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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.

 

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Merry Littel Label Gift Set

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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.

 

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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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Looking to order your Stampin’ Blends? Click the picture below to order your own set today!

 

 

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Be Inspired!

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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!

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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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