for the belly band, which is constructed of Gold Foil Sheets (item 132622) and the gold ribbon from the 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack* (item 143601). I think anyone would be thrilled to receive one of these stunning red money packets.

Last but not least, I created an adorable little takeout box using the Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies (item 138273). I simply adjusted the box to make it look more like a takeout container than a piece of pie.


Keeping with my theme of gold and red, I added some gold embossing to the takeout container using the Delicate Details Stamp Set* (item 143314). Each year in the twelve-year Chinese zodiac cycle is represented by an animal and element. This year marks the year of the fire (or red) rooster. The Hey, Chick Stamp Set* (item 143328)—free with purchase during Sale-A-Bration—was perfect for adding in the iconic rooster image.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my project today—and a little lesson on Chinese New Year (if you weren’t familiar with it already). I apologize if I’ve made any errors in my research about this celebration and welcome you to leave a comment to fill me in on the facts and how you celebrate!

Allison Okamitsu
2017 Artisan Design Team



Happy Valentine’s Day!

This card was created using the set Sealed with Love, and matching dies, Love Notes, page 14 & 15 of the OC.  Colors are real red and whisper white.  I used the Stitched layering oval dies and the Red Glimmer paper, page 175 of the AC.  The background DSP is Sending Love Paper Stack, also found on page 15 of the OC.  This set is so versatile and again the possibilities are endless.


Blushing Bride Beauty

This card was created using the stamp set, Special Reason, page 42 of the OC with the matching dies, Sytlish Stems, same page.  You can buy this bundle and save 10% when buying them together. There are so many possibilites for this bundle.  IMHO, it is the BEST bundle in the entire OC.  I used Blushing Bride glimmer paper and the DSP is from the Playful Palette Paper stack, page 174 in the AC.



Hey Chick

This has got to be one of my favs in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.  I used the Hexagons Dynamic Embossing folder found on page 47 of the OC for the background by brayering the inside of the EF in Delightful Dijon ink.  I used the Stitched layering oval dies for the images and sentiment.  Whisper white CS and Delightful Dijon finished off the card.


Valentine Surprise!

We made this 3D  item at Stamp Camp.  It was cut out with the  Window Box Thinlits dies, page 43 of the OC.  I used real red card stock and the doilies on page 51.  I cut whisper white card stock out with our new stitched layer dies and the sentiment is from the set Sealed with Love on page 15.  Hearts are punched out from red glimmer paper found on page 175 in the AC.


Carousel Fun!

This card was created with the set Carousel Birthday, found on page 9 of the OC.   The DSP is from the Cupcakes & Carousels paper stack same page.  The cupcakes were cut out with the dies, Up & Away, page 10.  I used Peekaboo peach card stock and Calypso Coral Ink for the cupcake toppings.  This is a fun set with sentiments for both front and inside.  The sentiment I used on this card was from the set Lift me Up, page 10.




Tie Dyed

Hah! My daughter is tie dying a t-shirt for us for our “All girl Disney Cruise” and asked what colors I wanted my shirt to be.  I said Pink orange and beige.  I guess she didn’t think that would be a good match so I created this card to show her the colors would go together.  I actually changed the beige to Crumb cake and soft suede.  What do you think?  Is it doable?
I love both these stamp sets.  Carousel Birthday is from the OC, page 9 and Avant Garden, page 4 of the SAB catalog.  I used Blushing Bride and Whisper White CS and copper Metallic thread on page 178 in the AC.  Hope you like it!


Yummy in my tummy!

Who wouldn’t want to give this slimy little monster a big Valentine hug? You can make your own Valentines with the Yummy in My Tummy stamp set.

Who wouldn’t want to give this slimy little monster a big Valentine hug? You can make your own Valentines with the Yummy in My Tummy stamp set. #st… | Pinterest

Who wouldn’t want to give this slimy little monster a big Valentine hug? You can make your own Valentines with the Yummy in My Tummy stamp set. #stampinup #OccasionsMini2017


Carousel Birthday!

