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New May Tutorial and Hop

New May Tutorial and Hop

 

May Tutorial, Stampin' Up!, Waterfront

 

It’s time for another great blog hop by the Tutorial Design Team. This month I’m excited to share a card using the stamp set Waterfront, the set I used for my portion of the tutorial this month.

The May tutorial is packed with beautiful projects using products that are current and you will find in the new catalog.  In other words, this tutorial will be a great reference to use for many many months. Check out the sneak peek below!!

May Tutorial, Stampin' Up!, Waterfront

 

Waterfront Stamp Set

This month I chose to use the Waterfront stamp set for my tutorial.  I’ve had this set sitting in my big pile of stamps to use and I loved how this set looked from the start. The watercolor look was the first attraction followed by the many waterfront scenes that you can make.

For today’s card, I decided to pair this stamp set with another favorite, High Tide.

May Tutorial, Stampin' Up!, Waterfront

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I added the High Tide set for two small elements on this card.  I wanted to add a few birdies at the top of the card and also for a little sea grass along the palm trees.

 

Tips & Tricks 

May Tutorial, Stampin' Up!, Waterfront

 

  • When stamping the water background I used Pool Party and Bermuda Bay inks.  I stamped each image, then stamped off once then stamped onto the Whisper White.
  • I stamped the sand using Sahara Sand, stamped off once then onto Whisper White.
  • To create the sunset, I masked off the sand image, stamped the sun using Tangerine Tango ink.  I stamped this a few times to create a darker image.  As well, I used my Aqua Painter with Daffodil Delight ink in the center to give the sun a little more effect.
  • I added the tiny sequins across the water and sand for the look of seashells. Lastly, I added two of my favorite things, a small piece of a doily along with Linen Thread.
  • The layers of paper under the focal image is a piece of Vellum, and designer series paper.  I love how Vellum softens any look.

May Tutorial, Stampin' Up!, Waterfront

 

Follow the Hop, Be Inspired! 

Interested in purchasing this tutorial? Simply click the button below and purchase the tutorial.  You will have 13 card tutorials at your fingertips filled with pictures and details to create on your own.

May Tutorial, Stampin' Up!, Waterfront

Now be inspired and enjoy seeing fabulous ideas from the Tutorial design team.  Click the links below to follow the hop.

 

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

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

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

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

Products Used

 

Price: $16.00

Price: $110.00