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Stampin’ Up! New Blends Artisan Hop

Stampin’ Up! New Blends Artisan Hop

The excitement has been building about the newest Stampin’ Blends Markers from Stampin’ Up! I couldn’t wait to get a hold of the markers and start coloring.  Coloring, in general, has always been a very relaxing activity for me.  I love how you can bring any image to life with color.  Today the Artisans are sharing beautiful projects using many different stamp sets and the Stampin’ Blends Markers giving you inspiration.

The Stampin’ Blends Markers are the perfect medium to make your stamp images pop!

Stampin’ Up!’s premier alcohol markers, Stampin’ Blends are high-quality, dual-tip markers that come in 12 of Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive colors, each with a light and dark shade. Maybe you don’t think of yourself as an artist, but you don’t need to be because these markers make it super easy to blend colors and create gorgeous works of art!

 

Today I’m sharing a card using the Holly Berry Happiness Photopolymer Stamp Set.  I love how beautiful the holly leaves turned out using the Old Olive Stampin’ Blends both light and dark shades.

 

Holly Berry Happiness, Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!

 

 

Tips & Tricks

Holly Berry Happiness, Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!

 

Here are a few tips when creating this card:

  • I stamped the Holly Berry Branch images onto Whisper White cardstock using Black Memento Ink, then colored in using the Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.  I started with the light Stampin’ Blend first.  Then added a few darker highlights using the darker Old Olive shade.  Once the image was colored, I used the lighter shade to go over the entire holly image to blend.
  • The bow was colored using the Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Blends.  Once stamped, I punched the image out using the Holly Berry Punch that coordinates beautifully with this stamp set.
  • I stamped the Cherry Cobbler cardstock randomly using Black Memento ink and the holly berry branch.  Then I attached the Cherry Cobbler cardstock to a piece of Whisper White cardstock using dimensionals, with a few of the colored holly branches placed underneath to add dimension.

Holly Berry Happiness, Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!

 

I finished off the card with a little Linen Thread under the bow and a small piece of a Delicate White Doily.

 

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Be Inspired!

Holly Berry Happiness, Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!

Now it’s time to be inspired by the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Team.  Your first stop is Louise Sharp.  Make sure to check out her beautiful project today using the Stampin’ Blends Markers.  Simply click the button below to follow along with the blog hop.

 

 

Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

 

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

 

Products Used

 

Need more INSPIRATION? Check out my Tutorial Library!

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Count My Blessings Artisan Hop

Count My Blessings 

It’s exciting to start feeling the crisp fall air here in Florida.  It’s only been about a week of cooler weather, but already I’m enjoying it.  The artisans are sharing a little taste of fall with you today.  I’m super happy to share the Count My Blessings stamp set.

 

Count My Blessings, Stampin' Up! Artisan Hop

Count My Blessings, Stampin' Up! Artisan Hop

 

 

Feeling Like Fall

When the temps get below 60 at night that is a signal for me that fall is either near, or here.  Just a little over a week ago we were getting our house ready for a hurricane.  Fortunately, we only had a little rain and wind.  However, the humidity was off the hook.  It was awful.  Normally I hate to see summer leave, but after that week of crazy humidity, I’m grateful for cooler nights.

Of course, once I get the sense that fall is here, it always sends me in a fury to get my house decorated for fall.  I hate to admit that I literally still had a sign up that said, “Schools Out”.  The funny part is the kids have been back in school for 8 weeks.  It tells a real story of the crazy fun we live.

Fall is also one of my favorite times of year to create.  There are so many great stamp sets with fall themes.  The Count My Blessings set not only has gorgeous images, but the fonts are AMAZING!

Count My Blessings, Stampin' Up! Artisan Hop

 

This stamp set begged to be watercolored with inks and my Aqua Painter.

Creative Quick Tips

  • I did simple watercoloring over the leaf and acorn images after using Archival Basic Black ink to stamp the image.  I used Early Espresso, Old Olive, and Crumb Cake inks. Fussy cut the leaf images.
  • I created a watercolor wash onto watercolor paper using Pumpkin Pie ink, then die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Once the paper is dry, stamp the greeting onto the watercolor paper using Archival Basic Black ink.
  • Sponge over a Delicate White Doily using Early Espresso ink.  Attach to the back of the circle die cut.
  • Wrap Linen Thread to look like a bow, staple to the stamped image and onto the die cut circle.
  • Attach the stamped images to the card base.  The card base has layers of the Wood Textures DSP attached to a Whisper White Thick cardstock.

