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Merry Patterns Artisan Hop

Merry Patterns Artisan Hop

I love a great promotion and Stampin’ Up! has a great one for you! For a limited time starting September 1st, get the Merry Patterns Stamp Set FREE when you host a party with $300 in sales.

The beautiful thing about this promotion is getting this exclusive holiday stamp set in addition to your Stampin’ Rewards when you host a qualifying Stampin’ Up! party.  This promotion runs until October 31st.

Now let me share a sneak peek of this fun new stamp set along with our amazing Artisan Team.

 

Gorgeous Holiday Images

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When I first had a glance at this stamp set my eye balls quickly was drawn to the beautiful deer.  I love both of these beautiful images.  I also love the large greeting fonts.

 

Outlines and Patterns

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You will notice this is a two step stamp set with lots of outlines and patterns.  This gave me so many options to play around with colors to coordinate or mix and match.

 

Quick Tips

  • When I started stamping with the Merry Pattern stamp set, I grabbed my Stamp-a-ma-jig to help layer the greetings for two step stamping.  This doesn’t have to be done, but it definitely helped to get things perfectly straight.
  • While the fussy cutting was a little intricate, I do love how this looks.  I stamped the deer onto Whisper White cardstock using Soft Sky ink.
  • The bow was created using a thread from the Burlap Ribbon.  I doubled the thread and then tied a bow and secured it with Tombow Multipurpose Glue.

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Be Inspired

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Now it’s time to be inspired by the Artisan Team.  Simply click the button below and enjoy the gorgeous projects using the Merry Patterns stamp set. Your next stop is Louise Sharp.  Always creative in the most beautiful way.

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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

 

Price: $110.00

New & Exciting…  

I have a sneak peek of the September Holiday Edition Tutorial. Oh, MY word… AMAZING! Subscribers will have this tutorial emailed to them on September 1st.  Not a subscriber? Click HERE and become one. Today is the LAST day to subscribe to this 6-month tutorial.   You will receive the August tutorial immediately once you have signed up!
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Sharing Sweet Thoughts- Artisan Blog Hop

Sharing Sweet Thoughts

It’s time for another Artisan Blog Hop! Today I’m sharing a card created using the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set.

Not only do I think this is a cute stamp set, it holds a special place in my heart, the Ronald McDonald House Charities.  If you turn your catalog to page 233, you will find this fun stamp set.

Each time a purchase is made of the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set, $3 is donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

What’s exciting to note is Stampin’ Up! has donated $1.5 million dollars to the RMHC to date.

 

Sweet and Simple

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I kept this card very simple and it made me fall in love with this particular card even more.  I don’t know about you, but I tend to struggle using pattern paper. There is a ton of gorgeous patterns sitting on my paper shelf and I always migrate to using a small piece rather than be bolder.

I love the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper and this was a perfect color and match for this card using the Powder Pink pattern. I was so excited to be bold and brave using a nice sized piece of pattern paper.

 

Coordinating Product

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Another favorite I have with this set is the coordinating products such as the Everyday Jar Framelits.  In fact, the Everyday Jar Framelits has coordinated with many sets making this die cut well worth every penny.  That’s what I like to call a great bang for your buck.

 

Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips when creating this card:

  • I stamped the Jar onto Watercolor Paper using Archival Basic Black ink. Then I watercolored the inside of the jar with Pool Party Ink.  Trick- Once I’ve applied a layer of color to the inside of the jar, I take my Aqua Painter and drop color onto the image.  I use my Heat Tool to move the drops around creating a very fun watercolored look.
  • Next, I colored the Strawberry’s using a mix of Calypso Coral and Flirty Flamingo inks.
  • I stamped the greeting onto Pool Party cardstock and then die cut the image using the Lots of Labels Framelits. I then took a sponge dauber with Pool Party ink and lightly went over the tag to brighten the color a tad bit more.

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Giving Heart

I hope after you take a tour of today’s Artisan Blog Hop you will consider adding this stamp set to your collection.

Not only do you get a fun stamp set, but your contribution from the sale of this set will be greatly appreciated.  Simply click the photo to order your set today!

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Be Inspired!

It’s time to be inspired by the rest of the amazing Artisan Design Team.  Next on the hop is the talented Louise Sharp.  Simply click the button below to see what she has created today.

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Follow along the rest of the hop by clicking any of the Artisan links below.

 

 

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

Below you can find the links to all the products I used for today’s project.

 

Price: $110.00

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Colorful Seasons Artisan Hop

Colorful Seasons Artisan Hop

It’s time for another Artisan Blog Hop, and it’s all about the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  YAY! I can’t wait to show you what I created for today’s hop.

Let me add in something really quick because I know a few of you are wondering.  I’m ALIVE.  I know I’ve been absent and for many reasons.  I have some splaining to do and that is coming, soon!

But first… a pretty!

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Colorful Seasons

I’m not sure you can look at this stamp set and NOT think about all of the beautiful seasons wrapped into ONE set. This bundle rocks my stampin’ world for a few reasons.

