Merry Cafe Artisan Hop

Merry Cafe Artisan Hop

It’s hard to believe this is the last Artisan Blog Hop!!  Two amazing years and today will mark the last one.  I have to giggle just a little bit over the last card I’m sharing with the Artisan team.  My card screams KIMBERLY!! We are sharing the Merry Cafe Stamp Set, and you know yours truly loves her coffee.  

Merry Cafe

Merry Cafe Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

 

Being on this team the last two years has brought so much joy. It’s stretched my creativity many many times and I’m grateful for the opportunity to share what I love with you. I could get big time sappy, but I think you know how I’ve felt about this team and Stampin’ Up!  It’s been a fantastic journey.

Before I give the details on this card, I also noticed another big milestone.  I’ve been blogging for TEN years.  How in the world did that happen!  Alexis was almost 4  years old. She was so little.  If you are new to my blog, I’m grateful you are here, and you can go back and read many many many stories.  Ten years is a long time.  It all started with a cross-country move from Jacksonville, FL to Colorado Springs, CO.  I wanted a simple way to share my love for stamping with my customers.  What a milestone December 2017 brings.  Thank you to the many many readers for always reading and your encouragement.

 

The Details

Merry Cafe Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

Let’s get to the details about this card.

I’m a huge coffee drinker!  When a coffee stamp set is available, it’s automatically going to be a purchase made by me.  What I love about this stamp set is how it coordinates with the other coffee set in our Annual Catalog.  Having the framelits available also makes it even more convenient to use with both stamp sets.

I used the Burlap Stamp Set on the Crumb Cake cardstock to add texture to my background.  This is a perfect stamp set for any background you want to create.

Using my markers made creating the greeting with different colors super easy and gave the greeting a little pop of color.  Markers are a wonderful coloring tool to use, especially if you are just beginning.  You can have all of Stampin’ Up!’s beautiful colors.  Make sure to check out our Markers.

I also love the Stitched Felt Embellishments! These add the perfect touch to any project and they are fairly flat for the ease with mailing.

 

Simple & Sweet Layers

Of course, keeping to my true myself… I added many layers of designer series paper.  I love how you can mix and match our designer papers to create fun and festive projects.  You can see my supplies at the bottom of this post in the clickable links.

Merry Cafe Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

 

Lastly, no card of mine is complete until I add the signature Delicate White Doily to the card.  I can’t help it, I love these doilies and I love how they add so much sweetness to any card.

 

Be Inspired!

I encourage you to take a whirl around our last 2017 Artisan Blog Hop and see the wonderful creativity these incredible artists have created.  They have been a fantastic team to work with.   Your first stop is my dear friend Louise Sharp.  Her delicate details and gorgeous projects have been an inspiration to me all year.  Simply click the button below to be inspired.

Merry Cafe Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

 

Allison Okamitsu
Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Dani Dziama
Holly Stene
Jennifer Sootkoos
Jessica Winter
Katy Harrison
Kimberly Van Diepen
Louise Sharp 
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Mercedes Weber
Mindy Bingamon 
Miriam van Eyden
Paula Dobson
Rochelle Blok
Shannon Lane
Sylwia Schreck 
Tanya Boser

 

 

Price: $110.00

December Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop

December Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop

Tutorial Bundle, Smitten Mittens, Stampin' Up!

I can’t believe it’s already December! I think this past year has flown by at lightning speed.  The good news is the Tutorial Bundle Design Team is ready to release the December Tutorial and it’s AMAZING.

Here is a sneak peek of our December Tutorial!

Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!

 

Going Far

If you have never seen the Tutorial Bundle or this blog hop, it’s a special one.  I used the Going Far stamp set for this months tutorial and to inspire you for this months Blog Hop.  That’s the beauty of this design team.  Not only do we have a tutorial packed with great projects (cards and 3D), but we also share a different project on our blog hop for more inspiration.

 

Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!

 

The Going Far stamp set was perfect to use my Stampin’ Blends.  In fact, interestingly enough I’ve not created a background using stamp images in forever.  I love how this card turned out and love how the colors pop!

Tip: I used the following Stampin’ Blends to color the globe images: Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Smoky Slate.  

 

Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!