 

Count My Blessings, Stampin' Up! Artisan Hop

 

You will notice one small little detail that I loved adding to my cards. The tiny scallop is created using the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.

Count My Blessings, Stampin' Up! Artisan Hop

Be Inspired!

Now it’s time to be inspired by fall designs by the Artisan team.  First up is Louise Sharp.  I love the way Louise always has a delicate feel to all her projects.  Click the button below to continue with the hop or click the links below.

Merry Patterns, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

Artisan Blogs

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

 

Products Used

 

 

Price: $110.00

Tutorial Library

Tutorials, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

Merry Patterns Artisan Blog Hop

Merry Patterns Artisan Blog Hop

Merry Patterns, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

Merry Patterns, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

 

It’s time for another Artisan Blog Hop using the Merry Patterns Stamp Set.  I’m in love with this beautiful deer image.  Today I have a special little Pizza Box that I created using this stamp set and some 3 x 3 cards that coordinate.  It’s a quick project I think you will enjoy.

This adorable FREE holiday stamp set is only available until October 31st by simply hosting a qualifying workshop ($300 US/ $375 CAD).  Watch the video below to see this stamp set in action!  Contact your demonstrator today if you have questions on how you can get the Merry Patterns stamp set FREE.

 

 

Make sure to check out THIS post using the Merry Patterns stamp set! 

Sweet Cards & Pizza Box

When I first started this project I honestly had no idea where it was going.  I knew I wanted to create something 3D but wasn’t sure exactly which way to take it.  It wasn’t until I looked at a large pile of products stashed on my desk that the idea came flooding to my brain.  In that big stash sat the sweet Mini Pizza Boxes.

Once I started I was giddy with excitement.  The boxes are SO easy to put together!  This makes creating little gift packages QUICK and EASY!  Seriously, I need QUICK and EASY with my lifestyle right now.  Even better when we have the best stamp images to make something go from drab to FAB.

 

Getting Creative

The hardest part of my entire project was figuring out my color choice.  Once I had that in place it all came together quickly.

Merry Patterns, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

Here are a few quick tips to create this belly band for the Mini Pizza Box.

  • I used a mix of the Wood Textures DSP for the belly band around the Mini Pizza Box, and the Coffee Break DSP on the top of the box.
  • The deer is stamped with Island Indigo Classic Ink, with the outline stamped using Archival Basic Black onto Whisper White cardstock then die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Then I layered the deer image onto a piece of Silver Foil die cut with the Layering Squares Framelits using one of the scallop framelits.  You will notice a peek of a doily between the layers.
  • One of my favorite trims to use is the Jute Twine.  I love to take this twine and separate the threads.  I wrapped this around the belly band and tied a bow.

 

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The Inside Surprise

Every good gift needs something fun inside. I decided to create some very simple 3 x 3 cards that can either be used as sweet little notes or even better use it as a tag.  Either way, this is a fun gift to give that packs a mighty punch of happiness.

 

Merry Patterns, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

Tips and Tricks

  • I stamped the outline of the deer using Island Indigo Classic Ink randomly over the Island Indigo Cardstock.
  • The greeting was stamped onto a piece of the Coffee Break DSP and attached to a small Early Espresso scallop layer using the Decorative Ribbon Border.
  • Quick embellishments included the Metallics Sequin Assortment and 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon.  I filled the Mini Pizza Box with six of these 3 x 3 cards.

 

Be Inspired!

Now it’s time to be inspired by the other Artisan Designers.  Click the button below to see what my friend Louise has created using the Merry Patterns Stamp set.

Merry Patterns, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

 

Artisan Designers 

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

 

You can see all of the products used for today’s project in the clickable links below.  

PS-I’ll be updating you with my latest adventures in the next few days.  Lots of happiness happening!

Need more inspiration? Check out my latest tutorial filled Holiday Catalog ideas plus many more tutorials by clicking the button below. Be inspired by more ideas HERE.