  • Fabulous greetings with wonderful fonts!
  • Stamps that coordinate!
  • Layering Framelits that are so beautiful!
  • A beautiful scallop Framelit that makes me happy happy happy!

As I started to create these cards, I chose the colors for each of the seasons first and then ran with the theme.  Each card has a layer of Watercolor Paper and a finely placed color wash for a background.  Nothing is too fancy, yet simple and elegant for each card.

Next, I stamped the “just breathe” onto a layer of coordinating cardstock.  I love how this greeting pops on the card.

Lastly, I layered the coordinating die cuts onto the Watercolor Paper.  You will notice that many of the layered die cuts I dabbled with a little watercolor on them. Note, I used Watercolor Paper for the die cuts as well.  I love the texture of Watercolor Paper.

Now let’s take a peek at each of the cards.  I would love to hear what your favorite is.

Summer

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I can’t help but start with summer.  It’s blistering hot here in Florida.  Thankfully I live close to a beach.  Sadly, I haven’t seen it enough.  More on that later.

 

Fall

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The fall card was so fun as I used the gorgeous Fresh Fig color palette.  I love how vibrant this color looks.

 

Winter

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I always enjoy a fun snowflake card.  Living in Florida, it’s the only snowflakes I’m going to see.  I love how this card looks so “icy” using the Bermuda Bay and a mix of Pool Party for the water coloring.

 

Spring

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Spring always brings such a fresh look.  The new Berry Burst was the perfect addition to the flowers along with the soft Powder Pink.

 

What’s Your Favorite?

I would love to hear what your favorite season is and which card you love the most.  I love how we can all love a different season for different reasons.  It’s what makes us all unique, right?

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Make sure to see click the next button below and be inspired by the great Lousie Sharp.  You can also click any of the links below to hop around and stay on track.  Maybe even share this post so others can be inspired as well from the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Team.  This team is filled with amazing artists from around the world.

You can find all of the products I used for these cards in the links below.

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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

 

 

Price: $110.00

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Make sure to check out my digital tutorials!

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OnStage Display Wrap Up!

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OnStage Display Wrap Up!

 

 

Today I’m sharing the last of the OnStage Displays that I created.  If you have missed them, I hope you will take a minute and scroll through my blog to visit.  Today is the OnStage Display wrap up.

I’ve been a display stamper for many years and I’ve always enjoyed the challenge.  I remember the first time I was sent a new box of products to create with almost 9 years ago.  I always get the jitters on how I’m going to create so many displays with only a few products.  Once I feel the pressure of creating, the challenge is on.

 

It’s Literally a Wrap!

My projects I’m sharing today literally speak to wrapping it up! This year I didn’t do as many 3D projects as I have in the past.  That part of my mojo department was not clicking I guess.

One project I loved was this sweet little cone.

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I’ve always loved making these cones because they are super simple and easy to fill with the tasty treat you desire.  I created the cone by simply using a 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper folded into a cone.  I always take the top and fold it over and then add a pretty topper.

When I created the topper for this cone I fell in love with the color combination just as much as the actual products.  The Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Bunch, and Bermuda Bay scream spring/summer.  This combination is so fresh and fun and I can see using it on so many other projects.  My favorite product on this cone is the Lemon Lime Twist ribbon.  Isn’t that a beautiful pop of color?

If you are looking to create favors and need something quick and easy, this cone is one I always fall back on.  They are quickly duplicatable and always have a wow appeal.

Tip: To keep the cone sealed I used the Tear Tape Adhesive.  This adhesive is great for keeping boxes and favors sealed.  

 

Quick and Easy Pocket Bag

My last project is another quick and easy favor and can be used to hold a gift card or a candy bar.

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To create this fun bag, I simply cut down both the edges of the bag and folded the top portion over and attached it using Fast Fuse.  I placed a piece of the Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper on the inside and embellished the front.

I reverted back to a few of my favorite thinlits, Sunshine Wishes and the Stitched Shapes Framelits along with the Label Me Pretty stamp set.

Tips & Tricks

 

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  • Once I die cut the heart from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits using Watercolor Paper, I watercolored over the heart using Berry Bunch.
  • I die cut a piece of the Bundle of Love DSP using the Stitched Shapes Framelits then attached it to a Delicate White Doily.  I folded the doily over so only 3/4 of the doily was seen on the outside of the pocket.  The Hearts and Stars Elements coordinated perfectly with the other hearts.  Notice that I attached the wooden heart using a stapler.
  • The greeting was stamped using Fresh Fig ink onto Fresh Fig cardstock and punched out using the Sweetheart Punch.  This punch is on sale and retiring.  Click HERE to order this punch before it’s gone.
  • Lastly, I used a sponge dauber to sponge over the tiny wooden heart.  After I finished sponging the heart I placed the tiny heart next to the greeting using a Mini Glue Dot.

 

A HUGE Thank You!