 

One of the reasons I love coloring with the Stampin’ Blends is the rich color it provides. It’s so beautiful.

 

Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!

 

You will notice that I also went over the greeting with my Pool Party Stampin’ Blend to make the greeting pop just a bit more.  I added a few more embellishments to the greeting to complete the card.

 

Be Inspired 

Now be inspired by our amazing Tutorial Bundle Team. Simply click the button below to follow along with the hop.  You can purchase the December tutorial at the end of this post.

Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!

December Tutorial Release!

Looking for new ideas to inspire your creativity? The December Tutorial is filled with fantastic projects you don’t want to miss.  These ideas are not seen anywhere on the internet and great to look back on anytime for inspiration for only $15!

You can simply click the button below to purchase the December Tutorial!

Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!

 

Supplies List

 

Price: $110.00

Color Me Happy Artisan Hop

Color Me Happy Artisan Hop

It’s time for another Artisan Hop and this time we are inspiring you with the Color Me Happy Stamp Set.  I fell in love with the little chubby birds in this stamp set. You know I love birdies, and it’s even better when they are chubby.  SO dang cutely.

I’ve also written a little update on my life at the bottom of this post.  It’s WAY overdue.

 

Color with Stampin’ Blends 

It’s great to have Stampin’ Blends as another coloring option.  I find the coloring of any kind relaxing, and this just gave me something else in my line up of coloring tools.

As I was creating my card to share, I realized the images in the Color Me Happy stamp set could be used in so many ways.  In fact, when I first started this first project I was moving towards a Christmas theme, but then suddenly changed it to the sweet birds saying hello to each other.

Color Me Happy, Stampin' Up!

 

Mix Up Your Coloring Tools

I started this project with watercoloring and a simple watercolor wash on my Stitched Shapes Die Cut circle.  The birds were colored using my Cherry Cobbler and Pool Party Stampin’ Blends.  I start coloring with the lightest color first; then I like to add highlights to the edges of the images using the darker Stampin’ Blends.  The last step is to blend the colors using the lightest Stampin’ Blend over the entire image.

Color Me Happy, Stampin' Up!

 

I decided my chubby birds would look even better fussy cut and sitting on the branch.  Tip: I stamped the branch using Early Espresso ink, then went over the image with my Aqua Painter to create a watercolor look.

Color Me Happy, Stampin' Up!

 

The last touch for this card was adding some embellishments.  You can see the complete list of supplies I used at the bottom of this post.  You know I’m a fan of layering embellishments and this card is no different.

 

Party Lanterns

I wanted to share one more card with you that I created for my stamp club using this stamp set.  I love how this card turned out, and it was a big hit with my stamp club as it gave them the chance to use the Stampin’ Blends.

Color Me Happy, Stampin' Up!

 

Color Me Happy, Stampin' Up!

Again, this is reasonably simple stamping with a few layers to add interest to the card.
Color Me Happy, Stampin' Up!

Be Inspired!

It’s crazy that the Artisan year is coming to a quick end.  Just one more blog hop with the current team, and then you will be inspired by our new team.  Exciting times for everyone.

Take a tour of the blog hop and be inspired by our Amazing Artisan Team.  Your first stop is Louise Sharp. Just click the button below to follow the hop.

Merry Little Labels, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

 

Allison Okamitsu
Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Dani Dziama
Holly Stene
Jennifer Sootkoos
Jessica Winter
Katy Harrison
Kimberly Van Diepen
Louise Sharp 
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Mercedes Weber
Mindy Bingamon 
Miriam van Eyden
Paula Dobson
Rochelle Blok
Shannon Lane
Sylwia Schreck 
Tanya Boser

 

 

Update Time!

I’m sure you have noticed quite a decrease in the amount I’ve been posting lately.  The truth is I’m swamped with my classes.  I added a class for the later portion of the Fall schedule, and I’m quickly finding out that two classes are BRUTAL.

The amount of reading is the biggest obstacle.  I find myself reading EVERYWHERE. Average per week is around 90-120 pages. I love to read, but even that is a lot for me.   The books go everywhere with me and if I get the chance to soak up a few pages, I will.