Use the Sliding Star framelits with the Carousel Birthday stamp set to make this interactive carousel horse card. #stampinup #OccasionsMini2017 | Pinterest

Use the Sliding Star framelits with the Carousel Birthday stamp set to make this interactive carousel horse card. #stampinup #OccasionsMini2017 | Pinterest

Use the Sliding Star framelits with the Carousel Birthday stamp set to make this interactive carousel horse card. #stampinup #OccasionsMini2017

Bold and Beautiful Bugs from the Design team

Hello friends! As I was browsing through the fabulous 2017 occasions catalog, one of the stamp sets that called out to me was the Beetles & Bugs Stamp Set (item 142980). These fabulous images are bold and graphic, and they’re great for throwing in a TON of color—my favorite!

Having a five-year-old son, bugs (and mud, and trucks) are a big part of my life. James always goes through the new Stampin’ Up! catalogs (US item 143221/CAN item 143225) with me and is excited to be involved in the ordering process; he especially likes opening my orders when they arrive! This set was one of his favorites, too. My little boy is my right-hand man, and he was so happy to join me to help me with my blog post.

I used him as my inspiration for my first few projects, since we have recently been changing his room to be a little bit more of a “big guy” bedroom. He’s been adding posters, and we added a little reading nook for him. I recently took out the shadow box I made when he was born (sob!) and I thought a handmade bug diorama would be a great addition to his grown-up decor.


Combined with the Hardwood Background Stamp (item 133035), making this display of (faux!) mounted bugs was so easy! Stamping the beetles was a blast; each piece lined up so perfectly and it was quick and easy to do. The Simply Scored Scoring Tool (item 122334) makes mitered corners on the frame a snap, and I also used it to add a stand to the back of this framed piece so it will stand on its own. It’s a great addition to his bookcase.


Lunchbox notes are such a fun and easy way to add a bit of cheer to your child’s day. The ants in Beetles & Bugs just screamed “picnic” to me, and I wanted to make a little lunch-inspired tag with them! Paired with the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack (item 138434) and some food from the Tasty Trucks Stamp Set (item 143300)—free with purchase during Sale-A-Bration!— these tags would be great for lunches. You could also repurpose the design for invitations to a picnic, take-home party favors, or a bug-themed birthday. So easy!

Speaking of birthdays, we’re going to need a card, aren’t we? This bright collage of beetles makes a great card for someone of any age.


While this stamp set immediately appealed to me because of my little dude, I know lots of girls who love bugs, too. My friend (and one of my favorite in-laws!) Carolyn will be on the receiving end of this card. What’s more perfect for an entomologist?!


The beauty of an all-images stamp set is that it pairs beautifully with virtually any sentiment. I wanted something big and bold, so I used the Badges & Banners Stamp Set (item 141605) and the Scenic Sayings Stamp Set (item 141599) for these cards, with little touches of sentiments from the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set (item 141614). Perfect!

While I was whipping up all of these fun projects, there was a recurring theme. My son kept sneaking into my office, crawling up into my lap, and asking if he could make some bugs, too.  Because I was working on a deadline, I kept having to say no—a shame, since we love to stamp together! That night, after I finished and was lying in bed, I had a great idea—why not have James collaborate on a scrapbook page with me?!


Using a sheet of Whisper White 12″ x 12″ Cardstock (item 124302), I stamped a bevy of bugs in Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad ink (item 140931) and then let him go wild with my Many Marvelous Markers (item 131264). I took a picture of him working on this page, and then used that for my layout.


Using the Good Vibes by Stampin’ Up Project Life Card Collection (item 141666), it was easy to slot in a few pre-cut cards to create this fun layout. I love the combination of his art with my journaling and photo—and involving kids in the process is such a fun way to preserve family memories.