I want to say a big thank you for taking the time to read and comment on these projects.  Time is precious, and I appreciate you taking the time.  I hope that you have been inspired to create not only from my blog but the amazing Artisans that have shared over the last ten days.

I have many more projects to share now that I’m steadily back in my stamp room.  Plus I have a gazillion ideas in my head that I’m ready to see come to life.  So stick with me, there is much more to come.

If you have followed over the last ten days, which project was your favorite? What product are you most excited about?

 

Be Inspired

Are you ready to be inspired by the other Artisans? Take a trip with me around the world and see what others created. Just click the button below to follow the hop.

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Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Jessica Winter
Kimberly Van Diepen  YOU ARE HERE!
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Paula Dobson
Shannon Lane
Tanya Boser

 

IMPORTANT!

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April is Autism Awareness month.

If you haven’t had a chance, make sure to see THIS post on Autism Awareness.

There is still time to donate to this worthy cause.

Click the button below to donate!

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One more thing, are you looking for new ideas?

Check out my tutorial library with tons of fantastic ideas to get your creative mojo moving all in the comfort of your home!  Just click the image below to check it out.  

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New and Exciting-Eastern Palace

Eastern Palace

I love when Stampin’ Up! releases new products out of the blue.  It creates a ton of excitement for everyone! Today the Artisan Team, and I have the pleasure of showcasing the new Eastern Palace Suite that will be available to customers on May 1st.

A few tidbits for customers and demonstrators looking to get their hands on this beautiful suite…

For customers: “Here is a sneak peek of the Eastern Palace Suite. Exclusive for a limited time are the Starter and Premier Bundles, designed for both the beginning and avid crafters.”

For demonstrators: “Preorder the Eastern Palace Suite Starter and Premier Bundles April 4-30. Get your hands on these colorful and exotic products to prepare for customer launch May 1.”

 

Beautiful Patterns 

Love at first glance, the biggest thing that caught my eye with the Eastern Palace Suite is the gorgeous designs in the designer paper.  Not to mention the color combinations which showcases new In-Colors.

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I love the touches of gold added to this card.

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Tips & Tricks

  • Most noteworthy, this stamp set has many gorgeous images that are perfect for creating beautiful medallions. You can see that I added a few stamped images to the card that were also die cut to add more emphasis.
  • The color combination I chose for this card uses Gold from the Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper, Fresh Fig Cardstock and Classic Stamp Pad, and lastly Bermuda Bay cardstock.  I love how the Bermuda Bay looks so vivid on the Fresh Fig cardstock.

Add Gold Accents

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  • The gold florals are from the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers. These are beautiful and coordinate perfectly.
  • Lastly, I added Gold Metallic Thread under the Bermuda Bay die cuts as well as Gold Metallic Enamel Shapes.

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Lovely Circles

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At first glance of the new Lemon Lime Twist In Color, I thought it was bright and cheerful, but totally not a color that I would see myself using.

Then, of course, I started playing around with it.  Now I can’t stop using it.

You’ve been there, right?

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Honestly, I’m blown away by the different color combinations you can create with the Lemon Lime Twist.  It’s going to be an outstanding color to use this coming year.

Consequently, while I love all of the beautiful images in the Eastern Beauty stamp set, the fonts used for the greetings are a highlight for me.  Plus I love all of the greetings.

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Tips & Tricks

  • I stamped the circle images onto Crumb Cake cardstock using Whisper White Craft ink.  To speed up the drying time, I simply used my heat tool over the images.
  • The greeting was stamped using the new In Color, Tranquil Tide.  Tranquil Tide has a lovely blue-green hue and I’m sure will be a big hit this year.  After stamping the greeting, I  die cut the image using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.
  • Lastly, the designer paper was folded to create a unique banner for this card.

 

Fall In Love 

Typically I do not showcase three cards for a hop, but I couldn’t stop using this stamp set and wanted to make sure I showed you how beautiful the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies are.

 

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Tips & Tricks 

  • To create the medallion I stacked three of the thinlits together and ran them through the Big Shot using Shimmer Paper. Once die cut, I used my Aqua Painter and Lemon Lime Twister ink and watercolored gently over the medallion.  I loved how this turned out.
  • I placed a 3 x 3 piece of the designer paper behind the medallion to add more color.

  • Additionally, each of the star images I stamped used the new Fresh Fig Classic Ink.  I also used this same color for the card base.
  • Lastly, I placed a piece of the designer paper along the left side of the card.  The color in the designer paper created a nice contrast to the color combinations.

 

 

Again, I have to say I’m in love with the Eastern Palace Suite and the new colors that are getting ready to launch.

Be Inspired!

Finally,  it’s time to be inspired by our Artisan Design Team with Louise Sharp up first.  Just click the button below to see what she has created. Louise always makes me smile with her beautiful artwork.  Have a FANTASTIC hop!

 

Happy, Celebrate, Stampin' Up!, Happy Celebrations

 

 

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