This semester I’m taking Philosophy and a Global Missions class.  The classes are amazing, and I love both of them.  Philosophy has my eyeballs spinning most of the time, but it’s so exciting.  The key is I’m surviving, and my family is super supportive.  Makes my heart happy.

 

Happy Kids!

It’s also been a hectic year for the kids.  It seems like there is always something going on.  Honestly, it’s never a dull moment. I must admit that I love that also.  The kids are super happy, doing great in school and overall enjoying life.

 

Happy Husband!

Russ is busy fixing up his Mustangs, and our garage now looks like a car shop.  I’m happy that he’s happy and has found something enjoyable to do in his spare time.  His new job that he’s been involved with has been great, and the transition from military to civilian life is finally setting in.  For those of you that have done this before, you know it’s not easy.  The change was challenging.  It’s a new way of life, but God is so good, and he’s blessed us abundantly.

We are a super grateful people.   It’s pretty impressive when I look back FOUR years ago when Russ had his stroke, and now he’s putting Mustang parts together in the living room.  This is precisely what I mean when I say God is GOOD.

 

Trip of a Lifetime!

Next month Russ and I are taking ourselves and our kids on a trip of a lifetime.  We are headed to Israel to visit the Holy Land.  I am beyond excited and happy that we can take our children to experience this with us.  We are also over the moon that we will be experiencing this with our Pastor and his wife, and he will be narrating the biblical portions of our trip.  Oh, my word… I’m giddy.  I will let you know how that trip goes and I’m sure there will be an abundance of pictures and my thoughts expressed.

 

Season of Life

While I know blogging has taken a back seat during a new season of my life, please know I’m still at work in my stamp room, just at a slower pace.  God has placed me in this season for a reason, and I love the journey.  If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 1000x… MY plans are not HIS.  I’m following His plan, and it’s SO good.  It’s not easy, but most things in this life on earth are not.

Next month I will be sharing my last project as a Stampin’ Up! Artisan.  It’s bittersweet.  It’s been such a fantastic experience over the last two years.  I’m thankful for Stampin’ Up! whose giving me such a wonderful opportunity and most of all believing in my abilities.  Who knew 14 years ago I’d be able to do something so awesome like Artisan? Two years in a ROW!!  What a blessing.

 

You are Loved!

Lastly, I love you for reading, the comments you have left and the sweet emails.  Your encouragement is heartfelt, and I can’t express enough gratitude.  XOXOXOXO

 

 

 

Price: $110.00

Merry Little Labels Artisan Hop

Merry Little Labels Artisan Hop

It’s time for another Artisan Hop and we are showcasing the Merry Little Labels Stamp Set.  I love when I can use a stamp set for creating gift sets.

 

Merry Little Labels, Artisan Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

Merry Littel Label Gift Set

Merry Little Labels, Artisan Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

One might think at first glance of the Merry Little Labels stamp set that it would only be used for creating tags for gifts. However, when you look at this adorable set you will notice it’s perfect to create your handmade cards as well.

It’s important to note that this bundle of products will help you create beautiful tags for the holidays with ease! Not only is the stamp set adorable, but look how fun and coordinating the Everyday Label Punch is.  You can zip through creating tags quickly.

 

Merry Little Labels, Artisan Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

Merry Little Labels, Artisan Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

I created a super simple tag for this card using Cherry Cobbler ink.  I love how the fonts stand out.

 

Just Add Little Details

I believe it’s the little details that add the mighty punch to any crafting project. That’s why I love to add the tiny details to my crafting when I can.  Okay… maybe that is all the time. Ha!

Here are a few little details I fell in love with…

  • I used the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch to add the small scallop border above the music note paper.  It added a little pop of color and a sweet little detail.  
  • The Black & White 7/8″ Striped Ribbon across the card added a smidge more accent to bring out the black and white from my pattern paper.   
  • The Delicate White Doily was added right underneath the ribbon for a delicate touch.  It’s no surprise that one of my little details would be a doily.  It’s hard for me not to add them to anything.  It just adds that extra frilly when I need it, which by the way is all the time.  
  • Lastly, one of my favorite new details is using the Bakers Twine doubled to create a fuller bow to my cards.  The twine behind the Bakers Twine is from the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon.  I simply separated the twine and used a piece coiled behind the Bakers Twine.  