Thank you so much for stopping by today; I really hope this post helps get the gears turning with this fabulous stamp set!


Shannon Lane
2017 Artisan Design Team


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Hello Stampers and crafters,

I am so sorry I have not posted anything through out the Holidays but, as most of you know, I have been very busy with my husband and his recent surgeries and convalescents.

Thank you all for all your cards, prayers and comments of concern during this time.  A special thanks to all of you that provided us with delicious dinners.  It was so appreciated and I, we, are ever so grateful.

Right now we have in home nurses, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapist, and nurses aids to help us get him back to doing most of what he could do before the surgery.  Slow but sure.

Wow, I guess I never realized how much Jack did around the house until I had to do it all myself.  I can really appreciate those who are single parents, or partners without a spouse and do this on a regular basis.

Hopefully, It won’t be long before I can start creating again, and get back to posting, to help inspire you in your crafting and stamping.  Hugs, Patti

We Wish You A Hygge Christmas!

Valerie Moody Corp Post Image 1

So, it’s mid-November. The leaves are falling, we’ve turned back the clocks, and the nights are drawing in. I personally love this time of year! It’s an excuse to get cozy at home with my family and enjoy those warming comforts we all love. Perhaps a roaring fire, a warm blanket, or a mug of hot chocolate? The Danish call this state of warm, cozy happiness hygge (pronounced “hooga”).

Typically at this time of year our thoughts turn to the upcoming holidays, and I wanted to incorporate this hygge feeling into my gifts this year. Stampin’ Up! has a wide variety of products in their catalogs to help us create warm and happy gifts for our friends and family, and I thought I’d share my hot chocolate gift creation with you today.

Valerie Moody Corp Post Image 2

I created my own “gift crate” to present my selection of hot chocolate goodies. I made a simple rectangular box from Basic Gray Cardstock (item 121044) stamped with the Hardwood Background Stamp (item 133035). I then added Copper Foil Sheet (item 142020) strips to the corners to give more of a “crate” feel (while reinforcing the corners at the same time).

Valerie Moody Corp Post Image 3

Another great range of products Stampin’ Up! offers is their assortment of packaging options. I’ve used several in my project for my various hot chocolate ingredients. I used a Petite Café Gift Bag (item 135826) for my hot chocolate mix, a Clear Tiny Treat Box (item 141699) for my chocolate chips, a 2″ x 8″ Cellophane Bag (item 141703) for my chocolate spoons, and a 6″ x 17″ Gusseted Cellophane Bag (item 142001) for the marshmallows (you always need lots of marshmallows)!

Valerie Moody Corp Post Image 4

To serve the hot chocolate, I also provided some cups. I took standard hot drink cups and removed the brown sleeve. I then used the sleeve as a template to create my own using Blushing Bride Cardstock (item 131198), which I then embossed with the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (item 143537) before wrapping it back around the cup. I mean—you can’t get more warm and cozy than with knitting, can you?

Valerie Moody Corp Post Image 5

Finally, I finished all my items off with tags created using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (item 145372) cut from Basic Black Cardstock (item 121045) and tied with Blushing Bride Solid Baker’s Twine (item 141683). I added sentiments from the Candy Cane Christmas Stamp Set (item 142040) and heat embossed the tags using White Stampin’ Emboss Powder  (item 109132). The sentiment for my crate is from the Wonderful Year Stamp Set (item 142158). I created the rectangular tag using the largest square from the Stitched Shape Framelit Dies and the partial die cutting technique.

Do you love the Danish idea of hygge, of creating a warm and cozy atmosphere this season surrounded by good friends, good food, and fun times? I sure do, and I wish you all a “Hygge Christmas”!
Valerie Moody
Rugby, UK
Artisan Design Team 2015–16

Itty Bitty Ornaments

Decorating for the holidays is always a time I treasure. I enjoy dressing up our mantle while my husband sets up the tree, and then we decorate the tree together. It’s a really special time for us. This year I’ll be adding some adorable itty bitty ornaments to our tree that I’ve made using the Big Shot and several of the Thinlits and Framelits Dies from Stampin’ Up!


The Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies (item 140279) are perfect for creating a shadowbox house ornament. Just be sure you don’t add the front piece so you can decorate the inside. I used the Outdoor Adventure Framelits Dies (item 141480) to create a miniature mountain scene and then added some stamped images from the Mountain Adventure Stamp Set (item 142194). Isn’t the little ski chalet perfect?


You can see just how little these ornaments are when placed beside a small decorative tree. The house only measures just over 3″ tall!


The base of this mountain ornament is made with the Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies (item 140618). These Thinlits are SO versatile, and although they make darling animals, they have the potential for so much more!


With a peek inside you can see that I’ve used the Outdoor Adventure Framelits and the coordinating stamp set, Always an Adventure (item 142726), to create my scene. The stamp set and die coordination makes the creative process so much easier for a project like this.


This last ornament uses the Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies (item 139666) for a snowy view out a window. To create the little box that sits on the back of the window, cut a piece of 4″ x 4-1/2” Whisper White Cardstock (item 100730) and score 1/4″ and 3/4″ on every side. Fill the little box with your scene—like trees from the Outdoor Adventure Framelits Dies and a large mountain from the Mountain Adventure Stamp Set—before gluing the box to the window frame.


A generous application of Mica Flakes (item 141998) to all of your ornaments will make these winter wonderlands even more authentic. And just check out all that sparkle!

I hope you’ll try creating some of your own itty bitty ornaments using your Big Shot, dies, and stamp sets from Stampin’ Up!

Allison Okamitsu
2015–2016 Artisan Design Team

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Stitched from the heart

Item Description Retail Price Sale Price
145372 Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies—set of 12 dies
which includes four circles, ovals, and squares $30.00 No Discount

 Holiday Catalog / Annual Catalog  coordinating stamp sets 25% off     November 1-30:

142069 (p. 11) Greetings From Santa Wood-mount Stamp Set                      $27.00 $20.25
143269 (p. 11) Greetings From Santa Clear-mount Stamp Set                        $19.00 $14.25
142114 (p. 15) Hang Your Stocking Photopolymer Stamp Set                          $21.00 $15.75
142049 (p. 19) Christmas Pines Photopolymer Stamp Set                                $35.00 $26.25
142142 (p. 23) Merry Mice Wood-mount Stamp Set                                          $23.00 $17.25
142145 (p. 23) Merry Mice Clear-mount Stamp Set                                           $17.00 $12.75
142180 (p. 33) Tin of Tags Photopolymer Stamp Set                                         $21.00 $15.75
142206 (p. 43) Suite Season Wood-mount Stamp Set                                       $28.00 $21.00
142209 (p. 43) Suite Season Clear-mount Stamp Set                                        $20.00 $15.00
140386 (p. 31) Oh, What Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set                                   $21.00 $15.75
141859 (p. 61) Baby Bear Photopolymer Stamp Set                                           $26.00 $19.50
141784 (p. 139) Blooms & Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set                           $21.00 $15.75


On November 1, we’re releasing our Stitched Shapes Framelits™ Dies ahead of their scheduled debut in June 2017!  Not only are stitches a classic trend, giving a stitched gift
illustrates the extra care you’ve taken and how much you value that relationship. With Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies you can turn any project into one that is stitched from the heart.   Stamp sets also available in French.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016
10 – 12:30PM

994 Governors Road
Snee Farm – Mount Pleasant

Registration fee: $25 or
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(Registration fee includes all supplies. Snacks & Beverages will be provided)

We will be doing 3 cards and a 3D item
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Please include $25 for each guest
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More stitched

Make the cutest elements for any project with the new Stitched Shapes Framelits. This sample also features the Oh, What Fun stamp set. Both are on sale now! #stampinup #stitchedwithlove