 

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October Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop

October Tutorial Bundle 

It’s a happy day as we share the new October Blog Hop from the tutorial designers.  Today I’m sharing a card with the Merry Little Labels Bundle.  This is a fantastic bundle using the stamp set and the Everyday Label Punch.

Tutorial Bundle, Spooky Cat, Stampin' Up!

 

Our team of designers is quite amazing.  You can see all of our designers below.

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!, Merry Little Labels stamp set

 

You can find all of my previous tutorials HERE.  This is a great way to be inspired at your leisure when you are creating.

Here is the sneak peek of our latest tutorial.  It’s FILLED with great holiday projects!!

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!, Merry Little Labels stamp set

 

Merry Little Labels Bundle

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!, Merry Little Labels stamp set

 

 

This was a quick and easy card using the Merry Little Labels Bundle.  I love a coordinating bundle because it makes creating simplified.  Especially when my schedule has been busy with the kids.  My time to stamp lately has been little, so having a stamp set with a coordinating punch makes the process so much smoother.

 

Quick Tips 

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!, Merry Little Labels stamp set

 

  • Stamp the background with the Sheet Music Background stamp using Tranquil Tide ink on Tranquil Tide cardstock.
  • I stamped the label onto Soft Sky cardstock using Tranquil Tide ink.
  • The label was layered with a Silver Foil Snowflake, a Delicate Doily along with twine and Whisper White ribbon.
  • The small strip of Designer Series Paper is from the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper Pack.  LOVE the sparkle and shine this paper has.

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!, Merry Little Labels stamp set

 

Be Inspired!

 

Now it’s time to be inspired by the rest of the tutorial designers.  Click the button below to see Linda’s creation.

 

Tutorial Bundle, Lemon Zest, Stampin' Up!

 

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Painted Harvest Artisan Hop

Painted Harvest 

It doesn’t seem possible that my summer is coming to an end.  If there is one thing I do love about the upcoming season it’s the beautiful images that Stampin’ Up! produces for fall and the holidays.  The new Painted Harvest Stamp Set is one that I fell in love with quickly.

As you know, I love a stamp set that has versatility. One that I can use over and over again throughout the year.  Painted Harvest is that set!  It’s time to get inspired by the Artisan Team!

 

Vibrant Colors

Painted Harvest, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

I love sunflowers and the vibrant colors you can use to stamp them. The  Painted Harvest Suite was perfect to use when creating this card and Mini Treat Bag.

Tips & Tricks 

Painted Harvest, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

 

  • The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits creates the perfect mini treat bag for quick favors.  I used the Painted Autumn Cardstock Pack (Kraft Cardstock) to create the bag.
  • Watercolor Paper was die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits largest circle, then watercolored using Daffodil Delight Classic Ink.   I stamped the sunflowers using Pumpkin Pie, and Peekaboo Peach Classic Inks, once the area was dry.
  • I stamped the greeting using Early Espresso ink.
  • To create a thinner Jute Twine, I simply separated the twine to three threads.  Then I wrapped this around the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper belly band.
  • Lastly, I stamped the tissue paper for the inside of the mini treat bag using the same classic inks mentioned above.  Love how this brings the entire project together.

 

Painted Harvest, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

 

  • I created the background using Whisper White cardstock punched from the Leaf Punch.  I love how this gave texture to the card front along with a unique look.
  • Stamping the sunflowers, I used Daffodil Delight, then I used the rock n roll technique with a touch of Pumpkin Pie ink.  The inside of the flower was stamped using Early Espresso.
  • There is a little fussy cutting for a few of the leaves and one sunflower.
  • I added a few wood flowers from the Touches of Nature Elements.  I love how this all coordinates.

 

Gather Together & Give Thanks

Whether you are looking to create beautiful fall handmade cards or have a love affair with the sunflowers, the Painted Harvest stamp set is a perfect addition to your stamp collection from the Holiday catalog.

It’s time to be inspired by the rest of the Artisan Team. The next stop is my friend Louise Sharp.  Simply click the button below to see what the creative Louise has created.

Painted Harvest, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

Click the links below for amazing ideas!

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

 

Painted Harvest, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

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