What little details do you like to add to your cards? I’d love to hear.

 

The Complete Gift Set

Merry Little Labels, Artisan Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

The Mini Pizza Boxes are one of my favorites right now.  I love how easy these boxes are to put together, plus factor in there is NO adhesive necessary and you have a BIG winner in my book.  Another flashy detail is how quickly and easily they are to embellish.  Plus you get 8 boxes in one package for only $6. Hello… that is awesome.

You may be wondering what can fit in this cute box?

  • 3 x 3 cards
  • Gift Cards
  • Candy (chocolate of course!)

To embellish I used a designer paper wrapped around the box then added some of my favorite little details.  The label was stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink to match my card.  Notice how this label fits in the coordinating punch.  It’s perfect.

Merry Little Labels, Artisan Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Be Inspired

Now it’s time to hop along to see what the other Artisans have created.  Your first stop is my friend Louise Sharp.  Her projects are always amazing!  Simply click the button to start the hop.

Merry Little Labels, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

 

Allison Okamitsu
Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Dani Dziama
Holly Stene
Jennifer Sootkoos
Jessica Winter
Katy Harrison
Kimberly Van Diepen
Louise Sharp 
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Mercedes Weber
Mindy Bingamon 
Miriam van Eyden
Paula Dobson
Rochelle Blok
Shannon Lane
Sylwia Schreck 
Tanya Boser

 

MORE Inspiration using Merry Little Labels!

My October Tutorial showcases a 3D project using the Merry Little Labels set you don’t want to miss.  This tutorial is packed with other fresh and fun ideas from the Holiday Catalog including both handmade cards and 3D projects.  You get full instructions, measurements and photo details packed in this 67 page PDF. Click HERE to purchase.

Click HERE to see the entire Library of tutorials available.

Check out THIS card using the Merry Little Labels Stamp Set!

 

Products Used

 

Price: $110.00

November Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop

November Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop

Tutorial Bundle, Smitten Mittens, Stampin' Up!

It’s time for the latest Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop for November!  This month I used the Smitten Mittens Bundle!  What a fun stamp set and coordinating framelits.

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!,

 

Each month I and eleven other demonstrators from around the world gather together and create a huge tutorial filled with amazing ideas not seen anywhere on the internet.  This month we have another Holiday Edition.  Tons of great ideas from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. The greatness wrapped up in each of our tutorials is the diversity.  Not only are you seeing cards, but different 3D projects as well.  Ideas that are TIMELESS.  That’s the best part.  You can use the ideas over and over again for future use.  These tutorials are beautifully put together, professional and easy to read. I hope you will take the time to try one for yourself.

 

This blog hop consists of the Tutorial Design team creating a project using the stamp bundle used in the tutorial.  It’s like getting 12 extra projects! WOW.  Prepared to be wowed with lots of great ideas.

 

 

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks

Below you will find tips and tricks to duplicate this card:

  • I love layers and this card is filled with tons of great layers.  The card base is created using Whisper White Thick cardstock. Layered over the card base is the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper.  To create a softer look, I textured embossed the Vellum cardstock using the Winter Wonder Textured Embossing Folder then placed over the DSP.
  • I textured embossed the Smoky Slate cardstock using the Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder and then placed it across the Vellum.

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

  • I fell in love with the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This neutral paper will go with anything and it was perfect for a sweet added layer across the Smoky Slate cardstock.
  • Then I stamped the mitten using Bermuda Bay ink, using the Smitten Mittens stamp set then die cut using the Many Mittens Framelits.
  • The last elements for this card were a few of my favorite embellishments: Delicate White Doily, Black Bakers Twine, and a few sequins.

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

Purchase Tutorial

Can you imagine 12 great ideas in ONE spot? Easy reading instructions listing measurements and supplies needed at your fingertips.  You can purchase the November Tutorial TODAY for only $15 OR get this tutorial FREE with a $50 purchase from my online store.  Simply click the button below.

 

Be Inspired!

Now it’s time to be inspired by the amazing Tutorial Bundle Design Team.  Simply click the next button below to follow along with the hop.

Tutorial Bundle, Lemon Zest, Stampin' Up!

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